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Church Bulletin: March 6, 2016

posted Mar 7, 2016, 8:37 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
March 6, 2016- Sunday of the Last Judgment (Meatfare Sunday)
This Week's Services and Events

March 8, Tuesday
        + Parish Council Meeting, 7:00PM

March 9, Wednesday 
        + Akathist, 7:00PM

March 12, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

March 13, Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare Sunday)
        + Matins, 8:45AM 
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School 
        + Forgiveness Vespers, 6:00PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 
March-April Calendars-
        Printed calendars showing services and other events during March and April are printed and available in the narthex.
Special Voters' Meeting Summary-
         Through God's Providence and your generosity, we have met our financial goal to sustain a minimal budget which includes continuing to fund a full time priest.  We appreciate the many ways that so many of you give of your time, talents and resources to help sustain St. Raphael Church.

Fr. Ignatius Travelling-
        Fr. Ignatius will be attending a clergy retreat in Chicago and so he will be out of town this Thursday March 10 until Saturday March 12.  There will be no OCF compline on Thursday and no matins or office hours on Friday this week.  

Lent is almost here!-
    We gradually begin the Lenten Fast by abstaining from meat after March 6, and we fast fully, including from dairy and eggs, beginning after March 13.  If you have any questions about the fasting guidelines of the Church, ask Fr. Ignatius.

Daylight Savings Time Reminder-
        Remember to set your clocks forward one hour when you go to bed this Saturday, March 12 or else you'll get to church an hour early!  But then, you could experience matins.  So, on second thought, don't set your clocks forward.  

First Week of Lent Services-
       Sunday, March 13- Forgiveness Vespers, 6:00PM
       Monday, March 14- Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00PM
       Tuesday, March 15- Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00PM
        Wednesday, March 16- Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 6:00PM
        Thursday, March 17- Little Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7:00PM
        Friday, March 18- Little Compline with Akathist Hymn, 7:00PM

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)

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.

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!)

Dallas Has a Saint!-
        A few days ago, the relics of Archbishop Dmitri, reposed archbishop of the Diocese of Dallas and the South in the Orthodox Church in America, were disinterred so that they could be transferred into a crypt in a chapel recently completed to house his remains.  Although he died four and a half years ago and was not embalmed, he relics have been shown to be incorrupt, feee from decay, as photos have demonstrated.  To read an account of this and a bit more about this good shepherd of the flock, go to: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/91243.htm

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-
        The Lord said to His Disciples: If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  (Matthew 6:14-21)

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-

Though Thou wast arrested, O Christ, by the transgressors of the law, Thou still remainest my God, and therefore I am not ashamed. And though Thou wast lashed on Thy back I shall not deny Thee; or nailed upon the Cross, I shall not hide it; for in Thy Resurrection do I glory; for Thy death is my life, O Almighty One and Lover of mankind. O Lord, glory to Thee.  

Stichera for the Resurrection in Tone 7 from Vespers