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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 2, 2011)

posted Dec 4, 2011, 10:25 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       This Tuesday, October 4, members from St. Raphael Church are scheduled to help serve meals at the Free Lunch Program held in the Wesley Center (120 N. Dubuque St.) from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  If you are able to help this month, please let Fr. Ignatius know.
    
Georgian Classical Guitar Concert-
       St. Raphael's own Tariel Iberi will be performing a concert of his own compositions this Friday, October 7th at 7PM at the church.  In lieu of admission, a freewill donation will be accepted, which will support the church's building fund.  If you can help distribute promotional posters around town, please speak with Fr. Ignatius or Tariel. 
 
Daily Orthodox Study Bible Readings for the Week-
       Following are the readings for this week:
 
                 Oct. 2- Exodus 38-40; Psalms 32:1-12; Proverbs 6:20-25; Matthew 21:1-22
                 Oct. 3- Leviticus 1-4; Psalms 32:13-22; Proverbs 6:26-31; Matthew 21:23-46
                 Oct. 4- Leviticus 5:1-7:10; Psalms 33:1-11; Proverbs 6:32-36; Matthew 22:1-22
                 Oct. 5- Leviticus 7:11-9:24; Psalms 33:12-23; Proverbs 6:37-40; Matthew 22:23-46
                 Oct. 6- Leviticus 10-12; Psalms 34:1-16; Proverbs 7:1-6; Matthew 23:1-22
                 Oct. 7- Leviticus 13; Psalms 34:17-28; Proverbs 7:7-12; Matthew 23:23-39
                 Oct. 8- Leviticus 14-15; Psalms 35; Proverbs 7:13-20; Matthew 24:1-28
                 Oct. 9- Leviticus 16-18; Psalms 36:1-20; Proverbs 7:21-24; Matthew 24:29-51

Parking Considerations for Oct. 9-
       On Sunday October 9, the annual Run for the Schools will be held on the streets of Iowa City, including right in front of our church building.  The Johnson County Sheriff informs us that College St. will be shut down between Linn St. and Muscatine Ave., beginning 5AM that day; Gilbert St. will be shut down between Washington and Burlington Streets, beginning at 6AM.  Dodge and Governor Streets will also be shut down near the church beginning at 6AM.  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.
 
Thank You-
       Thank you to Irakliy Surguladze for installing our new safe.  This will greatly improve security as we continue to be good stewards of the money God has entrusted us with.
 
IARGUS 2011 Gala Concert-
       The International Annual Russian Guitar Festival (IARGUS) is fast approaching.  The festival culminates with the Gala Concert to be held on Sunday, October 9 at 7PM at the Congregational Church (30 N. Clinton St.)  Admisison is $12.  For more information, go to: www.iarmac.org
 
SOYO Special Olympics Awareness Sunday- October 16-
       On Sunday, October 16, our teens will solicit your financial donations to enable them to help sponsor the 31st Annual Special Olympics Sports Camp at the Antiochian Village in the summer of 2012.  Please be generous in helping our teens raise (nationally) a total of $50,000.  As an expression of our teen's gratitude for your support pf this important project, you will receive an icon bookmark of Christ the Good Shepherd.
 
Byzantine Chant Workshop-
        Richard Barrett, chanter and choir director at All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, IN will be giving a Byzantine chanting workshop at St. Raphael Church on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16. Registration is $30.  For more information, contact Matthew Arndt at matthew-arndt@uiowa.edu.
 
Teen SOYO Movie Night-
       Our next teen youth group movie night will be on Tuesday, October 18 at 5:30PM.  Pizza will be provided.  We will watch "Though None Go With Me."  Over the next few weeks, Teen SOYO will be sharing with us about their upcoming service project to provide items to fill care packages for US troops.  Stay tuned.
 
The Geneva Lecture Series presents-
       Sociologist Dr. Christian Smith will lecture based on his book, "Souls in Transition: The Cultural and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults."  This free lecture will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30PM in Philips Hall at the University of Iowa.  For more information, go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e4izajbwa7334ab5
 
Informed Choices Medical Clinic Fundraising Banquet-
       Informed Choices, a local medical clinic that offers life-affirming alternatives to abortion for women who are in crisis pregnancies, will be holding their annual fundraising banquet on Tuesday, October 25 at the Coralville Marriott.  For more information, go to: www.informedchoiceia.org.
 
St. George Fall Bake Sale-
       St. George Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids (3650 Cottage Grove Ave., SE)  announces their Fall Bake Sale beginning at 8AM on Saturday, October 29.  Breakfast is served at 8AM and lunch beginning at 11AM.  Many delicious Middle Eastern foods will be available for sale.
 
