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Chester Plant Sale May 31-June 2

Generous pots of different healthy, proven perennials, shrubs, and select annuals and vegetables will be available at the Chester Plant Sale to be held on Friday May 31 and Saturday June 1 from 9 AM to 3 PM and on Sunday June 2 from noon to 3 PM on the side lawn of St. Luke’s Church, 313 Main Street, Chester, VT.  The later timing of the annual event allows for larger and more attractive plants – all organized by kind and growing needs.  The plants offered are top notch, well priced, and ready to go into the ground without additional hardening!  Helpful labels on each plant and flower photos make garden additions easy.  Knowledgeable gardeners will be on hand eager to give advice on plants and garden design.  


Favorite offerings include varieties of iris, hostas, daylilies, perennial geraniums, raspberries, herbs, some shrubs and trees, and so much more, some in very limited quantities.  Also on hand will be other garden-oriented items:  dahlia tubers, gladiola corms (new this year), Gardener’s Log notebooks, original floral notecards, and seasonal produce, such as cut rhubarb.  Come visit and take home delights for you and your garden!


For questions, please contact Lillian Willis at 802-875-1340 or

Our weekly Sunday service is at 10 AM.

    Sunday Eucharistic services take place at 10 AM and a zoom option is usually available. If there is a programme change, it will be published here and on the church calendar. For the Sunday morning zoom link please contact or phone the church at (802) 875-6000 and leave us a  message along with your name, phone number and email address.

The 10:00 AM service is generally followed by 'Coffee Hour' in Willard Hall beneath the sanctuary.


Wednesday Eucharistic services last about 40 minutes, and take place in the small chapel at the rear of the sanctuary or downstairs in Willard Hall if it gets too chilly upstairs.

Our Wednesday evening service begins at 5:30 PM.


If you are new to the area, or wish to be added to our monthly newsletter 'Light in the Shadows' (but commonly known as LITS) please email your request for information to or phone the church at (802) 875-6000 and leave us a message along with your name and phone number.

St. Luke's Vestry

The vestry of St. Luke's meets every month, on the second Wednesday of the month, at 6:30pm, in Willard Hall. The meetings usually last for exactly 2 hours and anyone is welcome to attend. If you would like a Zoom link to our next vestry meeting, please contact us.

Our phone number is (802) 875-6000.

Our email address is

The vestry of St. Luke's is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its activities and property. St. Luke's vestry has 9 members, each serving for 3 years. Vestry members are elected at the annual parish meeting which is held in either January or February.. The presiding officer of our vestry is the Rev. Bruce MacDuffie

St. Luke's Lunch Bunch

(1:00 on Mondays via Zoom)

We have decided to read a poem every week.  On Monday, we’ll read and share about Monday’s poem and any others that had an impact on us during the week. So, feel free to drop in any time as the discussion will be new every time.

Steve Garness-Holmes, a retired Methodist pastor, writes a poem a day, usually based on the lectionary.

You can subscribe to Steve’s “Unfolding Light” below.   

Please contact Belinda ( to receive an invite.

             The reason I speak to them in parables is that
          ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen,
          nor do they understand.’
                     —Matthew 13.13

I rest the Bible in my lap.
Pick it up again, read again,
set the Bible down.
A moment. Then
I stumble through the parable
one more time.
Nothing comes.
This is not bad,
maybe even as it should be.

I go out into the woods.
I sit on an old stump and say,
“But what does this mean?”
and laugh at myself.
I sit longer, listening,
and then listening,
till at least I hear the air,
and something inside something
speaks silently to something
inside me.

Is it any different when I listen
to a neighbor?

I am learning to repent of my certainty,

to simply be mindful

that I don't know,

to keep listening for what I haven't heard.

To receive what is offered

without compulsion to master it,

to grasp, to understand.

Just listen and wonder.

Let the silences speak to each other.


Deep Blessings,

Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-HolmesUnfolding

Listen to the audio recording.

October 2, 2023

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St. Luke's Prayer Chain

If you, or anyone you know, would welcome prayers on their behalf,  please let any member of the telephone Prayer Chain listed below know.


Marti Assenza (802) 289-2582

Marjorie Carey (802) 875-4235

Lynda Farmer (802) 885-2641

Janice Fielder (802) 885-4688

Janet & Rick Hunter (802) 886-2304

Belinda Whipple-Worth (802) 282-7129

Lillian & David Willis (802) 875-1340


Whomever receives your call will alert the next alphabetical name on the list to start the prayer chain and will reveal as many health details as you wish them to know about to pinpoint all our prayers.

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