Lent and Easter
at St. Luke's Episcopal Church
a newsletter of St. Lukeâ€™s Episcopal Church and School
St. Lukeâ€™s Episcopal Church is called by God to illuminate San Antonio with the light of Christ through transformative education for people of all ages, compassionate care for every member of our community, and inspiring worship and music in the Episcopal tradition.
FROM THE RECTOR The Rev. David. G. Read DATES TO KNOW LENTEN DINNERS LIVING GENEROUSLY - YOUTH Grace Meschko HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE EASTER EGG HUNT! VBS 2017 VBS REGISTRATION FORM MUSIC Russell Jackson VESTRY YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE WELCOME TO THE BODY
From the Rector
“He came to himself.” That quote is found in what I believe is the greatest story ever told. The story is found in the Gospel of Luke (15:11-32). Some call it the “Parable of the Lost Son.” Others call it “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” You probably remember this story Jesus told of a father and two sons. In the story, the younger son demands his father give him his inheritance now – in effect saying, “I wish you were dead.” His father gives it, and the son heads out into the world. Quickly, the son spends, wastes, or loses all he was given. Hungry and lonely, he hires himself out to a local citizen to feed the pigs. So hungry was he that the pig swill looked appetizing. And then Jesus said, “he came to himself.” The son had a metanoia moment. He realized the errors of his ways and decided to return to his father and ask for forgiveness. While he was still far from home, his father saw him walking on the road, ran to meet him and embrace him. He put his best robe on him and placed a ring on his finger. He threw a party for the whole community. When the older son came home from work and asked about the party, the father said, “It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.” On March 1, we begin the 40-day penitential season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. This season is our opportunity to come to ourselves. Through worship, prayer, self-examination, reflection, repentance, fasting, self-denial, and study of scripture, the Church gives us the opportunity to have our own metanoia moment. Through our Lenten practices, we are called to realize, own, and confess that we are God’s prodigal children.; that we have rebelled, rejected, and run away from the God who made us and loves us. In Lent we are called to reflect on how often we try to live our lives under our own power, priorities, and control, and how often that causes us to fall far short of the richness of life we experience when we live it with God. It is time to come to ourselves, to repent and return to our Lord. I invite you to take a few moments to pause, reflect, and decide how you and your household will keep a holy Lent. Attend an Ash Wednesday service (8:00am, 12:00pm, or 6:00pm). Attend Wednesday night Lenten Dinners. Commit to increase your prayer time – even 15 minutes makes a big difference. Be generous in your giving. Keep the Sabbath day holy by attending worship and fasting from e-mail, social media, and constant distractions to spend more time with those you love. Read and reflect on scripture. Serve the poor. The goal of Lent is not just to give up chocolate or desserts. The goal is to return to the Lord who loves us, and undertake a few practices that will make that relationship grow. Make a plan. God is waiting and watching for you to return. Come to yourself, and experience the power of grace, forgiveness, and love. Jesus tells us, “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10)
THE REV. DAVID G. READ email@example.com
Dates to Know February 28th • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Come kick off the Season of Lent at the church with a Mardi Gras themed Pancake Dinner! There are some new and exciting additions this year such as a Musical Showcase, door prizes, and more! Tuesday, February 28th 5:30-7:00 PM March 1st • Ash Wednesday Services at 8 AM, 12 PM, and 6 PM March 8th • First of 5 Lenten Dinners Bring a friend and join us for dinner and an engaging speaker unpacking our theme:“Living Generously.” Every Wednesday night during Lent at 5:30 More info on next page! April 9th • Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week Full schedule on Holy week page! April 12th • Family Stations of the Cross Families, and members of the parish family, are invited to keep their Holy Week holy, by walking through the Stations of the Cross. Watch for more info. April 16th • Easter Sunday Worship at 7 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, or 6 PM April 16th • Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 AM April 23rd • Bishop Lilibridge visit to St. Luke's Bishop Lilibridge will be with us on Sunday April 23rd to Celebrate at the 8, 9 and 11 am services. He will also be Confirming and Receiving those who desire his blessing at the 11 am service. Please contact Sara Carrizales, clergy secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to know more about how to be received and/or confirmed on April 23rd at 11 am. April 30th • 5th Graders Step up to Middle School May 7th • Sunday School Teacher Appreciation June 12-16 • Vacation Bible School Info and registration form on the VBS pages! June 23-July 2 • Mission Trip to Haiti
Lenten Dinners at St. Luke’s
Back by popular demand! During the season of Lent St. Luke’s will host 5, Wednesday night Lenten dinners. Our theme is, “Living Generously – living with open hands in a tight-fisted world.” Each evening begins at 5:30pm with a delicious meal – including kid-friendly foods for our children. Dinner will be served until 6:30pm, so if you are going to be a few minutes late we’ll keep a plate for you! At 6:00pm, the St. Luke’s clergy and guest speakers will lead a presentation and discussion on our theme while children and youth enjoy a program geared to their age group. We will finish promptly at 7:00pm. Here are the weekly themes:
March 8 – “Generous Invitation”
(I Peter 3:15)
March 15 – “Generous Hearts”
March 22 – “Generous in Mercy”
March 29 – “Generous to the Poor” (Proverbs 11:25 & 22:9)
April 5 -
“Generous to God”
(Luke 12: 13-21)
Lenten Dinners are an excellent opportunity for you to invite someone you know to come and experience the St. Luke’s parish family. If you bring a guest, the Rector will buy their dinner!
