Sunday January 26 after the 9am service
St. Luke’s Annual Parish Meeting & Potluck Lunch
St. Luke’s Annual Parish Meeting was held in Willard Hall on Sunday, the 26th of January.
Most of us who call St. Luke’s our home attended and participated. we heard a report given about our projected 2020 budget During our time together. We also voted on Lay Leadership for Vestry and for Delegates and alternate delegates to the Annual Convention for the Diocese of Vermont. To best accommodate this meeting, St. Luke’s held a combined Worship Service at 9:00 a.m.
After a short break, we reconvened for the Annual Meeting.
To prepare for this Meeting, all 2019 Annual Reports were submitted to Rick Hunter and we thank him for his work compiling the Annual Report.
There was a Potluck Luncheon following the Annual Meeting. Janet Hunter coordinated the meal and as always great food and conversation was had by all.
St. Luke’s Christmas Tea
& Holiday Bazaar A Great Success
This year’s Christmas Tea & Holiday Bazaar held on Saturday, December 7th, went off just as promised with delightful food selections to enjoy from the buffet table with friends and neighbors. The “Culinary Classics & Baked Goods” table, featured a bountiful selection of food items (including frozen homemade soups, chilis), quiches, granola mixes, an assortment of jams, jellies & relishes,
pies, quick breads, cookies and much more to give as gifts or for one’s own enjoyment. (See the “Culinary Classic Chefs” article on page 5.) Grandma’s Attic was teaming with great buys and the two Craft tables had a lovely assortment of items including handmade quilted gifts, original Christmas ornaments, dried flower candles, jewelry and more. New this year, we introduced the “Pet Center”
which featured Advent Dog Calendars, cloth toy pulls and
special pumpkin puff ball doggie treats.
Although the weather was beautiful that day and we had
excellent publicization through posters, email cards, newspaper articles and word-of-mouth, overall attendance was noticeably down from previous years. (We sold 32 tea buffet tickets versus the 65 plus in previous years. But the enthusiasm and joy of those attending was evident from smiling faces and the sounds lively chatter and laughter throughout Willard Hall. Anne Goodreau entertained us all with lovely Christmas music on the keyboard and Heidi+ and Anita joined her at one point to sing carols to the delight of all. Despite the lower number of attendees on the day of the tea—thanks to additional sales of items during the coffee
hour on the following two Sundays—the overall amount raised was $2,355.40 (surprisingly $227.40 more than the previous year’s total of $2,128.00.) The additional variety of food items added to the “Culinary Classics” & Baked Goods table made a big difference, plus the vigorous effort to sell leftover items on the following two Sundays. We give a special “thank you” to our talented & energetic team of Christmas Tea organizers (Belinda, Sally, Lillian, Eileen, Marcia and Colleen) , and to the strong
men who helped set-up & take-down tables, and schlep items to and from the shed (David C. John D. and Tom W.), and to everyone from the congregation who baked, donated foods, money, items,
poured tea, helped with clean-up and so much more.
—Pat Fromberger & Jane Davis, Co-Chairs
The Chester Andover Family Center .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.