*April 22, 2012- Thomas Sunday*
Christ is Risen! Hristos a inviat! Christos voskrese!
*This Week's Services and Events*
Apr. 24, Tuesday
+ Third Hour, 9AM
+ Parish Council Meeting, 7PM
Apr. 25, Wednesday
+ Akathist, 7PM
Apr. 28, Saturday
+ 9th Hour/Great Vespers, 6PM
Apr. 29, Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
+ Matins, 8:45AM
+ Divine Liturgy, 10AM, followed by coffee hour and Sunday
*Upcoming Events and Announcements*
*Services at St. George this Week-*
* *On Monday, April 23, St. George Church in Cedar Rapids will be
celebrating their patronal feast day with Liturgy at 9AM. Later this week,
the clergy of our deanery are gathering for semi-annual meetings at St.
George Church in Cedar Rapids. On Thursday, April 26 at 5PM, all are
invited to vespers at St. George (3650 Cottage Grove Ave. SE) to be
followed by a meal and a short program. All are welcome to either or both
of these events.
*Parish-wide Potluck Meal Sunday, April 29-*
* *Since April 29 is the fifth Sunday of the month, and there is no
team to bring food on the occasional fifth Sunday, all are asked to bring
some food or drink to share for our fellowship time after Liturgy.
*Food for Hungry People Boxes-*
* * If you took a Food for Hungry People box or canister to fill with
change during this Lenten season, now is the time to bring it back so that
we can forward the money to our Archdiocese so it can be distributed to the
*Parish Council Meeting-*
* *The April Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 24 at
7PM. All are welcome.
*No Friday Matins this Week-*
* *There will be no Friday matins this week as Fr. Ignatius will be
out of town all day Friday through Saturday afternoon.
*Wednesday Evening Class to Begin Soon-*
* *Beginning Wednesday May 2, and continuing for a total of 7
consecutive Wednesdays, we will gather to watch a video series called "The
Icon" and discuss what we have seen. This excellent series is produced by
Serbian Bishop Jovan Puric. It is visually stunning and very informative.
You won't want to miss it! We will begin at 7:45PM each week, immediately
after the Akathist and end at about 9PM. Episodes are: Holy Images,
Canons and Freedom, Image of God?, Struggle for the Icons, Forms of Icon,
Power of the Name, Teaching and Exaltation.
*Break from the Fast-*
* *During this Paschal season through the Feast of the Ascension on
May 24, a full forty days, we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of
Christ. There is no fasting during this time, including on Wednesdays and
Fridays, according to Antiochian custom.
*Online Paschal Resource-
*For a collection of articles and multimedia relating to Pascha, go to
*Red Cedar Chamber Music Parlor Concert and Reception-*
* *St. Raphael Church is hosting a concert put on by Red Cedar
Chamber Music on Sunday, April 29 at 2PM. This concert features Bryan
Johanson's "Strum and Jam" and pieces from Mozart, Haydn and Kreutzer and
more. Tickets are $35 and admission incudes a gala reception across the
street at 715 E. College St. For more information, or to buy tickets, call
*Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat-*
* *The 7th annual Midwest Antiochian Women's Retreat is to be held at
the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery in Rives Junction, Michigan
May 18-20, 2012. This year’s speaker is Molly Sabourin. She will present
two topics on Saturday, May 19: Living our Ancient Faith in a Modern
Society and Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos. Molly is a writer and
podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio. She is also a wife and mother of 4. Her
first book is called Close to Home published by Conciliar Press.
Registration information is posted in the narthex on the bulletin board.
*Informed Choices Clinic Walk for Life Fundraiser-*
* *The Iowa City Informed Choices Medical Clinic, a local clinic that
offers life-affirming solutions to women who are facing crisis pregnancies
is hosting their annual Walk for Life fundraiser event on Saturday, May 5.
For more information, go to:
*St. George Church Bake Sale-*
* * St. George Church in Cedar Rapids is having their semi-annual
Bake Sale on Saturday, May 5. For more information, call the church at
*2012 Midwest Parish Life Conference-*
* *St. Mary Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, IL is hosting the 65th
annual Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Parish Life Conference June
27-July 1. All are welcome! This is not just a conference for clergy.
For information on tickets and schedule, go to: www.2012midwestplc.org.
*Daily Scripture Readings for the Week-*
Following are the readings for this week:
Apr. 22- Ecclesiastes 5:7-7:29; Psalms 48:1-10; Proverbs
10:1-6; I Corinthians 5
Apr. 23- Ecclesiastes 8:1-10:10; Psalms 48:11-21; Proverbs
10:7-11; I Corinthians 6
Apr. 24- Ecclesiastes 10:11-12:14; Psalms 49:1-15; Proverbs
10:12-16; I Corinthians 7:1-24
Apr. 25- Song of Songs 1-2; Psalms 49:16-23; Proverbs
10:17-22; I Corinthians 7:25-40
Apr. 26- Song of Songs 3-4; Psalms 50:1-10; Proverbs
10:23-27; I Corinthians 8
Apr. 27- Song of Songs 5-6; Psalms 50:11-21; Proverbs
10:28-33; I Corinthians 9
Apr. 28- Song of Songs 7-8; Psalms 51; Proverbs 11:1-5; I
Apr. 29- Wisdom of Solomon 1-2; Psalms 52-53; Proverbs
11:6-10; I Corinthians 10:14-11:1
*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. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain,
please let Fr. Ignatius know.
On Sunday April 29, the Holy Bread will be provided by
the Branch/Peterson family. Thank you in advance.
* Coffee Hour-
* On Sunday April 29, the food for coffee hour and clean-up of the
fellowship hall will be provided by all who bring food to our parish wide
* During the week following Sunday April 22, the cleaning of the
nave, narthex, bookstore/library, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be
provided by the St. Raphael team.
Food for Thought-
How will our bodies rise again? Not in the way that Lazarus was brought
back to life. He was raised up only for a time, and had to die again later
on. We shall not come back to life in order to go on living the same kind
of earthly life and pursuing the same earthly pleasures as we did before.
St. Paul makes that clear. He says our bodies will be sown in the ground
as natural bodies, and raised up as spiritual bodies (I Cor. 15:44). In
the risen life our bodies will be fully under the control of our glorified
spirits. They will no longer be a burden to us, nor will they have any
need of food, since they will never suffer again or wear out. There will
be no more death, no more sickness, no ore hunger or thirst, no distress or
old age or weariness. Our mortal bodies will put on immortality and
St. Augustine of Hippo