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February 15, 2009 - The Prodigal Son

posted Feb 15, 2009, 5:53 PM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Feb 15, 2009, 6:00 PM ]

Parish Council Meeting

The February Parish Council meeting will be on Monday, February 16, at 7PM. All are welcome to attend.

Office Hours This Week

Fr. Ignatius will be out of the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week for some much needed rest. There will be no Wednesday morning matins this week.

Souls' Saturday Liturgy

This Saturday February 21 at 9AM, we will have a Saturday of Souls Liturgy in memory of all of the departed. If you have names of the departed that you wish to have remembered at this Liturgy, please get the list to Fr. Ignatius by email or in person.

Choir Practice

The choir will meet to practice at 8:30AM this Saturday.

Holy Bread and Coffee Hour

For Sunday February 22, we need two volunteers: one to bake the holy bread, and one to provide some food for coffee hour.

February 22 Voters' Meeting

At this meeting after Liturgy, we hope to accomplish the following. We will vote on whether to approve taking out a mortgage for a certain dollar amount, based on our fundraising progress at that point. If we vote to approve taking out a mortgage loan, we will vote on a budget which reflects this move and the expenses associated with it. We will also discuss our priorities as far as what kind of interior renovations need to be done right away, how much we think they will cost, and what renovations can be delayed. Please plan on staying and voting on this most important issue. If you can't be present, but would still like to have your vote cast, please let Fr. Ignatius know who will be voting proxy for you.

UI Cultural Diversity Festival

Sunday, February 22 is also the UI Cultural Diversity Festival at the Fieldhouse from 12PM-5PM. Our choir is scheduled to perform at 3:30PM. We will have a table at which we sell baked goods and possibly other foods, and have information about the church. We still could use a few volunteers to provide some baked goods to sell at our table. Please speak to Kristi Abuissa if you can help with food.

OCF Gathering

Before Lent starts, our OCF advisor, Lori Branch, is opening up her home for food and fellowship. Students are invited to the Branch/Peterson home (831 Dearborn St.) on Friday, February 27.

News on Fundraising

We have until February 20 to raise money for this Phase 1 of our Capital Campaign. For the latest up-to-date totals on our fundraising, go to the Capital Campaign page. We continue to proceed with our fundraising and to date, we have over $170,000 dedicated to the purchasing and renovation of our building. We pray that we will be in a position to complete the purchase by February 20.

Archdiocese Camp Scholarships

We are blessed with some wonderful Orthodox Christian summer camps in our Archdiocese, including the Antiochian Village camp in PA, and Camp St. George, right here in Iowa. Through the generosity of the Order of St. Ignatius, our parish has been offered up to $700 total in scholarship money, for children who may need some help in paying for camp tuition this summer. If your child is planning on going to one of our camps, and you would like to apply for some of this money, please let Fr. Ignatius know by February 22. The total will be divided up amongst the families of the children who will use it.

House Blessing Schedule

Time is running out to schedule a house blessing with Fr. Ignatius before the beginning of Lent (March 1). Fr. Ignatius would like to visit as many of you in your homes as possible during this time. A sign-up sheet is posted at church. Please suggest a day and time and Fr. Ignatius will confirm if that time will work.

Lent is Coming

Lent begins this year with Forgiveness Vespers at 6PM on Sunday, March 1. The first week of Lent is busy with services. Here is the schedule:
  • Sunday, March 1- Forgiveness Vespers, 6PM
  • Monday, March 2- Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 7PM
  • Tuesday, March 3- Compline with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 7PM
  • Wednesday, March 4- Presanctified Liturgy, 6PM, followed by soup supper
  • Thursday, March 5- Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 7PM
  • Friday, March 6- Compline with Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, 7PM

Pan-Orthodox Vespers

The Iowa Orthodox Christian Clergy Association (IOCCA) is sponsoring Sunday evening pan-Orthodox Vespers services at 6PM throughout Lent. The faithful of St. Raphael Church, and both St. George Church and St. John the Baptist Church of Cedar Rapids will be worshipping together at each other's churches. St. Raphael Church is hosting the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers on March 8. We will need food provided for this evening. A schedule of these services is attached to this email.

Pre-Sanctified Liturgies

On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we will celebrate the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6PM, except on March 25, when we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Annunciation. Each Wednesday evening service service will be followed by a simple lenten soup supper. We need volunteers to bring the soup each week. A sign-up sheet is posted at church for these meals.

Daily Akathist to Continue Through February 27

The sign-up for members to pledge to pray an Akathist at home each day during our Capital Campaign will continue until February 27, our scheduled date for closing on the property, now that our deadline has been extended. Whether you sign-up to pray an Akathist or not, will you pray that God would reveal to us His plans for our location?

Book Sale to Benefit Shelter House

A book sale will be held at Hope United Methodist Church, located at 2929 E. Court Street, on Saturday, February 28, from 10AM to 3PM. All proceeds will go to benefit the Shelter House, the local temporary shelter for those who have no place to live. If you have books that you would like to donate, please contact Meg at 338-5416 ext. 112.

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.

Food For Thought

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

I John 1:5-7