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November 2017 News

Things to do at St. Luke’s and Upcoming Events!

Join us for Sunday Worship at 9:15 a.m.  Then stay for treats, coffee, and fellowship.  All are welcome!

Help us feed others at our Community Meal.  We have a monthly Community Meal on the third Sunday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in Will Hall.  We also help with the Catholic Worker House Community Meal on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  Come for dinner or stay to help community members.

Lectionary Lunch – Have lunch with us every Tuesday afternoon at 11:45 a.m. in Will Hall.  We will discuss readings from the Bible and their significance in our daily life.

What have we been doing?

The Cedar Valley Hunger CROP Walk raised $695 for Hunger Relief through Church World Services and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank.  Thank you for helping our community.

Currently the House of Hope is having a Building Hope Capital Campaign to move to a bigger site.  Construction has started and they are utilizing volunteers as much as possible.  There is a poster board located in Will Hall where you can buy supplies and donate to help mothers and create futures.  For more information about the House of Hope go to: https://www.houseofhopeccd.org/about-us.

 

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LASAGNA DINNER!

 

We are getting ready to host another FAMOUS LASAGNA DINNER!

For decades this has been a wonderful evening of great food and warm fellowship.  But, did you know that the proceeds from the dinner go to buy dinner for someone else? Over the last few years, St. Luke’s has donated over $16,000 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as a result of the dinner.  Help make this our best year yet!  You can help by selling tickets, making lasagna, and working the night of the dinner.  Sign up sheets are in Will Hall.  Please speak to Ernie Doeden if you have questions.

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017  5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Public Is Invited)

Menu: meat or vegetarian lasagna, salad, garlic bread, dessert, milk and wine

Adults $10

Children $5

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE NORTHEAST IOWA FOOD BANK

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Weekly Post – St. Luke’s Information

 

 

OFFICE HOURS
M – F  9 AM to 1 PM

Office: 319-277-8520
Email: st.lukes@cfu.net
Website: http://stlukescf.org

Rector: Elizabeth Popplewell
Email: rector.stlukes@cfu.net
Office: 319-277-8520
Cell:    515-556-2496

 

 

 

 

 

Readings for Sunday

Altar Flowers Calendar for 2017

Please see the new Altar Flowers Calendar

on the post in the narthex.  Consider giving flowers in memory of loved ones,

to honor a person or an occasion, or in thanksgiving

for loved ones.  It is OK to have more

than one giver on a Sunday.

Thank you!

 

Come Worship With Us This Sunday!

Eucharist every Sunday at 9:15 AM

 

Service Roster

November 19 – Acolytes:  Norah Tresemer (C), Owen Tresemer (S), Ushers:  Barb Wagner, Dorothy McCarville Greeter:  Irv Rasmussen, Lector: Robert Hill, Chalice Bearers:  Kel Schuchart, Daryl Smith, Oblation Bearers:  Sue Daniels, Steve Daniels, Healing Prayer:  Jan Hankins Offering Stewards:  John Nocero, Bill Witt.

November 26 – Acolytes: Mack Eastman (C), Maddy Doeden (S), Ushers: Ruth Buck, Dave Buck, Greeter: Jen Rasmussen, Lector: Doug Smith, Chalice Bearers: Patty Achey-Cutts, Dick Wieck, Oblation Bearers: Jen Hankins, Greg Hankins, Healing Prayer: Daryl Smith, Offering Stewards: Bill Witt, Jim Schotter.


November Altar Guild: Mary Lyman (Captain), Marlene Behn, Julie Davies, Trish Norton, Jen Rasmussen, Margie Smith, Nancy Blake (altar linens)

 

 

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Christmas Services

PLEASE JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS 2017 SERVICES 

Christmas Eve Early Service will be at 10:00 a.m.  A Family Eucharist will feature the youth of the parish offering the Liturgy of the Word. We have violinists, pianists, readers, angels, shepherds, and even a tuba player! St. Luke’s choir will sing as well. It’s going to be a glorious celebration! Please join us!

