Greeting from our Rector:
April begins in the middle of Holy Week. I encourage you to land on your feet running by attending the Seder Supper at 6:00pm on Maundy Thursday, which will conclude with the Eucharist in the church around 7:00pm. This will be followed by an overnight vigil leading up to the Good Friday service at noon.
Although people are signing up for the vigil you are free to arrive spontaneously at any time for however long. You should consider the Good Friday service as a top priority and good opportunity to invite friends. You don't need reminding that Easter is spiritually profound and visitor friendly.
I bid you a joyous Eastertide, animated by resurrection power, and evangelistic competence.
Love In Christ,
We did receive a good letter from Mtr. Tulia this week. She asks special prayers for the Diocese of Cuba as they consider the possibility of reuniting with the Episcopal Church of the USA. There are pros and cons so they need a lot of wisdom to make this decision.
Remember the posts our men put in to support the hallway for second floor access to the rooms? Well, they have reinforced the posts and have completed the hallway. Now they will begin to clean out that second floor space and make it into a dormitory type room with a large bathroom at one end. They have also connected the pure water to the kitchen. They are really happy about that!!
ESL classes are still going quite well with a good number still attending even after daylight savings time went into effect. Many of them have to work until it gets dark, so it hinders their coming to class.Thanks again to our St. Luke’s family for all you do to make these outreach programs of our church a reality!
Each year at Easter we adorn the church with lilies. If you would like to give one in memory of a loved one or to cele-brate a new member of the family, for just because... please notify the church office before April 4. The cost this year will be $14.00.
Welcome to the World!
Wilder "Henry" Harvard Jr. 8lbs, 14-oz, 21-inches, was born 3/11/15 to Wilder and Natalie Harvard in NYC, son and daughter-in-law of Lee and Kay Harvard.
Again this year, we are planning a Maundy Thursday Seder meal, on April 2nd. The plan is to gather and experience the Passover meal just as Jesus and his disci-ples would have observed it at the Last Supper. The meal will be followed by a Maundy Thursday Eucharist, stripping of the altar, and an all night vigil.
After the Eucharist we will observe an overnight vigil just as the disciples did while they waited for Jesus to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. The scripture tells us how the disciples struggled to stay awake as Jesus prayed.
According to Mark, Jesus asked the disciples, "Could you not keep awake one hour?" This Maundy Thursday gives us the opportunity to stay awake for an hour as each prayer shift rotates through the night. Sign up for your hour on the signup sheet on the Parish Hall bulletin board. See Father George with any questions.
Volunteers are Needed for Meal Service, Cleanup, Liturgy Planning, Readers, Foot Washing, and Vigil Coordination. If you are planning to come to the Seder Meal, please sign up on the "Seder Meal List" on the Parish Hall bulletin Board and desig-nate how many will be in your party, so we can plan for enough food. Please let Father George know of your interest in helping with this most memorable and meaningful evening.
The annual hunt will begin after the 11:00am Easter Service. Bring your Easter baskets. If you don't have one, one will be provided for you. Try to find the gold eggs!
A special thank you to Thomas Laity, relative of Jim & Cheryl Hopper, for adorning our Easter wor-ship service with his fabulous trumpet.
Sign Up Sheets
New Altar Flower and Coffee Hours sheets are posted.
Please sign up as soon as possible!
Who Do You Follow? Walk/Ride April 4, 2015 - 10am
The second annual walk for Christian unity will be held on April 4th. Walk or ride beginning at Paul Langford Stadium at 10:00 A.M. Golf carts are welcome! See Father George with questions.
Summer Camp Registration
Camp Weed – Summer Camp – Register Now!
1. Camp St. Matthew 2015 (Rising 11th---12th)
(Sunday, June 14 to Friday, June 19, 2015)
2. Camp St. John 2015 (Rising 9th---10th)
(Sunday, June 21 to Friday, June 26, 2015)
3. Camp St. Mark 2015 (Rising 5th---6th)
(Sunday, June 28 to Friday, July 3, 2015)
4. Camp St. Patrick 2015 (Rising 6th---7th)
(Sunday, July 12 to Friday, July 17, 2015)
Mission Camp 2015
Sunday, July 19 to Friday, July 24, 2015
(Mission Camp is an opportunity to come to camp and give back. Middle School and High School students are invited for this special session of camp to reach out to the people of Suwannee and Columbia counties, and to help making a lasting difference at our diocesan camp! Mission campers will spend 4 days working on service projects and on the final day at Wild Adventures theme park in Valdosta, GA.)
Deadline for Early Registration pricing is April 15, 2015
Deadline for Scholarship Application: April 15, 2015 or Until Funds are Depleted
Please read or download the "Parent Information" document prior to registering. It contains very important Summer Camp information for both parents and campers. Session dates, fees and fee due dates, Majors, Minors, camper email address, packing list and registration help are included in the packet.
Please use the information to talk with your camper about camp in general and about the activities in which they wish to participate. Parent Handbook and Registration Instructions can be found on the Diocese of Florida Web-site: http://www.diocesefl.org/mission-ministry/youth-young-adult-ministry/summer-camp/information-and-registration.aspx
To register you will need the list of your camper's activities, names and phone numbers of persons who may pick up your child on departure day, and either a credit card or check routing and bank numbers.
The Choir will rehearse each Thursday, from 6-7pm and the Chimers will follow from 7-7:45 pm. The Choir is seeking donations to replace a few old robes (as well as new members). Please mark any donations "choir" and leave in the alms basin or give to the church office. Also, Is there a baritone and bass out there?? We need you. The Choir thanks you.
If you can help our youth group by providing a Wednesday night dinner, please sign up on the Dinner Angel sheet on the bulletin board or Hal & Janet Airth at: airth_h@yahoo.
Daughters of the King
The next meeting will be on April 7th, at 6pm. All ladies of the church are invited to attend for the meeting, dinner and study.
Men’s Night Out
At this time, meetings will be held only once a week. Meetings will be each Thurs. from 5-6:30 pm.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.stlukesliveoak.org
Copyright 2012 St. Luke's Episcopal Church. All rights reserved.