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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of April 12, 2009)

posted Apr 24, 2009, 4:12 AM by Ilya Buchkin

We Now Own 722 E. College St
       Glory to God for the gift of a new, larger, more permanent location for St. Raphael Church! This has been the culmination of a lot of prayer and hard work on the part of many people in our community, and results from the sacricial giving of our own members along with many from outside of our church community. May it be the beginning of a new and fruitful chapter in the history of this church for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the salvation of souls. The new building was blessed with holy water on Saturday, April 11, our very first service there. Please join us at 722 E College St. for the Midnight Pascha (Easter) service starting at 11:30PM on Saturday April 18. If you are not familiar with the location, it is just east of Dodge St. (Hwy 1) on College St., a brick building with three arches and a red clay tile roof. On-site and nearby on-street parking is very minimal. For a map of the area, including our Iowa Ave. location, College St. location, and the closest City Parking Garage (free after 5PM on Saturdays and all day Sunday), go to http://maps.google.com/maps/... Spread the word about our new location. Invite your friends, family and neighbors. We have the space! Please note: *The Midnight Pascha service will be the only service at the new location for awhile. All other services, including Holy Week services, will be at 511 Iowa Ave.

Help Beautify our new building for Pascha
       For our Pascha service, we will have to be content with the fact that the interior of our new building will be far from how we will ideally want it to be when we are using it regularly. However, that does not mean that we can't do a few things to make it more festive and ready for Pascha. If you have icons at home that you would like to bring for the service, please bring them. They can be set on the window ledges of the building during the service. Remember to take any icons that you bring, home with you. Also, if you would like to donate an Easter Lilly plant or two to decorate the church for Pascha, please bring it/them to the Iowa Ave. location on Saturday morning. We will make sure the arrive at the College St. location for the Midnight service.

Holy Week is Here
       Orthodox Christians take Holy Week seriously- there are services every day and the numbers of people increase as the week goes on. In these wonderful, life-giving days we participate in the events by which Christ our God saved us. As much as possible, set other things aside this week and come to church. If you can't get to church, pray at home.

No Office Hours This Week
       Fr. Ignatius will not have any regularly scheduled office hours this week. However, if you want to schedule a time for Fr. Ignatius to hear a confession, he would be happy to do so, as long as it doesn't conflict with a service. Please contact him by phone or email to make an appointment.

"I Was in Prison and You Visited Me"
       One of our members, Luke Snyder is an inmate at the North Central Correctional Facility near Rockwell City, IA. Luke was recently chrismated and is doing an admirable job of learning his new faith, in difficult circumstances and without a lot of support or interaction with other Orthodox Christians. Would you consider "visiting" Luke by sending him a greeting card wishing him a Blessed Pascha? He would appreciate knowing that our members are thinking about him and praying for him. His address is in our church directory. If you want to write him but don't have his address, plese let Fr. Ignatius know and he will give you Luke's address.

Holy Week Sign-up Sheets
       Posted at church, are sign-up sheets for choir help and altar servers' help for all services for Holy Week, Holy Friday Psalm-Reading Vigil, Holy Friday Funeral Bier Decoration, Red Eggs for Pascha, Food for Paschal Feast, Gospel-reading at Agape Vespers and Agape Vespers Picnic. There are so many ways to be invloved with church and to serve!

Potlucks Galore!
       On Pascha, Sunday April 19, we will have a post-Liturgy feast (at College St.) at about 2:30AM or so. Time to catch up on all of the meat, cheese and eggs that we haven't seen in awhile. Later in the day, after 1PM Agape Vespers (at Iowa Ave), we will gather at the Coralville Rec. Center (1506 8th St.) at about 2:30PM for a Pascha afternoon picnic. A kitchen will be available for our use there. Sign-up sheets for both meals are posted at church.

Food for Hungry People Boxes
       If you have taken a Food for Hungry People box home with you during Lent, it is soon time to bring it back to church. After Pascha, we will consolidate what was collected and send it in so that those who need the help can benefit from it. Cash and check donations can also be made to this worthy program. Please write checks to St. Raphael Orthodox Church and mark them Food for Hungry People on the memo line.

Thank you
       Thank you to Angela Spurgetis and Karen Kuntz for polishing so much of the liturgical metalware in anticipation of Holy Week. Thank you also to Lindsey Mabe for cleaning the floor of the chapel and our fellowship area.

Updating Church Directory
       A draft copy of a new, updated St. Raphael Church address/telephone/email directory is printed and at church. Please take the time while at church over the next few weeks, to look at the entry for your name and to make any changes that you would like. We hope to have new copies available in a month or so.

A Respite from the Fast
       Throughout the Paschal season, from Pascha until the Ascension, a full forty days, there is no fasting, including on Wednesdays and Fridays, according to Antiochian custom.

Patronal Feast of St. George Church
       St. George Church will be celebrating the feastday of their patron, St. George, on Thursday April 23 with a 9AM Liturgy. All are welcome.* *Those who attend are invited to join the group at a local restaurant for a meal and some fellowship.

Save the Date!
       Bishop MARK is scheduled to make an archpastoral visit with us the weekend of May 8-10. A more detailed schedule will be released soon. Keep this weekend open on your calendar so that you may be able to spend it with His Grace.

Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat
       On May 15-17, at Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Rives Junction, MI, there will be a retreat for women from Antiochian parishes in the Midwest. A flyer with more information is posted at church. You may contact Roberta Royhab at bobbie@theblade.com to place your reservation.

Holy Bread and Coffee Hour
       On Sunday April 19, the Holy Bread will be brought by the Branch/Peterson family. Food for coffee hour will be brought by all who sign-up for the Paschal potluck feast. Thank you in advance.

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. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know.



Food For Thought:

Rejoice, rejoice O Bethany! On this day God came to thee, God came to thee; and in Him the dead are made alive, as is right for He is the Life! He is the Life! He is the Life! And in Him the dead are made alive, as is right for He is the Life!

When Martha went to receive Him, grieving loudly with bitter tears, bitter tears, she poured out the sorrow of her heart to Him, with great sadness, wailing her lament. Wailing her lament, wailing her lament. She poured out the sorrow of her heart to Him, with great sadness, wailing her lament.

She at once cried out unto Him, "My most compassionate Lord! My Lord! At the great loss of my brother Lazarus my heart is broken. Help me! Help me! Help me! At the great loss of my brother Lazarus my heart is broken. Help me!"

Jesus said to her, "Cease thy weeping, cease thy grieving and sad lament, sad lament; for thy brother, My most beloved friend Lazarus, very soon will live again! He will live again! He will live again! For thy brother, My most beloved friend Lazarus, very soon will live again!"

Then He, the faithful Redeemer, made His way unto the tomb, unto the tomb, where he cried unto him who was buried four days, calling him forth, saying, "Lazarus arise! Lazarus arise! Lazarus arise!" Where He cried unto him who was buried four days, calling him forth saying "Lazarus arise!"

Come with haste, ye two sisters, and behold a wondrous thing, wondrous thing, for your brother from the tomb has returned to life. To the beloved Redeemer now give thanks! Now give thanks! Now give thanks! For your brother from the tomb has returned to life. To the beloved Redeemer now give thanks!

To Thee, O Lord of creation, we kneel in reverence profound, reverence profound; for all we who are dead in sin; in Thee, O Jesus, are made alive! We are made alive! We are made alive! For all we who are dead in sin; in Thee, O Jesus are made alive!

"Rejoice O Bethany", a hymn sung on Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday
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