Christmas Eve Late Service will be at 5:00 p.m.  A Traditional Eucharist celebration with special music. Please join us!

 Christmas Day Service will be at 10:30 a.m. at Thalman Square, Western Home Communities (5500 S. Main Street, Cedar Falls).
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Singing our way through Advent

Singing our way through Advent

“Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.”
~Song of Zechariah

“Surely, it is God who saves me;
I will trust in him and not be afraid.”
~First song of Isaiah

And, now, this Sunday…

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
~Song of Mary

Songs have long been a way to express joy, offer praise, express grief, and even speak resistance. As we continue to sing our way through Advent, what songs are you singing?

Leave a post here to let us know the tune that’s tumbing around in your heart these days.

If you’re able, join us for conversation (and maybe some singing!) at Tuesday’s Lectionary at Lunch. There’s always room at the table!

image from: www.withfriendship.com

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Advent signs…”I was hungry and you fed me.”

Advent signs…
“I was hungry and you fed me.”

Pantry bags are all packed for Sunday’s Free Community Meal.

If you’re hungry, we will feed you.
If you are thirsty, we will give you a drink.
If you’re hurting, we will provide comfort.
If you’re are lonely, we will be your friend.

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Advent signs…”Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers…”

The Catholic Worker House in Waterloo does amazing ministry. They provide a safe place to stay and food for the hungry. St. Luke’s is honored to partner with them by providing & serving a hot meal on the third Monday of every month. — at Catholic Worker House.

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Advent 4

“Advent is learning to wait. It is about not having to know exactly what is coming tomorrow, only that whatever it is, it is the essence of sanctification for us. Every piece of it, some hard, some uplifting, is sign of the work of God alive in us. We are becoming as we go.” Joan Chittister

 

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Tuesday’s Lectionary at Lunch

It was a night like any other for those shepherds minding their flock. Some would have been chosen for the night watch, keeping their eyes and ears alert to any potential threat to the herd – bandits and wild animals were among the many dangers. The others would have been searching for a comfortable spot to sleep and stay warm.

In those days, shepherds held little in common with the cute kids we usually see on Christmas Eve – the ones wearing bathrobes and draping towels on their heads and waving to loved ones from the chancel steps.

Shepherding was hard and dirty work; it was lonely and often ostracizing. So, when the angel appears to them with a message that the Messiah has come it must have been a little perplexing to this group of outcasts. What should they do? Oddly enough, they wasted no time in going to “see this thing that had taken place.” And, once they saw the Christ Child, they went with haste to let others know what had been told to them.

“Haste” isn’t a word that’s used much in everyday conversation. It means “speedy,” “rush,” “acceleration,” and “quickness.” Most of us have been moving with great haste this month (or perhaps longer), trying frantically to get ready for family and gift giving and holiday feasts for the Christmas season. While those are all good things for sure, how is operating in haste working for you? Would you like a few moments to ponder some treasured stories? Would you cherish some time to wonder and praise and savor the gift of Christ’s birth?

Join us Tuesday at 11:45 AM. There’s room for you at this inn. The gift of your presence is requested!

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Lasagna Dinner

We are getting ready to host another FAMOUS LASAGNA DINNER!
For decades this has been a wonderful evening of great food and warm fellowship.  But, did you know that the proceeds from the dinner go to buy dinner for someone else? Over the last few years, St. Luke’s has donated over $16,000 to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as a result of the dinner.  Help make this our best year yet!
You can help by selling tickets, making lasagna, working the night of the dinner.  Sign up sheets are in Will Hall.  Please speak to Ernie Doeden if you have questions.

Friday, October 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Will Hall.  All are invited!!

Menu: meat or vegetarian lasagna, salad, garlic bread, desserts, milk and wine

Adults $10

Children $5
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE NORTHEAST IOWA FOOD BANK

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Updated Website

Our website is undergoing a slow transformation as we add new features and information.  Come back and check us out – often!

