Outreach & Evangelism Report Annual Meeting January 2014
Prepared by Lee Kopulos, Chairperson
The Goal of the Christian Life
SALVATION: The Orthodox Church teaches that God alone has redeemed mankind through the cross. Salvation is the process of accepting and incorporating that act of redemption personally. It is an organic restoration to union with God, a process of “being saved” by God’s grace. (1 Corinthians 1:18 and 2 Corinthians 2:15) The life of the church is nothing more than this life of salvation and grace made accessible to all who would avail themselves to it. (From the brochure, “Encountering Christ in His Church, Conciliar Press Ministries, Inc.)
In our 8 years of study of Holy Scripture one point is clear: Scripture is there to touch your heart!!! For, if it touches your heart, it will remain in the heart and become a part of one’s life in speech and action as a disciple of Christ the Savior. This study is the longest one we have done taking 21 weeks covering 430 pages. This Gospel of Luke did without question, “illumine our hearts.”
We are presently beginning to study an extraordinarily written book entitled, “Ask for the Ancient Paths: Discovering What Church Is Meant To Be,” by Fr. James Guirguis. This book is being reviewed by our regular Bible Study Group on Thursdays and by a Sunday Group after the Fellowship hour. Everyone is welcome to join either group.
Our goal in 2014 is to see that all members have read and discussed this very important book and will become comfortable in conversing, in a simple way, about their Orthodox Christian Faith.
We commend Fr. Andrew, Allison DeYoung and George Poulos who collaborated on a new St. Luke Brochure in full color with great graphics that really tells our story!
High School Bible Study
Church Guests/ Visitors As we have said before….These are tough times in America for everyone including our Christian churches. Most churches are not growing but declining in their attendance. Orthodoxy in the 90’s grew at a 15% clip. Now we believe it is neither showing growth nor loss. Our Church of St. Luke typically grows at a rate of 5%. This is the second year in a row that our Guest totals are low:
Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
We who work in evangelism look forward to the challenge of a society in America that is increasingly secular and basically disrespectful to Christian morals and values. We know that our Savior is with us and will, through the Holy Spirit, help us transmit the vital message of salvation to all who will as He, our Lord, has said: