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AUGUST 23, 2014
Anglican Churches of Diocese of Niagara
Jim Higginson, St. Luke's intrepid photographer, is pleased to present his lastest photographic project on St. Luke's website. This time his theme is the spirit eminating from the physical churches of worship in the Anglican Diocese of Niagara. During the April to June period he drove around the diocese visiting its churches. In total there are 89 churches segmented into six regions (see the list below for breakdown and links). The visits were made during the week when the the buildings were closed. Therefore the focus of the project was on the exterior of the church buildings. The purpose of the project was to capture in a single image his interpretation of the most prominent icon, reflection or shape on or around the building which he felt best represented the church building as a house of worship with the presence of spirit. In most cases, the noted icon was a cross on or as part of the building that caught his attention. In other cases, it was shadows, reflections, designs or signs that represented the presence of the spirit. Jim hopes you enjoy viewing the project and are able to reflect on the spirit exhibited in each image. Click on a region to view the images:

Brock Region (14 churches)
Greater Wellington Region (13 churches)
Lincoln Region (16 churches)
Mohawk Region (20 churches)
Trafalgar Region (20 churches)
Undermount Region (6 churches)

AUGUST 1, 2014
Looking Back at St. Luke's 125th Anniversary Celebration
St. Luke's celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2010.

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During the anniversary year there were many events, such as a float in the Santa Claus Parade, Valentine’s Day Party, Rama Trip, Seder Supper in additon to the regular activities of pancake supper, hamburger roast, peach peeling and turkey supper. 100 Huntley Street videoed one of our services and was broadcast later during one of their programs in 2010.  There were many special guests including Trev Jones, Marion Vincett, Michael Patterson, and Jim Cavanaugh. At various services there was a variety of  music by Brock Edwards and Sara Weiss, Praise Unlimited, Chip Richter, Niagara Youth Group and Randy Kay to name a few. There were many special services, such as youth, children’s, social justice services. 

A temporary sign was installed on the front lawn that no one could miss This let everyone in town know this was a special year for St. Luke’s. Commemorative eco-bags were screened and sold. A summary DVD was available in December that captured the moments of laughter and tears, images, videos and music as a reminder of our historic year.

The celebration reached its highest point on October 17, 2010 with a 125th Anniversary service. Many special guests joined us on this special occasion including Bishop Michael Bird, the Mayor, a Council member, Rev. Sue Channen and members of St. Philips.

If you would like to view the 125th Anniversary Celebration summary DVD, click on the following segments:

Part I Introduction and Overview
Part II Advent and Christmas 2009
Part III Lent and Easter 2010
Part IV Special Services and Events
Part V 125th Anniversary Celebration Service with Bishop Michael Bird

AUGUST 1, 2014
Peach Peeling Help Requested
St. Luke's is once again doing their bit for the Winona Peach Festival by peeling and quartering hundreds of peaches for those scrumptious peach sundaes available at the Festival. The days for peeling this year are August 20 and 21 and St. Luke's can use as many volunteers as possible who are willing to help. Barb McFarlane points out that "it's a great way for high schoolers to earn community hours and have some fun at the same time." For more information and to volunteer your time please contact Barb at 905-957-7894.

JULY 31, 2014
Inscription on the Bell in the Belfry
Hazel Las found a document in her files at home relating to announcements made at the service on November 27, 1957. An important fact in the document relates to the bell in the bell tower: "A short time ago it became necessary to climb into the Church belfry to install a new rope. While the job was being done I asked (by the Rector, Richard Haines) one of the men to read the inscription on the bell. Here it is: "Meneely and Co. West Troy N.Y. To the glory of God and in memory of Margaret Jane beloved wife of Andrew Muir Petitt, Grimsby. Fell asleep in Jesus Nov. 8th, 1889." To see a copy of the entire announcement document for that service click here.

FEBRUARY 14, 2014
Stephanie Deshane Performed at Valentine's Day Supper
We were honoured to have Stephanie Deshane perform some of her favourite country ballads at our Valentine's Day Supper in the church hall. More than 70 people were there to hear her and enjoy Valentine's Day. Stephanie is just 14 and making a name for herself both in and outside of Smithville. Click on YouTube on the landing page to see some photos and hear Stephanie.

JANUARY 23, 2014
Amber Sweet Recites "In Flanders Fields"
We mourn the passing of longtime St. Luke's member Amber Sweet on January 22, 2014. She joins her beloved husband Jack (passed in 1994) in heaven. It was a tradition at the Remembrace Day Service that Amber recited "In Flanders Fields" in her unique and memorable way. We captured her on video reciting it at the 2012 service. Please watch and reflect.

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