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Church Bulletin: February 19, 2017

posted Feb 20, 2017, 2:57 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
February 19, 2017- Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday)

 This Week's Services and Events

February 21, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15PM-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

February 22, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

February 23, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + OCF compline and meeting, 7:00PM

February 25, Saturday
        + Intro to Orthodoxy class, 1:30PM
        + Parish Council meeting, 3:00PM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

February 26, Sunday of Forgiveness (Cheesefare Sunday)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
        + Forgiveness Vespers, 6:00PM

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

 It's Time to Start Preparing for Lent-
        Today is Meatfare Sunday, February 19, the last day to eat meat, and Cheesefare Sunday, February 26, is 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.  For Orthodox Christians, Lent means a focus on giving alms, more frequent fasting, a heightened emphasis on repentance, and many chances to attend services- all so that we can draw closer to our Lord.

Do You Have Questions About Orthodox Fasting Practices?-
        Ask Fr. Ignatius.  The Church sets forth standards which we take seriously.  However, how these standards are applied and practiced in each of our own situations may vary.  Fasting, giving up certain foods and being modest in our portions is a tool meant to help us to be able to repent more thoroughly and thereby, to draw closer to God.  If we judge others regarding their fasting practices, we do so to our own spiritual peril.  

Look for Food for Hungry People Collection Boxes-
        Each year during Lent, all of the churches in our archdiocese participate in collecting money 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 (they are in the narthex!) and fill it with change during this Lenten season.  Families, take one of the accompanying calendars which makes the collecting of change fun for the younger ones.  Bring your boxes 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 and to share a meal.  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 is posted in the narthex.  Please plan to prepare some food to share.
        The rest of the schedule for Sunday evening Pan-Orthodox Vespers (always at 5:30) and a meal is as follows:
March 12- St. John the Baptist Church (501 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids)
March 19- St. Elias the Prophet Church (419 Grandview Ave.(new location!), Dubuque)
March 26- St. George Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids)
April 2- St. Nicholas Mission (125 33rd St. NE, Cedar Rapids)

Lenten Wednesdays-
        Beginning on March 1 at 6:00PM, we pray the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts each Wednesday during Lent.  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 is posted in the narthex.

What is the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete?-
        On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of the first week of Lent, and again on the 5th Wednesday of Lent, we sing the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.  This magnificent hymn is filled with references to characters and stories from the whole Bible.  It is a comprehensive lesson in how to repent and how to hope in God.  To learn more about this treasure of the Church, go to: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/51825.htm  Come and see!

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

Teaching on the End-Times From Bishop Anthony-
        The bishops of the Church, first and foremost, have the responsibility to faithfully preserve and transmit the teaching of the Church to the faithful.  In a series of recordings by Ancient Faith Radio, Bishop Anthony carefully explains Orthodox teaching on eschatology, that is, the end times, in a talk titled "And He Shall Come Again."  To view and/or to listen, go to: http://www.ancientfaith.com/specials/and_he_shall_come_again

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 to His Disciples: If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  (Matthew 6:14-21)

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-

Come ye, let us worship Him Who was born of the Father before all time, the Word of God, incarnate of the Virgin Mary; for He did submit to crucifixion by His own choice, was delivered to burial as He Himself willed, rose from the dead, and saved me, who was lost.

Stichera from vespers