Saint Luke's Episcopal Church

Scituate, Massachusetts

 Mission Tidings
 Nov. 2017
In This Issue
Greetings from your Bridge Priest!
As most of you know I officially began here at St. Luke's the first week of October.  I will be serving as your Bridge Priest for the next 3-5 months - or longer if necessary.  Together we will do the work of transition during my time here with you.  I am a trained Intentional Interim Minister and have done the work of transition in a number of parishes on the south shore.
Over the months ahead we will explore together these Focus Points: Heritage, Leadership, Mission, Connections and the Future.  These 5 points are what we will be paying attention to in our discussions, reflections, prayers and work.   You - the parishioners - will be doing this work together.  I am here to guide you through the process. I ask you to pray for this parish and for one another: pray for faithfulness, courage, patience and wisdom during this time of transition, and pray for the priest who will be called to serve you as your Priest-in-Charge when I leave.  Pray for me as I serve you over these coming months - as I will pray for all of you.
If at any time you feel the need to talk - or just want to come and get acquainted, I am available for that. Please call or speak with me to set up an appointment.  I am here at St. Luke's 20 hours per week and have flexibility in when I do my work hours. It is possible for me to come at times outside of my posted office hours.  Those posted hours, by the way, will include visits to the shut-ins and others.   Once I return from my upcoming trip to Richmond, VA (Oct. 22-30) I hope to begin those visits.
These first few weeks have been busy meeting various people on staff and some of the leaders of the parish - though I still have a number yet to meet. The fall is always a very busy time for parishes and for clergy.  We have to tend to things such as Clergy Day and soon the Diocesan Convention. I am also required to go to Boston monthly to meet with other Interims and Consultants.  Also, I am one of the Chaplains to the Retired Clergy, Spouses and Surviving Spouses.  I am required to attend annual and bi-annual things related to that, as well as meeting regularly with Bishop Gayle Harris. Fortunately the annual and the fall meetings are now past!
Once I return from Richmond I will be able to focus on other things - such as training lay readers, acolytes, and ushers and of course, the work of transition.  A letter will go out soon inviting people already serving in these ministries as well as those interested in learning more to come to a training/information session. It will be held on a Saturday. Stay tuned!
I also look forward to finding time to do pastoral calls. One of the things I ask of each of you is to notice when someone is missing for more than 1 Sunday. Give them a call and let me know as well.  I won't know if someone is missing if you don't tell me!
I am excited to be here with you at St. Luke's.  I pray that our time together will be one of anticipation, hope and renewal for the future that God is calling you and this parish to in the months and years ahead.
In peace, Mother Billie+  
Harvest Fair- Saturday, Nov. 4th
Still Plenty of Time and Ways to Help!
* Sign up to work a table or as waitstaff in the café...
*Bake cookies or other homemade treats...
*Spread the word to family and friends...
*Come to shop & enjoy the fun!
Church School News 
Coat Drive: Starting November 5th,the children will be collecting warm coats for those less fortunate. Look for the box in the narthex. All sizes are welcome.
November 5- Regular Classes. Coat drive begins.
November 12- Regular Classes. Veteran's visit.
November 19- Regular Classes.
November 26- No Classes. Thanksgiving Break.
Stewardship-   Building the Bridge
Dear People of St. Luke's,
We find ourselves well into autumn-there is renewed activity in our lives, at school, work, and home. And there is renewed activity at St. Luke's! The new church programming year is underway and we find ourselves in a period of activity, excitement and hope. On October 1st we closed one chapter in the history of our faith community with the retirement of Fr. Grant Barber and on the following Sunday welcomed our Bridge Priest, the Reverend Billie Mae Gordon. As a community we will now begin a period of self-reflection as we formally communicate who we are, what we hold true, and our hopes for the future to the Diocese in anticipation of calling a new Priest-In-Charge during the first half of 2018.
As we reflect on our lives both individually and collectively we hope that you, like us find yourselves full of gratitude. Gratitude for the blessings, the grace we have been given that is apparent to us even in the most challenging moments of our lives. Like us, you may increasingly find yourselves having a hard time overcoming the belief that we have earned everything we have. This awareness that we don't travel this journey alone has been a helpful reminder that God is the ultimate giver.
On October 22nd-we celebrated St. Luke and who we are as a community. Celebrating and remembering who we are, from where we have come, and giving thanks for those, all of you who have, and continue to give time, talent and treasure to our community
On this day we also kicked off our 2018 Stewardship Campaign- Building the Bridge. Giving generously for what has been given generously to us....and building a bridge from our collective past to our collective future that is the community of St. Luke's and its mission to serve the community of Scituate and beyond.
We have found that in our own journey that when we give generously we release the grip of fear and attitude of scarcity that often reside in our heart and mind; an attitude that is reinforced by a culture that tells us "there is not enough." Scripture tells us that everything that is good comes from God. Each time we take a step in faith, we can trust in God's provision.
Pledge forms have been mailed and are also available in the pews.  Please fill one out and place it in the Sunday offering the next time you are in church.
On behalf of the Vestry, thank you for your generosity and faithfulness in taking the next step in discipleship, the next step in our community that is St. Luke's. We are grateful to continue our exploration of God's generosity with you.
Chris McKerrow and Paul Antenore
Community Dinner- November 26th     
This month's menu will feature Apple-topped Pork Roast, Mixed Vegetables, Applesauce, Salad & Rolls with Gingerbread & Whipped Cream for dessert. Help is needed with the pork and gingerbread, for set up, serving and clean up. Please sign up in the narthex. Thanks for your continued support!