Community Life “Our community values caring for each other at every stage of life. We express our care in a variety of formal and informal ways. Here are some of the regular events and groups.”
Coffee Hour: Every Sunday, shortly after 11 o’clock many of the people in worship adjourn to the parish hall for food and fellowship. Whether your topic is the weather, God or coming events, you’ll find someone to share it.
Senior Group: The third Thursday at 10:30 am, St. Luke’s mature adults meet monthly for fellowship and a potluck meal. A variety of activities are planned both for fun and service to the parish. If you need transportation, contact the parish office. (Gloria Waite)
During the year: check the http://stlukesmadison.org/Calendar.aspx to be certain, but our parish generally holds these events:
An early Sunday in January, Three Kings. We read the Epiphany lessons and celebrate the visit of the Magi with a parade and piñata.
February, as scheduled but never on Superbowl Sunday, our church community gathers for a potluck lunch, parish reports and elections at our Annual Parish Meeting.
Many of us enjoy the English tradition of holding a Pancake Supper the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.
We hold two or more worship services on Ash Wednesday, practice some fast, and hear God’s invitation to a Holy Lent (Date differs, always in spring).
Holy Week is scheduled by looking at Easter and counting back one week.
Palm Sunday, 10 am
Maundy Thursday service, 6 pm, Agape meal, 7 pm, Stripping of the Altar follows
Good Friday service, 7 pm
Easter Vigil, Saturday 8 pm
Easter Sunday services 10 am, Easter Egg hunt 9:30 am
Pentecost comes fifty days after Easter, and we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit (and often) the beginning of summer. This is a baptism day.
One Sunday in Summer, we move worship outdoors for Mass in the Grass. The menu differs but usually, after worship, there’s a potluck lunch.
When the school year begins, Blessing Backpacks: students of all ages bring their school bags to church for a prayer and blessing.
Second Sunday September, Christian Formation Classes begin for all ages, for the program year. Most start at 9:30 in various classrooms around the building.
First Sunday October, bring your pets to church (appropriately restrained) for Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of St. Francis.
Sunday nearest October 20, Feast of St Luke, our patron. Luke was an artist (the first iconographer), a gospel writer, a physician, and a healer. We have celebrated his feast in all of those ways, or sometimes, simply with a festive meal and service.
First Sunday of November, Sunday after All Saints. We remember those loved ones who have died. We baptize new Christians into the fellowship of Saints.
Third Thursday of November, free Thanksgiving Dinner. A partial potluck – contact the church if you’d like to bring contributions or show up without them. Check website for time.
TBD (December), festival of Lesson and Carols. Sometimes this beautiful service of music and readings corresponds with the Greening of the Church in Advent.
Generally December 24, unless it falls on a Sunday, Christmas services are at 5 pm. Check the calendar to be certain.