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Church Bulletin: May 21, 2017

posted May 21, 2017, 2:31 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
Christ is Risen!  Jīdū fùhuó le!  Kristus aq ungwektaq!

 This Week's Services and Events

May 23, Tuesday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM
        + 9th Hour Prayers, 3:00PM

May 24, Wednesday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension, 6:00PM

May 25, Thursday
        + Office Hours, 1:15-2:45PM; Lyra Concert, 7:30PM

May 27, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

May 28, Seventh Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Afterfeast of the Ascension)
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10:00AM followed by Coffee Hour and Sunday School

Upcoming Events and Announcements-         

Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension-
        Please join us as we mark the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord with Vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on Wednesday, May 24.

Sunday School Summer Break-
        Sunday School will resume in early September.  Enjoy the summer!

Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra Returning for Concert, May 25-
        The Russian Vocal Ensemble Lyra will be performing a concert at church at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 25.  Refreshments to follow.  Admission is free but the suggested donation is $20-$35 for adults and $10-$15 for children and seniors. Tell your friends and neighbors!  When Lyra came two years ago, we all enjoyed a wonderful concert.   This is a fundraiser for our church.

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday-
        The Assembly of Bishops of North America has designated today as Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday.  No matter how far someone has fallen, the image of God remains in them. We should see people not as they are, but as they could become through the Holy Orthodox Faith. The Church, through OCPM, offers those in prisons and jails across our country the Life that gives meaning to all life and that Life is able to bring healing to a broken humanity.  By assisting Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry each of us is able to visit Jesus in prison. Please remember “these the least of my brethren” by assisting OCPM with this vital ministry. Learn more about what the OCPM does and how you can help, go to: www.theocpm.org  “Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement” (St. John of Kronstadt). 

"Know the Faith" Book Study begins on June 3-
        All are welcome to join in on a book study focusing on "Know the Faith: A Handbook for Orthodox Christians and Inquirers" by Fr. Michael Shanbour.  We will begin on Saturday, June 3 at 3:00PM.  Participants should purchase a copy of the book at the church bookstore (available soon- $20.95) and have chapter 1 read by the first class.  We will meet twice a month, discussing one chapter per class until we finish all 11 chapters.  Chapter titles include: The Church, Grace, Salvation, Justification by Faith, Tradition and Scripture, Eucharist and Liturgical Worship, Confession and Repentance and more.  

Annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference-
        From June 21-25, St. George Church in Cicero, Illinois, will be hosting our diocesan Parish Life Conference at the Oakbrook Marriott in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Attending this event gives one a great opportunity to meet with, learn with and worship with people from around our diocese.  To learn more, go to: http://www.antiochianevents.com/toledo.html

An Incorrupt American Saint-
        God is wondrous in His saints!  Last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church declared that Bishop Mardarije, who served the Serbian church in America in the early 20th century, is a saint.  Recently, his relics were uncovered and found to be incorrupt.  Pan-Orthodox Glorification services of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America are scheduled for July 14-16 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, which he founded.  To learn more about this important weekend for the life of the Orthodox Church in America, see the poster in the narthex.

Food for All--Kalona
        Please  continue to pray for our Orthodox-style, community-style charity work. Also ask our Lord to draw people to Himself and His Church through all our programs. Visit our website at foodforallkalona.weebly.com. For more info, email me at foodforallkalona@gmail.com.  Thanks! Amy Spencer  

Bishop Anthony's Visit Date Change-
        His Grace will now be with us the weekend of October 28-29, not October 21-22, as previously reported.  Save the dates and plan to be with our bishop. 

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
        At that time, Jesus lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Thy Son that the Son may glorify Thee, since Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him. And this is eternal life, that they know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent. I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now, Father, glorify Thou Me in Thy own presence with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was made. I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou gavest Me out of the world; Thine they were, and Thou gavest them to Me, and they have kept Thy word. Now they know that everything that Thou hast given Me is from Thee; for I have given them the words which Thou gavest Me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from Thee; and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom Thou hast given Me, for they are Thine; all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy Name, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Thy Name, which Thou have given Me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:1-13)

Pray for our Catechumens-
       Please keep our catechumens Ilya Buchkin  and Jeremiah Kaufmann in your prayers as they prepare to be sacramentally joined to the Orthodox Church.

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. 
Remember Your Departed Loved Ones With Flowers-
        Would you like to memorialize your departed loved ones with a bouquet of flowers to be placed in the church on the weekend of your choice?  Look for the new Memorial sign-up sheet.  Decide what weekend you would like your loved one(s) remembered, give $25 to the church, clearly marking it for "Memorial Flowers" and your loved one(s) will be mentioned during the Great Entrance prayers and in the weekly bulletin.  If your departed loved ones are Orthodox, and you would like Trisagion Prayers for the Departed to be offered at the end of Liturgy, you can indicate that on the sign-up sheet as well.

Keep Praying for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
       Since April 22, 2013, the Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, Metropolitan Paul, and the Syriac Metropolitan of Aleppo, Youhanna, have been in captivity and have not been heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  To sign a petition urging the US Government and others to work for their release, go to:

Food for Thought-

When we speak of the wife obeying the husband, we normally think of obedience in military or political terms: the husband giving orders, and the wife obeying them. But while this type of obedience may be appropriate in the army, it is ridiculous in the intimate relationship of marriage. The obedient wife does not wait for orders. Rather, she tries to discern her husband’s needs and feelings, and responds in love. When she sees her husband is weary, she encourages him to rest; when she sees him agitated, she soothes him; when he is ill, she nurses and comforts him; when he is happy and elated, she shares his joy. Yet such obedience should not be confined to the wife; the husband should be obedient in the same way. When she is weary, he should relieve her of her work; when she is sad, he should cherish her, holding her gently in his arms; when she is filled with good cheer, he should also share her good cheer. Thus a good marriage is not a matter of one partner obeying the other, but of both partners obeying each other.

-St John Chrysostom