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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of July 12, 2009)

posted Jul 19, 2009, 9:19 PM by Ilya Buchkin

Building Update
       Exterior work on drainage was completed- that is why our lawn was re-seeded in spots. Three window wells were dug on the west side of the building, dirt was brought in to properly slope the ground away from the building, minor downspout repair was made, the concrete drainage troughs were removed and most downspouts were connected to buried drainage tubing. This should significantly improve the situation of past problems of moisture in the basement. After a delay of a week or two, the trim work on the hardwood floor, especially on the solea and the sides of the altar area are scheduled to be begun and finished this week.

Vesperal Liturgy for St. Vladimir
       We will celebrate Vesperal Liturgy for St. Vladimir on Tuesday July 14 at 6PM. Please join us if you are able.

Saints Alive Book Study
       If there is enough interest (at least 5 people,) we will start a book study called "Saints Alive" on Thursday evenings after Akathist (8PM) beginning sometime this summer. This series is subtitles "Missionaries, Monks and Martyrs" and books that are covered include books on the life of St. Innocent of Alaska, St. Raphael of Brooklyn, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Maria (Skobtsova) of Paris, and St. Luke of Simferopol. How this study works, is that each person is assigned to read one of the books, and that person then reports of his or her book to the group. Go to http://www.antiochian.org/sites/antiochian.org/files/Saints_ALIVE-09.pdf for more information on the books to be read and discussed.

July Parish Council Meeting
       To better accommodate people's traveling schedules, we will have our July Parish Council meeting this Thursday, July 16 at 7PM. There will be no Akathist service that night.

A Call for Keys
       If you have any keys from our old Iowa Ave. location, please bring them to church soon, so that we can return them to the landlord. Thank you.

Help With Unpacking
       We need help unpacking and organizing things at church. If you are able, please come to church between 9AM-12PM on Saturday July 18 to lend a hand and help us put our church together.

Fr. Ignatius Will be Traveling (Again)
       In order to attend the Archdiocese Convention in Southern California, Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from the evening of July 20 though July 28. As a result, services for the weekend of July 25-26 will be reader's services done without a priest. We will have reader's vespers at 6PM on July 25. On July 26, we will have reader's matins at 8:45AM and Typika (with no Eucharist) at 10AM.

Next Church Picnic August 2
       We will have a potluck church picnic after Liturgy on Sunday, August 2, at College Green Park. A food sign-up sheet is at church. Please sign up early so that others know what needs to be brought. As this date falls within the Dormition Fast, please, no meat, eggs or dairy.

Camp St. George
       It's that time of year again. Camp St. George is right around the corner, August 9-15. If your child is planning on attending, it is time to complete the application. All necessary documents are available for download at www.campstgeorge.org. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children ages 9-17 to experience a fun, safe, faith-filled week of summer camp. It is highly recommended by those who have attended. If you are interested in volunteering as an adult staff member, please contact Fr. Ignatius.

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 July 19, the Van Dinter family will provide the holy bread. We need a volunteer or volunteers to bring food for coffee hour. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Food For Thought

Compel yourselves in the Jesus prayer ["Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner"]; this will become everything for you- food and drink and clothing and light and consolation and spiritual life. This prayer becomes everything for him who possesses it. Without it, the emptiness of the soul cannot be satisfied. Do you want to love Christ? Long for the prayer and embrace humility, and then you will realize that the kingdom of God is within us. Do not let evil thoughts rule over you; drive them out immediately with the prayer. Oh, this prayer- what miracles it performs! Cry out the prayer, and your guardian angel will send you spiritual fragrance! The angels greatly rejoice when a person prays with the prayer of our sweetest Jesus. May Jesus be the delight of your soul.

Elder Ephraim of the Holy Mountain as quoted in "2009 Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar"