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Director of Charities, Karen Verberder Name: Karen Verderber
Job: Head of Charities

In Matt 25:35, Jesus identifies Himself with the poor and the outcast and invites each one of us to join this brotherhood of love for others..."for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. And the King, will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My Brethern, you did it to Me.'"

There is no exercise better for the heart for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." If we are to walk in Christ's footsteps, we then must serve others just as He did.

Whether it be giving bags of groceries, clothing, monetary donations, or just a hug and a listening ear, serving others is really what our time on Earth should be filled with. If we can commit to only this, we then can truely say that we've begun our walk with Jesus Christ.

Job Description

Initiates the charitable collection on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Meets monthly with the Charities Committee to review requests. Organizes all charitable donations. Presents reports at Parish Council meetings for final approval of charitable donations.

Current Events & Information

Future Charity Collections

April Collection Ilaas-Friends of St.Herman's Theological Seminary for helping with educational expenses of seminarians and spreading Orthodox Christianity in Alaska

May Collection Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Conn. building campaign to fund construction of a new church to serve growing needs of their mission community.

June Collection For the Eastern Orthodox Foundation of Indiana, Pennsylvania in providing quality care for the homeless and those recovering from substance abuse.

July Collection Charity collection will go to the following monastic communities, i.e. the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City P.A. The Nuns of New Skete, and the Holy Myrrh bearers Monastery in Otego Ny.

August Collection For the Care and Counseling Center, Evergreen Park Ministry, Inc. which resides in the Evergreen Plaza Shopping Mall and whose staff provides individuals with encouragement thru Bible Studies and the availability of a prayer room.

Food Drive St, Luke will have an ongoing collection of canned and boxed food items to distribute to individuals, families, or surrounding food pantries.

Coat Drive October and Novenber we will once again be collecting winter coats of all sizes for the Chicago area coat drive for the homeless

Links To Free Charities

There are at least two sites set up for people to donate to various charitiable organizations at no personal cost. Please check out these sites and donate daily.

Free Donation.Com: Donate for free to make the world a better place
The Hunger Site: Give food for free to the Hungry