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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 11, 2009)

posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:22 AM by Ilya Buchkin

Parish Council Meeting
       The October Parish Council meeting will be this Monday, October 12 at 7PM.* *Anyone interested can attend.

Supplication Service for our Bishops
       On October 15-17, our North American Antiochian bishops will gather in Houston for their Fall Synod meeting. In order that we may properly support our beloved bishops in prayer as they make God-pleasing decisions for the welfare of our Holy Church, we will have a supplication service this Wednesday October 14, at 7PM, asking that God would help them to administer the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit, and "rightly divide the word of truth".

OCF Dinner and Gathering at Branch-Peterson's House
       On Friday, October 16, beginning at 5PM (come when you can), the OCF (college group) is invited to Robert Peterson and Lori Branch's home (831 Dearborn St., Iowa City) for a soup supper and time of fellowship.

Holy Bread Baking Session for Sunday School Children
       All St. Raphael Church children are invited to Newman and Kristi Abuissa's home (1428 Buresh Ave., Iowa City) at 3PM to help bake the holy bread for next Sunday.

Run for the Schools
       Next Sunday, October 18, is the Run for the Schools Race in Iowa City. Our church building is right along a heavily used portion of the race course. Please keep in mind that parking may be much more difficult next Sunday because of the race. Our portion of College Street will be closed to traffic for probably most of the morning. The public parking garage on College St., between Gilbert St. and Van Buren St. may be your best option for parking, but you will likely have to enter the garage from Washington St. Please allow yourself some extra time in order to find parking.

Special Olympics Awareness Day
       Next Sunday, October 18 is Special Olympics Awareness Day across our Archdiocese. Nationally, Teen SOYO groups will be sponsoring the 29th Annual* *Special Olympics Sports Camp this next summer at the Antiochian Village.* *More than 240 athletes and coaches participated in our camp last summer. Teen SOYO members come from all over North America to volunteer their time, to reach out to others, and to fulfill the Gospel: "Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:40) On Sunday October 18, our teens will solicit your financial donations to enable them to sponsor the 2010 camp. Please be generous in helping our teens raise $50,000. As an expression of our teens' gratitude for your support of this important project, you will receive an icon bookmark of intercessory saints written by the hand of Nick Pappas. Thanks for your help!

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class
       A seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class has begun and will continue to meet on October 19, 25, November 2, 9, 23, 30. This class is designed for newcomers and those interested in exploring the Orthodox faith, and everyone else who feels they would like a little more teaching about what the Orthodox Church is, and what we believe. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are interested in attending. It's not too late.

Russian Language Class
       Beginner's Russian language classes has started meeting at church weekly on Wednesdays at 7PM.* *Please contact our teacher Olena Bezugla/Coffin at olena.coffin@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Nativity Liturgy Choir Rehearsal
       During the Nativity season which begins November 15, we switch to more Russian-style music for the Liturgy. In order to prepare for that and other music coming up at the end of the year, the choir will be holding an important, BIG rehearsal on Saturday, October 31 from 9AM-12PM (or so) at the church. If you sing in the choir, please plan on coming to this special rehearsal in order to learn the upcoming music.

Patronal Feast Day Services
       This year, St. Raphael's feast day is 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. Does anyone want to go out for lunch afterward?

Younkers "Community Day" Fundraiser
       St. Raphael Church is selling coupon booklets for the Younkers Community Day sale on November 14. For a $5 donation to the church Building Fund, you get a booklet with a $10 off coupon, and many other discounts, redeemable at Younkers or any Bon-Ton owned store. St. Raphael Church keeps the $5, and you keep the savings. See Fr. Ignatius for details.

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 required training sessions:
    October 22 (Thursday) - Zion Lutheran Church at 7 pm;
    October 25 (Sunday) - Congregational UCC at 7 pm;
    October 29 (Thursday) - Zion Lutheran Church at 7 pm;
    November 5 (Thursday) - Zion Lutheran Church at 7 pm;
    November 10 (Tuesday) - First United Methodist Church at 7 pm
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, October 18, the Sunday School children will provide the holy bread. We do not yet have a volunteer to provide 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

For we have shown that the Son of God did not begin to exist when he became incarnate, and was made man, [for he was] eternally with the Father; rather [when he became incarnate] he recapitulated in himself the long narration of human beings, furnishing us... with salvation, so that what we lost in Adam to be according to the image and likeness of God- we might recover in Christ Jesus.

St. Irenaeus of Lyons, "Against Heresies" 3.18.1.