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Church Bulletin: May 31, 2015

posted Jun 1, 2015, 9:08 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 31, 2015- Sunday of Pentecost
This Week's Services and Events

June 2, Tuesday
        + Free Lunch Program volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM  (1105 Gilbert Ct.)

June 3, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7:00PM
        + Vespers in Kalona, 7:00PM (at United Christian Baptist church)

June 5, Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
        + Office Hours, 9:30AM-11:30AM

June 6, Saturday
        + Great Vespers, 5:00PM

June 7, Sunday of All Saints
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10:00AM, followed by Fellowship Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
        If you are able to help serve at the Free Lunch Program this Tuesday, June 2, please let Fr. Ignatius know.  The location is 1105 Gilbert Ct., Iowa City, and the time is from 11:30AM-1:30PM.

Bible Study, Partakers of the Divine Nature-
       We will finish up the Bible study on II Peter on Wednesday, June 10 at 7:45PM.  Bring your Bibles!  We will finish by 9:00PM at the latest.  There will be no Bible study on Wednesday, June 3.

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.

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.

Epistle Reading During June-
       Sanjoy Paul will be reading the epistle in some of the languages of India during the month of June.  

Parish Council Meeting-
        Our monthly Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00PM.  All are welcome to attend.

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-Kalona-
        Kalona Summer Lunch starts on Monday, June 8, as an Orthodox and ecumenical charitable outreach to the community. You're invited to come have lunch any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, noon to 1:00, at Kalona Methodist Church (4th Street and C Avenue) through August 19. You're also invited to Orthodox Vespers on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7 p.m. at Kalona's UCB Church, 4th Street and Highway 22. 

Outreach at Johnson County Fair-
       St. Raphael Church will have a booth in one of the exhibition halls at the Johnson County Fair July 27-30.  70,000 people attend this fair annually.  We will present information about our church and our faith to passersby and engage them in conversation if they show interest.  We need volunteers to staff this table in shifts during the days of the fair.  Sign-up sheet will be posted soon.  Please consider if you can represent our church at the fair as we seek to engage our community in this way.

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-
       The Lord said to His disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges Me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father Who is in heaven; but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before My Father Who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.” Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed Thee. What then shall we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the New World, when the Son of Man shall sit on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, will receive a hundred fold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”  (Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30)                            

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-
       Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir during the weekend of June 6-7.

Holy Bread-
        The Naridze family will provide the holy bread for liturgy on June 7.  Thank you in advance.

Food for Thought-

Through the Holy Spirit, the channels and streams of grace overflow, showering all creation with invigorating life!

Excerpted from the Festal Anabathmoi of Pentecost Matins