Philoptochos Chapter 1082: Saint Luke Greek Orthodox Church, Broomall PA

Fall 2012 News:

Membership Recruitment Activities:
[Our chapter] begins the Membership Drive by sending out our Philoptochos pamphlet to all parish members every two years when a new president is elected, and send to prospective members at any time. We include our mission statement, who we are and why one should join Philoptochos. We also include the many National programs and commitments, as well as our many local programs and projects. The pamphlet also includes an invitation to anyone who is interested in joining by attending our annual Welcome/Appreciation Tea. This lovely event thanks our members for their hard work and welcomes new members. In the past we have invited guests such as our National Philoptochos presidents to attend, along with other sister chapters’ members. We have a table set up after Church during coffee hour to attract prospective members. We post our events and encourage membership monthly in our Church’s Epistle. We plan programs of timely topics and field trips for our members and prospective members. Presently we have 227 members. Their participation is overwhelming. We continue to strive to grow in our membership.

Kathy Martin, President

St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church has just celebrated its 50th Anniversary, which culminated in a beautiful Jubilee Gala on October 20th.  Our Philoptochos is proud to be such an integral part of the life of our church.  We thank God for the blessings we have enjoyed as a community and pray for the continued growth and success of our parish and for the well being of all its stewards.

Philoptochos is in full swing for the year 2012-2013.   Our members were busy baking and working the pastry booth and wherever needed, for our parish’s annual Greek Affair festival in September. It is truly a labor of love for our ladies and brings all generations together to work for the church.  We begin preparing and freezing the pastries starting in the spring, and bake them the week of the festival.   Metropolis President, Anne Michals, visited our church on the Saturday of the festival and saw our ladies hard at work.

Our Philoptochos sponsored both the Vespers Reception and Nameday Luncheon for our beloved St. Luke, on October 17th and 18th.   We are also gearing up for our Fall fundraiser: Vintage Christmas Shoppes, which will be held on December 1st and 2nd , where we will be selling handmade treasures, vintage jewelry and homemade goodies.

We continue to work on outreach programs including the Ronald McDonald House guest chef program. Sewing pillowcases for children hospitalized with cancer and other serious illnesses continues to be a significant project.  To date our chapter has sewn 5,030 pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer!  In addition, one of our members has sewn 750 telemetry bags for children with heart ailments which are used to carry their monitors.  The newest outreach program for our chapter is the Knit a Square for KasCare, which helps children who are orphaned or abandoned in South Africa, many as a result of HIV/AIDS.  Our members knit squares which are then sent to South Africa and assembled into blankets.  An outreach project that we have supported for many years is the PEC (People’s Emergency Center), which shelters mothers and their children who have been in abusive relationships and suffered difficult personal circumstances   We collect and donate clothing, outerwear, school supplies, personal care items, gift cards etc for mothers and their children housed at the PEC. We will also hold a drive for the Christmas holidays.  Our chapter was recently recognized for 20 years of support of the PEC.

At our recent festival, our chapter debuted its new cookbook titled “Kali Orexi”.  It is meeting with rave reviews by Greeks and non-Greeks alike. The cookbooks are available for sale, so if anyone is interested in placing an order, please contact chairperson Phyllis @ 610-964-0225 or proebas@verizon.net.    Looking ahead, we will sponsor St. Luke’s annual Christmas Card and will enjoy our annual “St. Nick’s Night” social.

As a final note, our chapter’s First Vice President and Metropolis Board member, Alexis Limberakis, was recently appointed by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios to the National Philoptochos Board. We wish her much success in her new position.

We pray  all our sister chapters enjoy a fruitful and blessed year.


 

Spring 2012 News:

St. Luke’s Philoptochos is busy with many outreach projects and events. Our chapter recently hosted the Apokreatiko Glendi for the families of the parish. The summer theme was a welcome change from the cold winter and we all feasted on delicious barbeque! There were games and activities for the children and great music for the adults. It is a wonderful way to celebrate “Apokries” as a community.

We are preparing for our spring fundraiser to be held on May 10th, 2012.  Our annual “Bid ‘n Buy” theme this year is “New York, New York”. It promises to be an evening of fun and fellowship, with the proceeds going towards different charitable organizations. We have beautiful gifts and prizes that we believe will please our guests. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we count on the support of the entire community for its success.

