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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of November 1, 2009)

posted Nov 6, 2009, 6:14 PM by Ilya Buchkin

Patronal Feast Day Services-
       St. Raphael's feast day is this Saturday, November 7 (always the first Saturday of November.)  We will remember our heavenly patron with Vespers with Litia/Artoklasia on Friday, November 6 at 7PM and Matins at 8:45AM followed by 10AM Liturgy on Saturday. 

Free Lunch Volunteering-
       Our next opportunity to volunteer at the Free Lunch Program is Tuesday, November 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius is you can give of your time for this.

Vespers for St. Nektarios-
The great wonder-working Greek saint, St. Nektarios, will be remembered on the eve of his feast day with Vespers at 6PM on Sunday, November 8.

Overflow Shelter Volunteering-
       During the cold winter months, local churches and other organizations in Iowa City work to provide an area where people who do not have a bed in the local shelter, because of a lack of space, can find a warm place to sleep.  This winter, St. Patrick's Catholic Church has volunteered the use of their parish hall for this purpose.  St. Raphael Church has volunteered to provide staffing for the week of January 17-23, 2010 for this overflow shelter.  Three volunteers are needed each night, for shifts of 3-4 hours in length.  Volunteers need to attend one of the remaining, required training sessions:

November 5 (Thursday) - Zion Lutheran Church at 7 pm;
November 10 (Tuesday) - First United Methodist Church at 7 pm

In addition, we need volunteers that week (no training required) to bring breakfast, clean up in the mornings, do laundry on Wednesday and Sunday and serve as a morning or evening driver.  The sign up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the hall outside the fellowship area.  For further information, or to volunteer, please contact Amy Jongeling at 319-331-2275 or ajongeli@gmail.com

St. George Fall Bake Sale-
       St. George Church in Cedar Rapids is having their Fall Bake Sale on Saturday, November 14 from 8AM-3PM.  For more information, call the church at 319-363-1559.

Jesus, Justice, & Poverty: STOP the Traffic-
       Jesus cares about justice! Mark your calendars now for the week of Nov 8-12. Several UI campus ministries are planning a variety of events to welcome Mr.  John Richmond. Mr. Richmond is a lawyer with the Department of Justice and will be speaking on behalf of International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org). Mr. Richmond served as field director in Chennai, India and pioneered IJM’s work with bonded slavery. Please visit www.jjp-stopthetraffic.org for more information on the week’s events, and be sure to join in!

Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
The season to prepare for the coming Nativity feast begins Sunday, November 15.  During this time, the Church asks us to alter our diet and abstain from meat, dairy and eggs.  The particulars are noted on the newly printed red November-December church calendars.  As with each of the fasting seasons of the Church year, this is a particularly good time to prepare to make a confession.  During this time, we are encouraged to increase our giving to the Crisis Center's  food pantry.  The box to received non-perishable food items is located in the narthex, underneath the candle box. 

November-December Calendars Available-
The November-December St. Raphael calendars are now available to be picked up at church.

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, Nov 8, the Branch-Peterson family will provide the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be provided by the Valentine family.  Thank you in advance.  Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Food For Thought-

Deliver my soul from self-delusion, my God, so that my body may also be delivered from bodily sin.   Deliver my soul from foolish arrogance and burning anger, and my body will neither behave foolishly nor burn.  The soul designed the body to be a portrait of herself, to be the organ or her speech.  The body is mute and inert, either for good or for evil, if the soul will not speak.

The body knows nothing of adultery, if the soul does not tell it.  Adultery is carried out in the heart; the body only repeats in a clumsy way what has been woven with fine threads in the mysterious chambers of the heart.

My neighbors, look upon a woman the way a woman looks upon herself and self-delusion will fall from your eyes like scales.  Look upon every being from within that being, and you will look, not with desire, but with compassion.  You, O God, have sanctified marriage, and you have also sanctified celibacy.

Those who have the wisdom and the strength to use all the life bestowed on them by You for serving You, You have blessed.  And those, who are unable to keep within themselves all the life given to them, You have blessed, so that they can share it and transfer it to new beings, through a wife.

Truly it is self-delusion for a man to think that a woman attracts him.  Indeed, it is the unused life in a man- which drives a man toward a woman, for life does not wish to remain unused.  You are life, O  my God, and life is light.  You are light, O my God, and You do not wish to be hidden in darkness and kept from shining.

Blessed is the man who knows You within himself, and gives free rein to You to shine in his soul and in his body.  It is not important, whether you shine in one body or in shared flesh- You merely wish to shine and illuminate the world and to fill it with Your life and Your strength.

Blessed is the woman from whose eyes self-delusion falls and who knows a man the way a man knows himself, the woman who rejects desire and fills herself with compassion.  She too keeps life within herself, with fear and dignity, as though she were keeping heaven within herself.

Blessed is everyone who comes to know in due time that adultery defiles and kills life.  One does not fool around with God.  It is safer to fool around with fire than with God....

Deliver my soul from self-delusion, my God, so that my body may also be delivered from bodily sin.

St. Nikolai Velimirovich, "Prayers by the Lake," LXXII