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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of September 13, 2009)

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

Elevation of the Holy Cross Liturgy
       Tomorrow, Monday, September 14 at 6PM, we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. Please join us as we remember and venerate the Cross, a central and saving work of our Lord. The entire day is a fasting day.

Apple Picking Outing at Wilson's Orchard
       At 9:30AM this Saturday, September 19, members of St. George and St. John the Baptist churches of Cedar Rapids will be meeting at Wilson's Orchards (2924 Orchard Ln NE, Iowa City- north of I-80, off of Hwy 1) to go apple picking. They will be picnicking for lunch. All are welcome to join. Bring your lunch if you want to stay and picnic.

Sunday School Program Begins next Sunday
       We look forward to a strong Sunday School program this year. Grades 1 and up will be taught by Newman Abuissa and Amy Jongeling. They will meet weekly at 9:15AM on Sundays and end at 10AM. Ages 3-5 will meet weekly for about 15 minutes immediately after receiving Communion during Liturgy. Hannah and Lizzy Valentine will teach this class. Please get your children involved!

Parish Council Meeting
       The September Parish Council meeting will be Monday, September 21 at 7PM.

Bishop MARK Visit
       We will have a Vesperal liturgy for St. Thekla at 6PM on September 23 with His Grace, followed by a potluck meal. Please save the date and mark your calendars! We look forward to our bishop's visit.

Sept. 23 Potluck
       A sign-up sheet is posted for our potluck which will follow Vesperal Litrugy with Bishop MARK on the evening of September 23. Please sign-up and plan to bring a fasting-friendly dish.

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 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.).

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, September 20, the Valentine family will provide the holy bread. The Van Dinter family will provide the food for coffee hour. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up to do so.

Food For Thought

Come, ye people, and looking on this marvelous wonder, let us venerate the might of the Cross. For a tree put forth the fruit of death in Paradise; but life is the flower of this Tree on which the sinless Lord was nailed. Reaping incorruption from it, all the nations cry: "O Thou who through the Cross hast laid death low and set us free, glory to Thee."

From matins of the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross