Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
- John Wooden
VESTRY of St. Luke's
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4.19
On this feast day of St. Andrew (Nov. 30th) I am pleased to announce that we have a new full-time parish administrator! Her name is Caroline Brown and she comes to us from the Arkansas Arts Center where she had been employed for the past four years as the assistant to the Curator. She has many of the skills that we have been in need of here in the office and both Joanna and I are very excited about her coming! Caroline is also a lifelong Episcopalian and her and her husband Nathan have a beautiful two-year-old daughter, Evelyn. She will start work with us this coming Monday!
I am so appreciative of Michael Monnikendem for his gallant efforts and faithful service over the past months of transition. He has agreed to help us out with training Caroline and will also remain with us as our part-time organist and choirmaster.
I'd like to express my gratitude for the valuable assistance I received from Jerry Martinka and Sherry Furr who assisted me with the interviews. We had over forty applicants for the position and conducted eight interviews. Thank you Jerry and Sherry! I'd also like to thank Deacon Joanna for assisting me during the final round of interviews with the top two candidates.
I hope you will make every effort to participate in worship each Sunday and in our special Wednesday nights in Advent. During this season of hopeful expectation may we all be watching and waiting for the surprise of the Spirit who is alive and actively working in this parish!
Yours in Christ,
St. Nicholas Day at St. Luke's December 4
On Sunday December 4, Advent 2, St. Luke's will have a potluck Advent Luncheon observing St. Nicholas Day after the 10:30 service. St. Nicholas will visit the children in their classrooms and make an appearance at the luncheon. Children will also have St. Nicholas cookies for sale for their Advent outreach project. Food at the luncheon will be from recipes from the ECW cookbook.
There will also be an alternative Giving Fair:
1. ECW will be selling the ECW cookbook, fruitcakes, and Anglican rosaries. 2. I will be offering for sale three books, Call of the Psalms for Busy People, Call of the Psalms for People in Recovery, and Healing Presence as well as 2 Harp CD's, Christmas Harp and Peaceful Harp. Money from this sale goes to Camp Mitchell. 3. Christ Church Bookstore will bring Advent and Christmas items 4. St. Francis House will offer ways to help St. Francis for Christmas 5. Used Book table with money going to CPC 6. Rice Depot will bring Christmas rice products, 7. and finally a special sale of beautiful holy figures made from olive wood from the Holy Land
Very little is known of the life of Nicholas, bishop of Myra who lived in Asia Minor around 342. He is the patron of seafarers, sailors and more especially of children. As a bearer of gifts to children, his name was brought to America by the Dutch colonists in New York where he popularly became known as Santa Claus.
The feast day of St. Nicholas often is celebrated in our family as a major holiday with a family meal. Bishop Nicholas with a beard and a long red stole appears and visits our grandchildren after dinner. Then our grandchildren go into the bedrooms and leave their shoes outside the doors and Bishop Nicholas leaves chocolate coins and presents in their shoes. I won't bore you with our pictures of this family event, but they are stunning.
Why am I sharing with you our family story? There are so many feast days in our tradition that can become family celebrations where we as well as our children can learn more about the Anglican tradition at home. Share with Carey and me how your family observes some of these traditions at home.
If you observe the Feast Day of St. Nicholas at home on December 6, these are some questions to ponder:
Who is St. Nicholas? The real St. Nicholas is a man who loved God and who lived a long time ago. . . .
This is an opportunity to talk about who St. Nicholas was and how he served God by caring for those in need. Because Nicholas always wanted people to praise and thank God, not him, he did good deeds in secret.
St. Nicholas helped people secretly-have you ever helped someone in secret? St. Nicholas didn't want credit for what he did-how does it feel to help that way?
St. Nicholas helped people who needed help-children, sailors, hungry people (during a famine), and those who were the victims of injustice-really people who are the most vulnerable. Talk about who really needs help today and how we, like Nicholas, could help.
St. Nicholas is loved in many countries-people brought the stories of him to the United States/ He is the real, true Santa Claus.
How do St. Nicholas and Santa Claus differ? Santa Claus is round and plump; St. Nicholas is tall and thin.
Santa Claus wears a stocking cap; St. Nicholas wears a bishop's hat. Santa Claus comes December 25th; St. Nicholas comes December 6th. Santa Claus is often seen in stores; St. Nicholas is often seen in churches.
