III EPIPHANY THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
January 26, 2020
The flowers on the altar have been given to the Glory of God by Doc Sexton in loving memory of Charlotte Sexton.
REMINDERS & INVITATIONS:
1. 2020 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING: Following the service this morning, we will be gathering for St. Luke’s Annual Parish Meeting. All of us who call St. Luke’s our home are greatly encouraged to participate as we review and discuss our ministries during the past year and elect lay leadership for the Vestry and for other outreach programs. A potluck brunch will be held after the meeting.
2.LUNCH BUNCH BOOK GROUP: Meets tomorrow, January 27th from Noon-1:15 p.m. in Willard Hall for a box lunch, sharing, discussion, and prayer. We are currently reading a book entitled, “Lies We Believe About God,” by Wm. Paul Young (the author of “The Shack.”) Come and join us.
3.MID-WEEK ADULT STUDY: Meets this Wednesday, January 29 at 10:30 a.m. in Willard Hall. We have begun a new Adult Study using the book entitled: “A Life of Grace for the Whole World.” This Study is designed for a Five- Session period divided into the Five Sections of the Bishops’ Article pertaining to the issues of our environment through the lens of Scripture, BCP, the teaching from the bishops, and from our liturgy. All are invited to come join us.
1. CARD FRONTS & STAMPS: Janice Fielder is taking over this ministry (done by her late sister, Freddy over many years.) Please save any cancelled stamps (domestic or foreign)—leaving enough paper around the stamp so that they can be neatly trimmed, ensuring that the stamp is undamaged. The stamps will go to charitable organizations. Also please save the fronts of any used greeting cards such as Christmas, birthday, get well or otherwise. These cards will be recycled into new cards. You may put both the stamps and card fronts in an envelope or a clear plastic bag and leave them on the table at the back of Willard Hall or hand them directly to Janice on any Sunday. Thank you!
2. FEED MY SHEEP: The Chester/Andover Family Center has an ongoing need for food donations to help nourish hungry families in our communities. Marjorie and David Carey volunteer at the center and keep tabs on current needs. During the year 2019, starting in April, St. Luke’s parishioners donated 286.6 pounds of food and other supplies to the Chester Andover Food Shelf. According to the Vermont Foodbank, 1.5 pounds equals one meal. So congratulations to everyone who helped out as you donated the equivalent of 191 meals. Thank you so much for all you did and let’s begin 2020 always remembering the hungry who are our own neighbors here in Chester & Andover. During the winter months soups & stews are so important along with luxury items like coffee, tea, hot chocolate, brownies, & cake mixes. Thank you all for caring.
3. “WE CARE” BOX: We call your attention to the purple “We Care Box” on the table near the entrance to Willard Hall. If you have a concern yourself or know of someone else who may need assistance—such as with food shopping, shoveling snow, simple home repairs, visit needs, companionship, medical, etc.— simply fill out one of the slips of paper by the box making your request. The “Care Box” will be checked after services every Sunday.
THIS WEEK at ST. LUKE’S
Monday January 27
Noon Lunch Bunch Book Group – Willard Hall
Wednesday January 29
10:30 a.m. Adult Study Group – Willard Hall
5:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal – Willard Hall
Sunday February 2 – IV EPIPHANY
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I – Willard Hall
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II – Willard Hall
A Prayer of Grace for the Whole World
May God give us the grace to heed the warnings of Jeremiah and to accept the gracious invitation of the incarnate Word to live, in, with, and through him, a life of grace for the whole world, that thereby all the earth may be restored and humanity filled with hope. Rejoicing in your works, O Lord, send us forth with your Spirit to renew the face of the earth, that the world may once again be filled with your good things: the trees watered abundantly, springs rushing between the hills in verdant valleys, all the earth made fruitful, your manifold creatures, birds, beasts, and humans, all quenching their thrist and receiving their nourishment from you once again in due season (Ps.104).
Source: A Pastoral Teaching from the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church.