From Your Rector:
My Brothers and Sister in Christ:
God in his season created the earth and all that is upon it! And God gave this new creation over to mankind that we might be its steward. And as part of this creation, God created the birds of the air, the fishes of the waters, and the animals of land. He also gave them over to mankind to be named!
Not only did we name them, but we took some of them into our homes, as pets, and yes, even members of our households. These included dogs and cats; birds and fishes; rabbits and hamsters; and all sorts of critters. And God continually blesses mankind with these creatures.
Once a year, we pause in our busy lives to recognize the great gift that God has given us in our pets, and we call this day after Giovanni di Bernardone (1181-1226), or we know him as Francis. St. Francis believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters”, and even preached to the birds.
In memory of Francis and to the Glory of God’s creation we will celebrate the BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS AT 2:00 P.M. ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH IN THE COURTYARD. Please bring your pets of all kinds and let us give thanks to God who places them in our care.
So far so good!!!! And I do mean SOOO good! The faithfulness of St. Luke’s to give and to pray for Fieles a Jesus and Mother Tulia and the Bishop of Cuba, Bishop Griselda, has meant so much to them . They have grown in numbers and the beauty of their facilities. The pure water available has drawn in many of the people from the community who are witnessing the love of God to them directly. One of them said, “Our whole barrio is diarrhea free!!” They are so excited to see all that God is doing for them and so are we. St. Luke’s Youth group is thinking about doing a fund raiser to raise money for a washing machine for Mother Tulia –so stay tuned for more information.
Our English classes have begun and we have many returning students as well as new students. We are still in need of another hostess to help Connie on Thursday nights, so if you would be available, please let me know. Thanks so much for all you do to make this ministry possible. We are also able now to reach out to our students with the free clinic each month!
WHAT! No Fall Festival Leader Yet!
HELP! The youth want to have a Fall Festival and the Vestry has agreed to sponsor it. We need an adult to coordinate everything. If you are interested please contact Fr. George asap.
A new Church directory is almost ready for printing. You will find a copy on the table inside the front door of the parish hall. Please check
your information, spelling, phone numbers and dates. If the info is
correct, please place a check next to your name. I will collect the proof on October 17th and begin printing after that. Thanks for your help, Ellen
ECW ANNUAL MEETING
Will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at St. Joseph’s Church in Newberry beginning at 9am. Bishop Dorsey Henderson will be our speaker and celebrant. Registration forms and information are on the
COFFEE HOUR following the 11am service has been a tradition at St. Luke’s for many years. It is a great way to get a chance to visit with each other and to meet and greet those visiting and potential members. The menu can be very simple such as coffee, lemonade, and cookies. It is not meant to be a meal or heavy finger foods, just a light treat. Things are looking pretty bleak. We hope you will think about hosting an upcoming Sunday. You can call Ellen to sign up or check the bulletin board schedule in the Parish hall.
In Need of Lectors
Volunteers will be scheduled four or five times a year to read on a rotating schedule. Please see or call Ellen if you can fill this important need in our services.
The Cuba Committee is putting together a cruise to Cuba from December 30, 2016 to January 7, 2017. Check the bulletin board for the cover letter and cruise brochure.
BUSY HANDS FOR BABIES
Busy Hands for Babies will meet on Saturday, October 1st from 9:30-
11am. Busy Hands will have a yard sale on October 8th from 7am-1pm.
Please come and see what we have. There will be a table with handmade gifts for family and friends.
A new fitness class, led by Denise Watson, for beginners and seniors is meeting on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am-10:45am in the parish hall. Bring light hand weights (1-3 pounds) and a bottle of water. Call Denise for more info at 352-239-3772.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will be meeting Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00pm.
Please, all women of St. Luke's feel free to join us. We would love to have you there. You don't need to
bring anything - just bring yourself! If questions, call Maureen Menosky, 386-776-1817.
Men’s Night Out
The Men’s Group will meet on Tuesday, October 25th at 6pm. All men are invited for good food and fellowship. It’s very informal, so bring your own meat and beverage. Salad will be provided.
The next Shepherd’s Hands free clinic will be on Wednesday, October 19th from 5:30-8pm.
SHEPHERD’S HANDS CLINIC
The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) has awarded a grant of $58,000 to the Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic. This
grant will be limited to the purchase of equipment and to help pay for a financial audit. The Clinic is specifically approved to purchase a portable digital X-Ray machine, a Blood Chemistry Analysis System, an Ultrasound System, and a Retinopathy Screening System. No monies were awarded for expenses or other costs. The new equipment will significantly reduce the number of Free Clinic patients that have to be referred to other providers or laboratories, and will reduce costs significantly. It will allow our Physicians to immediately receive testing
results and proceed with treatment.
The Shepherd’s Hands Clinic is an active member of the FAFCC. We thank the FAFCC Executive Director, Nick Duran and the Association Board for their investment in our outreach. We also thank God for being in the midst of this ministry.
GODLY GAZETTE BY EMAIL
We are currently experiencing significant costs in the printing of the Gazette in color and sending it through the U.S. Mail. If you would be willing to receive an electronic copy of the Gazette through your e-mail
please let Ellen know. This will allow us to better stewards of our resources. If you are already receiving the Gazette through Email, thank you for using the electronic copy.
GODLY GAZETTE NOW AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL
If you would like to receive your gazette by email, please notify the church office and we will remove your name from the snail mail list and add it to the email list. Thanks for your help in helping manage our budget. Don’t forget to visit our website. Most, if not all, of the newsletter is posted online. You may let Ellen know @ email@example.com or go to http://www.stlukesliveoak.org.
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