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Around the Parish
October 2018
MOVING FORWARD
A message from your (Interim) Rector
St. Luke’s is fortunate to have David Poole as Chair of Stewardship and Ray Thompson as chair of the Discernment (Search) Committee, and the fine parishioners they have invited to serve with them. Both committees are in the early stages of their ministries, and are moving forward with great energy. I hope every one of you will participate in both programs, since that is the way forward for St. Luke’s. Each of you giving input for the search, and each of you making a pledge of your Time, Talent and Treasure, both for your sake and for the welfare of the parish, is how healthy Christian lives and vibrant churches are built.
Search and Stewardship are closely linked as well. Viable candidates will take a close look at our stewardship history, as few areas of parish life and health are more indicative. That is one of the many good reasons that we encourage you to make your generous and faithful pledge as soon as you have an opportunity. A healthy increase in the number of pledges, and in the average parish pledge is very attractive to any potential candidate.
Be looking for opportunities to participate, and prayerfully and enthusiastically enter in to both areas. Your lives will be greatly enriched, and this parish that you love will flourish. Don’t take my word for it. Jesus promises us that when we trust him and draw near to his Father, his Father will draw near to us.
You will be hearing much about Stewardship and Discernment in the next few months. Please help us help you, for that is our intention, our ministry and our goal.
Blessings, Fr. Rusty+  
DISCERNMENT COMMITTEE – Search Update
Your Discernment Committee has been hard at work completing a survey questionnaire for our parish to help us seek the next rector. It really boils down to this: We really can not look for a priest until the committee knows what you, the members St. Luke’s, believe we should have in our rector.
That is where you come in. In the next few weeks, you will receive by email (if your email address is on file with the church), that survey that you can complete, giving your wants and desires for the programs and ministries of the parish. There are some questions that require only a “yes” or “no” answer, but there are places where you can give a much more detailed response: I encourage you to speak your mind and give your thoughts. YOUR OPINION MATTERS!
If you do not have an email address or access to the internet, there will be a computer set up for your use in the church, with people standing by to assist you in having your voice heard.
St. Luke’s is a great parish because of people like you, and I invite you to be a part in the selection of our next spiritual leader.
I want to also emphasize the important connection between the search and our stewardship response. Please take to heart what David and Fr. Rusty have written in the two accompanying articles. The two things most candidates will certainly look at early on are our attendance and our stewardship history. Here again you are vital to the process.
Watch for the email and respond! If you have any questions or suggestions, please email me or give me a call.
Ray Thompson, Chair
St. Luke’s Discernment Committee
FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP
Making and paying an annual pledge to our parish is the practice of returning to God a portion of all that God has given to us – our Time and our Talents and our Treasure. Your pledge is an acknowledgement of gratitude, and represents a commitment to a service-based life.
Our annual stewardship program is getting underway. We can use your help as we move forward, so call or email me to find out more and to volunteer.  (Email and phone #)
We ask you to prayerfully consider the ways that St. Luke’s is important to you and to your family and friends. Think of the ministries and programs that help us all be good disciples. Suggests how we can do more, and give us your support and prayers.
You will be hearing more about this year’s campaign over the next several weeks. Fr. Rusty and I encourage you to call us whenever that would be helpful.
David Poole, Chair
Chair, St. Luke’s Stewardship Committee
Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
Wednesday, October 3rd
12 Noon
Miles Chapel
Men's Group
Attention men of St. Luke's (ages 18 and beyond ). We have lost a vital part of our church life, and it's time we revitalize it. In the past our men's group was a way for us to have fun, fellowship, and to do ministry and mission work within the church and our community.  Anyone interested in participating please contact me via email: p_roblmt@yahoo.com , or by text or calling me: 251-554-4160. In anticipation of a positive response, I have already set up our first outreach. Friday night October 19th is St. Luke's homecoming game at the University campus. We were asked to help run the concession stand and grill. We will need 5 or 6 men to work each half. This a great opportunity for fellowship as well as a way for the parish to be more involved with the school. I hope to hear from you soon. 
        Your brother in Christ,
             Patrick Robinson
Young Adult Dinner
Saturday, October 6
5:30 p.m.
at St. Luke's
Childcare provided

*Complimentary dinner will be catered.
Yard Crew
This Saturday, October 7 a.m. we need as many people as possible to help spruce up the grounds. Please bring your rakes, leaf. Call Patrick Robinson 554-4160, with questions.  
Blessing of the Animals
The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year at St. Luke’s Church. This year the service will be on Saturday, October 6, 10:00 a.m., for parishioners and the community around us. All people who love animals, along with pets and their human friends are invited to this service, which focuses on God’s gifts of animals, the natural world, and our responsibilities as stewards of God’s creation.
Dinner on the Grounds
Sunday, October 21st
Mark your calendar! Invite Friends!
In honor of our Patron Saint, Luke, we will have dinner on the grounds  following the 10am service. More details to come!
 
