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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 18, 2009)

posted Oct 21, 2009, 11:24 PM by Ilya Buchkin
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.

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Away-
This coming weekend, October 24-25, Fr. Ignatius and family will be in Wisconsin celebrating the 20th Anniversary of St. Nicholas Church in Cedarburg, WI, along with Bishop MARK, Bishop ANTOUN and Fr. Peter Gilquist.  Fr. Elias Khouri will serve matins and Liturgy at St. Raphael on Sunday.  Please welcome him!

Thank you-
Thank you to Gia Xenakis for the two new icons stands for our veneration-sized icons of St. Nicholas and St. Nina.  Thank you to Marwan Abuissa (brother of Newman Abuissa) for the three new custom, hand-made benches for our nave.

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.

Next Potluck is November 1-
Being the first Sunday of the month, we will have a potluck after Liturgy on November 1.  A sign-up sheet is posted at the church.

Free Lunch Volunteering-
Our next opportunity to volunteer at the Free Lunch Program is Tuesday, November 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius is you can give of your time for this.

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?

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

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.

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.

Jesus, Justice, & Poverty: STOP the Traffic-
       Jesus cares about justice! Mark your calendars now for the week of Nov 8-12. Several UI campus ministries are planning a variety of events to welcome Mr.  John Richmond. Mr. Richmond is a lawyer with the Department of Justice and will be speaking on behalf of International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org). Mr. Richmond served as field director in Chennai, India and pioneered IJM’s work with bonded slavery. Please visit www.jjp-stopthetraffic.org for more information on the week’s events, and be sure to join in!

Free Program for Kids and Teens with Asthma-

       If you have a child or teen with asthma, they can join CHAMP, a free asthma education program. Experts will teach ways to decrease asthma triggers (including mold) and use the new HFA inhalers. Contact Dr. Stephanie (319) 892-6022 or stephanie.nomura@linncounty.org.

Sept. Council Meeting Minutes Attached-
The minutes from the September 2009 Parish Council Meetings are attached for your information.

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 25, Meghan Gilpin and Tony Carter will provide the holy bread.  The food for coffee hour will be provided by the Berimeladze family.  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-

A brother who had sinned was turned out of the church by the priest; Abba Bessarion got up and went with him saying, "I too am a sinner."

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Benedicta Ward, translator, p. 42.