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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of August 9, 2009)

posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:18 AM by Ilya Buchkin   [ updated Oct 13, 2009, 1:21 AM ]

No Office Hours this Tuesday
       Fr. Ignatius will be serving matins at Camp St. George this Tuesday morning, and therefore, will not be holding his office hours that day.

Dormition Fast Continues
       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, we will have the Paraklesis (Supplication) Service to the Theotokos, at 7PM.

Feast of the Dormition Services
       We celebrate the death of the saints, which is their birth into new and eternal life. Join us as we celebrate the dormition, or "falling asleep" of our Lord's mother. She is the greatest of the saints. The Virgin Mary, the Holy Theotokos, is the perfect example for us of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We will mark this great feast with Vespers at 7PM this Friday, August 14, and on Saturday, August 15, matins at 8:30AM, and Liturgy at 10AM.

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

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.

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.

       St. Raphael member Thomas Awad has been accepted into St. Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, PA, to study for the priesthood. He will be leaving for his studies before the end of August. Thomas, we will miss you every Sunday. May God bless your studies.

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 16, the Powers family will provide the holy bread. The Van Dinter 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

How could one taste death from whom the true Life flowed out to all? Yet she did fall under the law inflicted by Him whom she bore, and as a daughter of the old Adam she suffered the sentence of death, even as her Son who is Life itself. But now as Mother of the living God, she is fittingly taken up to heaven by Him. For how could death feed on this truly blessed one who had eagerly listened to the word of God? who at the Archangel's salutation, filled with the Holy Spirit, conceived the Son of God? who without pain gave birth to Him? whose whole being was ever consecrated to her Creator? Could hell receive such a one? Could corruption destroy a body in which Life had been brought forth? For her, beloved brethren, a way is prepared to heaven - a way that is straight and fair and easy. For if Christ, the way and truth, has said: Where I am there My servant shall be, does it not follow that His Mother is surely with Him?

From a homily of St. John of Damascus