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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 3, 2010)

posted Oct 10, 2010, 9:01 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Welcome to Fr. Philip Vreeland-
       Today, we welcomed Fr. Philip and Kh. Lilija Vreeland to our parish.  They are passing through Iowa City on a trip to the East.  Fr. Philip is a former pastor of our parish.  Many years to both Fr. Philip and Kh. Lilija!
Gilpin-Carter Wedding-
       All are welcome to attend the wedding and reception of Meghan Gilpin and Tony Carter on Saturday, October 9th at 3:30PM.  The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony will take place at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (4900 Kennedy Dr., East Moline, IL).  The reception will be at the Blackhawk Watchtower Lodge (1510 46th Ave., Rock Island, IL) at 6PM.       
No Vespers October 9-
       Because of the Gilpin-Carter wedding earlier in the day, there will be no vespers at St. Raphael on Saturday, October 9th. 
Changes in Parish Council Positions-
       After serving as parish treasurer for about 3 years, Tania Van Dinter is handing the position over to Kristi Abuissa.  Kristi has been the Council chairperson for most of the last two years.  Todd Wiblin is now assuming the duties of Council chairperson.  Thank you to all of our Parish Council members, who provide valuable service to our parish.
Changes to Bishop MARK Visit and Patronal Feast Weekend-
       Because of a conflict in Bishop MARK's schedule, we will not be able to join on on the weekend of Nov 5-7 as originally announced.  When a new date for his visit is determined, it will be announced.  Since His Grace will not be with us that weekend, the schedule of services will change to the following:
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
Introduction to Orthodoxy Class Series-
       A seven week series of classes introducing the Orthodox faith will begin on Saturday, October 16 at 3:30PM and meet weekly.  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." 
Free Lunch Program Volunteering-
       On Tuesday, October 5, we will help at the Free Lunch Program from 11:30AM-1:30PM.  If you can help serve and/or bring some food, please contact Fr. Ignatius.
Free Registration for Missions and Evangelism Conference-
       St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, MI has just announced that the 2010 Missions and Evangelism Conference they are hosting now offers registration for free.  Registration fees and meal costs are now waived.  For more information, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/node/23585
Video Documentary of St. Nikolai Velimirovic-
       A biographical documentary called "Nikolai the Serb" which tells about the life of one of the greatest of the Orthodox saints of the twentieth century can be viewed in English or Serbian at: http://www.friendofgodfoundation.com//index.php?p=Movies&id=41.
St. John the Baptist Church Greek Dinner-
       On Sunday, October 10 from 11AM-7PM, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids is hosting their Greek Fall Dinner fundraiser.  For more information go to their web page at www.stjohncr.org
Two Opportunities to Hear Pakistani Christian Leader Speak-
       Bishop Mano Rumalshah of the United Christian Church of Pakistan will speak on Mond ay, October 11, 12-1 p.m., United Church of Christ, Clinton & Market Streets, IC.  Make lunch reservations (cost: $9) through the ICFRC, 335-0351, or icfrc@uiowa.edu.  Title:  "Peace Among Taliban Neighbors"   and on Mon day, October 11, 7 p.m., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1300 Melrose Ave., IC.  Title:  "Christianity and Islam:  Prospects for Reconciliation." 
Russian Guitar Festival-
       The 2010 International Annual Russian Guitar Festival and Seminar will be held in various locations from October 14-17 in both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.  Among the highlights will be the Gala Concert at the United Congregational Church (30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City) at 7PM on October 17.  This concert will feature the Czar's Guitars and the Russian Guitar Quartet, among others.  For more information, including ticket prices, go to: http://www.iarmac.org/IARGUS. html
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 on Saturday, October 23 from 1-4PM.  We will be sweeping, vacuuming, polishing, etc.  There will be something for everyone to do.
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.
Parish Council Meeting Minutes-
       The September 2010 Parish Council meeting minutes are attached.
A Letter of Thanks-    
       The following letter comes from one of the newest missions in our diocese, Holy Apostles Mission in Bowling Green, KY.  Along with many others, our church was blessed to be able to help them out financially, after they had some serious flood damage to their building last Spring.
"Dear Sayidna MARK and beloved brothers and sisters of the Diocese,
Greetings from Bowling Green, KY!  As the southern-most community in the Diocese, autumn has not arrived here yet, but we hope you are all enjoying this beautiful time of year in good health.
We have just received the funds offered to our comunity by the Mission Endowment Fund, and words cannot express the appreciation our Mission family has for your love and support.  By your prayers, the "mighty few" of this community have made incredible progress this past year, specifically the repair and return to our rented facility after the spring floods forced the community out for a time, as well as the commitment to support my ministry as a full-time priest as of this past August.  The results of these bold steps are showing already: it is a rare Sunday when someone new has not appeared at our door eager to find us.  Some are Orthodox Christians newly-arrived in our growing city with no other Orthodox parish while some are seekers looking for the True Faith.  Our steps to grow this mission could not have been taken without your support, and for that we are truly grateful.
As we ask your continued prayers for our well being, we ask that God would shower you with the same love and kindness which you have shown to us.
Yours in our Lord,
V. Rev. Michael Nasser"
Thoughts on Stewardship-
          Luke 11:42 … But woe to you Pharisees!  For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God.  These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
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 10, the St. Raphael team will provide the food for coffee hour and clean up the fellowship hall afterward.
Holy Bread- 
       On Sunday, October 10, the holy bread will be provided by the Abuissa 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 10, the St. John the Baptist team will clean the nave, narthex, bathrooms, stairs and bookstore and nursery rooms.
Choir Leadership-
       Lori Branch will lead the choir during matins and Liturgy for Sunday, October 10.
Food For Thought-
Question:  What do you have to say about today's world?
Answer: As evil as it is, God has love.  If His love were to cease, the world would be destroyed.  The love of God gives birth to mercy, and with His mercy He covers the whole world today.  "God's compassions are over all His works."  All that God has created He loves.  He does not love sin, for He is not the cause of it, but He loves men even when they sin.
Elder Cleopa of Romania in "The Truth of our Faith"