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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of February 6, 2011)

posted Feb 6, 2011, 7:44 PM by Ilya Buchkin
No Matins Monday-
There will be no matins on Monday, February 7.

Thank You
       Nearly everyone in the parish deserves a big "Thank you" for the many things that you have all done to make sure that our Evening in the East event was successful.  Thanks especially to Matt and Tania Van Dinter, co-chairs of the event; Kristi Abuissa, banquet coordinator; Lori Branch and all of our choir; Ilya Buchkin, our silent auction coordinator; and our many, many cooks.  Many worked behind the scenes donating auction items or other things essential to the event, setting up, taking down and cleaning up, and a host of other responsibilities.  What a wonderful event!

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Out of Town-
From this Wednesday, February 9 until Tuesday, February 15, Fr. Ignatius will be out of town.  There will be no catechumen class on Saturday, February 12, and no matins on Monday, February 14.  Fr. Elias Khouri will be serving matins and Liturgy on Sunday, February 13.  Please welcome him. 
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.

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.

Connect 2011 Program at Balamand University in Lebanon-
Registration is now open for the Balamand University Connect 2011 Program.  This cultural/educational summer program is for young people ages 17-25 who are interested in learning about the culture of Lebanon and the Arabic language.  For more information, go to: www.balamand.edu.lb/connect
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.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, February 13, the holy bread will be provided by the Surguladze/Boriuk  family.  Thank you in advance.
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday February 13, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday February 13, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. John the Baptist team. 
Food For Thought-

By Your nativity, You did sanctify the Virgin's womb,
And did bless Simeon's hands, O Christ God.
Now You have come and saved us through love.
Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians, O only Lover of man!

Konatkion of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple