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The St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church
Greeter Program
Since our founding in 1984

Theme: Greetings in the Name of the Lord

“Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are called of Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:5-6)

Patron Saint : St. Sampson the Hospitable a physician noted for his compassion for his patients . While he was born in Rome, he practiced in Constantinople. Sampson saved the Emperor Justinian of an incurable disease merely by placing his hands on him. In Sampson’s honor the grateful Emperor built a home for the needy. He fell asleep in the Lord in 530 A.D.

Our Motto: All Guests who present themselves in our Temple of Worship are to be welcomed as Christ!
• Our Greeter Teams stand in the Narthex to receive each guest and make them feel at home. The first impression can be a lasting one.

• The Greeter is the most important function in the church for it begins the process of saving souls.

Functions & Duties: The Greeter teams of two come early to church to make sure the Narthex has been properly supplied. Upon receipt of any new visitor, the team makes sure the person becomes familiar with the candlestand and other basic features of the building. Guests can write names for prayer and healing, light a candle, and then be given a Divine Liturgy Book and escorted into the Nave to sit. The Guest will also be asked to sign an info card and be given special brochures on Orthodoxy and St. Luke Church. If someone is not familiar with Orthodox Worship the Greeter will assist the person throughout the Liturgy. Also, there are special times during the Liturgy where the Greeter must hold people in the Narthex especially when readings, processions or collections are made.

Note: A Procedural Manual and Greeter Guide for effective greeting of seekers to Orthodox Christianity can be found under the title, Evangelism Ministry, in this web-site.

The St. Luke Greeter Teams

Geo. Evangelopoulos & Justin Bern
Linda Kopulos & Dennis Dandeles
Esther Poulos & Stea Zekios
Karen Verderber & Diane Nicholaou
Team Hansen, Stephen and Sarah

Chairperson: Lee Kopulos

Most of these Greeter Teams have been a part of this ministry for well over 15 years. We encourage anyone to become a part of this ministry by contacting our Priest and Chairperson.

Here is what the Bible says about Hospitality:
• “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

• “Share with God’s people in need, practice hospitality.” (Romans 12: 13)

• “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (1Peter4:9)

As St. Paul exhorted the Colossians:

“When Christ, who is our life appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory…..where there is neither Greek nor Jew………Slave or free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore, as the elect of God, Holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;………But above all these things put on love which is the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3: 4-14)

Lee Kopulos
July 30, 2014