From Your Rector:
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Our Christian liturgical year consists of three cycles: preparing, celebrating, and then living into our discipleship in Jesus Christ. The first of these cycles is Advent through Epiphany, in which we prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior, the Christ Child and recognize who this Savior really is. The second cycle is Lent through the Pentecost Sunday, during which we prepare candidates for baptism or confirmation and commission them into ministry. During the season following Pentecost, the entire congregation learns how to put into practice all that we have learned. Our lectionary helps us track the ministry of Jesus himself and walk in his footsteps. We learn to solve the same relationship, Human, and spiritual issues, with which Jesus himself was confronted.
During this season following Pentecost we will be sending our youth out as disciples to minister to the spiritual needs of Cuban youth in Matanzas. We will also be continuing our work with the Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic and our food pantry, ministering to the physical needs of local people. We also will, indi-vidually and collectively continue in our prayers for our Church, for our nation, for the world, and for peace.
In the summer months we are called to put our faith into action. It is a difficult time for us! We are distracted by so many things, vacations, recreation, travel, visiting family, the beach, and any of a number of other things that pulls us away from our corporate worship and fellowship. As we enter into summer let us enjoy the opportunities it offers to renew ourselves and take much needed breaks from work and school, but let us also seek to renew and rekindle God’s Spirit within us. Let us not neglect to come together for worship, prayers, and fellowship. Have a blessed summer and may God be with you!
The first group is getting ready to go to Cuba on June 18. We need some big suitcases to take stuff to Cuba. Mother Tulia is constructing a list of things they need. We have already ordered a new UV light and filters for the water purification system. Please watch the bulletin board for the list and please bring only the things on the list as we will not have much space and we want to use it for the things they really need.
Please continue to pray for the Youth Trip to Cuba. They are working on the preparations to present a program to the children and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. That trip will begin on July 4!
JUNE SCHEDULE FOR
SUMMER HIATUS FOR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
& YOUTH GROUP
Both children’s Sunday School and the Youth Group are on hiatus for the summer and will resume after Labor Day in September. Have a great summer!!
Once again we are in need of someone to change the numbers on the hymn board for Sunday services. See Sister Maria Ann for instructions.
The Shepherd’s Hands of the Suwannee Valley Free Clinic
Shepherd's Hands of Suwannee Valley Inc. held our second free clinic on May 23rd! We are pleased to report that thirteen patients were served during the three hours we were open. Plus, there were twenty-three patients who were served for the two clinic dates! Our Grand To-tal Volunteer Hours for the two clinic dates is "225 hours"! Our Food Pantry gave a total of "380 pounds" of food to all who were in need!
Shepherd's Hands was pleased to have guests from St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Madison attend the Department of Health 110 Volunteer Orientation. Our Sisters and Brothers in Christ stayed for the 5/23 clinic to watch the clinic process in progress. They will be gearing up for their own clinic soon as we will be taking Shepherd's Hands on the road to Madison...so stay tuned!!
Shepherd's Hands Clinic is blessed beyond measure to have "33" volunteers serving God's people. We are thankful for each and every one of them! We are striving to make Shepherd's Hands Clinic a loving place where those in medical need will come to receive healthcare in a kind, respectful and professional manner!!
Our medical and professional volunteers are Dr. Edwin Moore, Dr. James Hurm and Dr. Eduardo Romero, Joey Cham-berlain- Pharmacist, Shelley Perry- ARNP, Colleen Cody, Denice Cameron and Cynthia Romero- nurses, Virginia Meeker, Gail Kraynak, Sandra Duval and Connie Alford-retired nurses, Father George Hinchliffe, and Deacon Phyllis Doty. Our lay volunteers include Anne Doswell, Bob and Ruth Ann Stross, Wyman and Marion Harvard, Maureen Menosky, Jym and Jackie Kent, Sue Mobley, Sharon Chamber-lain, Jan Gurniak, Mary Ellen Hinchliffe, Marie Brian, Judy Jacobsen, Jim and Karin Weaver, Roylyn Johnson, Nita Mathis, and Lydia Bush.
We are in need of volunteers who can translate Spanish! If you have that skill, please pray about volunteering and let Father George or Lydia Bush know you would like to help us at our next clinic date. We will post the dates for the summer soon!!
Thanks Be to God for His Blessings on Shepherd's Hands of Suwannee Valley, Inc.!!
Hosting a 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.
Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based health screenings, will offer their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at St. Luke's on Thursday, June 30th starting at 9am. Five creenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis.
Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and an osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.
Youth Trip To Cuba
The youth are working to raise money through T-Shirt sales, car washes and other activities to pay for their trip to Cuba. An anonymous parishioner has pledged a matching gift of up to $1,600 for new donations to the trip fund. If you have questions about the trip, youth fund raising, or giving toward this effort, please see Hal or Janet Airth.
END OF YEAR CELEBRATION YOUTH PARTY AT THE SIMPSONS
A great time was had by all. Leaders Hal and Janet Airth thank the Simpsons for sharing their home and being a wonderful host and hostess. By unanimous decision, they were named they were given the Dinner Angel of the week award. Although totally unexpected, the Airth’s greatly appreciated the thank you card and gift and expressed what a joy and a pleasure it has been working with these wonderful and talented young people.
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.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will be meeting Tuesday, June 7th at 6:00. The church will also be open at 5:15 for a time to gather with others for silent meditation.
Please feel welcome to join us for a meal and a refreshing of the Spirit. Anyone with questions can call Maureen Menosky at 386-776-1817.
Men’s Night Out
The Men’s Group will meet on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 6pm. All men are invited for good food and fellowship. It’s very informal, so BYOB.
GODLY GAZETTE BY EMAIL
We are currently experiencing significant costs in the printing of the Gazette in color and sending it through the U.S. Mail. If you would be willing to receive an electronic copy of the Gazette through your e-mail
please let Ellen know. This will allow us to better stewards of our resources. If you are already receiving the Gazette through Email, thank you for using the electronic copy.
GODLY GAZETTE NOW AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL
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