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Church Bulletin: May 5, 2013

posted May 5, 2013, 3:45 PM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
May 5, 2013- Great and Holy Pascha
Christ is Risen!  Christos anesti!  Al Masih Qam!
This Week's Services and Events
May 7, Bright Tuesday
       + Free Lunch Volunteering, 11:30AM-1:30PM
May 8, Bright Wednesday
        + Paschal Hours, 7PM
May 9, Bright Thursday
        + OCF Dinner, 7PM
May 10, Bright Friday
        + Matins, 8:30AM
May 11, Bright Saturday
        + Farmer's Market booth, 7:30AM-12:30PM
        + 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
May 12, Thomas Sunday
        + Matins, 8:45AM
        + Liturgy, 10AM, followed by Sunday School and Coffee Hour
Upcoming Events and Announcements
       Congratulations to the Morey family upon being received into the Orthodox Church through the sacrament of chrismation on Holy Saturday.  Russ takes as his patron, St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco.  Becky takes as her patron, St. Rebecca, the wife of the Patriarch Isaac and mother of Esau and Jacob.  Christian takes as his patron St. Joseph the Betrothed, the stepfather of the Lord.  Joshua takes as his patron St. Romanos the Melodist.  Their sponsors are Bill and Amy Spencer and Alli Rockwell.  May God grant the Morey family many years!
Thank You!-
       Thank you to choir leaders Lori Branch, Tania Van Dinter and Matthew Arndt and all of the choir members for all of the extra hard work to lead our voices in praising God during these services.  Thank you to Bill Spencer, Todd Wiblin and Josiah Valentine for serving at the altar.  Thank you to all those who decorated the funeral bier on Holy Friday.  Thank you to all who brought food for our paschal feast and our picnic.  That was quite a spread of food!  Thank you to Todd Wiblin (again), Karen Kuntz and Bill and Amy Spencer, for working hard behind the scenes before and after services to help things run smoothly.  I am sure there are many others who did much work at church that I am not even aware of.  Thank you to you all!
St. George Church Cedar Rapids Patronal Feast-
       All are invited to liturgy at 9AM on Monday, May 6 to celebrate the patronal feast of St. George Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids)
No 3rd Hour Prayers or Office Hours Monday, May 6-
        Fr. Ignatius will be attending liturgy at St. George Church on Monday morning, May 6 and so he will not be holding 3rd hour prayers or office hours that day.     
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 
New Church Directories Available-
        The new 2013 St. Raphael Church directories are printed and available in the narthes for members and friends to pick up a copy or two. Thank you to Karen Kuntz for the final layout and printing.
Charitable Projects
       Come say hello and buy food, cookbooks, and lotion bars at our farmer's market booth this Saturday morning. The market is in the parking garage just a couple of block west of our church and goes from 7:30 to 12. All our profits will be donated by St Raphael to the Crisis Center in Iowa City, which helps people with both physical and emotional needs.  Many thanks to everyone who signed up to help! And thanks to everyone who helped with the development of the cookbook and lotion bars. It's fun and fulfilling to see our hard work on these charitable projects come together as we seek to serve God and others.
Do You Need Some Encouragement?-
        Although we are about to celebrate the joy of Pascha, a celebration of our Risen Lord, still, there are things that we struggle with and which weigh us down. But God does not leave us without help. Through His written Word, we can find much consolation. Also, the Church gives us services like the Paraklesis to the Theotokos, the purpose of which is to offer consolation and support in difficult times. If you want to know where in the Bible to look for encouraging verses, we have a nice summary of such Bible verse references printed on bookmarks and available in the church narthex. If you want to pray the Paraklesis service, it can be found at: http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/main.htm
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.
Almsgiving (Food For Hungry People Program)-
               If you took a Food for Hungry People collection box and filled it during Lent, please bring it back to church soon so that we can consolidate the funds and get them to where they need to go.
Iowa City Chamber Singers Concert-
       Haven’t we had enough of this winter? Please join the Chamber Singers of Iowa City in celebrating  “Spring” and “Summer” from The Seasons by Franz Joseph Haydn May 19 at 3 pm in Opstad Auditorium, City High School, Iowa City. We conclude our  2012-2013 season with Haydn’s immortal oratorio on the turn of the seasons for choir and orchestra with a gala performance of “Spring” and “Summer” from The Seasons. This glorious work is being sung in a recent and splendid English translation which captures the rhythm of human activity and nature as gentle Spring brings forth abundant life, and the thunderstorms of Summer shake the whole world! Soloists Jon and Barbara Clements and James Judd, along with orchestra and chorus led by Maestro David Puderbaugh will bring all the warmth, beauty and power of Haydn’s masterpiece to life. You are invited to join with Chamber Singers and guest artists for a reception immediately following the performance. Tickets are $17 adults, $14seniors, and $5 students, and available from Matthew, by calling 319-535-0150 or our website ICChamberSingers.org.
Antiochian Women's Retreat, May 17-19-
        A flier advertising the Antiochian Women's retreat which will be held at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI on May 17-19 is posted on a bulletin board at church.
Upcoming 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.
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
          On Monday, May 13, they will have dinner and book club at 6:30PM. On Saturday, May 18 from 10AM-2PM, the teens will be cleaning our stretch of highway on I-80. Finally, on Monday, May 20, they will have dinner and a movie at 6:30PM.
St. John of Damascus Society Launches Collaborative Music Composition Project-
        The St. John of Damascus Society is a sacred arts organization that seeks to promote excellence in the liturgical music of the Orthodox Christian Church, regardless of ethnic/national heritage of style, as well as support related outreach, educational, and academic efforts. Their artistic director is Richard Barrett, a friend of our parish, and one of their advisory board members is our own Matthew Arndt. To learn about an exciting project they are undertaking, which will include some compositional work from Matthew, and to learn about the fundraising necessary to complete it, go to: http://www.johnofdamascus.org/2013/04/with-wisdom-all/

