From Your Rector:
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
We have for the last several weeks celebrated the Risen Christ, and it is truly wonderful to be able to proclaim Alleluias once again. On May 7th, the Church celebrates our Lord’s ascension to Heaven, to be followed by the Day of Pentecost on Sunday May 15th. Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter, which is also the day the Jewish faith celebrates the Feast of the Weeks or Shavuot. The disciples were gathered in one place to celebrate this Jewish festival, when there came a sound of rushing wind and tongues of fire rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.
That same Holy Spirit remains with us today. Jesus promised that he would send a helper and comforter to be with us and to keep God’s presence close to us. The Holy Spirit is that inspiration and presence that we feel and is crucial to every action of the church . We know and recognize, as modern Christians, that it is the Holy Spirit that unites us to the love of God the Father and Jesus the Son.
During this month let us all pray, that the Spirit might come and rest upon us, inspire and strengthen us in service to God. May that same Spirit blow the breath of life into us and empower us to take God’s truth into the world. May we all rejoice in the power of the Spirit!
We have interesting news from Mother Tulia this week. It
seems that the Bishop’s son has chosen Fieles A Jesus for his wedding! They are busy painting the outside of the church since they have finished painting the inside so it will be totally beautiful for the wedding!
Now that Cubans can have small home businesses, the ladies of the church are making things to sell to earn the money to paint the church. They have already paid for the new front door! They still need our help to finish the upstairs, so we continue to send a little extra each month for that project. They mainly need to put up railings and do a few finishing up touches to finish the second floor. They want to have it all finished by the time our youth trip happens.
It looks like the youth trip will be early in July as this date seems to work better for everyone on the mission trip as well as for the youth in Cuba. Their church life is getting exciting – thanks be to God! And thanks to all of you who have done so much to make this happen!!
Busy Hands Yard Sale at St. Luke's on Saturday May 21st 7am--1pm
Salute to St. Luke's Seniors!
Laine Fletcher is graduating from Lowndes High School as an honors student. Laine has been involved in many school activities, including the Beta Club and the Drama Club. Her junior year, she was her Thespian troupe's secretary, and her senior year she was the drama club and Thespian troupe president. She was cast in every production at her school all four years, and she even directed her own musical review her senior year. Laine has been attending St.Luke's since she was a child, and she has been an acolyte as well as a lector for the nine o'clock service. Laine will be attending Lagrange College in the fall and will be majoring in musical theatre and minoring in biology. She is excited to begin this new chapter of her life and is thankful for her loving and supportive St. Luke's family.
Raymond Mickel’s family is blessed to an-nounce the graduation of Raymond Mickel from Branford High School. This milestone did not come easy. Raymond was confronted with several challeng-ing hurdles that he has successfully navigated while maintaining focus on the need to help others with a similar plight.
As you are aware, Raymond was diagnosed with Leukemia at a very young age and went through nearly 3 years of treatment. Cancer has extremely negative short term and long term side effects on the body, but it can also damage the family unit. But through it all Raymond rose like a Phoenix, with God's help, and continued moving forward.
In 2nd grade Raymond started to ride his bike to help other children and families going through Leukemia. After 10 years, he and his brother Colby have ridden their bikes hundreds of miles on the bike trails of North Florida, and raised over $10,000 for Leukemia research. Raymond absorbs all expenses for his rides, which equates to 100 percent of all donations going straight to L.L.S. While going through treatments at Shands, Raymond always requested glow sticks, so he could hang them on his IV pole. Raymond still goes up to the fourth floor at Shands, and hands out glow sticks to all the kids. They are still a very valued commodity. The kids there still love talking to someone who has gone through hard times, and they also get to clearly see that cancer does not stunt your growth.
Raymond thanks everyone at St. Luke’s for ALL you have done for him. He is blessed to be a life long member of St. Luke’s and a “ Cradle” Episcopalian. Raymond was Baptized at St. Luke’s on 06/26/1999, received his first communion on 02/04/2007, began his Acolyte duties on 02/11/2007, and started assisting his Grandmother as Usher on 05/07/2008. He was Confirmed on 04/17/2016 with his brother Colby. He is in awe that so many great people truly care about him, and his future.
He will be attending Santa Fe College in the Fall, but is undecided on a major.
Blake Ulmer will graduate, with honors and a scholar diploma, from Suwannee High School on June 4, 2016. He is the son of Jeremy and Julie Ulmer and grandson of George and Joan Blake and is a lifelong member of St. Luke’s. While at St. Luke’s he has participated in many youth group activities including being the Easter Bunny and attending Happening #131.
