Pledge Cards – Pledge Card ingathering is scheduled for the First Sunday of Advent, November 30. Please turn your cards in on or before the 30th so they can be offered during our Advent celebration.

St. Luke’s Music Program – Smithfield High School’s Select Choraliers Ensemble will present a cappella carols for the Christmas Season at St. Luke’s December 2 and 3. More details are available on the flyer in the narthex.

Advent soup lunch and Study – We will have our Advent soup lunch and study for 4 Wednesdays beginning November 30. The sessions will run from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. More information is forthcoming.

Worship Service Video – A post-production video of worship will be on our YouTube channel on Sunday afternoon. A link to the video will be provided separately. Our channel URL is at this link.
November 27, 2022, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday of Advent
First Lesson:  Isaiah 2:1-5
Response:  Psalm 122
Second Lesson:  Romans 13:11-14
Gospel:  Matthew 24:36-44

Lay Participants
Chalicist/Prayers of the People:  Marcella
Lector:  Anne
Usher:  Bert

Video of worship from Nov. 20:
Sermon from Nov. 20:
Christmas Caroling – Lake Prince Woods is hosting A Night of Christmas Caroling Dec. 8 beginning at 6:30 pm in the Portsmouth Center. There will be hot cocoa and cookies after the caroling. RSVP to Resident Services Department at 757-923-5514/5514 by Dec. 2.

Vestry Member – Marcella will rotate off the Vestry at the end of December. We need a volunteer to serve as her successor.

Formation opportunity – The Rector is forming a group to go through the Sacred Ground curriculum from the Episcopal Church. The class is an 11-session conversation about Race and Faith. More information can be found at this link.

Parish Hall roof repairs – Will be completed once the shingles are received.

Ukrainian Relief – The Episcopal Relief and Development is gathering and sending relief assistance to the Ukraine. Donations to the Ukraine Crisis Response Fund will help the organization and its partners assist where needed.

Thought for the weekAcceptance: Most of us will invoke almost anything to justify ourselves before others. We drop into our conversations references to our background, our children, our education, our financial status, our religious practice, our athletic prowess, our important work… But these two things are closely linked: self-justification and contempt for others. Self-justification isn’t necessary. God accepts us just the way we are.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of St. John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
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Thu. Nov. 24th         * Thanksgiving Day – office closed
Sun. Nov. 27th         * The First Sunday of Advent
                                    * Pledge ingathering
Wed. Nov. 30th        * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 7th          * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thu. Dec. 8th            * Christmas Caroling at Lake Prince Woods – 6:30 pm
Wed. Dec. 14th        * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Thu. Dec. 15th          * Vestry meeting – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Dec. 21st        * Advent Study and soup luncheon 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Susan our bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether; Allen; Lon; Jimmye; Ann; Carroll; Cynthia; Richard and family; Linda; Vicky-Ann; Cathy; Dotty; George; David; Spencer and Veronique; Margaret; and Charles.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander; Alan; Sheldon & Elizabeth; Bryan; and Brendan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Juanita
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Grace, Drakes Branch; The Rev. Alice & Joe Davis; The Rev. Tom Haynes.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Anglican Episcopal Church in Japan.

Birthdays in November
Steven 16                 Kathy 28
Dotty 29                    Betty 30

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02              Fr. Les 08
Burr 18                      Jim 19
Will 28                       Susan 30
Don 30

Anniversaries in December
Don & Marcella 17             John & Beth 28
Steven & Susan 30

If you are in need of Pastoral Care
Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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