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Many Years To Almaz And Timothy
The Sunday St. Lukes celebrated the marriage of Almaz and Timothy. God Grant Them Many Years!
St. Luke's Feast Day And Missionary Visit
St. Luke Parish celebrated its feastday this weekend. Liturgy was held on Saturday morning. Fr. Luke and Fr. Herman were present.
Floyd and Ancuta Frantz visited St. Luke's on our feast day. They are full time missionaries with the Orthodox Christian Mission Commission. Floyd developed an Alcoholism treatment facility which support Alcoholic's Anonymous in Romania. Ancuta runs a facility to help at risk babies from single mothers many of whom have addictions and personal problems. Last November St. Luke collected baby cloths for this facility.
Donations and the proceeds from the feast day dinner which followed the Liturgy were sent to the OCMC to help Floyd and Ancuta's missionary work in Romania.
After the dinner Floyd made a presentation about his expanded activities
in Moldova. Click
If you would like to see a slide program about his work and Fr. Andrew's missionary
Children's Sermon For October
Fr. Andrew told the children about his recent trip to China. He showed them several candles and incense sticks which are used in China to commemorate ancestors. These religious practices are returning in China.
He held up this Icon of Chinese Martyrs of the Boxer rebellion which he took with him on his trip.
For a description of this icon for these saints please click here
During the Cultural Revolution in China under Mao all religious practices were forbidden. There were over 20,000 Chinese Orthodox Christians who were persecuted and their churches were closed.
He showed the children this photo of the Orthodox Church in Shanghai which is now being used as a restaurant. Notice there are no crosses on the domes.
He then gave the children Chinese coins and ask them to pray that the Chinese Orthodox Church be permitted to function again and challenged them to be missionaries to China when they have religious freedom.
A New Look For ST. Lukes
The rennovation of the front of the church continued with the construction of a landscaping wall and the planting of new shrubs. The wall will provide parishioners protection from street traffic and the bushes when they grow to full size in the spring will help to prevent our young children from running out into traffic. Additional work is planned around the driveway and a new sign for the church is also in the planning stages.
PASS Annual Banquet
12 members of St. Luke Parish attended the 25th anniversary of PASS. Pregnancy
Assistance South Suburban. St. Luke has been supporting this organization from its beginning.
They now have a new director and are planning to expand into several other
townships. Click Here to view our Sanctity of Life Ministry page and more information.
Church Basement Ladies
Luba, Sue and Caye, the St. Luke Church Basement Ladies, went to see the play Church Basement Ladies recently in Skokie at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts. The playwrites Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke adapted the script based on the book "Growing Up Lutheran" by Suzanne Johnson Nelson and Janet Letnes Martin. A good time was had by all -- lots of laughs. William Christopher (of M*A*S*H fame, Fr. Mulcahy) played the priest.