Lent for Children & Families Wednesday Nights: Lenten Legos! 6:00-7:00 p.m. Room 106 Following dinner in the Parish Hall, children ages pre-K 4 years through 5th grade will gather for a Bible story and the chance to be creative with lots and lots of Legos! Younger children (ages 3 years and younger) may enjoy the loving care of our church nursery staff!
Lenten Outreach for Families If we take a moment to look around our homes we realize how blessed we are to have all that we have and need. For many families, though, the issue of homelessness is very real. Even the things we take for granted ~ comfortable beds, the warmth of a favorite quilt or a refrigerator full of food ~ are things that many families pray for each day. This Lent we invite families to join in a project called "Houses for Change." Here's how this will work: > Beginning at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 28th, "house-shaped" cardboard boxes will be available for families, along with a "blessings calendar"/activity for each day of Lent > Each family takes home their box and decorates it with whatever creative items they have at home (stickers, markers, etc.) > The "blessings calendar" will involve filling the box with change during the weeks of Lent > Filled boxes may be brought to church on Easter Sunday!
Living Generously - Youth
My experience serving with Under the Bridge was very eye opening for me. I had no idea so many people came to be fed. The program has been in motion for 27 years, and it really shows because it's a system that everyone seemed to know. I felt like I stuck out because I had no idea what was going on, but everyone (including people who were being served) told me what needed to be done, and how exactly I could help. Not only was this system just for food and drinks, it was a happy/friendly time as well. Everyone was laughing and talking and it made us happy that we got to be included in some of the fun. The people being served thanked us, blessed us, complimented us, and talked to us. It's a day of the week that other people look them in the eye and talk to them, and show them that they matter. We were all very nervous and timid at first, but once they opened up and blossomed, so did we. Under the bridge taught me that everyone smiles, no matter which side of the food you're on, and I had the opportunity to see it.
@ St. Lukeâ€™s Episcopal Church 2017
The earliest Christians observed with great devotion the events of Jesus’ life and ministry which led up to his arrest, passion, crucifixion, death, and finally, resurrection. During Holy Week, our worship services help us journey with Christ through these events. Thereby, we are made more aware of Jesus’ great love for us as he stretched out his arms on the hard wood of the cross. Keeping a holy, Holy Week also makes the joy of resurrection on Easter morning immensely more powerful. Here is the schedule of Holy Week liturgies at St. Luke’s: Palm Sunday Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem April 9
8:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 6:00pm
Monday April 10
Jesus is anointed at Bethany John 12: 1-11
Tuesday April 11
Some Greeks wish to see Jesus John 12: 20-36
Wednesday April 12
Jesus predicts his betrayal John 13: 21-32
Maundy Thur. April 13
Jesus’ last supper with his friends (Sign up for overnight prayer vigil)
Jesus is crucified
Good Friday April 14
Holy Saturday April 15
Jesus lays in the tomb until his resurrection. 6:00pm (This is the first service of Easter)
Easter April 16
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Egg Hunt at 10:30am
7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 6:00pm
Easter Egg Hunt
Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday! Sunday, April 16th ~ 10:30 a.m. On Easter morning, the front lawn of St. Luke's will be filled with hundreds of brightly colored eggs, and lots and lots of children scurrying to collect them! Children ages 1 year through 3rd grade are invited to hunt! 4th graders and older are needed to help hide eggs ahead of time, so contact Ann Allen (email@example.com) if you'd like to help! Here's what to do:
> For each child who will be joining in the hunt (1 year olds through 3rd graders) please bring one dozen filled plastic eggs to the church office by noon on Friday, April 14th
> On Easter morning, gather on the south driveway of the church~ breakfast tacos will be provided!
