The Service Continues … January 26 at 11:00am

Come to the Sawtelle Room following the 10:00am Sunday worship service to pack Toni’s Kitchen backpacks full of healthy staples for food insecure families. We plan to meet the last Sunday monthly; so we’ll see you on January 26. Donations for backpacks are welcome, small jars of peanut butter, canned tuna, low sugar cereal, and shelf stable milk are especially appreciated. Contact Vicki Fantozzi vbfantozzi@yahoo.com for more information or to volunteer with the backpack program.

Join the Senior Choir

“Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.”  Psalm 95:2 Please come and sing with us. If you’re not sure if you can commit to a whole year, come and try it a few weeks, and see how you like it. Now is the time to join! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the choir room, located at the Southeast corner of the Parish House on the third floor. You can just show up (a few minutes before 8:00 p.m.) on a Wednesday evening, or speak to one of the choir…

Join us for Church School – Sundays

If you have children or youth under 18, we invite them to join us for Church School on Sundays. Everyone is welcome at St. Luke’s. If you would like to keep children in worship, coloring materials, activities, and crafts are available in the green carpet area of the church and are available to anyone. Worship Services are held at: 8:00 a.m. – Eucharist with Organ 9:00 a.m. – Celebrate! Service for Families with Young Children 10:00 a.m. – Eucharist With Choir   At 9:50 a.m., if your children wish to attend Church School while you attend worship, the following classes…

This Week @ SLEC

We’ve Got Friends
Saturday, January 4, 4:00-5:30pm
We’ve Got Friends will meet again on January 4. Teens and their parents are invited to gather with us for special projects, guests, and activities. We meet in the Rectory from 4:00 – 5:30pm every other Saturday (please check the calendar!), and families may attend for FREE. A light dinner is provided. Please RSVP to Candi at ccandicarter@gmail.com or 630-640-8371, and understand that this is NOT a drop off program. We request a Parent/Guardian and teen attend together. We hope to see you!

2nd Time Around Shop Has ReOpened and Taking Donations!
The 2nd Time Around Shop has been renovated and will be open in the new year, starting January 4.
Join us Saturdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm to shop and see the lovely refresh of this space. Donations will be accepted Tuesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 10-2, and may be left in the shop door hallway. In particular, we would welcome donations of clean gently-used clothing, shoes, outerwear, housewares, and children’s items. If you have items you wish to donate but are unsure if we can accept them, please do not hesitate to reach out. Please also consider signing up to volunteer at the Shop! Email us at shop@slechurch.org for more information or with any questions.

Caring Community Play Group
January 8 at 10:00am in the Assembly Hall
All are welcome at our monthly drop-in playgroup! We usually meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Assembly Hall, but this month we’ll meet on January 8. Connect with us on Facebook (St. Luke’s Monthly Play Group) or by email to Ari Measday (measday@slechurch.org) or Stevie Tryson (tryson@slechurch.org).

Signs in the Times
Sunday, January 26 at 11:30am in the Davis Room
Join The Rev. John Mennell for “Signs in the Times,” a group discussion with theological reflection on current events. This Adult Forum will return to the fourth Sunday each month at 11:30am.

Bible Study – The Parables
Sundays at 9:00am in the Davis Room
The Rev. Tom Laws will resume his Sunday morning Bible Study with a focus on the stories that Jesus told to guide us in our faith. No prior knowledge is needed to join the rich discussion that illuminates the passages we share. For more information, contact Tom Laws (laws@slechurch.org)
Wednesday Evenings at St. Luke’s
Join us at 6:00pm in expanding our Contemplative Prayer Practices, in the All Souls Chapel inside St. Luke’s Church Sanctuary. During the hour we read and reflect on various works, pray in silence, and share from our hearts.
Step into the quiet of the church on a Wednesday evening at 7:00pm to experience a peace-filled and intimate celebration of Holy Communion. This is a great opportunity to center and recharge mid-week.
Come by for Conversation with Our Rector
Sometimes conversation makes clear the thoughts that seem scrambled when inside our own heads. Please feel welcomed to make an appointment to speak with our rector, Fr. John Mennell, about joys, troubles, questions, or how you hope to bring your unique gifts to ministry here at St. Luke’s. The easiest way to be included on John‘s schedule is to use appointlet to reserve a time slot.

Name Tags
God knows us each by name and we need some help greeting each other. Please wear your name tag found at the back of the church and then deposit it into the basket in the Assembly Hall after coffee hour. If you need a new name tag, please contact Chris Corso in the church office at corso@slechurch.org
Stay in the Know with Diocesan News!
The latest issue of The Voice is available in the back of church, and you can also view it atdioceseofnewark.org, where you can also sign up to receive it via email to keep up-to-date on what is happening within the diocese and what the leaderships are working on.

Caring Community Rides – Volunteers Needed
The Caring Community provides rides to the doctor for those in need of a “lift.” The volume of requests for this service is light, but the importance for those in need of help is profound. If you would like to pitch in from time to time, we would love to have your support. For more information, contact Sue Singer at ssinger726@gmail.com.

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.