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Friday, December 11, 2020


Dear Fellow Parishioners,

We would like to thank all of you that made your pledge for 2021! This really helps the Vestry with planning for the new year’s budget and is much appreciated.

For those of you that have not yet pledged, we ask that you prayerfully consider doing so. We have asked to have these pledges by December 15 in order for the Vestry to complete next year’s budget. However, if you are unable to make this commitment by then, we will happily accept your pledge after that date.

We miss seeing our St. Luke’s families and friends at church but please know how important each one of you are to what makes St. Luke’s such a special place. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of us!  Thanks and blessings during this holiday season.

Love in Christ,

Laura and Martha

MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TODAY BY CLICKING HERE



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


As we near the date when Fr. Chris Golding will depart from the position of Associate Priest, I want to invite you to write letters of thanks and appreciation to Fr. Chris and his family.  We will present a monetary gift or “purse” to Fr. Golding that is not taxable to him, and not tax deductible to the donor.

We will say farewell to the Golding family during the announcements at the December 20th,10:30 AM service. If you are unable to be present in person for that service, please join us via our livestream feed on Facebook or Vimeo.

And please continue to pray for God's blessings upon Fr. Chris, Julia, Phoebe, and James as they discern next steps in their lives of service to God and the Church.

Advent blessings,
      Fr. Bryan

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A PAYPAL DONATION TO FR. CHRIS (please be sure to include a message in the notes section to direct your donation to Fr. Chris)

CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL MESSAGE TO FR. CHRIS




Preparations are being made now for the Annual parish Meeting set for January 17th.
At the meeting, we'll hear all about the "state of the union" here at St. Luke's and elect new members to the Vestry. Please make every effort to attend as we need a quorum of 100.

DATE: January 17th
PLACE: Either Whitter Hall or the gym AND virtually (details coming soon)
TIME: 9:15am until 10am (between the 8am and 10:30am worship services)
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE (details coming soon)


Learn about the Vestry nominees here.
 




SUNDAY WORSHIP DETAILS: 8am, 10:30am and virtual

The Third Sunday of Advent 

This week's theme:
As we continue to wait for the Messiah, Christ Jesus, to return in glory, we continue our journey to the manger of Bethlehem this Advent. This week, we hear the Gospel of John’s account of St. John the Baptist, who we encountered last week. John the Baptist and forerunner is the one who “testifies to the light,” the light found in and through the person of Jesus our Savior. John is not the Messiah, but the one making the path straight for Jesus to come into our midst. Praise the Lord!


IN-PERSON at 8 am and at 10:30am 

  • You must be pre-registered through Eventbrite to attend
  • Arrive 15 minutes before service in order to check in

REMOTE WORSHIP (at 10:30am watch live, or at a later time)  

ZOOM COFFEE HOUR 9:30 AM -10:00 AM: 
Join us for our virtual coffee hour. All are invited to visit virtually for a chat before the 10:30am service.


CHILDREN'S CHURCH AND NURSERY ARE NOW OPEN:
Our nursery and is now open with a newly painted room, new linens, and enhanced safety measures. We will also offer Children's Church.
To read more on the re-opening guidelines and details, CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO OUR WEBSITE


ALL NEW ADVENT SERIES ADULT FORMATION has begun and we want you to join us.

  • Check out the ALL NEW FACEBOOK PAGE for Adult Formation. Go to @stlukesadultformation to join.
    • If you have any questions, please contact Margie at 225-733-3334 or email her at margiegaudet@gmail.com.
    • TO READ THE LETTER FROM MARGIE REGARDING THE START OF OUR ADVENT ADULT FORMATION SERIES, PLEASE CLICK HERE>>
    • Read the latest on the Christian Formation offerings for the Advent series BY CLICKING HERE>>

ADDITIONAL ADVENT RESOURCES:

CHRISTMAS FLOWER FUND:
If you would like to contribute to our annual Christmas Flower Fund, please CLICK THIS LINK>>.  The deadline for donations will be Monday, December 14.


Registration is now open for several events and services from our Eventbrite site. CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO OUR EVENTBRITE SITE>>

  • Note: You must pre-register for all in-person events and services in order for us to maintain current CDC social distancing guidelines and for contact tracing. If you have any questions, or need any help, contact Wilma in the church office at 225-926-5343 or by emailing her at wilma@stlukesbr.org.

Weekly Sunday Worship Service:
You are invited to join us at St. Luke's for Holy Eucharist on Sunday's at 8am and 10:30am. 
You must register in advance by Thursday at noon for each week's service.

December 13
Family Christmas movie night showing of "Home Alone" 

To celebrate Home Alone's 30th Anniversary we will be hosting a special "outdoor" screening of the iconic Christmas film.
Where: Trinity Episcopal Church (3552 Morning Glory Avenue, Baton Rouge)
Time: 6 - 8pm.
We will have pizza, popcorn and hot chocolate.
What to bring: picnic blanket or chairs.
Youth and their families are welcome to attend.
Thank you for wearing your mask, bringing hand sanitizer, and observing social distancing between household units.

December 21
Registration is now open for Longest Night Service
 of healing and hope to be held on December 21st at 6pm. This service is open to anyone in the community who has suffered loss or grieving of any type this past year. The annual Longest Night service coincides with the winter solstice and recognizes that the holiday season isn't necessarily merry and bright for everyone.  Come light a special votive candle in memory of a loved one, an unrealized dream, or any source of heartache. If you have any questions, please contact Becky at bwilliams@stlukesbr.org.

CLICK HERE FOR A SPECIAL MESSAGE OF HOPE AND HEALING FROM NURSE BECKY

 

December 24 (Christmas Eve)
We will offer two services this year for Christmas Eve at 3pm and at 5:30pm. The service will occur in the sanctuary with overflow seating in Pope Hall where participants will be able to view the service live on large screens. Although our services may look a little differently, and we worship a bit further apart, we hope you will join us in person for this annual service marking the birth of Jesus Christ. In addition to the live, in-person services, we will also offer a virtual service as well. 



JOIN OUR NEW LIVESTREAM TEAM:
We are looking for a few tech-savvy folks who would like to join our LIVESTREAM TEAM to help us with our Facebook Live and Vimeo virtual services produced using the MEVO camera. Don't worry (it's really not that hard). And, you could learn some new skills (if you don't know how to do this already). The LIVESTREAM TEAM is going to be very important, especially for our Annual Meeting when we will have live, real-time voting. Does this sound like fun? We'd love your help.

If you are interested, please email Pam, our Communications Coordinator BY CLICKING HERE.

SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADORS:
St. Luke's does great things and we need to let the world know about us. Our new SOCIAL MEDIA AMBASSADOR program is designed to have parishioners high school aged and up to help us spread the word. This is a great opportunity to earn service hours if you need them for school. This is also a great way for anyone to share with the world all the great things happening at St. Luke's.
To sign up and learn more about the program, send an email to Pam BY CLICKING HERE.

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