From our Rector
Special Events Coming Up!
Beloved: November is a month of special events. Stewardship Sunday is November 16th. There will be no 9:00am service. Sunday School will meet as usual at 10:00am followed by a combined service at 11:00am. This service will be led by the youth of the parish which is a gift for us all. I encourage 9 o'clockers to jump out of their comfort zone and support our young people by their presence.
This service will be followed by the preparation of “stone soup” as in recent years. Everyone is asked to bring a contribution to be added to the broth that will be prepared. Items with long cooking times need to come ready to go. Our marvelous concoction will be our meal.
Before the meal, a prepared budget for 2015 will be presented. Significant things lie ahead for us as the Holy Spirit calls and empowers our parochial ministry and outreach to the world. Pledge cards will be distributed with the budget with the hope that you will return them on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30th.
In between these Sundays The Rt. Reverend Dorsey Henderson, retired Bishop of Upper South Carolina, will be with us for confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation. This will be Bishop Henderson's first visitation so please make every effort to be present.
S T E W A R D S H I P
"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)
Things are going into high gear now as we prepare for our trip to Cuba. We leave Nov. 5 and return on the 10th. Please pray for our safe travel and for no problems getting all the stuff we want to take into Cuba. We have the water purification system, books for the semi-nary, materials for DOK, a sewing machine, bicycle, and Christmas gifts for the children.
If you want to send small, easy to pack gifts for the children, please bring them by my office ASAP. For the next issue I hope we can have some good pictures for you. We are thinking about our next trip next year – one for the youth! Keep those plans in your prayers as well. Thanks. Phyllis
Thank You From the Bush Family
Our Family would like to THANK EVERYONE at St. Luke's for all the many prayers, cards, e-mails, food and kind gestures after Bob went to be with our Lord and Savior. And now again, St. Luke's continues to care for our family after Mother went to be with the Lord. There are not words to express our gratefulness for living within a community of God's children. We are so Blessed!
God's Peace Be With YOU!
Lydia and family
Bishop Dorsey Henderson, Assisting Bishop, will be at St. Luke’s on Nov. 23rd for Visitation and Confirmation. Confirmation is a Sacramental occasion for both adults and youth. It is a time, when in the Anglican tradition, Christians reaffirm and express a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. The Confirmation Class will meet Sundays at 10:00 am, between the two services. The dates will be October 12, 19, and 26, November 2 and 9. Please let Father George know of your interest or let him know if you have any questions .
Classes are from 9:45—10:45am. The lead teacher for Pre-K-1st grade is Kay Harvard with rotators Stacey Taylor, Kelli Rogers, and Anne Doswell. The lead teacher for 2nd-5th grade is Susan Meese with rotators Marion Harvard, Mary Ellen Hinchcliffe, Judy Jacobsen and Ann Thompson. Relief teachers are Jackie Jo and Joe Joyce.
We are looking forward to a enriching and fun year. Parents and Grandparents, bring your precious children!
Each year St. Luke’s provides the elementary schools with food baskets for their needy students. This year we will do 10 baskets. A list is posted on the office door with the items needed and the amount. Monetary donations will allow us to purchase items that have not been
donated and helps reduce duplications. We will be happy to accept “green” donations and do the shopping for you.
All contributions are needed by Nov. 20th. Please be as generous as you can. Baskets will be assembled on Sunday, November 23rd, following Stone Soup.
The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration announced
last week that St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Live Oak, Florida, was selected to receive a grant to the leadership for the development of a
“Rural Health Network” serving Suwannee, Hamilton, Taylor, Madison, and Lafayette Counties.
This grant is in the amount of $85,000 and will support St. Luke’s planning activities for the next 12 months. St Luke’s will utilize the funding to hire one staff planner and the necessary research to quantify chronic health needs in the 5 county area. Joining in partnership with St. Luke’s are 27 governmental and non-profit agencies. If you have questions or are interested in participating in this effort, please see Father George.
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 sheeton the bulletin board or Hal & Janet Airth at: airth_h@yahoo.
Coffee Hour/Flower Charts
The 2014 Coffee Hour and Altar Flower charts are posted in the parish hall. Be sure to pick your special dates and sign up early.
Daughters of the King
The next meeting will be on November 4th 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.