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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of January 23, 2011)

posted Jan 23, 2011, 5:25 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Parish-wide Potluck Next Sunday-
       Being the fifth Sunday of the month, we will have a parish-wide potluck following Liturgy next Sunday, January 30.  Please bring something to share.
Tariel Iberi Concert At St. George Church Next Sunday-
       St Raphael parishioner Tariel Iberi will be giving a concert of Georgian classical guitar music at 6:30PM Sunday, January 30 at St. George Orthodox Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.)  A free-will offering will be taken to benefit Tariel.  
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       On Tuesday, February 1, from 11:30AM-1:30PM, we will be volunteering at the Free Lunch Program held at the Wesley Center (Market and Dubuque Sts.)  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are able to help this month.
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple-
       We will gather for Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM on Tuesday, February 1 to commemorate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.
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 areing watch videos which outline many of the basics of Orthodox Christianity.
Evening in the East Silent Auction Items Needed-
       St. Raphael Church still needs unique items to be donated for inclusion in our silent auction which is part of the Evening in the East fundraising event.  Do you have special items that may not be found in most stores that you think others would be interested in?  We are especially interested to receive items that reflect the wonderful ethnic and cultural diversity that our parish is blessed with.  Please contact Ilya Buchkin at ilya.buchkin@gmail.com if you would like to donate something.
Wine Donations Needed-
       We still have a need for bottles of wine to be donated to the Evening in the East.  We have about 12 bottles pledged, and last year, we went through about 30.  It is important that the wine be donated.  Due to local regulations concerning the serving of alcohol, the church cannot buy the wine to sell it at the event.  Please contact Matt and Tania Van Dinter (tania29@donpac.ru)  if you can donate some wine.
Capital Campaign Phase II Update-
         To date, we have received 23 gifts totaling $10,155 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.

$1,000 Scholarship to the University of Iowa-
       Geneva Campus Ministry is proud to announce the annual Jason Chen Faith & Learning scholarship, available to all undergrads at the University of Iowa. Visit our website at www.geneva-ui.org for more information on how to apply. Deadline: Apr. 1, 2011. 
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.
Shelter House Book Sale-      
       The 12th Annual Shelter House Book Sale is scheduled to be held on February 26 from 10AM-3Pm at Hope United Methodist Church (2626 E. Court St., Iowa City).  
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, January 30, the holy bread will be provided by the Boriuk/Surguladze family.  Thank you in advance.
Choir Leadership-
       For the weekend of January 29-30,  Matthew Arndt will lead our choir.
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday, January 30, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by all who bring food to our parish-wide potluck.
Food For Thought-
Before conceiving Thee, O Christ, an angel hailed the Virgin; and an angel also rolled the stone from the grave.  The former, instead of sorrow proclaimed signs of joy indescribable; and the latter, instead of death proclaimed to the women and Thy beloved ones Thy Resurrection, magnifying Thee, O Giver of Life.
Second exaposteilarion of matins for the Sunday of the Blind Man