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Church Bulletin: May 29, 2016

posted May 31, 2016, 7:39 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 29, 2016- Sunday of the Samaritan Woman (5th Sunday of Pascha)

Christ is risen!  Christos anesti!  Al-Maseeh Qam!
This Week's Services and Events

June 1, Wednesday 
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM

June 3, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 4, Saturday
        + Great Vespers at Kent Park , 7:00PM 

June 5, Sunday of the Blind Man
        + Matins at Kent Park, 8:30AM
        + Liturgy at Kent Park, 9:30AM followed by Picnic
Upcoming Events and Announcements- 

        Nestan Tsiskaridze has been an active member of our parish for the three years that she has been in Iowa City.  She is now leaving to take a job at the University of California-Santa Barbara.  We wish her all the best.  May God grant her many years!

Camping in Kent Park, Next Weekend!-
         We will have our annual visit to F W Kent Park the weekend of June 4-5.  Families are invited to camp overnight at the Youth Group Camp on June 4.  Vespers will be at the park on Saturday at 7:00PM and on Sunday, matins (8:30AM) and liturgy (9:30AM), followed by a potluck picnic.  Note the different service times! There will be no services at the church that weekend.  Sign-up sheets for overnight camping and for bringing food to the potluck picnic, are posted in the narthex.  Kent Park is on Highway 6, a few miles west of Tiffin, just 10-15 minutes from Coralville.  For maps of the park location and the campground location within the park, go to: http://www.johnson-county.com/dept_conservation.aspx?id=4055

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        Our monthly opportunity to help serve food at the Free Lunch Program is approaching.  We will help on June 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you are interested in helping.

Vesperal Liturgy for Ascension-
        We celebrate our Lord's ascension into heaven forty days after Pascha.  Join us for a vesperal Liturgy at 6:00PM on June 8.

A Charitable Appeal From Karen Kuntz-
        I wanted to tell you about a challenge I’m taking in October. My sister-in-law, Maria Wiblin and I will be walking 60 miles over the course of three days in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk. Susan G. Komen® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. My goal is to raise $3,200 to support the important work of fighting breast cancer.


Please consider making a donation to help defeat breast cancer!

Since the 3-Day Walk is a non-profit, gifts are tax deductible, and giving is easy.

1.      Please see the attached letter and donation form for more details.  2.      If you prefer to give online, by donation page is: http://www.the3day.org/goto/karenkuntz

Feel free to pass this information along to any of your friends who might be interested in supporting this cause!

Thank you for your encouragement and support.

Food for All -- Kalona (an outreach of St. Raphael)-
        Community momentum for the Summer Lunch program is almost like a runaway train! You're invited to our Ice Cream Social Fundraiser and First Lunch on Monday, June 13, Noon to 2, Kalona Methodist, 302 4th St., and lunch any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday throughout the summer. Come see an Orthodox charity in action. And volunteer! Our online signup is at goo.gl/7oeaHB.
        Also, we are looking for singers who can commit to coming to Kalona Vespers on the first or third Wednesday of the month. All we need is one at a time, though more are always welcome. The singing is simple (Russian tones), but Bill and I can't carry it.
    Contact Amy at foodforallkalona@gmail.com or 319-333-4738

The Gospel Message: The Heart of the Orthodox Christian-
        On Wednesday, June 15, Fr. Andrew Damick will be giving a talk at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids entitled, The Gospel Message: The Heart of the Orthodox Christian. Fr. Andrew is pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Emmaus, PA. He is the author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy (2011) and Introduction to God (2014), both from Ancient Faith Publishing. 

Breaking the Fast-

        After Pascha, according to Antiochian custom, there is no fasting, including on Wednesdays and Fridays during the whole Paschal season which ends at Ascension (June 9) forty days later.  Enjoy!

Next Sunday's Gospel Reading-
          At that time, when Jesus was passing, He saw a man blind from his birth. And His Disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. I must work the works of Him Who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” As He said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” [which means Sent]. So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he”; others said, “No, but he is like him.” He said, “I am the man.” They said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, “What do you say about Him, since He has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age, ask him.” So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become His disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where He comes from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him He said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered, “And Who is He, Sir, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshiped Him.  (John 9:1-38) 

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. 
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.  

Food for Thought- 

The Son, the Word of the Father, co-eternal and co-beginningless, the Fountain of wonders, came to the spring, where a woman of Samaria came to draw water. And when the Savior saw her, He said unto her: Give me water to drink, and go call thy husband. But she, addressing Him as Man and not as God, wished to withhold herself from Him, saying, I have no husband. And the Master replied, Thou hast said the truth that thou hast no husband; for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband. And she, bewildered by these words, went to the city and shouted to the crowds, saying: Come and behold Christ, Who granteth the world the Great Mercy. 

From vespers of Sunday of the Samaritan Woman