This Sunday, November 18, is critical to St. Luke’s future life. At our 10:00 am service, we will ask you to present your pledge card indicating your commitment to the work of the parish for 2019. A great deal rides on your response to our appeal – the scope and nature of our future ministry, the ability of a new Rector to enter into your common life and work with you to enrich and deepen our life and work.

I addressed the nature of Christian Stewardship in last week’s sermon, and I have included it for you below if you didn’t have the opportunity to worship with us. It will take about 15 minutes of your time, but it will hopefully provoke a deeper discussion with the members of your household about your investment in our future.

 

Immediately following our worship hour on Sunday we will repair to Fellowship Hall for one of St. Luke’s (often imitated, never equaled) Pot Luck meals. Bring your favorite dish to share. But bring your dreams of ministry, as well. At the luncheon, we will invite you to share your ideas for our next parish mission project.

As we have discussed earlier, we have been invited to apply for a substantial grant from the Bishop of Oregon Trust to fund a mission project that reimagines our ministry and effectively utilizes the Studio space. It is an unparalleled opportunity to expand our work in East county and beyond.

Please plan to join us.

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Like to make people happy?

I’ve never been to a coffee hour at St. Luke’s where people weren’t engaged, chatting and nibbling and sipping happily and gratefully. It is, as much as anything else we do, a substantial portion of our ministry of radical welcome where friends connect, newcomers and welcomed and made to feel at home and where those awful post-worship hunger pangs are sated!

Will you help? Coffee Hour hosts and hostesses volunteer on an average of once every five or six weeks, they merit the closest parking spot to the lower door, and they enjoy the gratitude of a whole roomful of people? Sandy Stumpf is our indefatigable Coffee Hour chair and would love to add you to her roster.

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Thanksgiving Eve

Not many people realize that Thanksgiving is a Prayer Book holy day, not just a secular celebration. As we did last year, we will have a celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, November 21 at 6:30 pm. It’s the perfect way to begin a holiday marked by grateful hearts.

Please note the Church Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, and Friday, November 23.

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The End is Coming

The end of the Church’s year, that is. The last Sunday of the year is November 25, a day that we celebrate as the Feast of Christ the King. But with every end, there is a new beginning and Advent will begin on December 2. This Advent will be a particularly blessed one as Bishop Michael Hanley will join us on December 9 for his formal Visitation and the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

December is always a busy month as we ready ourselves for the Christmas holiday season. Enrich the season to the fullest by being with us as the light increases.

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Passages

On Saturday, December 1 we will gather to bid Godspeed to Eileen DuPuis who entered Greater Life on November 3 at 2:00 pm. Eileen was a member of St. Luke’s for many years, and is well and lovingly remembered. We pray that her soul and the souls of all the departed may rest in peace.