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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of June 7, 2009)

posted Jun 8, 2009, 2:01 AM by Ilya Buchkin   [ updated Jun 8, 2009, 2:05 AM ]

College St. Building Update
        The flooring contractor will begin to lay the new hardwood floor tomorrow, Monday June 8. Attached are pictures of the nave as of Friday June 5. You can see the structure of the raised altar area beginning to take shape, and also the exposed sub-floor, which was under the old tile flooring. The final picture is how things looked about a month ago, for comparison. We are planning to make the move from Iowa Ave. to College St. beginning on Friday evening June 26 and continuing on Saturday June 27. Please save the dates so that you are available to help. If at any time you have questions about the process of our repairs and renovations to the new building and our move there, please don't hesitate to speak with Fr. Ignatius, or a parish council member.

Parish Council Reminder
       Due to several council members traveling, we will not have a Parish Council meeting in June.

New Church Directories Available
       We now have the 2009 edition of the St. Raphael Church directory available for you to pick up from church. There is no cost for these but please limit yourself to one copy per family. Thank you to Karen Kuntz who put on the finishing touches (like a new cover) and got them printed.

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.

Fr. Fred Shaheen Ordination Anniversary Dinner
       On Saturday June 13, the faithful of St. Raphael Church are invited to join with those at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Fred Shaheen. Dinner follows 5PM Vespers. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Contact Nick Abou-Assaly at nick@simmonsperrine.com to reserve your tickets. Note: We will not have Vespers at St. Raphael on Saturday, June 13 as Fr. Ignatius will be at St. George Church that evening. Please join him at St. George for Vespers and the dinner.

Goodbye to the Grindeanu family
     A note from Ligia, who will begin her medical residency in Chicago very soon:
"We are moving to Chicago this summer. The kids are already in Romania to spend vacation with our family and friends, as we finalize the move. I will start my training on June 15th at Mt Sinai Children's Hospital in Chicago, and Iulian will come on July 15th.
It is very hard to say Good Bye to Iowa City and to all our friends here, including the St. Raphael Church members, but we will come and visit as often as we can and we'll be in touch.
As always, your support and prayers and greatly appreciated and we are happy to be part of this loving community.
With best wishes!
Ligia and Iulian"

We will miss you, Iulian, Ligia, Alexandru and Adelina. May God grant you many years!

Apostles' Fast Begins June 15
       We will enter into one of the four major fasting seasons of the Church year beginning on June 15 and going through June 28, being ended by the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29. In anticipation of the fast, there is no Wednesday and Friday fasting this week.

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.

Choir Rehearsal for Khouri-Dancer Wedding
       To prepare for the July 12 wedding of Juliana Khouri and Frank Dancer, which will take place at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids, those who plan on singing in the choir should meet at St. Raphael (Iowa Ave.) on Saturday, June 20 at 10AM.

Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference
       St. James Antiochian Church in Loveland, OH (suburban Cincinnati) is hosting the 2009 Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference on July 1-5. This conference is for all and not just for clergy! Among the highlights on the schedule are two excellent presenters, Drs. Dan and Jane Hinshaw, from the University of Michigan, who will be presenting on "An Orthodox Approach to End-of-Life Issues". Fr. Ignatius heard part of this presentation last year and he highly recommends what they have to say, especially to those who are involved in the medical field. Please go to http://www.stjamesloveland.org/2009plc/2009plc.html for more information on the conference and to register.

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
       For Sunday June 14, Meghan Gilpin will provide the holy bread. Food for coffee hour will be provided by Meghan Gilpin and Tony Carter. Thank you in advance. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up at church to do so.

Food For Thought:

The Holy Spirit provideth all things; He gusheth forth prophecy; He perfecteth the priesthood; He hath taught wisdom to the illiterate. He hath shown forth the fishermen as theologians. He holdeth together the whole institution of the Church. Wherefore, O Comforter, one in essence and throne with the Father and the Son, glory be to Thee.

Sticheron from Vespers of Pentecost