Volunteers Needed to Serve on Mission Teams to Albania, Kenya and Tanzania in July!
        From July 19th-August 1, 2013, the Albania Family Team will work alongside OCMC missionaries and Church leaders to offer parent workshops, children’s programs, family activities and ministry outreach. Families with children, couples, and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. OCMC is also seeking team members for the Kenya teaching team that will be serving in Turkana from July 22-August 7th, 2013. This team will be offering a catechetical seminar in Lodwar where the foundation of Orthodoxy is being built. New catechists will be trained so they can return to their villages and share the faith. Also in Africa, the Tanzania teaching team needs team members to serve from July 22nd-August 8, 2013. The team will conduct seminars for church leaders in the Metropolis of Mwanza. OCMC is seeking people with skills in teaching basic catechism for this team.Make the most of your 2013 and sign up for a life-changing experience – both for you and those you’ll be serving – by joining an OCMC Mission Team today! For more information, or to apply for a team, visit http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx, call Teams Director Andrew Lekos at 1-877-GO-FORTH, or e-mail the OCMC Teams Department at teams@ocmc.org.
Informed Choices Medical Clinic Walk for Life Fundraiser-
        Informed Choices Medical Clinic specializes in helping pregnant women look beyond the life-ending option of abortion by providing support for them so that keeping the baby is a viable option for them. On the Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend, May 11th, at Kent Park, all are invited to participate in a Walk for Life fundraiser for the clinic. For more information and to register, go to: www.iowawalkforlife.org.

Antiochian Women's Scholarship Available-
        Several $500 scholarships are available to women over 26 years of age who are active in an Antiochian Orthodox parish,and who are registered for or are enrolled in a program of study and who can demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is June 1, 2013. For a copy of the application, see Fr. Ignatius.
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.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday May 12, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday May 12, the holy bread will be provided by the family. Thank you in advance. Anyone can sign up to provide holy bread for future liturgies. Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of May 5-11, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Nina team.

Food for Thought-

Do not lament me, O Mother, seeing me in the tomb, the Son conceived in the womb without seed, for I shall arise and be glorified with eternal glory as God. I shall exalt all who magnify thee in faith and in love.

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!

I escaped sufferings and was blessed beyond nature at Thy strange birth, O Son, who art without beginning. But now, beholding Thee, my God, dead and without breath, I am sorely pierced by the sword of sorrow. But arise, that I may be magnified.

Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee!

By my own will, the earth covers me, O Mother, but the gatekeepers of hell tremble at seeing me clothed in the blood-stained garments of vengeance; for when I have vanquished my enemies on the cross, I shall arise as God and magnify thee.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Let creation rejoice, let all born on earth be glad, for hateful hell has been despoiled, let the women with myrrh come to meet me, for I am redeeming Adam and Eve and all their descendants, and on the third day shall I arise.

Do not lament me, O Mother, seeing me in the tomb, the Son conceived in the womb without seed, for I shall arise and be glorified with eternal glory as God. I shall exalt all who magnify thee in faith and in love.