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From the Weekly Bulletin (Week of 10/12/2008)

posted Oct 12, 2008, 9:52 PM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Oct 12, 2008, 10:02 PM ]

Parish Council Meeting

The October Parish Council meeting will be on Monday October 13 at 7PM. All are welcome to attend.

No Office Hours this Thursday

Fr. Ignatius will be traveling to Indianapolis for the Fall Diocese Clergy meetings and to attend the dedication of the new national headquarters of Orthodox Christian Fellowship. He will be gone from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon. He should be able to be reached by cell phone at 319-400-7522. In case of an emergency, please contact Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class

Fr. Ignatius has begun an Introduction to Orthodoxy class series which will continue to meet at 4PM on Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 8, and 15. Each class will last about 1 1/2 hours. It is open to anybody: beginners who are interested in exploring the Orthodox faith, or those who are already Orthodox and who would like to learn more about their faith. Topics to be covered are Worship, the Sacraments, Tradition, Relations with other Christians, and more.

Geneva Lecture “The Return of Religion in a Post-9-11 World”

Dr. Lamin Sanneh, originally from The Gambia in West Africa, is now Professor of World Religion at Yale University. He will present the Geneva Lecture on this topic at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, in Room 100 of the UI Phillips Hall. From 3:30-5:00 p.m. on October 14 he will also give a seminar, “African Christianity and New World Paradigms” in Room 1117 in the University Capitol Center. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ed Laarman, 341-0007 or geneva@uiowa.edu.

Beginner’s Language Classes

The Russian class taught by Elena Bezugla will begin on October 22 at 7PM and meet weekly on Wednesday evenings. The Arabic class taught by Rubina Knajian will begin sometime in November. Cost will be a $5 donation to the Church’s Building fund per class session.  There is still room in both classes. Bring a notebook and a pencil and be prepared to take some notes!

Next Sunday is Special Olympics Awareness Day

The third Sunday of October is always designated as Special Olympics Awareness Day in the Antiochian Archdiocese. On Sunday October 19, you will hear about the sponsorship that the teens in our Archdiocese give to the Annual Special Olympics Sports Camp held at the Antiochian Village each year. You will have an opportunity to give toward the $50,000 nationwide goal so that our Archdiocese, and especially our teens, can continue to serve God and others in this worthy endeavor.

OCF Get-Together, October 19

Our next OCF college group get-together will be Sunday October 19. We will meet at church at 2PM and travel together to do some service work at the home of parishioners of ours, Jeremy and Elena Coffin. Their home was devastated by the floods in June. We will spend our time helping them out by working in and around their house. Bring some work clothes. Afterward, we will go out for dinner at a local restaurant.

St. Raphael Feast Day Services

We will remember our patron, St. Raphael of Brooklyn with Great Vespers at 7PM of Friday October 31 and Matins and Liturgy on Saturday November 1, at 8:45AM and 10AM, respectively. Please plan on joining us for our annual celebration of St. Raphael. Following Liturgy, we we have a potluck meal and time for fellowship.

Winter Outerwear Collection and Distribution

Please help people in need of winter clothing. We need donations of coats, snowsuits, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, boots, heavy sweaters and hooded sweatshirts. Clothing must be clean and in good condition. Please sort by size and sex. We are also accepting donations of long underwear and winter blankets. Drop your donations off at church before Thursday October 23, when they will be delivered to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for the Consultation of Religious Communities sponsored free distribution.

Updated Bishop’s Visit Information

His Grace Bishop Mark will now be with us for a midweek evening Liturgy at 6PM on Thursday November 20, for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple. Please save the date and make an effort to come out on a week night to worship with our archpastor.


Congratulations to Rami and Dareen Assi upon the birth of their son Jude Rami Assi, on September 23. Jude was 10lbs. 6ozs. and 21 1/4 inches at birth. May God grant Jude many years!

Choir Practices

The choir is meeting for practice on Sundays, after Liturgy.

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 October 19, the Valentine family is providing the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Cherascu 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

Come, my Light, and illumine my darkness.
Come, my Life, and revive me from death.
Come, my Physician, and heal my wounds.
Come, Flame of divine love, and burn up the thorns of my sins, kindling my heart with the flame of Thy love.
Come, my King, sit upon the throne of my heart and reign there.
For Thou alone art my King and my Lord.

Prayer of St. Dimitri of Rostov as quoted in The Orthodox Way by Kallistos Ware, pp. 21-22.