St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
6801 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
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Our many ministries allow parishioners with different God-given gifts to use their time and talents for the building up of the “body of Christ”.  Whether you are gifted with your hands or in the kitchen, in singing or in teaching, or in quiet prayer – there is a place for you to use those gifts for God’s greater glory. 

  • Altar Servers:  Young boys and grown men, from ages 7 to 70, assist in the altar, carrying candles, cutting bread, preparing the censer and participating in processions.  If your son or you are interested in being an altar server, please contact Fr. John. 
  • Building and Grounds:  We, at St. Luke, are blessed with 5 acres of land and a large church facility – all of which we maintain mostly ourselves.  So if your talents and interests are in yard work or indoor ‘fix it projects’, please contact Jim Karabin. 
  • Charitable Outreach/Faith in Action:  As Christians, we are called to bring Christ’s love to those around us, especially those in need and “on the margin”.  Our Faith in Action team visits shut-ins, assists local community services, reaches out to individual needy families during the holiday seasons, and supports disaster and international relief efforts.  If you are interested in these outreach ministries please contact Sue Mamula. 
  • Choir:  The joyful and prayerful lifting up of our voices to God is an essential part of our worship services.  It reaches our souls in its own unique way.  So, if singing is one of your God-given gifts and joys, please contact our choir director, Alexia Kolias.
  • Church School:  Children are dismissed from the Divine Liturgy immediately after Communion so that they may attend Church School.  Classes range from pre-school, with it’s hands on crafts related to aspect of the church, to pre-teens and teenagers, with interactive discussions on the Bible readings of the day and on various teachings of the church.  For more information, please click here or contact our church school coordinator, Matushka Anne Gariano. 
  • Coffee Hour   Is not just a chance to break the fast after liturgy, but much more importantly it is an opportunity to share fellowship and build community – part of uniting us to each other in the ‘body of Christ’.  So, if you’d like to be involved in hosting one or more of our coffee hours, please contact Rada Carmichael.  
  • Orthodoxy 201 Class:  An ‘adult education class’ for those seeking to know a little more about their faith.  Classes are held following Vespers on Wednesday evenings (7:00pm) – and have focused on such areas as a better understanding of the Liturgy, the meaning and practice of prayer, spiritual development, and living a life in Christ.  Our class size tends to be relatively small and so provides a wonderful opportunity for you to ‘bring your questions about Orthodoxy’  For addition information, please contact Father John Vitko. 
  • Men’s Prayer Breakfast:  held from 9-11am on the second Saturday of each month, this is an opportunity for men to share fellowship while enjoying an excellent breakfast and participating in informal conversations about some of the deeper aspects of their faith.  For additional information, please contact Deacon Patrick Gariano. 
  • Prayer Group:  While all of us are called to pray daily, some of us take on a more active role of praying for those in special need that we are aware of.  So, if you have someone in need – sick or depressed or unemployed or grieving or recently departed or …- that you would like prayed for, just send a request to Donna Karabin.  To learn more about St. Luke's Prayer Group, you may read the "Beginning of Our Prayer Group."
  • Sisterhood:  St. Luke has a very active Sisterhood that provides the opportunity for additional fellowship while doing many things to help in the life of the church such ‘hosting coffee hours’, organizing parish wide events, and assisting with beautification of the church.  To become a member, or for further information, please contact JoAnne de la Riva.

 





 
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