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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of March 27, 2011)

posted Apr 10, 2011, 10:07 PM by Ilya Buchkin
No Matins Monday-
       There will be no matins on Monday, March 28.

Thank You-
Thank you to Mary and Dempsey Prappas for the gift of the beautiful antidoron stand and bowl to hold the blessed bread that we share after Holy Communion. 
 Classical Guitar Concert by Tariel-
       This 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.  Refreshments will be served afterward. 

Spring Parish Clean-up Work Day-
On the afternoon of Lazarus Saturday, April 16, we will have our twice yearly parish clean-up day beginning after Liturgy, at around noon.  Please plan to come by and help clean windows, polish metal ware, dust, rake leaves and do many other chores to help us make our church and grounds as beautiful as possible for Holy Week and Pascha.

Sign-Up Sheets for Holy Week and Pascha Posted-
Various sign-up sheets relating to Holy Week and Pascha activities are being posted on the bulletin boards at church.  Among these include sign-ups for the post Paschal liturgy feast and also the picnic that follows Agape vespers, reading the Gospel in multiple languages for Agape vespers, decorating the funeral bier used on Holy Friday, reading Psalms before the bier through the night, etc. 

Office Hours-

       Father Ignatius is suspending his office hours until after Pascha.  However, if you need to make a confession or want to speak with him in person during the week, please feel free to contact him and make an appointment. 

Lent is a natural time to make your confession at church as the tone of this season is marked by repentance.  We are encouraged by our bishops to be regular in making our confessions. As we prepare for the holiest days of our church year, please plan ahead and schedule a confession soon.  Father's time to hear confessions during Holy Week is very limited due to the extra services.  

UI Cultural Diversity Festival-
       Next Sunday, April 3, St. Raphael Church and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship will staff a table at the University of Iowa's Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival.  This is the second largest non-athletic event at the University each year.  It takes place from 12PM-5PM athe UI Fieldhouse.  We need volunteers to staff the table in two hour increments and volunteers to provide baked goods to be sold at the event.  Please contact Meghan Carter or Stefanie Bewell if you can help.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering-

       We are scheduled to provide 3-4 volunteers at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, April 5 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please speak with Fr. Ignatius if you are planning on helping this month.
Appeal for Disaster Relief in Japan-

       In light of the triple tragedy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear threat that has befallen Japan, Metropolitan Philip is asking the faithful of the parishes of the Antiochian Archdiocese to generously give to the International Orthodox Christian Charities fund for disaster relief in Japan.  To read the text of Metropolitan Philip's appeal, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/node/25526.  To learn more about the IOCC, go to: http://iocc.org

Online Lenten Resources-
  For a collection of 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

New Church Directory Now Available-
Church members may pick up a copy of the new St. Raphael Church directory which lists names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of church members former members and friends of the parish.  Thank you to Karen Kuntz for help assembling the directory.

"As We Forgive" Film Screening and Discussion-
Geneva Campus Ministry invites all to attend a free film screening of "As We Forgive" followed by a Q and A time with the filmmaker, Laura Water Hinson.  This documentary film focuses on the aftermath of the genocidal violence that wracked the African nation of Rwanda in the mid 1990's.  Dealing with the themes of forgiveness and reconciliation, it features two Rwandan women who come face to face with the murderers of their families.  This event will be held this Monday, March 28 at 7:30 in the Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main University of Iowa Library. 
Epistle Readers Needed-
There are always opportunities available to read the Sunday Epistle in English or any other language of your choosing.  A sign-up sheet is posted on one of the bulletin boards at church.  If you have any questions about how to read the Epistle, speak with Todd Wiblin.

Opportunities to Give-
The church has a need for donations of wine and olive oil.  For Communion wine, we use a sweet Greek wine, Mavrodaphne of PatrasFor the wine used with the blessed bread after Communion, we use Mogen David Concord wine .  We use olive oil in the many vigil lamps that burn in front of our icons and on our altar.  We have found that regular grade olive oil (as opposed to extra virgin) burns best in our oil lamps.  If you wish to donate either wine or olive oil, please speak with Todd Wiblin.

Prayer and Healing Panel Discussion-
Fr. Ignatius will be one of four presenters heading an interfaith panel discussion on Prayer and Healing at the Coralville Public Library at 7:15PM on April 12.  In addition to the Orthodox Christian perspective, those present will hear presentations from Muslim, Jewish and Christian Science perspectives.  This free event is open to the public.  All are welcome.

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. 

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.    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.
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           

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, April 3, the holy bread will be provided by the Surguladze/Boriuk family.  Thank you in advance.
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday April 3, 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 April 2-3, Kristi Abuissa will lead the choir.

Church Cleaning-
During the week following Sunday March 27, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Raphael team. 
Food For Thought-

In Paradise of old the tree stripped me bare; for by giving me its fruit to eat, the enemy brought in death.  But now the Tree of the Cross that clothes men with the garment of life has been set up on earth, and the whole world is filed with boundless joy.  Beholding it venerated, O ye people, let us with one accord raise in faith our cry to God: His house is full of glory.

Sessional hymn from matins of the Sunday of the Adoration of the Cross, the third Sunday of Lent