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3/7: Women’s Spirituality Group Potluck at 630pm in the Guild Room
Women’s Spirituality Group will have a potluck supper at 6:30, Friday, March 7th in the Guild Room, followed by a Celtic Service and talk by Sister Susan Alice and Sister Ann Francis. All women are invited. RSVP to Judy McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3/11: Laughing and Learning Your Way through Lent – Tuesday Suppers/Play Readings
On Tuesday evenings, March 11, 18, and April 1, we will have comedic readings of The Road to the Promised Land, a trilogy of plays Gary wrote when, as he puts it “I used to be funny.”
Imagine a “buddy picture” with a couple of buffoons as they follow Moses out of Egypt, through the Wilderness, and into the Promised Land. Or, to put it more kindly, imagine a “people’s history” of the Exodus. Either way this is your chance to see Gary, Ricardo, and four brave lay people make fools of themselves for your spiritual well-being. And in the process, you may learn a thing or two about the Exodus, Mt. Sinai, and the Wilderness. Each of the 3 readers theater events is a 30 minute, one act play.
Tuesday Evening Dinners will be at 6:30 p.m. in Room 113 ($5 for adults, $10 for a family). Child care is provided. Each evening will end with Compline at 8:15 p.m.
3/11: Lenten Taizé at 730pm in the Sanctuary
Begin your Lenten journey by attending this beautiful meditative service, which combines prayers, readings, and chant-like music and is held in the candle-lit sanctuary of the church. One parishioner has likened the Taizé evening to a “mini spiritual retreat without ever leaving Long Beach.” Come be refreshed and nourished.
3/16: Inquirer’s Class at 1130am in the Community Center
Welcome to the Inquirer’s Class and Preparation for Confirmation or Reception!
- March 16 Spirituality and the Episcopal Church with Julie Von Pelz
- March 23 Anglican and Episcopal Church history with Ruth Warkentin
- March 30 Sacraments: Signs of our Life in Christ: Baptism with Dennis Ebel
- April 6 Sacraments: Signs of our Life in Christ: Eucharist with Dennis Ebel
- April 27 Survey of the Book of Common Prayer and Anglican Traditions with Dean Farrer
- May 4 Role of Scripture in Anglican Tradition with Ben Galan
- May 11 Questions and Answers with Gary Commins
- June 1 Confirmation with Bishop Diane
3/16: Families to Study the Exodus at 430pm in the Guild Room
Following a long-established tradition of at least two years (!), there will be two Sunday afternoon/early evening family Lenten events. This year they will be on March 16 and 30, each running from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Each will include a light dinner.
This year, our focus will be on the primal Old Testament stories about God, faith, and life: the Exodus from slavery in Egypt, the Covenant at Mt. Sinai, forty years in the Wilderness, and the vision of the Promised Land. We will separate into three groups for study time – children, youth, and adults – so that each group can ponder the meaning of these events for their own lives.
3/19: Reading Group on Spiritual Classics at 730 in Room 113
This month, appropriate to Lent, we will read John of the Cross’ masterpiece, The Dark Night of the Soul. The book begins with John’s beautiful poem about an encounter with the Beloved on, guess what, a dark night. His Spanish is said to be so beautiful that it’s worth learning the language just to hear John’s poetry. John’s explanation of the poem is a difficult but brilliant treatise on the hardships of the spiritual life, but also much more than that popular caricature.
3/23: UTO Ingathering during the 8am, 10am and 1215pm services
Sunday, March 23rd is the day those coins in your Blue Boxes will be presented at the Offertory at all Services. Not a box user? Envelopes will be provided for your tax-deductible offering. Be a Missionary.
3/23: Baptism Preparation at 9am in the Guild Room
The next service of Holy Baptism will be at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Preparation session for baptism will be on Sunday morning, March 23 at 9 a.m. in the Guild Room. If you have any questions, please contact Gary or Ricardo.
3/23: Guest Preachers during the 10am service
This Lent we will be graced to have two guest preachers. The Rev. Sean Lanigan of Beach Progressives will be our preacher on Sunday, March 23. Sean began his ministry in June and was ordained a transitional Deacon in November. Allison Cornell, our seminarian who is in her last semester of seminary, will be our preacher on April 6. St. Luke’s sponsors Allison for ordination.
Please welcome Sean and Allison in their return engagements to our pulpit!
3/23: Spiritual Practices at 1130am in the Guild Room
Join us in the Guild Room after church on Sunday March 23 & March 30 for an open discussion and reflection of “Spiritual Practices” during this Lenten season. A spiritual practice can be as simple as saying the Lord’s Prayer every day, or adding a grace before meals if you don’t already say one. Though many of us have a notion of Lent as a time of extreme asceticism and harsh discipline, a spiritual practice doesn’t to have to be hard. What’s more beneficial: a simple practice you will really do every day or a complicated discipline you avoid?
We look forward to sharing this sacred and loving discussion with you.
Kay Lindahl, Julie Von Pelz, Sister Susan Alice
3/25: Bridge Building at 630pm in the Guild Room
You are invited to become a Bridge Builder of St. Luke’s during lent, March 25 and April 8 at 6:30 pm. This is an open group of people who would like to have fellowship with others while also overcoming a challenge of language. So, if you are a Spanish speaker, an English speaker, bi-lingual, or a wild gesticulator, please come enjoy dinner and conversation. We will discuss our hopes and dreams for St. Luke’s the first week, and the second week we will build on this depending on where the group interest is. Everyone is invited to bring a favorite dish and share fond food memories and make new ones as well.
Questions, please contact Amy at email@example.com