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Easter Celebrations

The Great Vigil of Easter Saturday, April 15 at 8:00 PM
The first service of Easter Day is the Vigil observed after sundown on Saturday night. We begin in semi-darkness as the new fire – the Paschal candle – is lit from the prairie burn and processed into the church. We hear stories of deliverance and God’s fierce love for us. We renew our baptismal promises. And, then the church, still in relative darkness, witnesses the “rebuilding of the altar” which has been bare since Maundy Thursday. The Altar Guild brings out the cross, linens, candles, flowers, EVERYTHING! The lights come up, the music sounds, the people sing, and we proclaim “ALLELUIA! THE LORD IS RISEN!” Then, we celebrate the first Eucharist of our joyful Easter!

Easter Day Sunday, April 16 at 9:15 AM
Our joyful Easter observance will continue with celebrations of Holy Eucharist and Baptism. This is truly a festival Eucharist, giving thanks for Christ’s resurrection from the dead and the gate of everlasting life opening for us. An Easter brunch follows worship.

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Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Palm Sunday Sunday, April 9 at 9:15 AM
The story of Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels. The first service of Holy Week finds us waving our palm branches and singing “Hosanna!” much like the crowd that gathered that day so long ago. But our rejoicing will fade quickly, again like the crowd’s, into somber contemplation of what lies ahead.

Agapé Meal Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 PM
This Agapé (“love-feast”) recalls the meal Jesus and his disciples shared in the upper room. Join us for a simple meal of Mediterranean fare before the Maundy Thursday service.

Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 13 at 6:45 PM
“Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin mandatum, and refers to the new commandment we hear from Jesus in John 13:34, “to love one another.” On this day we enter the Triduum (the three days), the time from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Easter Day. The liturgy celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, the foot washing, and the institution of the Eucharist. At the conclusion of the service the altar is stripped of all liturgical elements and remains bare and empty until the Easter Vigil. (Note: participation in the foot washing is optional.)

Gethsemane Watch Thursday, April 13 from 9 PM until Friday Sunrise
Throughout the night we will hold a vigil in the church. Join fellow pilgrims as we watch with Christ in the Garden before His trial and execution. Judas left during the Last Supper, but Jesus and the other disciples went to Geth-semane, where Jesus prayed – and the disciples kept falling asleep. Can you stay awake for just one hour for Christ?

Good Friday – Liturgy Friday, April 14 at Noon
At this traditional liturgy, the Church remembers the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. What first strikes our senses is the unfamiliar barrenness of the worship space. There is nothing to distract our attention from the Cross and the saving events we commemorate. We hear the Passion narrative and contemplate Jesus’ deep redemptive love.

Tenebrae Friday, April 14 at 6:30 PM
Tenebrae is Latin for “darkness” or “shadows.” Coming from the monastic tradition, the Tenebrae liturgy uses Scripture to recall the betrayal, abandonment, and agony of the Passion of Christ. It is a deeply moving service with solemn hymns, readings and responses. The church gradually darkens as candles are extinguished after each reading.

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Ash Wednesday Services

Holy Lent

Ash Wednesday Services

February 18

Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist

Noon & 6 PM

 

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper!

Our annual “let’s get ready for Lent” pancake supper…It’s fun for the whole family!
Tuesday, February 17
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Suggested donation $5 Adults/ $3 Children
All proceeds go to support the J2A June Mission Trip!
Activities for children!pancakes

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Christmas Worship!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS 2017 SERVICES 

  • Christmas Eve Early Service will be at 10:00 a.m.  A Family Eucharist will feature the youth of the parish offering the Liturgy of the Word. We have violinists, pianists, readers, angels, shepherds, and even a tuba player! St. Luke’s choir will sing as well. It’s going to be a glorious celebration! Please join us!
  • Christmas Eve Late Service will be at 5:00 p.m.  A Traditional Eucharist celebration with special music. Please join us!
  • Christmas Day Service will be at 10:30 a.m. at Thalman Square, Western Home Communities (5500 S. Main Street, Cedar Falls).