Lectors
The rubrics of the Episcopal church state that, “Lay persons should normally be assigned the reading of the Lessons and may lead the Prayers of the People”.
Those serving as lectors find meaning and ministry in serving, as they share the lessons with those present.
Serving as a lector does not require any special ability.
If you would be interested in serving as a lector, please email the church and make your interest known.
We would welcome a new voice and believe you will find this ministry meaningful and enriching.
 
If you are interested in this ministry, you may find the following of note:
You would likely be scheduled to serve once a month.

You can choose to serve at either 7:30 or 10:00, if not at both.

Training will be provided before you begin serving.

The assigned readings are sent to you by email the week before you read so that you have them ahead of time to read over and study, as desired.

The readings are placed in a notebook at the lectern on the altar for you to read from and are in large print.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Father Rusty or anyone you know who currently serves as a lector.
David Chatel
David is among the first aspirants to Holy Orders in this diocese to attend our School for Ministry vs. the “normal” seminary track. In our process, after a sufficient and undetermined period of inquiry, an “aspirant” serves a six months period of postulancy. David was recently designated a Postulant and will continue in our process pending his recommendation as a Candidate for Holy Orders. Candidacy, if granted, can last anywhere from 6 months to a year and can result in ordination to the Diaconate.

It is usual for persons in the ordination process to be assigned to parishes other than their “home” congregations for various aspects of their training. David has now been assigned to All Saints where he will also do his clinical pastoral education under the supervision of the Reverend Jim Flowers.

We thank David for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors. 
Music Ministry
If you enjoy singing, consider putting your love of music to work in the Sanctuary Choir. There is always room for new voices in this group and you will find you will not only sing beautiful music but learn how to make that voice work more effectively. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00—9:00 p.m. Singing is not only good for the body but for the soul as well. Join us this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Activities Room. We guarantee you will find it worth your while. For more information call Bonnie Jean Early at 661-5676.
Adult Christian Education
The class has started a new program, supplied by Bishop Russell. Praying the Collects presents a series of prayers from the Book of Common Prayer, with video commentary and a study guide. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m.! On Sunday October 7th, Father Rusty will be our leader.
Marvelous Monday Class
They continue with lectionary study. Each Monday at Noon we bring our own lunch and drink, and study and discuss the readings for the next Sunday. You don’t have to be an expert – just have an inquiring heart and a yearning to understand more of God’s Word.
Vestry Nominations
The Vestry Nominating Committee is in the process of receiving names for consideration as we move toward replacing those who are rotating off of Vestry at the end of 2018. Persons serving on the Vestry must be communicants who are in good standing, actively engaged in the life of the parish, at least 16 years of age, expressing a commitment to Christ by participation and pledging. All names should be submitted to the Nominating Committee for verification of eligibility to serve. Potential nominees should not be asked if he or she would allow his or her name to stand until the Nominating Committee has completed this process. Those nominated will receive a formal letter of invitation to stand for nomination from the Rector. Deadline to submit names for nomination is Sunday, October 28th. Please submit recommendations to: Father Rusty, Interim Rector, Amber Martenstein, Senior Warden, or Wendy at the church office.
Youth Events
Fall Fling
October 21, 2018
2-5 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
Our Fall Fling is a free fellowship event with the purpose of bringing together youth from across our diocesan communities.
Who should attend?
All diocesan youth from sixth to the twelfth grade and their adult chaperones are invited to mingle and venture into the depth of their faith through fun and fruitful activities, creating special memories.

Call the church office, 666-2990, if you would like to attend.
St. Luke's School Event
An evening with Jeanne Robertson
Award winning Humorist

November 6, 2018

Louise R. Moorer Center for the Performing Arts, St. Luke's Episcopal School
1400 University Blvd.

General Seating $40
VIP $100

For tickets: 251-666-2991 ext. 8141
www.stlukesmobile.com/supporting/community-events

"Contagiously Funny. Jeanne is
hysterical and a magnificent speaker."
~The Huffington Post~
October Propers
October 7
Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm 8
Hebrews 1:1-4;2:5-12
Mark 10:2-16

October 14
Amos 5:6-7,10-15
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-31

October 21
Job 38:1-7
Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37
Hebrews 5:1-10
Mark 10:35-45

October 28
Job 42:1-6, 10-17
Psalm 34:1-8
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 10:46-52
October Birthdays and Anniversaries
Birthdays                 Anniversaries
1  Wes Ferrill         14 Glenn and     
2  Riley Nettles        Stephanie Darst
4  Charlynn Will     18 Sean and
4  Myles Herring     Mary Meares
6 Cathy Glenn         27 Dodd and
8  Jack Solberger     Suzanne Ozment
8  Dana Fausak       27 Larry and
10 Barbara Herring     Elaine Sims
10 Leighton DuBose
11 Dave Snyder
17 Suzanne Ozment
19 Marilyn Fisher
21 Kevin Ori
24 Barbara Bodie
25 Cindy Graham
27 Joyce Ori
30 Bettye Jean McKemie
30 Daniel Cook