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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of March 13, 2011)

posted Apr 10, 2011, 10:05 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Lent is Here-
We have entered into the Lenten season, and time of increased church services, fasting, charitable works and repentance.  May we use this time to allow God to work in us the good that He wants to work, as we look forward to the commemoration of His life-giving Passion, Death and Resurrection.  We follow a vegan diet during Lent, eating in moderation and abstaining from meat, fish, eggs, dairy, oil and wine.  Oil and wine are permitted on the weekends.  More importantly than following the fasting guidelines perfectly, is to fast from sin.  If we fast from food and then judge our brothers and sisters who may not be fasting as we are, then our fasting does not benefit us at all.  For a collection of online podcasts concerning Lent, go to: http://ancientfaith.com/collections/journeys_through_great_lent  For a collection of articles, sermons and other material on Lent, go to: http://monachos.net/content/liturgics/seasonal/lent

Food For Hungry People Campaign-
During Lent, the Antiochian Archdiocese runs the Food for Hungry People Campaign which raises money to help a variety of ministries which provide food and other help to those who are in the most need.  As part of this campaign, we have coin boxes available for you to take home and fill during this season.  Please take one home, to remind yourself of this important need.  To help children get excited about filling the coin boxes, on the table next to the coin boxes, you will find calendars with daily, fun suggestions for how much to give throughout Lent.

Capital Campaign Update-
To date, we have raised $23,788 toward our mortgage during Phase II of our Capital Campaign.  Thank God!  And thank you to all who have given.

Classical Guitar Concert by Tariel-
       On Thursday, March 31 at 7PM, our own Tariel Iberi will perform a benefit concert at St. Raphael Church.  A majority of the proceeds will be donated to our church building fund.  The evening's program will include about an hour of music plus an intermission.  Tickets are available only at the door and are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children 12 and under.  Food and drinks will be served afterward.

Parish Cookbook Available for Purchase-
Our new parish cookbook, "East, West and Midwest: Recipes from an American Orthodox Parish" is available for purchase in our church bookstore for $5.  All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to our Building fund.

Parish Life Conference-
       The 64th annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference will be hosted by St. George Orthodox Church of Cleveland, OH from June 15-19 2011.  For more information, go to: www.stgeorgecleveland.com
Call for Lenten Recipes-
If you would like to share a Lent-friendly recipe with other members of the parish, please send one to Fr. Ignatius and they will be included in the weekly emailed bulletins during Lent.

Lenten Wednesday Evenings-
On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we celebrate a unique service called the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts.  What this means is that the bread and wine are consecrated to be the Lord's Body and Blood on the Sunday before, and not during the Wednesday service.  On Wednesday evenings, Fr. Ignatius will be giving a sermon series which focuses on the Canon of St. Andrew, a lengthy hymn that we will be singing at other services during the first week of Lent.  The Canon of St. Andrew is a penitential meditation on the sinfulness of mankind and the all-encompassing love and forgiveness of God.  If you want to know more about the history of salvation that is contained in the pages of Scripture, both Old and New, there is no better way to do it than to listen to or to sing St. Andrew's Canon and to hear the sermons given on this monumental Bible-study-put-to-song.  If you desire to receive the Eucharist on Wednesday evenings, please abstain from food and drink beginning at noon that day.  Following the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy each Wednesday, we will gather downstairs for a simple Lenten soup supper.  We need volunteers to sign-up to provide the soup.  A sign-up sheet is posted at church.

Sunday Lenten Pan-Orthodox Vespers-
       On Sunday evenings at 5:30PM during Lent, we will gather together with the Orthodox churches in Cedar Rapids to worship together at our various locations.  This year, the Orthodox churches of Waterloo and Dubuque are also participating.  A sign-up sheet is posted for the meal we will provide for our guests after the service.  Following, is the rest of the schedule.  If you want to catch a ride with Fr. Ignatius to any of these services, please let him know.
March 20- St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (613 W. 4th St.) Waterloo
March 27- St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE) Cedar Rapids
April 3- St. Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church (1075 Rockdale Rd.) Dubuque
April 10- St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church (501 A Ave NE) Cedar Rapids

Lenten Recipe-      
       Barbecue Lentils (by Karen Kuntz)

3 cups water

2 cups (1 lb.) brown lentils

½ teaspoon salt, divided

1 cup diced onion

1 Tablespoon oil or water to sauté onion

2/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup maple syrup (use real maple syrup)

¼ teaspoon prepared mustard (or more to taste)

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


This can be made in the oven or the crock-pot:


Combine water, lentils and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes until the lentils are just tender. Drain lentils in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. (If you don’t have enough cooking liquid, add some water to make the amount you need.)


Sauté the diced onion in a small amount of oil or water until tender. (This step can be omitted if you’re in a hurry.) Add ¼ teaspoon salt, the 1 cup cooking liquid (1/2 cup if using crock pot) and the remaining ingredients. Simmer briefly to blend flavors.

Mix lentils and sauce and proceed as desired.


Oven Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Bake the lentils, covered, for one hour.


Crock-pot Directions:

The lentils and sauce can be prepared up to a day ahead, placed in the slow cooker crock, and refrigerated until the next day if desired. Cook on low for 5-6 hours until heated through.


Serve on buns like sloppy joes, or on baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.

Makes 8 servings of 3/4 cups each.

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-
       On Sunday, March 20, the holy bread will be provided by the Surguladze/Boriuk family.  Thank you in advance.
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday March 20, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.

Choir Leadership-
For the weekend of March 19-20, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday March 13, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Nicholas team. 
Food For Thought-

The uncircumscribed Word of the Father became circumscribed, taking flesh from thee, O Theotokos, and He has restored the sullied image to its ancient glory, filling it with the divine beauty.  This our salvation we confess in deed and word, and we depict it in the holy icons.

Kontakion from matins of the Sunday of Orthodoxy