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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of May 29, 2011)

posted Jul 10, 2011, 6:34 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Ascension Liturgy June 1-
      
On Wednesday June 1 at 6PM, we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Lord's Ascension into Heaven.  Following the service, we will hold the last Myrrhbearers Bible study.

Sunday School Breaks for Summer-
       Our St. Raphael Sunday School has met for the last time this Spring.  We will take a break this summer and resume Sunday School in September.  Look for an even better Sunday School program next Fall and please get your children involved!
 
Iowa City Immigrant Survey-
       The city of Iowa City's Human Rights Commission has posted a survey online that is intended to collect the opinions and experiences of local immigrants.  The information collected in this survey will be passed on to the City Council of Iowa City for the purposes of improving how the city interacts with immigrants.  If you live locally and were born outside of the United States and you want to give your input to our local government, go to:  http://www.icgov.org/default/?id=2126 to take the survey.  A copy of the survey is also printed and available in the church narthex to look at. 
 
Word Magazine Subscriptions-
       The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America publishes a monthly magazine called Word.  Subscriptions are provided free of charge to all members of Antiochian Orthodox churches.  If you are not receiving this magazine, but want to and think you should be, please contact Fr. Ignatius.

Today is "Prison Ministry Sunday"-
      
The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry has dedicated today, May 29, 2011 as "Prison Ministry Sunday" in order to heighten the awareness of their ministry and the rgeat need for more work to be done on behalf of the thousands of prisoners in our land.  Following, are some facts about the ministry of OCPM:
       - OCPM ministers to nearly 1,000 men and woman who are in prison or recently released
       -There are currently over 300 Orthodox catechumens in jails or prisons
       - Many lapsed Orthodox Christians return to their faith through OCPM
       - OCPM has published 8 books and distributed more than one million copies to prisons
       - Over two million icon prayer cards have been distributed
       - OCPM ministers monthly to more than 300 homeless and needy people, including families of those in prison
       - OCPM sends more than 5,000 personal letters each year to those in prison, offering them spiritual guidance and hope
       - Five men have been tonsured Orthodox monks in prison and several others have become iconographers
For more information on the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, go to: www.ocpm-scoba.org
      
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. 
 
Official Statement of the Assembly of Bishops- 
       Forty five bishops from North America, representing nearly all of the canonocal Orthodox Christians on this continent, gathered in Chigaco, IL last week for their annual assembly.  To read their official statement, go to:
http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/news/documents/assembly-message-2011
 
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       St. Raphael Church is scheduled to send volunteers to help serve lunch at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, June 7 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  If you are able to help out for all or part of this time, please let Fr. Ignatius know.

Pentecost Services-
      
On Sunday, June 12, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Church at the Feast of Pentecost.  Following our normal schedule of Sunday morning services, we will gather again for Kneeling Vespers at 6PM.

Epistle Reading-
      
We are always looking for volunteers to read the Sunday Epistle reading each week.  There is a sign-up sheet posted on one of the bulletin boards at church.  The Epistle will be read in English each Sunday, and we are happy to hear it read in other languages as well.  Please speak with Todd Wiblin if you have any questions relating to these readings.
 
Parish Camping Trip/Liturgy in the Park-
       On Father's Day weekend, we will have services and meals together outdoors at lovely secluded FW Kent Park, 3 miles west of Iowa City on Hwy. 6.  The camping is free, but those camping need to bring their own tents and sleeping bags. Sign up sheets and maps are available at church. Even if you don't come for the camping, please come for our regular liturgy.  The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Sat. June 18, Noon: Camping opens at Youth Camp Area #5. *Please sign up at church if you will be camping overnight.
Sat. June 18, 6pm: Vespers at the Bob White Shelter.  Cookout and camping overnight for those who wish.
Sun. June 19, 8:45 Matins, 10 am Liturgy, at the Bob White Shelter.  Regular coffee hour meal/potluck/cookout afterwards, followed by fun and fishing for kids.

Iowa City Hospice Volunteering-
      
The Iowa City Hospice announces an upcoming series of training sessions for volunteers.  This training program will give volunteers all the tools they need to provide services directly to Iowa City Hospice patients, family members and care providers.  Pre-registration is required and all sessions must be attended.  Session dates and times are Monday, June 20, 8AM-2PM; Wednesday, June 22, 8AM-2PM; Friday, June 24, 8AM-2PM.  All sessions are at the Iowa City Public Library.  To register, contact Sarah Neary at sarah.neary@iowacityhospice.org or (319) 688-4216 by June 13. 

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.  
  
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, June 5, the holy bread will be provided by the Muste family.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who wants to provide the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday June 5, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nicholas team. 
       
Food For Thought-

 Before his meeting with Christ the blind man had never seen anything. Everything was dark, he had to guess at things, to explore them by touch, to use his imagination. He had no clear authentic image of things. Then he met Christ, and Christ opened his eyes. And what was the first thing this man saw? The face of Christ, His gaze; the face of God become man, the divine gaze full of attentive, compassionate love resting on him, on him alone out of the whole crowd. Straight away he came face to face with the living God and encountered the miracle which so astonishes us: that God can focus His attention on each one of us - as on the lost sheep - and not see the crowd but see the one and only person. After that the man probably surveyed everything around him, and what he had known by description, by hearsay, became reality - "now I see".
 
Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, excerpted from a sermon given on May 19, 1974 for the Sunday of the Blind Man.
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