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Lay Chairperson Report - January 2013

Submitted by George Poulos

January, 2013

The simple act of observing and not speaking too much this last year has taught me a great deal. The responsibility of Lay Chairperson is rather vague. We are supposed to lead and inspire. I believe that I am the one who has been inspired and I thank the congregation and especially the Parish Council for all it has taught me. We are not perfect, but the lack of selfishness and the community mindset has and continues to be an example of God’s eleventh commandment. I would like to think that I have, by example, been a loving member of Saint Luke’s parish and will continue to be.

I want everyone to give generously to our church of their gifts, whether material, or talent, or both. We have a special group of people at Saint Luke’s who give much and expect nothing in return, as it should be. Let us continue to follow the Traditions of Orthodoxy as Christ commanded. I believe we have been an inspiration to many people, and that may be our greatest accomplishment. I beseech all who read this to pray that we will continue to be a shining example of Orthodoxy and pray that the Word will always be with us.

Our next year will consider some changes to the church structure. We may expand the building, or rearrange some seating or even consider moving to a larger building. All of this is open to discussion, and I invite input from all.

We have continued our PADS program, and it is now more efficient and serving a large number of women and children. Judging from the number of women and children seeking shelter, there is a great need, and it is underserved.

The bookstore is complete and managed. We probably should create a list and prices of all inventory online and a hardcopy for those interested in purchasing something. It is a ministry that could be a fundraiser for other ministries.

Our financial health is good. I worry about the faltering tithing. We need to remember to give back some of what God has given us.

Our attendance has been sporadic. I would like all of us to reflect on our attendance and encourage others to attend.

I want to make a special comment about what concerns me a great deal. I do not want us to lose our young adults to the secular world. Please talk to your children and let them voice their questions and concerns. They need to be able to ask the right people these questions, not some unqualified person who may seem to be credible. Thank you for your support and love.