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Fellowship Annual Report January 2014

Special Events – Luba Johnson

Our special events are supported by the entire Community Development Team. We provide fellowship, activities and refreshments for many events. These events are planned to help bring together St. Luke parishioners as well as members from other parishes. The Special Events’ Ministry has unfortunately had to extend itself a bit this year because many parishioners were unable to volunteer to assist. To all of you that stepped up and assisted with special events I extend my gratitude for your hard work and support. I also thank everyone who attended these events and hope that the fellowship was enjoyable.

The Community Ministry continues to stress working together and this can only make this ministry, Special Events, stronger. Also, a thank you goes out to the Teen Class that has helped out in the social hall for our special events. I have enjoyed being the leader of this ministry and look forward in supporting the new leader. The following are some of the major events we hosted in 2013.

New Member Coffee Hour – Hosted by Caroline Potter and Diane Nickolaou An extended Coffee Hour was held on March 10th, 2013 (Meat Fare Sunday) to welcome New Members. Breakfast items to enhance the regular coffee hour were ordered from Polonia Catering. Everyone enjoyed quiche, biscuits and gravy, bacon, fruit and an assortment of pastries. Diane and Caroline did a fantastic job of hosting this event! – Thank You.

Pascha “Breaking of the Fast” – Hosted by Sue Lisowski and Tanya Andoniadis Our Pascha feast in the early morning hours following the Resurrection Service was very well attended. Parish members supplied a variety of delicious foods to help break our fast. After weeks of fasting, everyone was ready for all the wonderful meat and dairy dishes. Father Andrew blessed the Pascha Baskets before the meal. Thank you all that assisted in the set up and cleaning up. Sue and Tanya, thank you for hosting.

Quad-Parish Picnic – Hosted by Luba Johnson The Quad Parish Picnic (6/2/13) was successful even though the attendance from every parish was much lower from years past and the weather did not cooperate. The Liturgy was held at St. Luke because of the muddy grounds at the Forest Preserve. The luncheon was held in St. Luke’s social hall and the children’s games were held in the old basement. Even though we had to make a lot of adjustments, everyone had a good time. Because of the low attendance especially from St. Luke and Sts. Peter and Paul, the Picnic Committee will be addressing this issue at their meetings. St. Luke had approximately 40 paid participants at the picnic. Thank you to all that attended and helped with the set-up and clean up.

St. Luke Feast Day – Hosted by Luba Johnson St. Luke celebrated its feast day with Vespers (10/17/13) that was followed by a lite supper. It was attended by approximately 35 people. St. Luke Feast Day luncheon was held on October 20, 2013. The Committee decided to change the activity title from October Fest Celebration to St. Luke’s Feast Day Celebration to emphasize our Church’s Saint’s Day. Our attendance again was not as high as in the past. To assist families with the cost of the luncheon, St. Luke picked up the cost for children ages 14 and under. As always, the food from Polonia was delicious. Because many parishioners did not commit to purchasing tickets prior to the affair, less food was ordered. This actually worked out well and very little food was left over.

Christmas Eve Supper – Hosted by Mary Jo Werbiansky At our traditional Christmas Eve (12/24/13) 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. Thank you - Mary Jo for hosting this event and everyone that attended.

Wakes and Funerals
This year the Fellowship Committee assisted at the wakes with setting up refreshments for visitors. Funeral luncheons were also held at the St. Luke Social Hall. Our committee assists with the setting up of the catered food along with the clean-up. Memory Eternal - Bernadette (Bernie) Kozbiel and Tony Tsapralis.

PLANS FOR 2014

St. Luke’s will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014. We are forming a committee to plan a very special event for this occasion. If you would like to help on the committee, please contact Diane at dwilczak@ameritech.net. Our committee so far consists of Diane Wilczak, Matthew Potter and Mary Ellen Seper.