Capital Campaign Phase II

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In April 2009, through God's providence, St. Raphael Mission purchased our first church building, greatly expanding our worship, fellowship and meeting facilities, and providing for us a visible, more permanent presence in Iowa City. During Phase I of our campaign, we raised nearly $225,000 in about 4 months.

As we are still a young and relatively small church, this building continues to be a large financial responsibility for us. In December 2010, we initiated Phase II with the goal of significantly reducing or paying off our mortgage, so that we may be more financially stable in the future. Once that stability is established, we hope to be able to better serve others in need, giving back to our community in greater and greater ways.

Download brochure (11MB PDF).


Mortgage Update- July 2014

Our current balance on our loan is about $272,000.  If you would like to help us retire our debt sooner, you can donate via Pay Pal.  Look for the "St. Raphael Building Fund" link above. 

 To Friends of St. Raphael's, A letter from Father Ignatius

Dear Members and Friends of St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Mission,
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:3-6
As I look back on the gifts that God blessed us with through so many of you when we first asked for help with our Capital Campaign two years ago, I marvel at the donations that we received. First of all, each one of our own pledging members or families gave to Phase I of this campaign. Secondly, an additional 200 or so of our friends, contributed as well. These gifts ranged from being very modest in size, to, in the case of one gift, totaling $60,000. All told, God blessed us with an amazing $225,000 in less than four months. This allowed us to purchase the building and move in. The enclosed brochure will help to explain our current situation and need.

In many of the services of the Orthodox Church, “the blessed and ever-memorable [that is, always-to-be-remembered] founders of this holy church” are prayed for, along with “the donors and benefactors.” What this means is that giving to support the founding and maintenance of a church building insures that the giver will be prayed for at least as long as services are held in that building. Since St. Raphael Mission is in many ways still in its beginning stages, being only nine years old since our founding, I consider all of you who have donated or will donate as founders of this church.

May God richly and abundantly bless you. Will you prayerfully consider being partners in the Gospel with us again, by helping us to more firmly establish the Orthodox Church in Iowa City?

In Christ,
Fr. Ignatius
Pastor, St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission, Iowa City, IA

 Building Updates

As of June 2009, the major renovations have been completed, and the building at 722 E College St is established as a place of our regular services. Our slide show and our Campaign in Retrospect page give some idea of the amount of work that was put into the building to make it our home...

Possible items for donation include:
    Bike rack
    Kitchen cabinets, counters, cupboards, shelving, piping, refrigerator
    Storage shelving and locking cabinets

Thank you to Arian Kulp and family for the donation of a lawn mower!
Transformation of Our Temple
Subpages (1): Campaign In Retrospect