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Church Bulletin: May 11, 2014

posted May 11, 2014, 3:03 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 11, 2014- Sunday of the Paralytic

Christ is Risen!  Kristus er oppstanden! Le Christ est ressuscité!
 
This Week's Services and Events

May 13, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7PM

May 14, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
        + Bible Study- "Old Testament Types of Christ" 7:45PM-9PM

May 15, Thursday
        + OCF dinner at Branch/Peterson's home, 6:30PM

May 16, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30PM
         + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

 May 17, Saturday
        + St. Raphael table at Farmer's Market, 7AM-12PM
        + 9thHour/Great Vespers, 6PM
                                                                                                      
May 18, 5th Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and fellowship hour
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Happy Mother's Day!-
        To all mothers and godmothers, may God grant you many years!  We love you!

We Need Volunteers to Bake Holy Bread-
       Beginning with next Sunday, May 18, we have nearly every Sunday available for volunteers to sign up to provide holy bread over the next several months.  If you can bake holy bread, please look over the sign-up sheet and sign up one or more times. 

Congratulations!-
       Each year, the Creative Arts Festival is held throughout our diocese.  It focuses on a specific liturgical theme, usually a verse from Scripture.  Entries in various categories like art, photography, poetry, etc. are received and judged.  Awards are given out for the top finishers in each category and age group at the annual Parish Life Conference.  We are proud to announce that Nicole Peterson won 2nd place in Art (1st grade) and Nina Peterson won 3rd place in Art (1st grade).  Congratulations Nina and Nicole!

Metropolitan Silouan's Tribute to Metropolitan Philip on the 40th Day of His Repose-
 
Post-Pascha Bible Study-
       For four Wednesday evenings after Pascha, Fr. Ignatius will be leading a Bible Study on Old Testament "Types" of Christ in which we will discuss how Old Testament figures such as Moses, Joseph, David and others prefigure, foreshadow and point to Jesus Christ in their actions and character.  The Bible study will meet following Akathist, beginning at 7:45PM and finishing by 9PM on April 30, May 7, 14, and 21.


Return Your Food for Hungry People Program Boxes-
       If you have been collecting spare change in your Food for Hungry People box, now is the time to return it to church so that we can consolidate the funds and send them in to our Archdiocese.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       The teens meet for dinner and a movie on Monday, May 19 at 6:30PM.  They will clean-up a portion of I-80 from 10AM-2PM on Saturday May 31.


Midwest Antiochian Women Annual Retreat-
       All women are invited to attend the Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat, May 16-18 at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI.  V. Rev. Fr. Dan Daly will give a presentation entitled "What is the Church?".  Join with the nuns for prayer and worship.  Registration deadline is May 12.  For more information, see poster on bulletin board at church.
   

Lizzy Valentine's Graduation Party-
       All are invited to attend an open house party to celebrate Lizzy Valentine's graduation from high school on Saturday May 24 from 11AM-1PM.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Stop in and congratulate the graduate!

Statement Announcing End to Antiochian Abstention from Assembly of Bishops-
       In October 2013, it was announced that, due to some problems with the Jerusalem Patriarchate, all Antiochian clergy and laymen that were involved in the Assembly of Bishops effort had to desist in their activities with that group.  To read Metropolitan Silouan's statement which announces the return of the Antiochian Orthodox Church to the Assembly of Bishops, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/antiochian-participation-assembly-bishops

Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension-
        Join us for Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord at 6PM on Wednesday, May 28.

Exhibit on "White Rose" at UI until May 30-
        During World War II, in Nazi Germany, a small group of students decided to non-violently oppose the Nazi regime.  They were eventually rounded up and executed.  Among these, one was an Orthodox Christian: Alexander Schmorell.  Alexander has been recently glorified as a saint in the Orthodox Church.  To learn more about the exhibit, go to: http://now.uiowa.edu/2014/04/white-rose-exhibit-commemorates-student-anti-nazi-movement

St. Maria's Bread House and Prayer Room in Kalona-
       Amy Spencer is organizing a nonprofit community-service organization and prayer room/chapel in Kalona that, pending approval from our bishops, might one day become an Orthodox mission. The church council has given her the go-ahead to gather an advisory group. Though she'll especially need help with fundraising/crowdfunding, connecting with other parishes, and organizing volunteers, anyone with an interest is encouraged to talk to Amy. Contact her at kalonabreadhouse@gmail.com for more info.

