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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of 9/21/2008)

posted Sep 22, 2008, 7:03 AM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Sep 22, 2008, 7:10 AM ]

Change of Plans for Bishop Mark’s Visit

Due to a schedule conflict, Bishop Mark will not be able to be with us for our patronal feast on the weekend of October 31-November 2.  When we know the dates for His Grace’s visit, we will announce them.

Saints Alive Book Study

The Saints Alive Book Study concludes this Thursday at about 8PM.  Following Vesperal Liturgy, we will be discussing “Man of God: Papa Dimitri Gagastathis.”

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class

Fr. Ignatius will be offering a seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class beginning on Saturday October 4 at 4PM and meeting for the following six Saturdays after that.  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.

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.

Challenges of Christianity in 21st Century America

St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Des Moines is hosting Fr. Jonathan Ivanoff, parish priest  of St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church in Shirley, NY, and Secretary for the Department of Evangelism of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).  Fr. Jonathan will give two lectures on Saturday October 4:  “Challenges of Christianity in 21st Century America” at 11AM, and “Challenges of Orthodoxy in 21st Century America” at 1PM.  Please call St. George Church at 515-277-0780 for more information.

Choir Practices

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

Parish Council Meeting Minutes

The August 2008 St. Raphael Parish Council Meeting minutes are available to read online.  Click here.

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 28, the Bayouth family is providing the holy bread.  The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Johnson 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

Let us not knock casually [at the door of the Scriptures], but eagerly and persistently, and let us not lose heart while knocking, for if we seek in this manner, it will be opened to us.  If we read once and then a second time and still do not understand what we are reading, let us not be discouraged.  Rather, let us persist, let us meditate and inquire, for as the Scriptures say: ‘Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders and they will tell you.’

St. John of Damascus, “The Orthodox Faith” Book IV, Chapter XVII
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