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    The Memorial Churchof St. Luke,the Beloved Physician1946 Welsh RoadPhiladelphia, PA 19115215.969.3645 (office)[email protected]

    SERVICESSundays :10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharistwith musicFollowed immediately byrefreshments and fellowship inthe parish hall.

    Wednesdays :7:30 p.m. Healing Eucharist

    ACTIVITIESContemplative Prayer Wednesdays 6:45 p.m.in the church office

    Adult Forum- Mondays,7pm in the Church Office.Topic: World Religions

    Inside this issue :

    Birthdays............................... 4Calendar................................9Easter Beginnings.................6Holiday House rates..............7Just For Laughs.....................8Lay Eucharistic Minister.........4

    News.....................................3Photo Gallery.........................5Prayer Requests ...................... 4Rectors Message ................ 1,2Reminders.............................3Spring Bulbs .........................4Those Who Serve..................3Welcome Visitors.................. 2

    The Winged OxThe Winged Ox is the Ancient Symbol of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician

    A Newsletter for the People of The Memorial

    Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician April 2010, Issue 116

    ew Life

    The seasons of Holy Week and Easter hold special meaning for us asChristians. Each year during these holy times we are invited toaccompany Christ, and to be accompanied by Christ, by traveling

    through the events of the final week of his life and his resurrection. This isone way in which we may participate in the life of God, and, as St. Paul

    puts it, put on Christ. In a related way by reflecting on the events of theseseasons and their deeper significance, we may also come to a way of understanding and appreciating some of the experiences that have shapedour lives. This year, for example, I have been reflecting on times during which mylife has seemed to mirror the pattern of suffering, death and resurrectionthat comprise the gospel accounts of Holy Week and Easter. One time in

    particular has stood out for me. Nearly six years ago now I was fresh out of seminary and quite full of great expectations about what lay ahead of me.At the time my diocese was in Rhode Island and the bishop there had inmind for me to serve as the assistant in a well-to-do parish in Newport,Rhode Island. However, during the final weeks of my final semester inseminary I became very interested in another seminarian who happened to

    be from Philadelphia (I believe you all know her) and so I decided that itwould be better to come to Philadelphia, with the hopes of spending moretime with Harriet, than to serve as an assistant priest at Trinity Newport. Certainly as it turns out I was very wise indeed. But I must confess that the

    first several months in Philadelphia were difficult for me. Here I was in anew city, with a new vocation, called upon to find a new job, in a newdiocese, and all while entering a new relationship. Too much change! Ifound the city difficult, and the diocese divided, in turmoil and not the least

    bit interested in assisting new clergy. To make matters worse, my bishop inRhode Island refused to ordain me until I obtained a job. Thus while therelationship was going well, all else was in a state of extreme flux. I was eventually able to secure a position as the assistant in a small parish.However, the position was only half-time. It was enough for me to beordained to the diaconate in October of 2004 but it was not what I hadexpected when I left seminary. And as a result of various events that Iwont go into, I was really beginning to wonder whether I was really calledto this vocation at all. I felt rootless and abandoned, and I was not sure whatI was going to do. Everything seemed so unsettled and insecure. Around

    that time (December of 2004) I came to St Lukes. I would like to say that all my problems were immediately resolved but thatwould be dishonest. The reality is that I was not at all sure that St. Lukeswas the right place for me. For one thing, the position was only half-time,so I continued to serve the other parish as well. And, St Lukes seemed toosmall for someone as important as I thought myself to be (EGO!); too smallin numbers and too small in financial resources.

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    WELCOME VISITORS! Areyou a new reader? Come visit us! Were so glad thatyou picked up this publication; we hope you will findit interesting and worth your time and we hope youwill take the next step and worship with us sometime.If you are worshiping with us, we welcome you!Whatever your religious background, and however you have come to be here, we welcome you to St.Lukes. Please let us know who you are by signingour guest book (by the door) or filling out a cardfound in the pews. You can hand your card to anusher, or put it in the collection plate when it comeslater.

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    That was over five years ago now. With the help of all of you I have come to better understand myself and myvocation. In particular, I now understand that I belong in a small parish like St. Lukes where I can serve as a pastor rather than as an administrator. I also understand that I belong in a place which has such a capable and dedicatedgroup of lay people who are willing to take on much of the responsibility for administering the parish so that I can bemore free to pursue pastoral responsibilities. And, most importantly, I now understand how important it is to be a

    priest in a community in which the people are so open and accepting, and who allow me to share in their life. It has

    been so important to me and to my growth as a priest that you have been so gracious to me and so willing to let meinto your lives. I often hear that St. Lukes is a special place, and it certainly is. Along the way, of course, Harriet consented to be my wife and you have warmly welcomed her as well; just as youhave welcomed Leonardo and now Luke. We are all immensely grateful to you for sharing yourselves so freely withus and allowing us to share ourselves with you. I have even become settled into Philadelphia, becoming both aPhillies and an Eagles fan! (I never thought that possible).

