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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of July 4, 2010)

posted Jul 4, 2010, 7:49 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Thank You-
       Thank you to Fr. Elias Khouri for serving matins and Liturgy today.
July-August Calendars Available-
       The church calendar for the months of July and August is printed and now available at church.  Please take a copy and bring it home with you. 
Parish Council Meeting-
       Our July Parish Council meeting will be on Monday, July 12 at 7PM.  All are welcome.   
Prayers at Grave of St. Raphael-
       Fr. Ignatius will be at the Antiochian Village in Western Pennsylvania to attend the Clergy Symposium from July 17-23.  On the grounds, is the grave of our father among the saints, Raphael the Bishop of Brooklyn.  If you would like Fr. Ignatius to offer up prayers to the Lord at the grave of our patron, please give him a list of names of those you would like prayed for- both living and departed, before July 16.
Recycling at Church-
       With the purpose of being better stewards of our environment, we have begun to recycle glass and plastic at church.  Look for the blue recycling bins downstairs in the fellowship hall.  When it is your turn to bring food and drink for coffee hour and to clean up, please keep these bins in mind.  We also recycle church-generated paper in the choir's liturgical music room. 
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       We are scheduled to provide volunteers on Tuesday, July 6 from 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Free Lunch Program held in the Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St.).  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are able to help.      
"Room For All" Iowa Valley Habitat For Humanity Build-
       Our congregation is being asked to join with other churches in Johnson County to help build a home for a refugee family from Africa who have re-settled in our area.  Building tasks will be simple (you must be at least 16) and people are also needed to prepare and serve snacks.  You can work a few hours or two full days – Fri./Sat., July 23-24.  Shifts are 8:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 5:00.  Please sign up by July 15.  Sign-up sheets for both construction and providing of snacks are on the bulletin board at church.  Additional information will be provided to volunteers the week prior to the build.  
Thoughts on Stewardship-
         Matthew 6: 28-34 … “So why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:  they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” 
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.
Choir Leadership-
       On Saturday, July 10, Lori Branch will lead the choir during vespers.   She will also lead the choir during matins and Liturgy on Sunday, July 11.   
Holy Bread and Coffee Hour- 
       On Sunday, July 11, the Valentine family will provide the holy bread.  Food and clean-up for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday, July 11, the St. John the Baptist team will be responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, stairs and bathrooms of the church.
Food For Thought-
When in my childhood I called upon Thee consciously for the first time, Thou didst hear my prayer, and Thou didst fill my heart with the blessing of peace.  At that moment I knew Thy goodness and knew how blessed are those who turn to Thee.  I started to call upon Thee night and day; and now even now I call upon Thy name. 
Glory to Thee, satisfying my desires with good things,
Glory to Thee, watching over me day and night,
Glory to Thee, curing affliction and emptiness with the healing flow of time,
Glory to Thee, for no loss is irraparable in Thee, O Giver of eternal life to all,
Glory to Thee, making immortal all that is lofty and good,
Glory to Thee, promising us the longed-for meeting with our loved ones who have died,
Glory to Thee, O God, from age to age.
Excerpt from the Akathist of Thanksgiving by Fr. Gregory Petrov