As a very active student at Suwannee High School, Blake played basketball all 4 years earning a varsity letter 3 years and serving as team captain 2 years. He received the academic award for basketball 4 years, was named the 2016 Defensive player of the year, was named to the 2015 Gainesville Sun All Area basketball team honorable mention and selected for the State of Florida All Star team by Down Under Sports.
He serves on the Board of Directors for Interact, is a member of the Beta Club and was selected as 2015 Beta Club Sweetheart. He is also a member of National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, HOSA and the Class of 2016 Spirit Committee. Blake attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington D.C. to receive The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excel-lence. He will complete the Allied Health Medical Academy at SHS, where he will earn an industry certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
He has earned a Bright Futures Scholarship, was a finalist for the Marvin Jones Scholarship and has been offered academic scholarships to Jacksonville University and Florida Southern College. Blake plans on Majoring in Biology and Pre Med. His goal is to become an orthopedic physician.
The Shepherd’s Hands of the Suwannee Valley Free Clinic
Thanks Be to God - Shepherd's Hands of Suwannee Valley, Inc. opened the free clinic doors on April 19 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Live Oak!! Father George Hinchliffe, Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church led a prayer and offered a blessing at the opening of the clinic.
Shepherd's Hands of Suwannee Valley, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that received start-up funds from the Episcopal Diocese of Florida this year to create a mobile unit to provide healthcare services to the Suwannee Valley area for uninsured and low income people. Medical equipment and supplies, as well as a trailer, were purchased to give us the ability to travel throughout the Suwannee Valley area.
Shepherd's Hands Health Clinic provides health care services totally through volunteers! The Clinic is blessed to have Dr. Edwin Moore (Medical Director) and Dr. James Hurm leading the way medically. Joining our doctors is Joey Chamberlain, a Pharmacist from Cheek and Scott Drugs, who has been instrumental in determining and securing our start up equipment and supplies, as well as Denice Cameron, LPN who prepared the clinic space and equipment for opening night. Both Denice and Colleen Cody, RN. from the Department of Health assisted the doctors and helped manage the medical volunteers.
In addition to the medical team, we had volunteers that helped to greet and complete the required paperwork on all ten patients on our opening day. A special thanks to Lydia Bush, Clinic Operational Coordinator, and Anne Doswell, Clinic Administrative Coordinator.
While at the clinic patients were provided over 200 pounds of groceries through the St. Luke's Food Pantry. The Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic hopes to expand in the coming months to Madison, Taylor and Levy Counties. The next Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic will be held at St. Luke’s on May 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
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.
St. Luke's has received a most generous gift of a brand new 2016 seven passenger Dodge Grand Caravan. The van is nicely equipped, including trailer hitch. This van is given by a parishioner who wishes to remain anonymous It is given to the glory of God and in support of His work here at St. Luke's. It will be used in support of youth programming, in support of the free clinic, and can be used for other
transportation needs of the parish. If you have ideas of how the van might be used to complement or expand the ministry of St. Luke's please let Father George or any member of the Vestry know of your idea. Thanks be to God for the tools he provides us, to do his work.
FL SHERIFF’S YOUTH RANCH
The Youth Ranch is looking for couples to be cottage parents. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Justin Crymes, MA at 386-842- 5555 or 208-3678 (cell)
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.
2016 CONFIRMATION CLASS
Back row (left to right) Graeson Dean - Confirmation, Anne Doswell - Reaffirmation, Frances Richichi - Confirmation, Bishop John Howard, Michael Mickel - Reaffirmation, Raymond Mickel - Confirmation, Colby Mickel- Confirmation.
Front Row ( left to right) Katelyn Skeen - Confirmation, Audrey Felknor - Confirmation, Emily Boggus - Confirmation, Bart Boggus - Reaffirmation, Gail Mickel - Reaffirmation
An anonymous benefactor fromour parish has very generously pledged up to $8,000 matching funds for contributions to the St.Luke’s labyrinth. This pledge would match contributions dollar for dollar. If fully matched by gifts, this contribution would bring the project very near completion.
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.
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.
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.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King will be meeting Tuesday, May 3rd 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, May 24, 2016 at 6pm. All men are invited for good food and fellowship. It’s very informal, so BYOB.
Busy Hands Yard Sale
Busy Hands will meet on Saturday, May 7th from 9:30-11am. They will have a Yard Sale from 7am to 1pm, on Sat., May 21st .
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