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From the Weekly Bulletin (week of September 6, 2009)

posted Oct 13, 2009, 1:19 AM by Ilya Buchkin

No Office Hours Monday
       Due to the Labor Day holiday, Fr. Ignatius will not be in the office Monday, September 7.

Nativity of the Theotokos Liturgy
       Tomorrow, Monday, September 7 at 6PM, we will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Please join us.

OCF Picnic September 13
       Our college group, the UI Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) will hold its kick-off picnic for the semester at church on Sunday September 13 at 4PM. Food and beverages will be provided. * We are very pleased to announce that UI Men's Basketball coach Todd Lickliter will be our guest speaker for this event.

Parish-wide Discussion on Building Next Sunday
       During coffee hour after Liturgy on Sunday, September 13, we will have a parish-wide discussion on the building: what has happened as far as repairs and renovations to date, what that has cost, what needs to happen in the months ahead, and what might be some long-term goals. Please plan on staying and being a part of this discussion.

Thank you
       Thank you to Sue Swanson for polishing many of the brass liturgical items in the altar area. Thank you to Kristi Abuissa, and Lia and Nina Chikhladze/Iberi for hanging more icons.

New Iconostasis Icons Have Arrived
       Thanks to a generous donor, our two new St. Nicholas and St. Nina icons which will fill the space on our expanded iconostasis have now arrived. Some pictures showing them are attached. Bishop MARK will bless them and the entire iconostasis when he is with us in a few weeks.

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Vesperal Liturgy
       We will have a Vesperal Liturgy for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Monday, September 14 at 6PM. This day is a fasting day, in honor of the Lord's Passion and Crucifixion.

Apple Picking Outing at Wilson's Orchard
       At 9:30AM on 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.

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.

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.).

Hanging Icons in the Church
      After coming up with a organizing plan, the Parish Council has allowed the process of hanging icons on our walls in the nave of the church to begin. The following icons have been authorized to be accepted by donation for inclusion into the groupings of icons that we already had.

    St. Innocent of Alaska- pledged to be donated
    Sts. Cyrus and John
    St. Luke the Evangelist- pledged to be donated
    Sts. Hermione, Zenaida and Philonella*-* pledged to be donated
     All Saints of Antioch- pledged to be donated
    St. Cyprian of Carthage- pledged to be donated
    Sts. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria- pledged to be donated
    Sts. Perpetua and Felicity- pledged to be donated
    St. Barnabas- donated
    Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer Rebellion
    St. Jonah of Manchuria-pledged to be donated
    St. Ia the Teacher
    St. Nicholas of Japan
    St. Mitrophan of China

    St. Tatiana of Beijng
    St. John of Rila- pledged to be donated
    St. Sava of Serbia-pledged to be donated
    Sts. Ludmila, Wenceslaus and Procopius- pledged to be donated

A Romanian saint to be determined by our Romanian members
A Georgian saint to be determined by our Georgian members
A Russian/Ukrainian saint to be determined by our Russian and Ukrainian members (The Russian/Ukrainian grouping already has six icons which is the limit to each grouping. If the existing St. Vladimir and St. Olga icons are replaced with an icon depicting both of them together, then another icon could be chosen by our Russian and Ukrainian members to be added to the group.)

If anyone desires to provide one or more of these icons, please coordinate with Fr. Ignatius so that we do not get duplicates. He can also give you ideas on where to purchase these icons. To keep things uniform, we want icons that are 8 X 10 or as close as possible to that size. Furthermore, we would like icons to be mounted on wood and without frames or glass. 

Do you like to hang icons? We could use some volunteers to hang some of the groupings of icons. Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help in this way.

Church Etiquette
       Liturgy begins at 10AM. Please try to be on time. If you are not able to arrive before the Gospel reading, then please do not approach the Chalice to receive Holy Communion. We must properly prepare ourselves for this sacred act, and part of this is arriving on time, so that we can participate in the prayers of the service. Lately, we have also had a problem with cell phones ringing during church services. If you must keep your phone on during church, please keep it on silent. Let's all try to do what we can to create a peaceful and prayerful atmosphere as we worship the Lord.

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 13, the Peterson/Branch family will provide the holy bread. We need a volunteer to 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

When we were in this harsh captivity, ruled by invisible and bitter death, the Master of all visible and invisible creation was not ashamed to humble himself and to take upon himself our human nature, subject as it was to the passions of shame and desire and condemned by divine judgment; and he became like us in all things except that he was without sin (Hebrews 4:15), that is, without ignoble passions. All the penalties imposed by divine judgment upon man for the sin of the first transgression- death, toil, hunger, thirst, and the like- he took upon himself, becoming what we are, so that we might become what he is. The Logos became man, so that man might become Logos. Being rich, he became poor for our sake, so that through his poverty we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). In his great love for man he became like us, so that through every virtue we might become like him.

St. Mark the Ascetic, I, *Letter to Nicholas the Solitary, *as quoted in *Philokalia:
The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts, Selections Annotated and Explained, *Annotated by Allyne Smith