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The bulletin for the service for March 26th, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, is posted below. 

To read or download bulletins from previous weeks, click here to go to the Bulletins page.

THIS WEEK’S PARISH NEWS – March 26 – April 2 (**New Items, *Revised Items)

*Reflections, our Sunday afternoon service, will take place TODAY, March 26th at 4:30 pm – This month’s Reflections will feature local flutist, Soile Stratkauskas. Finnish-born Soile is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Victoria Baroque music ensemble. She has performed with many prominent period instrument orchestras in the UK, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort and Players, and has toured in Europe with these groups. Soile moved to Victoria in 2010 and has since established herself as the leading baroque flutist on the Canadian West Coast. Please invite your friends to join you for this month’s special Reflections. The readings, prayers, and music of this Reflection Time will calm your spirit and soothe your soul.

*Thank you for your donations to Earthquake Relief for Turkey and Syria As of March 20th, we have received $694 in donations including the money donated at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, donations at Fantastic Friday, and donations from parishioners in their envelopes. Also please continue to fill your Loonies for Lent boxes with any loose change (including loonies, toonies, notes - whatever you can manage). Extra Loonies for Lent boxes are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you don’t have one yet. As well as filling your Loonies for Lent box, you can make a donation to St. Luke’s to be put towards Earthquake Relief by: Cheque or cash in your envelope (put it in the collection plate on Sunday, mail it, or drop off at the hall) - please note on your cheque or envelope that it is for the Earthquake Relief; E-Transfer (from your bank account) - note that it is for the Earthquake Relief; or Credit Card (Canada Helps) - choose Earthquake Relief.

**Donations for Flowers for Easter – The Altar Guild is requesting donations toward flowers to decorate the church for Easter. Donations can be made in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a special event, or as a thanks offering. Please contact Ann Séguin by Tuesday, April 4th to make a donation for flowers for Easter. 

Calling Those Who Would Like to Try Reading as well as regular readers – We need 14 readers for the Stations of the Cross service on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30 pm. During this service we move around to the fourteen different stations and a passage (some short, some longer) is read at each station. If you haven’t been a regular reader yet, this could be a time for you to try something new and sign up to read for this service. If you are interested, please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church.

**Easter Food Drive for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen – The Kitchen is inviting community members such as all of us at St. Luke’s to join in their annual Easter Food Drive Campaign. Donation suggestions include: canned beans (chickpeas, black beans, and kidney beans are great!); canned fruit and vegetables; cans of fish or meat; instant meals; granola bars and cereal; pasta and pasta sauce; peanut butter; oil/vinegar; juice, coffee, herbal tea; rice, oats, and other grains. Please continue to fill the basket at the back of the church and in the hall to help keep the Kitchen Pantry Program shelves stocked for the months to come with healthy food for families. See more information at the News page.   

*Palm/Passion Sunday Services Sunday, April 2nd will be at 8 am and 10 am. Weather permitting, we will gather outside at St. Luke’s prior to the 10 am service and have a Palm Procession into the church.  

Holy Week Services – A Stations of the Cross service will be held on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30 pm. The Maundy Thursday service on April 6th will also be at 7:30 pm. There will not be a morning service on Thursday, April 6th. The Good Friday service will be at 10 am on April 7th.  

Easter Vigil with Church of the Cross – Holy Saturday, April 8th at 7:30 pm at Church of the Cross. We are pleased that we are able to again share the Easter Vigil service with Church of the Cross. We hope that many people from St. Luke’s will attend.  

Services on Easter Sunday will be at 8 am, 10 am, and 2:30 pm. The 8 am and 10 am services will be communion services. The 10 am service will feature special music including Ben Parker playing the trumpet, Erika Simpson singing a solo, and the choir singing an anthem. The 2:30 pm Celebrate Easter Family Service will be  a short, child-friendly service, followed by an Easter Egg hunt.  

Save the Date for St. Luke’s Spring Fair Saturday, April 29th, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This year’s Spring Fair will feature a Coronation Tribute area on the stage, where we will display and sell Royal memorabilia. Please consider what you can donate to our sale, including this type of memorabilia, plants, vintage garments etc. as well as all the usual treasures and goodies. Thanks for your support for this major fundraiser. If you have questions, please talk to Carol Turnham. 

*The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the HolidaysPresented by St. Luke’s Players. Last performance is today, March 26th, at 2:00 pm. Billed as a murderous comedy, tickets for this play are available through EventBrite or at the door. See more information at the News page.    

It’s Time to Make Jams and Jellies for the Spring Fair, which will be on April 29th. If you need jars, or have extra jars, please call Pat Bates.  

Reusable Grocery Bags Needed by the Shelbourne Community Kitchen – The reusable grocery bag supply at the Shelbourne Community Kitchen is running very low and they want to do their part to reduce waste and save costs at the Kitchen. They will gratefully accept reusable grocery tote bags and paper or plastic bags, grocery-size only. Reusable bags can be added to the collection baskets for the Kitchen in the church and the hall.