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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of September 11, 2011)

posted Sep 25, 2011, 1:32 AM by Ilya Buchkin
Thank You-
       A big "thank you" to all who worked so hard to make our Sunday School Fun Day Kick-off event so enjoyable for our children yesterday.  Many t-shirts were decorated, many games were played, and much food was enjoyed.  We look forward to a wonderful Sunday School year.
Vesperal Liturgy for Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross this Tuesday-
       On Tuesday, September 13, we will celebrate a Vesperal Liturgy at 6PM, for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.  Come and celebrate the role of the Holy Cross in our salvation!
Introduction to Orthodoxy Classes to Begin Next Sunday-
       Beginning Sunday September 18 at 1PM, Fr. Ignatius will offer a series of 7 weekly classes that are designed to be a basic introduction to the Orthodox Christian faith.  This class series is appropriate for inquirers or for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of what our church teaches and practices, including Orthodox Christians who feel they were never taught the basics.  Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you are interested in participating, and invite your friends!  
New Post-Liturgy Procedures-
       Now that Sunday School has started, we need to resume something we started at the end of last year's Sunday School, and also implement a few more changes.  As soon as the final dismissal of the Liturgy is done, and before the announcements are given, we will sing to everyone who is celebrating a birthday, namesday or anniversary.  After that, only the children and their Sunday School teachers will be invited forward for a blessing so that they can then leave to go begin Sunday School.  Once the children have left, then the announcements will be given and after that, everyone else can come forward to receive a blessing.  Following the final blessing, everyone is encouraged to stay in the nave for the post-Communion prayers.  Anyone is welcome to approach one of the choir stands and to participate in these beautiful prayers.  Holy Communion is important enough, that the Church has given us prayers to say before we receive Communion, prayers to say during the time we are receiving Communion, and prayers to say after receiving Communion.  Those who do not want to stay in the nave during these prayers, please stay out of the basement fellowship hall.  The doors will be closed to the hall since our Sunday School will be starting and the children will need it to be as quiet as possible.  If you want to talk and visit before Father comes downstairs to bless the food, please stay in the narthex upstairs, on the porch outside, or on the other side of the closed doors outside of the fellowship hall downstairs.  Since our children will be hard at work in Sunday School just on the other side of the dividers, Father Ignatius asks that even when we do enter the fellowship hall and begin eating, that we be sensitive to our noise level.  
A Note to Parents-
       It seems that some of our children are in the habit of leaving the church nave immediately after receiving Holy Communion.  Not only does this deprive them of experiencing the end of the Liturgy, but it means that it takes longer to bring them back into the nave if they are being sung to in honor of a special day of theirs, or when it is time to come forward to venerate the icon and receive a blessing.  Parents, please encourage your children to stay in the nave from the time they receive Holy Communion until after they receive the final blessing and are dismissed to Sunday School.
Tables and Art Smocks-
       Due to rearranging of some tables in the church fellowship hall based on our needs for Sunday School, we are in need of several long (8 or 10ft) tables for use during coffee hour.  If you would like to donate a table or the money to buy a table, please see Fr. Ignatius or Parish Council chairman Todd Wiblin.  Also, our Sunday School teachers request that you consider donating any old shirts that you wouldn't mind becoming art smocks to be used when our children engage in art projects.
Daily Orthodox Study Bible Readings for the Week-
       Following are the readings for this week:
       Sept. 11- Genesis 31-32; Psalms 14-15; Proverbs 2:17-23; Matthew 8:18-34
       Sept. 12- Genesis 33-35; Psalms 16; Proverbs 3:1-5; Matthew 9:1-17
       Sept. 13- Genesis 36-37; Psalms 17:1-17; Proverbs 3:6-10; Matthew 9:18-38
       Sept. 14- Genesis 38-40; Psalms 17:18-32; Proverbs 3:11-16; Matthew 10:1-23
       Sept. 15- Genesis 41-42; Psalms 17:33-51; Proverbs 3:17-22; Matthew 10:24-42
       Sept. 16- Genesis 43-45; Psalms 18; Proverbs 3:28-32; Matthew 11
       Sept. 17- Genesis 46-48; Psalms 19; Proverbs 3:33-38; Matthew 12:1-21
       Sept. 18- Genesis 49-50; Psalms 20; Proverbs 4:1-8; Matthew 12:22-50
Byzantine Chant Workshop-
        Do you want to participate more fully in the various chanting parts of services, but feel like you're just winging it or faking it? You're not alone! We would like to invite Richard Barrett, choir leader at All Saints Orthodox Church in Bloomington, Indiana, who has studied Byzantine chant for many years and undergone an intensive two-month tutelage with the master chanter Ioannis Arvinitis in Athens, to give a weekend chanting workshop here on Saturday, October 15, and Sunday, October 16. You may remember his previous visit for An Evening in the East. The registration fee would be $30 per person. If we can secure pledges from at least ten participants, we will be able to guarantee that the accumulated honorarium from pledges and other sources will be sufficient to sponsor Richard's visit. I would ask that you please let me know within a week whether you are interested in taking part, so that we can determine whether we will be able to host the workshop. We are also sending invitations to other churches in the area.      
Room Rental Needed-
       A local woman, a friend of one of our parishioners, is looking to rent a room.  If you have a room you are willing to rent, please contact church member Monica Sandu at monica-sandu@uiowa.edu to find our more information. 
Sermon Series- Understanding the Divine Liturgy-
       Fr. Ignatius is preaching a series of sermons each Sunday titled "Understanding the Divine Liturgy."  In this series, we will consider some general characteristics of the Liturgy, and then we will work our way through the text of the Liturgy, asking God to enlighten us regarding this marvelous gift of God to His Church.  
33rd Annual St. Thekla Pilgrimage September 23-25-
       Mother Alexandra and the Monastery of St. Thekla invites you to the 33rd Annual St. Thekla Pilgrimage held at the Antiochian Village near Bolivar, PA.  Speakers will include Mother Alexandra and Bishop Thomas.  For schedule and registration information, go to: http://www.antiochianvillage.org/assets/files/center_pdf/St.%20Thekla%20Pilgrimage/2011%204%20panel%20brochure.pdf
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 September 18, the Chikhladze/Berimeladze 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 September 17 and Sunday September 18, Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir.
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday September 18, the food for coffee hour and the cleaning of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. Nina team.
Church Cleaning-
       During the week following Sunday September 11, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.
Food for Thought-
The Cross is raised on high, and urges all the creation to sing the praises of the undefiled Passion of Him who was lifted high upon it.  For there it was that He killed our slayer, and brought the dead to life again: and in His exceeding goodness and compassion, He made us beautiful and counted us worthy to be citizens of heaven.  Therefore with rejoicing let us exalt His Name and magnify His surpassing condescension.
Sticharon from Great Vespers of the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross