Advent Bible Study – The End of the World or Heaven on Earth?: The Book of Revelation is not often studied by mainline church congregations, the Episcopal Church included. On Sunday, November 26th we will begin an Advent study of this highly misunderstood book of scripture. Using a new five-part video-based curriculum from Trinity Church Wall Street, we begin exploring new ways of opening up and engaging the scriptural text, in order to provide greater confidence in discussing apocalyptic writing with people from the wider Christian family. Led by the Very Rev. Michael Battle, PhD, professor at General Theological Seminary, and based on his book Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation, this curriculum explores the final book of the Bible and its relevance to our world today. To gain the most from this study, it is recommended that prior to the first class participants purchase Heaven on Earth (available from Amazon and other book sellers) and read Revelation chapter 22, followed by chapters 1–11, and the introduction to Heaven on Earth. For more information, please see Mother Barnes, or email her firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Confirmation and Confirmation Classes: On April 21, 2018, St. Luke’s will host the Regional Confirmation for the Diocese of Bethlehem. Classes in preparation for confirmation will be held on Sunday’s during the season of Epiphany. These classes may be used in preparation for baptism, confirmation, or for anyone seeking a deeper knowledge of Christianity as it is lived out in the Episcopal Church and Anglican tradition. For more information, or to register for confirmation, please contact Mother Barnes at email@example.com or at the parish office, (570) 342-7654.
Centering Prayer Group: Each Thursday evening at 5:30PM an ongoing weekly Centering Prayer group meets 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the parish office.
Safety Net Volunteers needed: Monthly volunteers are needed to work a four-hour (12-4) 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.