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Weekly Bulletin - Week of 1/4/2008

posted Jan 8, 2009, 7:34 AM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Jan 8, 2009, 7:37 AM ]

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.

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.

An Urgent Appeal for Immediate Cessation of Hostilities in Gaza

We of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America join most of the world in decrying the loss of life and extreme human tragedy unfolding in Gaza before our eyes. In light of this, we make an urgent appeal to all of the faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese to immediately contact their elected representatives. Urge them to exert the considerable influence of the U.S. government to end these hostilities and engage the various parties in a meaningful dialogue to forge a just and lasting peace. At the same time we ask you to keep all of the victims of this tragedy in your daily prayers.

News on Fundraising

For the latest up-to-date totals on our fundraising, go to the Capital Campaign page. 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 $111,000 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?

Fr. Ignatius will be out of Town

Fr. Ignatius will be out of town on Monday, January 5 through Wednesday, January 7. He will be accompanying Fr. Peter Gillquist on a small speaking tour in 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.

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.

Holy Water Available

Holy Water that was blessed at Theophany will be available for all after Liturgy on Sunday, January 11.

Potluck after Liturgy on January 11

We will have a potluck meal after Liturgy on Sunday, January 11.

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 all who bring food for the potluck. 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:

O compassionate Saviour, putting on the nakedness of Adam as a garment of glory, Thou madest ready to stand naked in the flesh in the river Jordan. O marvellous wonder! How shall the water receive Thee, O Master and Lord, who, as it is written, hast covered the roof of heaven with waters? O Jesus our Benefactor, we all sing the praises of Thine Epiphany.

Sessional hymn from matins of the Feast of the Theophany