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Church Bulletin: May 24, 2015

posted May 26, 2015, 7:02 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 24, 2015- Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
This Week's Services and Events

May 27, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM, followed by II Peter Bible Study (starting at about 7:45PM)

May 29, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

May 30, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM, followed by refreshments and time to welcome guests

May 31, Sunday of the Feast of Pentecost
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Bible Study, Partakers of the Divine Nature-
       Following  Akathist this Wednesday, May 27,at 7:00PM, Fr. Ignatius is hosting a Bible study on II Peter.  Bring your Bibles!  We will finish by 9:00PM at the latest.

Welcoming Weekend, May 30-31-
       Plan to invite a friend, neighbor or co-worker to vespers at 5:00PM on Saturday, May 30, or Liturgy at 10:00AM on Sunday, May 31.  Following vespers, we will have some Georgian appetizers available and a time to socialize.

May 31 Parish-wide Potluck-
       We invite everyone to plan to bring food or drink to share during coffee hour on May 31.

Kneeling Vespers-
        At 6:00PM on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, we will hold the Kneeling Vespers service.  During the Paschal season, we have not knelt at all during services, because Christ is risen.  At this service, the practice of kneeling is reintroduced.

May 31 is Last Day for Sunday School until September-
       After May 31, we will take a summer break from Sunday School.  Many, many thanks to our hardworking Sunday School teachers, Lori Branch, Becky Morey, Alli Rockwell, and helpers Hannah Valentine, Tyler Fyotek, Lizzy Valentine, Robert Peterson, Marina Johnson and Rob Bergenstock, and to all parents, who make sure your children participate in our Sunday School program.

Congratulations and Many Years!-
       Rob Bergenstock and Marina Johnson were united in the Sacrament of Marriage today, at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Johnstown, PA, where Marina's father is the priest.

May is Georgian Outreach and Appreciation Month-
       The Outreach and Evangelism Working Group is declaring April to be Georgian Outreach and Appreciation Month at our church.  We hope to have the epistle reading to be read in Georgian (following the reading in English) each Sunday, and the month culminates with the feast of Pentecost on May 31, at which we hope to incorporate some uniquely Georgian ways of celebrating the feast.  If you know of anybody with a Georgian background who isn't yet familiar with our church, invite them to join us for any of our services.
36th Annual Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale-
       You are invited to help relieve world hunger and meet human needs around the world in the name of Christ. The 36th annual Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale will give opportunity to support these needs. The event will be held May 29-30 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds beginning Friday at 3 p.m. and continuing through Saturday afternoon. Highlights include a Friday dinner of turkey breast or smoked pork loin; food booths; an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday; quilt, general, and children’s auctions; farmer’s market, and children’s activities. See www.iamccreliefsale.org or facebook.com/iowamennonitereliefsale.

Fasting During June-
       During the week that follows Pentecost, June 1-7, there is no fasting, in anticipation of the Apostles' Fast, which  begins this year on June 8 and ends on June 28 on the eve of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.  During the Apostles' Fast, we abstain from meat, eggs and dairy.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, wine and oil are allowed and on Saturdays and Sundays, fish, wine and oil are allowed.  This feast was instituted to recall how the twelve apostles fasted, following Pentecost, in preparation for their upcoming missions which would take them to the ends of the world to proclaim the Gospel.

St. Raphael Family Camping Weekend and Worship in the Park-
       Come enjoy camping and outdoor worship Sat. June 20 - Sun. June 21 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, the same location as the last previous years. 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!

Food for All-
       Though St. Maria's Bread House has been dissolved as an organization, the ministry of providing food and a taste of Orthodoxy to Kalona continues under the name "Food for All." Please come to Vespers on first and third Wednesdays! Also, planning for Kalona Summer Lunch is well underway, with hopes of attracting more families and individuals who don't consider themselves "poor enough" for a community lunch but would benefit from getting out of the house (or off the streets) and enjoying food with others. We'll be having activities at the lunch this year too. If you'd like to know more or to volunteer, talk to Bill or Amy Spencer and visit the Food for All website: foodforallkalona.weebly.com. Please be praying too, that God would be glorified through our efforts. 

Parish Electronic Directory-
       To foster greater awareness of each other and to strengthen our connections, we are starting a voluntary parish directory on Google Docs.  Use this link to log in, add whatever contact information you want to share, including birth dates and occupation or any skill or service that you might be able to share with other members from the parish.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PHVXe1GGgaeoO5GNrIWhur2YkAQb0zGSoElGQFnIPF0/edit?usp=sharing 
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 heard from.  Please pray for their well being and release and also pray for their captors as well.  

Midwest Parish Life Conference-
       The annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on June 24-28.  To learn more, go to: www.midwestplc2015.com.

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
         On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now this He said about the Spirit, which those who believed in Him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, many of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over Him. Some of them wanted to arrest Him, but no one laid hands on Him. The officers then went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd, who do not know the Law, are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to Him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our Law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.” Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  (John 7:37-52, 8:12)            

Pray for our Catechumen-
       Please keep our catechumen Ilya Buchkin in your prayers as he prepares 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. 

Choir Leadership-
       Matthew Arndt will lead the choir during the weekend of May 30-31.

Food for Thought-

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

John 14:1-10