My Dear People,
As we close out the month of October, I am looking back over the last 30 days and am filled with joy. We’ve had a busy month, and it was amazing!
We started off the month with our first movie night at the Parish, showing Chronicles of Narnia- we had about 35 people come out and enjoy the show. Special thanks to those who provided food and drink, and special Narnia Coloring books!
We had our annual Par-Tee event, and many people braved the frigid temperatures and wind and rain to support our school. Thanks to St. Luke’s FSA for all their hard work making this event a wonderful experience.
We had our first annual Oxtoberfest festival, and it was INCREDIBLE! We had 120 people sign up for the 5k Stampede and the mini-stampede. We had hundreds of people come in and enjoy Gemütlichkeit, sharing the experience of Parish fellowship with each other and taking part in so many wonderful festivities we had throughout the day. To close off the evening, our auction was extremely successful.
Thanks to all the volunteers, the sub-committee leads, and most especially to the leadership team that brought this wonderful event into existence this year and made it successful. I had one parishioner say that the food was so good that her sister went into labor and had to go to the hospital! I had another person tell me that she has been checking out St. Luke’s and has seen how welcoming, vibrant, and fun we are and has decided to join the Parish! Good work to all who have opened their hearts to all the new people coming in and who have brought a great level of joy to St. Luke’s Parish.
Oxtoberfest was first and foremost an opportunity for the whole Parish to celebrate our patron saint, and the celebration was truly sublime. It is also a fundraiser, and while the numbers are still coming in, we have already well exceeded the amount we raised last year. A final total will be forthcoming, but the initial numbers show an increase in revenue of almost 30% over last year. This money will greatly help our marketing initiatives for the whole Parish. We are going to be looking into rebuilding the websites for our Parish (both the Church and the School).
Friday we had our Trunk Or Treat, continuing the great tradition of having fun while welcoming families into our faith community. Thanks to all who participated and took the time to plan and dress up. I am amazed at the level of creativity that goes into the Halloween event.
I am blessed to be a part of this Parish, and I look forward to all that the following months bring.
Please mark your calendars for our November events:
November 1st- Holy day of Obligation, we will have 3 mass times.
November 2nd- Family Game night- bring your favorite game, and enjoy! This event is free.
November 9th- Financial Peace University
November 16th- Fast Five Trivia-
November 23rd- ELF MOVIE NIGHT! - Free event; we will have some food and beverage items available for a donation.
November 30th- Fr. Adam’s choice- we are looking at a special event for this Friday Night.
Blessings! Fr. Adam