The first interview in our new “Kindred Spirits” series shines a spotlight on the Prime Timers from the parish of Holy Trinity-Holy Cross in Birmingham, AL. Penny Kovakas is the head of the Outreach & Evangelism Committee (under the direction of of Fr. Paul Costopoulos, Dean of the Cathedral and Fr. James Kordaris, Director of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism from New York).
FLM: How long has your group been active?
Penny: We started in 2009 recruiting volunteers for our Outreach & Evangelism Committee. We presently have 103 volunteers in our committee. We have 12 Ministries which we try to fulfill with the help and grace of God.
FLM: How often do the senior citizens meet?
Penny: We meet with our seniors once a month. We try to pick a feast day when they can come to church and plan a meal afterwards with either activity or just fellowship.
FLM: What is the group’s current membership numbers?
Penny: The seniors average about 25 to 30 depending on health and weather.
FLM: Can you give us some highlights of your group’s yearly activities?
Penny: We have offered to our seniors the following programs:
- After a feast day liturgy, we offer lunch with a special Fitness & Wellness Session and Nutrition Session
- Gatherings for lunch and fellowship
- Teaching Introduction to Bridge
- Dancing lessons
- A movie (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”)
- Family Outreach Sunday Luncheon, with Photos of their Godchildren.
FLM: Within the life the church, where do you feel our senior citizens can contribute the most?
Penny: Their witness to the Orthodox faith. Their presence among us at liturgy. Their wisdom and knowledge of the Orthodox faith.