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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of August 2, 2009)

posted Aug 3, 2009, 7:49 AM by Ilya Buchkin

Building Update
       Plumbing, electrical and flooring work are all scheduled for this week. The icons to fill the new spaces in our iconostasis are being worked on and we hope to have them in a few weeks. Work in the altar area has begun on a bench that will go on the back wall.

Dormition Fast Has Begun
       From August 1-14, we will be in the Dormition Fast, which ends with the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on Saturday, August 15. On Sundays through Fridays during these two weeks(except on Aug. 5), we will have the Paraklesis (Supplication) Service to the Theotokos, at 7PM. If you have never attended this beautiful service, you have 10 chances this year!

Free Lunch Program Volunteering
       We will serve food on our regular monthly schedule on Tuesday August 4 from 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Wesley Center (Dubuque and Market Sts.) Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are able to help this month.

Feast of the Transfiguration Vesperal Liturgy
       We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration with a Vesperal liturgy at 6PM on Wednesday, August 5. As is traditional for this feastday, if anyone brings grapes or other fruit, Fr. Ignatius will be blessing them at the end of the Liturgy. Please join us.

Interfaith Dialogue Event
       On Monday, August 10 at noon, at the Iowa City Public Library, there will be an Interfaith Dialogue involving both local Muslim leaders, Muslims from a visiting Yemeni delegation and local Christians. Our own Newman Abuissa will be involved with the event as a moderator. On Sunday August 9, we will be hosting the visiting delegation from Yemen at our church.

Church Open House, August 22
       Join us on 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.

Etiquette After Liturgy
       In our new space, we have found that sound travels in different ways than it did in our old space. We have lively acoustics, which is good for the priest and the choir. However, this also means that when people are talking while prayers are still going on, this can be distracting. At the end of Liturgy, after people come forward to kiss the cross and receive a blessing, some people choose to stay and say the post-communion prayers, while the priest finishes consuming the Eucharist in the chalice. All are welcome to stay during this time. However, if you do not want to join in, please go out into the narthex, or better yet, the porch or downstairs while the prayers are being finished.

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!

Free Help for Children Suffering From Asthma
       Enroll your child or teen in CHAMP, a free asthma education program, and learn about the new HFA inhalers and other topics. An expert will also provide a free home inspection looking for mold and asthma triggers (a $100 service). Contact Dr. Stephanie Nomura (319) 892-6022 to sign up ( stephanie.nomura@linncounty.org).

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.

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 9, the Branch-Peterson family will provide the holy bread. We need a volunteer or volunteers to provide the 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

On the Mountain You were Transfigured, O Christ God,And Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it; So that when they would behold You crucified, They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary, And would proclaim to the world,That You are truly the Radiance of the Father!

Kontakion of the Feast of the Transfiguration, which we celebrate on August 6