Upcoming Events & News

We will have services at 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00am on Sunday regardless of the weather. Please be safe if you venture out. You may watch the 10:00am service on the church live feed found  here http://slechurch.org/?page_id=9605

Turning Water into Wine
In the Gospel appointed for this Sunday, the second Sunday after the Epiphany, Jesus performs his first miracle – turning water into wine.  It is a miracle unlike any other, but one that speaks to the the ability of Jesus to transform anything – even us. Come and be transformed!

The Dome of Heaven Adult Forum – January 20 at 11:30am in the Davis Room
Join Professor Gordon Frey in the Davis Room for The Dome of Heaven: the Dome in Architecture. For more information on this program contact Gordon at frey@slechurch.org

Capital Campaign Committee – January 20 at 11:30am in Conference Room
The Capital Campaign Committee will meet to discussadditional construction, major maintenance, and repair projects to be undertaken with funds estimated to be remaining from the first round of solicitation.  Additional fund-raising needed for other high priority projects will also be considered. Our “Breaking Down Barriers” campaign has raised more than $1million to make St. Luke’s more accessible to all. For more information about the campaign, contact one of the Chairs – Sue Villarosa or Tom Cochran at capital@slechurch.org

Epiphany Youth Brunch – January 20 at 11:30am at Montclair House Grill
High School and Junior High students are invited to the annual Youth Epiphany Brunch on Sunday. After worship we will leave around 11:30am and return to church by 1:30pm. We will stay local and go to either Montclair House Grille (formerly Manny’s) or Leone’s.  Please contact Wendy Drake-Schneider at wenrace@aol.comfor more information or if you want to attend.

Wine & Cheese Painting Party – January 25 at 6:30pm in the Assembly Hall
Join us for a fun evening of painting and fellowship, led by Debra M. Cook of Amour Colour d’Art. Cost is $35, which includes all painting supplies. No talent necessary, you’ll be surprised at how much hidden talent Debra can help you bring to a canvas. Doors open at 6:30pm, painting starts at 7:00pm (BYOB)  For information, email Wendy Drake-Schneider@slechurch.org

Episcopal Visitation – February 10 at 8:00am, 9:00am and 10:00am in Church
Newly elected Newark Bishop The Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes will make her first official visitation to St. Luke’s on February 10. During the visitation the Bishop will preach and preside at all services and lead an adult forum following the service sharing her ideas for ministry.  The Bishop will meet with the Vestry following the Adult Forum. For more information on the visit contact The Rev John Mennell at mennell@slechurch.org

Writers Circle Classes – Various days and times throughout the week 
Creative writing workshops, beginning this week, are offered by the Writers Circle in the St. Luke’s Rectory (next door to the church).  Use these workshops to unleash your God-given talents.  For more information https://writerscircleworkshops.com

Sunday in Candyland Adult Forum – January 27 at 11:30am in the Davis Room
Join the last part of Professor Frey’s series examining how space has shaped Christian worship. For more information on this program contact Gordon at frey@slechurch.org

We’ve Got Friends –– January 26 at 4:00pm in the Rectory
We’ve Got Friends a Special Needs Teen Hangout,will next meet on Saturday, January 26 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rectory. This group enjoys food, fun activities, and a peaceful environment together every few weeks. Each teen must attend with a parent or guardian. Please RSVP to Candi Carter at ccandicarter@gmail.com

Brunch to Support First Friends– January 27 ay 12:30pm in the Assembly Hall
As part of his Eagle Scout Project, Eron Eden is inviting you to a Benefit Bruch to collect phone cards, snacks and socks to donate to First Friends of NY & NJ – a non-profit organization that supports undocumented people.  Items collected at the benefit brunch will be included in backpacks.  Suggested donation is $5.  For more info contact Eron at eronee2@gmail.com

Diocesan Convention– February 1-2 in East Rutherford.
The Episcopal Church is organized by dioceses and those dioceses are governed by the work done at convention.  Each congregation sends its clergy and three elected lay representatives to the annual gathering.  At our parish annual meeting in May we elected Liz Perez, Dan Salvito and Deb VanExel as our delegates.  Fore more info https://dioceseofnewark.org/convention

Spiritual Explorers Book Club – February 4 at 7:00pm in the Rectory
In honor of Black History Month, we’ll be reading someone whose work greatly influenced and guided that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: the Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited. So influential on MLK was Dr. Thurman – and specifically this book of his – that wherever he went, the Rev. Dr. King kept three books in his briefcase: (a KJV copy of) the Bible, the United States Constitution and Jesus and the Disinherited. Everyone is welcome to join.  For more information contact Walter Booker at booker@slechurch.org

Black History Month– February
We will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with guest preachers, adult forums and hymns selected from “Lift Every Voice and Sing. The theme is “Telling our stories as we honor the past, celebrate the present and shape the future.”  The Rev Canon Greg Jacobs will preach Feb. 3, The Rt. Rev Carly Hughes Feb. 10 and The Rev. Dr. Lynn Collins on Feb. 17.  Adult Forums will be discussions about TED talks – “A celebration of Natural Hair” on Feb. 3 led by Molly Williams,  “Symbols of systemic racism & how to take away their power” on Feb 17 led by Walter Booker and “How to resolve racially stressful situations” on Feb. 24 led by Leonie Wedderburn. For more about these programs contact Bert Jones at jones@slechurch.org

Liberation Theology – Beginning Feb 12 at 6:30pm in the Conference Room
This 12 week course will explore the history and development of diverse liberation theologies and their continued relevance for the twenty-first century world and its complex needs. For more information contact Peter Savastano at Savastano@slechurch.org

Sunday is the Feast of the Epiphany
January 6thmarks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and ushers in the new season of Epiphany.  The day has been a traditional remembrance of the visit to the baby Jesus by the wise persons from the East bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The season of Epiphany will feature readings with the themes of the revelation of the mystery made flesh in Jesus and many of the ways we have come to know his work and life.Sunday January 13 is the Celebration of Jesus Baptism
On the Sunday after the Epiphany the Church remembers Jesus’ baptism, which is recounted in the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). Baptism has long been considered an entry rite into the church so this day is an opportunity for us to reflect on what it means to belong to the church, to each other and to God and how we are called to serve in Christ’s name.   Christians – Adult Forum – January 13 at 11:30am in the Davis Room
Join Professor Gordon Frey in the Davis Room for Lions and Christians: A Day at the Arena. For more information on this program contact Gordon at frey@slechurch.