Outreach & Evangelism Report Annual Meeting January 2011
Prepared by Lee Kopulos, Chairperson
“We are the Church of Jesus Christ, the Apostles and the Martyrs!”
Our evangelism and outreach program this year centered on two important aspects of Christian life: First and foremost is the fact that we must be faithful to the Apostolic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ, the Apostles and the Martyrs. We gain and enhance our faith through our Bible Study program which has just completed its 4th year. Second, we get inspired to do God’s work when we participate in the annual Missions & Evangelism Conference. All our studies are centered on discovering one’s spiritual gifts and using them for the benefit of Christ’s Church. Of course, there is no better example of using your gifts then our patron St. Luke who had many gifts and extraordinary qualities as a healer, historian, evangelist with St. Paul and iconographer.
Formation and Struggles, The Birth of the Church AD 33- 200
This book covered the years after the resurrection centering on the early church and its experience with the Roman Empire and its cult of the emperor. Included in this study was: The Birth and Expansion of the Church beyond Jerusalem, Religious Syncretism, St. Paul’s missionary work, the Jewish –Roman Wars and the Rift between Christians and Jews, the new Christian centers – Rome, Antioch and Alexandria. Persecution & Martyrdom, The Christian Apologists and the Saints who began the development of church doctrine in response to Gnosticism and other forms of erroneous thinking. The martyrdom of Justin and Polycarp are highlighted. In the second century St. Justin, considered the foremost Apologist, along with Athenagoras of Athens, Theophilus of Antioch, Origen of Alexandria and Tertullian along with St.Irenaeus and St. Clement. The text was supplemented with excerpts from the Didache and Apophatic theology found in Timothy Ware’s text on church history. The basic elements in the Orthodox doctrine of God are:
The Mission & Evangelism Conference
There is one body and one spirit in the church. Gifts for leading the church and equipping the laity for its work are listed in Ephesians 4: 11-16.
Greeter Program – our Patron is St. Sampson 6th Century master of Hospitality
Visitors and Guests,br />
The US economy is still suspect with job loss still a big problem, Income woes and now increased taxation will continue to be a problem for our people. Perhaps this is the reason for rather low numbers of new visitor/guests over the past two years as below:
Finally, we urge everyone to begin thinking and praying about coming out to our Bible Study program on Wednesday nights. The material is good, but the discussion is best!!! We will be studying a set of the Catholic Epistles in the spring meeting which center on how Christians should act in this world.
“Constant pondering of the Holy Scriptures will always fill the soul with incomprehensible wonder and joy in God” - Isaac the Syrian