From Your Rector:
I think it is important to recognize that God is the creator of heaven and Earth, and all things that God made, he declared “GOOD.” So, if everything that God made is “good”, then how can there be evil? Well, clearly then, God did not create evil.
So, what is evil? Theologians down through the centuries have characterized evil as being the absence of God. As the dark of night is the absence of light, so evil is the absence of God. One of the most important things that a Christian is called to do is to let the light of Christ shine through them into the world. There has never been a time in history that so desperately needed the light of Christ, as right now.
Matthew tells us in his account of our Lord’s life, to “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Mt 5:16). We can make a difference in the world! Let your light shine!
This past month Fielés á Jesus has been able to buy three mattresses and a fan with the funds we have sent them. They are gradually finishing the building project and now have a really nice facility that they are called upon to use for various gathering
The English classes are off to a great start with about 25 regular students and, of course, the others who drop in, stay awhile, and hope- fully come back. We usually have anywhere from 6 to 15 kids in the nursery and 4 or 5 babysitters to care for them. In addition to our 4 teachers, there are also 4 others who serve as host and hostess for each class. We couldn’t do it without you, so a BIG thanks to everyone who makes this ministry so positive.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ONE OF ST. LUKE'S FAMILY
The year’s pancake supper will be held from 5-7pm, February 28.
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.
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
St. Luke’s Busy Hands would like to thank the members of our Parish for their generous support of our sale of hand-made items on Dec. 4. With the monies, we will be able to continue our good works with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Suwannee County schools, Guardian ad Litem, Vivid Visions and Love, INC.
St. Luke’s will hold its next free clinic at 5:30 pm on February 15th. During early January, St. Luke’s volunteers were trained in the use of the new Retinophy Screening Tool, which will capture images of patient retinas. Those images will then be sent electronically to our consulting ophthalmologist for interpretation. This will be particularly useful with diabetic patients. Training was also received in the op- eration of our new blood chemistry analyzer, which will allow the clinic to do its own blood testing, without sending the patient out for lab work. Our new ultrasound machine is getting a workout, as the physicians include this new tool in their diagnostic process. The new portable X-Ray machine will arrive in late Spring. God’s hand is at work in this ministry, please pray for the Shepherd’s Hands Clinic.
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, February 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, February 28th, 2017 at 6pm. We will help with the Pancake Supper this month. All men are invited for good food and fellowship.
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