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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of May 16, 2010)

posted May 28, 2010, 9:16 AM by Ilya Buchkin
Authentic Manifestations of the Spirit Class-
        This class is meeting on the May 19 and 26 at 7PM.  In this class, we will learn about the charismatic gifts which the Holy Elders of Orthodoxy manifest and compare them to some of the spiritual phenomena that take place outside of the Orthodox Church, such as with the faith healers of Charismatic Protestantism and the Yogis of Hinduism.  All are welcome. 
You Are Invited-
       The Abuissa family invites all members and friends of St Raphael Orthodox parish to come to Tareq's senior recital on Sunday, May 23, Opstad Auditorium, 1900 Morningside Drive, 2:00-3:00, followed by a graduation open house at our home, 1428 Buresh Ave in Iowa City, from 3:30 - 5:00.  For more info, call (319) 354-3142.
       Congratulations to Andy Awad, Nick Loudas and Stephanie Kopplin who graduated from the University of Iowa this weekend.  Many years to you! 
Sacrament of Holy Unction (Anointing) for Healing-
       "Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the presbyters of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)  Although the Sacrament of Unction is received during a special service on the evening of Holy Wednesday each year, this sacrament can be received anytime by Orthodox Christians.  If you have a physical, mental or spiritual affliction and you would like to be anointed, please ask Fr. Ignatius.  This can be done after nearly any service. 
Travelling Overseas-
       Many of our members and friends travel overseas during the summer months.  If you are doing so, please consider purchasing some unique gift items that represent the culture of the country you are visiting for the purpose of donating them to the church for use in next winter's Evening in the East fundraiser silent auction.
St. George Church Bake Sale-
       On Saturday, May 22 from 8AM-2PM at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE) you can stock up on all your favorite Middle Eastern foods.  See attached flier for more details. 
Pentecost Kneeling Vespers-
       At Liturgy on Sunday morning May 23, we will celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit.  On that Sunday evening, at 6PM, we will have the Kneeling Vespers.  In our prayers at church and at home, there is no kneeling between Pascha and Pentecost (for the Lord is Risen.)  With the coming of Pentecost, we return to "normal" with this service called Kneeling Vespers. 
Episcopal Assembly of All North American Orthodox Bishops-
       As a result of a call put out by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and agreed to by the other patriarchs of the world, for episcopal assemblies to be convened where there are multiple, overlapping ethnic jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church, all 65 Orthodox bishops in North America have been invited to attend an assembly in New York on May 26-27.   The purpose of this important gathering is so that our hierarchs may discuss ways in which to foster unity among the various ethnic expressions in the Orthodox Church, in our case, here in North America.  Our own Bishop MARK will be attending.  In order to support him and all of his brother bishops who will be attending, we will be praying the Akathist to All Saints of North America on the eve of the Assembly, Tuesday, May 25 at 7PM.  Please come and join us in prayer, that our bishops be guided by the Holy Spirit to find solutions to strengthen the witness of the Orthodox Church through increased unity and cooperation.
Parish-wide Church Potluck Picnic on Sunday May 30-
       As May 30 is the fifth Sunday of the month, following Liturgy, we will gather for a parish-wide potluck picnic, at the Gazebo in nearby College Green Park.  Please plan on bringing some food to share.  This is the last day before the beginning of the Apostles' Fast. 
63rd Annual Midwest Diocese Parish Life Conference-
       Hosted by St. George Cathedral of Toledo, OH, laity and clergy from around our diocese will gather June 30-July 4 for the 2010 Parish Life Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH.  This year's conference will feature speakers Fr. Thomas Hopko and Dr. Albert Rossi and much more.  For more information, go to http://www.midwestplc2010.org/  
Thoughts on Stewardship-
         John 15: 1, 5, 8 … “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.”     

Ask yourself the following- "What does this message from God require from me, His loyal servant?”   What must I change in my life to be able to follow this teaching in both word and in deed?”
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 and Coffee Hour-
       On Sunday, May 23,  the Chikhladze/Iberi family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.  Anybody who would like to bake the holy bread can sign up to do so.  Food and clean-up for coffee hour will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week beginning Sunday, May 23, the St. Raphael team will be responsible for cleaning the church bathrooms, narthex and nave.
Food For Thought-
I lifted my eyes to the mountains.  From where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Let not your foot be moved, neither let Him who keeps you slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord shall keep you.  The Lord is your shelter at your right hand.  The sun shall not burn you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord shall keep you from all evil.  The Lord shall keep your soul.  The Lord shall keep your coming in and your going out from this time and unto the ages.
Psalm 120 (121)