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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of January 24, 2010)

posted Feb 7, 2010, 6:53 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Potluck Next Sunday-
Next Sunday is the fifth Sunday of the month and according to our plan of rotation for providing food during coffee hour, all members are encouraged to participate in a parish-wide potluck.  A sign-up is posted at church.

No Fasting this Week-
Believe it or not, Lent is right around the corner beginning February 15.  In consideration of the upcoming Lenten fast, the Church gives us a respite from fasting on Wednesday and Friday this week.
Thank You-
       Thank you to the many people who volunteered to help with our week of staffing the Overflow Homeless Shelter.  It took many willing people to lend their time and energy for this.  A big thanks especially to Amy Jongeling, who coordinated everything and encourgaed us to get involved.  If the need is still there next year, let's plan to do this again.
Choir Practices-
       While the choir continues to practice after Liturgy on most Sundays, there are two upcoming special practices this Wednesday (Jan. 27) and next Wednesday (Feb. 3) at 7PM.  These practices have the purpose of preparing the choir to sing Tariel Iberi's music for choir and guitar which will be performed on Thursday, February 11 at the Evening in the East fundraiser at Old Brick.

Evening in the East Fundraising Event is February 11-
The Evening in the East is less than three weeks away!  We depend upon our members to get the word out by finding bulletin boards around town to post posters, by giving postcards or by sending emails to friends and family, etc.  On our church website, we have a page devoted to the event at http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/events/evening2010. Extra posters and postcards advertising the event are available at church to post or distribute. Tickets are now available.  Advanced purchase price is $20 for adults, $55 for families.  Children under 3 are free. 

Silent Auction Items-

       The silent auction was a great success in last year's event - almost all items donated for it were sold, contributing to the event proceeds about $2000. We want to repeat the success this year. Donations for the auction will be very appreciated. We want to offer quality items that would be in spirit of this cultural event, and make fine memories for people who buy them. If you want to discuss any item you may donate for the auction, or have any questions regarding the auction, please contact Ilya Buchkin (ilya.buchkin@gmail.com), or Kristi Abuissa, or Fr.Ignatius.
   If you have in mind a person or business who may want to donate items for the auction, we have a letter of appeal that you can take to them, or that we can send directly.  Please speak to Ilya Buchkin to arrange that.

Basement Area Reserved for Auction Items
      To store the auction items as they come in, we reserved a corner of our basement room. Please do not let children into that area - for their safety.

House Blessings-
Because Lent is early this year, the time to schedule House Blessings is relatively short.  If you would like Fr. Ignatius to come and bless your house before February 15, please suggest a date and time on the sign-up sheet posted at church, or contact Father directly to suggest a time.   

Geneva Lecture Series-
If you are interested in the intersection of science and faith, don't miss the upcoming Geneva Lecture on “Modern Physics and Ancient Faith” given by Dr. Stephen Barr, a physicist and astronomer at the University of Delaware.  This free talk will be on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30PM in Lecture Room 1, Van Allen Hall on Iowa Ave. and Linn St. in Iowa City.  Dr. Barr will highlight eight important recent discoveries in the field of physics and demonstrate how they support, rather than contradict a traditional Judeo-Christian worldview.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple Vesperal Liturgy-
We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple with a Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM on Monday, February 1.  Please join us.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
We are scheduled to volunteer at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, February 2 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  We need 3-4 volunteers to help out.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can volunteer this month.

First Week of Lent Service Schedule-
       Lent begins on the evening of February 14 with Forgiveness Vespers at 6PM.  Please take advantage of the wonderful and rich inheritance of prayer and worship that our Church offers to Her children.  Fr. Ignatius encourages you to make the time to attend at least one or two midweek services during this week.  Following, is the schedule for the rest of the week. 
February 15- Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 7PM
February 16- Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 7PM
February 17- Presanctified Liturgy, 6PM
February 18- Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, 7PM
February 19- Compline with Akathist Hymn, 7PM

Parish Council Meeting Minutes Attached-
The December 2009 and January 2010 Parish Council meeting minutes are attached for your perusal.

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, Jan. 31, Gabriela Muste will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.  Anybody who would like to bake the holy bread can sign up to do so.  Food for coffee hour will be provided by all who bring food to the potluck.

Choir Leadership-
On Saturday, January 30, Tania Van Dinter will direct the choir for Vespers.   Tania will also direct the choir for matins and Liturgy on Sunday, January 31. 

Food For Thought-

O Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of the Father; Who took on our Human nature to restore its sanctity. Do Thou the same Lord, enlighten Thy people here present and throughout the world, with the knowledge that all life is a sacred gift from Thee, from the instant of conception, to the last breath. Dispel from our minds the subjective concept of quality of life, and implant the objective truth of its preciousness. When we consider abortion, remind us that Thou wast conceived and grew in Thy mother's womb. When we consider euthanasia, call to mind the leper, the paralytic, and Thy friend Lazarus, and how Thy greatness was revealed through their suffering. When we consider the elderly, call to mind Simeon and Anna the Prophetess who proclaimed Thee to the world before the Forerunner and Thy grandparents Joachim and Anna, who bore and reared Thy most pure mother, despite their advanced age, preparing her to be Thy living Temple. When we consider, criminals to be executed, call to mind not only the penitent Thief, but also that Thou wast executed though beyond innocent. As at the tower of Babel, and in the wilderness of Sinai, have we Thy people lost sight of Thy Truth, but restore us in Thy mercy O Lord. Make us instruments of Thy Will, that by loving example, we may lead our misguided brethren to Thee, unworthy as we are. Dispel also from us, over zealousness and aggressive acts, for Thou save us, not by summoning twelve legions of angels, but by healing the ear of the chief priests servant and teaching and adjuring the people in love, even from the Cross. Grant this, we entreat Thee, O Thou lovest mankind, for Thou alone art the Creator and Master of all, and to Thee do we ascribe glory, together with Thine unoriginate Father and Thine All-holy, good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. A men.

Prayer from the Supplication Service for the Sanctity of Life