December 22nd 2020
 
Dear Friends in Christ,

Greetings and Advent Blessings to you and your loved ones! As promised, I write to give you a brief update about how your parish leadership is continuing to ensure the needs and hopes of the parish are met during Father Michael’s medical Leave of Absence. Firstly, I would like to extend a special thanks to Dawn our parish administrator, Bob Towler our Senior Warden, Judy Chard our bookkeeper, Peter Finnis our treasurer, and all members of our vestry for their tireless work during this busy season.

In the coming weeks, you can expect to see and hear both new and familiar preachers in our pulpit. As I take on additional responsibilities, the following individuals have graciously agreed to provide sermons on an occasional or regular basis: Ben Cowgill; the reverend Anne Harris; the reverend Canon Jason Lewis; the reverend Chaplain Lisa Tolliver; and the reverend Canon Amy Real Coultas. These individuals are representative of the significant support we continue to receive from our Diocese and from our own parish community. In partnership with our incredibly capable Lay Pastoral Care Committee, co-chaired by Lorraine Luba and John Ridoux, I am here to support you and your family through the changes and chances we face in the coming days. In the event that I become ill or take vacation, the reverend Benjamin Hart of St Matthew’s has offered his support as an on-call priest for pastoral emergencies to the Lay Pastoral team. Should you or someone you love become in need of pastoral or other support, please call 502-245-8827 and leave a message. If the need is urgent, please feel free to call me on my cell phone at 502-797-5503.

Senior Warden Bob Towler, Treasurer Peter Finnis, and I had a very productive meeting today with Canon Jason Lewis regarding our upcoming Annual Meeting. We are in the process of planning and preparing for this meeting, which will take place via Zoom on January 17th. You can expect more details and further instructions about the meeting and vestry elections during the week of January 4th. We look forward to this opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and changes of 2020, and to look forward in hope and renewed enthusiasm to 2021.  

There is much to be excited about at St Luke’s at this time of year, and I want to take this opportunity to remind you of our Christmas schedule. All events will be online-only and streamed live on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StLukesAnchorage) which can be reached with or without a personal Facebook account. Once a livestream has ended, the video remains available on the page for viewing at your convenience. Please like, comment, and share our videos with your friends and family. The social media sphere is our plentiful harvest, and we are the Lord’s laborers!

Christmas Eve:

Family Service @ 5:00 pm

Traditional Service @ 8:00 pm

Christmas Day:

Special Service of Morning Prayer @ 9:00 am

Sunday Dec. 27th:

Christmas Lessons & Carols @ 10:00 am
 
Countless hands, voices, and creative hearts have made our beautiful array of Holy Day offerings, and none of it would be possible without your continued faithfulness and generosity in giving of your time, talent, and treasure to God in St Luke’s parish. I encourage you to take this season of giving as an opportunity to discern what you might offer God in His church for this new year ahead of us. Opportunities for service and offering abound, and your leadership would love to partner with you, so please be in touch. Advent Blessings and Good Christmas Cheer to you and your loved ones, both near and far! Stay well, keep the faith, and wear your mask!
 
Yours in Christ,

Mother Allison Caudill
502-797-5503
associate@stlukesanchorage.org