> The hunt will begin promptly at 10:30 on Easter Sunday morning so you don't want to be late! Children will be divided by age and areas will be marked on the lawn.
This event happens rain or shine! If it's raining, we will make use of various classrooms and areas inside for the hunt!
June 16-20 9:30 a.m. until noon **
**see Early Drop-Off and Afternoon Program below**
Mark your calendars now for this ALWAYS fun, amazing and memorable week! At Maker's Fun Factory we will spend a week leaning more about the God who created and loves us and who has a purpose for each of us! WHO CAN COME? The simple answer is anyone and everyone so please invite friends! > Children ages 3 years (by June 12th) through entering Kindergarten will be placed in multi-age groups called "Preschool Crews" > Rising 1st through 5th graders will be placed in multi-age groups called "Elementary Crews" > Rising 6th through 9th graders may serve as "Crew Helpers" > Rising 10th through 12th graders may serve as "Co-Crew Leaders" and will lead a Preschool or Elementary "Crew"| > Adults are invited to volunteer as either a "Co-Crew Leader" (with a Preschool or Elementary Crew) OR to assist with Crafts, etc.
WHAT IS THE COST? If you register by May 22nd: For children ages 3 yrs. by June 12th - Rising 5th Grade (includes a t-shirt and music CD): > $25 per child total for the entire week For Middle and High School students (includes a t-shirt): > $15 per student total for the entire week
**$75 maximum per family**
If you register after May 22nd: Same as above, but we cannot guarantee a t-shirt as we have to order them ahead!
Vacation Bible School 2017
EARLY DROP-OFF AND AFTERNOON PROGRAM St. Luke's School offers an option for early drop-off (beginning at 7:30 a.m.) and an afternoon program (noon until 4 p.m.). Registration is required for both of these options and is through St. Luke's School (www.sles-sa.org ~ see "Student Life"; "Summer at St. Luke's") HOW DO I REGISTER? You can register in several ways: 1. By filling out the form in this TIDINGS and mailing it or bringing it to the church office (forms will also be available in the narthex and church office) 2. By registering online via the church website (online registration available March 1) NOTE that Middle and High School students do need to register and space is limited, so don't wait!
*** Know that you may still register after May 22nd (so please don't hesitate to do so!) but your child/teen might be placed on a "wait list" HOW CAN I HELP? Before VBS: > Come for a "VBS Work Night" Childcare provided and dates will be posted soon! During VBS: > Come for one or more days whenever you are able to serve as a Crew Co-Leader (with a group of children) OR in the crafts, snack or games centers. > Childcare is provided for your children ages 3 years (before June 12th) and younger! Contact VBS Co-Chairs Jill Martinez (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lacey Watson (email@example.com) if you'd like to help!
Children's Christmas Pageant St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Vacation Bible School Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose June 12-16, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon*
*Early drop-off (7:30 a.m. ages 3 and up) and an afternoon program (ages 4 and up) are offered by St. Luke’s Episcopal School. Register at www.sles-sa.org.
Before May 22nd Child: 3 yrs (by June 12)–rising 5th grade Crew Helper: rising 6th-9th grade Crew Co-Leader: Rising 10th-12th grades Family Maximum:
Cost includes T-shirt & Music CD
$25 each $15 each $15 each $75/family
After May 22nd
t-shirts on first come first served basis, youth may be placed on a waiting list.
**Financial assistance is available. Please contact Ann Allen at 828-6425 at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
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Amount Due: # Child: 3 yrs – 5th grade
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Email Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Home Church: Persons authorized to pick up your child (other than parents): Name:
Known allergies or other medical conditions:
In case of emergency, I authorize St. Luke’s Episcopal Church VBS to seek emergency medical treatment for my child and to arrange transportation to the nearest medical facility. I give St. Luke’s Episcopal Church permission to use my child’s likeness in a photograph in any all of its publications, including website entries, bulletin boards, weekly newsletters, etc. Children’s names will not be used in captioning photos. I understand that if my registration is received after May 22nd, 2017, I can still register my child but my child may be placed on a waiting list.
