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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of June 28, 2009)

posted Jul 19, 2009, 9:17 PM by Ilya Buchkin

We Are Moved In
     Thanks be to God! We have (nearly) completed the move from Iowa Ave. to College St. and just completed our first full weekend of services at our new location. There are so many people to thank, I (Fr. Ignatius) can't name you all. Practically everyone in the parish has helped out in some way over the last several weeks as we have prepared the new location and moved all of our things. Thank you for all your hard work. This week, the flooring on the altar area will be laid, and the hard wood trim work on the solea will be completed. Plumbing work continues as well.

Volunteers Needed
       We have a few more things to remove from Iowa Ave., and some cleaning to do before the end of the month which is this Tuesday, June 30. Fr. Ignatius will be working at Iowa Ave. Monday morning before leaving town on Tuesday. If you have any time to give Monday or Tuesday to finish up emptying out the old location, please contact him to arrange.

Holy Bread and Coffee Hour
       In our move, we have misplaced our bulletin board which contains, among other things, the sign-up for holy bread and food for coffee hour. Fr. Ignatius does not think anyone had signed up for the next two weeks though. Please contact him if you can provide either holy bread or food for coffee hour for Sunday, July 5 or Sunday July 12. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can do so.

Results of Special Voters' Meeting
       Pending approval from Bishop MARK, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and St. Nina the Enlightener of Georgia will adorn the two final spaces on our iconostasis.

July-August Calendars Now Available
       Calendars which cover the services and other events at St. Raphael Church for the next two months are now available to be picked up.

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Traveling
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town (again) from this Tuesday morning, June 30, until Sunday evening, July 5, attending the Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference in Cincinnati. If you have an emergency and need a priest, please contact Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562. Fr. Elias will serve vespers, matins and Liturgy this next weekend. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday office hours are cancelled this week, and there will be no Wednesday matins.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering
       We are scheduled to provide 3-4 volunteers on Tuesday, July 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can help this month.

       Victoria Tsangari and Dimitrios Kouzoukas are getting married this Sunday, July 5 in Cyprus. Congratulations! May God grant you many years!

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.

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.

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.

Food For Thought

The reading is as follows: "Be attentive to yourself, lest an unlawful word come to be hidden in your heart" [Deut. 15:9]. We human beings are easily led toward sins of the mind. Therefore, he who has formed our hearts individually, knowing that the greatest part of sin is accomplished in impulse through what is in our intention, has prescribed purity in our directive faculty as primary for us. For that by which we most readily sin was worthy of the most guarding and care. For as the physicians with greater foresight safeguard the weaker parts of bodies by precautionary advice ahead of time, so the universal protector and true physician of souls, who knows most of all where we are liable to slide toward sin, has anticipated this with stronger guarding.

St. Basil the Great in "Homily on the Words Be Attentive to Yourself" as quoted in "On the Human Condition," p. 94.