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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of September 12, 2010)

posted Oct 10, 2010, 8:58 PM by Ilya Buchkin
Sunday School Begins Next Sunday, September 19-
      Each week, children ages 3-5 will gather downstairs after receiving Holy Communion for a brief lesson on the Gospel.  Children ages 6 and up will get their food at the beginning of Coffee Hour and go to the bookstore/library room for their lesson.  Unless we get another volunteer to alternate with Kh. Maria, Sunday School for school-aged children will only be held the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  Please talk to Fr. Ignatius is you are able to volunteer to teach.
September Parish Council Meeting-
      The September 2010 Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday, September 13 at 7PM.  All are welcome.
Watch Your Mailbox-
       Most of you who have pledged financially to the church last year or have given at various times will be receiving a series of five letters over the next five weeks to discuss the Biblical teaching of tithing and how that relates to our Stewardship Campaign for 2011. Please keep your eyes open for these important letters and begin to consider what you will be able to commit to the church for next year. 
OCF Kick-off Picnic-
      There are several new Orthodox students in town this year, and we are excited to consider what this year holds for Orthodox Christian Fellowship.  All college students are invited to City Park Shelter #11 for the annual OCF Kick-off Picnic on Sunday, September 19 from 4PM-7PM.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Bring yourself and a friend.  Rsvp to ocf@straphaelorthodoxchurch.org.
 September 26- "Full-House Sunday"-
       About 22 months ago, we began our Capital Campaign to raise funds for the purchase of our building.  In a very short timeframe, God provided the money necessary for us to make the purchase.  It is now nearly time for us to begin Phase II of the Campaign which will help contribute to the long-term financial viability of the parish by allowing us to continue to be able to afford to our beautiful building.  To support this Phase II, we are asking that a special effort be made among our members to be present at Liturgy on Sunday, September 26.  We intend to take pictures that day, including a large group picture, which will be used on promotional material for this new phase of the Campaign.  So, round up the troops and bring them on on September 26, so that we can have a full house and some nice pictures.
Thank you-
      Thank you to Karen Kuntz for the new, beautiful altar table covering.
Thoughts on Stewardship-
         Deuteronomy 14:22 … “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed, which comes forth from the field year by year."  
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 19, the Peterson/Branch family will provide the holy bread.  Thank you in advance.  Anyone who would like to provide holy bread for a Sunday may sign-up to do so.  
Coffee Hour-
      On Sunday, September 19, the St. Nina team will provide the food for coffee hour and clean up the fellowship hall afterward.
Church Cleaning-
      During the week following Sunday, September 19, the St. Nicholas team will clean the nave, narthex, bathrooms, stairs and bookstore and nursery rooms.
Choir Leadership-
       Lori Branch will lead the choir during vespers on Saturday, September 18 and matins and Liturgy for Sunday, September 19.
Food For Thought-
O Lord our God, Who art Thyself, the Hope of the hopeless, the Help of the helpless, the Savior of the storm-tossed, the Haven of the voyager, the Physician of the sick; be all things to our land which nine years ago on this date was devastated by the cowardly and hateful acts of false martyrs; who imitated wicked Herod in his slaughter of 14,000 innocents, whose only crime was to be born at the time of Thine incarnation. For those who lost loved ones, grant the comfort you imparted to the Mary and Martha before you raised Lazarus and care for them as Thou didst care for Thy Mother from the Cross, putting her in the care of the Apostle John. For the survivors, grant them healing in every sense, as you strengthened and healed the confessors. For those related to and aiding the survivors and the families of the fallen, grant the strength and compassion Thou didst instill in Thy foster father Joseph, who was Thy guardian in Thine earthly youth. For those who died, grant them remission of their every sin in Thy great compassion; both those who like the wise servant and the wise virgins, constantly prepared themselves to enter the heavenly banquet at any hour; and those who emulated the Rich Fool, preferring to enjoy earthly pursuits and ignore heavenly ones. To the rest of us, instill in us the knowledge that while the devil still manipulates our Divinely-given free will to his own ends in this world, his power is fleeting and ultimately void, as Thou hast already crushed his dominion, leaving to him only those who freely choose him. Remind us that, while evil at times seems to win, and the death of the innocent seems to signal the destruction of goodness, the innocent are at peace, and while the God-fearing will endure a period of torment; those who choose evil shall endure eternal torment. For those who hate us, speak to their hearts as St. Procla sought to speak to her husband Pilate concerning Thee, and as Thou didst speak to Pharoah concerning the Hebrews, to soften the hearts of those who seek our destruction. Spare us O Lord, from all hatred of the murderers, and from prejudice toward those whose only crime is to be of their ethnicity and/or religion. Spare us, O Lord, from paranoia and rash acts by which we trample each other like rabid beasts. Spare, O Lord, those who protect us, those who serve in our government, armed forces, law enforcement agencies and all first responders, from despondency, disillusionment, and all things which would undermine their righteous calling to protect us in the manner of our Guardian Angels, and care for us in the manner of the Good Samaritan. All this we ask of Thee our all-powerful and all-loving Saviour, together with Thine unorginate Father, and Thine all-holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
A Prayer for September 11, by Bishop BASIL