This Week @ SLEC

Join The Choirs!
“Studies show that choral singing improves our mood, with a decrease instressdepression and anxiety. These effects are often attributed to the deeper breathing associated with singing, that is also used in meditation. These benefits are enhanced in a group setting, compared to singing alone. Singing in a group offers us a sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves.Beyond these psychological effects, our physical health is also impacted for the better: lower blood pressure, increased blood oxygen saturation, elevatedimmunity, higher pain threshold, stronger respiratory muscles, and lessstuttering. Music making produces measurable changes in the brain! These changes positively impact our ability to heal after strokes by assisting the formation of alternative pathways around damaged brain tissue. All of these factors can lead to a deeper sense of well-being and overall happiness.” (2019,https://artistworks.com/)
Our St. Luke’s Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm beginning on September 4 and all are welcome to join for a season or the full year. Contact Jim Millar (millar@slechurch.org) with any questions or to get involved.
Junior Choir will resume rehearsals on September 11 and is always open to new members from 2nd grade up. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings in the Assembly Hall with a simple supper at 6:00pm followed by rehearsal from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Children are dropped off and picked up in the Assembly Hall. For questions, please contact Pete Tamburro at (tamburro@slechurch.org)
Register for Church School
Classes Begin Sunday, September 8
Church School for youth from Pre-K through 12th Grade begins on Sunday, September 8 at 9:50am. To learn more about the programs look at the Church School under Youth at slechurch.org or contact Director of Family Ministries Kathy DeWalt. Sign up your children and youth today at slechurch.org and stay tuned for other exciting ways to get involved!

Share Your Faith — Teach Sunday School This Year!
We have a growing number of children in our Church School, and continue to find creative ways to show and tell them about the Love of God in their lives. Our Godly Play classes for Pre-K through 1st Grade tell stories and have a related craft; our 2nd – 5th graders are listening to stories in our “Living the Good News” class with minds that find new ways to hear them, and are getting ready to become acolytes and members of our Junior Choir. Please consider becoming a Church School teacher for our St. Luke’s children, we’d love to have you join our team! Please contact John (mennell@slechurch.org) or Kathy (dewalt@slechurch) to learn more.
Legos on the Lawn
Friday, August 30 at 7:00pm
After a summer of building Bible stories out of Legos, we will have a building party on the lawn at 7:00pm followed by a showing of the Lego Movie. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and neighbors. For more information, contact Kathy DeWalt (dewalt@slechurch.org).

Caring Community Play Group
September 4 at 10:00am in the Assembly Hall
All are welcome at our monthly drop-in playgroup! We usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month, and we will continue to meet through the summer. In July we will move to the second week to avoid the holiday. Connect with us on our Facebook group (St. Luke’s Monthly Play Group) or by email to Ari Measday by email atmeasday@slechurch.org or Stevie Tryson at tryson@slechurch.org.
Blessing of the Backpacks
September 1
On September 1 we will bless the backpacks of those going off to school in the fall. We will also bless a some of the many Toni’s Kitchen backpacks that are sent out into our community. Anyone heading off to any grade of school is welcome to come and have his or her backpack blessed for the upcoming school year – teachers too! For more information, contact John Mennell (mennell@slechurch.org).
Dance on the Lawn Festival 6th Anniversary
Saturday, September 7
On September 8 we will host the 6th Annual Dance on the Lawn. If you would like to provide basic hospitality (like offering bottled water and directing people to restrooms we could use your help. Let us know and show up with your name tag. For questions or more information, email communications@slechurch.org or visit danceonthelawn.org.
We’ve Got Friends – Special Needs Teen Hangout
Saturday, September 7 at 4:00pm
We’ve Got Friends will return this Fall with our first meeting on September 7. Teens and their parents are invited to gather with us for special projects, guests, and activities. We meet in the Rectory from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. most Saturdays (check the calendar!) $10 per family covers food, drinks, and supplies. RSVP to Candi at ccandicarter@gmail.com or 630-640-8371. This is NOT a drop off program. We request a Parent/Guardian and teen attend together.
Ordination to the Priesthood — Deacon Peter Savastano
September 7 at 10:00am
Join us at Christ Church in Short Hills to celebrate the ordination of The Rev. Peter Savastano to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. The joyful service will be in Short Hills where Peter is currently serving. Choir members are invited to participate in the joint choir. 
Celebrate! Kids in the Kitchen
Sunday, September 8 about 9:30am
Help us bake dessert for our guests at Toni’s Kitchen on Sunday, September 8, after Celebrate!, our 9:00 a.m. hands-on worship service. For info, email Vicki at vbfantozzi@gmail.com. We bake on first Sundays of the month to share time together and to teach the importance of serving as we follow Christ.
Bible Study – The Parables
Sunday, September 15 at 9:00am
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)

Signs in the Times
Sunday, September 19
Join The Rev. John Mennell at 11:30 a.m. 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.
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 (https://mennell.appointlet.com/).

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!
Wondering how you can view Bishop Curry’s and Bishop Carlye’s videos? The monthly Vlog posted by Bishop Carlye can be found on the diocesan web page (dioceseofnewark.org), where you can also sign up for The Voice online to keep up-to-date on what is happening within the diocese and what the leaderships are working on, as well any events planned within the diocese and the greater Episcopal church. Check outepiscopalchurch.org for Bishop Curry’s videos and insights.


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.