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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of January 2, 2011)

posted Jan 2, 2011, 7:07 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Holy Bread Needed-
We do not yet have a volunteer to bake the holy bread for next Sunday, January 9.  If you are able to do this, please let Fr. Ignatius know. 
January/February Calendars Available-
       Calendars showing services and other events at St. Raphael for the next two months are now available in the narthex at church.  
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       We will be serving meals at the Free Lunch Program (located at the Wesley Center) on Tuesday, January 4 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help this month.
Theophany Services and Blessing of the Waters-
       We will observe the Feast of Theophany with Royal Hours at 9AM on Wednesday, August 5 and Vesperal Liturgy and blessing of the water at 6PM.  The faithful of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids have invited us to join with them and the faithful of St. George Orthodox Church for an Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at 4PM on Saturday, January 8.  This service will be presided over by Bishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago and will be held on the First Ave. bridge spanning the Cedar River, across the street from City Hall, in downtown Cedar Rapids.  Following the blessing service, we are invited to St. John's for vespers at 5:30PM.  There will be no vespers at St. Raphael that evening.
No Office Hours Thursday-
       Fr. Ignatius will not be in the office this Thursday, January 6.    
House Blessings-
       Following the Feast of Theophany on January 6, 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. 
Evening in the East Food Team Coordinators Needed-
       As we have in years past, we have a need again for volunteers to be food team coordinators for our Evening in the East event on February 5.   We hope to have about five food teams: Russian, Georgian, Romanian, Middle Eastern/African and Greek.  The Russian team is already forming.  Responsibilities include helping to form a team of several people that can plan a menu item and prepare it for our meal.  Team coordinators will be working with Matt and Tania Van Dinter, our event co-chairs, so that we are sure we have a complete and delightful menu for the evening.  Please contact Matt or Tania if you can help in this way.
Calling All Cooks!-
       The food has always been a highlight of our Evening in the East fundraiser. Each of the last two years, people have requested recipes for the dishes we've served. This year, we are going to prepare a small cookbook to have for sale at the event. If you have cooked for the dinner, or are preparing food this year, please send a copy of the recipe you are using to Karen Kuntz. Also, if you have favorite recipes from your home country you'd like to share, please add them also. You can e-mail recipes to Karen at kkuntz@earthlink.net, or leave copies at church with Father. If you have a recipe that you need help translating into English, we can find someone to help.
Capital Campaign Phase II Update-
         To date, we have received 7 gifts totaling $5875 in our Capital Campaign to raise money to pay down our mortgage.  The Capital Campaign invites you to share names and addresses of people that you think might be interested in receiving a mailing from us regarding our campaign.  Contact committee members Newman Abuissa, Lori Branch, Bill Spencer or Fr. Ignatius if you wish to do this.
Epistle Reading-
       The reading of the Sunday Epistle is open to anyone.  We have a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs.  The Epistle will always be read in English and we welcome it to be read in any other language as well.  
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.   

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday, January 9, 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, January 9, the St. John the Baptist team will clean the nave, narthex, bathrooms, stairs, bookstore and nursery room.

Food For Thought-

Let us piously fill the air with the sound of prefestal songs for the hallowed Baptism of our Lord and God.  For now, behold, as a man He soon shall come forward in the flesh unto His Forerunner John and shall ask saving Baptism, that He might restore and might fashion anew all who with faith in Him are sacredly enlightened and who partake of the Spirit’s grace.

Sticheron from Vespers of the Sunday Before the Theophany of the Lord