    So, that is my story of suffering, death and resurrection. Coming to Philadelphia was initially a very painful anddifficult process for me. It involved dying to an old way of life that would have been more certain and secureatleast initially and suffering through a difficult period of uncertainty and insecurity. In the end, however, God has

    blessed me with new life in a community filled with warm and loving people. I thank you for being such animportant part of all of that. (Of course my experience does not measure up to Jesus experience, but the point is thatduring the course of our lives we will sometimes experience suffering and pain, we will sometimes experience thedeath of old ways of life and the joy of resurrection to new ways of life. Ill bet you all have such stories of your ownif you think about it.) As a token of our appreciation, Harriet and I would like to invite you to a luncheon after our Sunday liturgy on April 18 th. We hope you will join us and allow us to express our gratitude for the five-plus yearsthat we have enjoyed here. If you can come, please notify Barbara Kaufold as soon as possible so we will have anidea how many will be coming.

    Finally, Harriet and I want to recognize you on this day, so please, NO GIFTS. Your gift to us will be your presence!

    A blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter to all of you!

    God bless,

    Father Tim

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    REMI DERS:Submissions for theMAY WI GED OX will be due April

    23rd.

    Covenant Care Bags

    We will be collecting smallsoaps for the bags duringApril. A list of all items to becollected through June islisted in the hall as well as a

    box for additional donations.

    Please see calendar onPage 9 for special HolyWeek Services.

    Those Who Serve

    Sunday, April 4Chalice Bearer: John L.Readers: Cindy, LlynUshers: Jackie, JeremiahAltar Guild: Ruth & GailCounters: Ruth D & Rose

    o Coffee Hr.

    Sunday, April 11Chalice Bearer: JackieReaders: Barbara, John B.Ushers: Tom, KatherineAltar Guild: LlynCoffee Hour: Lisa Jo, Gail, KarenCounters: John B and Aurelia

    Sunday, April 18Chalice Bearer: Carlos R.Readers: Carlos R, JackieUshers: John L, JackieAltar Guild: Karen & SaraCoffee Hour: Joan, John, Jean,

    JackieCounters: John & Joan L.

    Sunday, April 25Chalice Bearer: John B.Readers: John B, StaceyUshers: Jeremiah, TomAltar Guild: JackieCoffee Hour: Espositos, Aurelia,Gertrude

    Counters: Betty & Don S.

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    NEWS

    ACME RECEIPTS Acme hasdecided to discontinue the TapeSaver program The last date St.Lukes office will accept Acme

    Tapes is April 13 as they musttallied and returned to the Acme

    by April 30. Our final paymentwill be in May 2010. The Acmeis offering The Acme Gift Card

    program in its place. The churchwould have to purchasediscounted Acme gift cards andearn $50 for every $1000 in cardssold. Please let Barb Kaufoldknow if you would be interestedin participating in this program sothat we can determine if thismight be a worthwhile programfor St. Lukes to participate in.

    Church School/ Nursery NewsWe will be holding our annualEaster Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 4, following theservice. Thanks to all whodonated items for the occasion.On April 18 the church schoolwill meet at 10:20 in the hall tolearn about the Easter season.

    Nursery care is also available atthat time

    Fish Fry Our first Fish Fry heldon March 19 was a big success,

    thanks to our chef Carlos and allhis helpers. Several people madesalads and deserts as well as

    buying supplies for the dinner.About 70 people attended andseemed to enjoy the social event.We collected $702 in free willofferings which will go towardsthe expense of replacing the old,torn stage curtain in the hall.There is already talk of makingthis an annual event during Lent.

    5th Anniversary LuncheonFather Tim & Harriet will host

    a luncheon after church onApril 18 th to celebrate Fr.Tims 5 year ordinationanniversary. Please let Barbaraknow if you plan to attend.

