It was a weekend of celebration for the St. George Orthodox Church in Terre Haute.
This year marked the 90th anniversary.
“I just think it’s amazing in this day and age when so many churches failing,” Patti Maloof said. “And they don’t have large congregations.”
For Patti Maloof, whose grandfather helped found the church, it’s been a home for her.
“We just care about each other and we care about our church and what’s going on in our church,” Patti Maloof said.
The church was established in 1927 by a handful of Syria immigrants who moved to Terre Haute For The American Dream.
and to celebrate, the church held a lunch-in Saturday to honor the congregations women over 90.
One of the six women honored was Helen Corey.
“I’m 93 and I’ve been a member for many many many years,” Helen Corey said. “As long as I can remember and I can remember a long long time ago.”
Over the years, Corey has seen a lot of change through the church, but what’s remained the same is the love of sharing their traditions with the next generation.
“Whatever we have done, we will pass that on to the next generation,” Helen Corey said. “So this can continue forever. It’ll never stop. It’ll go on.”
So, what’s the secret to the longevity of the church?
It all comes back to family.
“I just think our church has family spirit to it that every body feels like they know everybody and they care about everybody,” Patti Maloof said.
And as the anniversary weekend ends the church looks forward to 90 more years in the Wabash Valley.
“You have to keep this church strong and vital,” Bishop Anthony said. “Cause outside of this blessed time we’ve had people are looking for family. People are lonely. So you know you sometimes don’t realize your importance. But you are very important.”
Now to end their celebration, the church is currently hosting their formal banquet.