St. Raphael Family Camping Weekend and Worship in the Park-
       Come enjoy camping and outdoor worship Sat. June 7 - Sun. June 8 at F. W. Kent Park (northwest of Iowa City on Hwy. 6, between Tiffin and Oxford). All activities will be at the Youth Camp Ground. Maps are available in the church narthex.  Campers can arrive anytime after 2PM on Saturday; families will bring their own picnic dinner, and we'll have outdoor vespers at 7:30PM followed by a campfire and s'mores. Sunday morning we'll have Matins at 8:30AM, Liturgy at 9:30AM, and a cookout afterward.  There is hiking and fishing at the lake. Sign-up sheets for camping and food are at the church. If you plan to camp overnight, please sign up.  Our reserved campground can hold about 25 people, so if more are planning to camp than that, we need to know so that we can reserve another nearby site.  Come share the fun and fellowship!
       

Paschal Season Resources-
        The website Feast of Feasts is a wonderful resource of information on the Feast of Pascha and the Paschal season.  http://www.feastoffeasts.org/

Feasting-
        According to Antiochian custom, there is an allowance to not fast from any foods during the entire Paschal season, including on Wednesdays and Fridays, until after the Feast of Ascension (May 29).  We will resume weekly Wednesday/Friday fasting on Friday, May 30

Special Convention to Nominate Candidates for Metropolitan-
       Fr. Ignatius will be in Chicago on June 5 to cast votes to help determine who our next metropolitan will be.  Lay and clergy delegates from around the archdiocese will choose the names of three candidates.  Those three will be forwarded on to the Holy Synod of Antioch which will choose our next metropolitan.  Please keep this process in your prayers. 

Parish Life Conference, Fort Wayne, IN, June 25-29-
       Our annual diocesan gathering, the Parish Life Conference, is not only for clergy.  There are engaging Bible studies, workshops, activities for children and teens, and daily opportunities for worship.  The events are presided over by His Grace, Bishop Anthony.  For more information, including how to register, go to:
http://www.midwestplc2014.com/ 

Antiochian Women Scholarship-
       If you are a female 25 years old or older, an active member in good standing of a parish in the Antiochian Archdiocese, applying for or registered in an academic or trade program of study, and able to demonstrate financial need, and you are interested in applying for a $500 scholarship, please see Fr. Ignatius.  Scholarship deadline in June 1, 2014.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being in cornerstone." (Ephesians 2:19-20)

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, May 18 is: "At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as He was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.  There came a woman of Samaria to draw water.  Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”  For His Disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.  The Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that Thou, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?”  For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.  Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and Who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  The woman said to Him, “Sir, Thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water?  Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?”  Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst forever; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”  Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”  The woman answered Him, “I have no husband.”  Jesus said to her,“You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly.”  The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that Thou art a prophet.  Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and Thou sayest that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.”  Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.  You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.  But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship Him.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming [He Who is called Christ]; when He comes, He will tell us all things.”  Jesus said to her, “I Who speak to you am He.”  Just then His Disciples came.  They marveled that He was talking with a woman, but none said, “What dost Thou wish?” or, “Why art Thou talking with her?”  So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a man Who told me all that I ever did.  Can this be the Christ?”  They went out of the city and were coming to Him.  Meanwhile the Disciples besought Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”  But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”  So the Disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him food?”  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me, and to accomplish His work.  Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’?  I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest.  He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.  For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”  Many Samaritans from that city believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He said to me all that I ever did.”  So when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.  And many more believed because of His words.  They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:5-42)

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

Choir Leadership-
        During the weekend of May 17-18, will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday May 18, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of May 11-17, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. John the Baptist team.

Food for Thought-

Whoever rejoices at the Resurrection of Christ palpably senses Christ Himself, and whoever senses Christ is together with Christ, and is within Christ. This proximity to Christ is nothing less than the sweetest goal of our lives. And there is no question that we can attain this goal! Christ prepares the way that we may approach Him. He is with us. Undoubtedly, each and every one of us has experienced moments of heartfelt communion with Him. Especially vividly, joyously, and brightly do we feel this proximity, this beauty, this power, and this love of God during the feast of the glorious Resurrection of Christ. Our childlike glee over the Resurrection of the Savior can be so powerful that it can remain vivid even into our old age. It is up to us, then, to preserve, to strengthen, and to develop this Paschal joy within our spiritual lives.

Metropolitan Hilarion (ROCOR), excerpted from his 2014 Paschal Epistle


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