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Church Bulletin: February 12, 2017

posted Feb 13, 2017, 9:29 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
February 12, 2017- Sunday of the Prodigal Son

 This Week's Services and Events

February 14, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

February 15, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

February 16, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF dinner, 6:30PM

February 17, Friday
        + Round II with Richard and Anthony, Goal-setting and Identifying Core Values, 6:30PM-9:00PM

February 18, Saturday
        + Round II with Richard and Anthony, Goal-setting and Identifying Core Values, 9:30AM-4:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

February 19, Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour

Upcoming Events and Announcements-       

Camp Scholarships Available-
        Our parish has access to up to $700 to be distributed to families who will have children attending one of our archdiocesan camps, including Camp St. George, August 13-19.  If you have a child ages 9-18 who plans to attend, and you want a share of the scholarship money, please contact Fr. Ignatius very soon.  He has to turn in names of children needing funds before March 1.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes-
        A series of Intro to Orthodoxy classes is ongoing.  All are welcome.  The remaining schedule is as follows:  
Saturday, February 25- 1:30pm
Saturday, March 4- 3pm
Saturday, March 11- 3pm
Saturday, March 18- 1:30pm
Saturday, March 25- 3pm

Leadership Training, Round II-
        We will host Anthony Bashir and Richard Robbat again for the second and final round of their leadership development training on February 17-18.  Like last time, it will be a Friday evening (starting at 6:30PM) and Saturday morning (starting at 9:30AM) and afternoon schedule.  If you participated last time, please plan to be involved again.  But even if you didn't participate last time, we welcome you and encourage you to get involved. If you are coming on Saturday, bring your own lunch.  We will be setting goals and identifying our parish's core values, in light of our developed mission and vision statements.

 It's Time to Start Preparing for Lent-
        Next Sunday is Meatfare Sunday, February 19, the last day to eat meat, and Cheesefare Sunday, February 26, the last day to eat dairy and eggs.  The first Lenten service is Forgiveness Vespers at 6:00PM on February 26.  During the first week of Lent, February 26-March 4, we will have services each evening.  The Church gives us an abundance of opportunities to enter into the spirit of Lent and to journey toward Holy Week and Pascha.  Plan accordingly.  

Look for Food for Hungry People Collection Boxes-
        Each year during Lent, all of the churches in our archdiocese participate in collecting funds for the Food for Hungry People program, which funds many different efforts to help people who may not have enough to eat.  Take a collection box home and fill it with change during this Lenten season.  Bring it back at Pascha.

Schedule of Services for First Week of Lent-
        Sunday, February 26, 6PM- Forgiveness Vespers
Monday, February 27, 7PM- Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Tuesday, February 28, 7PM- Great Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete
Wednesday, March 1, 6PM- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, followed by Soup Supper
Thursday, March 2, 7PM- Little Compline with the Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete
Friday, March 3, 7PM- Little Compline with Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Special Voters' Meeting, February 26-
        We will vote and fill two vacancies on our parish council.  Tyler Fyotek and Rob Young are the candidates. 

We Are Hosting Pan-Orthodox Vespers on March 5-
        Each Sunday evening during Lent, beginning on March 5, the Orthodox churches of Eastern Iowa gather together to worship and pray at each other's locations.  We will host the first pan-Orthodox vespers at St. Raphael on Sunday, March 5 at 5:30PM.  Following vespers, we are hosting our guests and providing a pot-luck dinner.  A sign-up sheet will be posted soon.  Please plan to prepare some food to share.

Lenten Wednesdays-
        Beginning on March 1 at 6:00PM, we pray the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts each Wednesday.  Following this special Lenten service, we gather for a simple soup supper.  We need volunteers to provide some soup each week.  A sign-up sheet will be posted soon.  

Forty Days for Life Prayer Vigil-
        Johnson County Right to Life is once again sponsoring a local prayer vigil on the sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman abortion clinic (227 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City) as part of a nationwide effort in hundreds of cities.  From March 1-April 9, volunteers will be praying in one hour shifts from 8AM-8PM.  For more information or to sign up, go to: www.fortydayspforlife.com/iowacity

Food for All - Kalona
        Please continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Our Sunday Supper and Movie Nights are happening twice monthly until summer. Also, we hope to restart Kalona Vespers in the new year. Also please 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-
        The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He will place the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink? And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee? And when did we see Thee sick or in prison and visit Thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  (Matthew 25:31-46)

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-

Jacob led out his sheep
And brought them to his father's home;
A symbol for those with discernment,
A parable for those with perception
Is to be found in this homecoming:
Let us too return to our father's house,
My brothers, and do not become captivated with desire
For this transient earth
- for your true city is in Eden.
Blessed indeed is that person
Who has seen his dear ones in its midst.

- St. Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns on Paradise 14.7
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