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Church Bulletin: May 26, 2013

posted May 26, 2013, 4:41 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 26, 2013- 4th Sunday of Pascha (Sunday of the Paralytic)
Cristo ha resucitado!  Christus ist erstanden! Harisutosu Fukkatsu!
This Week's Services and Events
May 27, Monday
       + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
       + Office Hours, 9:30-11:30
May 29, Wednesday
       + Akathist, 7PM, followed by Bible Study
May 31, Friday
       + Matins, 8:30AM
June 1, Saturday
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
June 2, 5th Sunday of Pascha
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour and Parish Meeting
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Brief Parish Meeting Next Sunday-
       During Fellowship Hour after Liturgy next Sunday, June 2, please stay for a brief informational meeting regarding plans for a sign to be installed on the façade of the building. 
Next Farmer's Market Table, June 8-
       Look for the sign-up sheet at the top of the stairs near the bookstore, or talk with Amy Spencer or Karen Kuntz or Alli Rockwell if you want to help out.  We need people to bake food (specific recipes are posted on the bulleting board, people to be present at church on Friday evening June 7 to receive food, and people to staff the table on Saturday June 8.  Most of the profits from cookbook sales, lotion bar sales and food sales will go to charity.
An Opportunity to Serve, Be a Greeter-
       The Parish Council has recognized a need to have greeters on duty at church on Sunday mornings.  The greeter's main responsibility will be to make newcomers feel welcome by warmly greeting them, asking them to sign our guestbook and/or newcomer information card, making sure they know bathrooms and coatroom are downstairs and ushering them into the nave of the church.  Secondarily, the greeter will be keeping an eye on the front entrances and the narthex during the Liturgy and making sure that those who are there are those who belong there.  If you are interested in signing up to be a greeter who will serve on a rotating basis, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board just outside of the bookstore.  On the sign-up sheet, is a complete job description for this important position.
Bible Study: Highlights from the Resurrection Gospel Readings-
        On three consecutive Wednesday evenings during the Paschal season (May 22, May 29, June 5) following 7PM Akathist, you are invited to join Fr. Ignatius to explore highlights from the 11 Resurrection Gospels that we hear at Sunday matins. The many post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus to His disciples are full of wonderful teaching, but we only hear a small portion of them read at Liturgy.  Start time will be 7:45PM.
"The Liturgy of Death"-
       Because of fear, we don't often like to discuss death or even think about it.  Death is inevitable though.  Because of the fallen nature of our world and our own sinfulness, we will each experience this great foe.  As Christians, we know the rest of the story: that Christ has defeated death and made it powerless over us, transforming it into a gateway to eternal life with Him.  The Orthodox Church has many beautiful and rich customs and practices surrounding the end of life and death.  Sadly, some of these have been lost or forgotten about, as the modern American way of preparing dead bodies and doing funerals, to name two specific things, is somewhat different from Orthodox practice.  If you would like to read a good article on the practices of the Orthodox Church regarding death and funerals, pick up a copy of "The Liturgy of Death" by Fr. George Gray, available in the narthex.
Vesperal Liturgy for the Ascension-
        On Wednesday, June 12 at 6PM, we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.  Please join us. 
Teen SOYO Waterpark Trip-
       On Saturday, June 15, the teens will travel to Waterloo, IA, and enjoy the day at Lost Island Water Park.  Teens will meet at church at 9AM to carpool to Waterloo and plan to stay until about 3PM, arriving back at church at about 4:30PM.  Tickets are $24 + tax if purchased in advance.  Teens should also plan to bring at least $10 for lunch/snacks.  Check with Alli Rockwell if you have questions or want to order a ticket. 
Summer Break for Sunday School-
       There will now be no more Sunday School until early September.  Thank you to Lori Branch, Alli Rockwell, Tania Van Dinter, Hannah Valentine, and Tyler and Hope Fyotek for providing a wonderful Sunday School program for our kids.
Update on Orthodox Church of Guatemala-
    To read about the many exciting things that are happening with the Orthodox Church of Guatemala, go to:   http://www.ocmc.org/resources/view_article.aspx?ArticleId=960
Pray for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
        On April 22, while attempting to free two priests who had been kidnapped 4 months ago, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna of Aleppo were kidnapped by armed men. Metropolitan Paul is an Antiochian bishop of our Patriarchate and the brother of Patriarch John. Metropolitan Youhanna is from the Syriac Orthodox Church. Their driver and another man riding in the car were released, but their driver, a deacon, was later killed. Our Archdiocesan website, www.antiochian.org is providing updates as is the Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog, www.araborthodoxy.blogspot.com. May the Lord have mercy! Metropolitan Philip encourages the faithful of our Archdiocese to consider signing a petition urging President Obama's administration to make it a priority to work for the release of these two bishops. To sign the petition, go to: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appeal-president-obama-and-his-government-release-two-abducted-orthodox-christian-archbishops-syria/xNskxL1q 
Fasting and 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 (June 13). We will resume weekly Wednesday/Friday fasting on Friday, June 14.
Parish Life Conference is June 19-23-
        PLC registration is now OPEN! To register online, please visit www.antiochianevents.org/95. Look for additional information and The Galt House Hotel reservation link on our church website www.stmichaelorthodoxchurch.org/plc. If you would prefer to speak with someone, please call the church office at (502) 454-3378 Option 8, or you may send an email to stmichaelplc@gmail.com. If you would like a packet of forms mailed to you, please call the church office at the number listed above. We also have a Facebook page titled St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church – 2013 Parish Life Conference and we encourage you to “like” it.
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-
       During the weekend of June 1-2, the choir will be lead by Kristi Abuissa.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday June 2, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, June 2, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Abuissa family.  Thank you in advance.
Church Cleaning-
        During the week of May 26-June 1, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Raphael team.

Food for Thought-
People who know how to pray are never alone, even if nobody knows them, even if nobody speaks to them, even if no one pays attention to them. It is so because God is actively present in their souls. Being alone is not a problem for praying human beings.

-Fr. Maximos in Inner River : a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality / Kyriakos C. Markides. – 315 pages. – New York : Image Books, c2012.. – p.302.