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

Share the Joy of the Pumpkin Patch
Our wonderful pumpkin labyrinth gives us the opportunity to welcome and greet our neighbors. If your calendar permits, please lend a little of your time for a time slot (available throughout the month of October). Please go to https://signup.com/go/aZDFOQE to use our Sign-Up Genius and schedule times when you can help!  Shahri Griffin

Signs in the Times
Sunday, October 27 at 11:30am in the Davis Room
Join The Rev. John Mennell at 11:30am 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.

ABCD’s of Medicare Insurance
October 27 at 9:00am in the Rectory
November 3 at 11:30am in the Rectory
Most people don’t understand the basics of Medicare Insurance, which can be costly. The Caring Committee is proud to have Martin Cowart, an Independent Medicare Insurance Specialist, offer a one-hour workshop to help you better understand the ABCD’s Medicare Insurance. In this educational workshop, which includes a brief video and open discussion, you will learn what you can do to make certain you—or someone you care about—is enrolled in the Medicare Insurance program that best meets yours or their specific individual needs. If you are new to Medicare, been on Medicare for years, or have loved ones on Medicare, you will enjoy what you will learn and know exactly what’s available and how to get it.

All Saints Remembrance
We will celebrate the feast of All Saints on Sunday, November 3 and want to remember those who have died in the past year. To include the name of a friend or family member who has died in the past year, please email Parish Administrator, Chris Corso at corso@slechurch.org. All names should be submitted no later than Wednesday, October 30.

All Saints Memorial Plaques
As we approach All Saints Day, St. Luke’s now offers small memorial plaques as part of our All Saints’ Chapel Wall. Situated next to the Columbarium, this is an opportunity to permanently remember loved ones who have been part of this place and our lives. If interested, please contact the church office with your $250 contribution. For additional information, questions, or requests, please email our Rector, The Rev. John Mennell at Mennell@slechurch.org.

Rucksacks for Refugees
The Peace and Justice Ministry wants to thank everyone participating in our Rucksacks for Refugees collection on behalf of First Friends. The outpouring of support was amazing. A gentle reminder that Rucksack return is next Sunday, October 27 at Coffee Hour. Again, our deepest thanks!

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.

2019-10-20 Sunday Paper

We’ve Got Friends
Saturday, November 2, 4:00-5:30pm
We’ve Got Friends will meet again on November 2. 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!

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
Monday, November 4 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 Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. The book is available in store and online through Watchung Booksellers. Please contact Walter Booker at booker@slechurch.org for more info.

Caring Community Play Group
November 6 at 10:00am in the Assembly Hall
All are welcome at our monthly drop-in playgroup! We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Assembly Hall. 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).

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00pm
All are welcome to join in this interfaith observance of remembrance, mourning, and affirmation for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. To learn more, be involved, or offer a testimonial, please email Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael at revanya@uumontclair.org.

Environmental Stewardship – You Can Help!
As we look to be faithful stewards of our resources, we consider what is needed at St. Luke’s on a weekly basis—right down to the paper and toner! We would like to determine how many people might use an electronic reader for Sunday services so that we may print fewer service leaflets. Stay tuned to learn how to participate during the month of October!

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.

Contemplative Practices Forum
Sunday, December 1 at 11:30am in the Davis Room
Does your soul long for quiet? St. John of the Cross said, “Silence is God’s first language. Everything else is a poor translation.” Please join us on Sunday, December 1 as we invite you to join our centering prayer or meditation group that meets at 6:00pm on Wednesday evenings. Martin Cowart, Sara Nally and Molly Ann Williams will share their meditation practices.

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.