Celebrate new life in a new year with us on Sunday!
Celebrate new life in a new year with us on Sunday!
Dear St. Lukers,
If you have been a St. Luker for a while at least one or more of these will look familiar to you. Each of them represents one of the Baptism Reaffirmation tokens we give away on this Sunday every year. I remember one year in 2008 or 2009 when someone decided to not give anything away…wow, that was a mistake! This Sunday has come to be one of the high marks of the year for St. Lukers when we come to the waters again and remember the promises and blessings God showers us with in our baptism.
Speaking of showers, did you know that the history of baby showers dates back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians that would prepare to welcome the new baby just days after the baby was born in order to celebrate new life? In the Middle Ages, showers became associated with God’s worth in the baby’s life and baptisms of children were held just one day after the birth in order to claim the child as God’s own. During this time, the mother was never there having to be sequestered for 40 days after labor. This is where God parents began to stand in for the spiritual guidance and nurturing of the baby and took a prominent role in the baptism. It wasn’t until much later in the 19th century that showers became about bringing gifts in a parasol to “shower’ the new mother with help and items of support.
Now why am I telling you this? Because...

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Looking Ahead at St. Luke's
Ready to change the world this year? Join a missions serving team! Stop by the Missions Volunteer Fair in the Building C Rotunda on Sunday, January 13 after each worship service.
Learn about one-time ministries (Wish Tree, gleaning, Bags of Grace, and more), monthly ministries (Door-to-Curb, Inside Out Jail Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and more), weekly ministries (Meals on Wheels, ArtWorks, and more), Cirlces, Jobs Partnership, and the list goes on!  
Contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 297 for more details.
Click the button below to view and sign up for global and local serving opportunities, and ways to serve within our church.

“Little Women” Tickets on Sale NOW!

Visit st.lukes.org/littlewomen to purchase tickets for the beloved story that follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Performances are January 25 through February 3.
Join the St. Luke’s Inclusivity Committee in the Building C Attic on Friday, January 18 for a free showing of “Selma” from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.! After the movie we’ll spend some time discussing themes and ideas together. Visit the app or st.lukes.org/fridayfilms to RSVP (requested not required), and email inclusivecommittee@st.lukes.org with questions.
NEW: Candid Conversations                                        
Join us Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. for Candid Conversations: tips for tackling tough subjects with children and youth. Attendees will learn methods for empathizing and responding to young people who may be experiencing difficulty. Topics include anxiety, depression, suicide prevention and more. Contact grow@st.lukes.org or 407.876.4991 ext. 238 for more information.
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