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Church Bulletin: April 5, 2015

posted Apr 6, 2015, 8:08 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

April 5, 2015- 5th Sunday of Lent (Palm Sunday)
This Week's Services and Events

April 5, Palm Sunday
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7:00PM

April 6, Holy Monday
        + Bridegroom Matins,  7:00PM

April 7, Holy Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7:00PM

April 8, Holy Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 9:00AM
        + Holy Unction Service, 7:00PM

April 9, Holy Thursday
        + Vesperal Liturgy, 9:00AM
        + Rite of Footwashing, 6:00PM
        + Twelve Passion Gospels Service, 7:00PM

April 10, Holy Friday
        + Royal Hours, 9:00AM, followed by funeral bier decorating and lunch (for kids) and "Son of God" movie 
        + Great Vespers (Taking Down the Lord from the Cross), 3:00PM
        + Lamentations Service, 7:00PM, followed by reading of Psalms through the night

April 11, Holy Saturday
        + Vesperal Liturgy, 9:00AM
        + Rush Service, 11:40PM

April 12, Great and Holy Pascha
        + Paschal Matins and Liturgy, 12:00AM, followed by potluck feast
        + Agape Vespers, 12:30PM, followed by potluck picnic at Scanlon Gym/Mercer Pool (2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City)
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Do Not Let This Week Be Like A Regular Week-
       We have now come to the holiest time of the year in our faith.  The Church offers a wealth of services for our spiritual benefit.  Enter into the center of our liturgical experience as we contemplate the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord.  Re-arrange your schedule, sacrifice, and come to some of the mid-week services.  You will be enriched and strengthened.  If you need some motivation, remember that there are many Orthodox Christians who cannot go to church this year during Holy Week- especially in war-torn Syria and Iraq.  Come and pray for them.  Stand in solidarity with them by being in church this week.  And when you can't make it to a service, make it a priority to pray at home.

        It is not too late to make your confession before Pascha.  Father has more time, earlier in the week, however.  Please contact him very soon, if you want to schedule your confession.

Is Any Among You Sick?-
        St. James the Brother of the Lord tells us to go to the presbyters (priests) of the church and seek to be anointed when we are sick.  Through this sacrament, God can heal both our physical sickness and our spiritual sickness through the forgiving of sins.  Come on Wednesday at 7:00PM for the Unction Service of Anointing.  

A Lesson in Humble Service-
       On the same night as the Last Supper and the Lord's betrayal and arrest, Jesus humbled Himself and did servant's work.  He washed His disciples' feet.  Come at 6:00PM on Thursday to experience this unique service, and stay for the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels at 7:00PM.

Families, Make Holy Friday a Memorable Day-
       Parents, consider pulling your children out of school for at least half of the day on Friday, April 10, Holy Friday.  Following Royal Hours (9:00AM), all are invited to help decorate the funeral bier of Christ with flowers.  We will start this around 11:30AM.  Lunch will be provided.  Following lunch and decorating, the movie Son of God will be playing for the children.  Great Vespers will be at 3:00PM.  At the Lamentations service (7:00PM) girls are invited to be "myrhhbearers" who stand near the tomb with baskets of flower petals and participate in the procession.  

Paschal Feast and Picnic Sign-ups-
        We must celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and so, to properly do so, we will truly feast. On Sunday April 12, Holy Pascha, there are two opportunities to share a festive meal with others. First, we will gather at church following the Paschal Liturgy, at about 3AM or so, and break the Lenten fast. Later in the day, after some sleep (?!) and after Agape Vespers at 12:30PM, we will go to the Scanlon Gym/Mercer Pool (2701 Bradford Dr.) to share a meal and enjoy each other's company.  Please check the bulletin boards for related food sign-up sheets. 

Other Holy Week/Pascha Sign-up Sheets-
        With all of the activity in church during Holy Week and Pascha, there are plenty of opportunities to help out around church. Please check the bulletin boards for sign-up sheets that cover the decorating of the funeral bier on Holy Friday, the reading of Psalms through the night after the Holy Friday Lamentations service, bringing dyed red eggs to Pascha, bringing and the reading of the Agape Vespers Gospel in various languages. 

Easter Lilies-
       If you would like to bring an Easter Lily plant or two to beautify the church for Pascha, please bring it on Holy Saturday, April 11.  We will gladly accept donated plants.

