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Church Bulletin: March 13, 2016

posted Mar 14, 2016, 8:50 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
March 13, 2016- Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare Sunday)
This Week's Services and Events

March 13, Sunday
        + Forgiveness Vespers, 6:00PM

March 14, Monday
        + Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00PM

March 15, Tuesday
        + Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00PM

March 16, Wednesday 
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts followed by Soup Supper, 6:00PM

March 17, Thursday
        + Little Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00PM

March 18, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Little Compline with Akathist Hymn, 7:00PM

March 19, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

March 20, Sunday of Orthodoxy
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School 
        + Pan-Orthodox Vespers and supper, 5:30PM at St. John the Baptist Church (501 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids)
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Lent Is Here!-
    We begin fasting fully, from meat, dairy, eggs, oil and wine (Wine and oil okay on the weekends) beginning March 14.  If you have any questions about the fasting guidelines of the Church, ask Fr. Ignatius.

Bring Your Icons Next Sunday-
        Next Sunday is the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Lent.  At the end of Liturgy, we will have a procession with icons.  Bring the icon of your patron saint or another favorite icon from home to participate in this procession, or feel free to borrow one from the walls of the church.

Lenten Wednesday Evenings-
        Beginning on March 16, we will have the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts each Wednesday during Lent, at 6:00PM.  Following the service, we will gather for a simple lenten soup supper.  Each week, we need volunteers to sign-up to bring soup and perhaps some bread and fruit for a group of about 15.  A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Lenten Sunday Evenings-
        The Iowa Orthodox Christian Clergy Association is sponsoring pan-Orthodox lenten vespers services on Sunday evenings at 5:30PM.  Each host parish will provide a meal following the service.  The faithful from each parish are encouraged to visit their sister parishes in Eastern Iowa. The schedule is as follows:
March 20- St. John the Baptist Church (Cedar Rapids)
March 27- St. Raphael Church (Iowa City)
April 3- St. George Church (Cedar Rapids)
April 10- St. Elias Church (Dubuque)
April 17- St. Demetrios Church  (Waterloo)

We Are Hosting a Meal, March 27-
        We need volunteers to provide fasting-friendly food for the evening of Sunday, March 27.  We are hosting Pan-Orthodox vespers at 5:30pm and following the service, we want to welcome our guests from various churches with our hospitality and a meal.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.  Please consider bringing some food to share.  

Food For Hungry People Program-
        Once again this Lent, our Archdiocese is highlighting the Food For Hungry People Program.  Collection boxes are available for you to take home and fill up.  Put in your loose change during Lent and return the box at Pascha.  The three pillars of the season of Lent are fasting, repentance and almsgiving.  Let us be generous with those who have much less than us.

Letter from Metropolitan Joseph Introducing Food for Hungry People Campaign-

Orthodox Homeschooling Conference-
       Do you homeschool or are you considering homeschooling?  The St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference will be held at the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania, April 7-10.  For more information, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/st-emmelia-homeschooling-conference-antiochian-village-april-7-10-2016

In Case of Emergency, Call... Cards-
        If you or a family member ever experience a medical emergency and are rushed to a hospital, Fr. Ignatius wants to be called to help you and your family through such a crisis and to pray.  One way you can help insure that Fr. Ignatius will be contacted by medical personnel if such an event should occur is to fill out and carry the small cards located in the narthex.  These cards, provided by the Antiochian Women North American Board, have an icon of the Theotokos and Christ on one side, and "I am an Orthodox Christian.  In case of emergency, call an Orthodox priest" on the other, with room to fill in your name and address, a priest's name and phone number, and a relative's name and phone number.  Take a few for you and your family and keep them in your purse or wallet.

Food for All -- Kalona (an outreach of St. Raphael)-
        Community involvement in Summer Lunch is increasing rapidly! Please be praying primarily for the planning of new programs, being done by small groups. And for Wednesday Vespers: we'll possibly add a community meal beforehand to feed people from the community. 
    You're welcome to join us however you'd like! Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com or 319-333-4738. (Wednesday Vespers are on first and third Wednesdays at the big church on Highway 22 and 4th Street, Kalona. Do come!)

Partners With Ethiopia-
        As you know, our older Sunday School class has been raising money to help support a boy in Ethiopia through the Partners with Ethiopia organization.  To watch a short video showing some of the work this group does, go to: https://vimeo.com/142333736

2016 Antiochian Women's Retreat-
        A retreat for women is being hosted by St. John Chrysostom Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana- May 13-15.  Information is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.  

Bishop's Visit, Save the Date!-
        Bishop Anthony plans to be with us the weekend of April 9-10, 2016.  Save the date!
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.  

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found Him of Whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything March 20, 2016 Liturgy Variables 3 First Sunday of Lent good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God! Thou art the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”  (John 1:43-51)

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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. 

Food for Thought-

Banished from the joys of Paradise, Adam sat outside and wept, and beating his hands upon his face he said, “I am fallen, in Thy compassion have mercy upon me.” When Adam saw the angel drive him out and shut the door of the divine garden, he groaned aloud and said, “I am fallen, in Thy compassion have mercy upon me.” O Paradise, share in the sorrow of thy Master Who is brought to poverty, and with the sound of thy leaves pray to the Creator that He may not keep thy gate closed forever. I am fallen, in Thy compassion have mercy upon me. O Paradise, perfect, all-holy and blessed, planted for Adam’s sake and shut because of Eve, pray to God for the fallen. In Thy compassion, have mercy upon me who am fallen.  

Oikos from Matins of Sunday of Forgiveness