Internet Report Annual Meeting January 2008
Prepared by Mike Bauml
Our St. Luke website is one of the largest Orthodox internet sites on the world wide web. Topics, which are updated weekly, include Events, Sunday Bulletin, Prayer List, Prayer of the Week, and Online Bible Study. Information is also often provided to other topics, including Parish Information, The Faith, Reflections, Current Issues, In the News, The Evangelist, and Kid’s Page. The Members Only area lists minutes from each Parish Council meeting. In addition, a separate page for each clergyman, Council member and all ministry Team leaders displays the person’s picture, job description, and current issues. The corner icon on the front page is changed frequently and links (by clicking on it) to an explanation of the icon and its associated feast day. Hour of Orthodoxy radio programs were added in 2007 as well as photos of Fr. Andrew’s trip to Romania and You Tube videos. More videos will be inserted in the future as well as possibly a streaming video of church services for homebound people.
An often-accessed feature of our website is our Online Store. Sales tripled in 2007 and continue to increase. Popular items include prayer ropes, crosses, license-plate holders, and bumper stickers. Donations to St. Luke Church from throughout our country have also been received via our website. One person even decided to tithe to St. Luke parish until he finds a parish of his own to attend. Visitors to our website can sign a Guest Book and make comments. A typical comment: “I am new to the Orthodox Church. Formerly Episcopalian. I have found your site very useful in my journey.”
The St. Luke website is one of our strongest evangelism tools. In fact, many of our new members had their first contact with St. Luke through our website. So, take some time to view and enjoy it. Be sure to send any items of interest, photos, etc., to Mike at email@example.com for possible listing on the site. In addition, Council members and ministry leaders should periodically review their pages and send updates to Mike. Of course, all information and additions are subject to Father Andrew's approval. The St. Luke website belongs to all of us, and we should all work together to make it even better that it is now.