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From the Weekly Bulletin (Week of 11/5/2008)

posted Oct 6, 2008, 8:53 PM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Oct 6, 2008, 8:58 PM ]

Free Lunch Program Volunteering

We are scheduled to provide volunteers on Tuesday October 7 at the Wesley Center from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Please let Fr. Ignatius know
if you can volunteer to help serve meals.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class

Fr. Ignatius has begun a seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class which will continue to meet at 4PM on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 8,
15. The class should 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. A sign-up sheet is posted. Topics to be covered are
Worship, the Sacraments, Tradition, Relations with other Christians, and more.

Parish Council Meeting

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

Language Classes

We have two people from our church community, Elena Bezugla and Rubina Knajian, who would like to teach beginner’s classes in both
Russian and Arabic respectively. These classes are offered for children and adults and assume no prior knowledge of the language.
As of right now, we anticipate that the Russian class will begin in October and the Arabic class will begin in November. Cost will be a
$5 donation to the Church’s Building fund per class session. Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board at church. Once we have
an idea of class size, then we will set a definite schedule.

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.

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 Olena Coffin. Their home was devastated by the floods in June. We will spend our
time helping them out by painting interior walls for a few hours. Bring your painting clothes! Afterward, we will go out for dinner at a local

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.

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.

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 12, Meghan Gilpin and Tony Carter are providing the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Kulp
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

St. Bishoy is one of the great African Desert fathers, born around A.D. 300...He was considered a friend of Christ, Who appeared personally to him several times....[Christ] told St. Bishoy to tell the other monks under his care that they would see Him if they came to church that day. As they were walking, many noticed an elderly, crippled man, unable to get to church. In their excitement and desire to see Christ, they passed him by. Trailing behind the other monks and walking slowly, being quite old, St. Bishoy saw the old man and had compassion on him. He lifted him onto his own shoulders and, with great difficulty, began to carry him to the church. But he noticed that the closer they came to the church, the lighter the crippled man became. Looking down at the man’s feet, St. Bishoy noticed nail prints in them, and he recognized him as Christ the Lord. Immediately after, He disappeared. When St. Bishoy finally reached the church, all were wondering when Christ would appear. Then he asked them if they had seen the elderly, crippled man on the side of the road. After he related what happened, they remembered the words of the Lord, Inasmuch as you do it to the least of these my brethren, you do it to Me. (Matt. 25:40)

Fr. Paisius Altschul, “Wade in the River: The Story of the African Christian Faith, pp. 48-49