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Church Bulletin: March 29, 2015

posted Mar 30, 2015, 9:06 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
March 29, 2015- 5th Sunday of Lent (St. Mary of Egypt)
This Week's Services and Events

March 30, Monday
        + Great Compline,  7:00PM

April 1, Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 6:00PM, followed by lenten soup supper and a short teaching time on the services of Holy Week

April 2, Thursday
        + OCF diner at Tyler Fyotek's home, 6:30PM

April 3, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
        + Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 7:00PM

April 4, Saturday
        + Matins/Liturgy for Lazarus Saturday, 8:45AM/10AM
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

April 5, The Triumphant Entrance of Christ into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by fellowship hour and Sunday School
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7:00PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Procession with Palms Next Sunday, April 5-
       If the weather cooperates, we will have a procession with palm branches and pussy willows at the end of liturgy on Sunday, April 5.  If it is too cold or rainy, we will have our procession indoors.

Memory Eternal!-
       Memorial flowers were offered today by Valentina Bestsennaya on the fortieth day of the repose of her father, Vasiliy, and for other relatives.  We also prayed for Nestan Tsiskaridze's mother Nina, on the anniversary of her repose, and for other relatives.  May their memories be eternal.

Thank You-
       Thank you to Todd Wiblin, Karen Kuntz and Emanuela Iorga for working hard during our clean-up day yesterday.  
Lenten Wednesday Evenings-
       On Wednesdays at 6:00PM during Lent, we have the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, a mid-week refreshment given to us by the Church.  Following this service, we will gather for a simple Lenten soup supper.  During our meal time, Fr. Ignatius will offer a brief teaching on the services of Holy Week, in anticipation.  If you wish to receive the Eucharist at this service, fast from about noon.  We need a volunteer to bring soup on April 1.

Plan Ahead for Holy Week and Pascha-
       Palm Sunday is one week away.  During this holiest time of the church year, we enter deeply into the life, sufferings, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The many services of the Church help us to do this together, as a family.  Please look over this schedule and plan to come as you are able. Copies are printed, and available in the narthex to take home.
Friday, April 3- Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 7PM
Lazarus Saturday, April 4- Matins and Liturgy, 8:45AM/10AM; Vespers, 6PM
Palm Sunday, April 5- Matins and Liturgy, 8:30AM/10AM; Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Monday, April 6- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Tuesday, April 7- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Wednesday, April 8- Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, 9AM; Holy Unction Service, 7PM
Holy Thursday, April 9- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rite of Footwashing, 6PM; 12 Passion Gospels Service, 7PM
Holy Friday, April 10- Royal Hours, 9AM; Great Vespers (Taking the Lord Down from the Cross), 3PM; Lamentations, 7PM followed by Psalm-reading vigil overnight
Holy Saturday, April 11- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rush Service, 11:40PM
Great and Holy Pascha, April 12- Paschal Matins and Liturgy, 12AM followed by feast; Agape Vespers, 12:30PM followed by picnic at Scanlon Gym/Mercer Pool, 2PM-4PM

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.

April is Russian Outreach and Appreciation Month-
       The Outreach and Evangelism Working Group is declaring April to be Russian Outreach and Appreciation Month at our church.  We hope to have the epistle reading to be read in Russian (following the reading in English) each Sunday, and the month culminates with the Russian ensemble Lyra's concert on April 28.  If you know of anybody with a Russian background that isn't yet familiar with our church, invite them to join us during this month. 

Families, Make Holy Friday a Memorable Day-
       Parents, consider pulling your children out of school for at least half of the day on Friday, April 10, Holy Friday.  Following Royal Hours (9AM), all are invited to help decorate the funeral bier of Christ with flowers.  We will start this around 11:30.  Lunch will be provided.  Following lunch and decorating, the movie Son of God will be playing for the children.  Great Vespers will be at 3PM.  At the Lamentations service (7PM) girls are invited to be "myrhhbearers" who stand near the tomb with baskets of flower petals and participate in the procession.  

Please Help Us Promote April 28 Lyra Concert-
       This is a fundraiser for the church.  It is part of our plan to help get our church's finances on more solid ground for the year.  We depend on you to share the information about the concert with your friends, families and co-workers.  Please find ways to direct them to our church's events page at http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/events  or to the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/411645679007389/ 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.

A Letter From Metropolitan Joseph in Support of Marriage-
       In light of pending US Supreme Court decisions regarding gay marriage and the general debate in our country over what constitutes marriage, Metropolitan Joseph has issued the following letter.  http://www.antiochian.org/metropolitan-joseph-issues-letter-support-march-marriage

On Orthodox Christian Stewardship-
        To read the article titled, "Orthodox Christian Stewardship: What do Jesus, the Bible, and the Church Fathers Say about Tithing and Giving to God?" go to: http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2015/03/orthodox-christian-stewardship-what-do-jesus-the-bible-and-the-church-fathers-say-about-tithing-and-giving-to-god/

Parish Electronic Directory-
       To foster greater awareness of each other and to strengthen our connections, we are starting a voluntary parish directory on Google Docs.  Use this link to log in, add whatever contact information you want to share, including birthdates and occupation or any skill or service that you might be able to share with other members from the parish.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PHVXe1GGgaeoO5GNrIWhur2YkAQb0zGSoElGQFnIPF0/edit?usp=sharing 

The Geneva Lecture Series Presents-
       "The Religious Turn: Postsecular Approaches for Literature and the Humanities", a lecture by our own Dr. Lori Branch will be given on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30PM at 107 EPB (English-Philosophy Building, 251 W. Iowa Ave.) at the University of Iowa.  In the mid-1990s, academia started buzzing about the "religious turn" in the humanities. Some predicted it would be a short-lived fad, but  something more substantial has slowly emerged: what scholars are starting to call "postsecular studies." In this talk, Professor Branch overviews the most important currents of thought in the religious turn in literature, sociology, anthropology, history, and philosophy.  She explains how these developments should change our intellectual operating assumptions and breathe new life into the study of the humanities.

You Are Invited to a Baptism-
       Alli Rockwell and Rezo Gvarjaladze invite you to the baptism of their daughter Inga, on Saturday, April 18 at 11:00AM.  A reception will follow.  RSVP to Alli if you plan to come.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship-
       The University of Iowa OCF will continue its book discussion of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, on April 16.  We will meet for compline at 7:00PM and start the discussion afterward, at about 7:30PM.

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 15, led by Fr. Ignatius and Fr. Germogen on first and third Wednesdays. Do plan to come! 

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.

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.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         "Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus who had died was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of His Disciples (he who was to betray Jesus), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the moneybox he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His Disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Jesus was that they heard He had done this sign." (John 12:1-18)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin 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. 

Holy Bread-
       The Van Dinter family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on April 5.  Thank you in advance.

Choir Leadership-
       Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during the weekend of April 4-5.

Coffee Hour-
       The St. Nicholas team will bring food to share following liturgy on April 5.

Food for Thought-

Thou art the God that doest wonders; Thou hast declared Thy power among the peoples.

Psalm 76:15