A Morning with St. Nicholas

St. Luke's Snacks with St. Nicholas

The holidays are upon us, and with that comes many opportunities to meet and breakfast with Santa Claus. However, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church this year will break slightly from the norm and host a morning with St. Nicholas. Children ages 2-8 will have an opportunity to come learn about the spirit of giving, and the story of Saint Nicholas of Myra. Fun activities and games, along with music and snacks will fill the morning.

The event is held Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 444 Brightfield Trail, Manchester, 63021. Registration is required and can be done by phone or mail. The registration form is available for download here. To register by phone, contact Julie Nguyen at 636-386-5634. A registration fee of $10 for the first child, and $7 for each additional child is required. Deadline for registration is Monday, December 3rd. Space is limited, so register today!

Questions may be directed to Julie Nguyen at 636-386-5634.

St.Nick Registration 2018

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St. Luke’s Fall CommUNITY Festival and Family Races

St. Luke’s will host its second annual Fall CommUNITY Festival this year on *Saturday, October 13, from 12 PM – 3 PM. New this year will be our first-ever Family Races, a relay-style race where family teams of two (2) will have an opportunity to compete for a chance to win a prize. Each family may enter one (1) team, and teams will compete according to the age of the youngest member. Races will be held by age-group which are as follows: 5-7, 8-11, 12-15, and adult. Entrants aged 16 or older are invited to compete in the adult category, or may accompany a younger team member in the youngest member’s age bracket.

*Please visit our website, Facebook or call 636-386-5634 for any weather-related updates if necessary.

To enter the race, please register online, or call Julie Nguyen at 636-386-5634.

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Come To The Table: Accepting the Invitation

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church introduced a unique event designed to be a relaxing, family friendly Christian learning experience. Come to the Table is a scripture based bible study revolving around Christian Contemporary music. With dinner provided, the evening offers a laid back setting for the family to relax, enjoy a meal, and also feed the spirit with a short bible study, and open discussion.

Our first event was held on Wednesday evening, September 12th, and featured the Sidewalk Prophets song “Come To The Table”. We reflected on the song, relaying it to the scripture passage 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 14-21. The song urges us to be ambassadors of Christ through reconciliation. Christ offers all people under heaven to share a place at the table with Him, no matter the circumstances, or situations we are in. And, He offers this reconciliation unconditionally. Christ died for us on the cross in order that we can be reconciled to the Father. He hopes we accept the invitation.

The lesson emphasized the part of the song where it teaches us about Grace. The song says, “We all start on the outside…the outside looking in. This is where Grace begins.” We all need the Grace God offers through Christ’s sacrifice, and there is no better metaphor for representing this than a table. God wants us to accept the invitation offered through Grace by coming to the table with all others under Heaven and sit beside Jesus. By accepting the invitation, we essentially extend reconciliation to those with whom we share the table. People of all backgrounds, and with every human circumstance come to the table with us, and we enter into a communal relationship with them…loving them as ourselves. And, we become Christ’s ambassadors of reconciliation through this communal relationship. Our discussion at “the table” was a true reflection of this lesson, as we touched on everything from the differences between Judaism and Christianity, to whether cats and dogs get to go to Heaven. While different ages, races, gender and opinions were represented, all accepted the invitation to commune, converse, and to hear the Word of the Lord.

Come to the Table offers families a relaxed environment, where they can come and be served, and not be burdened with cooking and cleaning. Designed to serve the community, we want to be ambassadors of Christ, with a heart of compassion, understanding, and a welcoming spirit. We want to feed both the body and the spirit through dinner and scripture using contemporary Christian music.

So please accept our invitation to come spend an evening with us. That Sin and Shame that you brought with you, you can leave them at the door, and let Mercy draw you near. The event will be hosted once monthly. God’s love is unending, and He gives it to us freely each and every day. We need to turn that around and share that love with our neighbors. We can offer a meal and friendship to the community, allowing us to reflect the light of Christ to the world. Help us to reflect that light as often as you can by becoming an ambassador just like we hope to become. Stay tuned for more information on the next Come to the Table event!

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Never forget – 17 years after 9/11

It has been 17 years since the Twin Towers, the United States, and people everywhere who embrace democracy were attacked. Each year since then, memorials, ceremonies, and various events occur to mark the tragedy, and to remember and honor those who gave their lives on that day. The phrase “Never forget” has become the mantra for 9/11, and really mostly circulates each year on 9/11. So, what does that phrase really mean? What do we, as individuals, mean when we say we will “never forget?” How many of us in this country, and in this world, go each day remembering the events on 9/11, and the people who were directly impacted? And what would those who did lose their lives – if they were present today to talk to us – ask us to do in order to remember them?

Perhaps, more than simply vowing we will “never forget,” more than changing our FB images and icons or tweeting #Neverforget, we ought to show that we will never forget, maybe by being kinder to one another. EVERYDAY. Before we react out of fear or hatred, we take the time to listen, learn and understand the one who is different from us. EVERYDAY. Before we decide to angrily respond via Facebook,Twitter, etc., we should thoughtfully consider our words and whether they are shaming, judgmental, bullying, or designed to tear someone down. We should do this EVERYDAY. We should lift each other up. EVERYDAY. This is what we are taught in last week’s sermon, and we see that even Jesus had to learn to see past his own biases to do what’s right – everyday. These changes we can make in ourselves seem an appropriate and more effective way to show those victims of 9/11 that their sacrifices were not made in vain, and that we will truly never forget. Everyday.

