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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of August 23, 2009)

posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:19 AM by Ilya Buchkin   [ updated Oct 13, 2009, 1:23 AM ]

Building Update and Open House Report
       Thank you to Karen Kuntz, Amy Jongeling, Kh. Maria, Lizzy and Katie Valentine, for working to clean the church building in anticipation of our Open House, and to Amy for beginning to hang our icons on the walls. And as always, thank you to members Irakli Tskhakaia, and Irakli Surguladze for continued work around the building. The nosepiece of the solea (curved step in front of the iconostasis) was finished by our flooring contractor. We had wonderful weather for our Open House. Many of our friends from Cedar Rapids were able to attend, along with others from the Iowa City area. The food was delicious, the choir and guitar performances were enjoyed by all, and many people had a chance to see our building for the first time.

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.

Hanging Icons in the Church

      After coming up with a organizing plan, the Parish Council has allowed the process of hanging icons on our walls in the nave of the church to begin. The following icons have been authorized to be accepted by donation for inclusion into the groupings of icons that we already had.

    St. Innocent of Alaska- already pledged to be donated
    Sts. Cyrus and John
    St. Luke the Evangelist
    Sts. Hermione, Zenaida and Philonella*-* already pledged to be donated
     All Saints of Antioch
    St. Cyprian of Carthage
    Sts. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria
    Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
    St. Barnabas- already pledged to be donated
    Chinese Martyrs of the boxer Rebellion
    St. Jonah of Manchuria
    St. Ia the Teacher
    St. Nicholas of Japan
    St. Mitrophan of China
    St. John of Rila
    St. Sava of Serbia
    Sts. Ludmila, Wenceslaus and Procopius

A Romanian saint to be determined by our Romanian members
A Georgian saint to be determined by our Georgian members
A Russian/Ukrainian saint to be determined by our Russian and Ukrainian members (The Russian/Ukrainian grouping already has six icons which is the limit to each grouping. If the existing St. Vladimir and St. Olga icons are replaced with an icon depicting both of them together, then another icon could be chosen by our Russian and Ukrainian members to be added to the group.)

If anyone desires to provide one or more of these icons, please coordinate with Fr. Ignatius so that we do not get duplicates. He can also give you ideas on where to purchase these icons. To keep things uniform, we want icons that are 8 X 10 or as close as possible to that size. Furthermore, we would like icons to be mounted on wood and without frames or glass.

September-October Calendars Available
       The new St. Raphael Church calendars for September and October are printed and available to be picked up at church.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering
       We are scheduled to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, September 1 from 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Wesley Center. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are able to help this month.

Potluck Picnic September 6
       We will gather after Liturgy for a Potluck Picnic at College Green Park. Please bring a dish to pass.

Parish-wide Discussion on Building
       During coffee hour after Liturgy on Sunday, September 13, we will have a parish-wide discussion on the building: what has happened as far as repairs and renovations to date, what that has cost, what needs to happen in the months ahead, and what might be some long-term goals. Please plan on staying and being a part of this discussion.

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.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes
       The July 2009 Parish Council meeting minutes are attached.

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 30, the Van Dinter family will provide the holy bread. The Spencer 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

A certain God-given equilibrium is produced by our intellect through the constant remembrance and invocation of our Lord Jesus Christ, provided that we do not neglect this constant spiritual entreaty or our close watchfulness and diligence. Indeed, our true task is always the same and is always accomplished in the same way: to call upon our Lord Jesus with a burning heart so that His holy name intercedes for us. In virtue as in vice, constancy is the mother of habit; once acquired, it rules us like nature.

St. Hesychios the Priest