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December, 2015

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church • Cambridge, New York • (518) 677-2632 • www.stlukescambdridge.org
A message from Fr. Ian
DEAR ONES,
am always excited by Christmas but this one is special. It is special because there seems more anxiety
around than I can ever remember. Even as I write
this there have been multiple killings in San Bernadino. The attacks in Paris are so close to home that we
also feel assaulted. I am sure that the world and place
where Jesus was born about 2000 plus years ago were
even more so. A brutal Roman occupying power governed Israel. Jesus’ family was clearly poverty-stricken. The People of God were divided into polarized political and religious camps. Is some of this familiar?
Into this historical period and place Jesus was
born. Somehow his birth is not just the mystery
of The Incarnation, but Jesus will stand everyone’s worldview on its head. He
preached and taught, lived and acted
according to a completely different
set of principles - those of the Kingdom of God.
And Jesus called them to him and
said to them, “You know that those
who are considered rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them, and
their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall
not be so among you. But whoever would be great
among you must be your servant, and whoever would
be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son
of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give
his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
Our new Presiding Bishop drew attention to this
in his installation sermon. He quoted an accusation
from Acts 17:6 “These men who have turned the world

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upside down.” Indeed Jesus and the Apostles did so. It
is still the mission of the Church to preach and witness
to the Gospel. In doing so the world, as people know
it, will be turned upside down. Jesus is a different king
and his kingdom follows different rules. This makes
people uncomfortable now in our western society.
Do you want to turn the world upside down for Jesus? I do. In so doing we bring hope to an anxious
world. This Christmas we celebrate together the birth
of Jesus the King.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours
in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the
form of God, did not count equality
with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, by taking
the form of a servant, being
born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human
form, he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to the
point of death, even death
on a cross. Therefore God
has highly exalted him and
bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in
heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every
tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of
God the Father. Phil. 2:5-11
Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Invite your friends to celebrate at St. Luke’s.
Ian+
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St. Martha Guild

Vestry Elections
If you are looking for some fun and excitement
in your life, please consider running for a Vestry
position at St. Luke’s . There are three positions that
need to be filled beginning in January 2016. There
are two, 3 year Vestry seats, and one 2 year Warden
position. If you wish to nominate someone, please
make sure that they satisfy the position qualifications, and that you have their written permission. In
December, the nominating forms, and The Box will
be on the table in the back of the church.

By: Andrea Wolf

Christmas Party! It’s that

time of year again, St. Martha Guild
Christmas Party! Monday, December 7th at 6:00! Please meet us at
the St. Luke’s Parish Hall. Bring a $15 dollar gift
wrapped to play our fun Christmas Gift Exchange
Game!
Please bring a dish to share! I hope to see you all
there!! Please invite others to come! You do not need
to be a member of the church to join in on the fun!
Just make sure to tell your guest to bring a gift and a
dish to pass.
Thanks so much!

NEEDING HELP?
Please call Roberta Breese (686-7217) if anyone is
sick, in the hospital or needs communion.

MINISTRY SCHEDULE
8:00 SERVICE
Date

Reader

Prayers of the People

Prayer Ministers

Coffee Hour

12/06/15
12/13/15
12/20/15
12/27/15
1/03/16

Laura Manning
John Iseman
Carol Hamilton
Dolores Mullen
Laura Manning

Carol Hamilton
Dolores Mullen
Laura Manning
John Iseman
Carol Hamilton

Iseman/Tully
S. Speanberg/Montgomery
Breese/L. Speanburg
Iseman/Montgomery
Tully/L. Speanburg

Oakes
Bearup
Furciniti
Manning
Giordano

10:00 SERVICE
Date

Reader

Prayers of the People

Chalice

Acolyte

Overhead

12/06/15
12/13/15
12/20/15
12/27/15
1/03/16

Nancy Palazzo
Bob Iseman
Gail Bearup
C. LeGrys
S. Speanburg

Bob Breese
Ruth Gillen
L. Speanburg
Nancy Patten
Sally King

C. LeGrys
R. Breese
S. Speanburg
Diana Tully
C. LeGrys

S. Speanburg
Diana Tully
R. Breese
R. Breese
S. Speanburg

Iseman
Danny Hyde
Danny Hyde
Danny Hyde
Danny Hyde

Christmas Services
Date

Time

Reader

Prayers of the People

Chalice

Acolyte

12/24/15
12/25/15

5:00
10:00

Ruth Gillen
Bob Iseman

Bob Breese
Stana Iseman

R. Breese
R. Breese

R. Breese
R. Breese

Please find someone to fill in for you if you are not going to be there. Thank You.

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COOKBOOK

PLEASE NOTE:

Roberta Breese is looking for more recipes for the St.
Luke’s cookbook. You can place them in the box at
the back of the church or send or e-mail them to her.

NEWSLETTER ARTICALS FOR JANUARY
All items for the January Newsletter should be
turned in by Dec 31, 2015
Please send your articles to:
palazzonancijane@gmail.com
Sending them by e-mail is the most convenient way for
us, otherwise they have to be retyped, If you don’t have
that capability, please don’t worry or hesitate to contribute.
Getting your articles to us on time will ensure their
inclusion in the Newsletter, and will enable us to get it out
in a timely fashion.
If you have any questions please call us at 677-3898, or
shot us an e- mail.
Thank you so much for your help.

Missing Tray
Leta Tully sent baked goods for the bazaar (thank
you, Leta) to the parish kitchen, on her Mother’s
tray. At some point it was taken to the baked sale
room and in the course of the day, the tray has “gone
missing”. As it was her Mother’s it is a heart-felt loss!
It is metal, and “almost” square. If anyone accidently
took it home, please return it to the parish kitchen.
Or, if someone might have put it away in the kitchen, please let Diana (677-8833) know where.
Thank you so much for your help in getting the
tray back to Leta.

DECEMBER

WEEKLY

Upcoming Events
Fr. Ian Office Hours – Parish House
Healing Service/Eucharist
Bible Study – The Book of Acts
Evening Bible Study – Joyce Meyers
Adult Forum – Sundays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Wednesdays
Wednesdays
Sundays

4-6 p.m.
10:00 a.m
10:30 a.m.
6:30 p.m.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Christmas in Cambridge – Church Open

Dec. 5

Saturday

12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Worship Music Meeting
St. Martha’s Christmas Party
Daughter’s of the King _
New members welcome.
Please call Diana at 677-8833
Advent Luncheon – Methodist Church
St Luke’s responsible for soup & dessert.
See Carolyn for details
Women of Hope

Dec. 6
Dec. 7

Sunday
Monday

after 10:00 a.m. service
6:00 p.m.

Dec. 8

Tuesday

2:00 p.m.

Dec. 9

Wednesday

Lunch Time

Dec.12

Saturday

9:00 a.m.

Gloria Palmer Fund
Vestry Meeting
Christmas Eve Service
Christmas Day Service

Dec.14
Dec.15
Dec.24
Dec.24

Monday
Tuesday
Thursday
Friday

6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.

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