St. Luke’s News
Diocesan Synod of the Northeast
St. Luke’s Church had the honor of hosting the Northeast Diocesan Synod on October 26th – 28th. Lee Garre did an outstanding job of organizing the multi-day event aided by volunteers from St. Luke’s who assisted with setup, registration, and ushering. Attendees delivered many compliments on the beautiful St. Luke’s building and how well it is kept up. This was a fine tribute to the all the Jr. Wardens who have served and to the many volunteers who work tirelessly both inside and outside the building.
The women of the diocese voted to send the Deo Gratias contributions, which amounted to $1600 this year, to Bishop Garcia of the Diocese of Puerto Rico. These funds, along with over $20,000 from the International Anglican Fellowship, will help with rebuilding efforts after hurricane Maria tore through the island in September. In addition, many physical items for equipping the churches have been donated and delivered by the I.A.F.
From Fr. Merrill Perkins –
Many thanks to all those who have already made contributions to the Puerto Rico relief effort! More contributions will always be gratefully welcomed; please send donations to: Erv Lischke, IAF Executive Director / 1760 Red Crow Rd., Victor, MT 59875.
Many thanks in advance, and blessings to all.
The featured speaker at the Friday night synod banquet was Fr. Drinkwater of Mechanic Falls, Maine. His story is a fascinating one and truly shows God’s willingness to help us grow where we are planted.
Father Drinkwater and a friend, Barry Vail, decided one day that they should start a church. They took out a road map, put a finger in the air, and came down on Mechanic Falls. The two men and their wives started searching for a venue for this new church and were directed by the town selectmen to the Historic Society to inquire about an abandoned Congregational Church building. After making their case, the town gave them the building along with a working pipe organ. The foursome set to work cleaning, painting, and filling the oil tank. With the assistance of Fr. Monroe of St. Margaret’s in North Conway and with supplies from Yorkies Closet the church gradually took shape. The first service held was on the first Sunday in Advent in 2016, and since then the congregation of 4 has risen to 30! At Synod in 2016, Fr. Drinkwater and his congregation asked for membership in the Diocese of the Northeast as a mission. This year at Synod they applied for full status, and it was granted.
St. Hubert’s Day
In honor of St. Hubert’s Day, Rhona and Christian Hettinger, both accomplished riders, wore their formal riding clothes on Sunday.
Saint Hubertus or Hubert (c. 656 – 30 May 727) became Bishop of Liège in 708 AD. He is a Christian saint who is the patron saint of hunters, mathematicians, opticians, and metalworkers. St. Hubert’s wife died giving birth to their son, and Hubert retreated from the court, withdrew into the forest, and gave himself up entirely to hunting. But a great spiritual revolution was imminent. On Good Friday morning, when the faithful were crowding the churches, Hubert sallied forth to the chase. As he was pursuing a magnificent stag, the animal turned and, as the pious legend narrates, he was astounded at perceiving a crucifix standing between its antlers, while he heard a voice saying: “Hubert, unless thou turnest to the Lord, and leadest an holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into hell”. Hubert dismounted, prostrated himself and said, “Lord, what wouldst Thou have me do?” He received the answer, “Go and seek Lambert, and he will instruct you.”
During Hubert’s religious vision, the stag is said to have lectured Hubert into holding animals in higher regard and having compassion for them as God’s creatures with a value in their own right. Such is the legacy of Hubert who still today is taught and held in high regard in hunter education courses. Saint Hubert is venerated every year by the Hunts in formal ceremonies.
Flag Pole Flies the Christian Flag
A flag pole and Christian flag has been donated by Lil Power in memory of Mel Power. Mel was a long-time member of St. Luke’s Church, a faithful, Christian gentleman who gave unreservedly to the church, and was a friend to all.
The vestry respectfully asks parishioners to return pledge cards by Sunday, November 12. The sole purpose of pledging is to provide those preparing the budget for next year with an estimate, as accurately as possible, of the church’s income.
