History of St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church
A few folks in Abilene discovered Orthodox Christianity and began praying and studying together in the late 1990s. Fr. Peter Jacobsen was sent to serve the fledgling Orthodox Christian community from 1998-2000. Fr. John Winfrey served the community from 2000-2003, during which time it received the name of St. Luke. After holding services in the chapel of McMurry University for five years, St. Luke moved into its own building in 2003. Fr. Michael Keiser, a missions priest for our Archdiocese, began visiting the parish that year in order to conduct services. Fr. Philip, who embraced Orthodoxy together with his family in 2000, was ordained as a deacon in 2004 and a priest in 2006, and serves as our pastor. St. Luke has introduced many residents of the Big Country to the Orthodox Christian faith, and its members do what they can to show the love of Christ to their neighbors.
St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church
Our small parish is the only Orthodox Christian congregation in our city of over 100,000 people. We introduce many college students, Air Force personnel, and area residents to the fullness of the Christian faith. With approximately 40 members and a priest who works full-time outside the parish, St. Luke has a remarkably active liturgical life and a strong sense of community. Meeting even our meagre budget is a struggle, however. Extra expenses arose recently with the renovation of the parish hall after a fire. Several members have moved away from Abilene in the last year, and the parish generously provides benevolence to our refugee family. Please prayerfully consider making a donation in support of the ministries of St. Luke.
Linda is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She studied iconogaphy under Yuri Sidorenko and John Lickwar, becoming licensed by Metropolitan Philip. She has written the Iconostatsis for St. Luke Antiocian Church in Abilene, Texas, as well as numerous private commissions.
The Divine Icon
“Holiness and intelligence of soul are to be recognized from a man’s eye, walk, voice, laugh, and the way he spends his time and the company he keeps. Everything is transformed and reflects an inner beauty”. St. Anthony the Great
Icons written by Linda Fowler
Parish News and Events
Syrian Relief Effort
We will take up a collection in support of our suffering brothers and sisters in Syria on July 24. Below is information from His Grace, Bishop BASIL about this effort:
This year our annual "St Timon Sunday" will be Sunday, July 24th. On that day we ask our congregations to highlight all aspects of our Sister Diocese project. You can find suggested resources for your congregation’s observance of “St Timon Sunday” online atwww.antiochian.org/Hauran Questions? Contact Deacon James Kallail (firstname.lastname@example.org) of St Mary Church in Wichita, KS, coordinator of "The Hauran Connection."
A Message from Metropolitan Saba of Bosra-Hauran
"Dear Deacon James: God bless you and all our brothers and sisters of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America. There is nothing new to report except, as you know, the situation of the people is getting worse every day. Rami, who was to be ordained, fled to Germany as a refugee accompanied by his wife. Anas is to be ordained on Saturday, July 30th -- God willing. I established a special charitable association at the beginning of 2012, but because of the situation its work until now has been off and on. Now it is very active and can, by your help, work regularly. Its aim is to serve the needy parishioners of our Archdiocese and others who are in serious need. Again I thank all our brothers and sisters of your Diocese, especially Sayyidna Basil. I hope to visit DOWAMA, but I cannot know the time . It all depends on the situation -- and God's will. In Christ, +Metropolitan Saba of Bosra-Hauran (email@example.com)"
Pray for the clergy of the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran
His Eminence Metropolitan Saba.
Archimandrite Issac (who serves Ira).
Priest Peter (who serves Al-Sweda and Jbeb).
Priest George (who serves Daraa).
Priest Peter (who serves Znebe).
Priest Philip (who serves Al Oslha, A dara, and Shahba).
Priest George (who serves Salkhad, Aramman, Malah, Anz, and Om Aromman).
Priest Samaan (who serves Al Korayya, Tisiya and Maarbeh).
Priest Elia (who serves Izraa and Mothbeen).
Priest Timon (who serves Kharaba and Rakham).
Priest Paul (retired).
Anas (to be ordained to the holy diaconate on July 30th)
Update on some of the parishes of Bosra-Hauran
Sweda: The city of our cathedral and chancery, now flooded with thousands of refugees including many from our parishes in outlying towns and villages of the region.
Daraa: half of this large parish fled to Damascus, 45 families of those remaining lost their homes.
Maarbeh: the entire parish has fled and now live as refugees.
Kharaba: still has 36 families while the others (160) fled to Sweda and Ira.
Jbeb: still has 18 elderly people who stayed so as not to lose their homes. The others fled to either Damascus or Sweda.
Al Oslha: has retained only half of the parish while the other half fled to Sweda.
Rakham: is completely deserted.
Tisiya: is completely deserted.
Smej: is completely deserted.
The most intensive aid work of the Archdiocese is centered in both Sweda and Daraa.
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9:00 AM Sunday