Lay Chairperson Report - January 2011
Submitted by Steve Hansen
Over the last couple of years, we have lost some very dear members of St. Luke as well as our Archbishop Job. It has become increasingly clear to me during this time that St. Luke is more than just a House of Worship where people come to pray. Our church has the feeling of an extended family where people truly care for and pray for each other. If God is love, then He certainly spends a lot of time in the minds and hearts of those who attend St. Luke. We help each other when we are in need, and we help those who just need extra assistance whether we know them or not. This is evidenced in the PADS ministry, Garden Center visits, monthly charitable donations, and in the group who traveled to Mexico to build a home for a young couple, just to name a few. Christ calls us to serve others and the parishioners of St. Luke are finding ways to do that.
As I have stated in previous reports, the Sunday School Education Team is to be commended for their efforts in helping to educate our children in the Orthodox Faith. I firmly believe that much of the success of our continued growth in children’s attendance is attributed to their hard work. By the way, if you have not seen the redecoration of the classrooms, you should take the time to see the magnificent murals in each of the rooms. Many of our parishioners donate their time and talents to ensure that St. Luke remains a place where families want to attend and worship Christ our Lord. The more we all get involved, the stronger and better off we will become.
Our overall attendance is up three souls per week in 2010 as compared with 2009 (see attached chart, next page). 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 again four children per week in 2010 as compared to 2009 for an average of forty-one per week. We have almost doubled our children’s attendance over the past five years!
Despite our poor economy and the struggles of those who have lost employment, our donations have continued to increase year over year. I think that is pretty amazing and it is obvious that the parishioners of St. Luke are committed to supporting their church along with all of our programs and ministries.
The Property Team continues to make improvements to the church, fellowship hall, parking lot and whatever else needs attention. I think you will continue to see improvements to our facility in 2011.
May we all be blessed with a happy and healthy year. Glory to Jesus Christ!