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Church Bulletin: May 4, 2014

posted May 4, 2014, 3:01 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 4, 2014- Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women

Christ is Risen!  Kriste aghsdga!  Krishti u ngjall!
This Week's Services and Events

May 5, Monday
        + Teen SOYO Book Club, 6:30PM

May 6, Tuesday
        +Free Lunch Program Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM

May 7, Wednesday
        + Akathist, 7PM
        + Bible Study- "Old Testament Types of Christ" 7:45PM-9PM

May 8, Thursday
        + OCF compline, 7PM

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

 May 10, Saturday
        + 9thHour/Great Vespers, 6PM
May 11, 4th Sunday of Pascha, the Sunday of the Paralytic
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and fellowship hour
        + Parade of Historic Homes, 1PM-5PM
Upcoming Events and Announcements  

Post-Pascha Bible Study-
       For four Wednesday evenings after Pascha, Fr. Ignatius will be leading a Bible Study on Old Testament "Types" of Christ in which we will discuss how Old Testament figures such as Moses, Joseph, David and others prefigure, foreshadow and point to Jesus Christ in their actions and character.  The Bible study will meet following Akathist, beginning at 7:45PM and finishing by 9PM on April 30, May 7, 14, and 21.

Saturday's Vespers Will Be "Reader's Vespers"-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town Friday afternoon May 9 through Saturday evening May 10.  We will still have Saturday evening vespers, done "reader's style." 

        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 (May 29).  We will resume weekly Wednesday/Friday fasting on Friday, May 30. 

Photo Gallery of Holy Week and Pascha Around the Archdiocese-
       To view a photo gallery of Holy Week and Pascha services from parishes around our archdiocese (including ours) go to: http://www.antiochian.org/category/image-galleries/antiochian-stock-imagery/pascha-2014-antiochian-archdiocese

Return Your Food for Hungry People Program Boxes-
       If you have been collecting spare change in your Food for Hungry People box, now is the time to return it to church so that we can consolidate the funds and send them in to our Archdiocese.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       On Tuesday May 6 from 11:30AM-1:30PM, we are scheduled to help with the Free Lunch Program.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help this month.

Friends of Historic Preservation Parade of Historic Homes Fundraiser-
       Our lovely church building will be one of five buildings in our neighborhood featured in the Friends of Historic Preservation's Parade of Historic Homes, a fundraiser for their organization.The Parade of Historic Homes is an annual event that features unique historic homes in Iowa City. Participants are invited to enter and explore houses of various styles, all within walking distance of each other.
When: Sunday May 11, 1-5pm, Where: College Green neighborhood in Iowa City  Admission: $10 per person, 12 years and under free. Purchase tickets at the door.

Informed Choices Medical Clinics Walk for Life-
       Sign-up to benefit the Informed Choices Medical Clinic through their annual Walk for Life fundraiser, May 10th at Kent Park near Tiffin on Hwy. 6.  Registration begins at 8:30AM and the walk begins at 9Am.  For more information, go to: www.iowawalkforlife.org.

Paschal Season Resources-
        The website Feast of Feasts is a wonderful resource of information on the Feast of Pascha and the Paschal season.  http://www.feastoffeasts.org/

Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
       The book club meets Monday, May 5 at 6:30PM.  They meet for dinner and a movie on Monday, May 19 at 6:30PM. 

St. Maria's Bread House and Prayer Room in Kalona-
       Amy Spencer is organizing a nonprofit community-service organization and prayer room/chapel in Kalona that, pending approval from our bishops, might one day become an Orthodox mission. The church council has given her the go-ahead to gather an advisory group. Though she'll especially need help with fundraising/crowdfunding, connecting with other parishes, and organizing volunteers, anyone with an interest is encouraged to talk to Amy. Contact her at kalonabreadhouse@gmail.com for more info.

Charitable Projects-
       It's farmer's market time again! Please sign up to help downstairs on the bulletin board near the piano. Last year we donated $2060 to Crisis Center. Let's give at least as much to Meals on Wheels (a nonprofit that provides meals, primarily for the elderly) this year!

Midwest Antiochian Women Annual Retreat-
       All women are invited to attend the Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat, May 16-18 at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI.  V. Rev. Fr. Dan Daly will give a presentation entitled "What is the Church?".  Join with the nuns for prayer and worship.  Registration deadline is May 12.  For more information, see poster on bulletin board at church.

Lizzy Valentine's Graduation Party-
       All are invited to attend an open house party to celebrate Lizzy Valentine's graduation from high school on Saturday May 24 from 11AM-1PM.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Stop in and congratulate the graduate!

Save the Date! St. Raphael Family Camping Weekend-
       After taking last year off, we will once again gather at F W Kent Park off of Highway 6 just west of Tiffin, for a weekend of camping, worship, prayer, and fellowship.  Save the dates of June 7-8 and plan to join us in the park for camping and services.  More information to follow soon

Archdiocese Statement on Middle Eastern Religious Freedom and Peace-
       To read a recent statement by our Archdiocese regarding a circulating statement that addresses the situation of Christians in the Middle East, go to:

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:

Antiochian Women Scholarship-
       If you are a female 25 years old or older, an active member in good standing of a parish in the Antiochian Archdiocese, applying for or registered in an academic or trade program of study, and able to demonstrate financial need, and you are interested in applying for a $500 scholarship, please see Fr. Ignatius.  Scholarship deadline in June 1, 2014.

Thoughts on Stewardship and Giving-      
        St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book IV, Chapter XVII, para. 2-3 … "And the class of oblations among the Jews and oblations in the church, but what has changed is those who offer, for the offer is now made not by slaves, but by free people."

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, May 11 is: At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethsaida, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first, after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befalls you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had healed him. (John 5:1-15)

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

Choir Leadership-
        During the weekend of May 10-11, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday May 11, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.   

Church Cleaning-
       During the week of April 27-May 3, the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be cleaned by the St. Raphael team.

Food for Thought-
O thou who puttest on light like a robe, when Joseph, with Nicodemus, brought thee down from the Tree and beheld thee dead and naked and unburied he mourned outwardly and grievously, crying to thee with signs, and sayings, Woe is me, sweet Jesus, whom but a while ago, when the sun beheld suspened upon the Cross, it was shrouded in darkness, the earth quaked with fear, and the veil of the Temple was rent asunder. Albeit, I see that thou willingly endurest death for my sake. How then shall I array thee, my God? How shall I wrap thee with linen? Or what dirges shall I chant for thy funeral? Wherefore, O compassionate Lord, I magnify thy Passion, and praise thy Burial with thy Resurrection, crying, Lord, glory to Thee.

Doxastikon of the Aposticha of Great Vespers for the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women