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.

 

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

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.

 

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!

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.

UPDATE: Magdalene St. Louis Director To Visit St. Luke’s

 

*****UPDATE: This event is postponed until further notice. Instead, please join us on Feb. 18th for an Unplugged session featuring fun games for the family*****

 

 

Rev. Hope (Hopie) Welles Jernagan will visit St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 18, 2018. In addition to delivering the sermon during the 10:00 A.M. worship service, she will also be the featured guest speaker at St. Luke’s Third Sundays Unplugged following service at 11:30 A.M. Rev. Hope will talk about the important work Magdalene St. Louis does for abused women and girls in our local area, as well as share ideas on ways to participate in this important ministry.

Third Sundays Unplugged is a new ministry at St. Luke’s that invites all, regardless of faith or spiritual background, to strengthen community by engaging with one another in real life, as human beings and not as digital beings. The sessions focus on meaningful conversations and fun activities that lift spirits and bring joy to participants’ lives. The event is free, and light snacks and beverages, as well as childcare will be provided.

St. Luke’s CommUNITY Fall Festival

St. Luke’s will host its first ever CommUNITY Fall Festival. This will be a fun and family-oriented event with a focus on connecting with our fellow community members and reviving relationships. The event is free to the public and free-will donations will be accepted to benefit St. Luke’s Preschool. The festival will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 1 PM – 5PM. Activities include food trucks, face painting, games, dunk tank, costume parades, pet blessings and more.

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St. Luke’s Hosts Health Screening Event

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has partnered up with Life Line Screenings, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the U.S., to provide discounted health screenings to all members in our community on Monday, August 28th, 2017. 5 types of preventative screenings, including Carotid Artery/Plaque, Heart Rhythm, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease, and Osteoporosis Risk, will be offered for at a rate of $139. The screenings are non-invasive, and appointments are available between 9AM-5PM. Registration is required. Anyone interested may register in one of the following ways:

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 444 Brightfield Trail, Manchester, MO 63021.

Rev. Dayna Jewson Joins St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

We are excited to welcome a new face to the St. Luke’s family! Reverend Dayna Jewson will join our church family and serve as Deacon starting this Sunday, June 30th at 10:00AM.

A “cradle” Episcopalian, she was born and raised in Southern California. After high school and a move to Missouri, she was educated at St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing and Webster University, graduating in 1983. Most of her thirty-seven years in the healthcare industry have been spent as a registered nurse in the hospice care venue. In 2000, after discerning a call to the diaconate, she began the process towards ordination in the Diocese of West Missouri, and was ordained in 2004. She has served three churches, the last being St. Paul’s Church, Carondelet. She is married to Fr. Al Jewson, who does interim ministry in the Diocese of Missouri. She is the mother of two, grandmother of five. She brings a bivocational ministry to the Church; serving alongside others to reach the marginalized, the sick, and those who grieve.

Please join us this Sunday to welcome Deacon Dayna to St. Luke’s.