From Your Rector:
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
His Hope, His Love, His Joy,
and His Peace...
Christmas approaches and we begin to make our preparations. These days we begin even before we buy our Thanksgiving turkey. We are already fretting about what gifts to purchase for our grandchildren, or how many shopping days are left until Christmas. We worry about the timeliness of UPS or FED- EX. We worry about what is the last day we can buy online and still have pre- sents delivered by Christmas.
But before there was Black Friday and before there were modern Christmas problems, these times were also for preparation. The Season of Advent is a time to prepare your hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ Child. Advent is the beginning of the Christian Year and the beginning of God’s salvation story. The term “Advent” in Latin and its counterpart in the Greek “Parousia”, both have their origins in the expectation of the second com- ing. We look forward to God coming into the world, not only as an infant, but as our redeeming Savior. We will light a candle as we begin our worship each Sunday in Advent, for a total of four candles. These four candles embody the coming of God into the world; they are named HOPE, LOVE, JOY and PEACE.
In this season, in which the world draws us into its frenzy and confusion, let us resist and instead recognize the promises of God and seek His Hope, His Love, His Joy, and His Peace. Let us turn to God and prepare for His coming!
I am looking forward to seeing each of you as we come together each Sunday in Advent and start the new Christian year together!
Each year we adorn the sanctuary with poinsettias at Christmas time. If you would like to give one in thanksgiving or as a memorial, the cost will be $13.00 each. Please let Ellen know by Dec. 12th, so they may be ordered from the nursery. Thank you.
The big story of the month at Fieles A Jesus is that Mother Tulia now has a washing machine!! She is ecstatic! She has serious problems with the skin on her hands and now she doesn’t have to wring out wet laundry. It is a great relief to her to say nothing of the time she saves by having a washing machine. She is very grateful to all her friends here at St. Luke’s – those she has met and those she hasn’t yet met.
God has turned the Life of the church around and He still allows us to be a blessing to them. I too, am grateful for all of you at St. Luke’s. On
the English language teaching front, we are now working with a new
grant, thanks to Mr. Boatwright at the River Oaks Technical College. We have a wonderful partnership with the college and they fully support the Hispanic population of Live Oak. We will start the Spring Semester classes on January 16.
Advent Open House
Christmas at the Rectory
Dec 18th 6-8pm
807 Coliseum Ave SW
(behind the church)
Father George and Mary Ellen would like to invite everyone to come enjoy the fellowship, food, and beverages.
Dec. 14th, 6:30pm
The youth would like to invite everyone to join them caroling this year. The Airth’s have generously arranged for the Suwannee Valley Transit “Trolley” to be our mode of transportation. Immediately following the 6:00 pm Eucharist, the trolley will make its way around town bringing the joy of Christmas caroling to our fellow parishioners who are unable to participate.
Following caroling, the trolley will return everyone to the parish hall for a quick bite to eat and hot chocolate!
There will be a Christmas Play with the children of St. Luke's Dec. 18, 2016 at 10am. Practices will be Dec. 4th and Dec.11th. Andy Miller has graciously volunteered to direct the play. Please come to the play and
support the children of St. Luke's!
Dear St. Luke’s Family,
It has been a holiday custom at this time of year for members of St. Luke’s to show collective appreciation for our rector for the many ongoing blessings he gives to us. If you would like to participate in honoring Fr George and his family, please make your check payable to St. Luke's, marked for the Priests’ Christ-mas gifts. Ellen needs to have your con-tributions by Dec. 19th, so she can combine them for a presentation from our parish family on Christmas Eve.
Ann Thompson, Sr. Warden
SHEPHERD’S HANDS RECOGNIZED AS
A CHAMPION OF HOPE
On November 3rd, Governor Rick Scott’s Faith Advisory Council rec-ognized the Shepherd’s Hands of the Suwannee Valley as one of two “2016 Champions of Hope” award winners. The Governor’s Faith Advisory Council advises the Governor on faith issues related to the Departments of Health, Children and Families, and Juvenile Justice. The Champion of Hope is awarded to organizations that go above and beyond the ordinary to improve the lives of at risk families. Along with the Shepherd’s Hands, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Tallahassee was also recognized for their inner-city Tallahassee work. Lydia Bush, Anne Doswell, and Martha Hartman traveled to the 7th Annual meeting of the Governor’s Faith Advisory Council in Orlando to receive the award. Thanks be to God for all of the faithful volunteers that make the Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic pos-sible. “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28
St. Luke's Salute to Bully
BUSY HANDS FOR BABIES
Busy Hands will be having a sale of hand-made items to the members of St. Luke’s on Sunday, Dec. 4th, after 11am service. Please come and
do your Christmas shopping with us!
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, December 6 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, December 27th at 6pm. All men are invited for good food and fellowship. It’s very informal, so bring your own meat and beverage. Salad will be provided.
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