Lent and SUMMER at Easter ST. LUKE'S
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Contents FROM THE RECTOR The Rev. David. G. Read DATES TO KNOW SUMMER DISCUSSION GIVING AND GATHERINGS VBS 2017 VBS REGISTRATION FORM HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2018 2017 MISSION TRIP SHARE SALE WHAT ST. LUKE'S YOUTH GROUP MEANS TO ME Blakeley Pogue MUSIC Russell Jackson ST. LUKE'S COLUMBARIUM VESTRY WELCOME TO THE BODY
From the Rector
Easter at St. Luke’s Church was absolutely glorious! The powerful and moving Holy Week liturgies that preceded Easter allowed us to walk with Jesus on the journey that led to the cross, the grave, and ultimately to resurrection. From the celebration of baptisms by candlelight on Saturday night to the crowd of people at sunrise; from the beautiful flowers and inspiring music to the abundant breakfast tacos and eggs to hunt; it was a beautiful celebration of new and renewed life. I am so grateful to our musicians, sextons, altar guild, St. Francis’ Guild, vergers, acolytes, parish staff, layreaders, lay eucharistic ministers, ushers, and countless others who made Holy Week and Easter such a holy and beautiful experience at St. Luke’s. I am also so grateful to each one of you who invited or brought a visitor or guest with you during Holy Week and Easter. Jesus’ primary call to us is to fish for people, and many of you did just that by inviting family, friends, and acquaintances to experience new life in Christ this Easter. All of our Sunday morning Easter services were larger than in previous years. Summer is right around the corner. In addition to some of our great summer traditions like Vacation Bible School, St. Luke’s Church has a full schedule of worship, formation opportunities to grow your faith, and great fellowship gatherings where you can meet other members of this parish family in casual settings. While many of our members and friends will be out-of-town for part of the summer, I hope you will continue to grow in grace at St. Luke’s when you are in town. I invite you to put a big star on your calendars and plan to worship at St. Luke’s on Sunday, July 30. On that Sunday, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop & Primate of The Episcopal Church, will be the Preacher and Celebrant at St. Luke’s Church. Presiding Bishop Curry is one of the most inspiring preachers I have ever heard, and St. Luke’s is truly blessed to have him visit. Stay tuned for more information regarding his visit and the schedule of worship and events for that weekend. Once again St. Luke’s will practice “come as you are” during these hot summer months. Avoid fights with your children (or parents) over uncomfortable dress shoes, ties, or formal attire. Shorts, sandals, and T-shirts are welcome. After all, Jesus loves us just as we are. Going to the lake for the weekend or just want to sleep late on Sunday morning? Remember that St. Luke’s has a very informal celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 6:00pm each Sunday evening. Again, casual attire is always welcome at this service. I pray your heart is filled with the joy of Christ’s resurrection and pray your summer months are a time of physical rest and spiritual restoration.
THE REV. DAVID G. READ firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates to Know May 8th • WOSL Luncheon Women of St. Luke's (WOSL) Annual Meeting and Green Door Appreciation Lunch will be on Monday, May 8th, 11:30 a.m. at La Fonda on Main. May 15th • St. Francis Guild Luncheon 11 AM @ home of Ann Mewborne May 16th • Lunch Bunch Featuring Cappy Lawton - 12 PM in Parlor
June 7th • VBS Work Night 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Come help transform St. Luke's into a Fun Factory! Help get VBS decorations and craft supplies ready. Dinner will be provided, please bring a side or dessert to share. Childcare will also be provided for children kinder and under, elementary-aged shildren are welcome to come and help! June 11 • New Preaching Series & Disscusion Class
June 12-16 • Vacation Bible School May 21st • Senior Recognition & 5th Grade Stepping Up Info and registration form on the VBS pages! 11 AM service May 21st • Choral Evensong 4:30 PM May 25th • 8th Grade Graduation @ St. Luke's School June 3rd • Investiture of Bishop David Reed as Diocesan Bishop. 2 PM at TMI Chapel June 4th • Pentecost Wear Red!
June 14th • St. Luke's Family Night @ The Cove June 23-July 2 • Mission Trip to Haiti Look into buying "shares" in the Haiti Trip to hep fund the trip! Turn to the Mission Trip Stock Sale page of this issue for more info. July 12th • For Adults: Wine Tasting & Gathering August 13th • Family Splash and Grill
All Sunday services will continue through the Summer 8 AM, 9 AM, 11 AM, & 6 PM
New Preaching Series & Discussion Class
June 11 –
“I am the bread of life.”
June 18 –
“I am the light of the world.”
June 25 –
“I am the gate.”
July 2 -
“I am the Good Shepherd.”
July 9 -
“I am the resurrection and the life.”
