Easter Day Services – April 21 at 8, 9, and 10 a.m.

Celebrate the risen Christ! Jesus has completed His journey to the cross, has been crucified, and is risen! Easter is a joyous occasion, during which our spirits are renewed with the knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. Join us as we rejoice in His resurrection with services on Easter Sunday. We welcome everyone! For more information, please email info@slechurch.org. Easter Sunday – April 21, 2018 8:00 am (Eucharist – No Choir) 9:00 am (Children’s Service) 10:00 am (Eucharist with Choir)

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!

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

Tuesday, April 16: Tenebrae at 7:00 p.m.
Tenebrae, a service of shadows that is left unfinished as we grieve for the suffering of Christ.

Wednesday, April 17: Eucharist and Healing Service at 7:00 p.m.
Receive the laying on of hands for healing and Communion during this service.

Maundy Thursday, April 18: Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar at 7:00 p.m.
Come hear Jesus’ mandate to love one another, share in foot washing and keep vigil.

Good Friday, April 19 – Services at 7:00 a.m., 12 Noon, and 7:00 p.m.
Participate in the solemn liturgy of Jesus death, hearing the Passion Story from John’s Gospel

Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt, and BBQ Saturday, April 20, 11:00 a.m.
Kids of all ages are invited for crafts and activities in the Assembly Hall on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. The Easter Bunny will join us for songs and photos, and then kids will hunt for eggs on the church lawn. There is no fee, but registration is required at slechurch.org. For information, email Director of Family Ministries, Kathy DeWalt at dewalt@slechurch.org.

Holy Saturday, April 20 – Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate as we light the Easter Fire & exclaim, “Alleluia!” A Bread & Bubbly reception will follow.

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Easter Sunday – April 21

Join the celebration of the risen Christ! St. Luke’s holds Easter worship at 8:00 a.m. Eucharist with Organ, 9:00 a.m. Children’s Celebrate! Service, 10:00 a.m. Eucharist with Choir. All are welcome!

Benefit Concert and Photo Exhibition
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room
Seungho Lee will play violin and exhibit photographs to raise money for the Climate Museum. Please RSVP to Jaewoo Lee at jlee1729@hotmail.com so we may plan accordingly. Admission is free for this event, and donations will be greatly appreciated at https://bit.ly/2uT5lyX

The Contemplative Path: Everyday Mystics
Wednesdays at 6:00p 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.

During the season of Easter we began by celebrating the sacrament of baptism at the Easter Vigil and we look forward to the upcoming baptisms on April 28 and June 9 during the 10:00a worship service. If you are interested in celebrating baptism in the future, please contact The Rev. John Mennell, St. Luke’s Rector, at Mennell@slechurch.org.

Women’s Lunch
Saturday, May 4 at 11:30a in the Assembly Hall
Gather with the women of St. Luke’s for fellowship and food! All are welcome. Please contact Martha Thalheimer thalheimer@slechurch.org or Stephanie Borsi atborsi@slechurch.org

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
Monday, May 6 at 7:00p 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 Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship, which many consider to be his seminal work. So, please grab a copy and join us for what promises to be yet another enlightening, elevating and edifying experience! For more information about this program contact Walter Booker via email at booker@slechurch.org

Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 5 at 11:30a in the Assembly Hall
St. Luke’s will hold an Annual Meeting on May 5 after church during coffee hour and hope that you join us to hear everything that has been going on at St. Luke’s this past year! This is not your ordinary meeting! We’ve been busy! This is a great time to get a taste of what options are available to you to get involved, as groups like the Choir, Spiritual Enrichment, Outreach, and Personnel will briefly outline what they offer and what they’ve done in the past year. 

Training for Licensed Eucharistic Visitors
Tuesday, May 7, and Thursday, May 16, 7:00-9:00p
Topics will include personal preparation for a home visit, administering and care of the Sacrament, and communication skills. Trainees make a supervised home visit between the 1st and 2nd classes. Classes will be taught by the Rev. Audrey Hasselbrook and the Rev. Pamela Bakal, and will take place at Grace Church in Nutley. Attendance at both sessions is required, as well as independent Safe Church Training. To register or for info, email Rev. John Mennell at Mennell@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.

Youth Mission Trip Dates Set for July
Forms are now available for youth who would like to participate in a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA. This year’s trip will take place during the week of July 14-20 and we will once again be partnering with our friends at Holy Spirit in Verona. The cost for the trip is $500, and a deposit of $200 is due May 15 to reserve your spot. You may download a copy of the form from the St. Luke’s website, or contact Chris in the Parish Office to have one sent to you or for more information (info@slechurch.org).
Save the Date for the Montclair Bounce Festival
Friday, May 31 – Friday, June 7
St. Luke’s will host Montclair Bounce: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience. Toni’s Kitchen and the YMCA of Montclair have collaborated to launch a playful, town-wide exploration of ways to brighten our days and strengthen our spirits. This first annual festival takes place May 31-June 7, 2019 and is a week full of creative events and learning experiences to help us discover practices and connections that can enrich our lives.
More info at montclairbounce.org