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Fellowship Annual Report January 2012

Special Events – Nadia Doss

Our special events are supported by the entire Community Development Team. We provide activities and refreshments for many events each year. Special thanks to Luba Johnson who filled in for me on special events when I was out of town. The following are some of the major events we hosted in 2011.

New Member Luncheon Hosted by Caroline Potter and Diane Nickolaou

New parish members were honored during Liturgy and treated afterwards to a brunch. The entire parish was invited to participate. Donations received for the brunch were earmarked for the monthly Charity Collection – St Luke Mission Team.

2011 Hoedown Hosted by Pat Dravillas and Shirlie Hansen

Our Hoedown celebration was a huge success. Our St Luke families and friends enjoyed a delicious western bar-b-q and line dancing with a professional dance instructor. A great time was had by all!

Pascha

Our Pascha feast in the early morning hours of Sunday April 4th followed the Resurrection Service and was very well attended. Parish members supplied a variety of delicious foods to help break our fast. After weeks of fasting, we enjoyed the many and varied ethnic entries shared by members.

Quad-Parish Picnic – Luba Johnson, Chairperson

Once again this event was successful. An estimated 190 people were present for Liturgy and the picnic. From St. Luke we had approximately 85 paid attendees. Several more attended Liturgy, but did not stay for the picnic. Once again the weather cooperated.

The food was catered by Polonia and was delicious. The children enjoyed playing games and watching the magic show given by Fr. Kurt. Bishop Matthias seemed to have a good time. From my communications with Fr. Myron who has been in contact with the Bishop, he was pleased with the fellowship and wished us well as we begin to plan for next year. Next year's picnic may include another Parish St. Nicholas in Joliet.

St. Luke Feast Day and Oktoberfest – Hosted by Luba Johnson

Oktoberfest was a huge success. As always, the food from Polonia was delicious. In addition to our St Luke members, friends from St. Peter and Paul, Archangel Michael, and St Panteleimon attended.

Christmas Eve Supper – Hosted by Mary Jo Werbiansky

At our traditional Christmas Eve supper, the table was set for the Holy Supper Ritual. The meal preceded the Nativity vigil and commemorated the Old Covenant which ends with the birth of Jesus. Unleavened bread was broken and eaten with wine. Also garlic and twelve fasting foods (no meat or dairy) were served.