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Church Bulletin: April 3, 2016

posted Apr 4, 2016, 8:26 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 3, 2016- Sunday of the Exaltation of the Cross (3rd Sunday of Lent)
This Week's Services and Events

April 4, Monday
        + Great Compline, 7:00PM

April 6, Wednesday 
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts followed by Soup Supper, 6:00PM

April 7, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:00PM, location TBD

April 8, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Little Compline with Akathist Hymn, 7:00PM

April 9, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM followed by talk by Bishop Anthony

April 10, Sunday of St. John Climacus
        + Matins with ordinations, 8:45AM 
        + Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School 
        + Pan-Orthodox Vespers and supper, 5:30PM at Wartburg Chapel, Dubuque
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Schedule for Bishop Anthony's Visit, April 9-10-
Lunch with the Parish Council at 1:30pm
Great Vespers at 5pm followed by Orthotalk by Bishop Anthony

Orthros at 8:45am with Ordinations of Todd Wiblin and Bill Spencer to the subdiaconate
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am followed by Coffee Hour with His Grace

Group Picture-
        We are planning to take a group picture with Bishop Anthony following liturgy on April 10.

Lent, Fasting and Confessions-
    We are fasting from meat, dairy, eggs, oil and wine (wine and oil okay on the weekends) beginning March 14.  If you have any questions about the fasting guidelines of the Church, ask Fr. Ignatius.  Also, remember to make your confessions before Pascha.  Fr. Ignatius is available to hear confessions after most services, 10-15 minutes before Liturgy on Sunday, and during office hours on Friday morning.  If possible, please do not wait until Holy Week.

New Bookstore Location-
        Our bookstore have moved from the room it shared with the library and the older students' Sunday School room, downstairs between the coatroom and the men's bathroom.  Check out the books and other items.  If there is something you are interested in having us carry, talk to Robert Peterson, our bookstore manager.

Word Magazine-
       The Word Magazine is our archdiocese's monthly publication and it is made available, free-of-charge to all members of Antiochian parishes.  If you are not receiving this magazine at home and you would like to, please let Fr. Ignatius know.  

Lenten Wednesday Evenings-
        We are having the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts each Wednesday during Lent, at 6:00PM.  Following the service, we gather for a simple lenten soup supper.  Each week, we need volunteers to sign-up to bring soup and perhaps some bread and fruit for a group of about 15.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Lenten Sunday Evenings-
        The Iowa Orthodox Christian Clergy Association is sponsoring pan-Orthodox lenten vespers services on Sunday evenings at 5:30PM.  Each host parish provides a meal following the service.  The faithful from each parish are encouraged to visit their sister parishes in Eastern Iowa. The remaining schedule is as follows:
April 10- St. Elias Church- temporary location is Wartburg Chapel (Dubuque)
April 17- St. Demetrios Church  (Waterloo)

Resources for Great Lent-

        On our archdiocesan website at http://www.antiochian.org//lent there are plenty of wonderful teaching resources about the season of Great Lent.  Read and learn!

Food For Hungry People Program-
        Once again this Lent, our Archdiocese is highlighting the Food For Hungry People Program.  Collection boxes are available for you to take home and fill up.  Put in your loose change during Lent and return the box at Pascha.  The three pillars of the season of Lent are fasting, repentance and almsgiving.  Let us be generous with those who have much less than us.

How Can Educated People Rationally Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus?-
        Above, is the title of a lecture to be given by Dr. Gary Habermas, a scholar who specializes in Christian apologetics, or rationally defending the faith against skeptics.  This lecture is free and open to the public and will be at the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) at 7:00PM on April 7.  As Orthodox Christians, we accept the testimony of the apostles regarding the Resurrection of Christ, but many non-believers doubt these accounts.  Come and hear why it is more rational to believe the apostles' witness to the Resurrection than to doubt it.  For more information about this event, go to: http://ratiochristi.org/uiowa/events/gary-habermas-at-university-of-iowa/3844

Spring Cleaning Day-
        We will clean the church building and grounds on Saturday, April 16 from 1:00PM-4:00PM to get it all ready for Holy Week.

Geneva Lecture Series Presents "Charity is Not Enough: Why Justice Matters"-
       On April 24 at 3:00PM in the Shambaugh Auditorium at the Main UI Library, Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff will present a lecture with the above-mentioned title.  For more information, go to: http://geneva-ui.org/

Plan Ahead for Holy Week and Pascha-
       During this holiest time of the church year, we enter deeply into the life, sufferings, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The many services of the Church help us to do this together, as a family.  Please look over this schedule and plan to come as you are able. Copies are printed, and available in the narthex to take home.
Friday, April 22- Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 7PM
Lazarus Saturday, April 23- Matins and Liturgy, 8:45AM/10AM; Vespers, 5PM
Palm Sunday, April 24-  Matins and Liturgy, 8:30AM/10AM; Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Monday, April 25- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Tuesday, April 26- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Wednesday, April 27- Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, 9AM; Holy Unction Service, 7PM
Holy Thursday, April 28- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rite of Footwashing, 6PM; 12 Passion Gospels Service, 7PM
Holy Friday, April 29- Royal Hours, 9AM; Great Vespers (Taking the Lord Down from the Cross), 3PM; Lamentations, 7PM followed by Psalm-reading vigil overnight
Holy Saturday, April 30- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rush Service, 11:40PM
Great and Holy Pascha, May 1- Paschal Matins and Liturgy, 12AM followed by feast; Agape Vespers, 12:30PM followed by picnic, 2PM-4PM      

Food for All -- Kalona (an outreach of St. Raphael)-
        Community involvement in Summer Lunch is increasing rapidly! Please be praying primarily for the planning of new programs, being done by small groups. 
        NO KALONA VESPERS during Lent. Also, we are looking for singers who can come on the first Wednesday of the month. All we need is one at a time, though more are always welcome. And the singing is simple (Russian tones).
    Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com or 319-333-4738

2016 Antiochian Women's Retreat-
        A retreat for women is being hosted by St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana- May 13-15.  Information is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.  
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         At that time, a man came to Jesus, kneeling down and saying unto him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked Thy Disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And Jesus answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me.” And they brought the boy to Him; and when the spirit saw Jesus, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if Thou canst do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when Jesus had entered the house, His Disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And Jesus said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And Jesus would not have anyone know it; for He was teaching His Disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and after He is killed, He will rise on the third day.”  (Mark 9:16-30)

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 

Food for Thought-

We are in Mid-Lent. One the one hand, the physical and spiritual effort, if it is serious and consistent, begins to be felt, its burden becomes more burdensome, our fatigue more evident. We need help and encouragement. On the other hand, having endured this fatigue, having climbed the mountain up to this point, we begin to see the end of our pilgrimage, and the rays of Easter grow in their intensity. Lent is our self-crucifixion, our experience, limited as it is, of Christ's commandment heard in the Gospel lesson of that Sunday: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Mark 8:34). But we cannot take up our cross and follow Christ unless we have His Cross which He took up in order to save us. It is His Cross, not ours, that saves us. It is His Cross that gives not only meaning but also power to others.

Fr. Alexander Schmemann, from the book Great Lent