July 16 -
“I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6)
July 23 -
“I am the true vine.”
July 30 – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches The Most Rev. Michael Curry, 27th Presiding Bishop & Primate of The Episcopal Church, will be the Preacher and Celebrant at St. Luke’s Church on Sunday, July 30. On Saturday, Presiding Bishop Curry will be the chief consecrator at the ordination of The Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson who was elected Bishop Suffragan last February. On Sunday morning he will preside and preach at St. Luke’s. Before his election to be Presiding Bishop in 2015, Bishop Curry served as Bishop of North Carolina. He is well-known as an inspiring and powerful preacher. More information regarding the schedule of worship and events surrounding Bishop Curry’s visit will be published and announced soon. Save the date and plan on attending!
The clergy of St. Luke’s will be doing something brand new this summer: A preaching series. The 7-week series is entitled, “Who do you say I am?” Starting Sunday, June 11, the sermon will focus on one of the 7 occasions in the Gospel of John where Jesus describes himself and his mission by saying, “I am _______.” In each of these passages, Jesus shares a powerful image of his mission to the world, and his relationship to us. At 10:00am, during the Sunday School hour, the clergy will lead a discussion of the same passage in the Parlors, allowing the opportunity to dive deeper into these rich scripture passages. Sunday school for children and youth will also be offered during these sessions in the Large Conference Room. Here is a schedule of the preaching series topics:
Giving & Gathering
Summer Fellowship Gatherings St. Luke’s has planned 3 opportunities for the parish family to gather for fun, fellowship, and building up our community. Save these dates and watch for more detailed information to come your way soon. These are great opportunities to invite others to come and see St. Luke’s Church: Wednesday, June 14 – St. Luke’s Family Night at The Cove Wednesday, July 12 – For adults: Wine Tasting & Gathering Sunday, August 13 – Family Splash & Grill at St. Luke’s
Giving at St. Luke's As you can see from this issue of Tidings, the ministries of St. Luke’s Church do not really slow down during the summer months. In fact, in some areas of our parish life, ministry increases during the summertime. Even as our ministries continue during the summer, our cash flow often goes down as individuals and families travel. Since the vast majority of funding for all of St. Luke’s ministries comes from the generosity of parishioners and friends, St. Luke’s Church especially needs your help to continue to serve Christ through transformative education, compassionate care, and inspiring worship and music during the summer. Here are some very simple things you can do that make a big difference in funding ministries during the summer, and throughout the year. • Have you made a financial commitment to St. Luke’s for 2017? Pray about it, and then visit the church website at www.slecsa.org to make your pledge for the remainder of 2017. This helps the finance committee budget accurately and helps your heart and soul as you strive to live generously and faithfully. • Give regularly. Giving weekly or monthly helps keep you connected to what God is doing at St. Luke’s, and helps fund ministries regularly. • Use your phone, I-pad, or computer to give when you are away, or at any time. Simply visit the website and click on the GIVE button. Feel free to use your phone in worship to make your offerings. • Sign up for automated giving from your debit/credit card, checking account, or other bank account by calling or e-mailing Dave Thomas at (210) 828-6425 or email@example.com.
June 12-16 9:00 a.m. - noon** This year's theme is Maker's Fun Factory! Throughout this amazing week, children (ages 3 years by June 12th) through rising 5th grade will have a chance to create and to learn that they were especially created by God and "built for a purpose!" Middle and High School youth are invited to serve as "Crew Leaders and Helpers."
Details about registering, as well as an opportunity for early drop-off and an afternoon program are listed below, but we also need many, many helping hands! Opportunities abound, time commitments are flexible and the reward is beyond incredible ~ what could be better than that?! Here are some ways you can help ~ any or all of them would be appreciated! If you are able to work during the week of VBS, you may volunteer for as many days as you are able (whether one day or all five!). Childcare is provided for infants through young 3-yearolds (3 years old after June 12th).
Helping Hands Needed: During the week of VBS * Serve as a "Crew Leader" (this is probably our #1 need!) Together with a High School Crew Leader you will guide a group of children through the morning activities. Everything you need will be provided! * Help in the Crafts rotation area during the week of VBS. All supplies are provided! Before VBS * Help with crafts and decorations preparations on our "VBS Work Night" Wednesday, June 7th from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Dinner and childcare will be provided!
