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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of July 24, 2011)

posted Sep 25, 2011, 1:27 AM by Ilya Buchkin

Volunteer Needed to Bake Holy Bread-
       A volunteer is needed to provide the holy bread for Sunday, July 31.  Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex and let Fr. Ignatius know if you can serve the church in this way.

Parish-wide Potluck 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!     
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Traveling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from this Wednesday, July 27 until late on Saturday evening, July 30.  He will be attending the Archdiocese Convention in Chicago and then officiating at the wedding of Rachelle Pedersen and Irakli Naridze in Mason City.  He can be reached by cell phone at 319-400-7522.  

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
On Tuesday, August 2, we will be volunteering at the Free Lunch Program which is housed in the Wesley Center on Market and Dubuque streets.  If you are able to volunteer from between 11:30AM-1:30PM, or even for part of that time, please let Fr. Ignatius know.
Donation of Olive Oil Needed-
       Our supply of olive oil that we use in the lamps at church is getting low and will need to be replenished soon.  The church will gladly accept any donations of olive oil.  Regular grade is preferable.  Extra virgin oil burns too hotly.  We have found that Aldi and Sam's Club are good places to buy this oil inexpensively. 
No Wednesday Matins or Saturday Vespers-
       Due to Fr. Ignatius's travels, there will be no matins on Wednesday, July 27.  There will also be no vespers on Saturday, July 30 due to the wedding of Rachelle Pedersen and Irakli Naridze which is taking place at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Mason City, IA that day. 

Video Presentation on St. Thekla Monastery-
       Our Archdiocese has made plans for a wonderful new women's monastery to be built at the Antiochian Village (site of St. Raphael's grave) in Western Pennsylvania.  A strong monastic presence is a key ingredient to the welfare and health of the Church.  Monks and nuns are called to pray for us and the world, and they do so frequently, oftentimes when we are too tired or too distracted to do so ourselves.  This monastery is in the process of collecting funds for the construction of their beautiful complex of church, dining hall, gift shop, and living quarters for nuns and pilgrims.  To watch an impressive video rendering of the plans, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/node/25858
August Services/Dormition Fast-
       The first two weeks of August are devoted to preparing for the glorious feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15.  From August 1-14, we fast from meat, dairy, eggs and on week days, also from wine and oil.  We also have an increased number of services during this time, including praying the Paraklesis (consolation) service on most evenings at 7PM.  The service schedule is as follows:

August 1-4 - Paraklesis, 7PM
August 5 - Great Vespers for Transfiguration, 6PM
August 6 - Matins/Liturgy for Transfiguration, 8:45/10AM; 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
August 7 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM; Paraklesis, 7PM
August 8-12 - Paraklesis, 7PM
August 13 - 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
August 14 - Matins/Liturgy, 8:45/10AM; Great Vespers for the Feast of the Dormition, 6PM
August 15-Matins/Liturgy for the Feast of the Dormition, 8:30/10AM  
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 Sunday July 31, Lori Branch will lead the choir.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday July 31, the food for coffee hour and the cleaning of the fellowship hall will be provided by all who provide food for our parish-wide potluck picnic.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, July 31, the Gvarjaladze/Rockwell 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 24, the St. Raphael team is responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, bathrooms and nursery.

Food for Thought-

My Lord is the One who resurrects. He resurrects the dead from morning until dusk, and from dusk until dawn.
What the morning buries, the Lord brings to life in the evening; and what the evening buries, the Lord brings to life in the morning.
What work is more fitting for the living God than to resurrect the dead into life?
Let others believe in the God who brings men to trial and judges them.
I shall cling to the God who resurrects the dead.
Let others believe in the God, who does not even draw near to the living when they call upon Him.
I shall worship the God, who holds His cupped ear even at cemeteries and listens, to hear whether anyone is crying out for resurrection or for the One who resurrects.
The gravediggers dig graves and are silent. The Lord opens graves and shouts.
A mother places her daughter in a grave, the Lord takes her out of the grave; the Lord is a better mother than the mother.
A father covers his son with soil, the Lord uncovers him. The Lord is a better father than the father.
A brother buries his brother, the Lord resurrects him. The Lord is a better brother than the brother.
The Lord has neither tears nor smiles for the dead. His whole heart belongs to the living.
The world mourns for their kindred in the cemeteries, the Lord seeks His own with a song and awakens them.
Resurrect my soul, O Lord, so that my body might also be resurrected. Dwell in my soul, and my body will become Your temple.
My neighbors ask with anxiety whether this body of ours will be resurrected. If you have denied yourself once and for all, and no longer live for yourself, then your body is already being resurrected.
If your body is a temple of the Most High God, then the One who resurrects is within you, and your resurrection is already being accomplished.
Our body changes with age, throughout our lifetime we have called many bodies our own. Which of them will be resurrected?
Perhaps none of them. But you can be certain that if you have had a body which expresses the Word of God clearly, it will be resurrected.
My Lord who resurrects, does not resurrect death, because death was never alive.
You are the One who resurrects and You are the resurrection, for You are life.
Only the seed which contains You is resurrected, and that seed which is of You.
You will only bring to life that soul which now lives by You and not by the world.
You will only preserve that body, which has begun to be filled with the Holy Spirit during this time.
That which is of the Living God in the graves, will be resurrected into life. No one can resurrect the dead except the Lord, and no one can rise from the dead except the Lord.
For He is in His holy people. Truly, He is in His living people, both in the grave and out of the grave.

+ St. Nikolai Velimirovich,
Prayers By The Lake, XCII