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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of October 4, 2009)

posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:20 AM by Ilya Buchkin

Fr. Ignatius Will Be Out of Town
       From Thursday October 8 through Saturday October 10, Fr. Ignatius will be out of town, attending the Midwest Diocese Fall Gathering in Cleveland, OH. He will be reachable on his cell phone at 319-400-7522. In the case of a pastoral emergency, please contact Fr. Elias Khouri at 319-329-2562. There will be no office hours on Thursday this week. We need a volunteer to lead Akathist service on Thursday evening. Vespers on Saturday will likely be a reader's vespers.

Weekly Monday Matins
       Beginning Monday October 5, weekly Monday morning matins will be served at 8:30AM, in addition to Wednesday morning matins. On most weeks, we now have services at least 5 days every week: Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Fr. Ignatius recognizes that to be transformed, to "put on Christ," we need to be in the presence of God, in the context of the divine services. Please join him if you are able. The Church has so much to offer as far as divine services, in addition to the Sunday Liturgy. We are most authentically human when we are worshipping God.

Free Lunch Program Volunteering Oct. 6
       St. Raphael Church is scheduled to provide 3-4 volunteers to help with the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday, October 6 from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can help this month.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class
       A seven week Introduction to Orthodoxy class will begin this week on Monday, October 5 at 7PM and 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.

Russian Language Class
       Beginner's Russian language classes will start meeting weekly on Wednesdays at 7PM, beginning October 7.* *Please contact our teacher Olena Bezugla/Coffin at olena.coffin@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Volunteer Needed to Lead* *Akathist this Thursday
       Fr. Ignatius will be out of town and other regulars will not be able to be present at Akathist on Thursday at 7PM. If someone steps forward to volunteer to lead the service, we will keep it on the calendar. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can do so.

Congratulations to Ahed and Hanin
       Former St. Raphael Church members Ahed Hanna and Hanin Kastoun announce the birth of their third son, Daniel Paul, born September 16. Mother and baby are doing well. God grant you many years, Daniel!

Parish Council Meeting
       The October Parish Council meeting will be on Monday, October 12 at 7PM.

Supplication Service for our Bishops
       On October 15-17, our North American Antiochian bishops will gather in Houston for their Fall synod meeting. In order that we may properly support our beloved bishops in prayer as they make God-pleasing decisions for the welfare of our Holy Church, we will have a supplication service on Wednesday October 14, at 7PM, asking that God would help them to administer the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit, and "rightly divide the word of truth".

Special Olympics Awareness Day
       Sunday October 18 is Special Olympics Awareness Day across our Archdiocese. Nationally, Teen SOYO groups will be sponsoring the 29th Annual* *Special Olympics Sports Camp this next summer at the Antiochian Village.* *More than 240 athletes and coaches participated in our camp last summer. Teen SOYO members come from all over North America to volunteer their time, to reach out to others, and to fulfill the Gospel: "Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:40) On Sunday October 18, our teens will solicit your financial donations to enable them to sponsor the 2010 camp. Please be generous in helping our teens raise $50,000. As an expression of our teens' gratitude for your support of this important project, you will receive an icon bookmark of intercessory saints written by the hand of Nick Pappas. Thanks for your help!

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.

Back to School Clothing and Winter Outerwear Collection
       The local Consultation of Religious Communities will be having their annual "Back-to-School Clothing and Winter Outerwear Distribution" on October 17. From now until then, we will be collecting at church, new and gently used clothing appropriate for school from pre-school (including infant wear) through high school, as well as winter outerwear (coats, jackets, hats, scarves, mittens, boots) for all ages. All clothing should be clean and in good repair (no tears, missing buttons, broken zippers, etc.). Please leave clothing in bags next to the candlebox in the narthex.

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 11, the Peterson/Branch family will provide the holy bread. Food for coffee hour will be brought by the Johnson and Spencer families. 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

When under the pressure of stupid thoughts, we will find relief and joy by rebuking ourselves truthfully and unemotionally, or by confessing everything to the Lord as to a human being. In both these ways we will always find tranquility, whatever troubles us.

St. Hesychios the Priest as quoted in 2009 Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints, Sept. 28.