April is Russian Outreach and Appreciation Month-
       The Outreach and Evangelism Working Group is declaring April to be Russian Outreach and Appreciation Month at our church.  We hope to have the epistle reading to be read in Russian (following the reading in English) each Sunday, and the month culminates with the Russian ensemble Lyra's concert on April 28.  If you know of anybody with a Russian background that isn't yet familiar with our church, invite them to join us during this month. 

Please Help Us Promote April 28 Lyra Concert-
       This is a fundraiser for the church.  It is part of our plan to help get our church's finances on more solid ground for the year.  We depend on you to share the information about the concert with your friends, families and co-workers.  Please find ways to direct them to our church's events page at http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/events  or to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/411645679007389/ We also need volunteers to put up posters on various bulletin boards around town.  There is a list of locations on a sign-up sheet at church.  We are excited to have the opportunity to host the touring Russian Choral group Lyra at our church on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30PM.  A free-will donation will be taken, proceeds to go to our church's general fund.   A poster advertising the event can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tbhkab074l8qvhj/PosterLYRA.JPG?dl=0

You Are Invited to a Baptism-
       Alli Rockwell and Rezo Gvarjaladze invite you to the baptism of their daughter Inga, on Saturday, April 18 at 11:00AM.  A reception will follow.  RSVP to Alli by April 6 if you plan to come.
A Letter From Metropolitan Joseph in Support of Marriage-
       In light of pending US Supreme Court decisions regarding gay marriage and the general debate in our country over what constitutes marriage, Metropolitan Joseph has issued the following letter.  http://www.antiochian.org/metropolitan-joseph-issues-letter-support-march-marriage

Parish Electronic Directory-
       To foster greater awareness of each other and to strengthen our connections, we are starting a voluntary parish directory on Google Docs.  Use this link to log in, add whatever contact information you want to share, including birthdates and occupation or any skill or service that you might be able to share with other members from the parish.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PHVXe1GGgaeoO5GNrIWhur2YkAQb0zGSoElGQFnIPF0/edit?usp=sharing 

The Geneva Lecture Series Presents-
       "The Religious Turn: Postsecular Approaches for Literature and the Humanities", a lecture by our own Dr. Lori Branch will be given on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30PM at 107 EPB (English-Philosophy Building, 251 W. Iowa Ave.) at the University of Iowa.  In the mid-1990s, academia started buzzing about the "religious turn" in the humanities. Some predicted it would be a short-lived fad, but  something more substantial has slowly emerged: what scholars are starting to call "postsecular studies." In this talk, Professor Branch overviews the most important currents of thought in the religious turn in literature, sociology, anthropology, history, and philosophy.  She explains how these developments should change our intellectual operating assumptions and breathe new life into the study of the humanities.

Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       The University of Iowa OCF will continue its book discussion of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, on April 16.  We will meet for compline at 7:00PM and start the discussion afterward, at about 7:30PM.

Iowa City Hospice Walk for Dignity, April 26-
       To learn more about this opportunity to raise funds for Iowa City Hospice, go to: http://iowacityhospice.org/2015-walk-for-dignity/ 

St. Maria's Bread House-
       Please pray for us as the Bread House board of directors has a sabbatical during Lent. Also pray for Amy and Bill as they start planning summer lunch with Kalona Methodist Church. We plan to start Kalona Vespers again on April 16, led by Fr. Ignatius and Fr. Germogen on first and third Wednesdays. Do plan to come! 

Bible Study, Partakers of the Divine Nature-
       Following Akathist (7:00PM) on Wednesdays, Fr. Ignatius will lead a brief, 3 week Bible Study on St. Peter's 2nd Epistle.  The dates will be May 13, 20, 27.  Bring your bibles!  We will finish by 9:00PM at the latest.

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.

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to:www.midwestplc2015.com.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not. He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to Him, and cried, “This was He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me ranks before me, for He was before me.’”) And from His fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  (John 1:1-17)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin and Daniel Welsh in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  One priest is also missing, having been kidnapped. 

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. 

Holy Bread-
       The Kimball family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on April 12.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
       All are invited to bring food to share during our middle of the night Paschal feast on Sunday, April 12, and again, to our Paschal picnic at Scanlon Gym/Mercer Pool from 2:00PM-4:00PM later that day.  

Food for Thought-

"You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Avoid even appearing harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives." 
- St. Seraphim of Sarov