Ash Wednesday, February 26

The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them with a season of penitence and fasting. The tradition continues to this day. St. Luke’s will have Ash Wednesday Services at 7:00am, 12:00 Noon, and 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 26 as we mark the beginning of this Lenten season. For more information regarding services, please email info@slechurch.org.

Celebrate Black History Month

St. Luke’s will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with adult forums focused on what we can learn about the rich influence on the Episcopal Church. Throughout the month, hymns will be selected from Lift Every Voice and Sing – An African American Hymnal. Our celebrations begin on Sunday, February 2, when The Very Rev. Joshua Mastine Nisbett, D. Min., will lead an adult forum about the Caribbean Diaspora within the Episcopal Church. Rev. Nisbett is the author of the book Bloom Wherever God Plants You: Following Jesus from a Small Caribbean Parish to the Big Apple, and has also…

The Service Continues … February 23 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 February 23. 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.

This Week @ SLEC

Black History Month – February
We will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with adult forums focused on what we can learn about the rich influence on the Episcopal Church. Throughout the month, hymns will be selected from Lift Every Voice and Sing – An African American Hymnal.For more about our celebration of Black History Month, please contact Matthew Price at mjprice62@yahoo.com.

2nd Time Around Shop Is Open and Receiving Donations!
The 2nd Time Around Shop will be open Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm to shop. 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.

“Love, Joy, Abundance, and Money”
Saturday, February 22 at 8:30am in the Choir Room
Many of us give up our power to money, and one the most common ways is the belief that we need money to feel secure. Money alone will never give us the emotional security we are seeking. During this workshop we will discover how we relinquish our power to money and how to get it back. Join us in the Choir Room from 8:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday, February 22, for a workshop exploring a Christ-Centered experiential “hero’s journey” to examine how we look at money. This workshop, led by Martin Cowart, is provided free of charge and is open to the public. Please contact Martin via email at financialheartspace@gmail.com for more information.

Signs in the Times
Sunday, February 23 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.

We’ve Got Friends
Special Needs Teen Hangout
Saturday, February 22 at 4
We’ve Got Friends will next meet on Saturday, February 22 in the Assembly Hall. Teens and their parents are invited to gather with us for special projects, guests, and activities. Please understand that this is not a drop off program; we request a Parent/Guardian and teen attend together. A light dinner is provided.
Please RSVP to Candi at ccandicarter@gmail.com or 630-640-8371.

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
Monday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the Rectory
Join us each month for an informed discussion about books that shape our understanding of faith. This month we are reading the Preface through the Introduction of The Five Gospels: What did Jesus really say? The search for the authentic words of Jesus by Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover and The Jesus Seminar. This survey by leading scholars of the Gospels examines the intuited authenticity of much of what has been attributed to Jesus, and should make for fascinating discussion. The book is available online and in store at Watchung Booksellers. Email Walter Booker at booker@slechurch.org for info.

Bible Study – The Parables
Sundays at 9:00am in the Atrium
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.