This Week @ SLEC

Sow the seeds of Love throughout the season of Lent
We will be reminded on Maundy Thursday, at the end of Lent, that we are to love one another as Jesus loved us. Our challenge in this season will be to show that love as we serve each other, strive for oneness with God and welcome others into our midst. You are encouraged to take on some practice this season that reminds you to turn toward God and to share God’s love.

Lent Devotionals
Living Well Through Lent is a daily devotional with the theme of “Practicing Courage with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.” Episcopal Relief and Development has also produced a daily Lenten meditation guide. Both are available in the back of church. We hope you find them to be valuable guideposts you begin your personal journey with Ash Wednesday on February 26.

Adopt a New Prayer Practice for Lent
Consider a new prayer practice during Lent. The ancient and modern practices of contemplative prayer and silence have drawn people to God throughout the ages. Join us at St. Luke’s on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm for Contemplative Prayer, start your Saturday with Centering Prayer at 9:00am in the Rectory, or pray the Stations of the Cross that will be in the church. Each session offers a quiet supportive space to experience one-ness with God. The church will be open from 9:00am on Wednesdays for personal prayer. Please reach out to Chris in the Parish office with any questions: 973-744-6221 or corso@slechurch.org.

2nd Time Around Shop Is Open and Receiving Donations!
The 2nd Time Around Shop will be open Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm to shop. Donations will be accepted Tuesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 10-2, and may be left in the shop door hallway. In particular, we would welcome donations of clean gently-used clothing, shoes, outerwear, housewares, and children’s items. If you have items you wish to donate but are unsure if we can accept them, please do not hesitate to reach out. Please also consider signing up to volunteer at the Shop! Email us at shop@slechurch.org for more information or with any questions.

Remember That You Are but Dust
Sunday, March 1 at 11:30am in Davis Room
As we enter into the season of Lent, join us for an exploration of ways to shape our surroundings when death is approaching and lighten the burden of those we leave behind. This is an important and frank discussion for people in all stages of life. Susan Singer and John Mennell will lead the discussion.  For more information, please contact Sue at singer@slechurch.org.

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
Monday, March 2 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 the Preface through the Introduction of The Five Gospels: What did Jesus really say? The search for the authentic words of Jesus by Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover and The Jesus Seminar. This survey by leading scholars of the Gospels examines the intuited authenticity of much of what has been attributed to Jesus, and should make for fascinating discussion. The book is available online and in store at Watchung Booksellers. Email Walter Booker at booker@slechurch.org for info.

Youth Group Meeting – Saturday, March 7 at 3:00pm in the Rectory
Our next Youth Group meeting will be Saturday, March 7 at 3:00pm in the Rectory. Please email Liz Dalton at dalton@slechurch.org to learn more and to join in Youth Group activities.

We’ve Got Friends
Special Needs Teen Hangout
Saturday, March 7 at 4
We’ve Got Friends will next meet on Saturday, March 7 in the Assembly Hall. Teens and their parents are invited to gather with us for special projects, guests, and activities. Please understand that this is not a drop off program; we request a Parent/Guardian and teen attend together. A light dinner is provided.
Please RSVP to Candi at ccandicarter@gmail.com or 630-640-8371.

Bounce@The Sanctuary Creative Discussion
Saturday, March 7 at 10:00am in the Rectory
Creative individuals are invited to a brainstorming session with architect and designer Rachael Grochowski to imagine what an interactive art exhibit in our sanctuary could look like for the 2020 Bounce Festival. Bounce is a festival of optimism and resilience that creates opportunities to strengthen emotional resilience through everyday practices and local resources. Mark your calendar for this year’s Bounce Festival, which will take place May 29-June 5! For more information about Bounce, visit montclairbounce.org.

Rev. Peter Savastano
Join Rev. Peter Savastano for these Lenten Adult Forums on March 22 and 29

Jesus in the Wilderness
Sunday Adult Forums, March 22 and 29 at 11:30am via Zoom
All three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) give an account of Jesus, shortly after his Baptism in the Jordan, being led into the “wilderness,” where he is “tempted” by Satan to forsake his call to embody the Divine Life for his own selfish purposes. As followers of Jesus, our life of prayer and our participation in the Eucharist, especially during the holy season of Lent, must also bear fruit in social action for the liberation of all forms of hatred and oppression in the world.

These two adult forums will explore the ways in which our own “temptations” to selfishness in the “wilderness” might be transformed into loving and compassionate actions for social justice and equality. Each of the two sessions provides an opportunity for a Lenten meditation on how we might transcend the selfish motives of our own ego and, instead, work to make manifest the redeeming and healing action of God in our world.

Register by March 16
for this March 21 event!

Church Leader University March 21, 7:45am-Noon (Register by 5:00pm on Monday, March 16)A training day for wardens, vestry members, treasurers, clergy and ALL congregational lay leaders to learn, network and celebrate your ministry. Participants are invited to a light breakfast and plenary session with Bishop Hughes before the workshop sessions. For more information and to register, visit the diocesan web site at dioceseofnewark.org/clu-spring-2020.

Please Fix It!
See an issue? Have a question? Send an email to fixit@slechurch.org and we’ll get on it right away.

Bible Study – The Parables
Sundays at 9:00am in the Atrium
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.

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.

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.