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Evangelism Team Annual Report January 2003

Prepared by Team Leader Susanne Lisowski

2002 has been a busy year for our parish, and the Evangelism team has worked hard. I would like to commend each member of this team, both the ministry leaders and those who help them. They all have given of their talents and many, many hours of time to their respective ministries.

One of the year's highlights was the September 11th memorial. Instead of the annual outreach forum, we put our resources toward the day-long event. It was a great opportunity for us to welcome the community to our church, and we had many visitors that day. Many members of various ministries worked together in true team spirit to make it a memorable day.

Our charity ministry has continued to collect money for those in need, even though it was a hard year for our parish financially. We also were able to donate coats for the homeless and groceries to food pantries and individual families in need.

The Sanctity of Life ministry has continued to support the efforts of PASS (Pregnancy Assistance South Suburban), a crisis pregnancy center in Tinley Park. We were pleased to find that the baby crib/dresser hand-painted by our own Andrea Dauro was mentioned in one of PASS's brochures.

The website continues to grow in content and quality, and has received many compliments as one of the best church web sites on the internet.

The Evangelist has changed over the past year, offering new features and a spotlight on a different member or family each issue.

The "Lost Sheep" ministry, so named only for lack of a better term, is the newest and most sensitive. The purpose is not to guilt you into coming to church, but rather to ensure that no one slips through the cracks because they have a problem or need a ride. I am someone who regularly chose sleep over church on Sundays. I would have made more effort to get there if there were someone calling to say they missed me and asking how things are going. If you get a call, please don't be offended; just know we're thinking about you, we care and you are always welcome at St. Luke's.

Ministries of the Evangelism Team:

  1. Outreach (Lee Kopulos): Coordinates parish evangelism projects. Organizes greeters who welcome visitors to our church, and oversees the program of tracking visitors and ensuring followup.
  2. Charity (Karen Verderber): Coordinates the charitable efforts of our church. Screens and selects the recipients of the monthly charity collection. Oversees other projects to distribute aid those in need.
  3. Website (Ron Wojcik): Oversees the development of our church website.
  4. The Evangelist (Pearl Homiak): Solicits article, edits, publishes and distributes parish newsletter.
  5. Sanctity of Life (Mary Jo Werbiansky): Coordinates parish participation and interest in pro-life issues and events.
  6. Garden Center (Christine Bowen): Oversees the parish relationship with the Garden Center in Burbank, a home for mentally-challenged clients. St. Luke's visits the first Monday each month.
  7. Lost Sheep (Caye Caswick): A new ministry in development. The purpose is to encourage attendance of parishioners and to keep in touch with those not in attendance.
  8. Media (George Poulos): Provides multi-media support (photography, signs, fliers, audio-visual, etc.) for needs in church and various parish events.
  9. Hines VA Hospital (Ron Stacoviak): Occasional visits and services.