MARCH 2020 - KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE!

3/15/2020

 
Hello, St. Luke's!
Below is the link to our St. Luke's YouTube channel.  You will not only find Pastor Scott's message for today (3/15/2020) but click on VIDEO to find ALL of our YouTube content - services and videos we have posted of other events like GAME DAY, TRUNK OR TREAT, and the STILL BELOVED service.  
Click on SUBSCRIBE (upper right corner) to become a member of our YouTube community!  You might even want to listen to some of the services you missed in the past.
And, while you are at it, explore our website - stlukesrochester.com!  You will find links to our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as up-to-date information on everything that is going on at St. Luke's!
 
As always, if you need to get in touch with Rev. Manning, call his cell at #248-285-2051.
God's blessings on you all!  Stay safe!

 

3/14/2020

Dear St. Luke's Family:

Your health and safety are a priority at St Luke's.  We seek for you to grow in love with God and as disciples of Jesus Christ -- helping you stay safe and healthy is part of helping keep you on that path of growth.  Your health is important in the church and in community.
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Bishop David Bard, leader of the more than 800 United Methodist Churches in Michigan, issued a statement March 13th about the Covid-19 virus and the Michigan State of Emergency Declaration issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  In his statement, Bishop Bard called upon us to do our part to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to comply with the Governor's directive.
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Bishop Bard has called upon all Michigan congregations to suspend in-person worship through the end of March.  Earlier in the week I had indicated that we would continue to have worship this Sunday; however, the situation on the ground and the directives of the Governor and the Bishop have changed since that earlier statement.  We WILL NOT HAVE WORSHIP this SundayMarch 15.  Lynne Brink and I will share message with you this Sunday via video that will offer both a message for this week in Lent and provide you with factual information and recommendations regarding Covid-19.  (We will send the link in a later email.)  We will suspend in-person services this month, as necessary.  Your support is still essential for the church to be in mission and reach out to those in need.
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The Tuesday Study is not being suspended at this time.  Those participating will be given the choice to continue or to suspend.  We will make our decision as a group.
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The Wednesday Willing Workers will still meet.  We may have opportunities for others to participate in projects that could be accomplished during this March period.  One such project that will need assistance is a sanitizing of the sanctuary and other spaces of the church and some touch-up paint work on the short wall around the sound/tech station in the back of the sanctuary.
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Further, we will need assistance in checking in on our homebounds and vulnerable members.  Some of these check-ins may be in-person, while others will need to be by phone or other methods to protect the health of our members.
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Your prayers, support, resources, cards, and calls are all important in the mission of the church.  Together, we will be able to spread the Good News while avoiding to spread the Covid-19 Virus.  We are in the Season of Lent and during this time part of Jesus' walk was in the wilderness -- our wilderness walk is now.  In that wilderness walk, Jesus took time to pray, to study, and to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit.  It was not a time to disengage, but to energize and to prepare for the ministry ahead.
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This week's scripture lessons can be read in your home.  Take time to read them and then in a time of silence, ponder them and allow the Holy Spirit space to speak.  Can you hear the Spirit speak to you and offer wisdom in the scriptures?  What are the scriptures saying to you?  And what are the scriptures calling you to do, change, or be?  Your scripture lessons are:
Exodus 17:1-7
Romans 5:1-11
John 4:5-42
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Be well and stay safe.  Use common sense in your approach and response to the Covid-19 Virus.  And, be a blessing to others as you are being blessed by God.
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Rev. Scott E. Manning
Cell: 248-285-2051