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The Consecration Of Christ The Savior Parish
His Eminence Archbishop Job consecrated Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Chicago together with clergy from the Chicago Deanery.
Fr. Andrew and other clergy are helping His Eminence put on the Altar covers. At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy a celebratory banquet was held a local Restaurant. Fr. John Baker, the assigned rector of the parish and Archbishop job spoke at the dinner.
2008 Junior Olympics
Again St. Luke Parish participated in the Junior Olympics. This event has been held every year for the past 27 years by our sister parish Sts. Constantine and Helen in Palos Hills. Orthodox Churches from as far away as Minnesota participate. It is sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis.
This year we had 24 of our youth participating. It is the first year we had a bowling team. This is the opening ceremony with a march of athletes holding banners with the name of their parish.
The youth gather for introductions by Fr. Nicholas and the opening prayer given by his Eminence Metropolitan Iakovis of Chicago.
Metropolitan Iakovis giving the prayer and blessing the event. After the prayer all sang the star spangled banner, the Greek national anthem and the Olympics hymn.
The biblical theme of the event from 2 Timothy which all were invited to read aloud.
The 10 K race now begins for adults. This is the only event where adults can participate. This year we did not have any runners from St. Luke but in the future we are hoping some adults will participate.
The relay race of the Olympic torch.
Lighting of the Olympic flame by His Eminence and Fr. Nicholas.
Balloons are released.
Team photo of the bowling team.
Chuck does some coaching.
At the conclusion of the Olympics our 24 children were honored and received certificates for their participation. Although we did not win any meddles all had a wonderful experience competing. We are in team building mode under the leadership of Chuck who coaches and organizes our participation in the event. Wait until text year.
PADS Thank You Dinner
A thank you dinner was held for those who help with the PADS homeless program this year. Pizza was the main course.
Fellowship was enjoyed by those present and following the dinner a survey was distributed to help improve the program for next year.
IOCC Pan Orthodox Grand Banquet
Fr. Andrew and members of St. Lukes attended the fourteenth annual Pan Orthodox Grand Banquet for the International Orthodox Christian Charities held at the Fountain Blue in Des Plains. Over the years these banquets in Chicago have raised over 7 Million dollars.
Since its inception, the IOCC has administered more than $275 million in 33 countries. All assistance is provided on the basis of need. The mission of the IOCC is to help alleviate poverty and promote social justice by providing emergency assistance, reconstruction, development, social assistance and community empowerment. To find out more about the IOCC log on to their web site at www.IOCC.org.
PASS Hike For Life
Father Andrew, members of YO, and friends hiked, jogged, and biked 8 miles to help raise money for Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs. Combined they raised more than $900! In addition, YO sponsored a Coffee Hour Shower the previous week to collect baby items and pledges for the Hike.
It was a beautiful day to travel on Old Plank Road and meet others who feel strongly that life is precious.
After the hike they were treated to lunch, face painting, fun jumping in inflatables, and a great drawing! Some participants went home with T-shirts, Sweatshirts, water bottles, gift certificates and a new printer! Fr. Andrew won a $50 prize coupon for Aurielo's Pizza.
Children's Sermon For May
This months children's sermon was about the celebration of emptiness. Father Andrew showed the children several empty objects; an empty jar, empty basket and an empty bag. He then asked the children to explain how these empty objects related to the Paschal season.
Nicholas answered the question quickly. He said they are about the empty tomb. Father Andrew then explained how Mary Magdeline came to the tomb of Jesus and found it empty. She saw an angel who told her He had resurrected. Then she met Jesus in the garden near the tomb. Father Andrew ended the sermon by having all the children say "Christ is Risen! " "Indeed He is Risen"