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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of September 19, 2010)

posted Oct 10, 2010, 8:59 PM by Ilya Buchkin
 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.
Choir Rehearsal-
       The choir is scheduled to rehearse on Saturday, October 2 from 9AM-Noon at church.  Breakfast will be shared amongst the members.  The choir is always open to new members.  If you would like to learn more about the choir, you may speak with Kristi Abuissa, Lori Branch or Tania Van Dinter.
Holy Bread-
      We need a volunteer to provide the holy bread for Sunday, September 26.  Anyone who would like to provide holy bread for a Sunday may sign-up to do so.
Watch Your Mailbox-
       Most of you who have pledged financially to the church last year or have given at various times are receiving a series of five letters.  The purpose of these letters is 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.
Order of St. Ignatius Membership-
       When Bishop MARK visits us on the weekend of November 5-7, he will be happy to induct members into the Order of St. Ignatius, a philanthropic organization within the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Among the many things that membership dues to the Order fund, are the clergy retirement fund, scholarships to our Archdiocese camps, and travel costs for mission priests to attend church-related conferences.  For more information about the Order of St. Ignatius, go to http://www.antiochian.org/order
Introduction to Orthodoxy Class Series-
       If there is sufficient interest, Fr. Ignatius will begin an Introduction to Orthodoxy class series over seven weeks this Fall.  Dates are times will be determined based on students' availability.  Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you are interested.
Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed-
         Meals on Wheels, a program of Elder Services, Inc., provides a hot meal daily to homebound older adults in Johnson County.  They  are in need of several volunteers to deliver meals on a weekly basis.  Hours required are 10:45am – 1:00pm (approximately – depending on size of route).  Please contact Ryan for more information at 356-5212 or rsquires@elderservicesinc.com
Orthodox Conference on Missions and Evangelism-
       The 2010 Orthodox Conference of Missions and Evangelism will be hosted by St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, MI on October 15-17.  Speakers include Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth and Fr. Peter Gillquist.  For more information, go to: http://www.antiochian.org/missions/conference
Parish Council Minutes-
       The August 2010 Parish Council meeting minutes are attached for your information.      
Thoughts on Stewardship-
           Deuteronomy 14:23 … “And you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.”  
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, September 26, the St. John the Baptist team will provide the food for coffee hour and clean up the fellowship hall afterward.
Church Cleaning-
      During the week following Sunday, September 26, the St. Raphael team will clean the nave, narthex, bathrooms, stairs and bookstore and nursery rooms.
Choir Leadership-
       Tania Van Dinter will lead the choir during vespers on Saturday, September 25 and matins and Liturgy for Sunday, September 26.
Food For Thought-
The Cross is the guardian of the whole world; the Cross is the beauty of the Church, the Cross is the might of kings; the Cross is the confirmation of the faithful, the Cross is the glory of angels and the wounding of demons.
Exapostilarion of the Elevation of the Cross
O God, fulfilled is the saying of Thy Prophet Moses, which saith: "Ye shall see your Life hanging before your eyes."  Today the Cross is exalted and the world is set free from error.  Today the Resurrection of Christ is inagurated, and the ends of the earth rejoice, as with Davidic cymbals they offer Thee a hymn and say: "Thou hast wrought salvation in the midst of the earth, O God, even the Cross and the Resurrection, whereby Thou hast saved us, O Thou Who art good and the Lover of Mankind."  O Almighty Lord, glory to Thee.
Doxastikon from Vespers of the Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross