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OCL Meets At St. Lukes
The Orthodox Christians for Life OCL met at St Luke. They are making plans for the January right to life march in Washington and other local right to life activities. Their activities can be seen on oclife-chicago.org.
Band Warms Up For New Year's Eve Celebration
In anticipation of the upcoming New Year's Eve Celebration, members of the St. Luke's Band have been getting together to work on their skills. If you can try to attend this yearly event and enjoy good food and fellowship.
Pads Program Operational At St. Lukes
This is our fifth week housing the homeless at St. Luke's as part of the PADS program.( Public Action to Deliver Shelter). Tonight we had 16 sleeping on matresses on the basement floor. The food team from Our Lady of the Woods Catholic church provided dinner and a carry out lunch.
The PADS program is supported by churches which house the homeless one evening a week and other churches which cook, deliver and serve dinner and a bag lunch. PADS was started 16 years ago in the Chicago suburbs in response to the discovery of a homeless person who had frozen to death. The program runs from October to April.
Once again the parishioners of St. Luke Parish participated in the Department of Social Services Christmas Toy Collection. Toys are being collected for foster children. This program is sponsored thru the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association. Here we see some of the gifts turned in for distribution.
Another picture of the toys collected.
This Sunday parishioners submitted their promise of financial committment to the parish for the upcoming year. This is used to make our parish budget. We are encouraged to tithe 10% of our income as is taught in the bible. Following the Liturgy, Father Andrew prayed over the offerings and blessed them.
National Council of Churches of Christ
Fr. Andrew attended the National Council of Churches of Christ as a delegate from the Orthodox Church in America. Deacon Serge Kapral was also a delegate from the OCA.
Other member Orthodox churches were: The Greek Orthodox church of America. The Armenian Orthodox Church. The Serbian Orthodox Church. The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, Malankara Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church.This photo was taken after the meeting at a dinner of the Orthodox delegations.
Archbishop Vicken of the Armenian Orthodox Church was installed as General secretary of the NCCC.
The installation ceremony was held at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York city.
The Installation address was delivered by Fr. Andrew Jarmus, Director of Communications of OCA in place of His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman who was Ill.
St. Lukes Holds Planning Session
Parishioners and members of the St. Luke Parish Council met with Joe Kormos who is the parish facilitator for the midwest diocese. The meeting was to help us plan for the future and assist in developing our vision and mission statements for the parish.
Participants listen to the presentation.
A timeline of the parish history was established using post it notes.
Using large pads and post it notes, the participants developed ideas about our vision and mission statement.