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Church Bulletin: April 6, 2014

posted Apr 24, 2014, 11:24 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 6, 2014- 5th Sunday of Lent (Sunday of the St. Mary of Egypt)
This Week's Services and Events

April 7, Monday
        + SOYO Book Club, 7PM

April 8, Tuesday
        + Parish Council Meeting, 7PM

April 9, Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts followed by Soup Supper, 6PM

April 10, Thursday
        + OCF Compline, 7PM

April 11, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30AM
         + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
         + Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 7PM

April 12, Saturday
        + Matins/Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday, 8:45AM/10AM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
April 13, Palm Sunday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and coffee hour
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Thank You-
       Thank you to Tariel, Karen, Andrew, Bill, Katie, Hannah, Lizzy, and Kh. Maria for helping clean up our building and grounds during our Spring Clean-up Day yesterday. 

The Life of St. Mary of Egypt-
       For those who were not present at our Wednesday evening service this last week, during which we heard the life of St. Mary of Egypt read, you can read it at: http://www.antiochian.org/stmaryofegypt or listen to it at: www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/frederica/st._mary_of_egypt  This is a beautiful testimony to the blessings that repentance brings about and to the insurmountable love of God.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On April 7, our teens are meeting for Book Club at 7PM and they are meeting on April 21 at 7PM for Movie Night.

Parish Council Meeting April 8-
       The next monthly Parish Council meeting is April 8 at 7PM.

Parish Group Photo to be Taken April 13-
       If you look at our parish website (www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org) you will see a parish group photo that is 3 1/2 years old.  It's time to update!  On April 13, Palm Sunday, we will assemble in the nave of the church immediately after liturgy for the picture to be taken.

Free Kittens!  Yes, Free Kittens-
       St. Raphael church members Jeremy Coffin and Olena Bezugla have four kittens that they need to find homes for.  These kittens are 7 months old.  If interested, please contact Olena at olena.coffin@yahoo.com or 319-512-8491.

Holy Week is Coming!-
       Here is our schedule for Holy Week this year.  Please try to set aside some extra time during Holy Week to enter into the liturgical commemorations of our Lord's passion, death and resurrection.  Printed copies are available at the church.

Friday, April 11- Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 7PM
Lazarus Saturday, April 12- Matins and Liturgy, 8:45AM/10AM; 9th Hour & Vespers, 6PM
Palm Sunday, April 13- Matins and Liturgy, 8:30AM/10AM; Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Monday, April 14- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Tuesday, April 15- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Wednesday, April 16- Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, 9AM; Holy Unction Service, 7PM
Holy Thursday, April 17- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rite of Footwashing, 6PM; 12 Passion Gospels Service, 7PM
Holy Friday, April 18- Royal Hours, 9AM; Great Vespers (Taking the Lord Down from the Cross), 3PM; Lamentations, 7PM followed by Psalm-reading vigil overnight
Holy Saturday, April 19- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rush Service, 11:40PM
Great and Holy Pascha, April 20- Paschal Matins and Liturgy, 12AM followed by feast; Agape Vespers, 12:30PM followed by Paschal Picnic at Coralville Rec. Center, 2PM-4PM

Teen SOYO Asks for Help-
       Teen SOYO is asking the whole parish to donate items by April 27, that will make up the contents of "Restoration Bags" to be used by an organization called Restore Innocence.  This group works works with women and girls who have been rescued from trafficking, especially forced prostitution.  See www.restoreinnocence.org and www.restoreinnocence/restoration-bags for more information.  Items being accepted for donation include: new "yoga" pants, new sweatshirts, new T-shirts, Boy cut style underwear, sports bras, slippers, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, luffa, lotion, deodorant, chapstick, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, hair ties, blanket, huggable stuffed animal, snacks, chewing gum.
Palestine: The Beauty of Resistance-
       Abdelfattah Abusrour will present a program as Director of the Al Rowwad (Pioneers for Life) Culture and Theatre Society centered at the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in occupied Palestine.  Created in 1998, Al Rowwad provides a safe and healthy environment for children to creatively cope with the war conditions they are forced to live under. Al Rowwad's mission is to use art, theatre and music as creative alternatives to destructive violence.  St. Raphael Church is a co-sponsor of this event. 
Monday, April 14, 7:00PM
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room A
For information call 319-338-3290

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 19.  We will gladly accept donated plants.

Paschal Feast and Picnic Sign-ups-
        We must celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and so, to do so properly, we will truly feast. On Sunday April 20, 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 Coralville Rec. Center (1506 8th St.) 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. 

Patronal Feast of St. George Church-
       All are invited to go to St. George Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids) to celebrate their patronal feast day with Liturgy at 10AM on Wednesday, April 23. 

