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Church Bulletin: May 27, 2012

posted Jun 1, 2012, 4:27 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church

May 27, 2012- Sunday of the Holy Fathers (7th Sunday of Pascha)

This Week's Services and Events

        May 29, Tuesday

             + Third Hour, 9AM

        May 30, Wednesday

             + Akathist, 6PM

             + "The Icon" series video and discussion, 7:45PM

        June 1, Friday

             + Matins, 8:30AM

        June 2, Saturday

             + 9th Hour/Great Vespers(with Litia and Artoklasia), 6PM

        June 3, Sunday of the Feast of Pentecost
             + Matins, 8:45AM

             + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday School

             + Kneeling Vespers, 6PM

Upcoming Events and Announcements

Opportunity to Serve-

       A vacancy has opened up on our parish council as one of our current members recently decided to resign.  The vacant position is an elected position, which means at least two candidates need to agree to stand for election.  Voting members of the parish will make the selection at a special voters' meeting to be scheduled in the near future.  The term will end in December 2013.  Our parish constitution stipulates that in order to be a member of the parish council, one must be at least 18 years of age, a member in good standing in the Church for at least the last six months, and not a spouse, son, daughter or parent of any current council member.  If you are interested in learning more about the parish council and the responsibilities that a council member has, please speak with Fr. Ignatius and/or Todd Wiblin, our council chair.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius soon if you are interested in standing for election.

Holy Bread Sign-up-

       To those of you who provide holy bread for Liturgy, please look at the sign-up sheet in the narthex and sign-up for future weeks.  The next several months are wide open.

Wednesday Evening Class, "The Icon" video series-

       On May 30 and June 6, 13, we will continue to gather to watch a video series called "The Icon" and discuss what we have seen.  This excellent series is produced by Serbian Bishop Jovan Puric.  It is visually stunning and very informative.  You won't want to miss it!  We will begin at 7:45PM each week, immediately after the Akathist and end at about 9PM.  Episodes are:  Holy Images, Canons and Freedom, Image of God?, Struggle for the Icons, Forms of Icon, Power of the Name, Teaching and Exaltation.  If you are not able to come to the viewings and discussion, but are still interested in viewing this series, the episodes can be found online at: http://ikona.eparhijaniska.rs/index_eng.html

Fasting Resumes-

       Following Antiochian custom, we have been free from fasting during the entire Paschal season in celebration of our Lord's Resurrection.  As the Leavetaking of Pascha occurred on the eve of the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, we have resumed the regular weekly schedule of fasting (Wednesdays and Fridays) beginning Friday, May 25.

Opportunity to Give-

       Being a mission church oursleves, we know the struggles and the joys of building a local church from scratch.  In our recent past, we purchased our own wonderful property, and we have seen how we have been blessed by our building, and how it has allowed us to bless others.  St. Raphael Mission has helped out many missions in recent years, especially missions in our diocese or in our state.  Among these have been missions in Ames, IA; Davenport, IA; and Columbus, OH.  There is now an opportunity to help out a wonderful mission in our diocese, Holy Apostles Mission, in Bowling Green, KY.  A while ago, our parish council decided to help this fledgling but vibrant community out a bit, as they struggled to recover from a flood which damaged their rental location.  Now, this mission has a very exciting opportunity.  They have purchased a 9 acre former horse ranch with a 2400 sq. ft. home on the property which they intend to convert into their church and fellowship hall.  Specific information on this property and the financial needs of Holy Apostles Mission is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex of the church.  You can also visit their website at www.holyapostlesbg.org to learn more about them. 

Feast of Pentecost Celebrations-

       During the weekend of June 2-3, we will celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost.  To recognize the festal character of this remembrance of the coming of the Holy Spirit, we will include the Litia and Artoklasia services in vespers on Saturday evening.  If you don't know what this means, come and see!  Fr. Ignatius is looking for a volunteer to provide the sweet artos bread for this service.  In addition to the regularly scheduled Saturday evening vespers and Sunday morning matins and Liturgy, we will also mark the day by praying the Kneeling Vespers at 6PM on Sunday, June 3.

Orthodoxy and Same-Sex Attraction-

       Gay rights are at the forefront of our nation's cultural dialogue these days.  Same-sex marriage is a hot-button issue that is sure to be debated in many upcoming elections.  Although many today want to believe that normalizing and accepting homosexual behavior is simply a matter of upholding basic human rights, and that traditional moral prohibitions against such behavior are outdated and even mean, the Orthodox Church remains steadfast in her belief that any sexual behavior outside of a heterosexual marriage, is sinful.  For an in depth and compassionate exploration of these issues from an Orthodox perspective, listen to the following podcast on Ancient Faith Radio:  http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/aftoday/christianity_and_same_sex_attraction

Rehabilitating Constantine-

       Popular culture, such as Dan Brown's book "The Da Vinci Code" and even many Protestant Christian sources have painted Emperor Constantine as a meddler in church affairs who imposed his will on the First Ecumenical Council and hopelessly compromised the integrity of the Church through the relationship of church and state which developed under his reign.  These myths continue to get recycled in various circles, but the Orthodox Church has a very different view of him.  He is, after all, a saint.  To read a bit of positive information regarding St. Constantine, go to: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2012/05/constantine-and-christianity.html

2nd Annual Parish Camping Trip-

       Come enjoy camping and outdoor worship Sat. June 9 - Sun. June 10 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. 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 smores (a detailed schedule will follow). Sunday morning we'll have Matins at 8:30AM, Liturgy at 9:30AM, and a cookout together, and there is hiking and fishing at the lake. Sign-up sheets for camping and food are at the church. Come share the fun and fellowship!

2012 Midwest Parish Life Conference-

       St. Mary Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL is hosting the 65th annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference June 27-July 1.  All are welcome!  This is not just a conference for clergy.  For information on tickets and schedule, go to: www.2012midwestplc.org

Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-

        Following are the readings for this week:

              May 27- Wisdom of Sirach 34-35; Psalms 75; Proverbs 15:27-32; Galatians 5

              May 28- Wisdom of Sirach 36-37; Psalms 76:1-10; Proverbs 15:33-38; Galatians 6

              May 29- Wisdom of Sirach 38:1- 39:11, Psalms 76:11-21; Proverbs 16:1-5; Ephesians 1

              May 30- Wisdom of Sirach 39:12- 40:30; Psalms 77:1-17; Proverbs 16:6-10; Ephesians 2

              May 31- Wisdom of Sirach 41-42; Psalms 77:18-37; Proverbs 16:11-15; Ephesians 3

              June 1- Wisdom of Sirach 43:1-44:18; Psalms 77:38-55; Proverbs 16:16-20; Ephesians 4:1-24

              June 2- Wisdom of Sirach 44:19-45:26; Psalms 77:56-72; Proverbs 16:21-25; Ephesians 4:25-5:14

              June 3- Wisdom of Sirach 46-47; Psalms 78; Proverbs 16:26-31; Ephesians 5:15-33

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.

Holy Bread-

       On Sunday June 3, the Holy Bread will be provided by the Peterson/Branch family.  Thank you in advance. 

Choir Leadership-

       On the weekend of June 2-3, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday June 3, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team. 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday May 27, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Food for Thought-

       Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

I Peter 4:1-2