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Church Bulletin: March 27, 2016

posted Mar 28, 2016, 9:11 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
March 27, 2016- St. Gregory Palamas (2nd Sunday of Lent)
This Week's Services and Events

March 28, Monday
        + Great Compline, 7:00PM

March 30, Wednesday 
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts followed by Soup Supper, 6:00PM

April 1, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Little Compline with Akathist Hymn, 7:00PM

April 2, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

April 3, Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School 
        + Pan-Orthodox Vespers and supper, 5:30PM at St. George Church
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

Schedule for Bishop Anthony's Visit, April 9-10-
Lunch with the Parish Council at 1:30pm
Great Vespers at 5pm followed by Orthotalk by Bishop Anthony

Orthros at 8:45am with Ordinations of Todd Wiblin and Bill Spencer to the subdiaconate
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10am followed by Coffee Hour with His Grace

Lent, Fasting and Confessions-
    We are fasting 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.  Also, remember to make your confessions before Pascha.  Fr. Ignatius is available to hear confessions after most services, 10-15 minutes before Liturgy on Sunday, and during office hours on Friday morning.  

Lenten Wednesday Evenings-
        We are having the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts each Wednesday during Lent, at 6:00PM.  Following the service, we 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 provides a meal following the service.  The faithful from each parish are encouraged to visit their sister parishes in Eastern Iowa. The remaining schedule is as follows:
April 3- St. George Church (Cedar Rapids)
April 10- St. Elias Church (Dubuque)
April 17- St. Demetrios Church  (Waterloo)

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.

How Can Educated People Rationally Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus?-
        Above, is the title of a lecture to be given by Dr. Gary Habermas, a scholar who specializes in Christian apologetics, or rationally defending the faith against skeptics.  This lecture is free and open to the public and will be at the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) at 7:00PM on April 7.  As Orthodox Christians, we accept the testimony of the apostles regarding the Resurrection of Christ, but many non-believers doubt these accounts.  Come and hear why it is more rational to believe the apostles' witness to the Resurrection than to doubt it.  For more information about this event, go to: http://ratiochristi.org/uiowa/events/gary-habermas-at-university-of-iowa/3844

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

Spring Cleaning Day-
        We will clean the church building and grounds on Saturday, April 16 from 1:00PM-4:00PM to get it all ready for Holy Week.

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. 
        NO KALONA VESPERS during Lent. Also, we are looking for singers who can come on the first Wednesday of the month. All we need is one at a time, though more are always welcome. And the singing is simple (Russian tones).
    Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com or 319-333-4738

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.  
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-
         The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”  (Mark 8:34-9:1)

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-

The Lord came to send fire upon earth (cf. Luke 12:49) and through participation in this fire He makes divine not just the human substance which He assumed for our sake, but every person who is found worthy of communion with Him.

- St. Gregory Palamas