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    PRAYERS PLEASE PRAYERS PLEASE PRAYERS PLEASE PRAYERS PLEASE Members: Joyce, Dorothy,Elaine, Ruth B., Nancy H.,Edna, Alan, Mabel, Joshua,Ruth L., Virginia, Len,Louise, Nancy,. Lina,William, Don, Karen, Betty,Bob, Cheri, Emma Clare.Friends and Family: Robert,Betty, William, Alice, RobertP., William L., Robert,Karen, Megan, Burt, Tina,Sharon, Michael, Joe, Lee,

    Nancy, G.A. Jonah, Bill,Kathy, Kristyn, Jeannine,David. Alice, Michael,David, Robert R., Christian,Robert, Beata, Gregory,Gene, Michele, Frances,Arthur, Emma Rose, Kathy,Katherine, Gregg,Christopher, Malcolm,Janice, Jewel, Dorothy,

    Nancy W., NormanThose Serving in theArmed Forces: William

    B., Billy S., Chris G.,Kevin M., Alex G.,Andrew R., Chris K.,John R., Chris R., EricB., Rob D., Jerry F.,Thomas H., Tom B.,Casey R., Jermaine, Bradley,Michael, Matthew.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY APRIL

    3- Kula B., Cheri C.7- Lisa-Jo W.

    11-Joan M.14-Betty K.16-Tom T.27-Michael E. IIICO GRATULATIO S!Jay and Lina Sharkeywelcomed their baby girl,Emma Claire on March 11,2010.

    Would you like to be a Lay Eucharistic Minister?

    A LEM is one who brings consecratedhosts (communion) to the ill & shut-inswho cannot come to church. It requires

    some training from the diocese. Please seeFr. Tim or Stacey if you are interested in

    this ministry.

    SPRING BULBS

    Dear St. Luke family and friends,

    Our Girls Friendly Branch will be selling DutchMill Bulbs for this springs fundraiser. Its a great

    way to beautify our community and fund our trip toWorld Council in Ireland in 2011.

    GFS will earn at least 50% profit on everypackage of bulbs sold. Each package is

    economically priced at $6.00 and guaranteed byDutch Mill Bulbs to grow and bloom. They make

    great gifts, especially for your gardeners for Mothers Day.

    Ask any GFS member for assistance with your purchase during coffee hour. All orders and

    payments are due by April 18, 2010. Checks maybe made out to St. Lukes GFS. If you want to

    preview the bulb selection at home go towww.dutchmillbulbs.com .

    Thanks for your continued support of our GFSBranch,

    Llyn Carter Branch Advisor

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    PHOTO GALLERY - Lenten Fish Fry- March 19, 2010

    Thanks to Carlos Rodriquez, who cooked the fish, and the help of others, the Fish Frywas a success and a good time was had by many!

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    You can use 4 different types of categories to help you fill your boxes.one can be Education This can

    include reading the Bible, the Prayer Book or another spiritual book, or attending our "World Religions" classon Mondays. Another is LiturgicalParticipation : everyone here is aparticipant in liturgy whether they area choir member, usher, reader or participating in intercessory prayer.Think about your role. There's alsoService . This could mean serving atCoffee Hour, counting, vestry,outreach; or even service outside of church that helps others. Finally,

    there's Worship , which is what we alldo every Sunday, but of courseworship can extend to places andtimes outside of St. Luke's.

    You can continue to fill your boxes allyear long, as needed, and you canuse them to set goals.

    The Rule of Life has variations, somemore detailed and in depth. Theyhave been used by Benedictines andother religious orders. There arenumerous books and web sites if you'd like more in depth information.

    Whatever your "new beginnings" maybe, I wish you the best this Easter season and beyond. Alleluia!

    -submitted by Stacey Carmody

    Easter Beginnings

    Easter is a time when we focus on resurrection.Of course, the Risen Christ is the main focus.But I also like to think of this season in broader terms of rebirth and new beginnings and freshstarts.

    Lately, I have been quite taken with the HistoryChannel's series, Life After People . Usingcreative technology, it examines what the worldwould be like if the entire human race suddenlyvanished. The conclusion is always the same:the man-made structures would eventuallydecay and collapse and then give way to growthof vegetation. Slowly, the earth is restored to itsoriginal state. It is an example of death and thenew life that follows. New beginnings andrebirth. Resurrection!

    We can apply the concept of new beginningsinto our own lives. Easter is a good time to focuson new spiritual growth and resurrecting somepractices . A handy tool for spiritual growth is aRule of Life.

    A Rule of Life is a structure in which spiritual lifeis formed and carried out. It is easy to makeyour own Rule of Life. Draw a line down thecenter of a page, and then another going acrossso that you have 4 boxes. In the 1st box write"Daily". List the spiritual things you do everyday, no matter how little they are. It could benightly prayer, wearing a cross, listening tomeditative music, etc. In the next box, write"Weekly". Write something spiritually you do atleast once a week. For me, this is attendingcontemplative prayer and healing Eucharist. For you, it may be something different. In the nextbox, write "Monthly". For me, this is writing for and preparing The Winged Ox. For you, it maybe visiting a shut-in, or giving to the Food Bank,or volunteering your time. The last box is"Yearly". For a start, you can write "RenewBaptismal Covenant"- as we all do that at St.Luke's at least once or twice a year.

