Guilds and Groups
Episcopal Church Women
ECW (Episcopal Church Women) provides opportunities for all women of the church to serve, share each other’s unique gifts and offer help where needed in the life of the parish. This diverse group regularly hosts fundraisers to support local and regional outreach projects, meets for planning and fellowship, and provides receptions for the Bishop’s visit and other important celebrations during the year. Watch the Parish Life for information about upcoming meetings and projects. Contact Abbie Hinton, abbie.hinton [at] yahoo [dot] com or 731-394-0960.
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) is a group of young people in grades 7-12 that meets regularly on Sunday evenings for a full slate of activities during the school year, as well as at other times. This important ministry trains the next generation of church leaders, immersing them in the life of Saint Luke’s while having a great deal of fun as they learn about their church and get to know each other. The normal gathering time is Sundays from 5-7 pm at the church. For more information, contact Lee Sparks at leesquire [at] mac [dot] com or 731-616-0199.
The Empty Pew
Saint Luke’s Outreach Committee is called “The Empty Pew.” Most churches spend most of their resources to get people IN the pews. This group wants to see what will happen when we get people OUT of the pews.The focus of The Empty Pew is connecting Saint Luke's Episcopal Church with our community for the purpose of promoting social justice and community well-being. Activities are coordinated to introduce parishioners to local causes and to introduce people from outside the church to Saint Luke's parishioners. If you are interested in learning more about the activities of The Empty Pew/Outreach Committee, please contact Peggy Bogard at Pegbog [at] aol [dot] com or 731-664-7593.
Foyers are small groups of 6-8 parishioners who meet in informal, monthly dinner gatherings. The rotating groups are diverse, made up of singles and couples, young and retired people. The purpose of Foyers is to strengthen the bonds of our community, develop new friendships and deepen old ones. Members of the groups, formed twice a year, take turns hosting a simple meal in their homes or at a restaurant once a month. New groups are created for the fall and for the spring. For more information, contact Bob or Fran Beare at franbeare [at] aeneas [dot] net or 731-444-1000.
The Garden Guild
This committee serves to oversee the short and long-range landscaping concerns of Saint Luke's. Members consist of those interested in this aspect of maintaining the property. This guild works as a subcommittee of the Property Committee and answers to the Vestry of Saint Luke's. For more information, contact Pat Craig at crai2990 [at] bellsouth [dot] net
The Men's Literary Guild
Men’s “Literary Guild" is the name of a group which says little about what it does but much about group’s sense of humor! It is a men’s social group that is open to all men of Saint Luke’s and meets for social gatherings 3-4 times per year. Men who are new to Saint Luke’s are encouraged to join in the fun, food, and fellowship as the gatherings are a great way to meet other men of the church. For more information, contact Greg Kost at gkkost [at] eplus [dot] net or 731-664-5399.
Saints Alive! is a gathering of adults from the parish for food, fellowship, and fun. If you are new to Saint Luke’s, this is a great way to meet others in the parish. If you have been at Saint Luke’s all your life or anywhere in between, come and visit with other parishioners and maybe meet someone new. There are many who attend either the 8:00 a.m. or the 10:30 a.m. service who don’t know each other. This is your opportunity to get acquainted! The group meets periodically, so watch the Parish Life for announcements. No sign-up is necessary. For more information, contact Lyn Wheeler, Programs Chair at lynw [at] eplus [dot] net or 731-984-7322.
The Wedding Guild
As a ministry to those being married in our parish, Saint Luke's provides a wedding coordinator to assist with a wedding. After the initial meeting with the clergy, the couple meets with a Wedding Coordinator from Saint Luke’s Wedding Guild to discuss mechanics related to the service at Saint Luke’s. The Couple reviews the particular details involved in the wedding (i.e., bridesmaids and groomsmen, the nature of the procession, number of expected guests, flowers, photographer, etc.).
On the wedding day the Wedding Coordinator is available to troubleshoot any problems that might arise for the wedding party or guests, sends bridesmaids and groomsmen down the aisle at the appropriate time, and helps make sure the ceremony runs as smoothly as possible.
After the wedding, the Wedding Coordinator walks through the building to make sure the facility has been picked up by the wedding party. All wedding parties getting married at Saint Luke’s MUST use one of Saint Luke’s Wedding Coordinators from our Wedding Guild. If you are interested in being trained as a wedding coordinator and assisting in this important ministry, please contact St. Luke's at 424-0556.