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Church Bulletin: May 25, 2014

posted May 25, 2014, 3:56 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 25, 2014- Sunday of the Blind Man

Christ is Risen!  Tha Crìosd air èiridh!  Kristos Tenestwal!
This Week's Services and Events

May 26, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Movie night, 6:30PM

May 28, Wednesday
        + Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension, 6PM

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

May 31, Saturday
        + Teen SOYO Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up on I-80, 10AM-2PM
        + 9thHour/Great Vespers, 6PM
June 1, 7th Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by 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. 

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

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.

Today is Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday-
        A letter co-signed by Bishop Mark, Episcopal Liaison to the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry and Chaplain Patrick Tutella, its Executive Director is attached.  To learn more about OCPM, go to: http://theorthodoxprisonministry.org/
Joint Statement from Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis-
       Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis met and prayed together in Jerusalem today, commemorating when their predecessors did so 50 years ago, after having no contact between the two churches for hundreds of years.  To read the joint statement they issued today, go to: http://www.apostolicpilgrimage.org/-/may-25-2014-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew-and-pope-francis-issue-joint-declaration

Summer Break for Sunday School-
       Today was 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.

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.

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

       The Paschal season comes to a close with the Feast of the Lord's Ascension this Thursday.  We resume the weekly Wednesday and Friday fasting this Friday, May 30.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes
       The May Parish Council meeting minutes are attached. 

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!

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:

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-      
        "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples." (John 15:1,5,8)

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, June 1 is:  "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, 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

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday June 1, the holy bread will be provided by the Abuissa family.  Thank you in advance. 

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 1, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of May 25-31, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Raphael team.

Food for Thought-

We do not need to leave home in order to be servants of Christ.  You can be a servant of your spouse in marriage.  How many marriages have been destroyed by the desire to command and be obeyed, to be loved instead of loving, to be served instead of serving, to be understood instead of understanding?  How many children have risen in rebellion because their parents acted like prosecuting attorneys instead of serving them, setting for them an example worthy of respect, serving them by spending time with them, playing with them, praying with them, understanding them?

Archimandrite Roman Braga, "Servants of Christ"
Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church,
May 25, 2014, 3:56 PM