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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of March 29, 2009)

posted Mar 31, 2009, 10:46 AM by Ilya Buchkin   [ updated Mar 31, 2009, 10:58 AM ]

Building Purchase Update
     We have just delivered a new written offer to the sellers that reflects the appraised value of the Christian Science church building, $445,000. They have until April 27 to respond. We will keep you posted when/if any new developments occur.

No Office Hours This Thursday
    Fr. Ignatius will not be holding office hours this Thursday April 2.

Potluck Next Sunday
     Next Sunday is April 5, the first Sunday of the month and as has been our practice, we have a potluck after Liturgy on that day. A sign-up sheet is posted at church. Of course, we are still in the Lenten fast.

Choir Practice Next Sunday
    The choir will practice for about an hour after the potluck which is after Liturgy next Sunday. Music for Palm Sunday and Pascha will be practiced.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering
    We are scheduled to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday April 7. As usual, we need 3-4 people to help out from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Please inform Fr. Ignatius if you can help this month.

Pan-Orthodox Vespers
The Iowa Orthodox Christian Clergy Association (IOCCA) is sponsoring Sunday evening pan-Orthodox Vespers services at 5:30PM throughout Lent. The faithful of St. Raphael Church, and both St. George Church and St. John the Baptist Church of Cedar Rapids will be worshipping together at each other's churches. On Sunday, April 5, we will be worshipping at St. John the Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids.

Wednesday Evenings During Lent
    On Wednesday evenings during Lent, we will celebrate the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at 6PM, except on April 1, when we will have Matins with the Canon of St. Andrew and the Life of St. Mary of Egypt. The sermons on Wednesday evenings will focus on the Anaphora prayer of St. Basil's Liturgy. Each Wednesday evening service service will be followed by a simple lenten soup supper. We need volunteers to bring the soup each week. A sign-up sheet is posted at church for these meals.

Friday Evenings During Lent
On Friday evenings during Lent, we celebrate Little Compline with the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos at 7PM.

Prayer on Behalf of the Victims of Abortion
On Saturdays at 10AM during Lent, on the sidewalk in front of the Emma Goldman clinic at 227 E. Dubuque St. in Iowa City, Fr. Ignatius will be praying the Office of Prayer and Supplication for the Victims of Abortion and the Akathist of Repentance For One Who Has Aborted a Child. Please join him if the Lord leads you. This will be a time of prayer and repentance, and not a protest.

"I Was in Prison and You Visited Me"
    One of our members, Luke Snyder is an inmate at the North Central Correctional Facility near Rockwell City, IA. Luke was recently chrismated and is doing an admirable job of learning his new faith, in difficult circumstances and without a lot of support or interaction with other Orthodox Christians. Would you consider "visiting" Luke by sending him a greeting card wishing him a Blessed Pascha? He would appreciate knowing that our members are thinking about him and praying for him. His address is in our church directory. If you want to write him but don't have his address, plese let Fr. Ignatius know and he will give you Luke's address*.*

A Reminder Regarding Confession
The fasting seasons of the Church, and especially Great Lent, are times during which Orthodox Christians should be examining themselves and taking advantage of the blessings and forgiveness that the Sacrament of Confession offers to us. If it has been awhile since you have made a confession, it is never too late. Fr. Ignatius is available to hear confessions after most services, especially after Vespers on Saturday evenings, at the end of matins on Sunday morning (about 9:45AM) and by

April Parish Council Meeting
Our April Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday April 6 at 7PM. All are welcome.

Holy Week is Coming
    Orthodox Christians take Holy Week seriously- there are services every day and the numbers of people increase as the week goes on. In these wonderful, life-giving days we participate in the events by which Christ our God saved us. As much as possible, set other things aside this week and come to church. If you can't get to church, pray at home.

Holy Week Schedule

Friday April 10- 7PM Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus

Lazarus Saturday, April 11- 8:45AM Matins, 10AM Liturgy, 6PM 9th Hour/Vespers

Palm Sunday, April 12- 8:45 AM Matins, 10AM Liturgy, 7PM Bridegroom Matins

Holy Monday, April 13- 7PM Bridegroom Matins

Holy Tuesday, April 14- 7PM Bridegroom Matins

Holy Wednesday, April 15- 9AM Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, 7PM Holy Unction Service

Holy Thursday, April 16- 9AM Vesperal Liturgy, 7PM Service of the Twelve Passion Gospels

Holy Friday, April 17- 9AM Royal Hours, 3PM Great Vespers, 7PM Lamentations followed by all-night Psalm-reading vigil

Holy Saturday, April 18- 9AM Vesperal Liturgy, 11:30PM Rush Service

Holy Pascha, April 19- Midnight Paschal Matins & Liturgy followed by feast, 1PM Agape Vespers followed by Paschal Picnic

Holy Week Sign-up Sheets
Posted at church, are sign-up sheets for Holy Friday Psalm-Reading Vigil, Holy Friday Funeral Bier Decoration, Red Eggs for Pascha, Food for Paschal Feast and Gospel-reading at Agape Vespers.

Save the Date!
Bishop MARK is scheduled to make an archpastoral visit with us the weekend of May 8-10. A more detailed schedule will be released soon. Keep this weekend open on your calendar so that you may be able to spend it with His Grace.

Antiochian Women's Scholarship
    The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America are offering scholarships, usually in the amount of $500 to help women continue their education in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families. Qualifications for the scholarship are as follows:

1. The applicant must be a female over 26 years of age.

2. The applicant must be a member in good standing of a parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese.

3. The applicant must be actively involved in her parish.

4. The applicant must be applying for or registered in an academic or trade program of study

5. The applicant must demonstrate financial need.

Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you would like an application form.

Holy Bread and Coffee Hour
    On Sunday APril 5, the Holy Bread will be brought by the Berimeladze/Chikhladze family. Food for coffee hour will be brought by all who bring food to the potluck. Thank you in advance.

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

Bind up, O Jesus, the wounds of my soul, as the Samaritan bound up the wounds of him that fell among thieves, and heal me from my pain, I pray, O Christ. Scourged by my transgressions, O Christ, my soul is sick and in agony, and I lie naked and bereft of the divine virtues; but I beseech Thee, save me. When the priest and the Levite saw me, they could not help me but passed by on the other side. But Thou in Thy compassion hast given me salvation anreserved me.

From the canon of matins for the Fourth Sunday of Lent