Feastday of St. Raphael Services-
       Our patron saint is always commemorated on the first Saturday of November each year.  Therefore, on Friday, November 4, we will have Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia at 6PM and on Saturday, November 5, Matins at 8:45AM followed by Divine Liturgy at 10AM.  Come and celebrate our patron saint!
 
Celebratory Tenth Anniversary Coffee Hour- November 6-
       During the weekend that we will be celebrating our church's patronal feast, we will also be recognizing that St. Raphael Church began ten years ago, in 2001.  To celebrate this important milestone of our parish, we will be having a special pizza and ice cream birthday party coffee hour following Liturgy on Sunday, November 6.  In order to help fund this, we will be asking for freewill donations over the next several weeks by placing a basket near the food line at coffee hour.  Please be generous and help us to mark the passage of the first decade of St. Raphael Church.  If anyone has pictures of parish events that they would like to share on this day, please speak with Kristi Abuissa who can borrow your prints and electronically scan them.
 
Nov. 12-13 is Family Weekend at UI-
       We will be inviting the families of Orthodox Christian students at the University of Iowa to come visit St. Raphael Church during our weekend services on November 12-13.  This coincides with Family Weekend at the university.  For coffee hour, we would like to have an abundance of food for any guests that come.  If you are able to help out the food team that is already scheduled to bring food that day (St. Raphael team) please speak with the team leader, Fr. Ignatius.
 
Evening in the East- Feb. 16, 2012- Save the Date!-
       Our 2012 Evening in the East is scheduled for Thursday, February 16 at Old Brick.  We are excited to announce that we will have with us, Dr. Paul Barnes, professor of piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, and also chanter at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lincoln, NE.  Dr. Barnes will be giving a lecture/recital called "Liszt and the Cross: Music as Sacrament in the B Minor Sonata" in which he will explore this piece by composer Franz Liszt and relate it to Orthodox theology of the icon.  To help us plan our event, which takes the cooperation and participation of our whole parish, we will soon be placing a bulletin board up at church, dedicated to this event.  This will be a place for us to network, share ideas and keep informed on the progress of our planning.  The Parish Council is looking for a volunteer or a small team of volunteers to step forward to be the main coordinator(s) for this event.  Please speak with Fr. Ignatius or our council chair Todd Wiblin if you want to help in a leadership role with Evening in the East.   
        
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-
        On Sunday October 9, the Branch/Peterson family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who would like to provide the holy bread can sign up at the bulletin board in the narthex.  Bread seals are available to be loaned out.
 
Choir Leadership-
       On Saturday October 8 and Sunday October 9, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.
 
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday October 9, the food for coffee hour and the cleaning of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Raphael team.
 
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday October 2, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. Nina team.
 
Food for Thought-
 
Once, in a certain Russian monastery, as Staretz Sampson tells us, during the Divine Liturgy, a monk remembered that he was told to sweep the entrance of the monastery's [church] very well. 
 
"I might as well do it now," he thought, "since this part of the Divine Liturgy is not as important."
 
Therefore, the monk took the broom and started sweeping.  He was saying the Jesus Prayer silently and in a noetic way, and from time to time, he would watch that which was being served....
 
Not even five minutes had gone by when he turned to look up to see the domes of the church suddenly opening and the Triumphant Church appearing with all its majesty before him!  It was an awesome sight!
 
In the center, there was a Holy Table as big as the sky.  In front of it, three archpriests were on their knees.  Others... and others surrounded them...and a multitude of priests and deacons surrounded the former.  On the right and left sides angelic choirs were standing in indescribable and glistening beauty.  There was inexpressible glory and light....  Moreover, the thousands of honey-flowing, inconceivable molodies of the heavenly commanders who were present filled him with divine blessedness and joy. 
 
The monk remained motionless, rooted to the spot until the Divine Liturgy had been completed.... When the monks exited the church, they saw this monk, standing still.  He was rooted to the spot  and in a flood of tears....  Not only was he wet inside out but also his cloak was soaking from the flood of tears.  Very carefully, they took hold of him and without saying a word; they brought him very gently to his cell where he remained for a long time in a state of total amazement.  Divine revelation had overwhelmed him.
 
When he got over it, his spiritual father also arrived.  The latter brought him around from all the tearing he went through and then they went together to the abbott of the monastery to whom they narrated the monk's exceptional divine vision with a sense of awe and extreme humbleness. 
 
Experiences During the Divine Liturgy by Stephanos Anagnostopoulos, pp. 454-455
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