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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of November 8, 2009)

posted Nov 10, 2009, 11:12 PM 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 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. 

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 the remaining, required training session:

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.

Geneva Lecture Series-
        John Richmond, J.D., will be speaking on "Human Trafficking: A Modern-Day Challenge" on Wednesday, November 11, 7:30PM in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.  Mr. Richmond is the Domestic Trafficking Prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice and he has pioneered the fighting of bonded labor in India for International Justice Mission.

Nativity Fast Begins November 15-
The season to prepare for the coming Nativity feast begins next 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 receive non-perishable food items is located in the narthex, underneath the candle box. 

Meal Exchange-
We are organizing a Lenten Meal Exchange during the Nativity Fast from November 15 - December 24. Participating families/individuals will swap meals weekly within a group of 3-4 other families. Each family will prepare a large batch of one Lenten main dish each week (no meat, fish, dairy or oil) to share with the others.  On Sundays, the meals will be brought to Liturgy to distribute to the other families in the group, and everyone will leave with several prepared meals for the week.  Participation is encouraged even if you are unable to take part for all of the 6 weeks. Please e-mail Julia Buchkina (julia.buchkina@gmail.com) by Thursday, November 12 if you are interested in participating. Be sure to include the number of people in your family, any food allergies, and any dates you will not be able to participate. Families will be divided into groups and provided with further details by e-mail on Friday, November 13, in preparation for the first meal exchange on Sunday, November 15.

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.

Thank you-
Thank you to Kh. Irene Khouri (also an accountant) for spending many hours recently looking over our church's current accounting system and making many good suggestions which will make the church treasurer's job a bit easier and help the Parish Council be even better stewards of the money of the parish.

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.

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 15, Meghan Gilpin and Tony Carter will provide the holy bread. The Johnson family 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.

Choir Leadership, Next Weekend-
       For Vespers on Saturday, November 14, the choir will be lead by Amy Jongeling.  For matins and Liturgy on Sunday, November 15, the choir will be lead by Lori Branch.  Thank you choir leaders!

Food For Thought-

Rising from the east like a brilliant sun, thou, O holy hierarch, dost enlighten and comfort all who with faith flee unto thy paternal lovingkindness.  Do thou intercede for us, O good shepherd Raphael.

Megalynarion of the Feast of St. Raphael