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Weekly Bulletin (week of Nov 9, 2008)

posted Nov 14, 2008, 7:40 AM by Arian Kulp

News on Building Purchase

Good news! Our offer to purchase the church building has been signed this week and our fundraising efforts are kicking into high gear. We have just 75 days from the date of signing to raise the money we need to make this financially feasible. Raising $275,000 would put us in a fairly comfortable position. Fundraising material is going out in the mail this week. As soon as you can, please give the church the contact information of friends and family and others who you think might want to help us make this purchase a reality. This is a group effort. We need the prayers and help of all of us to accomplish this goal. And may God be with us, guiding us every step of the way.

Bishop’s Visit

His Grace Bishop Mark will be with us for a midweek evening Liturgy at 6PM on Thursday November 20, for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple. Please save the date and make an effort to come out on a week night to worship with our archpastor.

2009 Pledge Packets have Been Mailed

As you know, St. Raphael Mission relies on the generous donations of its members and friends to provide the funds to keep this church in existence and able to do God’s work. Packets with information on how to make a financial pledge, as well as how to indicate other ways which you can help out St. Raphael Mission have been mailed out to members and past donors. If you haven’t received one and are interested in making a financial pledge for 2009, please contact Fr. Ignatius or our treasurer, Tania Van Dinter. So that the Parish Council can present a responsible budget at our annual Voters’ Meeting on December 7, we ask that your pledges be returned by November 16. Thank you, Tania, for your hard work on this and all of the duties you perform as treasurer.

Pre-Nativity Fast

Saturday November 15 marks the beginning of our time for preparation for Christmas, the Nativity of Christ. Part of this preparationis a time of fasting. We abstain from meat, dairy, and eggs throughout the entire season (through December 24), and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we also abstain from wine and oil. Fish is permitted on weekends and on also Friday November 21, for the Feastof the Entrance of the Theotokos in the temple. The red November-December church calendars make this more clear in a visual way. Please consult with Fr. Ignatius if you have any questions. It is better to humbly take on the fasting guidelines of the Church a little at a time, than to stubbornly attempt to follow them perfectly, and either fail and get dejected, or succeed with pride. And also, fasting profits us nothing if it is not accompanied by prayer and almsgiving.

November Parish Council Meeting

Our November Parish Council meeting will be Monday November 17 at 7PM.

Non-Perishable Food Donations

We collect non-perishable food year round to donate to the local food bank at the Crisis Center. If you haven’t donated anything in awhile, the season leading up to Christmas is a perfect time to do so. There is always a need.

Chamber Singers of Iowa City to Perform Rachmaninov’s Vespers

The Chamber Singers of Iowa City will open its season with a performance of one of the most sublime works in the sacred choral literature. On November 23, the choir performs Sergei Rachmaninov’s immortal Vespers, also known as the All Night Vigil. The work contains some of the most beautiful music composed for the Russian Orthodox Church and will be sung in the Russian language. The performance takes place at 3PM in the First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave., Iowa City. Tickets are available at the door or from Chamber Singers members. Admission for adults is $15, for seniors $12, and youth and students are admitted at no charge.

New Bookstore Titles

Raphael Books and Gifts, our parish bookstore, has several new books, CD’s and icons in stock. If you haven’t checked out our store in awhile, ask our bookstore manager, Robert Peterson, to show you what is available.

Christmas Cards

Our parish bookstore has some Christmas cards for sale. Take a look.

Annual Voters’ Meeting

Our Annual Voters’ Meeting will be held after Liturgy on Sunday December 7. We will approve a budget for 2009, elect a Parish Council member and discuss our Capital Campaign progress. Please plan to attend.

Introduction to Orthodoxy Class

Fr. Ignatius has begun an Introduction to Orthodoxy class series which will continue to meet at 4PM on Saturdays. Each class will last about 1 1/2 hours. It is open to anybody: beginners who are interested in exploring the Orthodox faith, or those who are already Orthodox and who would like to learn more about their faith. Topics to be covered are Worship, the Sacraments, Tradition, Relations with other Christians, and more.

Beginner’s Language Classes

The Russian class taught by Elena Bezugla has begun and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7PM. The Arabic class taught by Rubina Knajian will begin sometime in November. Cost is a $5 donation to the Church’s Building fund per class session. There is still room in both classes. Bring a notebook and a pencil and be prepared to take some notes!

Choir Practices

The choir is meeting for practice on Sundays, after Liturgy.

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

On Sunday November 16, Meghan Gilpin and Tony Carter are providing the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Abuissa 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

The Lord reigns; He clothed Himself with majesty; the Lord clothed and girded Himself with power; and He established the world, which shall not be moved. Your throne is prepared from of old; You are from everlasting. The rivers, O Lord, lift up; the rivers lift up their voices; because of the voices of their many waters, marvelous are the billows of the sea; wondrous is the Lord on high. Your testimonies are very much believed; Holiness is proper to Your house, O Lord, unto length of days.

Psalm 92 (93)