Dates for your Diary…..
Midnight Mass - Sunday 24th December 11.30pm (11.15pm Carols)
This is the principal liturgical celebration of Christmas. Do you know of someone who might enjoy being invited to come along with you?
Do you know someone who might appreciate a lift? Following the liturgy we offer St Luke’s hospitality – to all those who make the effort, who have travelled or who have ‘come home’ to celebrate the incarnation.
Ring in the New Year: Sunday 31st December
9.30am Sung Eucharist [NB No 11pm service this year]
Christmas preparations: will begin with 9.30am Morning Prayer on Sunday 24th December at the Knox Chapel. All welcome.
Donations of white or gold flowers will be appreciated on the day, contact Barbara McCartney (366 5746) if you have some to offer.
Christmas & New Year festivities: A reminder that after Christmas Midnight Mass we continue to celebrate with bubbles and Christmas Cake – and this ritual is repeated on New Year's Eve (this year after our 930am eucharist) with bubbles and fruit mince pies. Those coming are asked to bring a bottle of bubbles (fruit juice/soft drink/still wine if you prefer) and a plate of the appropriate food! Do come and join in.
BEYOND THE PARISH….
Sunday 3rd December: 3pm 40th Anniversary of Ordination of Women to the Priesthood service at the Transitional Cathedral. All welcome.
Christian World Service Christmas Appeal envelopes are available. Please consider offering your envelope at the altar at St Luke’s as part of your Advent/Christmas offering during December. This year’s theme is Make Hope my Story – supporting Refugees from Syria, and local partners in 25 countries to have food & water, dignity, justice and lives free of violence. Do put St Luke’s in the City, Chch as the Church Name on the appeal envelope so your donation can be counted in our church giving total. Thank you.
City Mission Gifts: A reminder that there is a plastic container at the entrance to the chapel to receive gifts of non-perishable food items to go to the Anglican City Mission.
Friday 1st December: Craft Group @ Annette’s, 10am-12 noon.
Wednesday 13th December: 7.00pm Vestry meet in the Committee Room. Please note - NO 6pm Eucharist beforehand.
Saturday 16th December: Vestry Lunch at Jenny and Linda's.
Thursday 21st December 10.30a.m. Pastoral team meet
Pastoral Care: For pastoral matters contact any of the pastoral group: Jenny Drury (366 3098), Michaele Watson (981 5675), Jenny Wilkens (366 2253 or 021 025 18826)
Saturday 20th January 2018 10am Evie Murphy’s baptism at St Cuthbert’s Governor’s Bay. The St Luke’s family are most warmly invited to attend – we will car pool from the Knox Carpark. Please bring a plate of party food as we celebrate Evie’s baptism together!
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St Luke’s Website: Information updates and sermons are posted on the parish web site: www.stlukesinthecity.org.nz
We are grateful for the generosity of Fat Web, the company which hosts our website. Fat Web have kindly agreed to offer us continued Free web hosting. Thank you very much. However we are needing to upgrade the technology of our website, a cost of $1200 plus GST. If you’d like to help with this cost, please give through the offertory in an envelope marked Website. Thank you.
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