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Church Bulletin: April 9, 2017

posted Apr 10, 2017, 8:18 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 9, 2017- Palm Sunday

 This Week's Services and Events

April 9, Palm Sunday
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7:00PM

April 10, Holy Monday
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7:00PM

April 11, Holy Tuesday
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7:00PM

April 12, Holy Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 9:00AM
        + Holy Unction Service, 7:00PM

April 13, Holy Thursday
        + Vesperal Liturgy, 9:00AM
        + Foot-washing Rite, 6:00PM
        + Twelve Passion Gospels Service, 7:00PM

April 14, Holy Friday
        + Royal Hours, 9:00AM, followed by Funeral Bier Decorating and Lunch and Activities for Youth
        + Great Vespers (Taking Down the Lord from the Cross), 3:00PM
        + Lamentations Service, 7:00PM, followed by Reading of Psalms through the night

April 15, Holy Saturday
        + Vesperal Liturgy with Baptism of Anna Baynton, 9:00AM
        + Midnight Office/Rush Service, 11:40PM

April 16, Great and Holy Pascha
        + Paschal Matins and Liturgy, 12:00AM, followed by Paschal Potluck Feast
        + Agape Vespers, 12:30PM, followed by Paschal Picnic at Coralville Rec. Center (2:30PM-5:00PM)

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

        We welcomed Jeremiah Kaufmann into the catechumenate today.

Thank You-
        Thank you to Bill, Amy, Evan, Pat, Dmitri, Josiah, Brian, Derek and Newman who helped to clean-up our building and grounds yesterday.  It looks great!

Practical Advice for Holy Week-
        To read Fr. Bill Olnhausen's advice for Holy Week, go to:  https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/frbill/8-holy-week-practical-advice/

Invite a Friend to Church-
        Pascha is a wonderful time to invite a friend, co-worker or family member to attend St. Raphael Church with you.  

No Office Hours or Ninth Hour Prayers This Week or Next Week-
        Due to Father's heavy work load during Holy Week, and his need for some recovery following Holy Week, he will not be holding office hours during the weeks of April 9-15 and April 16-22.  However, he is still reachable and happy to respond to any pastoral need you may have.  

Holy Week Notes-
        Sign-up sheets are posted for decorating the funeral bier on Holy Friday, reading psalms through the night between Holy Friday and Holy Saturday, reading the Gospel in a foreign language at Agape Vespers on Pascha afternoon, dyeing red eggs, bringing food to share for our middle-of-the-night Paschal feast and also for our afternoon Paschal picnic.  Your participation and help makes our church community stronger and more vibrant!

Holy Friday Activities for Kids and Families-
        Holy Friday (April 14, this year), the day when we most fully focus on our Lord's Crucifixion, is a solemn and important day for Christians.  Parents with children, consider bringing your kids to church on this day.  If you need Fr. Ignatius to write a note to excuse your children from school, let him know.  He is willing to do it.  Here is our schedule for the day.  Following Royal Hours service at 9:00AM, we will begin to decorate the Lord's funeral bier around 11:00AM or so.  Children are welcome and encouraged to help out.  We will have lunch at the church, a movie for older kids, and the younger kids can see and hear the Crucifixion and Resurrection stories on the felt board in the Sunday School room.  Lori Branch requests that at least a few parents plan to stay to help out with these activities.  Great vespers starts at 3:00PM and Lamentations at 7:00PM

Can You Read Out Loud in a Language Other Than English?-
        Come to Agape Vespers at 12:30PM on Pascha, Sunday, April 16.  The highlight of this service is hearing the Gospel reading in as many languages as possible.  There is a sign-up sheet for this in the church narthex.  The text is John 20:19-25.  We have this text available in many different languages at church.

Pascha and Parents With Young Children-
        Please consider bringing your young children to the midnight service on Pascha, even if they sleep through most of it!  Your children are part of our church family and we value them.  However, if you are not comfortable doing this,  plan to bring them to Agape Vespers service at 12:30PM at church and the picnic and Easter egg hunt afterward at the Coralville Rec. Center.

Offerings From Our Church Bookstore-
        Did you know we have red dye packets for eggs and Pascha greeting cards available for purchase at our bookstore?

Bring Your Food For Hungry People Boxes Back--
        On Pascha or shortly after, please bring your collection boxes back so that we can consolidate the funds and send them where they need to go.

Scholarship Grant Available-
        If you are:
1. A female, 26 years of age or older
2. A member in good standing of an Antiochian Orthodox parish
3. Actively involved in the worship. service, and social life of your parish
4. Applying for, or registered in an academic or trade study program
5. Able to demonstrate financial need
Then you may apply for a $500 scholarship grant from the North American Board of the Antiochian Women organization.  Deadline to apply in June 1.  See Fr. Ignatius for details.

Food for All--Kalona
        We are restarting Kalona Vespers on third Tuesdays.  All are welcome.   Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Next Visit-
        His Grace will be with us the weekend of October 21-22.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

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 Anna Baynton and Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as they prepare 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. 
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.

Food for Thought-

“Cry out, O sinner, with all your might, for the Lord is merciful and loves those who repent. As soon as you repent, your Father will come out to meet you and rejoice with you.” 

-- St. Ephraim the Syrian