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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of November 15, 2009)

posted Nov 16, 2009, 7:02 AM by Ilya Buchkin
2010 Pledge Packets-
      
Information on making a financial pledge for the support of St. Raphael Church for the next year, is now available and has been handed out or mailed out to members and others who may be interested.  Please look over this important information, and pray and consider how you can help maintain our witness and presence in our community.  The Parish Council asks that your pledge forms be returned very quickly, as they need to know what our expected income will be, in order to set a proposed budget which will be voted on by the church's voting members at the annual voters' meeting on Sunday December 6. 

Nativity Fast Begins Today-
      
The season to prepare for the coming Nativity feast begins today, 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 receive non-perishable food items is located in the narthex, underneath the candle box. 

Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple Liturgy-
      
On Friday, November 20 at 6PM, will will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with a Vesperal Liturgy.

Annual Parish Voters' Meeting-
      
The Annual St. Raphael Parish Voters' Meeting will be held after Liturgy on Sunday, December 6.  Please make plans to attend, especially if you are a voting member.

2010 Church Calendars Available-
      
On the table in the narthex, are the new 2010 Church calendars.  These calendars show the daily appointed Scripture readings, the saints commemorated for each day, the feast days of the church and the fasting days.  Please take one home with you and bring a couple to friends who may be interested. 

Holy Bread Seal Missing-
      
One of the two holy bread seals that are kept at church disappeared about 3-4 weeks ago and has not been returned.  If you have made the holy bread recently and borrowed a seal from church, please check to make sure you do not have it, and if you do have it, please return it.  Thank you.

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.  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

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 22,  the Muste family will provide the holy bread. The OCF will provide the food for coffee hour.  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-

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come, He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift from God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:4-10 (NKJV), assigned Epistle reading for today
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