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Battle Of The Brains
During the 2010-2011 school year, the junior high classes of Saint Luke and Saints Peter and Paul (Burr Ridge) covered the Book of the Acts of the Holy Apostles. Both classes were taught from the same material. Teachers Aristea (L) and Laura (R) decided to hold a "Battle of the Brains" contest to measure the students' knowledge. Two teams of four panelists were chosen to compete.
The Saint Luke team plans their strategy.
The Saints Peter/Paul team does some last-minute cramming.
THE RESULT: A TIE! Congratulations to both teams.
Prayer Shrine Nears Completion
St. Luke praish has been working on a Prayer Shrine where parishioners and visitors may come and sit, enjoy nature, and pray.
Interior of Prayer Shrine.
Mission To Montana
The acronym YOCAMA means Young Orthodox Christian American Mission Adventures. Fr. Andrew and 14 of St. Luke members, both adults and teens, participated in this years program. Each participant had to raise $700. which covered the transportation, lodging, food and donations to the Blackfeet Indian Nation in Montana.
Fr. Andrew is standing next to the AMTRACK train which stopped in Minneapolis on the way to the Blackfeet reservation.
Another stop along the way. The train trip took 30 hours because of washed out tracks and derailed cars which was a result of the recent floods in Minot, North Dakota. This was the first train over the newly repair tracks.
The team of 27 under the leadership of Ann Salvatore, program director, arrived in East Glacier Montana which was the train station closest to the Blackfeet reservation. The team still had to car pool to Browning Montana about 40 miles East of Glacier.
There were three projects assigned for the week long mission: the demolishing and rebuilding of a storage kitchen, building park benches and repair of the playground and the painting of a barn. This photo shows unloading the material necessary for the projects.
Fr. Andrew, Lee, Art and Kevin framing the walls in Browning which will be taken to the work site at the Heart Butte Senior Citizens Center. Heart Butte is the location of all of the projects.
Each day began with morning prayers and ended with Little Compline. After the evening service a group discussion about the days activities was led by Fr. Andrew, Ann Salvatore and representatives from the Blackfeet Nation.
This is the first day of work on our construction project. We demolished the existing storage Kitchen in order to build a bigger and safer structure. The facility is used for the Meals on Wheels program for senior citizens.
This is the second day of work. The new storage kitchen is taking shape under the leadership of Greg who was appointed construction leader by the mission team.
Greg is on the roof, Alex is climbing the ladder while Nicholas is nailing sheeting. Everyone worked each day from 8 AM until 5 PM. When it looked like the project would not be finished several members of the teams went to the construction site even earlier.
Lunch was prepared for us each day by the community.This is Fry Bread, a Native American dish which we would like to introduce to St. Luke Parishioners. Fr. Andrew could not resist having two of them.
While the majority of the mission team worked on the storage kitchen several other members completed new benches for the playground. Still to be done is the replacement of the swings which had been broken.
The new storage kitchen nears completion. Greg is still on the roof, Caye is nailing the deck ramp while Lee selects the next board.
Father blessing the new building. Although it was not finished, the senior center director visited the site so he blessed it while she was present.
The new swings made from old tires completed the playground project. Madeline and Emily are watching while the children try them out.
The kids played volleyball in the gym of the school that was our "campsite" most nights.
On Sunday the Divine Liturgy was celebrated on the lawn at Glacier Park Lodge. After the Liturgy, coffee tea and sweet roles were served by the lodge staff.
This was our outdoor coffee hour after the Liturgy. We were behind the Glacier Park lodge. You can see a bit of mountain in the background.
A group photo of St. Luke's YOCAMA team. They thank all who supported this mission with their prayers and donations.
This is Father Andrew and a couple of the kids taking in the view.
View of the lodge where we celebrated the Divine Liturgy. The Lodge was built in 1912 and is open every summer to international tourists. After the Liturgy we went on a 4 mile hike up the valley to the falls. A nice end to our mission to the Blackfeet Nation.
Some of the kids resting along the trail next to a mountain lake at Glacier Park. It was a 3 hour hike and we saw 2 waterfalls.
Our team hiking the trail beside a mountain lake.
Crossing a stream on a bridge with only one rail.
At the station getting ready for our train ride back to Chicago.
Welcome back to Chicago 6 hrs late.
Mission To New Mexico
Another group from YOCAMA traveled by airline to the Navaho reservation in New Mexico. Among the group of 60 teens and adults, St. Luke was represented by two Parishioners: Steve and Sarah.
One of several projects was the repair of a mobile home. Steve was voted team leader for the project. The tools and materials had to be purchased at the Home Depot which was 50 miles away from the Reservation
After some difficulty purchasing the materials, work finally began. The project was completed by the end of the 7 day program.
The Sunday Divine Liturgy was held at a Christian Camp center. The mission team was lodged at the center
Many Years To Mark And Margaret
We are St. Luke would like to extend our best to Mark and Margaret on their wedding today. God Grant Them Many Years.
George Poulos from our Media Ministry gave a presentation of the beliefs and history of the Orthodox church at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. The pastor of St. Paul's has been meeting with Fr. Andrew in preparation for a visit to Russia as part of his Sabbatical leave. Reverend Lucas and his family attended the Divine Liturgy at St. Luke.
Children's Sermon For July
The children's Sermon was about the meaning of pilgrimage. Fr. Andrew described places where the bible stories about the life of Jesus took place like Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Father presented crosses made from olive wood which were given to him by the Christians who live in Bethlahem asking that we pray for them and for peace in the Holy land.
Images From The Holyland
Fr. Nick and Fr. Andrew at the site of the Baptism of Christ. The 37 Pilgrims were given special permission to be at this site which is not open to the public. They are now travelling from Galillee to Jericho in the foot steps of Jesus Christ.
Pilgrims visiting the upper room in Jerusalem where the Lords Supper took place. Our Father who art in Heaven....
Visiting the Patriarch of Jerusalem His Holiness Theophilos, receiving his blessing. Fr. Nick and Fr. Andrew received Mother of Pearl Crosses. They will be serving the liturgy together at the tomb of the resurrection on Sunday.
Fr. Andrew descending into Lazaras's tomb at Bethany.
Fr. Nick not smoking but riding a camel.
Group photo of pilgrims at the Church of the Agony by the Garden of Gethsamine.
Saint Luke pilgrims at the church of the resurrection standing by the slab where Christ's body was laid after he was taken down from the cross.
Venerating the tomb where Christ rose from the dead. Each Sunday morning beginning at midnight the Divine liturgy is celebrated.
Mt. Nebo in Jordan. It is really hot so we are in the shade. This is the place where Moses viewed the promised land but was not permitted to enter. He died here and was buried near by.
View of the promised land from Mt. Nebo.
Pilgrims at Petra.
Flight into Egypt. We are heading for St. Catherines.
Photo from Mt. Sinai with Fr. Nick and Fr. Andrew at the chapel built to commemorate Moses receiving the Ten commandments. The hike down the Mountain was more difficult but faster.
Sent from the top of Mt sinai This took 4 hours of climbing. It was very difficult. Now the hard part going down. My legs held up so far. This was really beautiful to see the sun come up.