Signing up to help is easy! You may:
1. Follow the link under "Upcoming Events" on the church website (www.slecsa.org)
2. Indicate your willingness to volunteer when you register your child for VBS online
3. Contact Suzanna Frey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will send you the VBS volunteer link!
Vacation Bible School
Scholarship Assistance * Help a child attend this amazing week who might not otherwise be able to come! The cost for one child is just $25, and checks may be made out to St. Luke's, noting "VBS Scholarships"
VBS Details Registration You may register your child or Teen in either of these ways:
1. Online via the church website (www.slecsa.org) Online registrations will only be available through June 9th
2. In person by filling out a bright lime green VBS registration form available in the narthex and in the church office NOTE that there is a limit of 50 Middle and High School Helpers! Early Drop-off and Afternoon Program Early morning care (beginning at 7:30 a.m.) and an afternoon program (noon until 4 p.m.) are offered through St. Luke's School. Register through the School website: www.sles-sa.org
Summer Sundays for Children June 4th through August 13th
"Rising" Kindergartners through 5th graders will all gather together for a fun and exciting time of crafts, stories and activities as they learn more about who Jesus is and who he says that WE are! Volunteers are needed to help teach! The lessons and all the supplies you need will be provided. If you can help on one or more of these summer Sundays, contact Ann Allen (email@example.com). Here are the dates: June 4th; June 11th; June 18th; June 25th; July 2nd; July 9th; July 16th; July 23rd; July 30th; August 6th; and August 13th.
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.**
Please PRINT: Child/Teen Name
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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 _________
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Nov. 23 Dec. 4, 2018 CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER, JERUSALEM
The Trip of a Lifetime By: The Rev. David Read
The Rev. David Read is planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018, and you are invited to come along. Pilgrims on this 12-day journey will stay 4 nights at St. George’s Cathedral Guesthouse in Jerusalem – just blocks from the Old City, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall, and the Dome of the Rock. The group will then travel to Nazareth with stops at Bethlehem and Jericho. In Nazareth, pilgrims will stay at the Sisters of Nazareth guesthouse for 3 nights – visiting Mary’s home, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Jordan River, and the Mount of Beatitudes.
The group will then return to Jerusalem for two more nights to walk the Way of the Cross and visit the Garden of Gethsemane and Mount of Olives. On several evenings, guest lecturers will lecture from Jewish, Palestinian, and Muslim perspectives on the current Palestinian-Israeli relationship. Pilgrims will depart San Antonio on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 (the day after Thanksgiving) and return on Dec. 4. This is the trip of a lifetime and will transform your faith. If you are at all interested in making this trip, send an e-mail to David at email@example.com to let him know you are interested.
*There will be an informational meeting for all interested persons on May 21st at 12:15PM in the Large Conference Room.
Pilgrims will visit the holiest site in Judaism – the Western Wall. Pilgrims will also visit the holiest site in Christianity – the place of Jesus’ burial and resurrection (below).
2017 Mission Trip Share Sale YOU have an incredible opportunity to become a "shareholder" in the upcoming mission trip to Haiti! Buying shares is a way to invest in the mission and help the missionaries with expenses. The cost is $25 per share. You will recieve a share certificate that entitles you to pray for and encourage the participants. The reward for your efforts will be a Shareholders Dinner after the trip, where a presentation will show how your investment did! If you are interested in buying shares, speak to someone going to Haiti, click the banner at www.slecsa.org, or email Glenn Meschko at firstname.lastname@example.org
What St. Luke's Youth Group Means to Me by: Blakeley Pogue, age 10 Where can you find laughter, fun times and lasting friendships? St. Luke's Episcopal Youth Group of course! Fun games, singing songs, and cool crafts galore! But the best is we get to hang out with our awesome Youth Leader Glenn Meschko! He teaches us about the Lord and how faith relates to our everyday lives (with some spare time for the fun and games!). In my personal experience at Youth Group, we have had fun doing many things like playing 'SNAP, CRACKLE, POP' and a fun team building game where we had to find a way to get from one side of a room to the other by only touching a few pieces of paper on the floor! We eventually made it work, but it took us a little while...and that is when I really bonded with my new Youth Group friends. I now know I will always count them as my friends even if my other friends are not always there for me. I look forward to going each and every Wednesday and hope you join us sometime too!
The Organ We are now in the final stages of the pipe organ reinstallation. It has been a long process which can't really be rushed. However, individual pipes are now being tuned and balanced with each other, wind leaks sealed, and actions adjusted. Exciting times lay ahead!
Choir Trip The Choir sang a Lenten Choral Evensong in Victoria at the invitation of Stephen Carson. His church (St. Francis) and Trinity Episcopal get together for their Lenten Series and "Music" was the topic this year. They don't have a regular Evensong service so this was something fresh for them, and they turned out in great numbers.
On the bus to Victoria
Next Evensong We finish this term with an Evensong for the Ascension. Ascension Day is probably the most overlooked red-letter feast day in the calendar. So we will recognize it with Gerald Finzi's magnificent anthem, "God is gone up with a triumphant shout." An English post-romantic, Finzi excels at exquisite word painting.
