OCTOBER PASTORAL MESSAGE
I am delighted to announce to you that the Fifth Annual
Metropolitan Evangelos Ambassador Awards Program, sponsored by the
Delaware Valley region Youth Commission of the Holy Metropolis of New
Jersey, will take place on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Merion Caterers,
The Holy Metropolis of New Jersey sponsors youth ministry for
teens under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America (GOYA).
GOYA programming is defined by the four basic components of Orthodox
life: Worship, Service, Witness and Fellowship.
The Metropolitan Evangelos
Ambassador Awards Program is established as a means for the church
to recognize young men and women residing in the Holy Metropolis of New
Jersey who significantly personify the attributes of these components.
All parishes, including St Luke, will be offering four young
parishioners, who will be honored and recognized at the October 26
banquet. In addition to the
youth, a Philoptochos member, a Parish at large member, Sunday School
and Greek School Educators will be honored by Metropolitan Evangelos.
This year's recipients are:
Ambassador of Faith
Ambassador of Love
Ambassador of Peace.
Nick and Anna Hadgis
Parish At Large Honorees
In appreciation for the tremendous support priests wives give and have
given to their husbands, this year His Eminence will be recognizing the
Presbyteres also. From St
Luke, he will be recognizing:
Presbytera Michele Kontos, my dear wife...
Presbytera Hrisafei Sophocles of the late Fr Sophocles &
Presbytera Maria Theophilos, of former pastor of St Luke, Fr
Finally, His Eminence will be recognizing the educators of our community
as we choose educators from our Greek School and Sunday School programs.
This year's honorees are:
Panayota & George Kevgas for Sunday School &
Magdalene Pastris for Greek School.
Congratulations to all of our recipients!
A blessed month to all as we look forward to celebrating our parish
Patron Saint on the Feast of St. Luke beginning with Great Vespers
October 17th at 7pm and then October 18th with Orthros at 9am and the
Divine Liturgy at 10am. Our gracious Ladies of Philoptochos will be
hosting a wonderful reception both days.
With brotherly love,
Rev. Father Christ Kontos