Farmer's Market 2014-
       It's that time of year again, to start planning to be involved with St. Raphael Church's presence at the Iowa City Farmer's Market, which this year, will raise money for the Meals on Wheels charity, which provides meals delivered to the homes of seniors.  Last year, we gave over $2000 to the Crisis Center based on what we sold at the Farmer's Market.  Here are some ways you can help this year: 
  • Pray.
  • Buy.
  • Make a batch of baked goods for our table at the Iowa City Farmers Market, using a recipe out of our cookbook (Apple Pirozhki, Baklava, Kourambiedes, Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies, or Oatmeal Bars with Browned Butter Frosting). 
  • Help at the Iowa City market. (We have spots on the third Saturdays, May–October.)
  • Work at the Thursday-evening Willow Grove market (a beautiful and fun venue).
  • Tell your friends. 

Sign-up sheets are now making the rounds at church. 

Post-Pascha Bible Study-
       For four Wednesday evenings after Pascha, Fr. Ignatius will be leading a Bible Study on Old Testament "Types" of Christ in which we will discuss how Old Testament figures such as Moses, Joseph, David and others prefigure, foreshadow and point to Jesus Christ in their actions and character.  The Bible study will meet following Akathist, beginning at 7:45PM and finishing by 9PM on April 30, May 7, 14, and 21.

Antiochian Women Scholarship-
       If you are a female 25 years old or older, an active member in good standing of a parish in the Antiochian Archdiocese, applying for or registered in an academic or trade program of study, and able to demonstrate financial need, and you are interested in applying for a $500 scholarship, please see Fr. Ignatius.  Scholarship deadline in June 1, 2014.

Iowa City Hospice Walk for Dignity 2014-
       The 15th annual Walk for Dignity fundraiser for Iowa City Hospice is Sunday, April 27, 1PM, at Willow Creek Park.  For more information, go to: http://iowacityhospice.org/walk-for-dignity/

Friends of Historic Preservation Parade of Historic Homes Fundraiser-
       Our lovely church building will be one of five buildings in our neighborhood featured in the Friends of Historic Preservation's Parade of Historic Homes, a fundraiser for their organization.The Parade of Historic Homes is an annual event that features unique historic homes in Iowa City. Participants are invited to enter and explore houses of various styles, all within walking distance of each other.

When: May 11, 1-5pm, Where: College Green neighborhood in Iowa City  Admission: $10 per person, 12 years and under free. Purchase tickets at the door.  More information to follow.

Almsgiving (Food For Hungry People Program)-
       Along with fasting, prayer and repentance, almsgiving is one of the pillars of the Lenten time.  Look for ways to be generous with others and let your giving be as anonymous as possible.  One easy way to give something to those in need is to participate in the Archdiocesan Food For Hungry People Program which collects money for all of the Antiochian parishes and gives it to various programs that serve the hungry.  Look for collection boxes at church in the narthex.  

      The Church asks us to abstain from meat (with the exception of fish on March 25 for the Annunciation and April 13 for Palm Sunday) until Great and Holy Pascha, April 20. Shellfish are permitted.  The full Lenten fast also includes abstention from dairy, eggs, oil and wine (oil and wine are permitted on the weekends).  Fast as you are able with these standards being the goal.  Exceptions can be made for those who are very young, very old, ill, pregnant, nursing, or infirm.  If you have any questions about fasting, please ask Fr. Ignatius.  May our fasting from certain foods help us to find some humility as we struggle to fast from sin.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-
       "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, ho w much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you."  Luke 12:27-31

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next Sunday.  The reading for Sunday, April 13 is: "Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus who had died was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of His Disciples (he who was to betray Jesus), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the moneybox he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His Disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Jesus was that they heard He had done this sign."  John 12:1-18

Pray for our Catechumens-
      Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rachelle Naridze, Tyson Humphrey and Rob Bergenstock 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, 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.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday April 13, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of April 6-12, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nina team.

Food for Thought-

Let us place in our minds, once and for all, the following conviction: the Psalms were inspired and written down so that Christ could pray them. Praying the Psalms lifts the mind to Sacred Theology at its source: The Word’s relationship with the Father. The Psalms disclose the thoughts, desires, and sentiments of the Messiah and Suffering Servant as he communes with his Father.
To pray the Psalms in and with Christ, then, is to know the mystery of Salvation from the inside. No soteriological theories, no speculations; indeed, no outside comments at all. What we have in the Psalms is the "mind of Christ." The Psalms are the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Christ in prayer form.

Fr. Patrick Reardon, in March 30, 2014 Pastoral Ponderings