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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of August 30, 2009)

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

Church Etiquette
       Liturgy begins at 10AM. Please try to be on time. If you are not able to arrive before the Gospel reading, then please do not approach the Chalice to receive Holy Communion. We must properly prepare ourselves for this sacred act, and part of this is arriving on time, so that we can participate in the prayers of the service. Lately, we have also had a problem with cell phones ringing during church services. If you must keep your phone on during church, please keep it on silent. Let's all try to do what we can to create a peaceful and prayerful atmosphere as we worship the Lord.

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.

St. Innocent's Academy Singers Concert
       This Tuesday, September 1 at 7PM at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Dr SE,) the St. Innocent Academy Singers will perform a concert. There is no charge but donations will be accepted. They perform Orthodox liturgical music in several different languages beautifully. You can hear samples of some of their latest music here. http://www.stinnocentsacademy.org/giftscds.html#Sparks They also have a lot of fun with all manner of different types of folk music and they dance. If you attend their concert, you may hear an eclectic mix of sea shanties ( I call them *pirate music*), old Negro spirituals, music from the Appalachian region, along with Eastern European folk music, native Alaskan and possibly even a little Italian folk and opera.

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

Potluck Picnic Next Sunday
       We will gather after Liturgy for a Potluck Picnic at College Green Park. Please bring a dish to pass. A sign-up sheet is posted at church.

Nativity of the Theotokos Liturgy
       On Monday, September 7 at 6PM, we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Please join us.

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- already pledged to be donated
    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- 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.

Do you like to hang icons? We could use some volunteers to hang some of the groupings of icons. Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help in this way.

OCF Picnic September 13
       Our college group, the UI Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) will hold its kick-off picnic for the semester at church on Sunday September 13 at 4PM. Food and beverages will be provided.

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.

Thank you
       Thank you to the Johnsons for the furniture donated to the nursery room, and to Angela Spurgetis, for the furniture donated to the OCF room/Library/Bookstore.

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. Please save the date and mark your calendars! * In anticipation of his visit, we need to polish up some of the brass and other metal liturgical objects. If you can volunteer to do some polishing, please see Fr. Ignatius.

New Picture of Bishop MARK
       Make sure to take a look at the new picture of Bishop MARK hanging in the narthex. This picture shows him with the new vestments that his clergy gave him at the Parish Life Conference in July, along with the archpastoral staff that our own parish gave to him. Many years, Master!

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.

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
     We need a volunteer to provide the holy bread on Sunday, September 6. Food after liturgy will be provided by all at our potluck picnic. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Food For Thought

The whole life of man is very short, measured by the ages to come, wherefore all our time is nothing compared with eternal life. And in the world, everything is sold at its price, and a man exchanges one equivalent for another; but the promise of eternal life is bought for a trifle.
For it is written, *The days of our life in them are threescore years and ten, but if they are in strength, fourscore years, and what is more than these are labor and sorrow. *Whenever, therefore, we live full fourscore years, or even a hundred in the ascetical discipline, not for a hundred years only shall we reign, but instead of a hundred, we shall reign for ever and ever.
And though we fought on earth, we shall not receive our inheritance on earth, but we have the promises in heaven; and having put off the body which is corrupt, we shall receive it incorrupt.

St. Anthony the Great, *Life, *p. 200