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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of May 15, 2011)

posted Jul 10, 2011, 6:33 PM by Ilya Buchkin
"Life and Faith of the Holy Myrrhbearers" Bible Study-
       This study continues to meet May 18, 25 and June 1.  Bring your Bibles.  Please plan on one hour for each session.  Let's learn about these faithful and women disciples of the Lord.
Mortgage Progress Being Made-
       On May 11, a payment of $26,853 was made toward the principal of our building mortgage loan.  These funds were collected during Phase II of our Capital Campaign.  What this means is that in two short years time, we have paid off 14% of our principal.  This special payment, and another a year ago,  coupled with a refinancing last Fall have resulted in us lowering our mortgage payment by about $400 per month.  Thank you to all who gave.  With diligence, faithful giving and God's help, we can continue to pay for our building so that we may be firmly planted in our community and be able to proceed with doing God's work here. 

Sunday School Planning Meeting-
       This Saturday, May 21 at 8AM, there will be a Sunday School planning breakfast meeting at the Bluebird Diner (330 E. Market St.) of all interested parents, helpers, teachers and any other parishioners.  We will gather input and ideas and plan out a vision for what our Sunday School will look like when it begins in the Fall. 

Chamber Singers of Iowa City Concert-
The Chamber Singers of Iowa City present "Bach to our Roots" a selection of pieces from the Bach family of composers including J. S. Bach's "Mass in G minor."  The concert will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 3PM in the Opstad Auditorium of City High School (1900 Morningside Dr., Iowa City).  Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and $5 for students and youths and can be purchased from our own Matthew Arndt.  For more information, see: www.icchambersingers.org.

Article Mentioning St. Raphael Mission in Word Magazine-
In the May 2011 edition of the Antiochian Archdiocesan Word magazine, Fr. Peter Gilquist wrote an article explaining how the Order of St. Ignatius has helped to fund many of the activities that the Archdiocesan Department of Missions and Evangelism undertakes, including work to help us raise funds to purchase our building.  For a look at the article, which includes two pictures relating to St. Raphael Mission, go to: www.antiochian.org/sites/antiochian.org/files/may_2011_word.pdf
Local Exhibit on English Language Bibles-
The University of Iowa's Special Collections is sponsoring an exhibit titled "Being Biblical Through the Ages" which is currently on display in the central hallway of the 3rd floor of the UI Main Library.  In honor of the 400th anniversary of the translation of the King James version of the Bible, this exhibit presents many centuries-old bibles and other bible related books. 

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.

Icon Education Workshop at St. George Church-
The Fellowship of St. John the Divine of St. George Orthodox Church of Cedar Rapids invites all to register for and attend "Icons: Illuminating the Christian Faith."  This educational workshop will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30AM- 3:30PM at St. George Church (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids) and will feature Orthodox Christian educator Sandy Mitchell and Orthodox Christian iconographer Brendan Kulp.  Cost is $20 if registered by May 27 and $25 if registered afterward.  Cost includes lunch.  For more information, a poster and registration form is posted on the bulletin board at the narthex in church. 

A Worthwhile Article on a Tough Subject-

       Both Bishop Thomas and Father Ignatius recommend the reading of the article: "Arousing Ourselves to Death" which appeared in Touchstone magazine and which is attached to this email.  This article deals with the insidious and not-talked-about-enough plague of pornography use in our society.  Any priest will tell you that this is a sin that has ensnared far too many men, and not an insignificant number of  women. Christians seem to fall into this trap about as frequently as non-Christians do.  Consumption of lustful, impure images damages marriages, souls and the Church.  The language of this article is very frank, but appropriate for the subject matter. 
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 21-22, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir. 
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, May 22, the holy bread will be provided by the Surguladze/Boriuk family.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who wants to provide the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday May 22, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday May 15, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. Nicholas team. 
Food For Thought-

Perfection... is clearly not achieved simply by being naked, by the lack of wealth or by the rejection of honors, unless there is also that love, the ingredients of which the apostle described (cf. I Cor. 13) and which is to be found solely in purity of heart.  Not to be jealous, not to be puffed up, not to act heedlessly, not to seek what does not belong to one, not to rejoice over some injustice, not to plan evil- what is this and its like if not the continuous offering to God of the heart that is perfect and truly pure, a heart kept free of all disturbance?

St. John Cassian