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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of August 17, 2008)

posted Aug 24, 2008, 1:21 PM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Aug 24, 2008, 1:24 PM ]

Parish Council-

Our next Parish Council meeting is Monday August 18 at 7PM.

Saints Alive Book Study

The Saints Alive Book Study will begin this Thursday, August 21 at 8PM.  Hannah Valentine will be discussing the book, “The Ascetic of Love: Mother Gavrilia.” We will meet each Thursday evening for six weeks.  Other saint’s lives to be discussed include St. Nektarios, and St. John Maximovitch.  This group is open to anyone who wants to learn about some of our Church’s more recent saints.

Choir Practice

Our next choir practice will be at 7PM on Tuesday August 26. 

Beheading of St. John the Forerunner

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

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, 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 24, the Abuissa family is providing the holy bread.  The food for coffee hour will also be brought by the Abuissa 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

Do you know, my child, why the clouds are closed when the fields are thirsty for rain, and why they open, when the fields have no desire for rain?  Nature has been confused by the wickedness of men, and has abandoned its order.

Do you know, my child, why the fields produce heavy fruit in the springtime, and yield a barren harvest in the summer?  Because the daughters of men have hated the fruit of their womb, and kill it while it is still in blossom.

Do you know, my child, why the springs have gone dry, and why the fruits of the earth no longer have the sweetness that they used to have?  Because of the sin of man, from which infirmity has invaded all nature.

Do you know, my child, why a victorious nation suffers defeats as a result of its own disunity and discord, and eats bread made bitter by tears and malice?  Because it conquered the bloodthirsty enemies around itself, but failed to conquer those within itself.

Do you know, my child, how a mother can feed her children without nourishing them?  By not singing a song of love to them while nursing them, but a song of hatred towards a neighbor.

Do you know, my child, why people have become ugly and have lost the beauty of their ancestors? Because they have cast away the image of God, which fashions the beauty of that image out of the soul within, and removes the mask of earth.

Do you know, my child, why diseases and dreadful epidemics have multiplied?  Because men have begun to look upon good health as an abduction of nature and not as a gift from God.  And what is abducted with difficulty must with double difficulty be protected.

Do you know, my child, why people fight over earthly territory, and are not ashamed to be on the same level as moles?  Because the world has sprouted through their heart, and their eyes see only what is growing in the heart; and because, my child, their sin has made them to weak to struggle for heaven.

Do not cry, my child, the Lord will soon return and set everything right.

Prayers by the Lake, #39 by St. Nikolai Velimirovich (thank you to Ancient Faith Radio for bringing awareness of this prayer through their broadcasting of it recently.)