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Church Bulletin: May 13, 2012

posted May 16, 2012, 6:14 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

May 13, 2012- Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (5th Sunday of Pascha)

 Christ is Risen!  Massih jee uthhā hai! Issah Ghi-yam kard!

This Week's Services and Events

        May 15, Tuesday

            + Third Hour, 9AM

            + Parish Council Meeting, 7PM

        May 16, Wednesday

             + Akathist, 7PM

             + "The Icon" series video and discussion, 7:45PM

        May 18, Friday

             + Matins, 8:30AM

        May 19, Saturday

             + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM

        May 20, 6th Sunday of Pascha
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements

 Many Years!-

       We celebrate Mother's Day on this 2nd Sunday of May.  Although this is not formally a Church holiday, it is important nonetheless.  Wisdom of Sirach says that "he who honors his mother is like one who stores up treasure."  We owe so much to our mothers.  May God bless all mothers and godmothers (and future mothers) on this day, and may God grant them many years!


       This Friday, May 18, Kh. Maria will graduate from Concordia University, Mequon, WI with a Master's degree in Professional Counseling.  Congratulations and many years!

Opportunity to Serve-

       A vacancy has opened up on our parish council as one of our current members recently decided to resign.  The vacant position is an elected position, which means at least two candidates need to agree to stand for election.  Voting members of the parish will make the selection at a special voters' meeting to be scheduled in the near future.  The term will end in December 2013.  Our parish constitution stipulates that in order to be a member of the parish council, one must be at least 18 years of age, a member in good standing in the Church for at least the last six months, and not a spouse, son, daughter or parent of any current council member.  If you are interested in learning more about the parish council and the responsibilities that a council member has, please speak with Fr. Ignatius and/or Todd Wiblin, our council chair.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius soon if you are interested in standing for election. 

Wednesday Evening Class, "The Icon" video series-

       On May 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13, we will gather to watch a video series called "The Icon" and discuss what we have seen.  This excellent series is produced by Serbian Bishop Jovan Puric.  It is visually stunning and very informative.  You won't want to miss it!  We will begin at 7:45PM each week, immediately after the Akathist and end at about 9PM.  Episodes are:  Holy Images, Canons and Freedom, Image of God?, Struggle for the Icons, Forms of Icon, Power of the Name, Teaching and Exaltation.

Parish Council Meeting-

       Our May Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday, May 15 at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend.

Orthodoxy is...-

       Several Orthodox college students were asked to complete the statement "Orthodoxy is..."  To watch a short video that shows their refreshing and engaging answers, go to: http://youtu.be/2ynklArdRxw

Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat-

       The 7th annual Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat is to be held at the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan May 18-20, 2012.  This year’s speaker is Molly Sabourin.  She will present two topics on Saturday, May 19:  Living our Ancient Faith in a Modern Society and Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos.  Molly is a writer and podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio.  She is also a wife and mother of 4. Her first book is called Close to Home published by Conciliar Press.  Registration information is posted in the narthex on the bulletin board.  

Iowa City Chamber Singers Concert-

       The Iowa City Chamber Singers present "Antonio and Amadeus" on Sunday, May 20, 2012, 3:00PM at the Clear Creek Amana Performing Arts Center, 551 W. Marengo Rd., Tiffin, IA.  The featured pieces will be Salieri's Coronation Te Deum and Mozart's Requiem.  Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors, $5 for students and youth.  For more information, contact Matthew Arndt at matthew-arndt@uiowa.edu or Meghan Carter at meghan.carter79@gmail.com.

Vesperal Liturgy for the Ascension-

       On Wednesday, May 23 at 6PM, we will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord with a Vesperal Liturgy.  Following the service, we will have our video class viewing and discussion of "The Icon." 

Graduation Party-

       Hannah Valentine is graduating from high school!  All are invited to celebrate with her and her family at the church on Saturday, May 26.  There will be an Open House from 11AM-2PM in the church fellowship hall.  Please rsvp to Kh. Maria at 319-471-5616 or sixhappyhearts@juno.com.

Feast of Pentecost Celebrations-

        During the weekend of June 2-3, we will celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost.  To recognize the festal character of this remembrance of the coming of the Holy Spirit, we will include the Litia and Artoklasia services in vespers on Saturday evening.  If you don't know what this means, come and see!  Fr. Ignatius is looking for a volunteer to provide the sweet artos bread for this service.  In addition to the regularly scheduled Saturday evening vespers and Sunday morning matins and Liturgy, we will also mark the day by praying the Kneeling Vespers at 6PM on Sunday, June 3. 

2nd Annual Parish Camping Trip-

        Come enjoy camping and outdoor worship Sat. June 9 - Sun. June 10 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. Campers can arrive anytime after 2pm on Saturday; families will bring their own picnic dinner, and we'll have outdoor vespers followed by a campfire and smores (a detailed schedule will follow). Sunday morning we'll have Matins, Liturgy, and a cookout together, and there is hiking and fishing at the lake. Sign-up sheets for camping and food are at the church. Come share the fun and fellowship!

2012 Midwest Parish Life Conference-

       St. Mary Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL is hosting the 65th annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference June 27-July 1.  All are welcome!  This is not just a conference for clergy.  For information on tickets and schedule, go to: www.2012midwestplc.org

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              May 13- Wisdom of Sirach 7-8; Psalms 66; Proverbs 13:16-21; II Corinthians 5

              May 14- Wisdom of Sirach 9-10; Psalms 67:1-20; Proverbs 13:22-27; II Corinthians 6

              May 15- Wisdom of Sirach 11-12; Psalms 67:21-36; Proverbs 14:1-5; II Corinthians 7

              May 16- Wisdom of SIrach 13-14; Psalms 68:1-20; Proverbs 14:6-10; II Corinthians 8

              May 17- Wisdom of Sirach 15-16; Psalms 68:21-37; Proverbs 14:11-15; II Corinthians 9

              May 18- Wisdom of Sirach 17-18; Psalms 69; Porverbs 14:16-20; II Corinthians 10

              May 19- Wisdom of Sirach 19-20; Psalms 70: 1-13; Proverbs 14:21-25; II Corinthians 11:1-15

              May 20- Wisdom of Sirach 21-22; Psalms 70:14-24; Proverbs 14:26-30; II Corinthians 11:16-33

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 May 20, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Van Dinter family.  Thank you in advance. 

Choir Leadership-

       During the weekend of May 19-20, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.

 Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday May 20, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team. 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday May 13, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Food for Thought-

Let heaven and earth radiantly rejoice today, for Christ hath appeared as a man in the flesh, that He might deliver from the curse the whole race of Adam; and when He came to Samaria, He was made wondrous by wonders.  He Who is compassed about by the waters of the clouds standeth nigh unto a woman and seeketh water.  Wherefore, let all us, the faithful, worship Him, Who of His own will became poor for our sake in His compassionate counsel.

Stichera from matins of the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman