The bulletin for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost is posted below.
To read or download bulletins from previous weeks, click here to go to the Bulletins page.
THIS WEEK’S PARISH NEWS – October 31 – November 7 (**New Items, *Revised Items)
**Next Sunday, October 31st, Bishop Anna will be visiting St. Luke’s for the in-person Eucharist service starting at 10 am.
*Anyone wishing to attend next Sunday's service will need to register by phoning (250-477-6741) or e-mailing the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 11 am this Friday. (This will help us manage our capacity limits at this time.) You will need to wear a mask, be distanced in the church except within family groups or established bubbles, and use hand sanitizer when entering the church. The Bishop encourages those who are unvaccinated to watch the online services.
*Thank you to the Altar Guild members and all who helped decorate the church for the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival on October 10th.. The church looked beautiful, decorated with produce and all of the food donations for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. Please see pictures and a letter of thanks from the Shelbourne Community Kitchen at the News page. The letter is also posted on the bulletin board in the hall.
*Parish Office Transitions – The Parish Executive is pleased to announce that Mr. Andrew Lloyd has taken on the position of Parish Administrator. Andrew brings with him previous office and administration experience having worked at both St. Matthias and St. Peter and St. Paul (Esquimalt). Andrew began his work with us this Monday, October 18th.
*Coffee Time via Zoom will start at 11:45 am after the in-person and livestreamed service. Watch for the link, which will be sent out by e-mail and join us in your home via Zoom. Hope to see you there. Note that there will not be a Zoom coffee time on Sunday, October 31st.
**Heads Up re our Service of Remembrance on November 7th – This will be a 10 am Service of the Word and it will be a combined All Saints’ Day Service and a Service of Remembrance. The service will start in the church and then we will move outside to honour the veterans in the cemetery. Trumpeter Ben Parker will join us for this service.
**Jazz Up Your Sunday Evening with a Jazz Vespers service starting at 7 pm on November 7th – This hour long service in the church will feature lots of jazz along with contemporary prayers, poems, and readings. Come to see and hear what it’s all about!
**St. Luke’s Fall 2021 Prescription is now available and the link to the online version was sent out by e-mail. Copies are available at the back of the church and from the parish office.
Thursday morning services are now being held at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome at this mid-week Eucharist service.
**An Update from Shelbourne Community – The Cedar Hill Garden (the garden at St. Luke’s behind South Island Centre) was installed just a month ago, but it's already overflowing with gorgeous veggies! During the first work party on October 9th, the Garden Team from the Shelbourne Community Kitchen harvested a whopping 130 lbs of lettuce, kale and swiss chard! Growing produce for the Pantry Program and Food Skills Programs means that the Kitchen can offer organic, seasonal vegetables while creating hands-on learning opportunities and reducing food costs - all at the same time! The Kitchen sends a great big thank you to St. Luke Cedar Hill for sharing a portion of their land to set up the garden, and to Topsoil Urban Agriculture for their leadership on the design and installation. The Kitchen also thanks their generous funders, the Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, Rotary Club Victoria-Harbourside, and VanCity Mt. Tolmie Branch. See more information and a picture at the News page.
**Thanksgiving Food Drives for the Shelbourne Community Kitchen Gather 1,000 lbs in Donations – The Kitchen sends a great big thank you to St. Luke Cedar Hill, St. George's Cadboro Bay, Shelbourne Street Church of Christ and Lutheran Church of the Cross for all the wonderful donations the Kitchen received from the recent Thanksgiving Food Drives. Together these groups helped to gather 1,000 lbs of food donations in support of the Pantry Program! (St. Luke’s contributed 498 lbs!) These generous donations of fresh produce, pantry-staples and canned goods are helping to fill their shelves this fall. Thank you from the Kitchen to these generous donors!
Thank You for Your Support for the Ongoing Ministry of St. Luke’s Church through your offerings by writing a cheque, making a donation online through Canada Helps, and by signing up for ECP. Note that the offerings will now be taken forward to the altar each Sunday during the service, but we can’t pass around the collection plate at this time. If you miss putting in your donation as you enter the church, donations left in the collection plates after the service will also be collected.
Livestreaming Help Needed – We are hoping to create a roster of people who can help with the livestreaming each Sunday. We would like to find enough people to help so that two people could work as a team one Sunday per month. If you are interested in learning new skills in this area, please talk to Sharon or Ray after the service, or to Daniel, or leave your name at the office. An orientation session and training will be provided.
Sound System Upgrade Appeal – Please read a letter from Daniel at the News page regarding an appeal for donations towards a very necessary upgrade to our sound system as livestreaming continues to be an important aspect of our ministry. Thank you to those who have made donations through your envelopes or through Canada Helps. Donations as of October 12th total $3,953.05. We have reached our goal of $3,900. Well done, everyone!
**Purdy’s Chocolates Fundraiser – For a few years, Pacific Edge Chorus, formerly known as City of Gardens Chorus, has been using Purdy's Chocolates as a fundraiser. The chocolates are professionally packaged and delivered. They come from the Christmas Catalogue and the price is the same as if bought from the store. For more information and to see a catalogue, please talk to Cynthia Blackburn after church or contact her by calling the Parish Office.
**The Altar Guild Invites Your Donations for Flowers for the Sunday Services – If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of flowers, your donation would be most appreciated. Donations can be made in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a special event, or simply as a thanks offering. Donations can be mailed or handed into the office. If you would like a tax donation receipt for your donation, please use one of your donation envelopes, and mark "flowers " or Altar Guild on it. Please make cheques payable to St. Luke's. For more information, please contact Ann Séguin via the Parish Office.
Country Grocer Save A Tape Program Update – Please continue to collect your Country Grocer receipts and turn them in to the Church Office, mail them to the Church Office, or put them in an envelope in the mail slot. We have now collected $5,000.23 in grocery receipts and have reached our first goal of $5,000 in receipts to receive a $50.00 gift certificate. Well done, everyone! As of October 13th, we have $2,507.85 towards our next goal of $5,000 to receive a second $50.00 gift certificate. So please keep dropping off your receipts. See more information at the News page.
**Fairway Market Community Shopping Cards – You are invited to take part in this fundraising program using reloadable Fairway Market Community Shopping Cards. These are similar to the Thrifty’s Smile Cards and can be used at any of the ten Fairway Market stores on Vancouver Island. St. Luke's automatically receives 5% from Fairway Market for every dollar loaded on the card. To join in this program, please pick up your reloadable card from St. Luke's Office. Please contact St. Luke's office or talk to Brenda Morgan for more information or visit the Fundraising page.
*Level Ground Fundraiser – Do you drink coffee or tea or know someone who does? You are invited to take part in a fundraising program to benefit St. Luke’s when you buy coffee, tea, and dried fruit through Level Ground Trading. When you order online at Level Ground Trading, St. Luke's will receive 15%. ONLINE ORDERING IS EASY! Visit Shop at Level Ground (https://levelground.com/collections). At checkout, use the code StLuke to ensure the 15% comes to St. Luke's. The minimum order is $40 for the 15% return to St. Luke's and this includes free shipping. See more information at the Fundraising page.