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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of June 20, 2010)

posted Jun 20, 2010, 8:09 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Happy Father's Day-
       "Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!" - Hebrews 12:9  To all fathers and godfathers, may God grant you many years!
New Printed Church Bulletins-
       We now have 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. 
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.
Opportunity to Give-
       Fr. Ignatius will be away from St. Raphael on Sunday July 4th  attending church-related conferences.  We are blessed to have Fr. Elias close by, who will be filling in for Fr. Ignatius on July 4.  If you would like to show your gratitude to Fr. Elias and his family for their kindness to us, please consider giving a donation to the church, marked "For Fr. Elias" and we will see to it that he receives your gifts. 
"Steadfast Hope" Movie Showing-
       If you would like to hear one perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, please consider attending a free showing of the film "Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for a Just Peace."  This showing will be on June 29th at 7PM in the Iowa City Public Library, Room A.    
"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.  
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-
        Hebrews 12:22-24- “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel.”             

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 26, Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir during vespers.  Kristi will also lead the choir during matins and Liturgy on Sunday, June 27.   
Holy Bread and Coffee Hour- 
       On Sunday, June 27, the Abuissa 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. John the Baptist team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday, June 27, the St. Raphael team will be responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, stairs and bathrooms of the church.
Food For Thought-
O Lord our God, who hast banished from us the slugginess of sleep and hast called us together by a holy bidding, that in the night also we may lift up our hands and confess Thy righteous judgments: Receive our prayers, petitions, confessions and nocturnal adoration and grant unto us, O God, faith unashamed, hope unwavering, love unfeigned.  Bless our comings and our goings, our deeds and works and words and thoughts.  And grant that we may come to the beginning of this day praising, singing and blessing the goodness of Thine ineffable beneficence.  For blessed is Thine all-holy Name, and glorified is Thy Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.
Eighth Matins Prayer said by the priest while the Six Matins Psalms are read