Holiday Greetings From your Rector
Beloved: I encourage you to embrace at least one spiritual discipline during Advent that will enhance your celebration of Christmas. Simple things will do, such as praying for people as you shop for and wrap their present. Spiritualize the things you are going to do anyway rather than make more things to do. This is a way to recognize the gift of the incarnation that Jesus lives with you through all you do.
It is most appropriate in Advent to pray for the peace of the world Jesus was content to live and die for. Work as well for peace in your own family systems and among friends.
Each year at Christmas we adorn the narthex of the church with poinsettias. If you would like to give one in memory of or in celebration of a loved one, please notify the church office. The cost will be $13.00 per plant.
Important Dates to Remember
***Dec. 8, 15, 9:45-10:45am Christmas Play practice
***Dec. 11, 18 6:30 to 8pm Christmas Play practice, followed by dinner
***Dec. 14 9:45 Christmas Play
***Dec. 14 5pm Christmas at the Rectory
***Dec. 17th after 6pm service Caroling
***Dec. 21 6-8pm Christmas at the Cottage
***Dec. 24th 6pm Family Service 11pm Rite II
1. Update on the Water Purification System: We do have a water purification system installed at Fieles A Jesus, but we still need to put in some pressure gauges and a pressure switch. So, Richard Wildera will return in January to do that. We would also like to send some medicines that they requested while we were there. There is a list of the meds needed on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, so please stop by and see if there is something you would like to send in January. Please put all donations on my desk.
2. 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.
Rural Health Network Coordinator Hired
St. Luke’s, Live Oak, is pleased to announce that Mr. Greg Riherd has been hired to coordinate the recently awarded Federal Rural Health Network Planning and Development Grant. He will begin his work at St. Luke’s on November 17, 2014. Mr. Riherd received his Bachelor’s degree in Health Education at the University of Florida in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Public Health, also at the University of Florida, in 2013. He has been the principle investigator on several studies conducted by the UF, College of Medicine, College of Public Health and the Rural South Public Health Training Center.
Mr. Riherd will be take the lead in bringing together public and private agencies in Suwannee, Hamilton, Madison, Taylor, and Lafayette Counties to plan and develop a health network to reach those most in need of health care. The goal of the grant is to develop a sustainable business and cost model of rural health care in the five counties and to seek public and private funds to make that network a reality. St. Luke’s asks your prayers for the success of this effort. For more information please contact Greg Riherd the church office.
Children’s Christmas Play
It is once again the glorious season of Advent and we are excited about St. Luke's youth sharing their joy with all of our church family in the annual Christmas Play, Sunday morning, Dec. 14th, at 9:45am.
Calling all Angels! St. Luke's families are needed for traditional Christmas caroling on Wednesday, December 17th. Following the 6pm service, we will take off for a hay ride around town in hopes of bringing Christmas joy to some of our church members here in town. Caroling will be followed by our traditional dinner of grilled cheese sandwiches and chili. Singers, trailers, drivers, and cooks are needed! Please email Mrs. Simpson if you can help: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deater Art - Christmas Sale
Larger, framed pieces of Linda Deater's art will be on display in the parish hall during December. Prices will be a one-quarter to one half
of estimated value. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy a unique Christmas present or to own a piece of fine art. The Rector is willing to negotiate with those who think they can't afford such an extravagance.
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.
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.
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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