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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of May 2, 2010)

posted May 12, 2010, 12:09 AM by Ilya Buchkin
Authentic Manifestations of the Spirit Class-
        This class will meet at 7PM on the Wednesdays of May (after Liturgy, about 7:45PM on May 12).  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.  The first class will be held on May 5.  All are welcome. 
May-June Calendars Available-
       The new bi-monthly St. Raphael calendars with services and other events are printed and available at church.  Bring one home and put it on the side of the refrigerator.
Spring Cleaning at Home?  A Way to Benefit the Church-
       This is the time of year when many of us are doing some cleaning around the home and sometimes we want to get rid of things by taking them to local consignment stores like Stuff Etc., Kidworks or Houseworks.  St. Raphael Church has accounts at these three stores.  If you would like to donate items under the church account, the church will reap the proceeds.  Following, is the account information: Stuff East (845 Pepperwood Ln, Iowa City), Account #22791; Houseworks (111 Stevens Dr, Iowa City,) Account #019823;  Kidworks (111 Stevens Dr, Iowa City) Account #19451 
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       We will serve lunch and clean up at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, May 4 from 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St).  If you are able to help this month, please let Fr. Ignatius know.  
First Service for Quad Cities Mission-
       On Tuesday, May 4 at 7PM, the newly forming Quad Cities Antiochian Orthodox Mission will hold their first service (vespers) at the chapel of St. Paul Lutheran Church (2136 Brady St., Davenport.)  All are welcome, invite a friend and come to pray.  Fr. Ignatius will preside. 
Holy Baptism of Lorena Velterean-
       On Saturday, May 8 at 10AM. Lorena, the daughter of Bogdana Rus and Florin Velterean will receive the mystery of Holy Baptism.  All are invited to witness this wonderful event and  to welcome Lorena being received into the family of God. 
Ascension Liturgy-
       We will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord with a Vesperal Liturgy on Wednesday, May 12 at 6PM. 
Web Video on Orthodox Icons-
       For an excellent 10 minute presentation on icons in the Orthodox Church, go to  http://www.ctv11.com/index.php?video=994 .
Opportunity to Re-build Hurricane Damaged Homes through IOCC-
       International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) will once again be calling on Orthodox volunteers from throughout the United States to build homes for families whose lives were devastated by Gulf Coast hurricanes.  For more information, go to http://www.iocc.org/news/4-30-10gulfcoast.aspx
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/  
Featured Recipe-    
       Pakistani Kima (from the More with Less Cookbook) thanks to Amy Spencer
Saute in 3 tbsp. oil: 1 c. onion and 2 cloves minced garlic
Add 1 lb. ground beef and brown
Stir in 2 15-oz cans tomato sauce
            4 diced potatoes
            2 cups veggies (such as spinach or corn)
            1 tbsp. (or more) curry powder
             ½ tsp. salt
            Dash each of pepper, cinnamon, ginger, tumeric
Cover and simmer about ½ hour until potatoes are soft.

Thoughts on Stewardship-
           Ephesians 2: 19-20 … “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being in cornerstone.”
         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 9, the Peterson/Branch 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. Raphael  team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week beginning Sunday, May 9, the St. John the Baptist team will be responsible for cleaning the church bathrooms, narthex and nave.
Food For Thought-
Why therefore, do we tarry, and why do we delay, and not come with all eagerness and diligence to the feast, trusting it is Jesus who calleth us?  Who is all things for us, and was laden in ten thousand ways for our salvation; Who hungers and thirsts for us, though He gives us food and drink as His saving gifts.  For this is His glory, this is the miracle of His divinity, that He changed our sufferings for His happiness.  For being life, He died that we may be made alive.  Beign the Word, He became flesh, that He might instruct the flesh in the Word, and being the fountain of life, He thirsts our thirst, that thereby He might urge us to the feast, saying, "If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink."
St. Athanasius the Great, excerpted from his Paschal Epistle of 342AD