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Weekly Bulletin (Week of November 2, 2008)

posted Nov 2, 2008, 7:14 PM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Nov 2, 2008, 7:21 PM ]

No Office Hours November 3

Fr. Ignatius will be out of the office of Monday November 3 (at least) for jury duty, again. If you are planning on taking advantage of the office hours later this week, call first to make sure that he is there.

Free Lunch Program

St. Raphael Church will be helping to prepare, serve and clean-up at the Free Lunch Program this Tuesday, November 4 from 11:30-1:30PM. Please let Fr. Ignatius know if you can help.

New November-December Calendars Available

The November and December St. Raphael Church calendars are now available to be picked up at church.

Piano Benefit Recital

Bogdan and Gabriela Cherascu’s daughter Ioana will be performing in a piano fundraising concert which will benefit research of Lafora disease. The concert will be held November 8 at 1:30 at West Music in Coralville.

Updated Bishop’s Visit Information

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.

Fundraising Dinner to Benefit Local Pro-life Clinic

Informed Choice of Iowa is having their second annual fundraising dinner on Thursday November 6 at 7PM. With the funds that they have collected in the last year, and with the help of this benefit dinner, they hope to be able to open a fully staffed medical clinic which will offer ultrasounds and other pre-natal medical services to pregnant women. This clinic will be an alternative to the abortion-offering clinics in town and will give practical, real help to women in crisis pregnancies who might otherwise decide to abort their unborn children. This is a worthy cause. Dinner is free. Donations will be accepted. If you desire to make a reservation for this dinner which will be held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Coralville, please RSVP by calling 319-624-3076.

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.

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!

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.

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 9, the Valentine family is providing the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be also be brought by the Valentine 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

There is no help so great as the close study of the Scriptures. For the devil by trickery has appeared to raise the dead and by this means he has deceived the foolish; and concerning those in hades he spreads doctrines worthy of his own wickedness. But no such trickery can prevail against those who make wise study of the Scriptures. For the Scriptures are a lamp and a light [from Proverbs 6] and when light shines, the thief appears and is discovered. Therefore, let us believe the Scriptures...

The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of The Holy Gospel According to St. Luke, p. 217.