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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of July 10, 2011)

posted Jul 10, 2011, 6:39 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Episcopal Elections-
       At the Archdiocese Convention which will be held in Chicago from July 25-31, among the decisions to be made, the clergy and lay delegates will be nominating two episcopal candidates who will then be elected by the Synod of Bishops.  It is likely that one of the two men elected will become our new bishop.  The seven candidates are: Rt. Rev. Archimandrite John Abdalah, Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Michel Boghos, Rev. Jeremy Davis, Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Daniel Griffith, Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Daniel Keller, Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Anthony Michaels and Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Nicholas Ozone.  Printed copies of the biographies of each of the candidates are available in the narthex.  Links to the biographies can be found online at www.antiochian.org/auxiliary-bishop-candidates.  Fr. Ignatius is interested in any opinions members of St. Raphael Church have on these men.  Your voice matters in this process and Fr. Ignatius will take your opinions into consideration when he casts votes in July.  For descriptions of some Biblical qualifications for a bishop, read Titus 1:7-9 and I Timothy 3:1-7.
Parish Council Meeting-
       The July 2011 Parish Council meeting will be held this Monday, July 11 at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend.

Asceticism and the Consumer Society-
       Recently, Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America gave an address at Acton University.  This talk was entitled "Consumerism and the Negation of Worship".  In this address, the Metropolitan addresses the danger of the consumerist mindset that is everywhere present in our society and he contrasts that with it's antidote, a life of Christian asceticism and worship.  The text of the address can be read at: http://www.acton.org/global/article/asceticism/consumer/society

Parish-wide Potluck and Picnic July 31-
July 31 is the 5th Sunday of the month, which is when we have a parish-wide potluck during coffee hour.  If weather permits, we will gather at nearby College Green Park and have a picnic.  This is the day before the beginning of the Dormition fast!  A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.  Please sign-up with what you plan to bring. 

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.
Choir Leadership-
       On the weekend of July 16-17, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday July 17, the food for coffee hour and the cleaning of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, July 17, the  Branch/Peterson family will provide the holy bread for Liturgy.  Thank you in advance.  All are welcome to sign-up to provide holy bread.  A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board in the narthex.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday, July 10, the St. John the Baptist team is responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, bathrooms and nursery.

Food for Thought-

Burden the soul with the labor of reading the Scriptures which make known the narrow ways of ascetic life and of contemplation, as well as the stories of the saints; that you may exchange one habit for another even if in the beginning your soul does not feel the pleasure because of the thick darkness and confusion of present memories. Then when you arise for prayer and for the office, instead of musing upon the things of the world, ideas from Scripture will be imprinted in the mind. And with these, the memory of what it already has seen and heard will be erased from it. In this way your mind will come to purity.

St. Isaac the Syrian