St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Ypsilanti, Michigan

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February 28, 2016 – Newsletter

4th Annual Chili Cook-off THIS SUNDAY!

Chefs- Bring a crock pot of your best chili and a list of ingredients.
The Rest-  Bring your appetites. Samples are free!
$1 to vote for your favorite or 6 votes for $5!
All proceeds go to the Choir’s monthly Supper Program.

Lenten Wednesday Evening Programs

February 24 – Cancelled
March 2 – Science & the Gift of Islam

Each evening begins at 7:00 pm in the Lounge.
Light refreshments, coffee, tea & hot chocolate will be served.

Coffee Hour and Liturgy Teams

All are welcome!
We always need ushers, crucifers, chalice bearers and
readers for the Liturgy Teams.
Sign-up sheets for Coffee Hour are available at Coffee Hour.
A simple “cookie & coffee” is all that is needed.
Your ministry is a gift. Thank you!

February SOS Ingathering – Baby diapers

Holy Week begins Palm Sunday, March 20.
Easter Sunday is March 27

Lenten Evening Programs

All programs take place at 7:00 pm in the Lounge. 
Light refreshments, sherry, port, tea & hot chocolate
will be served.

Wednesday, February 17 – Dr. John McCurdy
Separation of Church and State

The American Revolution in 1776 was the first real political
revolution with the Separation of Church and State. The
organization of The Episcopal Church mirrors our democracy and the freedoms we cherish as a country and a faith.

Wednesday, March 2 – Dr. Diane Jacobs
Gift of Islam 

Modern western science, to a great extent, began in the 12th century.  Its rapid growth was due to knowledge transferred from Islamic scholars.  We will investigate this gift of Islam and its implications.

Wednesday, March 9 – Dr. Charles Jacobs
The Church and Science

Many people believe that churches, as institutions of faith and God, are continually at odds with science, an institution of
rationalism and facts.  Many people also believe that scientific investigation is at odds with the Bible.  But the world’s major religions have a history of supporting scientific investigation.  As far back as the year 415, St. Augustine wrote that the Word of God is written both in Scripture and in His Creation, and that we need to study both to understand God’s intent.  In 1931, Father Georges LeMaitre proposed the Big Bang Theory of the creation of the universe.  In between, the relationship between “the church” and “science” has been constant and fascinating as churches and science have evolved.

Pray for Peace

Light a candle, collect your thoughts
and pray for peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

Be still, and know that I am God!

Be still, and know that I am.

Be still, and know.

Be still.


-Psalm 46:10

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes and prays within us with sighs too deep for words.

Romans 8:26

Be silent, only the hand of God can remove the burdens
of your heart.


Remember that silence can sometimes be the best answer.

–The Dalai Lama

Meditation is the way to purity of heart, leaving behind all fear and
all limitations and entering, simply into God’s presence.

–John Main, OSB

Every time there is significant growth in our spiritual development all our relationships change-
to God, to ourselves, to other people, and to all creation. We become a new person, as did Mary of Bethany
at the feet of Jesus. From this arises a new kind of activity which might be called “contemplative service.”
Contemplative service is service that comes from the experience of the divine indwelling-
from the Spirit living and at work in us. It is God in us serving God in others.

–Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO

Let us pray….

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the
world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among
them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they
may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn
but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the
strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that
all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of
Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and
glory, now and for ever.

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love
our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth:
deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in
your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life.

Every day, pray for peace.

January 6, 2016 Newsletter

Epiphany Pageant
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Our annual intergenerational play.

Save the date!
Sunday, January 24 at 5:00pm
All Parish Vestry Fellowship Potluck
All are welcome!
Come enjoy the good friends, good food and good times.

Mark your calendar!
Annual Parish Meeting Sunday, January 31, 2016

All members are encouraged to attend.

Reports are due in the office January 15

Coffee Hour and Liturgy Teams

All are welcome!
We always need ushers, crucifers, chalice bearers and
readers for the Liturgy Teams.
Sign-up sheets for Coffee Hour are available at Coffee Hour.
A simple “cookie & coffee” is all that is needed.
St. Luke’s is not just a church, it is a congregation.
Your ministry is a gift. Thank you!

January SOS Ingathering – Baby wipes

May 6, 2015 Newsletter

Remember to wear red!

United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering

St. Luke’s League of Women encourages daily prayers and awareness of the abundance of God’s blessings through offerings to UTO. Every penny of your donations support Episcopal missions and ministry work.
Your change, changes lives. Please give generously.

Mark your Calendar!

Sunday, June 7 – Parish Ice Cream Social
Remember to wear picnic clothing
Sunday, June 21 – Bishop Gibbs visiting
Anyone wishing to be baptized, confirmed or
received, need to meet with JoAnn on either
Sunday, May 31 or Sunday, June 7 after the service
in preparation of the event.

Coffee Hour and Liturgy Teams – All are welcome!
We always need Coffee Hour Hosts and ushers, crucifers, chalice bearers and readers for the Liturgy Teams. Your ministry to St. Luke’s is a gift.Thank you!

May SOS Outreach – Bar soap & deodorant

Parish Life

Parish Life identifies opportunities and supports the social community we are blessed to be a part of — inside the walls of St. Luke’s as well as the surrounding community.

More than Bread

A new program for parishioners and friends to meet monthly for dinner and fellowship in their homes.

Bible Study

Parishioners and the Rector come together weekly to read, study and discuss the Scriptures and other related topics.

New for 2016 Family Bible Study. Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evening of the month at 6:00 for an hour of study and fellowship.


St. Luke’s has a noteworthy relationship with SOS Community Services helping to provide the homeless and those in crisis with food, clothing and incidentals.

St. Luke's also helps the community through partnerships with the Ann Arbor YMCA and Washtenaw Literacy.   Classes are held locally and at the church.

Youth Groups

The mission of the Youth Ministries is to engage, equip and celebrate the power and presence of youth, young adults and those working with these populations allowing young people to explore their relationships with Jesus, each other and the world.

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