In May, we will sponsor our annual Graduate Sunday event, when we recognize the graduates of the parish.  We have a speaker and present each graduate with a gift of an icon. .A luncheon is held in the graduates honor, following liturgy.  This year we are proud to award our first Philoptochos Scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

June will have us hosting a delicious brunch on Father’s Day for the wonderful dads of our parish.

March 25th was Daffodil Sunday and the sales of the bouquets of flowers support the American Cancer Society. Ongoing outreach projects include ConKerr Cancer pillowcases. This project allows us to continue to provide smiles to children battling cancer by giving them a gift of a cheery, colorful pillowcase, made by the ladies of our chapter. Our grand total of pillowcases made has now reached 4,415 and we are still going strong! We have involved the JOY and GOYA children of the parish in the sewing of the pillowcases, and also go to the hospitals to sew with the patients themselves. It is a heartwarming and worthwhile endeavor. We continue to be guest chefs at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and our next date to cook is in April. We provide dinner to the families living at the house while their children are being treated at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital.  After a long day at the hospital, the families appreciate having a delicious home cooked meal and our Greek dinners are always a big hit.  Another continuing outreach project is providing donations of new clothing, toys, personal care items and gift cards to the women and children at the People’s Emergency Center, an organization in Philadelphia that houses abused women and children.  This is a project that is supported by the entire St. Luke community, which clearly gives from the heart.

A major project for the chapter is the baking we have started in preparation for our Greek Affair festival in September. Every Tuesday until June, we bake while enjoying each others company. Our ladies give of their time and talent to our beloved St. Luke, to provide the delicious pastries our Church is known for. After a summer break, we will resume baking in September.

We have planned a social trip to New York City in April. We will visit the 9/11 Memorial and reflecting pools at Ground Zero and have guided tours through the galleries at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitors Center.  A dinner in Astoria will follow, making it a special day to spend together as a Philoptochos sisterhood!

Wishing all our sister chapters  “Kali Anastasi” and a beautiful spring.


 

Fall 2011 News:

The parish of St. Luke in Broomall, Pennsylvania is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. It is a vibrant and thriving community of close to 800 families. Our Philoptochos Chapter was chartered in 1963 and has been an integral part of the life of our parish and an active force in its growth and success. We presently have 218 members and have a truly multi-generational chapter. We have founding members working side by side with even our newest members, in a spirit of cooperation and love, to promote the mission of Philoptochos.

Having a large membership enables us to sponsor many events and varied outreach projects, as well as to assist with the needs of the parish. Some of our recent fundraisers have been fashion shows, the Apokriatiko Glendi, the Bid ‘n Buy, the parish Christmas card, and poinsettia offerings. From these events we have been able to monetarily support national and local charities as well as provide financial support for the needs of our church.

Our social events and receptions include our Welcome/Appreciation Tea, St. Luke Name Day Vespers and Luncheon, Christmas Party, Anastasi Breakfast, Graduates’ Sunday Program and Luncheon, and Father’s Day Brunch. In addition, our ladies prepare and serve coffee every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy, providing our parishioners with a lovely social hour.

We also have many different committees encompassing everything from hospitality to publicity to Easter Flowers, Senior Outreach, Membership and baking for our festival, among others. At our meetings, we try to address topics relevant and of interest to our members by bringing in guest speakers on a range of topics such as heart health in February and the history of iconography.

Our Philanthropic Programs reflect the commitment and passion our members have to help those in need. Our long-term outreach projects include providing clothing, school supplies and basic needs for The People’s Emergency Center, a safe house for women and children escaping abusive situations, and The Ronald McDonald House, which allows our members to prepare home cooked meals for the families residing there while their children undergo treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We have also provided funds to allow some of these children the opportunity to attend summer camp. There are two outreach programs that relate to cancer and they are Daffodil Day for Cancer and ConKerr Cancer. ConKerr is a project that provides fun and colorful pillowcases made by our members for seriously ill children being treated in the area children’s hospitals. This project involves all ages of our membership using a variety of skills. This project has also included our GOYA and JOY groups. To date, we have made close to 4,000 pillowcases and have been recognized by the founder of ConKerr for our commitment to its goal of “making sick children smile, one cheery pillowcase at a time”.

The wonderful and hardworking women of our chapter exemplify true Christian Stewardship by using their time, talent and treasure to promote the mission of Philoptochos. Through their charitable works and philanthropy, they fully embrace what it means to be “Friends of the Poor.”

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