Come celebrate the Feast of St. Luke!
ST. LUKE’S DAY POTLUCK LUNCHEON
A parish pot luck luncheon will be held following the 9:30am Eucharist on Sunday, October 22. The church will supply the main dish. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite side dish, beverage or dessert to share with others. A sign up sheet is located in Israel Lounge, or you may call the parish office at (570) 342-7654.
On Sunday, November 5th – All Saints’ Sunday, we will have our pledge ingathering. We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate and walk together on our Journey to Generosity.
Journey to Generosity 2017 – Annual Stewardship Campaign: On Sunday, October 1, 2017, we launched our Annual Stewardship Campaign. The members of this year’s Stewardship Committee are: David Wegner, Carol McMullen, Jim Fitzpatrick, and Beverly Hoeffner. The program we will use this year is an ongoing year-long program offered through The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). TENS has chosen “Journey to Generosity” as the theme for 2017 to invite everyone into that journey. It is not simply about how much we give to support the mission and ministry of our parish. The journey is about how we live our lives as the Beloved.
Warren Memorial Garden: The Warren Memorial Garden Committee will meet for a fall clean-up of our garden on Saturday, October 21st from 10 a.m. to noon. All volunteers are welcome and appreciated.
Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends – October 17, 2017, 9AM-11PM: St. Luke’s is participating again in the Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends program. $5 shopping passes are available that buy you a full day of 25% discounts, refreshments, entertainment and a change to win prizes. For shopping passes or more information, please contact Lucetta Savinelli at (570)344-5689, or Robin O’Hearn at (570) 963-5407. Shopping passes are also available from any Vestry member. Proceeds from this program benefit St. Luke’s and other community agencies and organizations.
Responding to Recent Hurricanes: Many thanks to all who contributed to St. Luke’s collection for Episcopal Relief and Development’s Hurricane Relief Fund. Together we raised $300. Your gift provides ERD’s partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water for communities devastated by Hurricanes Maria, Irma and other storms. You’ll also help empower communities to not only prepare for emergencies, but assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal.
Centering Prayer Group: Beginning Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 5:30PM an ongoing weekly Centering Prayer group will meet at St. Luke’s. Centering Prayer is a contemplative form of prayer geared toward the cultivation of interior silence or “centering.” This form of prayer invites one to enter into a deeper relationship with God by being open and receptive to the presence and action of God in our lives and to the Spirit that dwells within us. Weekly sessions will include prayer, a contemplative walk, and study of Thomas Keating’s book, Open Mind, Open Heart, and other writings from the Christian Contemplative tradition. No prior experience is necessary. For more information, please contact Mother Barnes at email@example.com or by calling the parish office.
Three Upcoming Concerts at St. Luke’s:
- On Sunday, October 15th, the NEPA Choral Society Children and Youth Choirs will hold their fall concert at 4PM.
- On Sunday, October 22nd, the Arcadia Chorale will hold a concert at 3PM entitled Visions of America which will explore the rich tradition of American choral music in a program that features music by Aaron Copland and Howard Hanson—as well as works by Igor Stravinsky and Chen Yi.
- On Friday, October 27th at 7PM, Justin Hartz, an authority on Estey Reed organs will play a recital at St. Luke’s. Mr. Hartz is a graduate of the Westminster Choir College, the Juilliard School of Music, and a regular guest organist at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Repertoire will include Franck, Brahms, Vierne, and others.
Organ Project Update and Rededication Concert: St. Luke’s has a long standing tradition of excellent music, and from our earliest days, our worship services have been enhanced with the beauty of organ music. Work on our Möller pipe organ is well underway at the Reuter Organ Company’s shop in Lawrence, Kansas. While our organ is being rebuilt and enhanced, we are very fortunate to have the loan of an organ that will ensure that our worship tradition continues uninterrupted. The Estey Reed Organ in use at this time is on loan to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church through the generosity of the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral Association of Scranton and its affiliated lodges and members.
We anticipate delivery of our pipe organ and the beginning of installation the week of Oct 16, and start of on-site tonal work on, or before, Nov 6. The organ is scheduled to be ready for use by Thanksgiving. We are grateful to Dr. Bender for his substantial gift to St. Luke’s. Please remember to mark your calendars and save the date – Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7pm, when Richard Elliot, Principal Organist of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform a dedication concert followed by and gala reception. –Mother Barnes
Safety Net Volunteers needed: Monthly volunteers are needed to work a four-hour shift at the door. A sign-up sheet is located in Israel Lounge. If you are available and can assist in this way, or have any questions, please contact Robin O’Hearn at (570) 963-5407. Following the summer months, there is also great need to restock the food pantry shelves for our neighbors in need. Items needed are:
Canned fruit or meat—soups, tuna Boxed pasta/Spaghetti Baby wipes
Peanut Butter/Jelly Rice Shampoo and Deodorant
Juices (100% juice) orange, apple Boxed Cereal Diapers—3, 4, 5
Canned Chef Boyardee Pasta sauces Razors (Men’s & Women)
Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
Office hours – The parish office will be open Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. As always, in the event of a pastoral emergency, Mother Barnes may be reached on her cell phone, (646) 533-1836.