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Weekly Bulletin (Week of 1/25/2009)

posted Jan 28, 2009, 6:59 PM by Arian Kulp

January 31 Fundraising Event

St. Raphael Mission is holding a fundraising event this 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. We need volunteers to donate a case of red and/or white wine. There are many ways to help. Tickets are available to purchase at the church or by calling 319-337-6784. Attached is a promotional postcard for the event. Please email copies to your friends.

Silent Auction Items

If you are providing an item for the silent auction, or are in charge of arranging for an item to be donated from elsewhere, we ask that if possible, the item be brought to church this week no later than Thursday afternoon, with a clear description of what it is, an approximate value, and a description of the individual or business that donated it. If you can not bring it to church by Thursday, then please bring the item to Old Brick earlier in the day on Saturday and (by Thursday) email the above information about the item to Fr. Ignatius at frignatius@straphaelorthodoxchurch.org, so that we can properly list the items in out printed program which goes to press on Friday. The church is open for items to be dropped off during Father's office hours which are listed at the bottom of this email. If these times do not work for you, contact him to make other arrangements. Also, one more request...when you drop off your silent auction items, could you please also donate a 2-liter of soda pop?

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

Last week, we were granted an extension on our financing deadline. This means we now have until February 20 to raise money for this Phase 1 of our Capital Campaign. 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 $154,000 dedicated to the purchasing and renovation of our building. We pray that we will be in a position to complete the purchase by February 20. Our goal is $275,000.

January 25 Special Voters' Meeting Rescheduled

Due to an extension that was granted by the sellers on our financing contingency, we now have a few more weeks to continue to raise money. Because of this, our Voters' Meeting is rescheduled for Sunday February 22.

January 30 Vespers

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

Potluck Next Sunday

Keeping with our normal practice of having potluck on the first Sunday of the month, we will have a potluck after Liturgy next Sunday, February 1. A sign-up sheet is posted at church.

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.

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.

Daily Akathist to Continue Through February 27

The sign-up for members to pledge to pray an Akathist at home each day during our Capital Campaign will continue until February 27, our scheduled date for closing on the property, now that our deadline has been extended. Whether you sign-up to pray an Akathist or not, will you pray that God would reveal to us His plans for our location?

Thank You

Thank you to Angela Spurgetis and Tom and Andy Awad for coordinating to donate some books from St. Herman Press to our church library.

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 February 1, we need a volunteer to provide the holy bread. The food will be brought by all who bring food to our 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:

Oh, clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with the voice of rejoicing; for the Lord most High is fearsome, a great King over all the earth. He subdued the peoples under us and the nations under our feet. He chose us for His inheritance, Jacob's beauty, which He loved. God ascended with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. Sing praises to God; sing praises; sing praises to our King; sing praises; for God is King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. The rulers of the poeple gather together with the God of Abraham. For God's mighty ones of the earth are greatly exalted.

Psalm 46 (47)