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Weekly Bulletin - Week of 12/28/2008

posted Dec 28, 2008, 5:59 PM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Dec 28, 2008, 6:04 PM ]

Upcoming Services

On Wednesday December 31, we will have Vesperal Liturgy for St. Basil the Great at 6PM. On Monday, January 5th, we will have Typica at 6PM for the Feast of Theophany.

Respite from the Fast

In celebration of the Savior's birth, there is no fasting until January 5th, the forefeast of the Theophany.

News on Fundraising

For the latest up-to-date totals on our fundraising, go to the Capital Campaign page on our website at http://www.straphaelorthodoxchurch.org/campaign. A downloadable copy of our fundraising material is also available on this page. This is an easy way to get the word out about our effort. Sending this link to family and friends will help us get information to more people in a quicker fashion. We continue to proceed with our fundraising and to date, we have nearly $101,000 dedicated to purchasing our building. We pray that we will be in a position to complete the purchase by January 25. Our goal is $275,000.

Daily Akathist Prayers for our Building Purchase

We are organizing daily Akathist prayers, to be said in our homes through the entire time we are preparing to purchase our new building, until January 25th. We recognize our need to rely on God through this process, and ask for his wisdom and guidance, and through the various Akathist prayers (booklets of which are available at church) we ask the Lord for this and ask the saints to pray for this on our behalf. A sign-up sheet is posted a church. Two slots are listed for each day. Will you join us in prayer so that all that we do with regard to this building opportunity would be pleasing to God?

Sunday January 4 Liturgy

We will not have services at St. Raphael on Sunday, January 4. Please plan on attending at St. George in Cedar Rapids. Fr. Ignatius will be there along with Fr. Peter Gillquist. After concelebrating the Liturgy, Fr. Peter will give a presentation on Orthodox missions and also make a special appeal on behalf of our Capital Campaign to the faithful at St. George Church. This will be a good opportunity to renew friendships with those at our mother parish, or to visit there for the first time. Attend Liturgy in Cedar Rapids so we can let our friends at St. George know we are here.

Fr. Ignatius will be out of Town

Fr. Ignatius will be out of town from Thursday, January 1- Saturday, January 3, and again on Monday, January 5- Wednesday, January 7. He will be accompanying Fr. Peter Gillquist on a small speaking tour in Wisconsin and Minnesota, addressing the topic of Orthodox missions, and raising funds for our building purchase.

New Calendars Available

The January-February calendars of services and other events are now available to be picked up at church.

Free Lunch Program

We need volunteers to help serve a meal at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday January 6 from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help.

January Parish Council Meeting

We have moved our January Parish Council Meeting to Friday January 9, at 7PM.

Outdoors Blessing of the Waters-

We will gather with St. John the Baptist Church and St. George Church, both of Cedar Rapids, for an Outdoors Blessing of the Waters on Saturday January 10 at 11:30AM in Cedar Rapids. The exact location will be announced soon.

Special Voters' Meeting

We will meet after Liturgy on January 11 to discuss where we are with regards to our fundraising and if we should commit to taking out a mortgage loan with the bank.

House Blessing Schedule

It is time to start thinking about having your home blessed between Theophany (January 6) and the beginning of Lent (March 1). Fr. Ignatius would like to visit as many of you in your homes as possible during this time. A sign-up sheet is posted. Please suggest a date and a time and Father will confirm if that time will work.

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.

Holy Bread and Coffee Hour

For Sunday January 11, we need a volunteer to provide the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Van Dinter family. Thank you in advance. Anybody who would like to host the coffee hour or bake the holy bread can sign up at church to do so.

Food For Thought

We confess one and the same individual as perfect God and perfect Man. He is God the Word Which was flesh. For if He was not flesh, why was Mary chosen? And if He is not God, whom does Gabriel call Lord? If He was not flesh, who was laid in a manger? And if He is not God, whom did the angels who came down from heaven glorify? If He was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes? And if He was not God, in whose honor did the star appear?

St. Ephraim the Syrian, A Spiritual Psalter, Psalm 23 (excerpted)