Santa Claus flies through the air-from the North Pole; St. Nicholas walked the earth, caring for those in need.
Santa Claus, for some, replaces Jesus at Christmas; St. Nicholas, for all, points to Jesus at Christmas.
How can you be a St. Nicholas? By doing good deeds in secret. Encourage each child/person to think of one way to be a St. Nicholas for someone this year.
From the Organ Bench
At both of our Advent Sunday morning services we are singing different verses of the wonderful hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". The beginning of each verse starts with a different name that is used for Jesus. i.e. Emmanuel, Wisdom, Adonai, etc.
During Advent we not only look forward but we look backward inorder to look forward. The birth of Jesus was itself looked forward to, and as we remind ourselves that he is due to return, we remember some of the prophecies that were to predict his birth in Bethlehem. Not only do they come from the Hebrew Testament, but some of them became enshrined as antiphons (which are brief texts for liturgical use before and after canticles) even after the Christian Testament period. The Magnificat is said or sung every day at Evening Prayer, but in the time before Christmas, these verses (the "Advent antiphons" or "O Antiphons), recalling the prophesies associated with Mary's acceptance of her calling to be the mother of Jesus, were added, giving extra poignancy to the often sung text.
These antiphons date from the 6th or 7th century and there were seven of them originally: O Wisdom, O Adonai, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Dayspring, O King of the Nations and O Emmanuel.
There is a simple, penitential message of a promised Savior, who came and will come again, but there is also the richness and splendor of Christmas, beckoning us from every shop window and carol service as we advance further into December.
Carolyn Ford, Jim Howell, Katherine Herring, Rhonda Herring, Annette Gerace, Suzi Martinka & family, Cory Moses, Louis Jenkins, David Jenkins, the blessings of family, Kendall, Diane Faust, Laura Dues, Pete Caro, Lawson Anderson, Maynard Gontermann, Sheila Crim, Tim Woods, Mike Roh, Vince Roh, Bobbi West, Jamie Poole, Kate Toepfer, Valerie Baker, Pat Loomis, Nicholas, Martha Stroope, Mary Jo Ring, Kathy Rose, Lorraine Furtick, Dona Monnikendam, Thalia, Parker, Kathy, Christina, the Ruttinger family, Sarah Keeler and Lisa Williams.
Special Concerns: all of the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Mark, Jake, Justin, Bret, Joshua, Mark, Tim, Matt, Doug and Lance.
DOK PRAYER CARDS FOUND IN PEW RACKS
|Since 1885 Daughters around the world have offered daily prayers on behalf of those in need. Here at St. Luke's NLR, St. Emma Chapter continues that tradition. Please write your prayer requests for self or others on the prayer cards found in the pew racks. Place them in the white box on the shelf inside the church entrance. "For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." Romans 8:26|
ADVENT AND EPIPHANY HAPPENINGS
November 27, Dec 4, 11, 18
Adult and Young Adult and Children classes 9:15 Sundays
Adult Class: The adult class will resume their DVD presentation from the Great Course, The Holy Land Revealed with Professor Jodi Magness: What Archeology Reveals about the Holy Land.
Young Adults: Fr. Carey will start off their new class with a discussion of Advent on Nov. 27, Advent I. Deacon Joanna will lead the class with Meditations on Advent, Christmas, Epiphany on Advent II, III and IV.
Children will continue the Catechesis program but will also practise the pageant.
Evening Prayer 5:30 in the chapel
Wed. nights in Advent.
Evening Prayer 5:30 in the chapel
Advent Supper and study 6 - 7 led by Carey and
Children's program by Becky Rice and Jenny
Children and Youth Wed. night program in Craft Room led by Becky Rice and Jenny Heard:
Nov. 30 - decorate St. Nicholas cookies that will be offered for donations at the St. Nicholas luncheon on Sun. Dec. 4.
Dec. 7 - decorate ornaments.
Dec. 14 - decorate and wrap ornaments to offer on Sun. Dec. 18 between the services and after the 10:30 service. The donations collected from the ornaments and cookies will be used to purchase gift cards for Sheila Crim, long time beloved nursery worker.
Dec. 21 - cookies and cocoa and make Christmas cards for homebound.
Sunday December 4, Advent II,
Advent Luncheon observing St. Nicholas Day
after the 10:30 service: An alternative Giving
Event. St. Nicholas will be visiting the children
in their classrooms that day as well as making
an appearance at the luncheon. The food
served at the luncheon will be from recipes
from the ECW cookbook.
