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Church Bulletin: May 18, 2014

posted May 18, 2014, 3:51 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 18, 2014- Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Christ is Risen!  Cristo è risorto!  Harisutosu fukkatsu!
 
This Week's Services and Events


May 21, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
        + Bible Study- "Old Testament Types of Christ" 7:45PM-9PM

May 23, Friday
         + Matins, 8:30PM
         + Father's Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

May 24, Saturday
        + 9thHour/Great Vespers, 6PM
                                                                                                      
May 25, 6th Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Blind Man
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and fellowship hour
        
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

We Need Volunteers to Bake Holy Bread-
       If you can bake holy bread, please look over the sign-up sheet and sign up one or more times. 

Thank You-
       Thank you to Irakliy Surguladze, Newman Abuissa, George Nodia and Tariel Berimeladze who installed our new sign onto the building yesterday.  It looks great!

Thank You (Again)-
       Thank you to all who baked food, packed food and staffed the table at the Farmer's Market yesterday.  We'll do it again on June 21.

Opportunity to Give-
        On Labor Day weekend this year, our mother church, St. George, is celebrating their 100th anniversary.  As part of their celebrations, they are issuing a souvenir journal and we would like to show our love and appreciation for them by sponsoring a congratulatory message in this journal.  Our cost will be $300 and we need to collect this money before July 1.  If anyone would like to donate, please make sure your donation is designated clearly for this gift.

Next Sunday is Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday-
       Sunday May 25 has been designated as Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday by the Assembly of Bishops.  The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry is a pan-Orthodox organization seeking to support and expand Orthodox Christian ministry in the prisons of America.  Here is a snapshot of what they did in 2013:  770 icons distributed to those in prison, 267 people enrolled in Orthodox catechism course, 346 Bibles distributed to those in prison.  Since OCPM began, 9 books have been published, 5 men serving life sentences have been tonsured monks, 300 churches have been trained in prison ministry, legal recognition for the Orthodox faith has been secured in 9 state prisons and 2 federal prisons.  On average OCPM receives and answers 6 letters per week from prisoners seeking guidance or materials and they also receive 10 requests per month from recently released prisoners who want help with their reintegration process with society.  Fr. Ignatius will read a letter after Liturgy next Sunday highlighting prison ministry.  To learn more about OCPM, go to: http://theorthodoxprisonministry.org/


Volunteers Urgently Needed for Church Construction in Kenya!-
       Two teams will be serving in the Turkana region of northern Kenya to help build the Church of St. Nicholas in the remote village of Lokichar. The first team will serve from June 17th to July 1st and the second from June 24th to July 11th. At least two more volunteers are urgently needed for each team. Apply online at www.ocmc.org. You can also contact Andrew Lekos or Pres. Renee Ritsi by e-mail at teams@ocmc.org or by phone at 1-877-463-6784 ext. 141 if you are able to help build a church for our newly illumined Turkana brothers and sisters in Christ.

Summer Break for Sunday School-
       Our Sunday School year is winding down.  Next Sunday, May 25 is the final day for Sunday School until late August/early September.  Thank you to teachers and helpers Lori Branch, Robert Peterson, Alli Rockwell, Tyler and Hope Fyotek, Hannah Valentine, Becky Morey and others who worked hard to continue to improve our Sunday School program at St. Raphael Church by teaching the faith to our children.

Summer Break for OCF-
        Our college group, OCF, is now on break until the beginning of the Fall semester.

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       The teens meet for a movie on Monday, May 26 at 6:30PM. They will clean-up a portion of I-80 from 10AM-2PM on Saturday May 31.


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!


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

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!

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

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


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.

My Life in Christ Youth Conference-
       The Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese invites all 15-30 year olds to attend their My Life in Christ youth Conference July 14-20 in the Chicago area.  Look for the poster advertising this event on the church bulletin board and/or visit www.mylifeinchristyc.com for more information.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        "But as it is, God arranged the organs in the body, each one of them, as he chose … that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it."  (I Corinthians 12:18, 25-27)

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 25 is: At that time, when Jesus was passing, He saw a man blind from his birth.  And His Disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him.  I must work the works of Him Who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  As He said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” [which means Sent].  So he went and washed and came back seeing.  The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?”  Some said, “It is he”; others said, “No, but he is like him.”  He said, “I am the man.”  They said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”  He answered, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is He?”  He said, “I do not know.”  They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.  The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight.  And he said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”  Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath.”  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?”  There was a division among them.  So they again said to the blind man, “What do you say about Him, since He has opened your eyes?”  He said, “He is a prophet.”  The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?  How then does he now see?”  His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes.  Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.”  His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.  Therefore his parents said, “He is of age, ask him.”  So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.”  He answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  They said to him, “What did He do to you?  How did He open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen.  Why do you want to hear it again?  Do you too want to become His disciples?”  And they reviled him, saying, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.  We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He comes from.”  The man answered, “Why, this is a marvel!  You do not know where He comes from, and yet He opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him.  Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.  If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.”  They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?”  And they cast him out.  Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him He said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  He answered, “And Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?”  Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks to you.”  He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshiped Him. (John 9:1-38)

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.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday May 25, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of May 18-24, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Nicholas team.

Food for Thought-

Not all baptized with water are Christians
   Without the baptism of the life of the world to come;
In Christ the peoples of the earth have been baptized
   Though some of them afterward showed hypocrisy.
They became like a body’s parts in its natural state—
   Some helpful, some unreliable.
How many patriarchs are unpraiseworthy in their service,
   Miserable bishops and metropolitans,
Who are among the heretics, in place of truth,
   Preferring falsehood and slander!
Over them, God has favored a Church
   Whose stones are gathered from all corners and climbs.
Truth has built her edifice
   Rising to heaven on pillars and columns,
Fashioned from chrysolite,
   Precious stones, sapphires, and pearls.
Her foundation is the rock of faith,
   Rooted deep with pillars and walls.
All bodily creatures are pleased to see it
   When it appears in races and colors,
Byzantines, Russians, and Franks
   Joined with Indians, Khuzestanis, Abkhaz, and Alans
Armenians and Pechenegs in agreement
   With the people of the Jazira, namely Harran.
And Copts too, in the Lower Egypt father together
   From Upper Egypt to Qus and Aswan.
People of Shiraz and Ahwaz in harmony
   With Iraq, unto furthest Khorasan.
From the place of the sunrise to the place of its setting,
   To the Euphrates, to Sihon and Gihon.
White, blond, and brown in their churches
   Praise God with the yellow and the black.
All of them have come to the religion of Christ
   And are guided, gaining profit from loss.
Seventy nations, each with a language
   Branching off from one Syriac tongue.[*]
Hebrew was the speech of God’s apostles
   Before they set out with the mission of the Gospel.
Each apostle gained a language,
   Beautiful, reliable, and clear.
Not out of weakness but having heard proof,
   Those to whom they preached responded with faith.
So they spread out among their nations,
   None fearing the devil’s wiles.
When their service to God was done, they slept,
   Having roused many sleepers.

- Suleyman al-Ghazzi, from “Not All Baptized with Water Are Christians” (trans. Samuel Noble), in The Orthodox Church in the Arab World 700-1700: An Anthology of Sources, pp. 163-164

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