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Aspects of Evangelism
The first objective of Christian Evangelism is to encourage and
prepare the membership to be witnesses of our Lord & Savior (Acts1: 8). This
preparation in today's Churches embodies the whole of the Church. All of its
functions are dedicated toward lifting up the spirit of the membership as it
witnesses to Christ on earth. At St. Luke Parish this takes the form of various
Ministries that members have responsibility for be it charity, Bible Study,
fellowship, publications, retreats, building, etc. The member is asked to share
his/her faith with fellow parishioners as "doers of the word" as below:
"...receive with meekness the implanted word which is
able to save your souls. But be doers of the word and not
hearers only...this one will be blessed in what he does. (Jas. 1:21-22,25)
The second action necessary is to fulfill the Great Commission of
our Lord to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations..." (Matt. 28:19-20).
This is done in our daily living as we share (witness) our love for Christ with our
fellow man. We do this by sharing with St. FRAN as we call it, i.e., our Friends,
Relatives, Associates and Neighbors, as we seek to bring them to God's Church for
"Being a witness is not difficult," says Fr. Jon Braun. "It is,
simply put, sharing the good news of Christ in our daily life." Since we share our
life's experiences in our jobs and families with our fellow man, why can't we share
our love of Christ the same way? Tell them what God has done in your life. How you
are saved by participation in the Holy Mysteries of the Church in the Church. As an
Orthodox Christian have you ever been asked:
Are you saved? Have you received the Holy Spirit? Have you
What we witness to is how God has come to us in Christ. In this
connection, the famous Metropolitan of England, Anthony Bloom, said recently:
"We are a group of people who have chosen to be Orthodox, who have
chosen to remain faithful to the Gospel as proclaimed by the Orthodox Church
from the very beginning......it means that we must be what the Church is called
to be ...a body of people who have chosen to be messengers of the Gospel and
and the messengers of Christ in the world in which we live."
The early Church was a body of people who were very alien to one
another. They could not even communicate other than through the Church. Today we
see remnants of this as America has broken down morally and theologically. However,
we see a great opportunity in America for Orthodoxy as many Americans are seeking
more from the Church than preaching the word or modern music. Orthodoxy offers the
rich heritage of the Ancient Church with its firm foundation of theology and its deep
sense of God in its worship services.
Special Programs - The central theme this year was on Women
in the Church
The Women's Retreat, March 23-24. - Fr. Andrew ministered to 11
St. Luke women at the Kopulos Retreat House in New Buffalo, Mi. We thank Linda
Kopulos and Mic Sloan for their planning of this very successful program. It will be
an annual event.
3rd Annual St. Luke Forum , Oct 20 - Feminism Betrayed. The role of
Women in the Church . How to juggle your career and family.
Special Speaker: Frederica Mathewes-Green. Nationally known
author, columnist, National Public Radio commentator and wife of an Orthodox Priest.
Over 130 guests attended this fine presentation - one of the best programs and
turnouts we've ever had.
Personal Testimony: Mother Theonymphie, St. Mary of Egypt
Mission, Cleveland, Ohio.
Mother spoke on her commitment to inner city welfare programs
for Americans of all walks of life.
Personal Testimony: Cindy Bastunas, St. Vladimir's Seminary student. Cindy explained how she gave up a very successful business career for service to Christ's
Church after the age of 40.
New Outreach Brochure - A new full color brochure highlighting our
diversity and community was produced through the production expertise of Andrea Dauro
and George Poulos.
Special Seminars - Both Sue Lisowski and Pearl Homiak attended
two special Evangelical Seminars. BOOT CAMP at St. Vladimir's in Crestwood, N.Y.
run by Fr. John Reeves, Director of Church Growth & Evangelism. Later, on the
Labor Day weekend, they went to Ligonier, Pa. to participate in the ANNUAL MISSION
& EVANGELISM CONFERENCE Directed by Fr. Peter Gillquist at Antiochian Village.
Prison Ministry - Lee Kopulos and Fr. Andrew were scheduled
to go to Denver for the first annual conference in September, but it was cancelled
Adult Guests - St. Luke had another good year in reaching
out to those seeking a church home. Here are the comparisons and results for the last
"an icon of an American Orthodox Church"