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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of May 1, 2011)

posted Jul 10, 2011, 5:58 PM by Ilya Buchkin
May-June Calendars Available-
       The May-June calendar showing upcoming events and services at church is now printed and available in the church narthex.
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       This Tuesday, May 3, we are scheduled to help serve a meal at the Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St.) from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  If you are able to help during all or part of this time, please let Fr. Ignatius know.
Father Ignatius is Traveling-  
       Fr. Ignatius will be attending a deanery meeting in Madison, WI and will be out of town from Tuesday evening May 3 until Friday evening May 6.  There will be no matins on Wednesday May 4.  He can be reached during this time on his cell phone at (319) 400-7522.  If a priest is needed quickly for any kind of emergency, please contact Fr. Elias Kouri at (319) 329-2562.
Weekly Akathist Moving to Wednesdays-
       In order to accommodate the schedules of a few regular attendees, our weekly Akathist service will shift from Thursdays to Wednesday, still at 7PM.  This change begins this week, with Akathist on Wednesday May 4.
May Parish Council Meeting-
       The May 2011 Parish Council meeting will be Monday, May 9 at 7PM.  All are welcome.      
 "Life and Faith of the Holy Myrrhbearers" Bible Study-
       This four week study will begin Wednesday May 11 at 8PM, following Akathist.  It will meet May 11, 18, 25 and June 1.  Bring your Bibles.  Please plan on one hour for each session.
Food for Hungry People Boxes-
       Some of us have taken Food for Hungry People coin boxes home with us during Lent, to collect funds that will be used to help alleviate the hunger and other needs of those who have little of the things of this earth.  These boxes should be returned to the church now so that the money collected can be consolidated and sent in to our Archdiocese in order that those who need this help the most, will receive it. 

Office Hours Policy Change-
Fr. Ignatius will no longer hold weekly office hours at the church.  However, if you wish to meet with him, please call or email to set up an appointment.  He is happy to make time for you.
Break from the Fast-
       During this Paschal season through the Feast of the Ascension on June 2, a full forty days, we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. There is no fasting during this time, including on Wednesdays and Fridays, according to Antiocian custom.

Online Paschal Resource-
       For a collection of articles and multimedia relating to Pascha, go to www.feastoffeasts.org
Video of Blessing of Waters in Alaska-
       To view a short video of Bishop Benjamin (OCA) blessing the waters in southwestern Alaska last January, and talking about the responsibility we have as Orthodox Christians to be good stewards of our environment, go to: http://vimeo.com/user2179598/the-great-blessing-of-water
OCMC Needs Medical Missionaries-
       The Orthodox Christian Mission Center has need for doctors and nurses to accompany teams heading out for short term mission trips this summer.  Medical personnel are needed to conduct medical clinics and offer health instruction. Especially needed are doctors in Uganda and nurses in Tanzania.  For more information, visit:www.ocmc.org
2011 Walk for Life-
        The 2011 Walk for Life, to benefit Choice Medical Clinic of Iowa City, will take place in three locations on Saturday, May 7 from 9AM-10AM.  The three locations are, Kent Park (Bluebird Shelter), Lake Macbride State Park (Main Lodge) and City Park (Shelter #6).  For more information about how to register to walk or to sponsor a walker, go to: www.ministrysync.com/event/home.php?template_id=3826&lid=244971
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     
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-
      During the weekend of May 7-8, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir. 
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, May 8, the holy bread will be provided by the Peterson Branch family.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who wants to provide the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday May 8, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday May 1, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Nina team. 
Food For Thought- 
To Thomas did Christ the Lord exclaim: "As thou willest, put thy hand forth; touch and handle Me.  Know that like thyself, I too, have bones and and earthen body.  Do not harbor further doubts but rather, like the others, believe in Me."  Then Thomas cried to Him: "Thou, O Jesus, art my Lord and God and my Savior: glory to Thy Rising, O Lord!"
Sticheron of the Praises sung at Matins of Thomas Sunday