 

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Labyrinth

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Labyrinth Ministry

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St. Luke’s has a permanent outdoor labyrinth, created by one of our young parishioners as an Eagle Scout project, but completed through significant donations of time, talent, and material and financial resources of many in the congregation and community.

 

The labyrinth provides a sacred space to walk slowly, contemplate, and pray.  A long, winding walkway leads from the parking lot to the semi-secluded space of the labyrinth.  A walk through arbor provides a visual cue that one is transitioning from the walkway to the meditative path of the labyrinth.  Memorial benches surrounding the labyrinth provide another way to enjoy the serenity of the space.

 

The labyrinth is open to the community, and the Labyrinth Committee is working on ways to expand its use.  The committee is adding signs to help draw people to the outdoor labyrinth.  All ages enjoy using the labyrin

 

 

St. Luke’s also has a portable indoor canvas labyrinth.  This labyrinth is like the one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  We have had two guests lead workshops on the labyrinth, a guest speaker from Wartburg College speak about labyrinths, and yearly times during Advent and Lent for parishioners and the public to walk the labyrinth.  Music and meditation ideas are available as well as finger labyrinths for those who cannot physically navigate the circuitous path.

Special thanks to Bill Witt and Curt Ritter for these photos!

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Community Meals

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Cedar Falls

Monthly Community Meals

 

 

Every third Sunday, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church serves dinner to anyone who is hungry or alone for whatever reason.  Co-chairs Diane Lyman and Sharon Kelleher organize about 30 volunteers to cook, decorate and set tables, greet guests, package bags of staple items, bake desserts, and wash dishes.

    

 

“The meals, which began a little over two years ago, started because we knew that there was hunger in the community. We also knew that people needed companionship,” says Lyman.  She was inspired by a sermon at church to become involved.  “I just felt challenged to get out there and serve others. This is a way to use one of my gifts, hospitality, cooking and entertaining guests.”  Other volunteers feel the same way.

 

   

 

Dinner guests come from all over Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and surrounding communities.  We serve families with children, all the way up to seniors,” Lyman says. “And we get singles who come regularly.” Relationships have developed; regular diners coordinate transportation to the meals among themselves and look out for each other.  In addition, a number of guests are on the parish prayer list.

  

 

Guests arrive early and stay late. “Some people sit around the table and talk long after they’ve finished their meal,” offers co-chair Kelleher. “They’re getting more than food.  People are developing friendships and community here.”

 

Guests are greeted at the door and asked to find a table at which they would like to dine.  The night’s menu is explained and each diner’s meal is brought to him or her rather than asking people to go through a serving line. Dinner is always served on porcelain dinner plates with real utensils, in an effort to make the meal more home-like and to keep with the church’s ecological efforts.

 

 

Most of the food served and that goes into the take-home pantry bags is purchased through the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, of which St. Luke’s is a partnering member. Some vegetables come from the church’s expanding community garden.  In addition to serving dinner at the church, St. Luke’s hosts a meal at the Catholic Worker House in Waterloo on the third Monday of each month.  “We cook once and serve twice,” says Sue Fread, coordinator of CWH ministry at St. Luke’s.

Special thanks to Bill Witt for many of these photos!

 

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St. Luke’s Famous Lasagna Dinner!

Join Us For St. Luke‘s Famous Lasagna Dinner on Friday, October 20th!

All proceeds go to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank so buy yourself a meal and another meal for someone in need.  The Lasagna Dinner is on Friday, October 20th from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Will Hall.  Adult meals are $10 and children’s meals are $5.  Please get tickets at the door or call 277-8520.  For any questions or to volunteer, please contact Ernie Doeden.

 

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Walk the Labyrinth!

Pilgrims and seekers have been walking labyrinths for over 5000 years.  In the ongoing search for life’s meaning, for comfort, for healing, for wisdom, for direction, for communion with the Divine, people have turned to the labyrinth as a spiritual tool, a sacred place to meet God. As we draw near to Holy Week, we invite you to experience this ancient form of contemplative prayer.

Our indoor labyrinth is open to the public this week on the following days:

Monday – Friday:  9 AM – 1 PM

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