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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of August 29, 2010)

posted Sep 7, 2010, 1:19 AM by Ilya Buchkin
New Calendars Available-
       The new September/October St. Raphael printed calendar is now available to pick up at church.  Services and other events for the next two months are listed. 
Hosting the Bishop-
       We are blessed to have Bishop MARK come to be with us the weekend of November 5-7.  Save the dates and mark your calendars.  Among other things, he will celebrate our patronal feast with us.  In years past, generous families from our parish have hosted the bishop in their homes.  If you are interested in allowing the bishop and his subdeacon to stay in your home for the weekend, please let Fr. Ignatius or a Parish Council member know.
Holy Bread Seal Missing-
       The church owns two holy bread seals to be used by parishioners when they are making the holy bread for Liturgy.  One of them has been missing again for several weeks.  Please check your home if you have made holy bread in the last 6-8 weeks and return it if you find it.
Two Church-related News Stories-
       To read about the fascinating recovery of two famous, centuries-old Russian icons that were deliberately walled over in the Kremlin to hide them from Stalin's purges, go to: http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/religious-icons-of-kremlins-nicholas-and-savior-towers-are-restored-in-red-square/19611214
To read about a Georgian monk who is making plans to be a stylite (pillar dweller) like some of the saints of old, go to: http://www.eurasianet.org/node/61812
Film on Palestinian-Israeli Conflict-
       The film, "Reflections on Life and War in Gaza" will be shown at 7PM on Wednesday, September 1 at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.  The film is about 100 minutes long.
Free Lunch Program-
       On Tuesday, September 7, we need 3-4 volunteers to help serve food at the Free Lunch Program held at the Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St.) from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  If anyone would like to provide some food for this, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
September Mid-Week Liturgies-
       We will gather to celebrate the Nativity of the Theotokos with a Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM on Tuesday, September 7.  We will celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at 6PM on Tuesday, September 14.   Join us for these important feastday commemorations. 
You Are Invited-
       Fr. Fred, Khourieh Michelle and family invite you to celebrate the baptism of Eirene Sophia Shaheen Saturday, September 18 at 10:30 am at St. George Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids.  Lunch reception following in the Michael G. Nassif Education and Cultural Center.  Fr. Fred needs an accurate count for the caterer, so please confirm that you are attending by signing the sheet on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs.
OCF Kick-off Picnic-
       There are several new Orthodox students in town this year, and we are excited to consider what this year holds for Orthodox Christian Fellowship.  All college students are invited to City Park Shelter #11 for the annual OCF Kick-off Picnic on Sunday, September 19 from 4PM-7PM.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Bring yourself and a friend.  Rsvp to ocf@straphaelorthodoxchurch.org
Thoughts on Stewardship-
          Luke 6: 38 … “Give, and it will be given to you:  good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”                          
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, September 5, the Valentine family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who would like to provide holy bread for a Sunday may sign-up to do so. 
Coffee Hour-
       On Sunday, September 5, the St. Nicholas team will provide the food for coffee hour and clean up the fellowship hall afterward. 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday, September 5, the St. Nina team will clean the nave, narthex, bathrooms, stairs and bookstore and nursery rooms.
Food For Thought-
Assembling, O ye faithful, let us praise together the mediator between the law and grace; for he preached repentance to us and, having boldly and publicly denounced Herod, was beheaded.  And dwelling now with the angels, he entreateth Christ, that our souls be saved.
From the 1st Kathisma of Matins for the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner