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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of May 3, 2009)

posted May 3, 2009, 7:12 PM by Ilya Buchkin   [ updated May 3, 2009, 7:12 PM ]

Bishop MARK is Coming May 8, 9, and 10

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 8 6PM-8:30PM, Time for children of our parish to spend with His Grace. We will meet at the Valentine's house (1708 E. College St.) for pizza and "Ask the Bishop." Children will also have a chance to perform musically for His Grace, if they would like.

Saturday, May 9 8:30AM-10AM, Parish Council and Bishop MARK will meet for breakfast 12PM-1PM, Social hour with food and beverages at Coralville Public Library Auditorium (1401 5th St., Coralville) 1PM-2PM, "St. Ignatius of Antioch and the Apostolic Fathers" A talk by Bishop MARK (a flyer is attached) 6PM, Great Vespers with Bishop MARK

Sunday, May 10th 8:45AM, Matins with Bishop MARK 10AM, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Bishop MARK 12PM-2PM, Potluck gathering at College St. location with Bishop MARK

Choir Practice
       In preparation for Bishop MARK's visit, the choir will be practicing at 7PM on Tuesday May 5 at church.

No Catechumen Class this Week
       Due to the visit by Bishop MARK, we will not have our Saturday catechumen class on Saturday, May 9. Class will resume on May 16.

Potluck, Sunday May 10th
       A sign-up sheet is posted at church for the potluck we will have after Liturgy with His Grace Bishop MARK. For the month of May, this will be our monthly potluck instead of May 3. After liturgy, we will move over to College St., for the meal. The College St. location will be opened up from 9:45AM-10:15AM if you would like to drop off your food first, before going to Liturgy at Iowa Ave.

College St. Building Update
      This past week, the electrical system was upgraded from the old fuseboxes to 200 Amp circuit breakers and properly grounded. On Saturday, May 2, the Parish Council and related committees held a planning meeting in order to revisit some initial plans for repairs and renovations that were drawn up in February, and to prepare to present our plan to His Grace Bishop MARK, when he visits with us next weekend. With his blessing on our plans, we will proceed in earnest to bring in contractors to do such things as masonry work on the chimney, minor roof tile repair, radon mitigation, asbestos evaluation (and removal, if necessary), replacement of aging space heater, gutter repair and plumbing work, and possibly some painting in the nave. In addition, there will be opportunities for church members to paint other rooms, lay flooring in the nave, remove existing stage and create an altar area, remove damaged wall paneling in basement and possibly install drywall, and install attic insulation. Some of these things can be done after we move in and are regularly occupying the building. A few of them, like painting, creating an altar area and installing a floor, need to be done before we are in.

If you have skills or experience in any of the above-mentioned areas, please let Fr. Ignatius of Todd Wiblin know. We are looking for volunteer help in order to keep costs down.

Possible items for donation include:

    Bike rack
    Cork Bulletin boards
    Kitchen cabinets, counters, cupboards, shelving, piping, refrigerator
    Storage shelving and locking cabinets
    More to come

More specific information and an anticipated schedule of work days will be posted after the weekend of May 8-10.

May-June St. Raphael Calendars are Available
       The church calendars for May and June are now printed and available at church for you to pick up.

Food for Hungry People Boxes
      This is the last call for Food for Hungry People boxes. If you still have yours at home, please bring it to church by next Sunday so that we can send in the funds.

Updating Church Directory
       A draft copy of a new, updated St. Raphael Church address/telephone/email directory is printed and at church. Please take the time while at church over the next few weeks, to look at the entry for your name and to make any changes that you would like. We hope to have new copies available in a month or so.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering is May 5
       We need volunteers for our monthly commitment to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday May 5 from 11:30AM-1:30PM. We have been short of volunteers recently. Please contact Fr. Ignatius for more information or if you can commit to helping this month.

Parish Council Meeting
       The May Parish Council meeting will be Monday May 11 at 7PM. All are welcome.

A Respite from the Fast
       Throughout the Paschal season, from Pascha until the Ascension, a full forty days, there is no fasting, including on Wednesdays and Fridays, according to Antiochian custom.

Wedding Bells are Ringing!
       The parishioners of St. Raphael Church are invited by Fr. Elias and Kh. Irene Khouri to join them in the celebration of their daughter Juliana to Frank Dancer on Sunday, July 12 at 3:30PM at St. George Church in Cedar Rapids. An hors d' oeuvre reception will follow at the church. The favor of a reply is requested on or before May 25 via www.julianaandfrank.brides.com or by telephone at 319-396-2324. Please indicate the number of persons attending.

Bridal Shower
       Michelle Bayouth and the St. Raphael Women's Group will be hosting a bridal shower for another soon-to-be bride, Victoria Tsangari. It will be on Saturday, May 16th at 7:30PM at the Bayouth's house. Cocktails and Hors d 'Oeuvres will be served.

"When the World Spoke Arabic"
       The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City Public Library, UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies Program, African Studies Program, and Medieval Studies Program cordially invite the general public to a film series:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 7PM, ICPL, Meeting Rm. A

"The Thousand and One Nights: A Historical Perspective"* (27 min.) Encompassing fairy tales, romances, legends, fables, parables, and anecdotes, The Thousand and One Nights is a composite of popular oral stories that developed over several centuries, mainly during the Empire of the Caliphate. This program scrutinizes the wonderfully audacious tale of Scheherazade and what it tells the attentive reader about the dreams of Arab men and women during the empire's golden age.

"Ulema and Philosophers: Faith vs. Reason in Islamic Arabia"* (26 min.) By replacing paganism with monotheism and tribal life with empire-building, the Arabs of the Umayyad and Abbasid dynasties effected a complete paradigm shift in their worldview. This program studies the codification of Islamic law and assimilation of non-Arab texts-and the ensuing competition between the ulema, or doctors of the law, and the philosophers, who saw reason as an equal to divine enlightenment.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 7PM, ICPL, Meeting Rm. A

"From Arabic to Latin: The Assimilation of Arab Knowledge"* (26 min.) As dissension mounted between the rival Arab dynasties in Baghdad, Cordoba, and Cairo, Christendom rallied to oppose the Muslims in Spain and Jerusalem. This program plots out the decline of the Empire of the Caliphate and the acquisition of Arab knowledge by Europeans starved for Islam's intellectual riches.

"Forgetting the Arabs: Europe on the Cusp of the Renaissance"* (27 min.) Why was Islamic philosophy, once the epitome of Arab learning, eventually rejected by Muslims? And why, after assimilating it, did Europeans distance themselves from its formulators? This program seeks to understand the religious climate of the late Middle Ages, in which universities and madrassas became centers of power and models for evolving sociopolitical systems.

Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat
       On May 15-17, at Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Rives Junction, MI, there will be a retreat for women from Antiochian parishes in the Midwest. A flyer with more information is posted at church. You may contact Roberta Royhab at bobbie@theblade.com to place your reservation.

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 10, the Abuissa family will provide the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will also be brought by all who bring food to the potluck. Thank you in advance. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up at church to do so.

Food For Thought:

The myrrh-bearing women came to Thy tomb; and beholding the seals of the sepulchre and not finding Thine immaculate Body. they came with haste, lamenting and saying: "Who hath stolen our Hope? Who hath taken away a naked and anointed body, the only consolation of His Mother? Alas! How hath He that quickeneth the dead been put to death? And how was He buried Who despoiled Hades? But arise, O Saviour, by Thine own authority after three days, as Thou didst say, and save our souls.

Doxastikon from Vespers of the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women