Saint Luke's Episcopal Church

Scituate, Massachusetts

 Mission Tidings
Jan. 2018
In This Issue
2018 Pledge Drive- Final Push
Our goal for the 2018 pledge drive is $180,000.

The finance committee put together a budget that the vestry approved which relies on $180,000 in pledges.  Right now our pledges for 2018 total $169,100- so we need a final $10,900

If you have pledged - Thank you.  If you have not pledged - or you pledged and can raise your pledge to help close the gap it would be greatly appreciated.  Please help support our parish in this critical year of transition. 

From your Bridge Priest
Christmas is behind us and we are now in a new year.  We are in Epiphany Season, which lasts until February 14th.  That day is Ash Wednesday - the beginning of Lent - and Valentine's Day!  However, we will be observing Ash Wednesday that day here at church.  More about that in the coming weeks.  During this season between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday we hear in the gospels about the ministry of Jesus.  We return to green as our liturgical color.  Green is used on the Sundays after Epiphany and after Pentecost.  This season of time after Epiphany varies in length each year, depending upon the date of Easter. This year it is almost as early as it can be.  Here is some interesting information about that (for you Trivia lovers):
"In 325 CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox."
"Earliest Easter. In 1818 the Paschal Full Moon fell on Saturday March 21 (the equinox). Therefore, the following day, March 22, was Easter. It will not fall as early again until 2285, a span of 467 years."
This year Easter is on April 1st.  (Yes, it is also April Fool's Day!)   We will, of course, be observing the Liturgical calendar, not the secular calendar!
Please note that there are a number of things coming up in the weeks ahead:  January 28th is the annual meeting and pot luck luncheon.   A big change:   Confirmation will be held here at St. Luke's on Sunday, Feb. 4th at 4 PM followed by a Pot Luck dinner.   Our Diocesan Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Alan Gates will be with us for that service.   Services that day will be at 8 AM and 4 PM.  We will be finished in time to watch the super bowl game - for those who are looking forward to that.  Looking further ahead: there will be a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Feb. 13th.  (Yes, we are eating a lot before Lent starts!)
This continues to be a time of waiting, of course, for the news of when you will have a Priest-in-Charge.   Please continue to keep your Wardens and Vestry in your prayers as they begin to consider candidates.   Pray for them and trust them as they seek to choose the right person to be your Priest-in-Charge.  If you have any questions about how the process works, please speak with your wardens, vestry or me.   Selecting a Priest-in-charge is different from doing a search for a Rector. Meanwhile, I will continue to be here with you as that process moves forward. Pray for me as I pray for you.

Blessings and peace to all,   Mother Billie+  
Church School News
Coat Drive: We took 100 more coats to Fr. Bill's to complete our outreach project. Thanks for all the support!
Thank you to Susanna Dietz for a beautiful new purple altar cloth for the Little Service to use during Advent and Lent!
Calendar: January 14- No Church School
                  January 21- Regular Classes
                  January 28- Regular Classes
Wish List: Changing table
                   "Handy person" to put up a shelf and coat rack
Annual Meeting & Potluck- Jan. 28th       
Join us after church services as we gather in fellowship to review the works of the church in 2017 and look ahead to a vibrant new year at St. Luke's. Families are asked to bring a dish to share- please sign up in the narthex indicating what you will bring. Thank you!
Annual Reports Due: Reports are needed from all leadership positions including: Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Church School, Music Ministry, Stewardship, Altar Guild, Outreach Ministry, Harvest Fair/Fundraising, etc.  The deadline is January 15th for inclusion in the Annual Report.
Poinsettia Pick Up 
Thanks to all who contributed to the beautiful display of flowers that decorated the church over Christmas!  They are now available in the narthex for you to bring home. These long lasting plants are very sensitive to the cold, so pick one up in the next day or two while the weather is a bit milder.
Community Dinner - January 28, 5 pm
Join us for a hearty meal of beef stew wih bread crust salad, and brownie sundae for dessert. Help is needed with stew and brownies, serving etc. Please check the sign up sheets in the narthex to see how you can help..
Save The Dates
Pledge Reminder
January 28th:
Annual Meeting & Potluck Brunch- 11:15 am
Community Dinner- 5 pm

February 4th:
Morning service at 8 am only
Confirmation with Bishop Gates- 4 pm followed by Potluck Dinner

February 13th: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Vestry Minutes
Have you ever wondered what transpires at a Vestry Meeting?Click to read the minutes from the meeting of  December 2017  Vestry January's minutes will be posted next month.