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Lay Chairperson Report - January 2010

Submitted by Steve Hansen

January, 2010

In 2009, St Luke continued to advance in the community, in spirituality, and in attendance. Our Church building continues to look more inviting due to all the improvements completed by the Property Team. The new sign, brick staining, parking lot resurfacing, and other improvements to the property will hopefully attract passer-byes and help to make parishioners and guests feel good about attending St. Luke. We have obviously been blessed with the tower income, but I believe that we have used the funds wisely and will continue to do so. Please remember to continue to use the building fund envelopes to donate for future needs of the Church as you are able.

The PADS program, the annual 911 ceremony, the holiday gift-giving program through Social Services, the Garden Center visits, the Blood Drive, and our relationship with PASS are all examples of how our parishioners are involved with issues aimed at helping those in and around our community. I’m certain that there are some other initiatives that I have left out, but the message is the same… Please take the time to get involved with something that you are passionate about and encourage others to do the same.

Our Sunday School Education Team is to be commended for the wonderful job they are doing to help educate our children in the Orthodox Faith. In addition to our children learning more, the adults have many opportunities to increase their knowledge of the faith through the “School of the Seventy” headed by Else Tennessen, the morning prayer sessions headed by Father Andrew, the Bible Study headed by Lee Kopulos, and the Movie Club held at the Stevens’ home. These are all examples of opportunities to increase our faith and build lasting friendships.

Our overall attendance is down one body per week as compared with 2008 (see attached chart, next page). However, the number of children attending Church on a regular basis continues to rise as it has since I began keeping attendance in 2006. We were up slightly over 8 children per week in 2008 as compared to 2007, and are up again 4.3 more children per week as compared to last year. I firmly believe that the dedication and quality of the Sunday school program is a direct contributor to these steady increases. Extra curricular activities will also aid in establishing a bond among our children, so please encourage your children to participate.

I would like to close by thanking those parish council members who have fulfilled their maximum stay on the council. Thanks to Luba Johnson, Caye Caswick, and Debra Dandeles for their hard work the past 6 years.