Greetings From Your Rector
During the month of November, we will undertake our annual stewardship drive, as we prepare for the coming year. This activity is not just an exercise that we must do in order to cover the necessary budget, but rather an opportunity to fulfill our prayer of bringing God’s Kingdom to earth, as it is in heaven. It is an opportunity for us to live into God’s will, not only in providing a wonder-filled worship space and the necessary support for that experience, but it is also an opportunity for us to live into the very heart and mission of the church. That of loving our neighbors through demonstrable action, the elderly and the sick through visitation, the young and young at heart as they learn and experience Christ through the many activities at St Luke’s, those that are searching and alone, seeking to know Christ in their lives, and spiritually supporting those that know Christ and seek to know him better.
All of these activities are sustained through our love and through our annual church budget. It is the time of the year for us to be thankful and to recognize how God has blessed us, so that we might also be a blessing to others. On Sunday, November 22nd, our children will lead us in worship and prepare our hearts for this stewardship season. They will share with us their perspectives on stewardship and the doing of God’s will. Psalm 8 tells us that, “Out of the mouths of children God is praised.” The children will also be preparing their traditional “Stone Soup” to demonstrate for us the wonder of accomplishment, when we all work together to do God’s will!
On that Sunday, November 22nd, there will be only one service at 10:00 a.m., followed by the sharing of soup and the breaking of bread together, as we discuss our stewardship and plans for 2016.
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV)
Mother Tulia writes that they have found a new person to install the windows and so they are hopeful that it will actually happen. Right now they are waiting for the glass. We can keep praying that the glass will become available soon. She also writes that the Daughters of the King will be receiving 3 new members soon. That is very encouraging for them and for us as our DOK members were instrumental in starting theirs.
The ESL classes are going very well with a good number of regular students. We will continue classes until Thanksgiving and then stop until next year. Thanks to all of you who are providing snacks for the classes! It is very much appreciated.
As of November 1st, we are still seeking a Sunday School (lead) teacher(s) for the 2 -5 grade class. Is God calling you? Listen to that quiet still voice calling your name! If you hear this call, please see Father George.
P A G E A N T
The Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be on Sunday, December 13th between the 9 and 11 o’clock services. Please support our Sunday School Children.
SAVE THE DATE-DECEMBER 12th
The Daughters of the King once again extends an invitation to eve-ryone to join them for the Advent Quiet Day on December 12th, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The best selling book, Can You Drink the Cup, by Henri Nouwen, will be the theme for prayer and meditation on this day. Nouwen’s book is available online, in paperback and Kindle for-mat, for less than $12. A light lunch will be provided. Watch the service bulletin and the December Godly Gazette for more information.
YOUTH GROUP T-SHIRT SALE
The youth will be selling St. Luke's T-shirts to raise money for a mission trip to Cuba. The Youth will be taking orders starting Sunday, October 18, through Sunday, November 15. The shirts will be available in four col-ors: Charcoal Grey, True Red, Deep Purple, and Forest Green; and will be imprinted with an Episcopal shield on the front and a picture of St. Luke's and a Bible verse on the back. If you are interested, please see any member of the Youth group, Jackie Kent, or Hal or Janet Airth. The shirts will also be available for order after the 9:00 and 11:00 services on November 1st, and 15th. $18.00 each. Call Jackie at 362-6292 with any questions. Order forms are posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall.
***SIGN UP TO SERVE FOR COFFEE FELLOWSHIP***
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.
We find we are now often without someone who has signed up to host the coffee hour. The vestry discussed this at our meeting this week and hope we can again get volunteers to host coffee hour.
The menu for the coffee hour 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. We hope you will think about hosting an upcoming Sunday. You can call Ellen to sign up or check the schedule in the Parish hall to sign up.
CELEBRATION OF NEW MINISTRY
NOVEMBER 8TH 4:00PM
Bishop John Howard will be celebrating the new ministry that is shared by the people of St. Luke’s and their new Rector. This will be a time to come together and dedicate ourselves to bringing the love of Christ to the world. The celebration will be followed by a covered dish supper, an opportunity to break bread together, and good fellowship.
If you would like to bring a covered dish please call Maureen Menosky at 776-1817 or Ellen at 362-1837 so we can be sure of a variety of foods.
St. Luke’s will once again prepare 10 thanksgiving baskets for the needy. A supply list will be placed on the office doors for sign up donations. We also include enough foods for about a weeks worth of meals. Items may be left by Ellen’s office. We will assemble the baskets on Sunday, Nov. 22nd after the BUDGET MEETING.
Jim Weaver has stepped forward with a great interest and calling to help St. Luke’s grow our food ministry. Jim has a heart for serving and is looking for others similarly disposed to help bring God’s love and assistance to those in need. If you have an interest in this vital ministry of St. Luke’s, please see Jim or call him (386) 330-6856.
On November 22nd the Youth of St. Luke’s will again be preparing their “Stone Soup.” We are in need of a volunteer or volunteers to help prepare the soup stock in advance of the 22nd. St. Luke’s is world renowned for its great cooks, so this presents a great opportunity to employ those great talents. If you can help, please see Hal or Janet Airth.
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.
If you are interested in serving on the Altar Guild, please contact Kathy Collins at 362-5617 for details.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters meet the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is November 3 at 6:00. Please join us for dinner, fellowship and prayer. There will also be a time for silent meditation in the sanctuary from 5:15 to 5:45 and it is open to anyone who wants to gath-er with two or more. We would love to have you join us. Just drop in on Nov. 3rd! (Or call Maureen Menosky 706-658-4030).
***To continue, from last month, with a little DOK history and trivia, The Order of the Daughters of the King was birthed in a time when all Christians in America were respond-ing to the call for “concerts of prayer” for revival of religion and the advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth. This movement brought millions of converts into the Church and it tied the Gospel with social work in a way that had not been seen in the U.S. before. It brought a new commitment to prayer, to service and to evangelism. The Order was formed in the expectation that it could bring Christ’s light to the world. And since 1885 Daughters of the King have been shining!
Have you noticed that the daughters all wear an unusual looking silver cross? It is the emblem of the Order in the form of a modified Greek Fleury Cross (that’s a cross with petals or flowers on the ends). “Magnanimiter Cucem Sutine” is inscribed, meaning “With heart, mind and spirit uphold and bear the cross.” At the base of the cross are the letters “FHS,” initials that stand for the Motto of the Order: “For His Sake.” The vision of a Daughter of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world. Now just imagine the impact that 30,000 Daughters - praying in concerts of prayer and serving together - are having.
Men’s Night Out
We will not be meeting in the months of November and December due to the close proximity of the holiday. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 26th at 6pm. The grill will be ready at 5:30pm for whatever you bring, fish, chicken, steak or hamburger or hot dog. Father George has volunteered to bring the salad. All men are invited for good food and fellowship. It’s very informal, so BYOB.
Busy Hands for Babies
We will meet on Saturday, Novemebr 7th from 9am-11am. If you like knitting, crocheting or sewing, come join us!
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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