For those of you who use Amazon.com for your shopping, Amazon will contribute a percentage of your shopping expenditures (.05%) to the International Anglican Fellowship. It is easy to sign up, and your shopping experience will not change. Go to Smile.amazon.com and follow the simple directions. Questions? Ask Doug Sleeper – email@example.com
November Share Donations
Fr. James Long, St. Luke’s associate priest in Indonesia sent this newsletter. It is a bit lengthy but interesting to see what God can accomplish for people of faith. What challenges they must be facing we can only imagine. As one of their Iranian parishioners says in this newsletter, “People sacrifice their time for Jesus, in Iran we sacrifice our lives.
September 2017 Newsletter
We have lots to share with you about our ministry, but first, we must give thanks to God for sparing all of our loved ones from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We pray for those who did indeed suffer loss and ask God to provide for their every need. We are also grateful that Anna, catching a respiratory virus this month, did not fall prey to pneumonia. She seems to suffer from viral-induced asthma, but recovers with the help of nebulizer treatments and medicine that we are able to get at the nearby hospital. Praise God!
Jesus tells us not to be anxious about our lives. This passage found in Matthew 6 has been repeating itself in my Bible studies, Jim’s devotions, and even exhortations from friends. Jim and I prayed on it last week and within an hour, we received word that two new monthly partners had signed up to support us financially! “And your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” We are incredibly thankful for the gifts from family and friends that bring us together in the service of His kingdom.
These past two months have been exciting ones with many answered prayers and new opportunities. We are finally approved and all paperwork completed on our one year Visa! It feels like we can now “get on with life!” The kids are happy to be back in school, making new friends and enjoying different activities. Nanci is ever busy with managing the household, teaching Sunday School and organizing church events, as well as leading two weekly Bible studies. Three new ladies from Korea have joined the study that focuses on improving their English while studying the Bible. Seoyeon, seen in the picture above, is a fruit of this endeavor. It was an incredibly special baptism service in that the Archbishop of Melbourne was with us to give the blessing!
Providence Anglican Church continues to pray for a more permanent place to worship, but what fun to meet at a local restaurant in the meantime! This in turn, has opened up an opportunity for Jim to lead a youth group, of sorts, every other Saturday night. The restaurant owner sees that the young people need solid Biblical teaching in order to navigate life and so has initiated this outreach. Don’t you love how God works!?
Please note in the forefront of this picture, two of our Iranian members. They were helping to lead worship in Farsi! This past Saturday, at our church family Bible study, Jim was teaching and having it translated for our refugee group. We were studying Abraham and his call to “Go.” Everyone weighed in on what Abraham left behind when he obeyed God…family, country, possessions and then each of us shared our personal sacrifices. Our refugee brother commented, “People sacrifice their time for Jesus, in Iran we sacrifice our lives.”
Yes, stop and pray.
Sunday, we opened the doors of our church to a group of refugees from Afghanistan. They found Christ in Indonesia and live quietly, hoping to avoid trouble back home for their families because of their conversion. They have absolutely nothing here and must wait for a ticket to an accepting country. Our little group simply offered them fellowship over a meal and the safety of a Christian community. PAC may not be growing by leaps and bounds or in wealth or status, but we certainly are growing in love.
Ephesians 4: 15-16 ” Rather, speaking the truth in love we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
Thank you for praying for us as a family and for our ministry with Providence Anglican Church in Jakarta! Be sure to follow our blog posts http://samsusa.org/category/indonesia/ and if you feel God leading you to partner with us in this ministry, we invite you to visit the SAMS page to contribute financially. https://secure-q.net/Donations/SAMS/16230
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Jim, Nanci, Anna, George, Mary, and Della
8:30am – Holy Eucharist
10:00am – Holy Eucharist
Tuesday at 5:45pm
– Soup and Bible Study
Thursday at 11:00am
Saturday at 11:00am
– Bible Study
Join with the prayer team each week following the 10:00 service at the back of the church.
In depth healing prayer
The first Saturday of every month at 12:30 – Come experience the power of healing, soaking prayer.
The choir rehearses at 9:15 Sunday morning and sings at the 10:00 service. All are welcome to participate.
Submitted by: Jill Slocum