From Your Rector:
We live in a complicated world, with complicated relationships. Relationships with spouse, family, and friends are all daily interactions for us. Relationships with neighbors, with governing institutions, and with other nations are also, to a lesser extent, interactions that we undertake individually and/or collectively. In this confusing and increasingly secular world, how are we to frame our interactions with others? What are the rules of communication and engagement that we follow?
What happens when there is a conflict? How do we resolve that? All of these questions beg a most serious question. How does our Chris- tian life inform and influence our interaction with others?
During the Season of Lent, beginning Wednesday, March 8th, at 6:30 pm, I will lead a discussion of our modern ethics and how they are influenced by Christian Scripture and tradition. I will be dealing with such topics as “Just Love” and “Just War.” Exploring interpersonal relationships, lying, divorce, taxes, justice, the use of force, the death penalty, as well as hospitality and forgiveness, just to name a few topics.
We will meet together and share soup and sandwiches at 6:30, beginning our discussions at 7:00 and concluding at 8:00. We will meet every Wednesday night, March 8th through April 5th. Please come and join us as we explore our faith and piety.
The word from Fielés á Jesus is that they are, in fact, hosting the Diocesan Convention this month. There will be 16 people staying in their guest rooms. They were able to get the mattresses that were lacking and now the women are busy making pillows for everyone. Out of what? I don’t know.
The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1st. The tradition of marking the repentant with ashes reminds Christians of their need to turn away from our sins, those things that separate us from God, and to turn to God, allowing Him to be the focus of our attention as we look forward in great anticipation to Easter.
“Christian Ethics and How They Inform Our Modern Lives” will be the topic for this year’s Lenten Study. This year’s study will begin on Wednesday night March 8th at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude on April 5th.
We will examine modern “mores”, customs, and our secular legal framework to discover how they are influenced by Christian thinking and faith. We will examine such things as self-defense, sentencing in our criminal court system, war , and domestic relation- ships. We as a nation often lose sight of the great heritage that has been left to us by the founders of this great nation. THIS WILL NO T BE A POLITICAL DISCUSSION! Please see Father George for more information.
SOUP & SANDWICH SIGN-UP
There will be a sign-up sheet for soups and sandwiches for each Lenten Study evening posted on the Parish Hall bulletin Board. We would like to have at least two different soups each night, as well as light sandwiches to accompany the soup.
Don’t forget to pay for your poinsettia if you have not already done so.
The next Shepherd’s Hands free clinic will be on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 5:30 - 8:00pm
BUSY HANDS FOR BABIES
Busy Hands will meet on Saturday, March 4th from 9:30-11am.
LENTEN QUIET DAY
The Lenten Quiet Day is going to be Saturday, March 11th from 9:30 to 1:30. A lunch will be provided. There are no required materials for that day. Father George will be using the book Ashes and the Phoenix: Lenten Devotions and if you would like a copy it can be found on Amazon or Forward Movement. Everyone is welcome.
ECW - TO ALL WOMEN
The Episcopal Church Women Spring Retreat will be April 21st -23rd and registration forms are available in the parish hall on the long table by the door. It can also be found online. It will be at Camp Weed. If you have questions call Maureen 386-776-1817 or the number on the registration form.
ST. LUKE’S ANNUAL PARISH MEETING, by Father George+
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on March 26th at 11:00 a.m. This meeting is always held on the Sunday immediately following the Diocesan Convention. THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE SERVICE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH AT 10:00 A.M. Immediately after the service, we will enjoy lunch together, hear reports from the convention, choose new Vestry Members and Diocesan Convention Delegates. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for the parish to participate in the policy and direction of the parish.
If you would like to nominate someone to serve a three year Vestry term, please seek permission from that person before submitting their nomination. We ask all nominees be regular in attendance and be good stewards of God’s gifts. The Vestry will have two vacancies this year, with Ann Thompson and Judy Jacobson rotating off, after three years of service. We also have a vacancy to fill, with the remaining two years of Roger Bouchard’s term. Mike Cameron was appointed by the Vestry, pursuant to the by-laws, to fill Roger’s term until the Annual Parish Meeting. The Vestry would like to recommend that Mike Cameron be elected by acclamation of the Parish to serve out Roger’s remaining term. A special thank you to Ann and Judy for their dedicated service.
We will also need two parishioners to consider volunteering to represent the parish at the 2018 Annual Diocesan Convention to be held in Jacksonville in January 2018.
If you have any questions about the Annual Parish Meeting or any of the offices available, please see me sometime between now and March 26th. Please plan to take part in this important aspect of parish life.
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, lemon- ade, and cookies. It is not meant to be a meal or heavy finger foods, just a light treat. 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.
A fitness class for beginners and seniors is meeting on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-10:45am in the parish hall. Denise Watson is leading the class. You need to bring light hand held weights (1-3 pounds) and a water bottle. Call Denise for more info at 352-239-3772
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will be meeting Tuesday, March 7th 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, March 28th, 2017 at 6pm. Bring your favorite thing to grill and drink. All men are invited for good food and fellowship.
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