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St. Luke’s Hosts “Come To The Table” Community Event

St. Luke’s invites all our friends and neighbors to gather with us on Wednesday evening, September 12 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Allow us to prepare dinner so you may enjoy time with your family, neighbors and new friends. After dinner, stick around as we explore the Bible through contemporary Christian music and conversation. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit the event details for more information.

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Choosing the way of love

It’s easy today to get caught up in the negative portrayal of human beings by the media. It’s easy to become enraged, to question what the world is coming to, and to lose hope in humanity. It can also be as easy to refuse this version of our nation’s story. We can resist giving in to the trap of reducing another human being to their opposing viewpoint so that they are no longer human, but a lost cause to be eliminated from our society.

This is what St. Luke’s Episcopal Church believes. Last week, a handful of us decided we’d had enough of the bad, and felt that there was still a lot of good in this world. Love and light still exist in our country. We made signs and stood on the streets to remind passersby that we love them,  and they are worthy of being loved, regardless of where they stood on political issues, personal values, religious beliefs, or however they might have opposed us. We choose love. We wanted to remind everyone that we are all human beings first who are capable of love and being loved, and hopefully inspire others to choose love as well. Being the good Episcopalians, we also had free donuts and water to give away! Not many took us up on the donut offer (and maybe that’s a good thing?!?), but many showed their appreciation by waving, honking their car horns, or simply stopping to talk to us. We even had one lovely lady give us a monetary donation, and one who brought us cups of cold water. But what was most uplifting was support from the community in the form of participation. People reached out to ask how they could participate in a future event, or to learn how we did it so they could do something similar! Never did we imagine we would move so many people. We are sure glad we did!

In our sermon last week, Father Earl talked about how we must serve someone or something, but who or what we serve is up to us to decide. In the Gospel reading (Mark 6:14-29), we learned that being a disciple of Jesus is not always an easy path. At the same time, however, if we choose love, that can be a simple thing to do. It can come in many different forms, from a simple sign, a letter of appreciation, a small donation, or even a cup of cold water. When we choose to respond with love, we are reminded of the human being on the receiving end – our fellow brothers and sisters who are people capable of love and of being loved. What’s more, love is just as infectious as anger or hate. So why choose the latter? Most of us, if not all of us, can get behind love. Most of us, if not all of us, believe in love. Let’s choose the way of love. Let’s choose to respond with love. Let’s heal our broken relationships first by remembering that we are humans who want, need, and can love. And then, let us resolve our differences from the same place of love because love is the way.

 

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Life Line Screenings Health Screening Registration

St. Luke’s will once again host a public health screening with Life Line Screenings on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Last year’s event was so successful, and we received such positive feedback from the community. The screening is open to all residents in the area, and registration is required. Life Line Screening offers 5 health screenings at a reduced rate, which include:

  • Carotid artery/plaque screening
  • Heart rhythm screening
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Peripheral arterial disease screening
  • Osteoporosis risk assessment

The cost for ALL 5 screenings is $139. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the screenings, so residents are advised to check with your insurance provider. Screenings are painless and non-invasive and results are provided via mail in approximately 21 days. For more information, or to register, please do one of the following:

  1. Call toll-free at 1-866-229-0469
  2. Visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle
  3. Text: the word “circle” to 797979
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Red Cross Blood Drive April 21

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host a blood drive for the Red Cross on Saturday, April 21st from 9 AM – 2 PM. A few slots are still available for sign-up. Anyone who is eligible and interested in participating may sign up to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting the Red Cross website at the link below and search for St. Luke’s drive using the zip code ‘63021’ and using the advanced search option date filter for April 21st.

 

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Holy Week Worship at St. Luke’s

Welcome Spring with St. Luke’s as we observe Christ’s final week on earth during Holy Week beginning March 25-March 31; and as we celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 1. All worship services and events are open to the public and are free.

Holy Week worship services are designed to allow worshipers to explore Christ’s final week as he prepared himself for the ultimate sacrifice. Worshipers will find the experience thoughtful, humbling, and moving. It is a good reminder for us of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. The week of services concludes with a celebration on Easter Sunday, including Easter service followed by a reception and free Egg Hunt open to children of all ages.

 

Holy Week Worship Schedule:

Sunday, March 25, 10AM – The Sunday of the Passion: PALM SUNDAY

Wednesday, March 28, 7PM – Stations of the Cross

Thursday, March 29, 7PM – Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 29, 9PM – Friday, March 30, 12PM – Altar of Repose

Friday, March 30, 12PM – Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday, March 31, 7:30PM – Easter Vigil followed by Fellowship in the Parish Hall

Sunday, April 1, 10AM – Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1, 11:30AM – Free Easter Egg Hunt – all children welcomed!

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St. Luke’s Preschool Enrolling for 2018-2019 School Year

St. Luke's PreschoolSt. Luke’s Preschool is currently enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. The hours available for care will be offered from 7:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. Children aged 2-5 may register for school. For more information, or to obtain a registration form, visit www.stlukespreschoolmanchester.org. Or, call the preschool office at 636-527-3820 to speak to the school director.

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