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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 17, 2010)

posted Dec 18, 2010, 10:24 AM by Ilya Buchkin
No Matins on Monday-
       There will be no matins and Fr. Ignatius will not hold office hours on Monday, October 18.

 Introduction to Orthodoxy Class Series-
       A seven week series of classes introducing the Orthodox faith has begun this last Saturday, October 16 at 3:30PM.  It meets weekly. It's not too late to start coming.   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." 
  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 this Saturday, October 23 from 1-4PM.  We will be sweeping, vacuuming, polishing, etc.  There will be something for everyone to do.
Showing the Film "Ostrov" (The Island)-
       Our parish would like to host a public showing of the Russian-made film Ostrov (the Island) at the Iowa City Public Library next month.  This movie will serve well to introduce the public to Orthodox Christian spirituality.  It does a good job of showing the work of God in the life of a fictional monk living on an island monastery in the north of Russia.  In order to do this legally, respecting copyright laws, we need to pay a royalty fee of $65.  If anyone would like to contribute toward this fee, please contact Fr. Ignatius, or our treasurer Kristi Abuissa.
Parish Council Meeting Minutes Attached-
       The October 2010 Parish Council meeting minutes are attached for your perusal.
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
A Letter to Our Bishops-
       An eloquent piece, written by Fr. John Chagnon, and which echoes some thoughts and hopes and prayers that Fr. Ignatius has for our bishops can be found here http://150knots.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/a-letter-to-our-bishops/
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.
All-Parish Potluck October 31-
       On Sunday, October 31, being the fifth Sunday of the month, we will have an all-parish potluck following Liturgy.  Please bring a some food to share.
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.
OCF Midwest College Conference 2010-
       Registration is now open for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship Midwest College Conference 2010 at http://collegeconference2010ngm.eventbrite.com/.  This gathering of Orthodox Christian college students from around the Midwest will be held over winter break between Dec. 29- Jan. 1 at the New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Third Lake, IL outside of Chicago.  The keynote speaker will be His Beatitude Metropolitan JONAH of the Orthodox Church in America. 
Bishop's Visit Rescheduled-
       Bishop MARK will now be with us for the weekend of December 10-12. 
Thoughts on Stewardship-
            Word magazine, February, 2003, “Stewardship,” Nick Hathaway … "When we stand in church, we stand among a gallery of stewards.  Everywhere you look you will see the face of a steward.  On the iconostasis there are many stewards.  In fact, all of the saints were stewards.  Their lives stand as models for all of us.”     
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 23, the St. John the Baptist team will provide the food for coffee hour and clean up the fellowship hall afterward.
Holy Bread-
       On Sunday, October 23, the holy bread will be provided by the Rockwell/Gvarjaladze 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 23, the St. Raphael team will clean the nave, narthex, bathrooms, stairs and bookstore and nursery rooms.
Choir Leadership-
       Lori Branch will lead the choir for vespers, matins and Liturgy the weekend of Oct. 23-24.
Food For Thought-
Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old.  Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
Psalm 54 (55)