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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of July 18, 2010)

posted Jul 26, 2010, 9:56 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Fr. Ignatius is Traveling-
       Father will not hold his office hours this week, or on Monday, July 26 and no matins on July 19, 21 or 26.  While he is away, he may be able to be reached at 319-400-7522.  If you need immediate pastoral assistance while he is gone, please contact Fr. Fred Shaheen at 319-651-6452.  Fr. Ignatius will return on July 26.
 
Feast Day of St. Elias-
       We are invited to join St. George Church in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, July 20 to celebrate the Holy Prophet Elias with 8AM matins and 9AM Liturgy.
 
Services For the Weekend of July 24 and 25-
       We will have vespers at 6PM on Saturday, July 24 but no services on Sunday, July 25.  You are encouraged to visit either St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church (501 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids) at 9AM for Liturgy, or St. George Orthodox Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids) at 10AM for Liturgy.  Please consider making time in your schedule to make the drive to one of these two sister churches of ours, in order to partake of the holy mysteries, the sacraments of the Church.
 
Volunteers to Bake Holy Bread-
       Beginning with Sunday, August 1, we need volunteers to bake the holy bread for Liturgy.  This is a blessed way to serve the church and all of the people that come to pray and worship.  Without it, we can't have Liturgy!  The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board at the top of the stairs at church. 
 
Dormition Fast-
       In order to properly prepare for the great feast of the Dormition, when we celebrate the falling asleep of the Holy Theotokos, we will enter into a short season of fasting which lasts from August 1-14.  During this time, we will have nightly Paraklesis services at 7PM.  The exceptions to this are Saturday evenings when we will have Vespers at 6PM and August 5, when we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Transfiguration at 6PM.
 
Spiritual Retreat at New Gracanica Monastery-
       From August 6 through August 9, there will be retreat for the whole family, at the Serbian Orthodox New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, IL (outside of Chicago.)  For more information, look for the sheet on the bulletin board at church or ask Fr. Ignatius.  If you go, you will see one of the most beautifully frescoed churches in all of North America.
 
Baptism of Lucia Johnson-
       All are invited to witness the baptism of Lucia Johnson at 9AM on Sunday, August 15.  The baptism will replace the matins service that day.
  
A Video Overview of What's Happening Among Orthodox Bishops Worldwide-
       In these announcements, mention has been made several times of the the Episcopal Assembly, the first meeting of which took place in New York City in May of this year.  If you would like to understand better the process that lead up to this historic gathering of North American bishops, and what may unfold in the future regarding a unified and self-governing American Orthodox Church, Fr. Ignatius recommends a video of Bishop BASIL, in which he explains all of this and more.  This video can be found at this link.  http://www.antiochian.org/BishopBasilAssemblyVideo  What is happening now among the bishops here and elsewhere around the world, will likely affect how the Orthodox Church is structured and organized for centuries to come.  This whole process is meant to culminate in a Great and Holy Council, a meeting of all the world's Orthodox bishops, something which, because of political realities, hasn't happened for many centuries. 
  
Thoughts on Stewardship-
        Acts 4: 32-35 … “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.  And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  And great grace was upon them all.  Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.”        
                 
Ask yourself the following- "What does this message from God require from me, His loyal servant?”   What must I change in my life to be able to follow this teaching in both word and in deed?”
      
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- 
       No services on July 25.
 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday, July 25, the St. Raphael team will be responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, stairs and bathrooms of the church.
 
Food For Thought-
 
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
 
Hebrews 10:24-25
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