Upcoming Events & News

Black History Month at St. Luke’s
We will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with guest preachers, adult forums and hymns selected from Lift Every Voice and Sing. The theme is “Telling our stories as we honor the past, celebrate the present and shape the future.” The Rev. Dr. Lynn Collins will preach on Feb. 17. Adult Forums will be discussions about TED talks “Symbols of systemic racism & how to take away their power” on Feb 17 led by Walter Booker and “How to resolve racially stressful situations” on Feb. 24 led by Leonie Wedderburn. For more info, contact Bert Jones at jones@slechurch.org

Peter Savastano Ordination
February 23 at 10:00a, at Trinity & St Philip’s Cathedral, Newark
Peter Savastano, who has been serving at St. Luke’s as an ordained minister from another tradition, will take the next step to becoming an Episcopal Priest. The Rt. Rev. Carlye Hughes, Bishop of Newark, will ordain Peter to the Sacred Order of Deacons next weekend. Your prayers and presence are requested to celebrate on Saturday, February 23 at 10:00a at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral, 608 Broad Street, Newark. Clergy: Red or festive Stoles (Vesting at 31 Mulberry Street); Laity: Red Ties, Scarves, Jackets. Reception at 31 Mulberry Street.

Liberation Theology
Beginning February 19 at 6:30p in the Conference Room
This 12-week course will explore the history and development of diverse liberation theologies and their continued relevance for the twenty-first century world and its complex needs. For more information contact Peter Savastano.

We’ve Got Friends
February 23 at 4:00p in the Rectory
We’ve Got Friends Special Needs Teen Hangoutwill next meet on Saturday, February 9 at 4:00p in the Rectory. This group enjoys food, fun activities, and a peaceful environment together every few weeks. Each teen must attend with a parent or guardian. Please RSVP to Candi at ccandicarter@gmail.com

Spiritual Direction at St. Luke’s
March 3 at 11:30a in the Conference Room
Would you like to learn more about spiritual guidance as a way to deepen your spiritual life?  Peter Savastano and Sara Nally, a new face at St. Luke’s, will lead a discussion about what spiritual direction or spiritual guidance is, and how it can help us along our journeys of faith.  The season of Lent is upon us, and may be a good time to explore spiritual guidance as we accompany Jesus’ journey toward the cross and ultimately his resurrection.

Spiritual Explorers Book Club
March 4 at 7:00p in the Rectory
Join us each month for an informed discussion about books that shape our understanding of faith, For March we will read Dr. Karen Baker-Fletcher’s Dancing with God: The Trinity from a Womanist Perspective. It is a quite insightful easy and enjoyable read.  For more information about this program contact Walter Booker booker@slechurch.org

Ash Wednesday Services
March 6 at 7:00a, noon, and 7:00p
The season of Lent begins with the services on Ash Wednesday where we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return. The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them with a season of penitence and fasting known as Lent. For more information regarding services, email info@slechurch.org.

Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption. https://www.episcopalchurch.org/life-transformed
Other News

Meet Our New Parish Administrator
Christine Corso has joined the staff at St. Luke’s as Parish Administrator. Chris has a background in computer science, and worked at Syracuse University while pursuing her masters. She has been performing freelance work in editing and website design while raising her children—Julia, a junior at TCNJ and Peter, a senior in high school. Her other work has included teaching the special needs community at Banyan High School in Little Falls, directing Vacation Bible School, and volunteering for Covenant House, AIDS Community Resources, and school activities. Chris and her husband, Rev. Vince Corso, live in Cedar Grove and are members of St. Peter’s Essex Fells. Chris is eager to learn how she can best support the ministries and outreach of St. Luke’s; please stop by to introduce yourself and let her know how she can help!

Annual Meeting
May 5 at 11:30a in the Assembly Hall
The Annual Parish Meeting for 2019 will be moved to the first Sunday in May to accommodate the Rector’s Schedule. The meeting is an opportunity to share the work we have done together, elect new leadership and dream into where God is calling us in this “cathedral in the community.”