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Youth Organization (YO) Annual Report January 2005

Prepared by Maria Kopulos

The Youth Organization meets the last Sunday of each month in the conference room. YO consists of those students ranging from seventh to twelfth grade. This past year has shown incredible effort by the members. They have jelled together and invested a lot of hard work which has been beneficial to them as well as others. Whether they are pushing wheelchairs, selling hot dogs, assembling ornaments, smiling, laughing, or talking, they have made a difference for those in other countries and at home at "St. Luke's". They are a very ambitious group who love to help and give. As a family, they have grown and will continue to mature with the love and motivation that they have received from God. Since 2004 was a wonderful and fruitful year for the group, I suspect that 2005 will bring them more fruit with the passion that they have all displayed.

  • Oak Forest Hospital Visit: On Sunday, March 21st , YO helped the Recreational Therapy Department by transporting patients to/from a social activity in the auditorium. A total of 18 "St. Lukians" participated - of which 9 were YO members. The rest were adult parishioners and our two deacons.
  • Katie Bern organized a "High School Fellowship" for area high school students on Saturday, April 24 from 7 to 10 pm at Saint Luke. About 30 students from local churches participated. Thanks to Chuck Bern, Deacon Andrew, Jerry Kincaid, Chris Dandeles, and Jim Lewandowski who chaperoned.
  • The video entitled "Sex Has Consequences" was presented at the YO meeting on Sunday, 4/28 during Church School. This was in conjunction with the marriage topic that Father had presented on 2/29 and 3/7.
  • Yo hosted the coffee fellowship on Mother's Day, May 9th.
  • On Sunday, 5/21, Anna Kokayeff presented a talk to YO on "Abuse in Relationships."

    Fall 2004

  • YO's first meeting in September took place on 9/26 in the Conference Room after Divine Liturgy. They shared pizza and planned fall events. They planned a fund raiser for 11/7 and another visit to Oak Forest Hospital later in the season.
  • Sunday, November 7, YO sponsored a Hot Dog/Ice Cream social in the Fellowship Hall after Divine Liturgy. Benefit: Milk/Biscuit program of Calcutta. A total of $435 was raised.
  • Sunday, December 5 - YO sponsored a homemade Christmas ornament sale coordinated with the Church School visit from St. Nicholas Day. A total of $120 went to the OCA Christmas Stocking Program.
  • Sunday, December 12 after Divine Liturgy - YO helped push wheelchairs at Oak Forest Hospital.

    Plans for 2005

    YO will have there first meeting January 30 to discuss their plans for the year. Items that have been of interest for this year are; a few social events teamed with games, dinner, and vespers, a ski trip, Lenten retreat, Oak Forest volunteering or entertaining, and a possible fundraiser.