Allow me to begin by expressing my deepest sense of gratitude.
Your financial contributions are vital to the long standing
success of our community of faith and its on-going effort to be a
faithful witness of Jesus Christ.
I am ever thankful for your commitment to St. Luke’s
Since my family and I joined yours 14 years ago, I continue to be
inspired by you and your love for this community.
In a few short years, you have completed a Capital Campaign,
raising funds to build the Education and Cultural Center; you have
pledged the funds for the new Iconography work that has commenced. The
750 families we minister to at St. Luke participate in the many programs
we offer, all of which provide opportunities for Christian fellowship
our new Married Couples ministry, Adult Bible Study, Sunday School,
Ladies Philoptochos, FTIN, Senior Men's and Women's Groups, GOYA, HOPE
and JOY, Dance, Junior & Senior Choir, Play Group, Altar Boys and of
course, the Greek Affair.
The Family Enrichment Initiative continues to grow with programs such as
college planning, internet safety for teens, preparing for our senior
years, blessing our pets and other programs impacting health and well
being. For me, it is a joy
to see our faithful come together as "two or three gather" in His
I am always impressed at how this community comes forward and gives
time, talent and treasure to come to the aid of our many philanthropic
endeavors of Philoptochos and
For Those In Need. We have prepared home-cooked meals for dozens
of our own parishioners.
Our adult and youth groups have prepared food and fed thousands outside
our community. We have collected coats, clothing and blankets and built
houses for the needy. We renovated a bathroom for baby Cal. You opened
your hearts and homes to twelve-year old Rafaela and her mom as we
helped give her a warm welcome and a new chance for an active life.
I rejoice in each of you as we heed our Lord's instruction to
care for the hungry, the naked, the sick and those imprisoned, more than
I give thanks in the many ways that St. Luke is able to be a spiritual
haven to you and to be a life changing presence in the world.
Over the last few weeks, we have been talking about stewardship;
how we care for ourselves, how we respond to God’s
love for us, and how we care for St. Luke, are all part of the spiritual
discipline of stewardship.
As a Church, we are about to enter into a time of thinking about how we
help make and create positive change within our community and for those
outside of it. I ask you to join us in prayerful preparation for
ourselves and for the whole Church as Stewardship Sunday approaches. As
of now, our financial obligations are showing a shortfall of one hundred
thousand dollars, preventing us from covering our operating expenses
through stewardship alone.
Our goal is to fund our operating budget fully so that all other
fundraising initiatives support outreach programs.
Please consider that every year we face increasing expenses.
Michael and Alexis, St. Luke and her ministries need your
generous financial support in order to be maintained.
In these constantly changing social climates we need our Church
more than ever to be our steadfast rock to support us.
contribution, large and small, will make an impact.
I know, by embracing an attitude of gratitude
for all of our Lord's blessings, we can meet our financial needs and
continue to grow as the body of Christ.
I ask you to give in response to what you have received from Him.
Please prayerfully consider how much you are able to contribute
financially in order to maintain St. Luke’s
ministries and continue to accomplish our mission and realize our
With brotherly love and respect,
Rev. Father Christ Kontos, Protopresbyter
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