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THIS WEEK’S PARISH NEWS – February 23 – 29 (**New Items, *Revised Items)
*Potluck Light Lunch and Annual Vestry Meeting TODAY following the 10:30 am service. The meeting will start at approximately 12:30 pm.
*If you didn’t get one last week, please pick up a copy of the AGM Reports Package and bring it to the Vestry meeting.
*Palm Crosses from Last Year – A basket for your palm crosses from last year is on the table at the back of the church. The palm crosses from last year will be burned after the Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper (February 25th) to be used as ashes for Ash Wednesday.
*Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – February 25th – This year we will celebrate Shrove Tuesday at Church of the Cross with our friends at Church of the Cross. The supper will start at 5:00 pm. Please bring a pancake topping to share and add your name to the signup sheet at the back of the church so that we know how many people to set up for. Donations will go towards Victoria Women’s Transition House Society.
Ash Wednesday, February 26th – Services will be at 10:30 am (in the chapel at St. Luke’s) and 7:00 pm (at Church of the Cross).
**Fantastic Friday – It’s Fantastic Friday time again on March 6th from 4:30-6:30 pm in the hall. Fantastic Fridays are held on the first Friday of the month through to June. Invite your friends, neighbours, children, and grandchildren to join in the fun and find out why these Fridays are fantastic! Dinner is included. For more information or to offer to help (always greatly appreciated!), please talk to Leslie Flynn, Barb Prescott, or Sharon Hallsor.
**Our next Taizé Services will be on March 8th at 7 pm. Come and experience the peace of this special service of music and prayer. Everyone welcome.
**Attic Treasures Vintage Market – An exciting new fundraiser. Saturday, March 28, 10:00am - 4:00pm in St. Luke’s hall. Space rented to Vendors as well as our own booth. We’d appreciate your donations: Anything vintage, clothing, accessories etc. Downton Tea Room in the lounge, Roving Fashion Show by Heritage Productions, Antique Cars’ Display, and Live Music will add to the fun! Admission $2.00.
**We need your help: Set-up Friday, March 27 from 1:30pm; take-down Saturday 4:00 pm, selling at our booth, selling tickets, or serving tea in the Tea Room in a Downton-style maid’s outfit (provided)! For Further Information: contact Carol Turnham or Lyn Oldale, Convenors; Dorothy Barlow St. Luke’s Sales; Sandra Lindberg Downton Tea Room; Ray Lett Set-up and Parking.
*Support for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen in February and March – St. Luke’s has chosen February and March as months when we will provide extra support to the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. See list below of the Kitchen’s most needed pantry items. Items can be brought to the church on Sunday or added to the basket in the hall. Monetary support is also appreciated. To make a tax receiptable donation, please note on your cheque payable to St. Luke’s or your envelope that your donation is for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen.
Shelbourne Community Kitchen’s Most Needed Items – The Pantry at the Kitchen is a food distribution program for individuals and families who are living on a low income, and do not have reliable access to sufficient, nutritious food. Items currently needed are: nut butters and jams; sauces, including pasta sauce and salad dressings; canned meat and fish; and healthy packable lunch foods such as granola bars, fruit cups or natural foods. Items can be left in the Shelbourne Community Kitchen basket at the back of the church or in the basket in the hall.
**Tours of the Shelbourne Community Kitchen– We have booked two times on Friday, March 27th to tour the Kitchen – either at 10 am or at 2 pm. Space is limited. To book your place on a tour, please contact Barb Prescott.
Heads Up, July 6th–10th will be our Amazing Journey 2020 Summer Day Camp for Elementary and Pre-school aged children. We are planning this morning program with Church of the Cross and St. George’s. This year's theme will be A Summer Adventure Through the Woods and the camp will be at Lutheran Church of the Cross. Early Bird registration will start April 1st and fees will be $30/first child; $25/second child; $20/third child. After the Early Registration deadline in June, the fees will be $10 more per child. More information will be available soon. Questions? Please contact Sharon Hallsor, Barb Prescott, or Leslie Flynn.
Cookies Needed – Thank you to those who made or bought cookies for the Pet Café at UVic in the fall. Cookies are needed again now for the Pet Café. Cookies can be dropped off and put in the freezer at St. Luke’s. Please let Bonnie or Barb Prescott know that you have dropped off cookies and Barb will make sure they get to UVic. The cookies are greatly appreciated and a way that we can help support the Anglican Campus Spirituality at UVic.
Save the Dates – Preparations for the 4th annual Garden Sale Fundraiser for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen at St. Aidan’s United Church are in full swing. The big day is Saturday, May 2nd, a week after our own Spring Fair on April 25th. If you have questions about our Spring Fair, please talk to Carol Turnham or Lois George. Questions about the Shelbourne Community Kitchen Garden Sale Fundraiser? Please talk to Barb Prescott.
**Spring has Sprung in St. Luke’s Cemetery – The snowdrops are blooming on the hillside in the cemetery with the daffodils soon to follow and the Christmas arrangements on the graves are now looking out of place. If you placed an arrangement on a family grave before Christmas, could you please recover it before the middle of March. The Cemetery Committee will remove any seasonal arrangements remaining on the graves after the middle of March.