Dear Fellow Parishioners,
As our annual Stewardship Campaign comes to an end and we approach the close of 2020, we are reminded of all of the things for which we are grateful. We are grateful to YOU! Thank you to all of you that have made a commitment to support St. Luke’s with a pledge for 2021. Thank you to all of you that have been able to fulfill your pledge for 2020. You are so very much appreciated! If you have questions about your pledge or are struggling to fulfil your commitment, we understand and are happy to talk with you and answer your questions.
Friends with your involvement and contributions, St. Luke’s is, and continues to be, the solid foundation of our faith family. What a blessing our church community has been to us during these uncertain, and sometimes frightening days of 2020. Our Vestry and Clergy have provided the leadership, spiritual guidance and emotional support to have gotten us through some remarkably difficult times this year.
Finally the waiting is almost over, let us celebrate with grateful hearts the birth of Jesus and the hope that the New Year brings!
MAKE YOUR PLEDGE OR END OF YEAR DONATION TODAY BY CLICKING HERE
Join us in celebrating the Ordination of Lynn Hooks to the Sacred Order of Deacons on December 19th at 10am. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE on how to watch the ordination live on Facebook and YouTube.
The live stream of the service can be found on the St. Paul's Facebook Page or St. Paul's YouTube Channel and shared to the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana Facebook Page.
LETTER FROM LYNN TO OUR PARISHIONERS:
This year has brought with it so much change, and given us pause to notice things sometimes overlooked in our lives for which we are grateful. Looking back to the Spring, Advent seems to have started early as we waited for Good News. We are called in Advent to actively wait. We are active in prayer, showing compassion for others, and even in quietness, which can be challenging with all that may distract us from looking for Christ in others and ourselves. Yet our life continues to see glimpses of God’s great love for us.
One place I am grateful to see God’s steadfast love is in my journey to Ordination in The Episcopal Church. I am grateful to those who have shared in this journey over the past years who have encouraged and supported me. On Saturday, December 19, my ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons will take place in New Orleans at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. It is not at all how I imagined it to be. I imagined a church filled with family, friends, and students and families from St. Luke’s School - who have taught me more about God’s love over the past 25 years than I could ever have hoped to teach. Yet, God is gracious and generous. I invite your presence, as it will be live-streamed. I hope you will join, as you are able. It means so much to me to know that although we are unable to be physically together, that you know that I hold you in my heart with love and gratitude.
Thank you again for your love and encouragement. You remain in my prayers as we share this path to discover God’s love in new and beautiful ways.
R. Lynn Hooks
There's still time 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.
Please join us for this week's very special "Coffee Hour" at 9:30am as Fr. Chris, Julia, Phoebe and James will be with us. Please have your entire family join us virtually to say farewell to the Golding family prior to the 10:30am service.
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.
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
Registration is now open on our Eventbrite page to attend in person for the Annual parish Meeting set for January 17th.
Note: If you plan to attend virtually, no action needs to be taken at this time but we will have an online registration soon for those who plan to attend via Zoom.
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: Witter Hall
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.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL MEETING IN PERSON.
SUNDAY WORSHIP DETAILS: 8am, 10:30am and virtual
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
This week's theme:
We have been waiting for the Messiah, Christ Jesus, faithfully, and we are now so close to Christmas. In the final part of our journey to the manger, we witness the overshadowing glory of angels announcing the pending birth of Jesus to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our beloved Mary becomes first among the saints as she declares her joy in welcoming God into her womb in Jesus – “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Come, Lord Jesus!
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 VERY SPECIAL virtual Coffee Hour featuring Fr. Chris, Julia, Phoebe and James Golding. All are invited to visit virtually for a chat before the 10:30am service.
CHILDREN'S CHURCH AND NURSERY
Our nursery 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
ADVENT SERIES ADULT FORMATION- you can join for the final week of Advent
ADDITIONAL ADVENT RESOURCES:
- YOU CAN VISIT THE HOLY LAND EVERY DAY IN ADVENT
- Start these final days of Advent with a splash of joy! Open a door to a photo or a brief video for a glimpse into the lives of Holy Land Christians and the humanitarian ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
- CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO THE WEBSITE>>
- ADVENT WORLD offers a global Advent calendar of events, including podcasts, meditations and daily devotionals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Registration is now open to attend the Annual Meeting set for Sunday, January 17th from 9:15am until 10am. To attend in person you must register in advance on Eventbrite. We will open registration to attend virtually via Zoom soon.
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.