The flowers today are donated and arranged by Moya Holle in loving memory of her husband John Holle.
TODAY — Parish Council meets in the church after service and morning tea.
Thursday 23rd November at 11 am – Pauline Newell’s funeral will be held here at St Luke’s.
Parishioners are invited by Pauline’s family to attend the funeral and stay for the gathering in the hall afterwards. If you plan to attend, please bring a plate of sweet food (cakes, fruit etc). Pauline’s family have arranged savoury food to be provided on the day by a caterer and St Luke’s will be providing the tea and coffee.
NOTE: THE OPSHOP WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY SO THAT VOLUNTEERS CAN ATTEND THE FUNERAL.
New Big Roster for Nov 2023 ‑March 2023 now available in church foyer.
Christmas Cards for 2023: We encourage parishioners to visit The Leprosy Mission, ABM, or The Bush Church Aid Society websites to order their own cards this year. We have a small number of packs of Christmas cards from 2022 for sale in the Community Resource Centre. Please see Stephen Gates after church.
Are you going away for Christmas? Fr Jeff is looking to have a Christmas service on Wednesday 20th December strictly for those who are heading off on holiday for Christmas. Is this you? Please speak to Fr Jeff if you would come to this service.
Nursing Home Gifts: As is our usual custom, we take a small gift to each patient at the Stanmore Nursing Home in Cambridge St at Christmas time. Your donation no matter how small helps the parish to pay for a selection of equal value gifts — usually chocolates, or something suitable for those patients who are diabetic. If you would like to donate please place your donation on the offertory plate in an envelope marked “Nursing Home”, or donate online with reference “Nursing Home”. Many thanks for your generosity!
Tues at 7.30pm — Bible Study Led by Fr Philip — 1st Letter of John: Address: 5 Lincoln Street, Stanmore. Mob: 0431 655 220. Please bring a Bible. Supper will be provided. All welcome!
Sat 25 November 2023 — The final MNO for 2023: 6.00 for 6.30 pm. Held at the Rowers on Cooks River Club (Wolli Creek). For information speak to Kevin Green or call Mob: 0405 691 055.
Sat 2 Dec 2023, 9.30am to 2pm – ST LUKE’S MINI MARKET
Christmas Hamper raffle donations required! – Please see Ruth or Andy.
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December at 3pm — RCC Handel’s Messiah:
Join Radio Community Chest for their 82nd annual performance of Handel’s immortal oratorio, Messiah.
These breathtaking performances feature a 300+ choir, the world-renowned Organ of the Town Hall, professional soloists and orchestra.
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
For bookings see — https://www.trybooking.com/CLBSQ
23–25 February 2024 — Parish Retreat: Booked at the Old Monastery Stroud (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon). We will start taking names for reservations in early December 2023. The bedrooms are nearly all single rooms with shared bathrooms, and we will be self-catering.
Food for our worms – Leave your worm food gifts at church on Sundays or drop off during the week. Please remember to remove the strings from your teabags. (N.B. — no dairy, citrus, onions or meat).
Weekly Intercessions for our Community:
Sunday: Ann Petersen & Rachel; Joyce, Andrew, Rachel, Bianca, Belinda, Bryson Reddy; and Eddie, Susan, Stephanie, Edwin, Leilani & Carmen Reddy.
Monday: Andrew Patterson; and Jo, Ramendra, Thomas & Lucy Raj.
Tuesday: John Reimer; Matilda Rinker; and Grahame Sadler.
Wednesday: Rajah Selvarajah & Greg; Peter Seymour; and Louisa Silverman.
Thursday: Andy Serafin & Colin Spokes; and Laurel & Ray Sommer.
Friday: We pray for Fr John Bunyan’s pastoral care ministry at Bankstown Hospital and all those he ministers to.
Saturday: Almighty God, we pray for those in war torn areas, and those effected by earthquakes, mudslides or floods. We pray for healing and good medical care for those who have been injured. For those who have lost homes and possessions, please meet their daily needs for food, clean water and shelter and comfort those who mourn the loss of loved ones. And bless all who are helping those impacted. Amen.
Prayers for the sick: Prue; Margaret Chiew; David Dunlop; (Fr) John Bowen; Janet Walmsley; Ruth Champion; Joyce Grant; Joseph Kumar; Gerald Grant; Alex Regos; Christine Kondratenko; Simone Abrahams; Salochna Devi; Ruth Dodd; Robyn Palmer; Julie Ankers; Catherine Loughman; Christopher Middleton; Helen Woellner; Libby Davis; Stephen Griffen; Christine Pickard; and Tom Hall.
Recently Departed: Pauline Newell.
Anniversaries of the Departed: William Lawson; Margaret Said; Fr John Holle; Margaret Lofts; Alice Lofts, and Elizabeth Armstrong.
Saints Commemoration: 23rd: Clement of Rome, Bishop and martyr (d. c. 100); and 25th: James Nobles, pioneer Aboriginal Deacon (d. 1941).
Long Term Pastoral Prayer list: (Fr) John Hawkins; Robert & Lyndall Dubler; Andy Serafin; Florence Shellard; Ray Sommer; John Hardy; Lyn Carrington; John Dickson; Barbara Allen; Marissa; Jude, Isla, Meg & Al Donnell; Ann Jeffs; and Noel Jeffs.
Readings for Next Sunday: Christ the King
First Reading: Ezekiel 34.11–16, 20–24 Psalm: 100
Second Reading: Ephesians 1.15–23 Gospel: Matthew 25.31–46
Christmas Services and Events 2023
Sun 17th Dec – 9.30am Third Sunday of Advent Service
Gifts will be given out to children at this service.
After the service and morning tea parishioners are invited to sing carols at Stanmore nursing home while gifts are distributed.
Sun 17th Dec – 6pm CAROL service.
Sun 24th Dec – 7.30pm CHRISTMAS EVE service (Note: 9.30am service is cancelled for this Sunday only)
Mon 25th Dec – 9.30am CHRISTMAS DAY service.
Sun 31st Dec – 9.30am First Sunday after Christmas/NEW YEAR’S EVE service