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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of January 30, 2011)

posted Jan 30, 2011, 7:35 PM by Ilya Buchkin
No Vepsers or Catechumen Class on Saturday-
      
Due to the Evening in the East, there will be no catechumen class or vespers this Saturday, February 5.

Please Welcome Fr. Moses Berry and Richard Barrett-
       Along with being our featured speaker at the Evening in the East, Fr. Moses Berry will be with us during services on Sunday morning, February 6.  In addition, Richard Barrett, chanter and choir director at All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, IN, who will be singing with our choir for the Evening in the East, will also be with us on Sunday morning.  Please give them both a warm Iowa welcome.
 
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 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.  If you would like your departed loved ones remembered at this service, please get your list of names to Fr. Ignatius by February 25.

Update on Bishop Mark-
        According to the OCA's Diocese of the South website (www.dosoca.org) Bishop Mark is in residence in the Dallas, TX area and has been serving at St. Seraphim Cathedral since his arrival.  He is also beginning to make parish visits in that diocese.  In December, he was named by Metropolitan Jonah to be the administrator of the OCA Diocese of the South.  Many years, Vladika Mark!

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 6, the holy bread will be provided by the Bezugla/Coffin family.  Thank you in advance.
 
Choir Leadership-
       On Sunday February 6, Lori Branch will lead our choir.
 
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday February 6, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.

Church Cleaning-
      
During the week following Sunday February 6, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Nina team. 
       
Food For Thought-    

Flee swiftly from my heart, all-crafty one.
Flee from my members and from my life.
Deceiver, serpent, and fire, Belial, sin,
death, abyss, dragon, night, snare, and frenzy,
chaos, manslayer, and ferocious beast!
Thou didst entice into perdition those
first-formed folk, my foreparents, offering them
at the same time the taste of sin and death.
Christ, the Ruler of all commandeth thee to
flee into the billows, to fall upon the rocks,
or to enter the herd of swine, O baleful one,
as once He bade that presumptuous Legion.
Nay, yield forthwith, lest I smite thee with the Cross,
whereat all things tremble;
Oh, flee!
I bear the Cross upon me, in all my members.
I bear the Cross whene’er I journey, whene’er I sleep.
I hold the Cross in my heart. The Cross is my glory.
O mischievous one, wilt thou never cease from
dogging me with traps and laying snares for me?
Wilt thou not dash thyself upon the precipices?
Seest thou not Sodom? Oh, wilt thou not speedily
assail the shameless herds of ungodly heretics,
who, having so recklessly sundered the Almighty
Godhead, have witlessly destroyed and abolished It?
But comest thou against my hoariness? Comest thou
against my lowly heart? Thou ever blackenest me,
O foe, with darksome thoughts, pernicious thoughts.
Thou hast no fear of God, nor of His Priests.
This mind of mine, most evil one, was verily
a mighty and loud-voiced herald of the Trinity.
And now it beholdeth its end, whither it goeth in haste.
Confuse me not, O slimy one, that I might, as pristine,
meet the pure lights of Heaven, that they might
shine like lightning flashes upon my life.
Lo, receive me; lo, I stretch forth my hands.
Farewell, O world! Farewell, thou who bringest woes upon me!
Pity be shown to all that shall live after me.

St. Gregory Nazianzus, the Theologian whom we commemorate today along with St. Basil the Great and St. John Chrysostom
 
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