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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of July 25, 2010)

posted Jul 26, 2010, 9:57 PM by Ilya Buchkin
No Matins or Office Hours on Monday-
       Fr. Ignatius will be returning from the Clergy Symposium on Monday, but there will be no office hours or matins on that day.
Free Lunch Program-
       We will minister to our community by serving food at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, August 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are able to participate in this good work.
Save the Date!-
       Bishop MARK will be with us in Iowa City for our patronal feast day November 5-7.  We will have multiple services during the weekend, including both on that Saturday and (of course) Sunday morning.  As we get closer to the date, more details of the schedule will be made available.  Please reserve this weekend on your calendar to be available to be with Bishop MARK and the rest of the faithful of our mission. 
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. 
Thoughts on Stewardship-
          2 Thessalonians 2: 15-17 … “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.  Now may your Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”     
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.  
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday, August 1, the St. Nina team will be responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, stairs and bathrooms of the church.
Food For Thought-
Following, is some humor from Patriarch Pavle of Serbia who reposed in the Lord in 2009.  He was a loving shepherd and a strict ascetic who was known to live very modestly.  For example, he would find shoes that others would throw away, and then he would mend them and wear them himself.
"A certain woman came to the Patriarchate with the request to speak with the Patriarch concerning an urgent matter, about which she could only speak with him personally.  This request was unusual and she was not immediately admitted, but the visitor's persistence bore fruit, and an audience took place.  Seeing the Patriarch, the woman said with great excitement that the Theotokos had appeared to her in a dream and ordered her to take money to the Patriarch so that he could buy himself new shoes.  With these words, the visitor held out an envelope with money.  Patriarch Pavle, not taking the envelope, asked affectionately, 'At what time did you go to sleep?'  The woman, surprised, said, 'Well, around eleven.'  'You know, I went to bed later, around four in the morning,' the Patriarch responded, 'and the Theotokos also appeared to me in a dream, and asked me to tell you to take the money and give it to those who really need it.'  And he did not take the money...
Once the Patriarch was flying somewhere on a visit.  While they were flying over the sea the airplane entered an area of turbulence and began to shake.  A young bishop who was sitting next to the Patriarch asked what he would think if the airplane were to fall.  His Holiness Pavle replied calmly: 'With regard to myself personally, I would take this as an act of justice- after all, I've eaten so many fish in my life that it would be no surprise if they were to eat me now."  
The Orthodox Word, no. 269, 2009, p. 303.