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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of February 13, 2011)

posted Mar 12, 2011, 1:52 AM by Ilya Buchkin
Welcome to Fr. Elias-
      
Welcome and thank you to Fr. Elias Khouri for serving matins and Liturgy this Sunday.  Fr. Ignatius returns to town Tuesday afternoon.

Newspaper Article on Evening in the East-
      
The Press Citizen ran an article on our Evening in the East event.  Here is the link to the online version http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011102060310

No Fasting This Week-
      
Because the fast of Great Lent will soon be with us, and in order to remind us that pharisaical attitudes toward fasting do not profit us spiritually (see Luke 18:9-14) we forgo the usual Wednesday and Friday fast this week. 
  
House Blessings-
       Fr. Ignatius is available to come to your home for a house blessing until the beginning of Lent.  A sign-up sheet is posted at church if you would like to reserve a date and time.
 
Catechumen Classes-
       All are welcome to attend Catechumen classes which meet on Saturdays at 3:30PM.  In this 10-12 week series, we are watching videos which outline many of the basics of Orthodox Christianity.

Souls' Saturday Liturgy-
      
On Saturday, February 26, we will have a Liturgy for Souls' Saturday at 10AM.  If you would like your departed loved ones remembered at this service, please get your list of names to Fr. Ignatius by February 25.

Lent is Coming-
      
Lent begins with the beautiful service of reconciliation called Forgiveness Vespers at 6PM on Sunday, March 6.  Following, is the schedule of services for the rest of the first week of Lent.
Monday, March 7- Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7PM
Tuesday, March 8- Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7PM
Wednesday, March 9- Presanctified Liturgy, 6PM
Thursday, March 10- Compline with Canon of St. Andrew, 7PM
Friday, March 11- Compline with Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, 7PM

Lenten Wednesday Evenings-
      
On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we celebrate a unique service called the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts.  What this means is that the bread and wine are consecrated to be the Lord's Body and Blood on the Sunday before, and not during the Wednesday service.  On Wednesday evenings, Fr. Ignatius will be giving a sermon series which focuses on the Canon of St. Andrew, a lengthy hymn that we will be singing at other services during the first week of Lent.  The Canon of St. Andrew is a penitential meditation on the sinfulness of mankind and the all-encompassing love and forgiveness of God.  If you want to know more about the history of salvation that is contained in the pages of Scripture, both Old and New, there is no better way to do it than to listen to or to sing St. Andrew's Canon and to hear the sermons given on this monumental Bible study put to song.  Following the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy each Wednesday, we will gather downstairs for a simple Lenten soup supper. 

Sunday Lenten Pan-Orthodox Vespers-
       On Sunday evenings during Lent, we gather together with the Orthodox churches in Cedar Rapids to worship together at our respective locations.  This year, the Orthodox churches of Waterloo and Dubuque are also participating.  Attached is a flyer containing the schedule of services.  St. Raphael will be hosting this service on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 13.

Capital Campaign Update-
      
During Phase II of our Capital Campaign to raise money to help alleviate our mortgage debt burden, we have raised $11,674.

Interesting Archaeological News from the Holy Land-
        Ruins of a byzantine church with beautiful mosaic floor have been found south of Jerusalem.  Some believe this church was built over the grave of the biblical prophet Zechariah, who we remembered on our church calendar last week.  To learn more, go to: http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2011/02/byzantine-church-discovered-near-jerusalem-may-be-burial-place-of-prophet-zechariah/

Antiochian Camping Scholarships-
       The Antiochian Archdiocese has an excellent summer camping program for children ages 9-17, including Camp St. George here in Iowa.  Thanks to the Order of St. Ignatius, our parish will receive up to $700 in scholarships to be divided up between all the children from this parish who are planning on attending one of the Archdiocesan Summer Camps in 2011.  For information on the camping program, go to: www.antiochian.org/camps.  If you want your child to receive some of this scholarship money, speak with Fr. Ignatius before February 20th.

Lebanese-American Club of Cedar Rapids Hosts a Dinner and Hafli-
       On Saturday, February 26, beginning at 6PM at the Cedar Rapids Marriot Hotel, the Lebanese-American Club of Cedar Rapids will host a dinner and hafli (traditional Arabic dance).   This event will feature live Arabic music and an American DJ.  Tickets are $30 for adults ages 19 and over, $15 for ages 11-18 and $10 for ages 10 and under.  Reservation deadline is February 21.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  To make reservations, phone 319-373-6783 or email aboucrew@msn.com.  Mail payments to: 3025 Autumn Dr., Marion, IA 52302.  Make checks out to LAC-CR.

                       

Shelter House Book Sale- 
      
The 12th Annual Shelter House Book Sale will take place on February 26 from to 10AM-3PM at Hope United Methodist Church (2626 E. Court St.)

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.
 
Choir Leadership- 
       On the weekend of February 19-20, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir. 

Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, February 20, the holy bread will be provided by the Carter family.  Thank you in advance.
 
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday February 20, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.

Church Cleaning-
      
During the week following Sunday February 20, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Nicholas team. 
       
Food For Thought-

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn the heights of humility from the publican’s words. Let us cry out in repentance: O Savior of the world, be gracious to thy servants.


Kontakion of the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
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