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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of June 27, 2010)

posted Jul 4, 2010, 7:48 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Vesperal Liturgy for Sts. Peter and Paul-
       We will gather to end the Apostles' Fast and celebrate the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul- the patronal feast of our Patriarchate- with a Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM on Monday, June 28.  For an interesting article (including pictures) on recently discovered 4th century frescoed icons of the Apostles in the catacombs underneath Rome, go to: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/22/vatican-oldest-known-images-of-apostles-andrew-and-john-found/
Fr. Ignatius Will Be Traveling-
       Fr. Ignatius will be leaving town on Tuesday, June 29th and returning on Monday, July 5- attending the Parish Life Conference of the Diocese of the Midwest in Toledo, OH.  There will be no office hours June 29-July 1 and July 5.  There will be no matins on June 30 or July 5 and no akathist on July 1.  If you need to contact Fr. Ignatius, please call him at 319-400-7522 and if you need immediate and in-person pastoral assistance, please contact Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562.
Thank you-
       Thank you to Kristi Abuissa for the new altar covering and two new matching icon stand coverings.
       Congratulations to Kh. Michelle Shaheen and Fr. Fred Shaheen (from St. George Church, Cedar Rapids) on the birth of their daughter Eirene Sophia on June 14.  Many years!
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. 
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. 
"Steadfast Hope" Movie Showing-
       If you would like to hear a perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 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.
Parish Council Meeting Minutes and Financial Review Committee Findings-
       The June 2010 Parish Council meeting minutes are attached for your review.  In addition, the Spring 2010 Financial Review Commitee findings are attached.
Video Clip on Iconography-
       St. Luke Antiochian Orthodox Church in Erie, CO has just built and moved into their new building, installing largescale iconography at the same time.  For an interesting  five minute interview with the iconographer, in which he shares some of the theology and symbolism of iconography, go to: http://drop.io/stlukeorthodox/asset/first-icons-new-st-luke-church-divx
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.). This month, even more than others, there is a greater need for volunteers as the church we partner with on this effort has informed us that they will be short-staffed.  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-
       2 Corinthians 8: 10-15 … “And in this I give advice:  It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.  For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.  For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; but by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack – that there may be equality.  As it is written, ‘He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.” 
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 3, Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir during vespers.   She will also lead the choir during matins and Liturgy on Sunday, July 4.   
Coffee Hour- 
       Food and clean-up for coffee hour will be provided by the St. Nicholas team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday, July 4, the St. Nina team will be responsible for cleaning the nave, narthex, stairs and bathrooms of the church.
Food For Thought-
Is it possible to maintain an attitude of repentance and still find joy?  Absolutely, for if you have found Christ you have found joy itself, and this serves as the anchor, the base of the joy that imbues your soul.  Continual repentance heightens this experience, as it is pleasing to the Lord, who will only increase your joy as He sees the effectual working of your will- a will renewed by baptism and a new willingness to confront sin and acquire Christ- in close harmony and cooperation with His own. 
Whenever one desires to repent, it comes from a conviction of sin; and there is no better place to obtain this conviction than from the Holy Scriptures.  They are the verbal icon of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Though He is greater than they ("for all the books in the world could not contain the things He said and did"- John 21:25) what He has left us is a sure and certain roadmap to salvation.  When we read the Scriptures, always in the spirit and interpretation of the church, we can know for a surety that they will lead us to compunction.  This is why the church presents so much of the holy Scriptures to us in her services....Everything we find in the terachings of the church is conformable to the scriptures and the fathers of the church were very careful to see that they never deviated from the teachings of the Lord as present in His verbal icon.... [T]he scriptures are a powerful incentive to repentance. 
Fr. Steven Ritter in "That Your Joy May Be Full" pp. 168-169.