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Church Bulletin: May 12, 2013

posted May 12, 2013, 3:44 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 12, 2013- 2nd Sunday of Pascha (Thomas Sunday)
Khristos Voskrese!  Kriste ahzdkhah! Christos a Inviat!
This Week's Services and Events
May 13, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30
       + Teen SOYO Book Club, 6:30PM
May 14, Tuesday
        + Parish Council meeting, 7PM
May 16, Thursday
        + Vespers, 6PM, followed by potluck meal for deanery meeting
May 18, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup on I-80, 10AM-2PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
May 19, Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Happy Mother's Day-
       To all mothers and godmothers, have a blessed Mother's Day!  May God grant you many years.
Charitable Projects
       Thanks to everyone who made our first farmer's market visit a big success! We had $359 in sales, most of which will go to the Crisis Center. Also, the cookbooks ($10) and lotion bars ($8) are now available in the church bookstore. Put your payment in a bookstore envelope and put it in a basket in the nave.
Special Vespers and Potluck Supper for Deanery Meeting-
       On May 16-17, St. Raphael Church is hosting the Spring 2013 Upper Midwest Deanery Meeting.  Priests from parishes in neighboring states will be attending.  We will have vespers at 6PM on Thursday, May 16, followed by a potluck supper.  Please consider coming to attend vespers and to bring some food to share for ourselves and our guests. 
No Wednesday Akathist and No Friday Matins-
       Due to our hosting of the deanery meeting, there is no Akathist scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 and no matins scheduled for Friday, May 17.
Come Help Our Teens Clean-up I-80 this Saturday-
       Thanks to the hard work of our teens, there is a sign on I-80 that mentions that St. Raphael Church has adopted a section of the highway.  Our responsibility is to clean this one mile section of eastbound I-80 in Coralville twice a year and our teens would love to have some extra help from the parish to do this cleaning this Saturday, May 18 from 10AM-2PM. 
Almsgiving (Food For Hungry People Program)-
               If you took a Food for Hungry People collection box and filled it during Lent, please bring it back to church soon so that we can consolidate the funds and get them to where they need to go.
Upcoming Bible Study: Highlights from the Resurrection Gospel Readings-
        On three consecutive Wednesday evenings during the Paschal season (May 22, May 29, June 5) following 7PM Akathist, you are invited to join Fr. Ignatius to explore highlights from the 11 Resurrection Gospels that we hear at Sunday matins. The many post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus to His disciples are full of wonderful teaching, but we only hear a small portion of them read at Liturgy.  Start time will be 7:45PM.
Pray for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
        On April 22, while attempting to free two priests who had been kidnapped 4 months ago, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna of Aleppo were kidnapped by armed men. Metropolitan Paul is an Antiochian bishop of our Patriarchate and the brother of Patriarch John. Metropolitan Youhanna is from the Syriac Orthodox Church. Their driver and another man riding in the car were released, but their driver, a deacon, was later killed. Our Archdiocesan website, www.antiochian.org is providing updates as is the Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog, www.araborthodoxy.blogspot.com. May the Lord have mercy! Metropolitan Philip encourages the faithful of our Archdiocese to consider signing a petition urging President Obama's administration to make it a priority to work for the release of these two bishops. To sign the petition, go to: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appeal-president-obama-and-his-government-release-two-abducted-orthodox-christian-archbishops-syria/xNskxL1q 
New Church Directories Available-
        The new 2013 St. Raphael Church directories are printed and available in the narthes for members and friends to pick up a copy or two. Thank you to Karen Kuntz for the final layout and printing.
Do You Need Some Encouragement?-
        Although we have celebrated the joy of Pascha, a celebration of our Risen Lord, still, there are things that we struggle with and which weigh us down. But God does not leave us without help. Through His written Word, we can find much consolation. Also, the Church gives us services like the Paraklesis to the Theotokos, the purpose of which is to offer consolation and support in difficult times. If you want to know where in the Bible to look for encouraging verses, we have a nice summary of such Bible verse references printed on bookmarks and available in the church narthex. If you want to pray the Paraklesis service, it can be found at: http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/main.htm
Fasting and 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 (June 13). We will resume weekly Wednesday/Friday fasting on Friday, June 14.
Iowa City Chamber Singers Concert-
       Haven’t we had enough of this winter? Please join the Chamber Singers of Iowa City in celebrating  “Spring” and “Summer” from The Seasons by Franz Joseph Haydn May 19 at 3 pm in Opstad Auditorium, City High School, Iowa City. We conclude our  2012-2013 season with Haydn’s immortal oratorio on the turn of the seasons for choir and orchestra with a gala performance of “Spring” and “Summer” from The Seasons. This glorious work is being sung in a recent and splendid English translation which captures the rhythm of human activity and nature as gentle Spring brings forth abundant life, and the thunderstorms of Summer shake the whole world! Soloists Jon and Barbara Clements and James Judd, along with orchestra and chorus led by Maestro David Puderbaugh will bring all the warmth, beauty and power of Haydn’s masterpiece to life. You are invited to join with Chamber Singers and guest artists for a reception immediately following the performance. Tickets are $17 adults, $14seniors, and $5 students, and available from Matthew, by calling 319-535-0150 or our website ICChamberSingers.org.
Antiochian Women's Retreat, May 17-19-
        A flier advertising the Antiochian Women's retreat which will be held at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI on May 17-19 is posted on a bulletin board at church.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
          On Monday, May 13, they will have dinner and book club at 6:30PM. On Saturday, May 18 from 10AM-2PM, the teens will be cleaning our stretch of highway on I-80. Finally, on Monday, May 20, they will have dinner and a movie at 6:30PM.
St. John of Damascus Society Launches Collaborative Music Composition Project-
        The St. John of Damascus Society is a sacred arts organization that seeks to promote excellence in the liturgical music of the Orthodox Christian Church, regardless of ethnic/national heritage of style, as well as support related outreach, educational, and academic efforts. Their artistic director is Richard Barrett, a friend of our parish, and one of their advisory board members is our own Matthew Arndt. To learn about an exciting project they are undertaking, which will include some compositional work from Matthew, and to learn about the fundraising necessary to complete it, go to: http://www.johnofdamascus.org/2013/04/with-wisdom-all/

Antiochian Women's Scholarship Available-
        Several $500 scholarships are available to women over 26 years of age who are active in an Antiochian Orthodox parish,and who are registered for or are enrolled in a program of study and who can demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is June 1, 2013. For a copy of the application, see Fr. Ignatius.
Parish Life Conference is June 19-23-
        PLC registration is now OPEN! To register online, please visit www.antiochianevents.org/95. Look for additional information and The Galt House Hotel reservation link on our church website www.stmichaelorthodoxchurch.org/plc. If you would prefer to speak with someone, please call the church office at (502) 454-3378 Option 8, or you may send an email to stmichaelplc@gmail.com. If you would like a packet of forms mailed to you, please call the church office at the number listed above. We also have a Facebook page titled St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church – 2013 Parish Life Conference and we encourage you to “like” it.
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 May 19, 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 12-18, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. John the Baptist team.

Food for Thought-
On this day Spring is fragrant; the new creation danceth now; today the bars have been taken off of the doors of disbelief, as the friend Thomas doth cry out: Thou art my Lord and God truly.
From the 9th Ode of the Canon of Matins of Thomas Sunday