How Do You Say Smile In Russian?
By Michaelyn Sloan
Sunday coffee session is always a special time at St. Luke's! It's
many things to many people...those of us who have received communion get to break
the fast....those of us who like chocolate donuts will find an abundance of them set
out amongst the other nibbles of the day...those who wish to talk about church
theology will find a gathering of like persons...those who want to just catch up on
the happenings of fellow parishioners will do so. The list of "those" can go on
endlessly! One group in particular that has always brought a smile to my face is
those who have emigrated here from Russia. St. Luke's has been blessed with a number
of these individuals. Each Sunday they gather their food and drink, take time to greet
others, and then make their way to a rear table where you will find them dialoguing
between themselves in their Russian language. How great that in the context of just a
few hours on a Sunday morning they can be "fed" spiritually, physically and
socially-emotionally at our church!
Special thanks goes out to four of these individuals for assisting
Michaelyn Sloan in the Bridge of Hope Program, a host program that brings school-aged
children from Russian orphanages into US families for five weeks. Because of the
volunteer efforts (translation, counseling, and escort to New York) of Julia Wojcik,
Svetlana Lynch, and Father Alexander and Oksana Lukashonak, 13 of the 14 children that
were hosted by Illinois families will be adopted this year.