HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Greeting from our Rector:
January is a busy time for church business. The vestry has to formulate a budget and present it at the Annual Parish Meeting February 1, 2015. Three new members of the vestry will be selected to replace Senior Warden Mike Cameron, and Tammy and Tony Williams.
We ask that you not approach someone about service, but nominate them on paper to the church office and allow current vestry members to make that contact.
Our Diocesan convention will meeting Gainesville this year the Friday and Saturday prior to our parish meeting. Our delegates will be our three clergy, Bully Helvenston and Hal Airth.
Pray for the church and the world as we move into a new year together.
On the Cuba front, there is news important to us. We are planning a quick trip to Cuba on Jan. 10 and will return on the 13th. Richard Widera is going to finish installing the pressure gauges and switch on the water purification system. Mother Tulia writes that the people are so grateful for the water and it is serving the community around the church. I will also be going to Cuba to take the medicines they requested. If you would like to send some medicines to them, please see the list on the bulletin board and leave anything you would like to send on my desk. Thank you so much.
The English classes will resume on January 19. We will meet every Monday and Thursday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00. We appreciate all the goodies you bring for snacks for the students. Many of them come straight from work and do not have time to eat before class. This is an important ministry for them so Thank you!!! We still could use another teacher for this semester. If you are interested in helping, please let me know ASAP.
Please hold the date, January 18: This is the date for our next Cuba Dinner when we will report on the progress at Fieles A Jesus. You won’t believe the before and after pictures!! They have done a wonderful job of building the three bedrooms and bathroom, kitchen, dining room and public bathrooms. A huge share of the funds required to build all this came from your generous giving. The next project is the windows. More about that at the dinner.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Jan. 26th between and 9am and 11am services. Delegates to Convention will make brief reports and the 2014 Budget will be presented. Plan to attend. We will need nominees for the Vestry. Nominations may be made to a vestry member or the church office. Nominees must be 18 years or older, a member of the church, regular in attendance, and a pledging communicant. To avoid embarrassment, do not secure your nominee's consent. The vestry will contact those who are qualified. Nominations will close Jan.24th. The new Vestry will meet immediately following the meeting.
It was our joy and privilege to baptize Calem Michael and Leighton Emery Parsons on Sunday, Dec. 21st. The twins were born June 2, 2014 at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Proud parents are Adam and Christina Parsons along with grandparents, Mike and Donna Parsons.
If you are considering working #133, have not worked in the past 2 years, or just want to attend, the next team training for the Jacksonville area will be Saturday, January 24, 8:30-‐noon at St. Philips, Jacksonville.
Greetings and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Mother Tulia and the folks at Fieles A Jesus. To put it mildly, they are ecstatic about the recent events between Cuba and the U.S. It has given them hope for more and better changes in the future.
They are praying that everything will go well and so are we! Last Wednesday the churches of Matanzas had an ecumenical Christmas Cantata held in a large theater in Matanzas. The government has just recently renovated this building and they allowed the churches to celebrate there! Things are changing!!
Pray for Peace for them and for the rest of the world.
African Team Ministries
African Team Ministries hand made items will be here on Saturday,Feb. 1st & 8th, between services and after the 11am service. Handmade wooden animals and beautiful jewelry will be available. Proceeds will go to provide Drip Irrigation Kits for East African families so they can grow food year round.
Youth Ski Trip
The St. Luke's youth and adult sponsors will be traveling to Black Mountain, North Carolina, on Friday, January 16th, along with youth and adults from all over the Diocese of Florida. They will be traveling by chartered bus and staying at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. We have eight youth and adults participating in this trip.
Please keep them in your prayers for a safe and wonderful experience which will strengthen our Diocese and build life long friendships. They will be returning home on Monday January 29th. The youth sold tote bags and earned enough to off set their ski trip costs by $100 each and Father Don is also matching what was earned to further reduce individual costs of the trip. A special thanks to Sheila Bouchard for helping with the sales.
PreK-- 5th graders are going bowling at Thunder Alley in Live Oak Saturday, January 17th from 2:00-‐4:00pm. A sign up sheet is in the parish hall. We will meet at the church at 1:30pm on Saturday to leave for bowling. Permission slips will need to be filled out. For more information, contact Kay Harvard.
The Choir will rehearse each Thursday, from 6-7pm and the Chimers will follow from 7-7:45pm. 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 Jan.6th 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.
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