From Your Rector:
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
We are quickly approaching Holy Week and Easter and are reminded that our Liturgical Year leads us through our Lord’s salvation story. Our celebrations will be as follows:
News from Fieles A Jesus is that they hosted a really big diocesan convention. Sixteen people stayed at Fieles A Jesus. There were5 bishops plus Bishop Griselda at the convention. All the people that came were amazed at how much God is doing and has done at Fieles A Jesus – it brought them to tears of thanksgiving. We are a part of that – thanks be to God!!!
On another front, we have the opportunity to help out at the Florida State University with the priest who is in charge of Student Ministries there. He is looking for adults from the Episcopal Church to interact with the students. So, he has invited the churches to provide a meal on Sunday and Thursday nights that we would prepare along with the students and then eat and worship with them. If you are interested in going to Tallahassee some Sunday and spending the evening with our students there, please let me know.
If you would like to give a lily in memory or honor of someone at Easter we need to know by April 5th. The cost will be $14.00 each. So far we have three. Please call the church office soon.
The Seder dinner this year will be celebrated at St. Luke’s on Maundy Thursday, April 13th. We will enjoy the tradi- tional Seder meal with Lamb and herbs, as well as celebrate the Passover with the historic Jewish liturgy. This is the same meal that Jesus would have shared with his disciples on Thursday evening before his arrest and crucifixion, known by Christians as the Last Supper.
The dinner will begin at 6:00 pm to be followed by the “Holy Communion” and stripping of the altar. There is no charge for this meal, though donations to offset the cost of the food are ap- preciated. Joe Chamberlain and the men of the Church will pre- pare this meal for us. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the parish hall, it is important that we know how many to ex- pect. See Fr. George with questions.
MAUDY THURSDAY VIGIL
Following the Maundy Thursday Seder dinner and the stripping of the altar, on April 13th, we will begin an overnight vigil in the Church. After the Last Supper, Jesus went with some of his disciples into the garden at Gethsemane to pray. During this time the disciples who were keeping watch fell asleep. Jesus asked them “can’t you stay awake even for an hour.?”
We will be keeping watch on this Thursday night, can we stay awake for our Lord, even for one hour. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the parish hall. See Fr. George with questions.
WHO DO YOU FOLLOW?
WALK on April 15
The annual “who do you follow” walk is scheduled for Saturday April 15th at 10:00 am. The walk will begin and end at the Langford Football field. Many churches in the Live Oak community will be participating. Mark your calendars and walk with your fellow Chris- tians to show “Who you follow.” See Fr. George with questions.
EASTER EGG HUNT
The St. Luke’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held immediately following the 11:00 Service on Easter Morning. Bring your own baskets, for those without baskets, plastic bags will be provided.
EASTER EGG AND CANDY DONORS NEEDED
BUSY HANDS FOR BABIES
Busy Hands will meet on
April 1st from 9:30-11am.
BUSY HANDS YARD SALE
Busy Hands will have a yard sale on Saturday,
May 20th from 8am to noon.
Busy Hands is an active group of hard working people from St. Luke’s and is led by Sister Maria Ann. We sew, knit, crochet and we also shop, sort through donations and have yard sales. All this work to help patients at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, children under the auspices of Guardian ad Litem, women and children housed
with Vivid Visions, homeless children attending Suwannee County schools, people receiving assistance from Love, Inc., residents at Surrey Place and Advent Christian Village and people coming to St. Luke’s Food Pantry and Shepherd’s Hands.
For the year 2016 Busy Hands sent out over 2,000 items with a value of over $10,000. Members of Busy Hands also purchased school supplies and Christmas gifts for children with Guardian ad Litem and Vivid Visions and sponsored six Angel Tree children.
We thank all members of St. Luke’s for donations you have made for our yard sales of clothing and household goods!
Busy Hands is always seeking new members. If you sew, crochet or knit or just have a charitable and generous heart, please join us the first Saturday of any month at 9:30am, at St. Luke’s.
ECW - TO ALL WOMEN
The Episcopal Church Women Spring Retreat will be April 21st -23rd and registration forms are available in the parish hall on the long table by the door. It can also be found online. It will be at Camp Weed. If you have questions call Maureen 386-776-1817 or the number on the registration form.
SHEPHERD'S HANDS FREE HEALTH CLINIC
Congratulations to Shepherd's Hands and all our Volunteers on our First Anniversary! In the past twelve months we have helped over 100 patients! Our sincere "Thanks" go out to all who volunteer every month and a "Thank YOU" for a job well done! And in case you missed the Diocesan Magazine this month- Shepherd's Hands St. Mary's made the front cover and there was a wonderful article all about Shepherd's Hands first year. Last week at the 174th Diocese of Florida Convention, Shepherd's Hands was highlighted as one of the new ministries of our Diocese.
And more really Great News- Between the two clinics, Shepherd's Hands now has almost 50 volunteers. Thanks Be To God for All the medical and lay staff who give so freely of their time and talents!! We are also blessed by St. Luke's Food Pantry that has been open every month to provide groceries for all the patients. Most of our patients have freely expressed how they are so very grateful for not only the health care and food but espe- cially for the kindness of God's Love that they have been shown.
Last but definitely not least - A SPECIAL Thank You to The St. Luke's Men Group who feeds the volun- teers every month. Y'all are our Heroes!!
Our next Clinic date is set for April 11th at 5:30 pm. Thank YOU All for supporting this most wonderful ministry for those who are in medical need!
The 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. The menu can be very simple such as coffee, lemon- ade, and cookies. It is not meant to be a meal or heavy finger foods, just a light treat. We hope you will think about hosting an upcoming Sunday. You can call Ellen to sign up or check the bulletin board schedule in the Parish hall.
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 for dinner on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:00. All women are welcome to join us for a chili supper and a time of prayer and fellowship. No need to bring anything but yourself! If you have questions you can call Maureen Menosky 386-776-1817
Men’s Night Out
The Men’s Group will meet on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 6pm. Bring your favorite thing to grill and drink. All men are invited for good food and fellowship.
GODLY GAZETTE NOW AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL
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