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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of May 8, 2011)

posted Jul 10, 2011, 6:32 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Happy Mother's Day-
       To all mothers and godmothers, may God grant you many years!  May you always be loved, honored and cherished.
May-June Calendars Available-
       The May-June calendar showing upcoming events and services at church is now printed and available in the church narthex.
May Parish Council Meeting-
       The May 2011 Parish Council meeting will be Monday, May 9 at 7PM.  All are welcome.      
 "Life and Faith of the Holy Myrrhbearers" Bible Study-
       This four week study will begin this Wednesday May 11 at 8PM, following Akathist.  It will meet May 11, 18, 25 and June 1.  Bring your Bibles.  Please plan on one hour for each session.
Food for Hungry People Boxes-
       Some of us have taken Food for Hungry People coin boxes home with us during Lent, to collect funds that will be used to help alleviate the hunger and other needs of those who have little of the things of this earth.  These boxes should be returned to the church now so that the money collected can be consolidated and sent in to our Archdiocese in order that those who need this help the most, will receive it. 

Thank You-
Thank you to St. Raphael member Jim Walker for the thorough and much needed carpet cleaning at church recently. 

Sunday School Planning Meeting-
       On 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.

A Note from Deacon Maximos Herman-
Recently, the St. Raphael Parish Council decided to make our monthly charitable donation to Deacon Maximos Herman's fund for deacon's vestments.  Deacon Maximos is newly ordained to the diaconate and is in need of vestments to properly serve.  Following is a note he sent to the church.

"Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You have honored and touched me deeply by your gift of money towards the cost of my first sert of deacon's vestments.  This gift is an encouragement to me as I begin a new ministry as an Orthodox deacon.  Your gift has emboldened my hope that all Orthodox Christians in Iowa will see themselves as members of one community in this place, just as we are all members of One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.  I feel very much a part of you at St. Raphael's Church.  Know that we pray for you all at every liturgy at St. John the Wonderworker Church in Des Moines.

Thank you,
Fr. Deacon Maximos (Brian Herman)"

Office Hours Policy Change-
Fr. Ignatius will no longer hold weekly office hours at the church.  However, if you wish to meet with him, please call or email to set up an appointment.  He is happy to make time for you.
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. 
OCMC Needs Medical Missionaries-
       The Orthodox Christian Mission Center has need for doctors and nurses to accompany teams heading out for short term mission trips this summer.  Medical personnel are needed to conduct medical clinics and offer health instruction. Especially needed are doctors in Uganda and nurses in Tanzania.  For more information, visit:www.ocmc.org
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 14-15, Lori Branch will lead the choir. 
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, May 15, the holy bread will be provided by the Chikhladze/Berimeladze family.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who wants to provide the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday May 15, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday May 8, cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, bathrooms and nursery room will be done by the St. John the Baptist team. 
Food For Thought-

The Myrrh-bearers, having risen early and beholding the sepulchre empty, said unto the Apostles: "The Mighty One hath put down corruption, and He hath carried off them that were held bound in Hades; proclaim ye with boldness that Christ God is risen, granting us great mercy."

2nd Kathisma of Matins of the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers