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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 10, 2010)

posted Oct 10, 2010, 9:02 PM by Ilya Buchkin
 Sunday School Will Now Be Weekly-
       Sunday School for school aged children will now be held weekly, following coffee hour.  Thanks to Alli Rockwell for volunteering to be our second teacher. 

Thank you-
       Thank you to Irakliy Surguladze and Irakli Tskhakaia for the recent work on the iconostasis trim.  Our church interior is looking better than ever!  Irakliy has also repaired some gaps in our front walkway.
       Tony Carter and Meghan Gilpin were joined in Holy Matrimony yesterday, October 9.  Many years to Tony and Meghan.  Thank you to the choir for a superb job of singing during the service.

 Introduction to Orthodoxy Class Series-
       A seven week series of classes introducing the Orthodox faith will begin this Saturday, October 16 at 3:30PM and meet weekly.  This class is for anyone: those who are unfamiliar with the Orthodox faith but would like to learn more, and those who are Orthodox but feel they missed some basic teaching.  Bring a friend! Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are interested in attending.  This class is based on the last seven chapters of Timothy Ware's "The Orthodox Church."
Traffic and Parking for Next Sunday-
       On Sunday, October 17, the annual Run for the Schools road races will be held in our church's neighborhood.  This will significantly affect parking and access to church next Sunday.  The County Sheriff informs us that beginning at 5AM on Sunday, College St.  will be shut down from Linn St. to Muscatine Ave.  At 6AM, both Governor and Dodge Streets will be shut down in our neighborhood.  It would be a good morning to walk or bike to church if you are close enough.  Otherwise, it is suggested that you rely on Lucas and Johnson when traveling north or southbound near the church, and Washington and Burlington when traveling east or westbound near the church.  Unless you can find street parking on Lucas, Johnson, Washington or Iowa, you should plan on parking in the parking garage a few blocks to the west of the church by entering on Washington between Van Buren and Gilbert.  All roads should be re-opened by noon.
Would You Like to Bless an Orthodox Inmate?-
       On of our own members, Luke Snyder, is incarcerated at the North Central Correctional Facility in Rockwell City, IA.  His patron Saint is the Apostle Luke and he celebrates his name's day on October 18.  If you would like to send him a note or a card of encouragement, his address is in our church directory.  If you do not have a copy and would like his address, please contact Fr. Ignatius 

Patronal Feast Weekend Schedule- 
       Friday, November 5, 7PM- Vespers with Artoklasia for Feast of St. Raphael
Saturday, November 6, 8:45AM- Matins and 10AM- Liturgy for Feast of St. Raphael; 6PM Great Vespers
Sunday, November 7, 8:45AM- Matins; 10AM Divine Liturgy
Special Olympics Awareness Day-
       The Antiochian national teen group, NAC Teen SOYO, is once again sponsoring the 30th Annual Special Olympics Sports Camp held each summer at the Antiochian Village in PA.  This camp benefits over 225 athletes and coaches each year.  Next Sunday, October 17, our teens will ask for your financial donations to enable them to sponsor the camp.  Please be generous in helping the teens raise $50,000 nationally to support this worthy cause.
Two Opportunities to Hear Pakistani Christian Leader Speak-
       Bishop Mano Rumalshah of the United Christian Church of Pakistan will speak on Monday, October 11, 12-1 p.m., United Church of Christ, Clinton & Market Streets, IC.  Make lunch reservations (cost: $9) through the ICFRC, 335-0351, or icfrc@uiowa.edu.  Title:  "Peace Among Taliban Neighbors"  and on Monday, October 11, 7 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Melrose Ave., IC.  Title:  "Christianity and Islam:  Prospects for Reconciliation."
Russian Guitar Festival-
       The 2010 International Annual Russian Guitar Festival and Seminar will be held in various locations from October 14-17 in both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.  Among the highlights will be the Gala Concert at the United Congregational Church (30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City) at 7PM on October 17.  This concert will feature the Czar's Guitars and the Russian Guitar Quartet, among others.  For more information, including ticket prices, go to: http://www.iarmac.org/IARGUS. html
Fall Clean-up Day-
       At least twice a year, we gather together at church in order to clean and organize and beautify our church building and grounds.  If you are able to help this time, please plan to come to church on Saturday, October 23 from 1-4PM.  We will be sweeping, vacuuming, polishing, etc.  There will be something for everyone to do.
All Saints Day Fall Fun Fest at St. George Church-
       On Wednesday, October 27 from 5:30PM-7PM children are invited to come to St. George Church in Cedar Rapids for an alternative to some of the not-so-holy happenings of Halloween.  Bring your kids dressed in a costume of their favorite saint, or some other tasteful costume of their choice.  There will be Bible stories and stories from the lives of the saints acted out by St. George members.  Children will also enjoy supper, games, crafts and fellowship.
New Testament Greek Study Group-
       A study group, focusing on New Testament (Koine) Greek is forming at St. Raphael.  Tentatively, the group will meet after Liturgy and coffee hour beginning Sunday, November 14.  We will do some basic work using an interlinear Bible.  This will likely start out at a basic level (the priest is rusty!).  All are welcome.  Contact Tyler Fyotek at tjfyotek@gmail.com if you are interested.
Bishop's Visit Rescheduled-
       Bishop MARK will now be with us for the weekend of December 10-12. 
Thoughts on Stewardship-
       Hebrews 6: 4-6 … “Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.  And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received the tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.”
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.  
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday, October 17, the St. Nina team will provide the food for coffee hour and clean up the fellowship hall afterward.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, October 17, the holy bread will be provided by the Branch/Peterson family.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who desires to bake the holy bread may sign up to do so.  This is a wonderful way to offer yourself and your loved ones to God and the Church.
Church Cleaning-
      During the week following Sunday, October 17, the St. Nicholas team will clean the nave, narthex, bathrooms, stairs and bookstore and nursery rooms.
Choir Leadership-
       Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir for vespers, matins and Liturgy the weekend of Oct. 16-17.
Food For Thought-
I know that many will condemn what I say, thinking that I am introducing a strange custom into our life; but I will condemn more strongly the wicked custom which now prevails over us.  Christ has made it very clear that after taking nourishment at table, we ought to receive not sleep in bed but prayer and reading of the divine Scriptures.  When He had fed the great multitude in the wilderness, He did not send them to bed and to sleep, but summoned them to hear divine sayings.  He had not filled their stomachs to bursting, nor abandoned them to drunkeness; but when he had satisfied their need, He led them to spiritual nourishment.  Let us do the same; and let us acustom ourselves to eat only enough to live, not enough to be distracted and weighed down.  For we were not born, we do not live in order to eat and drink; but we eat in order to live.  At the beginning, life was not made for eating but eating for life.  But we, as if we had come into the world for this purpose, spend everything for eating.
St. John Chrysostom from his "First Sermon on Lazarus and the Rich Man" as printed in "On Wealth and Poverty" pp. 27-28.