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Church Bulletin: March 9, 2014

posted Mar 10, 2014, 10:40 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
March 9, 2014- 1st Sunday of Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy)
This Week's Services and Events

March 10, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Book Club, 7PM

March 11, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7PM

March 12, Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 6PM, followed by Soup Supper

March 13, Thursday
        + OCF Compline, 7PM

March 14, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30AM
         + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM
         + Little Compline with Akathist, 7PM

March 15, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO serving meal at Ronald McDonald House, 8:45AM-noon
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
March 16, 2nd Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and coffee hour
        + Pan-Orthodox Vespers at St. John the Baptist Church followed by Potluck Dinner, 5:30PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

       Congratulations to Gareth and Michelle Watkins on the birth of their son Logan Christopher Watkins on February 21.  Logan joins brothers Evan, Josiah, Aiden and Hunter.  May God grant Logan and the entire Watkins family many, many years!

       With some sadness today, we said goodbye to Elsa and Paul Padath, who are returning to India.  Sanjoy will travel with them and stay for a time, and then return to his work at the University of Iowa.  May God grant Elsa and Paul many years!   It was a joy to have them in our parish family for the time they were here

Lenten Encyclical of Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East-
       To read Patriarch John's Lenten Encyclical, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/lenten-encyclical-patriarch-john-x-antioch-and-all-east

Metropolitan Philip's Sunday of Orthodoxy Epistle Concerning Seminarians-
       To read Metropolitan Philip's Sunday of Orthodox letter concerning seminarians, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/metropolitan-philips-sunday-orthodoxy-letter

Sunday of Orthodoxy Epistle from Assembly of Bishops-
        To read the Assembly of Bishop's 2014 Epistle for the Sunday of Orthodoxy, go to: http://assemblyofbishops.org/news/2014/sunday-of-orthodoxy

Announcement Regarding Upcoming Great and Holy Synod-
       To read a brief announcement regarding an upcoming worldwide gathering of Orthodox bishops, go to: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2014/03/great-and-holy-pan-orthodox-synod-to.html and to get an idea of what might be discussed at this council, read this lengthy address from the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at: http://www.patriarchate.org/documents/synaxis-2014-patriarchal-address 

Wednesday Nights During Lent-
       Come midweek on Wednesdays at 6PM for the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, a unique and beautiful Lenten service.  Stay afterward for a simple soup supper.  We need volunteers to sign-up to bring a simple Lenten meal such as a pot of soup and bread and perhaps some fruit for about 15 people.  Look for the sign-up sheet posted in narthex and please consider signing up.

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 schedule:
March 16- St. John the Baptist Church (501 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids)
March 23- St. George Orthodox Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids)
March 30- St. Elias the Prophet Orthodox Church (1075 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque)
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. 

Accepting Donations of Olive Oil-
       With the increase in the number of services which occur during the season of Lent, the church uses a significantly larger amount of olive oil in our vigil lamps, than we do during other times of the year of similar length.  We will always accept gifts of olive oil, but these gifts are especially needed during this time of year.  Regular grade (not extra virgin) is best, and usually less costly. 

      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.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       On March 10, the Book Club meets at 7PM.  On March 15 at 8:45AM, the teens are meeting to prepare and serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House.  If you would like to make a donation toward the cost of groceries or if you would like to help our teens prepare the food, please speak with Alli Rockwell.  On March 17, the teens are meeting for Movie Night.

Upcoming OCF Events-
        The Orthodox Christian Fellowship meets on March 13 and March 27 at 7PM for compline.

Parish Council Meeting-
       The March Parish Council meeting will be on March 11 at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend.

Resources for Understanding Situation in Ukraine-
       Ancient Faith Radio podcaster Kevin Allen recently interviewed two people with somewhat different perspectives on the unfolding situation in Ukraine.  To listen, go to: http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/series/ukraine_politics_protests_and_orthodoxy

St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference-
       The St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference will be held at the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania from March 27-30.  Our own Lori Peterson Branch will be one of the presenters.  To learn more, look at the poster in the narthex.  Links to the schedule and everything you need for registration can be found by scrolling to March at the following link:  http://antiochianvillage.org/center/special_events/upcoming.html

Save the Date!-
        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. 

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-
        "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 6:19-21)

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, March 16 is: "At that time, when Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home.  And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the Word to them.  And they came, bringing to Jesus a paralytic carried by four men.  And when they could not get near Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.  And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Now, some of the scribes were sitting there, reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus?  It is blasphemy!  Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  And immediately Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they thus reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason thus in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic – “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”  And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all.  So that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”  (Mark 2:1-12)

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, Priest, Nuns and Orphans 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. Since December 2, 12 nuns and three orphans have been removed by force from their convent and held captive.  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-
       On Sunday March 16, the holy bread will be provided by the Valentine family.  Thank you in advance.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday March 16, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina food team. 

Choir Leadership-
       On the weekend of March 15-16 Lori Branch will be leading the choir.

Food for Thought-

Find out how much God has given you and take from it what you need; the remainder is needed by others.

St. Augustine of Hippo