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From the Weekly Bulletin (9/7/2008)

posted Sep 9, 2008, 7:56 AM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Sep 9, 2008, 7:58 AM ]

Special Voters’ Meeting September 14

We still await word from the Christian Science Church as to whether or not they want to negotiate with us.  At Sunday’s meeting, we will discuss how the Capital Campaign and Parish Council see our fundraising efforts unfolding, and we will ask for the voting members’ approval of the direction we will lay out and describe at the meeting.  This meeting is open to all, voting members and non-voting members.  If you want to see us in a larger space, please come and listen, and also begin to pray about how you might be able to contribute financially to this building purchase.  If we get word from the Christian Science Church that they are willing to give us a chance to purchase again, we will need to act very fast in order to finish raising the down payment.  An agenda will go out to all voting members by email very soon.

Nativity of the Theotokos Services

We commemorate this feast with Great Vespers at 6PM on Sunday September 7 and Matins at 8:45AM and Liturgy at 10AM on Monday September 8.

New September/October Calendars Available

Calendars for the next two months are now available to be picked up at church.

Saints Alive Book Study

The Saints Alive Book Study continues.  This Thursday, we will be discussing “Elder Cleopa of Sihastria” We will meet each Thursday evening for 4 more weeks, discussing the life of a different contemporary saint each week. This group is open to anyone who wants to learn about some of our Church’s more recent saints. 

Choir Practices

In order to help the choir get up to speed on some new music or for the upcoming bishop’s visit, for the next two months they will be practicing after Liturgy on Sundays starting September 7.  That practice will be very brief (15 minutes) as we have a picnic scheduled for that day as well.  Subsequent practices will last about an hour.

OCF Picnic

For our college students, we will begin the semester with our annual Orthodox Christian Fellowship Kick-off Picnic on Sunday September 21 at 1PM at Lower City Park, Shelter #11.  Free food and games!  Bring a friend.

Save the Date!

Our shepherd and father in Christ, Bishop Mark, will be with us to celebrate our church’s patronal feastday the weekend of October 31- November 2.  A more detailed schedule will be announced when it is available.

Order of St. Ignatius Membership

Have you ever thought that God may be calling you to participate in the good works of our beloved Archdiocese through the Order of St. Ignatius?  Do you Know what the Order of St. Ignatius is?  It is the philanthropic arm of our Archdiocese.  The contributions of it’s 3,700 members help to fund such things as the Antiochian Village, Project Mexico, OCF, the Clergy Retirement fund and the travel expenses and conference costs of mission priests.  His Grace Bishop Mark will be receiving commitments from those interested in The Order when he is at our parish at the beginning of November.  If you are interested in learning more, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 

Patriarchal Visit to America

On the same weekend that His Grace will be with us in Iowa City, Patriarch Ignatius IV will be in Boston and the surrounding area, presiding over a fundraising banquet and serving Divine Liturgy.  For more information, see Fr. Ignatius.

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.

Holy Bread and Coffee Hour

On Sunday September 14, the Johnson family is providing the holy bread.  The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Abuissa family.  Thank you in advance.  Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up at church to do so.

Food for Thought

Because He wishes to unite us in nature and will with one another, and in His goodness urges all humanity towards this goal, God in His love entrusted His saving commandments to us, ordaining simply that we should show mercy and receive mercy.

St. Maximos the Confessor, The Philokalia, vol. 2, p. 173