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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 30, 2011)

posted Dec 4, 2011, 10:27 PM by Ilya Buchkin

Thank You-
       Thank you to Marina Trouch for sewing a beautiful cloth cover for our Epistle Book.  It is good to adorn God's written Word as it holds a special place in our Orthodox Christian faith and practice.
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       This Tuesday, November 1, we are scheduled to provide volunteers to help serve food at the Free Lunch Program at the Wesley Center from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can help this month. 
Pledge Packets-
       We have begun our annual pledge drive during which we ask our members and friends to consider what we are able to financially contribute to our church for 2012.  If you have pledged in the past, or if Fr. Ignatius thought you may be interested in pledging, you should have received a pledge packet, either in person or though the mail.  The Parish Council encourages you to prayerfully consider what you may be able to regularly contribute by way of a pledge, and to return the pledge form to Kristi by November 13 so that a responsible budget can be formed in time to be voted on at our December 4 meeting.
Feastday of St. Raphael Services-
       Our patron saint is always commemorated on the first Saturday of November each year.  Therefore, on this Friday, November 4, we will have Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia at 7PM 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.  Also, we would like to do something fun during coffee hour.  If you have a baby, toddler or young child picture of yourself that you can lend to Kristi, she will make a copy, and we will post them on the wall and try to guess who is shown in each picture!
No Intro to Orthodoxy Class Next Sunday-
       On Sunday, November 6, there will be no Introduction to Orthodoxy class following Liturgy due to our 10th Anniversary celebration during coffee hour.
Daylight Savings Time Ends Next Sunday-
       In the very early mornng hours of Sunday, November 6, daylight savings times ends.  Set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.
Teen SOYO Youth Group Project, Our Teens Need Your Help!-
       Our fledgling teen youth group, known as Teen SOYO, is collecting various items to be put into care packages and sent to US military personnel serving overseas.  All list of items needed is posted and there is a collection box in the narthex at church.  The deadline to bring items is Sunday, November 13.  Speak with our teen group leader, Alli Rockwell, if you have any questions. 
Nov. 12-13 is Family Weekend at UI-
       We have invited the families of Orthodox Christian students attending 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.
Our Bishop is Coming!-
       If all goes according to plan regarding the December episcopal consecrations of the three new auxiliary bishops for our Archdiocese, we are scheduled to receive our new bishop, Bishop Anthony for a parish visit January 6-8.  Bishop (elect) Anthony would like to spend some time teaching us while he is here with a talk on a subject yet to be determined, in addition to presiding at the outdoor Blessing of the Waters which we will host, and our regularly scheduled weekend services. 
Daily Orthodox Study Bible Readings for the Week-
       Following are the readings for this week:
              Oct. 30- Deuteronomy 1-2; Psalms 52-53; Proverbs 11:6-10; Mark 7:1-23
              Oct. 31- Deuteronomy 3-4; Psalms 54:1-12; Proverbs 11:11-15 Mark 7:24-37
              Nov. 1- Deuteronomy 5-7; Psalms 54:13-24; Proverbs 11:16-20; Mark 8:1-21
              Nov. 2- Deuteronomy 8-10; Psalms 55; Proverbs 11:21-25; Mark 8:22-9:1
              Nov. 3- Deuteronomy 11-13; Psalms 56; Proverbs 11:26-30; Mark 9:2-29
              Nov. 4- Deuteronomy 14-16; Psalms 57; Proverbs 12:1-5; Mark 9:30-50
              Nov. 5- Deuteronomy 17-19; Psalms 58; Proverbs 12:6-10; Mark 10:1-31
              Nov. 6- Deuteronomy 20-22; Psalms 59; Proverbs 12:11-15; Mark 10:32-52         
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 November 6, the Valentine 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 evening November 5 and Sunday November 6, Matthew Arndt will lead the choir.  
Food for Thought-

There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye. Besides, even without our sincere and firm faith, miracles are accomplished, such as the miracles of the sacraments; for God’s Mystery is always accomplished, even though we were incredulous or unbelieving at the time of its celebration. “Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” (Rom. 3:3). Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God’s wisdom, nor our infirmity God’s omnipotence.

 — My Life in Christ (autobiography of St. John of Kronstadt)