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Greetings From China
Here is Father Andrew and Pat in Tibet. At the time of this posting they were in Chingking and doing well.
Narthex Cabinets Completed
The new cabinets for the narthex are at last completed. Not only do these cabinets help to beautify the narthex, but with their marble tops and larger candle area they greatly reduce the chance of an accidental fire. This project was headed up by Lee Kopulos.
Additional Narthex Cabinet.
Also a cabinet was added in the sacristy in the room off of the altar.
St. Lukes Remembers 911
The World Trade Center I beam with the Icon of St. Nicholas. This icon was made as a memorial to those who died and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church which was destroyed when the Twin Towers fell.
The cross decorated with red, white and blue ribbons.
Sign announcing the special memorial program to the community. The Church was open all day and our bell rung on the hour. We had a steady stream of visitors all day.
The America flag was flown over Washington and given by our State Senator in support of the special memorial program. The flag on the wall has the names printed on it of all who perished. The open book has photos of all the victims.
Boy Scouts from Troop 665, Chicago Ridge took part in the 9/11 ceremony. They were featured on the front page of the Daily Southtown Newspaper.
Fr. Andrew in his uniform. He is a retired Air Force Chaplain and Civil Air Patrol Chaplain.
Fr. Kevin Scherer was the featured speaker. He is Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian College Fellowship. His presentation was quoted in the Southtown newspaper. He spoke about peace and forgiveness. He was a Chaplain at Ground zero.
Our long time friend Bill Droll who is Campus Minister at Moraine Valley and Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart Catholic Church spoke about how this memorial is more meaningful than those done in the secular community. There were many guests from Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Archbishop Job of the Diocese of Chicago of the Orthodox Church in America was present challenging those present to battle against apathy and anger.
All gather in the Narthex of St. Luke for a light evening snack and refreshments. Those present were able to speak with the Archbishop.
Church School Begins Another Year
Fr. Andrew blesses the children and church school teachers with Holy Water after reading the prayer for the beginning of instruction.
The First Children's sermon of the new Church year. This was about the finding of the true cross. Father showed the children many different crosses. The old piece of wood in his hand probably looked like the cross St. Helen found.
We have 56 children in our church school program. Not all were available for the photo.
St. Lukes Visits The Greater Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
Clark Wilson chanting the reading from the books of Kings about the Queen of Sheba's visit to Solomon.
Fr. Andrew preached about how the people of East Africa were prepared by the Holy Spirit for the Apostolic preaching of the Apostle Mark. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church traces its tradition to both Solomon and St. Mark.
The Choir of New Galilee Baptist Church sang inspiring Gospel hymns.
The members of St. Luke and New Galilee join together for a delicious southern fried chicken dinner.