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St. Luke Parish Celebrates New Members
Today we honored our new members. We invited them to stand before the congregation and commit themselves to the work of Christ.
They were given Icons of St. Luke and introduced to the congregation who pray for them and guide them in ministry.
Each year on Meatfare Sunday we hold our last dinner with meat until the Paschal feast. All new members are served first.
At the dinner we honored our 19 new members with a cake.
YOCAMA Mission Presentation
Ann Salvator firstname.lastname@example.org from Young Orthodox Christian American Missions Adventures (YOCAMA) presented the mission plans for 2011. The Organization will sponsor trips to the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and Black Feet Reservation in Montana.
These trips are service missions which include home repairs, food delivery, medical screenings and fellowship with Native Americans. St. Luke is will be sending teens and adults on both mission trips in July. If interested in going contact Michaelyn Sloan at email@example.com, or Yocama Web Site for information.
St. Luke Parish held a Holiday Hoedown to celebrate 2010 and welcome 2011. Father Andrew got things started and gave a blessing of the food for the evening.
The theme was "Western" and the food was barbeque.
Kids plus balloons equals instant fun.
Line dancing lessons were given and the party was in full swing. Our thanks once again to our fellowship ministry for another great event.
St. Luke Parish Holds Annual Meeting
This Sunday St. Luke Parish held its annual meeting. Reports from all council members and ministry team leaders were distributed. Also the budget for the coming year was approved.
Children's Sermon For February
The children's sermon was about the feast of the Meeting of our Lord in the temple. Fr. Andrew read the story of how Christ was brought to the temple by Mary and Joseph for a blessing from the Priest.
He then explained that candles are blessed on this feast because Christ is the light of the world. He is holding 33 candles which he brought back from the Holy Land. One for each year of Jesus's life. This set of candles is used in the traditional Paschal service in Jerusalem.
After the sermon, Fr. Andrew blessed the candles which are used by parishioners to remember their departed loved ones and as symbols of the light of Christ.
Garden Center Visit For February
Father Andrew started out our visit with a story about the Monk Robert. He lived in England and showed love to others by providing shelter, food and kindness to sinners.
With Valentine's Day coming soon, Fr. asked how we can show love to others. Fr. then passed out candy to everyone, a small expression of love.
We ended our visit with conversation and cookies.
Sanctity Of Life Sunday
The Orthodox Christian Clergy Association sponsored a Sanctity of Life Thank giving service at St. Peter and Paul Parish in Burr Ridge IL. The Clergy assembled while Fr. Herman, rector of the parish, was the celebrant. Fr. Anthony Spangler gave the homily.
The final blessing was given by Bishop Elect Heiromonk Matthias. Fr. Matthias will be consecrated Bishop of the Midwest Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America on April 30.
Linda Couri was the guest speaker. She is a former Planned Parenthood employee who has both professional and personal experience with abortion issues. She presented an inside perspective on the Pro Choice mindset. What are the values, goals and motivations behind those who are Pro-Choice and what can we do to best address this complex and often hostile audience? Linda, now serves as Associate Director of Lay Ministry Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, shared her story and her own uncomfortable yet solid reconversion to the her Catholic faith.