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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of April 17, 2011)

posted Jul 10, 2011, 5:54 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Thank You-
      
Thank you to Bill and Amy Spencer, Alli Rockwell, Todd Wiblin and Karen Kuntz, Matt Van Dinter, Stefanie Bewell and Aaron Mitchell who all helped in the last few days to make clean in and around our building.  Everything looks good and clean and in order for Pascha.

Holy Week is Here-
        Orthodox Christians take Holy Week seriously- there are services every day and the numbers of people increase as the week goes on.  In these wonderful, life-giving days we participate in the events by which Christ our God saved us.  As much as possible, set other things aside this week and come to church.  If you can't get to church, pray at home.  

Do You Want to Learn More About Holy Week Services?-
      
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church of Orange, CT has posted some excellent information on each of the services we celebrate during Holy Week at www.saintbarbara.org/faith/holyweek/index.cfm

Easter Lilies-
      
If you would like to donate Easter Lily plants to decorate the church, please bring them to the church on Holy Saturday, April 23.

Pascha Greeting Cards for Sale-
      
We have a small supply of Pascha greeting cards for sale in the church bookstore.

Sign-Up Sheets for Holy Week and Pascha Posted-
      
Various sign-up sheets relating to Holy Week and Pascha activities are now posted on the bulletin boards at church.  Among these include food sign-ups for the post Paschal liturgy feast and also the picnic that follows Agape vespers, reading the Gospel in multiple languages for Agape vespers, decorating the funeral bier used on Holy Friday, reading Psalms before the bier through the night, dyeing red eggs, etc.  Please look these over and consider how you can help out the church during this special time of the year.

Demonstration and Explanation of Proskomedia Service-
      
Following the Holy Saturday Liturgy (which begins at 9AM on April 23) Fr. Ignatius will demonstrate and explain the Proskomedia service for children and anyoneelse  who wants to see it.  This is the service of the preparation of the bread and wine that takes place before every Liturgy.  It will last about 25-30 minutes.

Gospel Reading at Agape Vespers-
      
At our Agape Vespers service, 1PM on Sunday, April 24, we are looking for people to commit to reading the assigned Gospel reading (John 20:19-25) in a foreign language.  Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex.

Paschal Baskets and Dyed Eggs-
      
Since we have been abstaining from meats, cheeses and the like, it is the tradition of some to bring a basket full of these goodies to be blessed at the Paschal service.  If you are planning on bringing a basket of food to be blessed, or if you will be bringing a basket full of red eggs, at the beginning of the service, please place the basket on right side of the solea, at the base of the icons of St. John the Baptist and St. Nina.

Food for Hungry People Boxes-
      
Some of us have taken Food for Hungry People coin boxes home with us during Lent, to collect funds that will be used to help alleviate the hunger and other needs of those who have little of the things of this earth.  On Pascha or soon after, these boxes should be returned to the church so that the money collected can be consolidated and sent in to our Archdiocese in order that those who need this help the most, will receive it.

Office Hours-

       Father Ignatius is suspending his office hours until after Pascha.  However, if you need to make a confession or want to speak with him in person during the week, please feel free to contact him and make an appointment.   

Online Paschal Resource-
      
For a collection of articles and multimedia relating to Pascha, go to www.feastoffeasts.org

Patronal Feast of St. George Church-
      
St. George Church, in Cedar Rapids, invites you to join them in celebrating their patronal feast of the Greatmartyr George on Bright Monday, April 25 at 9AM.

"Life and Faith of the Holy Myrrhbearers" Bible Study-
      
If we have at least five people commit to coming, Fr. Ignatius will teach a four week Bible Study beginning in May on the "Life and Faith of the Holy Myrrhbearers."  We will look at the pages of the New Testament to learn more about the women who accompanied Jesus during His three-year ministry, and who get their collective name because they brought myrrh and other spice to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus.  This study could meet after Liturgy on Sundays, or on a week night, depending on the preferred schedule of the participants. Bring your Bible.   If you are interested, please put your name down on the sign-up sheet at church or let Fr. Ignatius know.

Orthodox Orphanage Needs Help-
      
The Hogar Rafael Ayau  Orphanage is building a new facility in the country outside of Guatemala City, Guatemala, to house and care for the children who call the orphanage home.  This facility, when completed, will allow the children to be raised in a much safer and more peaceful environment, than what their current inner city location can provide.  If you would like to learn more about financially supporting this worthy project, go to:www.friendsofthehogar.org

2011 Walk for Life-
       
The 2011 Walk for Life, to benefit Choice Medical Clinic of Iowa City, will take place in three locations on Saturday, May 7 from 9AM-10AM.  The three locations are, Kent Park (Bluebird Shelter), Lake Macbride State Park (Main Lodge) and City Park (Shelter #6).  For more information about how to register to walk or to sponsor a walker, go to: www.ministrysync.com/event/home.php?template_id=3826&lid=244971

Parish Life Conference-
       The 64th annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be hosted by St. George Orthodox Church of Cleveland, OH from June 15-19 2011.  For more information, go to: www.stgeorgecleveland.com         

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 April 24, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by all who bring food to our Paschal feast.

Church Cleaning-
      
During the week following Sunday April 17, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Nicholas team. 


Food For Thought- 

Rejoice, rejoice O Bethany!  On this day God came to thee, God came to thee; and in Him the dead are made alive, as is right for He is the Life!  He is the Life!  He is the Life!  And in Him the dead are made alive, as is right for He is the Life! 
 
When Martha went to receive Him, grieving loudly with bitter tears, bitter tears, she poured out the sorrow of her heart to Him, with great sadness, wailing her lament.  Wailing her lament, wailing her lament.  She poured out the sorrow of her heart to Him, with great sadness, wailing her lament.
 
She at once cried out unto Him, “My most compassionate Lord!  My Lord!  At the great loss of my brother Lazarus my heart is broken.  Help me!  Help me!  Help me!  At the great loss of my brother Lazarus my heart is broken.  Help me!”  

Jesus said to her, “Cease thy weeping, cease thy grieving and sad lament, sad lament;  for thy brother, My most beloved friend Lazarus, very soon will live again!  He will live again!  He will live again!  For thy brother, My most beloved friend Lazarus, very soon will live again!”

Then He, the faithful Redeemer, made His way unto the tomb, unto the tomb, where he cried unto him who was buried four days, calling him forth, saying, “Lazarus arise!  Lazarus arise!  Lazarus arise!”  Where He cried unto him who was buried four days, calling him forth saying “Lazarus arise!”

Come with haste, ye two sisters, and behold a wondrous thing, wondrous thing, for your brother from the tomb has returned to life.  To the beloved Redeemer now give thanks!  Now give thanks!  Now give thanks!  For your brother from the tomb has returned to life.  To the beloved Redeemer now give thanks!

To Thee, O Lord of creation, we kneel in reverence profound, reverence profound; for all we who are dead in sin; in Thee, O Jesus, are made alive!  We are made alive!  We are made alive!  For all we who are dead in sin; in Thee, O Jesus are made alive!  

Rejoice O Bethany”, a hymn sung on Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday
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