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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of June 13, 2010)

posted Jun 20, 2010, 8:07 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Congratulations and Farewell-
       Holly Martin Huffman was chrismated today and while we were celebrating her membership in the Orthodox Church, we were also saying goodbye because Holly is moving to Marshall, MN to begin a new job.  Also, today was Meredith Good's last day with us at.  She is moving on to Michigan to go to medical school.  Congratulations Meri and Holly!  We will miss you.  May God grant you both many years!
New Printed Church Bulletins-
       Beginning today, there are simple, printed bulletins available at chuch which show the text for the assigned Epistle and Gospel readings.  Pick one up as you enter church and follow along as the Scripture readings are read. 
June Parish Council Meeting-
       Our June 2010 Parish Council meeting will be held Monday, June 14 at 7PM.  All are welcome to attend.
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Traveling-
       From Tuesday afternoon, June 15, until Saturday afternoon, June 19, Fr. Ignatius will be traveling to and attending a deanery meeting in Iron Mountain, MI.  There will be no matins on Wednesday, June 16 and no office hours on Wednesday or Thursday.
Guitar Concert-
       Our own  Tariel Iberi, guitarist/composer, will perform a concert of Georgian classical music for guitar Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City.  Admission is by donation.
Archdiocese Annual Financial Report-
       If you are interested in seeing a glimpse of the current financial situation of the Archdiocese, the annual report is at church and available for perusal.
More on Last Month's Episcopal Assembly-
       Bishop MARK recommends two interviews regarding the assembly of Orthodox bishops held in New York last month.  The first, of Fr. Mark Arey can be found on Ancient Faith Radio at this link   http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/features/unravelling_the_episcopal_assembly .    The second,  of Bishop BASIL, can be found at http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/history/bishop_basil_and_the_episcopal_assembly
Apostles' Fast-
       In memory of the Holy Apostles and their suffering and labor, we began the Apostles' Fast on May 31 and continue until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29th.  Please ask Fr. Ignatius if you have any questions about fasting.
"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.
Christians in Syria-
       For one reporter's take on the current situation of Christians in Syria, go to http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6582CQ20100609     
Sacred Music Institute-
       The 25th Annual Antiochian Archdiocese Sacred Music Institute will be held at the Antiochian Village in Western Pennsylvania from July 28-August 1.  If you are interested in learning more about Orthodox Church music, this is an excellent opportunity.  For more information, go to http://www.antiochian.org/sacred_music_institute
Thoughts on Stewardship-
          Colossians 1: 13 … “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transformed us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”       

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, June 19, Lori Branch will lead the choir during vespers.  Lori will also lead the choir during matins and Liturgy on Sunday, June 20.   
Holy Bread and Coffee Hour-
       On Sunday, June 20, the Branch/Peterson family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.  Anybody who would like to bake the holy bread can sign up to do so. Food and clean-up for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday, June 20, the St. Nicholas team will be responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, stairs and bathrooms of the church.
Food For Thought-
God created both the invisible and the visible worlds, and so He obviously made both the soul and the body.  If the visible world is so beautiful, what must the invisible world be like?  And if the invisible world is superior to the visible world, how much superior to both is God their Creator?  If, then, the Creator of everything that is beautiful is superior to all His creation, on what grounds does the intellect abandon what is superior to all and engross itself in what is worst of all- I mean the passions of the flesh?  Clearly this happens because the intellect has lived with these passions and grown accustomed to them since birth, whereas it has not yet had perfect experience of Him who is superior to all and beyond all things.  Thus, if we gradually wean the intellect away from this relationship by long practice of controlling our indulgence in pleasure and by persistent meditation on divine realities, the intellect will gradually devote itself more and more to these realities, will recognize its own diginity, and finally transfer all its desire to the divine.
St. Maximos the Confessor, Third Century on Love in the Philokalia, vol. 3, 94.