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Church Bulletin: June 2, 2013

posted Jun 3, 2013, 11:09 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
June 2, 2013- 5th Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
 
Khrishti unjal!  Kristus vstal a mrtvych!  Christu uyirthezhunnettu!
This Week's Services and Events
June 3, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30
       + Teen SOYO book group and dinner, 6:30PM
 
 
June 4, Tuesday
       + Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM
 
 
June 5, Wednesday
       + Akathist, 7PM, followed by Bible Study
 
 
June 7, Friday
       + Matins, 8:30AM
 
June 8, Saturday
        + Farmer's Market table, 7:30AM-12PM (ground level of Chauncey Swan Parking Garage and Park)
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
                                                                                                                                      
June 9, 6th Sunday of Pascha
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
 
Upcoming Events and Announcements
 
 
Free Lunch Volunteering This Tuesday-
       This Tuesday, June 4, we are scheduled to provide a few volunteers to help serve a meal at the Free Lunch Program which is at the Wesley Center on Dubuque St.  We need volunteers from approximately 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Let Fr. Ignatius know if you would like to help this month.
 
 
Help Out a Church Family-
       Most of you probably know that Lori Branch recently had surgery.  She will be recovering for many weeks.  Robert and Lori would welcome any families from church contacting them and arranging a time to take Nina and Nicole for a few hours on a play date or other adventure.  This will give the girls a chance to get out of the house and enjoy the summer, and give Lori a chance to rest.
 
  
Next Farmer's Market Table, This Saturday, June 8-
       Look for the sign-up sheet at the top of the stairs near the bookstore, or talk with Amy Spencer or Karen Kuntz or Alli Rockwell if you want to help out.  We need people to bake food (specific recipes are posted on the bulleting board, people to be present at church on Friday evening June 7 to receive food, and people to staff the table on Saturday June 8.  Most of the profits from cookbook sales, lotion bar sales and food sales will go to charity.
 
 
 
Sunday June 9 is Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday-
       The Assembly of Bishops has designated next Sunday, June 9, as Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday.  The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry works with many prisoners around the country to encourage them in the faith and to otherwise minister to them.  To learn more about this important effort, go to http://theorthodoxprisonministry.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/2013PrisonMinistryAwarenessSundayEncyclical.pdf
 
 
An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       The Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.  Secondarily, the greeter will be keeping an eye on the front entrances and the narthex during the Liturgy and making sure that those who are there are those who belong there.  If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter who will serve on a rotating basis, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sign-up sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.
 
 
Epistle Readers Always Welcome-
       Anyone who would like to read the Sunday Epistle reading in English or any other language can sign up to do so.  The sign-up sheet is at the top of the stairs, near the bookstore.  If you have any questions, check with Bill Spencer, Todd Wiblin or Fr. Ignatius.      
 
 
Olive Oil Donations Welcomed-
       The church would welcome donations of olive oil as our supply is low right now.  Regular grade, and not extra virgin, is preferred, as it burns better in our oil lamps. 
 
 
Vesperal Liturgy for the Ascension-
        On Wednesday, June 12 at 6PM, we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.  Please join us. 
 
 
Teen SOYO Waterpark Trip-
       On Saturday, June 15, the teens will travel to Waterloo, IA, and enjoy the day at Lost Island Water Park.  Teens will meet at church at 9AM to carpool to Waterloo and plan to stay until about 3PM, arriving back at church at about 4:30PM.  Tickets are $24 + tax if purchased in advance.  Teens should also plan to bring at least $10 for lunch/snacks.  Check with Alli Rockwell if you have questions or want to order a ticket. 
 
Pray for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
        On April 22, while attempting to free two priests who had been kidnapped 4 months ago, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna of Aleppo were kidnapped by armed men. Metropolitan Paul is an Antiochian bishop of our Patriarchate and the brother of Patriarch John. Metropolitan Youhanna is from the Syriac Orthodox Church. Their driver and another man riding in the car were released, but their driver, a deacon, was later killed. Our Archdiocesan website, www.antiochian.org is providing updates as is the Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog, www.araborthodoxy.blogspot.com. May the Lord have mercy! Metropolitan Philip encourages the faithful of our Archdiocese to consider signing a petition urging President Obama's administration to make it a priority to work for the release of these two bishops. To sign the petition, go to: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appeal-president-obama-and-his-government-release-two-abducted-orthodox-christian-archbishops-syria/xNskxL1q 
 
  
Fasting and Feasting-
          According to Antiochian custom, there is an allowance to not fast from any foods during the entire Paschal season, including on Wednesdays and Fridays, until after the Feast of Ascension (June 13). We will resume weekly Wednesday/Friday fasting on Friday, June 14.
 
 
Parish Life Conference is June 19-23-
        PLC registration is now OPEN! To register online, please visit www.antiochianevents.org/95. Look for additional information and The Galt House Hotel reservation link on our church website www.stmichaelorthodoxchurch.org/plc. If you would prefer to speak with someone, please call the church office at (502) 454-3378 Option 8, or you may send an email to stmichaelplc@gmail.com. If you would like a packet of forms mailed to you, please call the church office at the number listed above. We also have a Facebook page titled St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church – 2013 Parish Life Conference and we encourage you to “like” it.
 
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.

Choir Leadership-
       During the weekend of June 8-9, the choir will be lead by Tania Van Dinter.
 
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 9, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
 
 
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, June 9, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Padath family.  Thank you in advance.
 
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of June 2-8, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nina team.

Food for Thought-
 
Saint John Chrysostom teaches us that the symbols of our defeat in Paradise were the virgin, the tree and death.  Eve was the virgin, for she had not yet known Adam.  The tree was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Death was the result of Adam's disobedience.  Now again we have a virgin, a tree and death; the symbols of defeat now become the symbols of victory!  For instead of Eve, we now have the Virgin Mary.  Instead of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we have the tree of the Cross.  Instead of the death of Adam (separation from God), we have the death of Christ, the God-Man.  Death was defeated using the same means by which it had prevailed: the virgin, the tree and death!  Thus, the circular nature of all creation focused on a single point, the Cross of Christ.
 
Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna, "A Christian Ending" p. 45
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