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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of July 19, 2009)

posted Jul 19, 2009, 9:20 PM by Ilya Buchkin

Building Update
      We had a successful work party yesterday, with many things accomplished. Things are starting to look much more settled. Thank you to all who came. The trim work on the solea and side of altar area is closer to being finished. We hope to have work that will bring hot water into the bathrooms scheduled soon.

Etiquette After Liturgy
       In our new space, we have found that sound travels in different ways than it did in our old space. We have lively acoustics, which is good for the priest and the choir. However, this also means that when people are talking while prayers are still going on, this can be distracting. At the end of Liturgy, after people come forward to kiss the cross and receive a blessing, some people choose to stay and say the post-communion prayers, while the priest finishes consuming the Eucharist in the chalice. All are welcome to stay during this time. However, if you do not want to join in, please go out into the narthex, or better yet, the porch or downstairs while the prayers are being finished.

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. There will be no matins on Wednesday, July 22. Fr. Ignatius should be reachable via his cell phone 319-400-7522. If you need a priest immediately, please contact Fr. Elias at 319-329-2562.

Dormition Fast begins August 1
       From August 1-14, we will be in the Dormition Fast, which ends with the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on Saturday, August 15. On Sundays through Fridays during these two weeks, we will have the Paraklesis (Supplication) Service to the Theotokos, at 7PM. If you have never attended this beautiful service, you have 10 chances this year!

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.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering
       We will serve food on our regular monthly schedule on Tuesday August 4. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are able to help this month.

Feast of the Transfiguration Vesperal Liturgy
       We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration with a Vesperal liturgy at 6PM on Wednesday, August 5. Please join us.

Roommate Needed
       St. Raphael member Andy Awad is looking for a male roommate to share his Iowa City apartment beginning in August. If you are interested or if you know anyone who might be, please contact Andy at 563-349-0851.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes Attached
       The May 2009 Parish Council meeting minutes are attached for your information.

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.

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
       Since we are having Typika service with no Eucharist, there is no need to provide holy bread next Sunday. The Kuntz-Wiblin family will 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

Prayer refreshes and enlivens the soul, as outer air refreshes the body. When we pray, we feel stronger and fresher, as we feel physically and spiritually stronger when we walk in the fresh air.

St. John of Kronstadt as quoted in "Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth" Vol. 3, p. 336