Around the Parish
April 2019
"All glory, laud and honor to thee, Redeemer King"
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We pray that this Lent has been a meaningful time for you of self-searching, self-denial and self-dedication. We invite you now to share our liturgical observances of Palm Sunday and Holy Week, recalling the final earthly days of our Lord Jesus.

I want especially to encourage you to enter fully into these services. They are important spiritually on their own, and, even more so, as preparation for sharing the joys of Easter - the Resurrection of our Lord and the promise and gift of our salvation and renewal.

Your history here at St. Luke's tells a troubling story of general disinterest in the services of Holy Week, especially Good Friday. "Now is the acceptable time" to "repent and return to the Lord." I beg you to do this, for your soul's sake.

Our schedule of Palm Sunday and Holy Week and Easter services follows:
Palm Sunday , April 14, Holy Eucharist 7:30 am and 10am
Holy Eucharist and Healing Service, Wednesday, April 17, 12 Noon, Lunch immediately following
Maundy Thursday , April 18, 6pm
Good Friday , April 19, 12 Noon. Followed by Stations of the Cross for those that wish to remain.
Easter Sunday , April 21, Holy Eucharist 7:30 am and 10am, Easter Breakfast 8:30 am, Easter Egg Hunt 9:15am

We will do everything possible to make all of these as lovely, moving and meaningful as possible. Your role is to come and participate. For a double blessing, invite someone to share the experience with you.

Your Lay Leadership and I pray that this Easter you will be richly blessed with all the joys of our risen Lord.

Fr. Rusty+
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday, April 14
7:30 and 10 am Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist and Healing Service followed by a Lunch
Wednesday, April 17, 12 Noon

Maundy Thursday
April 18, 6:00 p.m.(nursery provided)

Good Friday
April 19, 12 Noon, followed by Stations of the Cross for those who wish to remain.

Easter Sunday
7:30 am  Holy Eucharist
8:30 am  Breakfast
9:15 am  Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 am Holy Eucharist
Easter Breakfast
Sunday, April 21st
8:30 am - 9:30 am 
We need you to provide food! There are three ways to sign-up. Click on the link below, log onto www.perfectpotluck.com to sign-up, User name is easter password is breakfast or call the church office.

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Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, April 21
9:15am 
We need Easter Eggs for the hunt! Please  donate a dozen, candy filled (wrapped candy only) eggs. You can turn your donation into the church office before Thursday, April 18th. Thank you! 
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Flowering of the Cross
The annual flowering of the cross will take place during the 10:00 a.m. Easter service April 21st. Please bring flowers, with stems, for the children to carry in the processional.
Want to make Ukrainian Eggs for Easter?
Nicholas Pawluk will be here Saturday, April 6th at 9am in the Activities Room to teach you how to make traditional eggs. Anyone age 14 years and over should call the church office, 666-2990, to make a reservation for this class. Cost is $5.00.
Discernment Committee Update
The search continues!
The committee has interviewed 3 candidates by Skype (a video interview), and 2 of them appear to be excellent choices. We have interviewed one face to face, and we will have interviewed the second one by the time you are reading this. The third one has taken a position with another church. Both of these priests will be able to move very soon, and once we issue the call to one of them, and the Vestry approves them, the process of relocating the priest and the family to Mobile to serve St. Luke’s will begin. Of course, a thorough background check through the Diocese will be conducted and is expected to take about 30 days once it commences. Upon a favorable report, then our chosen priest can begin the relocation.
Your committee has been very diligent in its search for a suitable priest, and they are to be commended for their efforts. We hope we have news in the very near future about a selection!
Ray Thompson
Chair Discernment Committee
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Church Work Day
Saturday, April 13, 7am

Calling all men, women and children! We will have a church yardwork day to spruce up the grounds for Holy Week. Please come to help! 
 

New Marvelous Monday Study Topic
This class will be digging into the Book of Common Prayer, Church History, Rituals and Sacraments, the Catechism, the Creeds and prayer. They will be using the books “An introduction to the Episcopal Church”, ‘Questions on the Way: A catechism based on the BCP” and “My Faith, My Life: A Teen’s Guide to the Episcopal Church”. This will be similar to a Newcomer’s class. We will start this class on April 1, 2019, 12 noon. There will not be a meeting March 25. Point of contact for the class is Linda Long, 269-3964 or greenlindamarie@yahoo.com.
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Graduates
If your child or grandchild is graduating from college or high school this May, please let us know! Please submit their name, photo, what their college degree is or where they will attend college. Thank you!
April Propers
April 7
Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8

April 14, Palm Sunday
Luke 19:28-40
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 23:1-49

April 18, Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14
Psalm 116:1, 10-17
I Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31-35

April 19, Good Friday
Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Psalm 22
Hebrews 10:16-25
John 18:1-19:42

April 21, Easter
Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
I Corinthians 15:19-26
Luke 24:1-12

April 28
Acts 5:27-32
Psalm 150
Revelation 1:4-8
John 20:19-31
April Birthdays and Anniversaries
Birthdays
2  Jane Heath
3  Jane Sawyer
6  Ruby Grethen
12 Annette Oliver
13 Patrick McGinnis
14 Laura Jacobs
16 Campbell Brewer
21 Susan Knight
21 Christine Jacobs
22 Anjali Corera
26 Sonia Stone
26 Paul Corera

Anniversaries
20 Gary and Liz Brewer