May your days be filled with peace, hope,
and joy this holiday season.
“O come, O come, Emmanuel”
That will be our opening hymn this Sunday, December 2 nd as we begin our Advent worship and a new church year with it.

That is also the day of our annual Parish Meeting immediately following the 10:00 service. Please plan to join us for this important event in the life of St. Luke’s.
In my brief time with you I have begun to feel a sense of excitement and expectancy here at St. Luke’s, and I find it exhilarating and a sign of health and hope for this fine parish.
Looking toward new beginnings is the primary theme of Advent, accompanied by an honest look at our personal and corporate history.
That is the faithful response that God calls us to in this serious but wonderful season. 
St. Luke’s is embarked on one of the most exciting times in the life of any parish – the search for and call of your next Rector. 
This can be a time of rebirth, recommitment and renewal for our parish and for each and every one of us.
I pray that it will be that and more, and I invite you to enter fully into the worship and ministries of the season, and into the process that will end with the call of a new Rector and the next chapter in the life of your parish.
Advent celebrates the beginning of a new day in the history of creation, and, for each of us, the promise of a new life.
God invites us in Advent to once more enter into that great drama of our salvation, preparing our hearts for the birth of our Savior as the Bethlehem Babe and looking for his return as our gracious Judge.
I pray that for all of us this will be the most meaningful Advent ever. 
I look forward to sharing that Advent journey, and to celebrating with you all the joys of Christmas.
Fr. Rusty+
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, December 2nd
Immediately following the 10am service in the Nave.

You are strongly encouraged to attend!
Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
Wednesday, December 7
12 Noon
Miles Chapel
A Service of Lessons and Carols
Our fine Choir will present the traditional service of Lessons and Carols at the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, December 9th. They will be assisted by several readers from our congregation and our young singers. You will want to be present to hear the beautiful readings and the glorious music of the season. Invite a friend to join you! There will not be a 7:30 am service on December 9th.

Benefits of IRA Giving
Please check with your tax advisor to see if it would be beneficial to you and to St. Luke's to make a direct contribution from your IRA.
LOOK what we have just in time for Christmas! St. Luke's t-shirts in all sizes! $10.00! Start your Christmas shopping today.
Stewardship Sunday - December 16th
The Primary purpose of a Christian church is to help its people become good and faithful Disciples of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A Primary aspect of discipleship is to be a good and faithful Steward of all the gifts we have received from God.

The Primary goal of our Stewardship program is to help us responsibly and joyfully pledge and give our Time, Talent, Treasure.

At both the 7:30 and 10:00 o'clock services on Sunday, December 16, you will have an opportunity once again to demonstrate your discipleship.

All completed pledge cards will be presented at the altar to be blessed as outward and visible signs of our inward and spiritual growth in grace.

If you have not yet received an invitation for a personal contact from a trained Stewardship Worker, please call the office - 251-666-2990 - right away.

Part of the design of the program is to give you opportunities to study and discuss and pray about your own faithful response, prior to putting a pledge card in your hands.

On the 18th there will be cards in the pews for those who still need them.

Whether you bring a completed card with you, have already gotten one to us, or make your pledge that morning, you will be blessed in the giving.
Christmas Eve Service
Monday, December 24
5:00 p.m.
Do you need transportation to the Christmas Eve Service?
The following kind parishioners have offered rides to anyone needing help getting to the 5pm Christmas Eve service:

Virginia Droke
Dallas and Sue Holmes
Amber Martenstein
Connie Jo Williams

Please call Wendy, 666-2990, if you need a ride. She will set it up for you!
Eucharistic Visitors
A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of Illness or infirmity were unable to be present at the Celebration. Eucharistic Visitors at St. Luke's Episcopal Church act under the direction of rector.

If, because of illness or infirmity, are unable to attend regular services and desire to receive communion please contact the Rev. Rusty Goldsmith or Wendy Wheeler with the request. The Eucharistic Visitor for that week will contact you to arrange an appropriate time.

The Eucharistic Visitors for St. Luke's are Sam Fisher, Jennie Ori, Beth Snyder, Susan Knight, and Tim Knight.
December Propers
December 2
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-9
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36

December 9
Lessons and Carols Service

December 16
Zephaniah 3:14-20
Canticle 9
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:7-18

December 23
Micah 5:2-5
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

Christmas Eve
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14

December 30
Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Psalm 147:13-21
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18

December Anniversaries and Birthdays
2  Paula Buerger
2  Jeremy Daniel
2  Patrick Henry DesRochers
3  William Simm
5  Hayden Cooper
6  Renee Carter
7  Ellen Ford
8  Charlee Windham
10 Sam Fleming
10 Robert Hinson, III
11 Nellie Dowdle
12 Kay Daughdrill
12 Austin Herron
13 Jacque Faust
14 Rebecca Cadden
14 Anna Beth Gibney
15 Charles Oliver
16 Steven Jacobs
17 Laura Botts
22 Ed Besch
23 Larry Sims
24 Ruth Clark
26 Beth Snyder
27 Elaine Sims
27 Amy Burkhardt
31 Dodd Ozment

16 Pierre and Ruby Grethen