Emma and Madeline are honored as graduates of High school and our church school program. They both received an Orthodox Study bible. Father Andrew opens the bible randomly and writes down the bible verse he first sees on the open page.
Emma is presented with her bible and church school diploma.
Justin received a special award for his participation on Ancient Faith Radio. He phoned in a question live and receive an answer from the priest. The podcast can be heard on Ancient faith Radio.
Nichol received a framed image of her design for the Junior Olympics T-shirts.
The Junior Olympic team receive their certificates of participation. Several team members are wearing the medals they won.
Awards were given for the church school students who completed the Lenten project which required a number of Lenten activities.
Jill Olson received the Annual Humanitarian Award from the Sertoma society (Service to Mankind ) for her work with PADS (Public Action to Provide Shelter).
After the Liturgy on Pentecost the Pentecostal kneeling prayers are read. Fr. Andrew, Proto Deacon Andrew and Deacon John read the prayers facing the congregation who are kneeling also. This service symbolizes the decent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and us as members of the Orthodox Church.
Clergy Convocation With Bishop Paul
Bishop continued a tradition set by Bishop Job ,of blessed memory, meeting with the clergy of the diocese in an intimate environment at the Carmelite retreat center in Darien. Besides discussing many topics, bishop Paul laid out his vision of the diocese. The main educational presentation was given by Cindy Heise from the central administration of the OCA on protecting our children from child abuse.
The Junior Olympics for the Metropolis of Chicago is held every year for the past 35 years at Stagg High School in Palos Hills. Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Parish organizes the program. Several of St. Luke parishioners helped out. St. Luke has been an invited guest for 20 years.
The running of the Olympic torch begins the games. The torch used is from the 1985 Olympic games in Los Angeles. Fr. Andrew and Pat attended the games in LA that year. After the lighting of the Olympic brazier the game began with a prayer and blessing by Metropolitan Iakavos.
Balloons are released at the moment the 10 K race begins. We had only one person running for St. Luke this year. Fr. Andrew encouraged other parishioners to run. He ran the 10k in 2000 at age 60. Now they have an age group for 60 and over.
The Junior Olympics team from Sts. Constantine and Helen with Metropolitan Iakavos, Fr. Byron in a wheel chair and Fr. Nick Jonas
St Luke’s Olympic Team!
St Luke’s Olympic Team marching in.
Diana running the 10K. (Gold Medalist).
Dn. John, Justin and Angela assisting the 10k runners.
James playing chess. (Silver Medalist)
Nicholas finishing chess match, and Michael giving out directions.
Anastasia during one of her checkers matches.
Adolph John playing a checker game.
Adolph John and Anastasia Silver and Gold winners in checkers!
St Luke’s bowling team.
St Luke’s bowling team.
Julia ready for a strike!
The St Luke’s bowling team 2015.
Mother's Day Brunch
Following Liturgy this Sunday, our Mothers received a blessing and a gift for Mother's Day.
The congregation then moved to the fellowship hall for a Mother's Day Brunch. The homemade spread of food was made by the members of the Guatemalan mission team. Proceeds will go to support the upcoming mission trip.
Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and sharing Mother's Day Brunch with their St. Luke Family!
Men's Theological Forum
Six men attended the forum to discus the role of the father in bestowing the legacy of Orthodoxy to their Children. Theo Poulos, the ministry leader, used an article on the subject by Fr. Lawrence Farley. He presented seven ways. Each way stimulated a lively discussion. They were: 1.Make sure you know Jesus 2. Make prayer the main occupation of your life. 3. Make an Icon corner the heart of your home. 4. Look for opportunities for intercession. 5. Be honest in answering questions. 6. Be involved your kids lives. 7. Rejoice in the Lord. 8. Pray for them.
Sertoma Award Presented
Jill Olson receives the Annual Humanitarian Award from the Sertoma society (Service to Mankind ) for her work with PADS (Public Action to Provide Shelter). St. Luke Parish hosts homeless women and children one night a week as part of a network of churches. On average there are over twenty persons who are fed and sleep in the parish fellowship hall each Monday from October to May.
Her name was submitted by Fr. Andrew who detailed the many hours she spends as site manager. He told the audience how Jill took over after the previous site manager could not continue because of health. Fr. Andrew said " just this past week she was picking up homeless women and children with her own car because the PADS bus was not running, she is truly deserving of this award.
Children's Sermon For May
Fr. Andrew is holding the sleeping bag he has used on mission trips. He used it to explain the healing of the paralytic at the sheep's pool. He asked the children about why Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed, Was Jesus checking if he was really was sick?
He asked the children about faking sickness so they did not have to go to school and how that was a lie and they should not do that because as Jesus said something greater could happen. He then explained the importance of thanking God. The healed paralytic went to the temple to give thanks. We come to church to thank God for all that he has done for us.
IOCC Annual Pan Orthodox Banquet
This year we had 13 parishioners attending from St. Luke. A donation of $1800 was given from our charity offering and the matching funds to support the suffering people of Syria and other troubled places in need of Christian Charity.
Ruth and Helen are looking at the items for the silent auction. Mark won two tickets to a Sox's baseball game this summer.
Fr. Malek of St. Mary's Antiocian Orthodox Church in Palos Park was the master of ceremonies. He is the founding Priest who started St. Mary's using St. Luke facilities. Fr. Andrew spoke to one of the children (all grown up) who served in the old basement during the time St. Mary's met at St. Luke.
Metropolitan Iakovos blessed the dinner and gave the invocation.
Ruth, Jill, Mark, and Fr. Andrew are seated at the table waiting to be served.
Esther and Stea seated with Caye and Justinian.
George, Maria, Michaelyn and Angela having a glass of wine.