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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of April 19, 2009)

posted Apr 24, 2009, 4:17 AM by Ilya Buchkin

A Glorious Pascha in our New Building
       Thanks be to God, we had a blessed first liturgy in our new building. It was well-attended, but with space for all. The choir sounded wonderful, and joy was on the faces of all. And afterward, there was plenty of good food.

No Office Hours on Bright Monday
       Fr. Ignatius will not have his regularly scheduled office hours on Monday, April 20.

Food for Hungry People Boxes
       If you have taken a Food for Hungry People box home with you during Lent, it is now time to bring it back to church. 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
       There are so many people to thank at this time of year. Thank you to Michelle Bayouth, Kh. Irene Khouri, Kristi Abuissa, Tania Van Dinter and Lori Branch for directing the choir at various services and to all choir members for lending their voices. You all perform such a great service for the church. Thank you to Fr. Elias Khouri, for leading the Holy Thursday Twelve Gospels Service in my absence while I was ill. Thank you to Kh. Maria Valentine, Karen Kuntz, Todd Wiblin, Tania Van Dinter, Tikhon Barnard, Thomas Awad and Ermioni for decorating the Lord's funeral bier on Holy Friday. Thank you to all who brought food and red eggs. Thank you to Todd Wiblin and all of our altar servers. Thank you to our OCF students and others who provide the manpower to move items from Iowa Ave. to College St. I have probably forgotten someone deserving of thanks. Please forgive me if I have.

Newspaper Article on St. Raphael Church
       Following is a link to a recent Iowa City Press-Citizen article on St. Raphael Church http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20090418/NEWS01/904180324/1079

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.

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:

Yesterday I was buried with Thee, O Christ, and today I arise with Thine arising. Yesterday was I crucified with Thee; do Thou Thyself glorify me with Thee, O Saviour, in Thy Kingdom.

From Ode 3 of the Paschal Canon of Matins