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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 25, 2009)

posted Oct 30, 2009, 3:12 AM by Ilya Buchkin

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class-

       A seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class has begun and will continue to meet on October 25, November 2, 23,
30 and Dec. 6.  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.

Daylight Savings Reminder-
      This next Sunday, November 1, Daylight Savings Time ends.  Set your clocks back one hour on Saturday, unless you want to be there an hour early.

Nativity Liturgy Choir Rehearsal Oct 31-
       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 remaining, required training sessions:

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

In addition, we need volunteers that week (no training required) to bring breakfast, clean up in the mornings, do laundry on Wednesday and Sunday and serve as a morning or evening driver.  The sign up sheet will be posted on the bulletin board in the hall outside the fellowship area.  For further information, or to volunteer, please contact Amy Jongeling at 319-331-2275 or ajongeli@gmail.com

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.

November-December Calendars Available-
The November-December St. Raphael calendars are now available to be picked up at church.

Oct. Council Meeting Minutes Attached-
       The minutes from the October 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, Nov 1, the Van Dinter family will provide the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be provided by all who bring food to our potluck.  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-

Cheerfulness consists in not regarding things as our own, but as entrusted to us by God for the benefit of our fellow servants.  It consists in scattering them abroad generously with joy and magnanimity, not reluctantly or under compulsion.

St. Symeon the New Theologian, as quoted in "2009 Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar, Oct. 21

The Divine Liturgy sustains the world!  And we are so unworthy of it!  There are priests who live this awesome mystery at every Divine Liturgy.  A priest once told me something that a very good and simple priest confessed to him, "I have such a hard time during the Consuming of the Holy Gifts at the end of the Divine Liturgy.  My filthy tears fall into the chalice; I cannot contain them, and this makes me so upset!"  And as he was speaking these words he was crying!  So the other priest told him, "Please, Father, ask Christ to give some of those 'filthy' tears to me too."

Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos as quoted by Bishop BASIL in "Counsels to Priests"