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Stewardship Sunday is celebrated in preparation for the advent season and the national holiday of Thanksgiving. At the conclusion of the Liturgy the Estimate of Giving cards are collected and blessed. Each family confidentially writes down the on the card the amount they plan to give next year. This amount will form the basis of the 2012 budget.
St. Luke Hosts PADS Program
Some photos of the PADS homeless program. This is our fifth year as one of a network of local churches which house the homeless women and children during the winter months. Men go to another location.
As the weather grows colder we will have more women and children who will be fed a meal and sleep in the church basement one night a week.
The facility opens at 7 PM and continues until the next morning to 7 AM. Parishioners and other volunteers donate 4 hr shifts. There is always a need for more volunteers. Signup sheets are available at the candle desk or you can contact Jill or Tom our sight manager.
Garden Center 11th Anniversary Of Participation
Fr. Andrew started our visit with a story about Archangel Michael.
The Altar Table was adorned with a large white angel and two small angels.
Fr. Andrew then explained about the nine ranks of angels, Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones being the highest. Then followed by, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels and Angels.
Everyone was in eager anticipation of Stea's beautiful homemade chocolate marbel cake decorated with candy.
Cake and ice cream was enjoyed by all.
Children's Sermon For November
The children's sermon this month was "show and tell." as part the Fr. Andrew's presentation on the meaning of the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Andrew distributed a pamphlet for parents about teaching their children to love the Liturgy. Information On Pamphlet
Fr. Andrew described the liturgical items used in the Diving Liturgy such as the seven branch candlestick or menorah. The items shown are old and worn and are being made ready for recycling.
Father revealed the most sacred cloth with the icon of Christ's burial called the Antimins which is presented to the church by our bishop. Since we have a new bishop we will be receiving a new one. This cloth is has the bishop's signature which gives Fr. Andrew permission to celebrate the Liturgy.
Fr. Andrew and Lee Kopulos attended the 16th All American Council in Seattle at the Bellevue Hyatt Hotel. This photo is the opening session with 10 Bishops, 249 Clergy Delegates, 242 Lay Delegates 3 Retired Clergy, 79 Observers 20 Guests. total = 602. All documents and Pod casts of the sessions can he heard on www.oca.org.
St. Luke sponsored a display booth at the All American Council for YOCAMA, Young Orthodox Christian American Missions Adventures. Last July, 16 teens and adults from St. Luke participated in this mission to Native Americans. It is hoped the display generated more interest among OCA parishes.
Metropolitan Jonah gave the hieratical blessing at the one of the five Liturgies celebrated in the Hotel ball room which was set up as an Orthodox Church. All Plenary Sessions and the Grand Banquet were held in same room.
The final Hieratical Liturgy was held on Friday morning. At this liturgy all languages in the Orthodox Church in America were used. These included English, Spanish, Alaskan Native, Greek, and Russian. 50 representatives from Alaska were present, a record number.