On Sunday we celebrated the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist (also the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity).
Fr. Dennis led a beautiful Holy Communion Service. His sermon discussed the life of St. Luke and his importance to both the early church and to us today. St. Luke, an educated gentile and Greek speaking doctor wrote more New Testament verses than any other author besides St. Paul. His Gospel, often referred to as the 'Gospel of Mercy', was written between 70 and 90 AD. Orthodox tradition states that St. Luke was one of the 70 appointed by Christ to visit towns and villages prior to Jesus visiting as described in Luke 10. Luke's writings call us to prayer, to be aware of God's love & mercy, and to remember the compassion of Christ. Also, like the early Christians, we should travel lightly by avoiding strong attachments to materials things while focusing on Christ.
Prior to services, Fr. Dennis led our Christian Education class covering highlights from chapters 40 - 55 in Isaiah. He reviewed the many Christian messages in these chapters. Thank you Fr. Dennis for coming over from North Carolina!
After services, we had a small feast of our own! Thank you to Claudia, Rose Marie, Teresa, and Rosalind for providing the food. During our lunch, we had the opportunity to talk with Fr. Scott and his wife, Maryl. They delivered very good news, all are well including both their toddler and new born daughter! Fr. Scott will lead the Christian Education program next Sunday, finishing up our review of Isaiah.
Sue continues to lead our weekly online prayer group on Tuesday at 11:30. Thank you so much Sue for taking the time each week to lead our prayers! Please contact me if you would like to join us but are not on Discord.
Our next meeting of the Women's Bible Study is this Wednesday at 1 pm at the church. The lesson plan covers chapters 2, 3, & 4 in the Made to Crave book.
I want to thank Mike, Earl, Taylor (along with special guest Arthur!), and Sue
and Rose Marie and Rosalind for coming out for our landscape clean up day!
Also thank you to Carol and Claudia for providing lunch after a morning of work!
After this crazy summer, things were looking a little ragged:
Another before picture!!
After pictures! Wow, what an improvement!
Earl with lots of help from Arthur!
Sue and Mike hard at work!
And the winner of the cutest puppy ever award goes to Arthur!!
Thank you so much to everyone who helped with this cleanup!
Each year we participate in Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan's Purse. This program sends shoe boxes full of age appropriate gifts to needy children all over world and shares the message of the Gospel with them!
We are planning to pack 24 boxes (12 for girls and 12 for boys) on Sunday Nov. 15 before services. For each gender we will pack 4 boxes for the 2 -4 yr old age bracket, 4 boxes for the 5 - 9 yr old age bracket, and 4 boxes for the 10 -14 yr old age bracket. We have a lot of left over items from years past but will still need more items. I hope to complete a list of what we currently have in the next week!
Also please check out this link for suggested items for each gender and age bracket as well as items that are not allowed:
More info to follow!