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Weekly Bulletin (Week of November 23, 2008)

posted Dec 2, 2008, 10:20 AM by Arian Kulp   [ updated Dec 2, 2008, 10:22 AM ]

Bishop’s Visit-

We had a wonderful visit with Bishop Mark. He took an intense interest in our attempt to purchase our new building, giving us many
helpful suggestions and also words of caution. Vespers on Wednesday and Vesperal Liturgy on Thursday were well attended and there
were many opportunities to talk with His Grace and to ask him questions. He is a humble and wise man and we thank God that He sent
Bishop Mark to shepherd us. Pray for him. It’s not easy to live the life of a bishop. His schedule is demanding and he has a lot of

Thank you to Karen Kuntz and Angela Spurgetis for cleaning the chapel in anticipation of His Grace’s visit. It looked wonderful! Thank
you to John and Michelle Bayouth for so graciously opening up their home for His Grace to stay in while he was with us. And thank you
to choir directors Michelle Bayouth, Kristi Abuissa and Lori Branch (who stepped in at the last minute when there was a need) and to all
the choir members who practiced so hard to make a beautiful song to the Lord while our bishop was with us. We are already looking
forward to Bishop Mark’s next visit with us which will be May 8-10.

News on Building Purchase-

Good news! Our offer to purchase the church building has been signed! We have until January 25 to raise the money we need to
make this financially feasible. Our goal is $275,000. To date, we have over $51,000. 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.

Daily Akathist Prayers for our Building Purchase-

Beginning today, November 23, 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?

Volunteer Needed to Organize Fundraiser-

In order to raise awareness of our purchase of the Christian Science church building, we would like to plan an evening fundraising
event. Fr. Ignatius and the Capital Campaign Committee have some ideas. However, we need someone willing to plan and organize
the event. Please see Fr. Ignatius, Bill Spencer, Newman Abuissa or Lori Branch if you can help out in this way.

2009 Pledge Packets Need to be Returned-

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 as soon as possible.

Free Lunch Program Volunteers-

We will volunteer on Tuesday December 2 from 11:30AM-1:30PM. Please contact Fr. Ignatius if you can help serve food. We could
certainly use some first-time volunteers.


The catechumen Luke Snyder will be chrismated this Tuesday November 25 and become a full member of the church. Please pray for him.

Office Hours-

This week, Fr. Ignatius will not be in the office on Tuesday, due to traveling to Luke Snyder’s chrismation, and on Thursday due to
the Thanksgiving holiday.

OCF Movie Night-

Next Sunday November 30 at 6PM, college students from our OCF group are invited to join Andy and Tom Awad at their home for a
movie night. This will be a good chance to unwind and spend some time together before the grind of the end of the semester begins.
We will have food available, and suggestions for which movie to watch are welcome. More details will go out on the OCF mailing list

December 1st Council Meeting-

The December Parish Council meeting is moved up to Monday December 1 at 7PM, in order to allow the annual budget to continue to
be drawn up before our December 7 Annual Voters’ Meeting.

Pre-Nativity Fast-

Saturday November 15 marked the beginning of our time for preparation for Christmas, the Nativity of Christ. Part of this preparation
is 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 Feast
of 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.

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.

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.

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 30, the Johnson family is providing the holy bread. The food for coffee hour will be brought by the Van Dinter
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:

It is proper for your conduct and your practices to correspond closely with the mind of the bishop. Your justly respected clergy...are attuned to their bishop like strings of a harp, and the result is a hymn of praise to Jesus Christ from minds that are in unison, and affections that are in harmony. Pray, then, come and join this choir, every one of you; let there be a whole symphony of minds in concert; take the tone all together from God, and sing aloud to the Father with one voice through Jesus Christ, so that He may hear you and know by your good works that you are indeed members of His Son’s Body. A completely united front will help to keep you in constant communion with God.

St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ephesians 4