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Children's Sermon On Doing The Work Of The Lord
This week Father Andrew brought a bible, a keyboard, a plumbers wrench, garden tools, and a pencil and asked the children which one they thought they needed to do the Lord's work. Of course they answered the bible. He went on to explain that while that was true, whatever we do in word or deed should be the work of the lord. Whether we are gardeners, office workers, plumbers, or whatever our jobs; we should do our work the best we can for the Lord. Then he picked up the pencil and told the children that when they are in school, they also should do their best and work for the Lord.
Bishop Antoun Attends Joint Vesper Service
As part of The Church of the Virgin Mary's First Annual Founders Weekend, St Luke Parish and The Church of the Virgin Mary held a joint verspers service. In attendence and presiding over the service was His Grace Bishop Antoun.
Bishop Antoun addressed the joint congregation concerning the role of a church as a mission and that together we are all a family.
Following the vespers service, The Church of the Virgin Mary provided all in attendence with a delicious pot luck dinner.
Remodel Continues With Drywall
This week construction continued with the placement of drywall on the framing.
Zoo Trip With Archbishop Job
Children meet the Archbishop Job for a day at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. This is the third year Archbishop Job has sponsored this outing. In past years it was only for the children of Holy Trinity cathedral. This year all parishes were invited. St. Luke had 7 participants.
The St. Luke delegation - Fr. Andrew took the picture.
Archbishop Job and Fr. Adamcio of Holy Trinity Cathedral at the Sea Shore exhibit.
St. Lukian's in the primate house.
Joan Touching a python.
Madeline petting a goat at the children zoo.
Fun with the dolphins.
Group picture after lunch. We all had a wonderful time with Archbishop Job at the zoo. We hope more Children will come next year.
Dormition Of The Virgin Mary
Fr. Andrew gives the traditional blessing of flowers, herbs and seeds to celebrate the falling asleep (Dormition) of the Holy Mother of God (Theotokos).
Work continued this week on the remodeling of the clergy area and the room behind the choir loft. Here we see that the windows have been studded to receive drywall.
In this picture, the stairwell leading down to the old basement has been framed with studs for the new wall that will enclose it. Also electric work continues as well.
The room next to the old basement has been stripped down to the old foundation. A new ceiling and drywall will be installed here.
St. Luke Hosts Blood Drive
This Sunday St. Luke Parish sponsored a blood donation drive. Many participated as donors or as volunteer workers. Father Andrew told us that this was one way to support our troops who are being hurt daily in Iraq. Here we see the registration table and donors waiting to give blood.
Before giving blood, donors are checked and a history taken.
We would like to thank all those who participated in this worthwhile cause.
Children's Sermon On The Bible
This month Father Andrew brought a stop light with him and explained that the red means stop and green means go. He told them that the Bible is like a stop light. It tells us things not to do (Such as in the Ten Commandments). Do not steal, kill, lie. Father went on to tell the children that it also tells us things to do such as be kind, help the poor, and love your neighbor.