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Church Bulletin: March 30, 2014

posted Apr 24, 2014, 11:21 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church   [ updated Apr 24, 2014, 11:21 AM ]
March 30, 2014- 4th Sunday of Lent (Sunday of the St. John Climacus)
 
This Week's Services and Events

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

April 2, Wednesday
        + Little Compline with Canon of St. Andrew and Life of St. Mary of Egypt, 6PM

April 3, Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 6:30PM at Branch/Peterson's home

April 4, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30AM
         + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
         + Little Compline with Akathist, 7PM (with Our Lady of Czestochowa icon)

April 5, Saturday
        + Semi-annual Church Clean-up Day, 1PM-5PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
                                                                                                      
April 6, 5th Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and coffee hour
        + Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. Demetrios Church (Waterloo) followed by Potluck Dinner, 5:30PM
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Pilgrimage Icon Coming to St. Raphael This Friday!-
        On Friday, April 4 at 7PM, we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos in front of a large copy of the ancient and revered "Our Lady of Czestochowa" icon, also known as the Black Madonna.  As part of the "From Ocean to Ocean Pilgrimage" this icon has been travelling around the world and has appeared in hundreds of Orthodox and Catholic churches.  To learn more about this icon and pilgrimage, go to: www.fromoceantoocean.org.  Invite your friends!  Forward this link to them:  http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/events/our-lady-of-czestochowa-pilgrimage-icon

Semi-Annual Parish Clean-up Day April 5-
       In anticipation of Holy Week and Pascha, let's get some Spring cleaning done inside and outside of church on Saturday, April 5, 1PM-4PM. 

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On April 7, our teens are meeting for Book Club at 7PM and they are meeting on April 21 at 7PM for Movie Night.

Teen SOYO Asks for Help-
       Teen SOYO is asking the whole parish to donate items by April 27, that will make up the contents of "Restoration Bags" to be used by an organization called Restore Innocence.  This group works works with women and girls who have been rescued from trafficking, especially forced prostitution.  See www.restoreinnocence.org and www.restoreinnocence/restoration-bags for more information.  Items being accepted for donation include: 
New Yoga PantsNew T-Shirt
New SweatshirtBoy Cut Style Underwear
Sports BraSlippers
ShampooConditioner
Body WashFace Wash
LuffaLotion
DeodorantChapstick
ToothbrushToothpaste
Hair BrushHair Ties
BlanketHuggable Sized Stuffed Animal
Snacks Gum

Upcoming OCF Events-
        The Orthodox Christian Fellowship meets on April 3 at 6:30PM for dinner at the Branch-Peterson home.

Parish Council Meeting April 8-
       The next monthly Parish Council meeting is April 8 at 7PM.

Parish Group Photo to be Taken April 13-
       If you look at our parish website (www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org) you will see a parish group photo that is 3 1/2 years old.  It's time to update!  On April 13, Palm Sunday, we will assemble in the nave of the church immediately after liturgy for the picture to be taken.

Palestine: The Beauty of Resistance-
       Abdelfattah Abusrour will present a program as Director of the Al Rowwad (Pioneers for Life) Culture and Theatre Society centered at the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem in occupied Palestine.  Created in 1998, Al Rowwad provides a safe and healthy environment for children to creatively cope with the war conditions they are forced to live under. Al Rowwad's mission is to use art, theatre and music as creative alternatives to destructive violence.  St. Raphael Church is a co-sponsor of this event. 
Monday, April 14, 7:00PM
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room A
For information call 319-338-3290

Holy Week is Coming!-
       Here is our schedule for Holy Week this year.  Please try to set aside some extra time during Holy Week to enter into the liturgical commemorations of our Lord's passion, death and resurrection.  Printed copies are available at the church.

Friday, April 11- Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 7PM
Lazarus Saturday, April 12- Matins and Liturgy, 8:45AM/10AM; 9th Hour & Vespers, 6PM
Palm Sunday, April 13- Matins and Liturgy, 8:30AM/10AM; Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Monday, April 14- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Tuesday, April 15- Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Holy Wednesday, April 16- Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, 9AM; Holy Unction Service, 7PM
Holy Thursday, April 17- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rite of Footwashing, 6PM; 12 Passion Gospels Service, 7PM
Holy Friday, April 18- Royal Hours, 9AM; Great Vespers (Taking the Lord Down from the Cross), 3PM; Lamentations, 7PM followed by Psalm-reading vigil overnight
Holy Saturday, April 19- Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM; Rush Service, 11:40PM
Great and Holy Pascha, April 20- Paschal Matins and Liturgy, 12AM followed by feast; Agape Vespers, 12:30PM followed by Paschal Picnic at Coralville Rec. Center, 2PM-4PM

Paschal Feast and Picnic Sign-ups-
        We must celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and so, to do so properly, we will truly feast. On Sunday April 20, Holy Pascha, there are two opportunities to share a festive meal with others. First, we will gather at church following the Paschal Liturgy, at about 3AM or so, and break the Lenten fast. Later in the day, after some sleep (?!) and after Agape Vespers at 12:30PM, we will go to the Coralville Rec. Center (1506 8th St.) to share a meal and enjoy each other's company.  Please check the bulletin boards for related food sign-up sheets. 

Other Holy Week/Pascha Sign-up Sheets-
        With all of the activity in church during Holy Week and Pascha, there are plenty of opportunities to help out around church. Please check the bulletin boards for sign-up sheets that cover the decorating of the funeral bier on Holy Friday, the reading of Psalms through the night after the Holy Friday Lamentations service, bringing dyed red eggs to Pascha, bringing and the reading of the Agape Vespers Gospel in various languages. 

Pan-Orthodox Vespers-
       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 remaining schedule:
April 6- St. Demetrios Orthodox Church (613 W. 4th St., Waterloo)

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 for all of the Antiochian parishes and gives it to various programs that serve the hungry.  Look for collection boxes at church in the narthex.  

Fasting-
      The Church asks us to abstain from meat (with the exception of fish on March 25 for the Annunciation and April 13 for Palm Sunday) until Great and Holy Pascha, April 20. Shellfish are permitted.  The full Lenten fast also includes abstention from dairy, eggs, oil and wine (oil and wine are permitted on the weekends).  Fast as you are able with these standards being the goal.  Exceptions can be made for those who are very young, very old, ill, pregnant, nursing, or infirm.  If you have any questions about fasting, please ask Fr. Ignatius.  May our fasting from certain foods help us to find some humility as we struggle to fast from sin.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-
         “For what did not they of old do? They gave tithes, and tithes again upon tithes for orphans, widows, and strangers; whereas some one was saying to me in astonishment of another person, ‘Why, such a one gives tithes!’ What a load of disgrace does this imply, since what was not a matter of wonder with the Jews has come to be so in the case of the Christians? If there was a danger then in omitting tithes, think how great it must be now!”  - St. John Chrysostom, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Volume XIII, First Series, page 69

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        St. John Chrysostom urges Christians to preview the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading so that it may be fresh in your minds when you hear it next Sunday.  The reading for Sunday, April 6 is: "At that time, Jesus took His twelve Disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit upon Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And they said to Him, “Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized. But to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Pray for our Catechumens-
      Please keep our catechumens: Ilya Buchkin, Rachelle Naridze, Tyson Humphrey and Rob Bergenstock 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, 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-
        On Sunday April 6, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.   
      

Food for Thought-

Share what you have, lest you lose what you have.  Spend what you possess on the needs of others in order to keep what you possess.

St. John Chrysostom
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