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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of April 3, 2011)

posted Apr 10, 2011, 10:08 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Spring Parish Clean-up Work Day-
On the afternoon of Lazarus Saturday, April 16, we will have our twice yearly parish clean-up day beginning after Liturgy, at around noon.  Please plan to come by and help clean windows, polish metal ware, dust, rake leaves and do many other chores to help us make our church and grounds as beautiful as possible for Holy Week and Pascha.

Holy Week Schedule-
Friday, April 15, 7PM- Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus
       Lazarus Saturday, April 16, 8:30AM Matins; 10AM Liturgy
       Palm Sunday, April 17, 8:30AM Matins; 10AM Liturgy; 7PM Bridegroom Matins
       Holy Monday, April 18, 7PM Bridegroom Matins
       Holy Tuesday, April 19, 7PM Bridegroom Matins
       Holy Wednesday, April 20, 9AM Pre-Sanctified Liturgy; 7PM Holy Unction Service
       Holy Thursday, April 21, 9AM Vesperal Liturgy; 7PM Twelve Passion Gospels Service
       Holy Friday, April 22, 9AM Royal Hours; 3PM Vespers (Taking Down the Lord from the Cross); 7PM Lamentations Service followed by Psalm reading vigil
       Holy Saturday, April 23, 9AM, Vesperal Liturgy followed by a demonstration and explanation of the Proskomedia service; 11:40PM Rush Service
       Great and Holy Pascha, April 24, 12AM, Paschal Matins and Liturgy followed by Paschal potluck feast; 1PM Agape Vespers, followed by Paschal Picnic at Wetherby Park

Sign-Up Sheets for Holy Week and Pascha Posted-
Various sign-up sheets relating to Holy Week and Pascha activities are being posted on the bulletin boards at church.  Among these include sign-ups for the post Paschal liturgy feast and also the picnic that follows Agape vespers, reading the Gospel in multiple languages for Agape vespers, decorating the funeral bier used on Holy Friday, reading Psalms before the bier through the night, etc.

Demonstration and Explanation of Proskomedia Service-
Following the Holy Saturday Liturgy (which begins at 9AM on April 23) Fr. Ignatius will demonstrate and explain the Proskomedia service for children, and anyone who wants to see it.  This is the service of the preparation of the bread and wine that takes place before every Liturgy.  It will last about 25-30 minutes.

Thank You-
Thank you to Stefanie Bewell, Meghan Carter, Tyler Fyotek, Alli Rockwell, Aaron Mitchell, Kristi Abuissa, and others who helped St. Raphael Church and the UI Orthodox Christian Fellowship by staffing, cooking for, and otherwise planning our presence at the UI Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival this afternoon.

Office Hours-

       Father Ignatius is suspending his office hours until after Pascha.  However, if you need to make a confession or want to speak with him in person during the week, please feel free to contact him and make an appointment. 

Lent is a natural time to make your confession at church as the tone of this season is marked by repentance.  We are encouraged by our bishops to be regular in making our confessions. As we prepare for the holiest days of our church year, please plan ahead and schedule a confession soon.  Father's time to hear confessions during Holy Week is very limited due to the extra services.  

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-

       We are scheduled to provide 3-4 volunteers at the Free Lunch Program this Tuesday, April 5 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please speak with Fr. Ignatius if you are planning on helping this month.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes-
       The meeting minutes of the March 2011 Parish Council meeting are attached.

Parish Council Meeting-
The April 2011 Parish Council meeting will be Monday, April 11 at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend.

Online Lenten Resources-
  For a collection of podcasts concerning Lent, go to: http://ancientfaith.com/collections/journeys_through_great_lent  For a collection of articles, sermons and other material on Lent, go to: http://monachos.net/content/liturgics/seasonal/lent

New Church Directory Now Available-
Church members may pick up a copy of the new St. Raphael Church directory which lists names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of church members former members and friends of the parish.  Thank you to Karen Kuntz for help assembling the directory.

Opportunities to Give-
The church has a need for donations of wine and olive oil.  For Communion wine, we use a sweet Greek wine, Mavrodaphne of PatrasFor the wine used with the blessed bread after Communion, we use Mogen David Concord wine .  We use olive oil in the many vigil lamps that burn in front of our icons and on our altar.  We have found that regular grade olive oil (as opposed to extra virgin) burns best in our oil lamps.  If you wish to donate either wine or olive oil, please speak with Todd Wiblin.

Prayer and Healing Panel Discussion-
Fr. Ignatius will be one of four presenters heading an interfaith panel discussion on Prayer and Healing at the Coralville Public Library at 7:15PM on April 12.  In addition to the Orthodox Christian perspective, those present will hear presentations from Muslim, Jewish and Christian Science perspectives.  This free event is open to the public.  All are welcome.

"Life and Faith of the Holy Myrrhbearers" Bible Study-
If we have at least five people commit to coming, Fr. Ignatius will teach a four week Bible Study beginning in May on the "Life and Faith of the Holy Myrrhbearers."  We will look at the pages of the New Testament to learn more about the women who accompanied Jesus during His three-year ministry, and who get their collective name because they brought myrrh and other spice to the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus.  This study could meet after Liturgy on Sundays, or on a week night, depending on the preferred schedule of the participants. Bring your Bible.   If you are interested, please put your name down on the sign-up sheet at church or let Fr. Ignatius know.

Parish Life Conference-
       The 64th annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be hosted by St. George Orthodox Church of Cleveland, OH from June 15-19 2011.  For more information, go to: www.stgeorgecleveland.com 

Sunday Lenten Pan-Orthodox Vespers-
       On Sunday evenings at 5:30PM during Lent, we will gather together with the Orthodox churches in Cedar Rapids to worship together at our various locations.  This year, the Orthodox churches of Waterloo and Dubuque are also participating.    Following, is the rest of the schedule.  If you want to catch a ride with Fr. Ignatius to any of these services, please let him know.
April 10- St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (501 A Ave NE) Cedar Rapids           
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.  

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, April 10, the holy bread will be provided by the Valentine family.  Thank you in advance.
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday April 10, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.

Choir Leadership-
For the weekend of April 9-10, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday April 3, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Nina team. 
Food For Thought-

I lift my eyes up, unto the mountains; from where shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Let not your foot be moved; neither let Him who keeps you slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord shall keep you; the Lord is your shelter at your right hand.  The sun shall not scorch you by day nor the moon by night.  The Lord shall keep you from all evil; the Lord shall keep your soul.  The Lord shall keep your coming in and your going out from this present time and forevermore.

Psalm 120 (121)