Ve s t r y N o t e s
At a regular meeting of St. Luke’s Vestry on April 24, 2017, the following agenda items were discussed or acted upon: Present: Denise Powers, Doug Walton, David Cotton, Lindsay Bagby, Hollis McDonald, Bill Goetz (Treasurer), Margaret Kelley, Robin Newman, Marie Morgan, Heather Shipley, Dave Thomas (Parish Administrator), Dana Hamilton (President of Women of St. Luke’s), The Rev. David Read (Rector). Excused: Steve McAlister, Melissa Priest, Howard Lutz, Brandon Hudson. Fe Nouvo Design: Cookie Harris shared her vision for ministering in San Antonio to people who are overlooked, outcast, and living in poverty – especially in the 78207 zip code. The vision includes employing unemployed or underemployed men and women to design and build furniture from cast-off pallets. The Vestry discussed how St. Luke’s might partner in this life-transforming outreach ministry. Breakout Groups: Vestry members spent 15 minutes in subcommittees: Administration, Buildings & Grounds, and Mission. Rector’s Time: David Read shared worship attendance figures for Holy Week and Easter. Attendance for the week was up 16.4% over 2016. He also shared information regarding the number of burial services St. Luke’s is hosting, and plans for summer worship, Sunday School, and fellowship. The Vestry held a brief executive session. Administration Subcommittee: Hollis McDonald reviewed the year-to-date financial reports from the Finance Committee. Total pledge commitments for 2017 have surpassed 2016. St. Luke’s financial challenge is cash flow, and encouraging members and friends to give monthly throughout the year would help this challenge – especially during the summer months. The Vestry adopted a recommendation to change the words “co-chair” to “assistant treasurer” in the Finance Committee charter. Bill Bangert will serve in this role. The minutes from March 20 were adopted as written. Mission Subcommittee: Margaret Kelley summarized the discussion in the subcommittee of the Fe Nouvo vision and suggested inviting a representative from Good Samaritan Community Services to a future vestry meeting.
Buildings & Grounds: The next meeting regarding hail damage and an insurance claim on the roof is May 11. The committee hopes to move forward this summer in a joint effort with the school to provide 2 new sets of steps in the north parking lot to make access to the narthex and to the school safer. Women of St. Luke’s: Dana Hamilton reported that the Women of St. Luke’s luncheon and Green Door appreciation event is May 8 at La Fonda on Main. Jane Fleischer will be president next year and Jill Martinez will serve as president-elect. Church-School Liaison: Suzette Harris reported that the school hosted a 70th anniversary dinner at the Bishop Jones Center, and a Celebrate St. Luke’s! event last week. The slate of trustees for next year has been finalized and will come to the vestry for approval next month.
Next Vestry meeting: May 15th at 6:00 PM
St. Luke's Columbarium From earliest times, the Church has set apart eternal resting places for the faithful departed. In many colonial churches, the church building is surrounded by church yards where headstones give witness to the members of the Communion of Saints and Jesus’ promise of eternal life. In keeping with this tradition, St. Luke’s Church built both indoor and outdoor columbariums. These sacred spaces have been set apart for the permanent interment of the cremated remains of saints – near the very place where they have been baptized, married, and nurtured in the Christian faith. Any past or present communicant of St. Luke’s, or any member of his or her immediate family, is eligible for interment in St. Luke’s columbariums. Each niche in the indoor columbarium holds one urn, while each niche in the outdoor columbarium holds two urns. While most of the niches in the indoor columbarium have already been purchased, from time-to-time, niches do become available. There are many available niches in various locations in the outdoor columbarium. The cost of each niche – whether indoor or outdoor – is $2,000. If you would like more information about purchasing a columbarium niche please contact Dave Thomas, Parish Administrator at (210) 828-6425 or email@example.com.
Welcome to the Body Welcome the newly baptized: Kimberly Ann Erika Powell Margaret Grace Landis Ramsey Wells Smith Wesley John Baldauf Ada Louise Stephens Welcome the new members of St. Luke's: Lynne McMillan Michael McMillan David Baldauf Kendra Thomas Denise Henry
For more information on being baptized or having your child baptized at St. Luke's, contact The. Rev David Read, Rector, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming Baptism dates are June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th, & November 26th
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Ann Allen, Children’s Ministries - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Michael Koehler, Assistant to the Rector - email@example.com
Glenn Meschko, Youth Ministry - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom McLaughlin, Head of School - email@example.com
Suzanna Frey, Assistant to Christian Formation - firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell Jackson, Music Director & Organist - email@example.com
Daniel Kittrell Director of Communications - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. David Heller, Associate Organist - email@example.com
David Thomas, Parish Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Degollado, Facilities Manager - email@example.com
Rhonda Jordan, Parish Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
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