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Weekly Bulletin (January 18, 2009)

posted Jan 21, 2009, 11:08 AM by Arian Kulp

Choir Practice after Liturgy

The choir will be meeting for practice after Liturgy and Coffee Hour on Sundays to begin preparing for the Lenten music.

News on Fundraising

For the latest up-to-date totals on our fundraising, go to the Capital Campaign page. We continue to proceed with our fundraising and to date, we have about $149,000 dedicated to the purchasing and renovation of our building. We pray that we will be in a position to complete the purchase by January 25. Our goal to move-in is $150,000 with a total first phase goal of $275,000.

January 25 Special Voters' Meeting

We will meet after Liturgy on January 25 to decide if we are in a position financially to commit to the mortgage, or if we want to consider negotiating a lower purchase price. If we have decided to move and commit to a mortgage, we need to pass a modified budget (which was handed out at the Janaury 11 informational meeting) reflecting the move and our new expenses. I ask that we all commit ourselves to prayer during these final days of Phase 1 of Capital Campaign, that if God wants us in this building, that we will find a way, and that we will make wise and God-pleasing decisions.

January 31 Fundraising Event

St. Raphael Mission is holding a fundraising event on Saturday January 31 from 6-10PM at Old Brick, 26 E Market St., Iowa City. There will be live music from members of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra and St. Raphael Mission choir. There will be appetizers and drinks provided. Dr. Chris Merrill, the director of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and Iowa City Press-Citizen 2008 Person of the Year will be the guest speaker. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. Individual adult tickets will be sold at the door for $25, $20 in advance. Children's tickets are $10 and the family rate is $60 at the door or $55 in advance. Please contact Kristi Abuissa (kristi(at)abuissa.net, 319-594-3686) or Lindsey Davenport (kldavenport(at)gmail.com, 708-567-2642) for more information. We need volunteers to provide ethnic appetizers, to sell tickets, staff the event, and provide or solicit donations for auction items and door prizes. There are many ways to help. Tickets are available to purchase at the church or by calling 319-337-6784. A promotional postcard for this event is attached.

January 30 Vespers

Due to our fundraising event on January 30 from 6PM-10PM, we will hold Vespers at 4:30PM that day.

Bon-Ton Stores Coupon Book Fundraiser

Our church is working with the Bon-Ton stores by participating in their Community Day fundraiser. Between now and February 28, coupon books will be available at church. Books cost $5 and the church keeps the entire amount. Buy one for yourself and take 5-10 to sell to family, friends and co-workers. The coupon book pays for itself and then some, as it contains a $10 off coupon and many other discounts, which can be used at any Bon-Ton company store nationwide. Bon-Ton stores include Younkers Bergner's, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder Beerman and Herberger's. Our local Coral Ridge Mall has a Younkers store. All proceeds go to our building Fund.

Daily Akathist Prayers for our Building Purchase

We have been 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?

House Blessing Schedule

It is time to schedule a house blessing with Fr. Ignatius sometime before 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 at church. Please suggest a day and time and Fr. Ignatius will confirm if that time will work.

Feast of Presentation of the Lord Services

We will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple with Great Vespers on Sunday February 1 at 6PM, and on Monday February 2, Matins at 8:45AM and Liturgy at 10AM.

Free Lunch Program

We are due to serve at the Free Lunch Program on Tuesday February 3 from 11:30AM-1:30PM. As always, we need 3-4 volunteers to help serve food and clean-up. Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help this month.

December Parish Council Minutes Available

Information regarding the St. Raphael Parish Council meeting minutes for December is available from any Parish Council member.

Epistle Reading

Opportunities always exist for people to sign-up to read the Sunday Epistle in either English or a foreign language. If you have any questions or want to know more, please speak with Todd Wiblin or Fr. Ignatius.

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 25, the Peterson-Branch family will provide both the holy bread and the food for coffee hour. 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

A ship does not go far without water, and there is no progress whatsoever in the guarding of the intellect without watchfulness, humility, and the Jesus Prayer. Stones form the foundation of a house, but the foundation of sanctity- and its roof- is the holy and venerable name of our Lord Jesus Christ.... We write of what we know; and for those who want to understand what we say, we bear witness to all that we have seen as we journeyed on our path.... The sun cannot shine without light; nor can the heart be cleansed of the stain of destructive thoughts without invoking in prayer the name of Jesus. This being the case, we should use that name as we do our own breath. For that name is light, while evil thoughts are darkness; it is God and Master, while evil thoughts are slaves and demons.

St. Hesychios the Priest, Philokalia, Vol. 1, "On Watchfulness and Holiness", sections 168-170.