Join us for Summer Camp at St. Luke’s, August 12-16, 2019!

Registration is now open for our Cross Roads Vacation Bible School! Join us for an awesome week of action-packed camp fun! Kids will make cool crafts, engage in worship, sing fun songs, jump into Bible Study, and play zany games! All activities work together to form great friendships and strengthen campers’ faith development. Camp is for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and costs only $120 for the week. The camp is managed by Cross Roads Retreat Center, who come to staff and run the entire week. Our theme this year is, “Transformed Community:…

Caring Community Parents & Toddlers Group – First Wednesdays Monthly

The Caring Community provides support to the community at St. Luke’s in so many ways; from delivering food to the homebound, to rides to medical appointments or church! Now, the Caring Community offers a Parents & Toddlers Play Group to provide support and fellowship to our parents of toddlers and preschoolers. We plan to coordinate play-dates and have bi-monthly gatherings for parents and their children. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Assembly Hall at St. Luke’s. There is no cost to attend; come on by and enjoy some time together while the little ones…

Serve as an Acolyte – Bringing Light to Worship

Are you interested in becoming an acolyte? Acolytes have an important role in maintaining the beauty and efficiency of the mass/service. St. Luke’s is looking for a new crew of servers as we move into the season of Advent. So, if you are interested or just curious please contact either Godfrey Gregg gregg@slechurch.org or Kathy DeWalt dewalt@slechurch.org. Thank you!

This Week @ SLEC

Register today for our Summer Day Camp!

Transformed Community Day Camp for Kids Prek-6th Grade
August 12-16
Our annual Vacation Bible School Day Camp will be August 12-16 (9:00am – 3:00pm). Day Camp is a unique blend of outdoor faith-focused, community-building activities held here at St. Luke’s and led by trained counselors from Cross Roads Camp. Registration is underway and we want to make sure everyone who wants to participate has a spot. Camp is open to those in Pre- K- 6th grade, and you may download the registration form from the web page. There will be a kickoff on Sunday, August 11th at the 10:00am worship, where you can meet the staff of Cross Roads and learn some of the camp songs. The cost will be $120 per child (scholarships are available). See Kathy DeWalt for more information or send an email to dewalt@slechurch.org.

Vanguard Theater Company Musical Theater Camp
July 8 – 26
St. Luke’s will host Vanguard’s summer program as they work with young thespians (3rd-6th grade) to produce Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. Camp will be held 9:30am – 3:30pm daily, and campers may sign up for one, two, or all three weeks of the program. After-care is available each day for one hour before or two hours afterwards as well. Limited spots available! Learn more and register at vanguardtheatercompany.org.

Caring Community Play Group
August 7 at 10:00am in the Assembly Hall
All are welcome at our monthly drop-in playgroup! We usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month, and we will continue to meet through the summer. In July we will move to the second week to avoid the holiday. Connect with us on our Facebook group (St. Luke’s Monthly Play Group) or by email to Ari Measday (measday@slechurch.org) or Stevie Tryson (tryson@slechurch.org).

Shop Update!
Our Yard Sale was a success on many levels: the sale itself earned almost $900, many items were donated to a good cause, we made room for our new look, and we reminded the community that we are still here! Plans for renovations are underway and we are ready to present our architect’s concept of the new entryway to the Montclair Town Board (just waiting on the town’s schedule). A renewed and refreshed parking lot is part of the plan as well. We are eager to continue moving this project forward and will provide updates throughout the summer.

Upcoming Meetings

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
Monday, August 5 at 7:00pm in the Rectory
Join us each month for an informed discussion about books that shape our understanding of faith. Next month we’ll be reading Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare by Prof. James H. Cone. Please contact Walter Booker at booker@slechurch.org for more info.

Toni’s Kitchen Memorial Garden Dedication
Saturday, July 27 at 1:00pm
Toni’s Kitchen is blessed to have an Eagle Scout who has constructed a memorial garden for the Toni’s Kitchen community. It will be a place of quiet reflection to remember those dear members of our community who have left us. The garden will have two scriptures along the border that will be chosen by our guests. In addition, the names of recently departed guests will be placed in the garden. On Saturday, July 27th, guests will share a meal in the kitchen and then those who wish are invited to join us for a blessing of the garden at 1:00pm.

High School Youth Closer Walk Beach Retreat
August 1st-3rd
Join St. Luke’s as we travel to Wildwood to enjoy rides, camping, music, and well… THE BEACH! For more information, please contact Wendy Drake-Schneider at drake-schneider@slechurch.org


The Contemplative Path: Everyday Mystics
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in All Souls Chapel
Join us during Lent in expanding our Contemplative Prayer Practices, on Wednesday evenings in the All Souls Chapel inside St. Luke’s Church Sanctuary. During the hour we will be reading from Thomas Merton’s New Seeds of Contemplation, praying in silence, and sharing from our hearts. This series will be led by Martin Cowart, MollyAnn Williams, and others.

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
Monday, August 5 at 7:00 PM in the Rectory
Join us each month for an informed discussion about books that shape our understanding of faith. Over the next month, we’ll be reading Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare, by Prof. James H. Cone. Please join us for what promises to be yet another enlightening, elevating and edifying experience! For more information about this program, please contact Walter Booker via email at booker@slechurch.org

Women’s Retreat, October 4-6
Please mark your calendar for our Fall Women’s Retreat. The dates are October 4 to October 6, 2019, and the retreat will be held at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park NY. Please contact Martha Thalheimer (martha.thalheimer@gmail.com) or Steph Borsi (borsi@slechurch.org) with any questions or for more information.

Israel Pilgrimage January 2021
Come walk in the footsteps of Jesus on a 10-day trip that will change the way you hear the Gospels and know Jesus. The Rev. John Mennell will lead a pilgrimage to Israel leaving on January 10, 2021. The journey will take us from the Sea of Galilee to Bethlehem and Jerusalem where will visit some of the most holy sites in Christianity. The cost will be approximately $4,000. For more information, contact John at mennell@slechurch.org.