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From the Weekly Bulletin (Week of 8/24/2008)

posted Aug 24, 2008, 3:56 PM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Aug 25, 2008, 8:53 AM ]

Saints Alive Book Study

The Saints Alive Book Study has begun. This Thursday, we will be discussing “Wounded by Love: The Life and the Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios” We will meet each Thursday evening for 5 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.

Beheading of St. John the Forerunner

We will have Vesperal Liturgy for this solemn feastday on the evening of August 29, at 6PM.

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.

Next Picnic is September 7

The next after-Liturgy picnic is scheduled for Sunday September 7, at City Park, shelter #12. We have been told by the City that the park will be cleaned up from the flood damage and useable by then. Please plan to join us.

IOCC Providing Relief For Victims of Georgian-Russian Conflict

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has mobilized staff in its Tbilisi and Moscow offices to provide assistance to those who have been affected by this widening conflict. IOCC is working in partnership with the Georgian Orthodox Church to provide food and hygiene supplies to IDPs (internally displaced persons) in the town of Gori and in the capital of Tbilisi. IOCC is also assisting refugees in North Ossetia with medical and food supplies provided in partnership with the Russian Orthodox Church.

To help in providing emergency relief, call IOCC’s donation hotline toll-free at 1-877-803-4622, make a gift on-line at www.iocc.org, or mail a check or money order payable to “IOCC” and write “Conflict in the Caucasus” in the memo line to: IOCC, P.O. Box 630225, Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225.

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 August 31, the Bayouth family is providing the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Van Dinter 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

When we set ourselves apart from others, we are not Christians. We are true Christians when we have a profound sense that we are members of the mystical body of Christ, of the Church, in an unbroken relationship of love-when we live united in Christ, that is, when we experience unity in His Church with a sense of oneness. This is why Christ prays to His Father saying, that they may be one. He repeats the prayer again and again and the apostles emphasize it everywhere. This is the most profound aspect, the most exalted meaning, of the Church. This is where the secret is to be found: for all to be united as one person in God.

Elder Porphyrios of Evia in “Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios”, p. 89.