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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of 9/28/2008)

posted Oct 2, 2008, 7:09 AM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Oct 2, 2008, 7:19 AM ]

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 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.

Potluck Next Sunday

       Next Sunday being the first Sunday of the month, we will gather for a potluck-style meal after Liturgy.  A sign-up sheet is posted.

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.

Free Legal Aid for Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Issues

        Iowa Legal Aid is sponsoring a free seminar on Saturday October 11 from 10AM-1PM at the Waterloo Public Library in Waterloo, IA.  This event is open to the public and especially geared toward Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian speakers.  Translators will be present.  For more information, call Jasmina Popaja of Iowa Legal Aid at 1-800-532-1275.

Choir Practices

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

Parish Council Meeting Minutes

        Here is an updated link to the August 2008 St. Raphael Parish Council Meeting minutes.  The link given last week had some technical difficulties- http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dcfwxcwg_222cpvb5bfq

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 5, the  Branch/Peterson family is providing the holy bread.  The food for coffee hour will be brought by the all who bring food for our potluck.  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 make man according to Our image and likeness (Genesis 1:26).” From this, begin to know yourself. These words had not yet been applied to any of the creations. Light appeared, and the commandment was simple. God said, “Let there be light.” The firmament came into being and there was no deliberation concerning its coming to be. The luminaries came to be without any previous deliberation regarding them. The sea and the boundless ocean: a command and they were brought into being...The wild beasts...one word, and they came to be. At this point, man does not yet exist, and there is deliberation regarding man. God did not say as He did for the others, “Let there be man!”
Note the dignity befitting you. He has not initiated your origin by a command, but there has been counsel in God to determine how to introduce into life this living being worthy of honor. “Let us make man,” the wise One deliberates, the artisan ponders. Do you not fall short of His art, and does not He, with care offer to His masterpiece its [intended] achievement: perfection and exactitude? Or does he not wish to show you as perfect in relation to God?

St. Basil the Great, On the Origin of Man