"Bad Girls of the Bible"
The St. Luke's "Bad Girls" is a bible study using the "Women of Faith" series of Bible Study material. We meet every Thursday at 12:00PM for lunch and the study starts at 12:30PM. We usually adjourn by 2:00PM. This study is open of anyone who would like to join ladies who worship God and want to know more about his teachings. We usually suspend meeting during the summer and resume again in the fall. We go out for lunch when we break for Christmas and when we close for the summer. We also have special Spa days, have gone on trips to visit retired members and in general have a wonderful time of fellowship and love.
Contact Lynne Sprouse for further information.
Children's Sunday School
Our children’s curriculum, “Weaving God’s Promises” is specifically made for Episcopal churches, focusing on foundational Bible stories and including “Threads” handouts as take-home reminders of the lesson. The lessons themselves are shaped like our Sunday services with elements of gathering, hearing the word, praying, and sharing. The children join the larger congregation at the passing of the Peace to take part in Holy Communion. It has been well received by parents and children alike.
and Episcopal Refresher Course
Our Inquirer's Class and Refresher Course provides insight to the Episcopal Church and serves to both refresh Episcopalians as well as orient new members by providing a comprehensive overview of our Church, its history, what it believes, and how it conducts itself. We provide a monthly 2-3 page synopsis on the following topics:
Specific questions can always be addressed to the clergy or references requesed.
For more information, please contact The Rev. Caroll D. Mallin, Deacon
Bible Challenge (Meets 10:30 on Tuesdays)
Have you ever thought about reading the whole Bible? Maybe you’ve done it before, or maybe it’s always seemed too daunting. Maybe you’ve been curious about certain passages or books in the Bible. What if you knew that friends were reading each day along with you? And what if you had the opportunity to ask questions about what you’re reading?
People all over the world receive spiritual sustenance from reading the Bible on a daily basis. The stories of the Bible are the stories of humanity’s encounter with God – they are OUR STORIES. By reading the text in continuous fashion, you get a fuller sense of the flow and overarching themes. You discover passages we never hear on Sunday morning. Most importantly, this time helps you draw closer to God.
Over the past few years, the effort to encourage scripture reading at St. Luke’s was spearheaded by The Rev. Deacon Caroll Mallin, who asked the vestry to purchase Barclay Bible Commentary books for distribution to parish families. These have been well received. Building on this foundation, I’d like to renew the invitation to make Bible reading a daily habit.
The Rev. Marek Zabriskie, founder of The Center for Biblical Studies and The Bible Challenge has created a one-year reading schedule that includes 3 chapters from the Old Testament, 1 Psalm, and 1 chapter from the New Testament for each day. There are also less rigorous schedules such as one that covers the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs in a year.
In any case, my hope is that YOU will feel empowered to pick up the Good Book and read it (book, e-reader, tablet, etc.) or listen to it (CD, podcast, etc.). I suggest the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV translation – used by the Episcopal Church for reading in worship), the New International Version (NIV), or the Common English Bible (CEB).
For the NRSV, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Fourth Edition (2010), the HarperCollins Study Bible (2006), or the New Interpreter’s Study Bible (2003) are all good choices. A Bible will be provided to anyone who needs one.
Our own Deacon Intern Brian Hutcherson said the following about reading the Bible – “First you drink it like beer, then you sip it like wine.” Well said.
Look for more information on the Bible Challenge, and do let me know if you’d like to sign up! Feel free to invite a friend, neighbor, or family member.
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light upon my path. (Psalm 119:105)
To learn more about the Bible Challenge, go to www.thecenterforbiblicalstudies.org.
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