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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of August 16, 2009)

posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:18 AM by Ilya Buchkin   [ updated Oct 13, 2009, 1:22 AM ]

Building Update
       We now have hot water in the bathrooms and a new utility sink and water heater in the furnace room. The railing along the side of the altar area is being put in today. More work will continue during the week.

Office Hours
       Fr. Ignatius will not be holding office hours Monday August 17.


Parish Council Meeting
       Our August Parish Council meeting will be on Monday, August 17 at 7PM.

Church Open House, August 22
       Join us this Saturday, August 22 from 3PM-5:30PM as we open our doors to show you our new church building. Our choir will give several short performances. We will have homemade treats available to eat. We will even have a bouncy castle in the yard for the kids. The evening will conclude with 6PM Vespers when we will be joined by clergy and the faithful from Cedar Rapids, IA churches St. John the Baptist and St. George. We are asking for members to volunteer to bring home-cooked refreshments, to sing with the choir, and to welcome our guests. Please volunteer a few hours to help if you are able. *We could use a few volunteers this week to help clean-up parts of the building so that it will be looking its best for our visitors on Saturday.

Beheading of St. John the Forerunner
       This solemn day will be remembered with vespers at 7PM on Friday, August 28 and on Saturday, August 29, matins at 8:45AM and Liturgy at 10AM.

Bishop MARK Visits in September
       Bishop MARK has confirmed that he will be with us September 22-24 for a midweek visit. We will have a Vesperal liturgy for St. Thekla at 6PM on September 23 followed by a potluck meal. More details will follow as they become available. Please save the date and mark your calendars!

Roommate Needed
       St. Raphael member Andy Awad is looking for a male roommate to share his Iowa City apartment beginning immediately. If you are interested or if you know anyone who might be, please contact Andy at 563-349-0851.

2009 Orthodox Conference on Missions and Evangelism

       The 2009 Orthodox Conference on Missions and Evangelism is pleased to welcome His Beatitude Metropolitan JONAH, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), as this year's keynote speaker. His Beatitude will set the tone for the weekend conference with his presentation, "The Necessity of Orthodox Unity in America to Bring America to Orthodoxy." The Conference will take place September 4-7 (Labor Day Weekend) at Antiochian Village near Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

    Save $40 off the regular registration fee if you register by August 15. Lodging is limited, so register as soon as possible. Group discounts and limited financial assistance for those in need are available. To learn more about the Conference visitwww.antiochian.org/missions/conference, or call the Department of Missions and Evangelism toll-free at (888) 968-4014.


Saints Alive Book Study
       If there is enough interest (at least 5 people,) we will start a book study called "Saints Alive" on Thursday evenings after Akathist (8PM) beginning sometime this summer. This series is subtitles "Missionaries, Monks and Martyrs" and books that are covered include books on the life of St. Innocent of Alaska, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Maria (Skobtsova) of Paris, and St. Luke of Simferopol. How this study works, is that each person is assigned to read one of the books, and that person then reports of his or her book to the group. Go to http://www.antiochian.org/sites/antiochian.org/files/Saints_ALIVE-09.pdf for more information on the books to be read and discussed.

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 and Coffee Hour
     On Sunday, August 23, the Wiblin/Kuntz family will provide the holy bread. The Johnson family will provide food for coffee hour. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up to do so.




Food For Thought

Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb!

Kontakion of the Feast of the Doormition of the Mother of God
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