Friday, September 25, 2009

New Podcast Series: Christianity and Judaism

On this week's Come Receive the Light podcast, Fr. Demetrios Tonias will begin the first of a four part series. He'll be discussing Christianity and Judaism in the first four centuries, which is something many of us don't know a great deal about. Also, in a short segment, he will continue discussing the issue of unity of the Orthodox in North America with Rev. Nicholas Apostala, a member of the Study and Planning commission of SCOBA.

Receive 1 credit for each podcast episode you listen to for a total of four credits. Fill out the podcast worksheet for each episode and return to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com.

Listen now.

Project Mexico: Earn Credits!

“We decided to listen to the Holy Spirit instead of the news reports and our hearts told us to come here to minister to the poor.” – Christie Gouletas, group leader from Illinois, PM 2009 trip

Just as Christ sent out the Seventy to minister and spread the Gospel, He also sends us! Project Mexico is a perfect opportunity to go out with love and the Gospel. And, as a School of the 70 student, if you participate in this mission trip, you can earn 50 credits! Read on below.

Project Mexico Summer 2010

Join over 100 other Orthodox adults, young adults, teens from jurisdictions or archdioceses across the US and Canada for a week in Mexico ministering to the poor during 7 days: building new homes (mixing cement, sawing, painting, driving nails, wheelbarrowing, “cheerleading” fellow workers), working and playing, singing, bonding with the boys of an orphanage and the local people, receiving the Eucharist, listening to teaching and inspiration from clergy and BEING the Church through these actions!


Week of June 15-22 or Week of July 6-13, 2010


Fly from Chicago to San Diego, CA and take a van into Mexico (approximately one hour trip from the airport) to St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage


  • Fund raise independently and through Church activities to defray your costs
  • Cost per participant, $523 ($100 deposit required by Sunday, September 27)
  • Cost of airfare r/t Chicago – San Diego (approx. $340)
  • Passport ($85-$100, valid for international travel by air, sea or land) or Passport Card ($35/minor & $45/adult, valid for border crossings or sea ports of entry only)
  • Get immunizations! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that ALL travelers be up to date on normal childhood immunizations and recommend typhoid and Hepatitis A for Mexico
  • Gather donations for St. Innocent Orphanage independently and through Church activities
  • Chaperones: 1 adult per 5 youth (ages 14-18) will accompany group. From St Luke's: Maria & Suzanne Kopulos, Fr. Andrew Harrison, Michaelyn Sloan
  • Youth under age 14 need to be accompanied by parent
To learn more or sign up, contact Michaelyn Sloan, ivanoff48(at)yahoo(d0t)com.

Visit the Project Mexico Web site:

Friday, September 11, 2009

New School Brochure Available

You can now download a brochure about the School to distribute to friends and family. You can find it at left under the About the School section.

It's a tri-fold brochure designed as a self-mailer, so you can write in an address, stick on a first-class stamp, and pop it in the mailbox!

Go ahead, mail some today! Let everyone know the School is a great way to learn about the Orthodox faith!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NEW! Audio Courses for Credit!

Now you can listen and learn, too!

We've now added audio study courses to the School. You can borrow one of these audio courses, listen to the CDs and complete the written exercises to earn 10 credits.

Some of the courses are:
  • The World of Byzantium
  • Tools of Thinking
  • Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor
  • and more!
To see a complete list of the courses, download the Audio Courses List under the Book Lists header at left.

To borrow a course, contact Else Tennessen at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. You may keep the course for up to two months in order to complete it.

These courses can also be purchased online from The Teaching Company.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Happy New Church (and School) Year! Time to enroll!

Welcome back, everyone! I hope your summer was blessed.

The School of the Seventy resumes Sunday, September 13. To enroll, send me an email at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. Those who were enrolled last year and re-enroll will receive 5 bonus credits!

(Enrollment is not limited to St Luke members. You can attend "virtually" too by communicating with the School via emails and doing the activities posted. If you have questions, you can email me.)

And you can start earning credits NOW before School begins!

Activity 1: Complete the Instant Bible Study of the week at the St Luke Orthodox Church web site. Earn one credit for this activity by emailing your response to me and to Fr. Andrew.

Activity 2: Attend an "Orthodox Discussion on Ethics" at St. Michael Orthodox Church, 8301 LeClaire St. in Burbank, IL on September 12, 2009 from 2 to 4:30 pm. Professor Perry Hamalis and Professor Gayle Woloschak, two Orthodox ethicists, will be speaking. The discussion will cover moral issues as a lived practice drawing on the Orthodox Church tradition and contemporary resources. Earn 3 credits for this activity. To get your credits, attend the seminar, fill out an event worksheet (see worksheets in left column) and email it to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com (or turn it in at St Luke Church).

Remember, your summer reading worksheets are due September 13. Read three books and receive 10 credits. If you have read one or two books (but not three) from the summer list, please turn in worksheets and you will receive 2 credits for each book you've read.

The new School prize and other items of interest will be posted to this blog as the year progresses.

But now, send me an email and enroll! Look forward to hearing from you all.

Blessings in Christ,