Please mail or return this form with payment (or you may pay online) to: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Attn: Suzanna Frey/VBS 11 St. Luke’s Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209
Registrations sent by mail should be received by May 30, 2017. For Church Office Use Only: Date registration received _________ Ck # ________ Cash _________
Our Lenten Evensong features wonderful music from all periods and nationalities: Palestrina's Sicut Cervus (As the deer longs for waterbrooks) from the Italian Renaissance, Merbecke's Responses (English Golden Age), Stanford's Canticles in C (Irish Romantic), and Bairstow's (Edwardian English) poignant anthem Save us, O Lord. The service is often contemplative in style but it takes on a deeper meaning during the penitential season.
Organ Update You will have noticed the activity in the gallery as the organ is carefully reassembled. It will be approximately six weeks for the mechanical side to be complete, then the fine tuning and voicing begins. Voicing is making every single pipe (about 4000 of them) work optimally with the acoustic - loudness, resonance, speech, etc. The organ and the room work together which is why no two organs, even with identical specifications, are ever the same. We look forward to recommissioning the organ at Easter.
Choral Evensong Sunday, March 19, 4:30pm
V e s t r y
At the Annual Parish Meeting in January, the parish elected 5 members to serve 3-year terms on the Vestry. The Vestry meets monthly – usually the 3rd Monday of the month – at 6:00pm in the Large Conference Room. Here are the members of the St. Luke’s Vestry: Denise Powers – Senior Warden Howard Lutz Bill Goetz – Parish Treasurer Hollis MacDonald Heather Shipley – Secretary Steve McAllister Lindsay Bagby Marie Morgan David Cotton Robin Newman Brandon Hudson Melissa Priest Suzette Harris Doug Walton Margaret Kelley
You Can Make a Difference The ministries of St. Luke’s Church are funded primarily through the generosity of St. Luke’s parishioners and friends. Your giving allows St. Luke’s to transform lives as we teach children, guide teenagers, study scripture, visit the sick, reach out to the poor, sing God’s praise, preach the Gospel, and much, much more. Here are some simple things you can do that make a big difference in ministry funding: • Set up automatic giving. Regular giving really helps St. Luke’s cash flow. By setting up weekly or automated giving from your checking account, or debit/credit card, your donation gets made and God’s work at St. Luke’s is carried out. Call or e-mail Dave Thomas in our parish office and he will help you with this. email@example.com or (210) 828-6425. • Use your phone. We recognize that most people do not carry checkbooks or cash anymore. Feel free to use your phone on Sunday mornings, or at any other time, to make a donation to St. Luke’s. Just visit www.slecsa.org and click on the GIVE button. • Make an annual pledge. Pledging helps the Vestry and Finance Committee manage the budget for the year, and it helps each one of us make a commitment to God. If you have not made a pledge for 2017, you can do it on-line at www.slecsa.org. • Remember St. Luke’s in your will. There are a multitude of ways to give a gift to St. Luke’s that will continue to transform lives for years to come. Through life insurance policies, appreciated assets, IRA distributions, property, and more, you can often enjoy tax benefits now even as your gift is given later. For more information contact the Rector or Dave Thomas at (210) 828-6425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the Body Welcome the newley baptized: Eleanor Ruth Blazi Isla Lee Sobczyk Evelyn Sue Blische Clay Stephen Kepchar Davis Michael Palmer Reina Grace Nelson Welcome the new members of St. Luke's:
Amanda Perkins Richard Carr Jennifer, Francisco, Daniel, Sebastian, Elsa Robelo John Naylon For more information on being baptized or having your child baptized at St. Luke's, contact Sara Carrizales, Clergy Secretary, at email@example.com. Upcoming Baptism dates are April 15th, May 7th, June 4th, and July 2nd.
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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 11 St. Luke’s Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210)828-6425 | www.slecsa.org The Rev. David G. Read, Rector - firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Degollado, Facilities Manager - email@example.com
The Rev. Michael Koehler, Assistant to the Rector - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Allen, Children’s Ministries - email@example.com
Sara Carrizales, Clergy Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Meschko, Youth Ministry - email@example.com
Tom McLaughlin, Head of School - firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanna Frey, Assistant to Christian Formation - email@example.com
Russell Jackson, Music Director & Organist - firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Kittrell Director of Communications - email@example.com
Dr. David Heller, Associate Organist - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Thomas, Parish Administrator - email@example.com Rhonda Jordan, Parish Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
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