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Church Bulletin: March 1, 2015

posted Mar 2, 2015, 10:54 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
March 1, 2015- 1st Sunday of Lent (Triumph of Orthodoxy)
This Week's Services and Events

March 2, Monday
        + Great Compline,  7:00PM

March 3, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

March 4, Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 6:00PM, followed by lenten soup supper and a short teaching time on the services of Holy Week

March 5, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM (at Branch-Peterson's)

March 6, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Little Compline with Akathist Hymn, 7:00PM

March 7, Saturday
        + Prayer at Abortion Clinic, 10:00AM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

March 8, 2nd Sunday of Lent (St. Gregory Palamas)
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
        + Pan-Orthodox Vespers, 5:30PM, followed by supper at St. Raphael
Upcoming Events and Announcements   

Prayers at Abortion Clinic (March 7)-
        All are invited to join Fr. Ignatius on the sidewalk in front of a local abortion clinic to pray the Akathist for One Who Has Aborted a Child and the Moleben for the Victims of Abortion.  On Saturday, March 7 at 10:00AM, Father will be in front of the Emma Goldman Clinic at 227 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City.

Please Bring Food for Pan-Orthodox Vespers, March 8, 5:30PM-
       As noted above, we are hosting clergy and faithful from several Eastern Iowa Orthodox churches on Sunday evening, March 8.  Following vespers, we will provide a lenten meal for ourselves and our guests.  Please look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex and plan to bring some food to share.

Reminder, Daylight Savings Time Begins Next Weekend-
       Set your clocks forward one hour when you go to bed on Saturday night, March 7.

Welcoming Weekend, March 14-15 (Invite some friends!)-
       As part of our mission to be faithful to the Lord and make disciples, the Evangelism and Outreach Working Group is spearheading a Welcoming Weekend March 14-15.  All are invited to participate.  Invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to either vespers on Saturday, or Liturgy on Sunday (or both!)  Following vespers, we will offer some refreshments and invite people to stay a bit and talk.  This is a way to build up our church and share the gift we have been given.

We are looking for volunteers to greet, make food, as well as for everyone to invite friends and family to services this weekend.

Lent is Here!-
       The Church offers many opportunities for prayer and worship during the Lenten season.  There are weekly services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening.  Fr. Ignatius challenges you to consider making a commitment to come to at least one mid-week service every week during Lent.  Pick a night, clear your schedule and come and experience what the Church has to offer to you through the beautiful prayers and hymns of this season. 

Volunteers Needed to Bring Food for Wednesday Evening Soup Suppers-
       On Wednesdays at 6:00PM during Lent, we have the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts.  Following this service, we will gather for a simple Lenten soup supper.  We need volunteers to bring some soup, bread and a side, if desired.  Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex.  During our meal time, Fr. Ignatius will offer a brief teaching on the services of Holy Week, in anticipation.

Special Voters' Meeting, March 22-
       As decided upon at our annual voters' meeting in December, AND because of our tenuous budget situation, we are going to re-visit the budget and discuss the church's finances at the end of the year's first quarter.  The meeting will take place after liturgy on Sunday, March 22.  Please plan to stay and participate in the discussion.

St. Maria's Bread House-
       Please pray for us as the Bread House board of directors has a sabbatical during Lent. Also pray for Amy and Bill as they start planning summer lunch with Kalona Methodist Church. We plan to start Kalona Vespers again on April 16, led by Fr. Ignatius and Fr. Germogen on first and third Wednesdays. Do plan to come! 

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 from all of the Antiochian parishes and gives it to various programs that serve the hungry.  Collection boxes are now at church in the narthex.  Take one home and use it during Lent.

Lenten Pan-Orthodox Sunday Vespers-
       Once again, the Iowa Orthodox Christian Clergy Association is sponsoring Pan-Orthodox Vespers at 5:30PM on Sundays during Lent.  After each service, the host parish will provide a meal.  Following is the schedule:
March 1- St. George Orthodox Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids)
March 8- St. Raphael
March 15- St. John the Baptist Church (501 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids)
March 22- St. Demetrios Orthodox Church (613 W. 4th St., Waterloo)
March 29- St. Elias the Prophet Orthodox Church (Temporary Location: The Hadley Chapel at Hillcrest, 2005 Asbury Rd., Dubuque)

Parish-wide and Family Pictures To Be Taken on Palm Sunday, April 5-
       Following Liturgy on April 5, we will gather in our church nave for our annual group picture as a parish.  We are also going to try something new this year.  As part of our new 2015 parish directory, we are going to include as many portraits as we can of families and individuals.  Plan to have your family's picture taken for our new directory during coffee hour.

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.

Resources for Great Lent-

        On our archdiocesan website at http://www.antiochian.org//lent there are plenty of wonderful teaching resources about the season of Great Lent.  Read and learn!

Save the Date!-

       We are excited to have the opportunity to host the touring Russian Choral group Lyra at our church on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30PM.  A free-will donation will be taken, proceeds to go to charity.  More information will be posted as the date draws closer.

Scholarship for Women Available-
       If you are a female 27 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, 2015.

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to:www.midwestplc2015.com.

Bible Bowl and Oratorical Festival-
       Each year, our diocese offers two different competitions for teens (and one for adults), held at the Parish Life Conference.  The 2015 Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI in June.  Teens from our parish have participated in and done very well in the Bible Bowl is recent years, winning trophies each time they have competed.  Instead of focusing on one book of the Bible, the 2015 Bible Bowl will focus on the life of our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, as found in the book "Our Father Among the Saints Raphael Bishop of Brooklyn: Good Shepherd of the Lost Sheep in America" published by Antakya Press.  This theme was chosen by Metropolitan Philip before his repose, because 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the repose of St. Raphael.  Fr. Ignatius challenges teens (ages 13-19) to form a team and study and compete.  Adults can form a team as well.  We can win this at the diocesan level and go on to compete on the archdiocesan level!  In addition, if giving speeches is your thing (teens only), consider writing a speech for the Oratorical Festival, the theme of which is also the life of St. Raphael.  Information is posted in the narthex.  Talk to Fr. Ignatius if you would like to learn more.
Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, when Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home.  And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the Word to them.  And they came, bringing to Jesus a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.  And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Now, some of the scribes were sitting there, reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus?  It is blasphemy!  Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  And immediately Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they thus reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason thus in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic – “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”  And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all.  So that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”  (Mark 2:1-12)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rob Bergenstock and Daniel Welsh 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, 2013, 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-
       The St. Raphael team will bring food to share and will clean-up the fellowship hall on Sunday March 8. 

Food for Thought-

When children make noise in the Church we must forgive. The more we focus our attention on the prayer, the more the noise becomes for us a blessing. The Church is not only for us, but for the children. They are ‘The Tomorrow’ of the Church.

+ Metropolitan Joseph