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    Just For LaughsJust For LaughsJust For LaughsJust For LaughsIF YOU KNOW THE BIBLE EVEN A LITTLE,YOU'LL FIND THIS HILARIOUS! IT COMESFROM A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLTEST. KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONSABOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS.THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ABOUT THEBIBLE WERE WRITTEN BY CHILDREN. THEYHAVE NOT BEEN RETOUCHED OR CORRECTED. INCORRECT SPELLING HASBEEN LEFT IN.

    1. IN THE FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE,GUINESSIS. GOD GOT TIRED OF

    CREATING THE WORLD SO HE TOOK THESABBATH OFF. 2. ADAM AND EVE WERE CREATED FROM AN APPLE TREE. NOAH'S WIFE WAS JOANOF ARK. NOAH BUILT AND ARK AND THE ANIMALS CAME ON IN PEARS.

    3. LOT'S WIFE WAS A PILLAR OF SALTDURING THE DAY, BUT A BALL OF FIREDURING THE NIGHT.

    4. THE JEWS WERE A PROUD PEOPLE ANDTHROUGHOUT HISTORY THEY HADTROUBLE WITH UNSYMPATHETICGENITALS.

    5. SAMPSON WAS A STRONGMAN WHOLET HIMSELF BE LED ASTRAY BY AJEZEBEL LIKE DELILAH.

    6. SAMSON SLAYED THE PHILISTINESWITH THE AXE OF THE APOSTLES.

    7 MOSES LED THE JEWS TO THE RED SEAWHERE THEY MADE UNLEAVENED BREADWHICH IS BREAD WITHOUT ANY INGREDIENTS .

    8, THE EGYPTIANS WERE ALLDROWNED IN THE DESSERT. AFTERWARDS, MOSES WENT UP TOMOUNT CYANIDE TO GET THE TENCOMMANDMENTS

    9. THE FIRST COMMANDMENTSWAS WHEN EVE TOLD ADAM TO EATTHE APPLE.

    10. THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENTIS THOU SHALT NOT ADMIT ADULTERY.

    11. MOSES DIED BEFORE HE EVERREACHED CANADA THEN JOSHUALED THE HEBREWS IN THE BATTLEOF GERITOL.

    12. THE GREATEST MIRICLE INTHE BIBLE IS WHEN JOSHUA TOLDHIS SON TO STAND STILL AND HEOBEYED HIM

    13. DAVID WAS A HEBREW KINGWHO WAS SKILLED AT PLAYINGTHE LIAR. HE FOUGHT THEFINKELSTEINS, A RACE OF PEOPLEWHO LIVED IN BIBLICAL TIMES.

    14. SOLOMON, ONE OF DAVIDSSONS, HAD 300 WIVES AND 700PORCUPINES.

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    APRIL 2010 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat

    1- 7:30P-MaundyThursdayservice inChurch

    2- 3p GoodFriday servicein Church

    7:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    3 -8p -HolySaturdayEaster Vigilin Church

    4- Easter Sunday 10:30a:HolyEucharist11:45a: EasterEgg Hunt

    5-7:00p- AdultForum-ChurchOffice

    6 12pm-UAWMeeting in Hall8:00P-AA

    Meeting in Hall

    7 6:45P-ContemplativePrayer inChurch Office7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    8 97:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    10 - 10a-Yogain Hall11:30a-Al-Anon Mtg inHall

    11 2nd h Sundayof Easter 10:30a:HolyEucharist11:45: CoffeeHr. In Hall

    12 -7:00p-Vestry Meetingin ChurchOffice

    138:00P-AAMeeting in Hall

    14 6:45P-ContemplativePrayer inChurch Office7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    15 16 7:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    17 10a-Yogain Hall11:30a-Al-Anon Mtg inHall

    18 5th Sunday of Easter

    10:30a: HolyEucharist11:45-Fr. Timanniversaryluncheon12:30p: GFSmeeting in Hall

    19 7:00p AdultForum-ChurchOffice

    208:00P-AAMeeting in Hall

    21 6:45P-ContemplativePrayer inChurch Office7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    22 23 7:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

    24 10a-Yogain Hall11:30a-Al-Anon Mtg inHall

    25 4 th Sunday of Easter 10:30a: HolyEucharist11:45: CoffeeHr

    26 7:00p- AdultForum-ChurchOffice

    27 8:00P-AAMeeting in Hall

    28 6:45P-ContemplativePrayer inChurch Office7:30P -HolyEucharist withHealing inChurch

    29 30 7:00P-AASpiritualityMeeting in Hall

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    The Memorial Church of St. Luke1946 Welsh RoadPhiladelphia, PA [email protected]tluke.org

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