Alternative gift ideasd will be presented:
1. ECW will be selling the ECW cookbook, fruitcakes, and Anglican rosaries.
2. Joanna will be offering for sale, her books, Call of the Psalms for busy people, Call of the Psalms for People in Recovery, and Healing Presence as well as 2 Harp CDs, one of Christmas Harp music and the other, a new recording of Peaceful Harp Music. Money from the sale of these books and Cd's goes to Camp Mitchell.
3. Christ Church Bookstore will bring Advent and Christmas items.
4. St. Francis House will have a booth talking about ways to give to St. Francis for Christmas.
5. Rice Depot
We will be partnering with nearby Ridgewood Middle School through their head counselor, Ann Pollard, to adopt five families for Chrismas. If you or your group would like to participate, conatct Deacon Joanna 425-8525 or @ email@example.com
5:00 Christmas pageant and Holy Eucharist
10:30 Wassail in the Parish Hall
11:00 Service of Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist
One service at 10:30 am.
Inquirer's class: Jan. 8, 15, 29, Feb. 5, 12 ...Six sessions
Young Adult and Youth and others
Youth and those considering confirmation or anyone who would like a refresher on what it means to be an Episcopalian will join young adults for Inquirer's Class at 9:15. Those attending the class who have been confirmed may be sponsors and may be received.
February 19 Bishop Benfield's visit: adults, young adults, youth meet with the bishop.
No formation on December 25 and Jan. 1
Classes are Sunday mornings at 9:15 am.
2011-2012 Christian Education Classes
3 year olds: Brouke Reynolds, Guide
Paula Benson, Assistant
Catechesis I: Beth Maze, Guide
(4-6 year olds) Paula Volpe, Guide
Martha Cross, Assistant
Catechesis II: Ginna Simmons, Guide
(7-9 year olds) Ellen Moses, Assistant
Catechesis III: Kimber Barber-Fendley, Guide
(10-12 year olds) Laura Woford, Assistant
Teenager: Wanda Dunwoody, Co-teacher
(13-18 year olds) Suzette Patterson, Co-teacher
Adult class: The adult class will resume their DVD presentation from the Great Course, The Holy Land Revealed with Professor Jodi Magness: What Archeology Reveals About the Holy Land
Young adults: Father Carey will start off their new class with a discussion of Advent on Nov 27, Advent 1. Deacon Joanna will lead the class with Meditations on Advent, Christmas, Epiphany on Advent 2, 3, 4.
Nursery Care is provided for all activities on Sunday mornings.
ADVENT EVENT/ECW NEWS
The Advent Event will be December 4. There will be a potluck luncheon after church. Dawn will have a sign-up poster in the Narthex. We are asking that people bring dishes from the ECW cookbook for this event. There will also be a table for CPC-used book sales, ECW cookbooks will be for sale, and the fruitcakes will be ready for delivery. Be sure to sign up for the potluck, and come to see all that is going to be happening on that day!
Dear Members and Friends,
As the Stewardship program draws to a close, we want to thank all of you that have turned in your cards. If for some reason you did not get a card, please call the office or pick one up in the Narthex. We still have 19 cards out and would like to have the final budget prepared by December 14. Then the vestry can review the budget at the meeting on December 22. This is a time to thrive and we cannot thank you enough for your commitment.
Blessings to all,
The Stewardship Committee
The December ChurchMen's breakfast will be held on Sat., Dec. 10th @ 9:AM @ Wilder Hall (Church hall). Bring a friend, shut-in, Children/Grand Children that you may have with you. Please share rides with older members. Relax, have a good meal & a fun time with fellow Christian men. It's a good way to start a week-end.
At the Nov. breakfast we voted to donate our annual profits to one of the needy families sponsored by St. Luke for Christmas. "Thank you" to all of you St. Luke men that made this possible by participating in the breakfasts throughout the year. God bless you all. We hope to see you Sat. the 10th! Thanks to all of you that helped in the kitchen, It's impossible without YOU!! Denny
CHRISTMAS TREE PROJECT
The teens of St. Luke's ask that you please make donations to their 2011 Christmas Tree Project. A tree will be set up in the narthex to collect your contributions of mittens, gloves, scarves and socks. Thank you for supporting us and the families our project will help.
Michael, Jonathan, Matthew, Amelia, Rachel and Heidi