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…

This Week @ SLEC

Climate Change Committee
May 19 at 11:30 AM in the Davis Room
The Montclair Sustainability officer Gray Russell will visit us on May 19th. He will bring some recycling info, and will answer any questions about recycling, climate, and sustainability. Recycling programs are very local, so this is a great opportunity to ask him about it. Also, this would be a great opportunity to discuss any ideas on climate and sustainability in our town and what we can do here. Please think about it and prepare some suggestions and questions.

Peace & Justice Ministry
May 19 at 11:30 AM in the Conference Room
The Peace and Justice Ministry was created as a response to the call for action on civil rights, immigration and reform. Join us on Sunday, May 19th at 11:30 am in the Conference room for our next meeting. For information, please contact, Dan Salvito, via email at dsalvito@gmail.com.

Bounce Flags Sunday, May 19 at 11:30 in the Assembly Hall
Here’s a chance to be part of the preparation for this special event in the life of our greater community! Please join us in an Intergenerational activity during Coffee Hour, making “Happy Flags” to display throughout the church grounds during the Bounce festival. Please reach out to Susan Andersen via email (soojungnyc@yahoo.com) for more information.

Save the Date!
Syrian Supper Club on Saturday, June 8
The Peace & Justice Ministry will be sponsoring a Solidarity Supper. Our Syrian neighbors will share their cooking skills in a table of traditional food on Saturday June 8 at 6:00 pm in the Assembly Hall for solidarity, conversation, connection and friendship. Tickets are $58 per person ($55 + $3 processing fee). You may purchase tickets on the United Tastes website or through the link on our St. Luke’s Facebook page. For questions please contact Dan Salvito at dsalvito@gmail.com.

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

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
Monday, June 24 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 David Brooks’ The Second Mountain: A Quest for a Moral Life. 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

Save the date for this great event!
We’ve Got Friends will hold its first-ever Golf Classic at the Glen Ridge Country Club on July 15. We’ve Got Friends provides a hangout for teens with special needs so they can develop a friend groups of their own, and helps these teens develop social skills through music, meals, movement, crafts, and dance. The Golf Classic will raise money to build the foundation and staff current programs. Visit their website at wgfnj.org to register and for sponsorship opportunities.

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.

Baptisms
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 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 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.

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).