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The Longest Night
 
December 21 is the winter solstice, which means it is the longest night of the year. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere occurs on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 10:59 a.m. EST.

It’s the astronomical moment when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn, and we have our shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere in terms of daylight. Regardless of what the weather is doing outside your window, the solstice marks the official start of winter.

The term “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (Sun) and sistere (to stand still) because, during the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still. So what does that mean, exactly? Upon the winter solstice, the Sun appears at its lowest in the sky, and its noontime elevation seems to stay the same for several days before and after this day. The Sun’s gradual decrease in the sky reverses upon the winter solstice, marking what many cultures believe to be a “rebirth” of the Sun as the hours of daylight become longer.”

For those who have had a loss—be it a loved one, a dream, health, or a joy-- this can be a difficult time of year, when it seems everyone else is celebrating. On this night, the Longest Night Service is offered at St. Luke’s…it is a time to reflect, acknowledge those losses, and be comforted.

Please know that this service is also open to all who may be finding this time of year difficult, no matter when their loss occurred.I do so hope that you will join us for this very special service.

Faithfully yours,
BECKY2.JPGBecky Williams, RN, BSN
Director of Health Ministries
Pastoral Care Facilitator
bwilliams@stlukesbr.org
 
 
Longest Night Service 2021

Longest Night Service 2021

St. Luke's Longest Night Service on December 21st is open to the entire community

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2021 Christmas Flower Fund

2021 Christmas Flower Fund

You're invited to participate in the celebration of Christmas at St. Luke's through the Christmas Flower Fund.   Please click here if y...

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Make a pledge today

Make a pledge today

Now, more than ever, St. Luke's needs your commitment to making a difference in the lives of the community around us through the work of our church. s...

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Buildings and Grounds Update

Buildings and Grounds Update

ABOUT THE NEW ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS & YOUTH ROOM: St. Luke’s Church and School administration had been operating from “temporary” office...

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Fall Giving Campaign

Fall Giving Campaign

The St. Luke's annual fall giving campaign is in full swing. Have you taken the time to make your pledge?

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A Stewardship Message from Barbee Pipes

A Stewardship Message from Barbee Pipes

Long-time St. Luke's member Barbee Pipes offers a few words on the importance of making a pledge during stewardship month at St. Luke's Baton Rouge.

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A Message from Denise Carvalho

A Message from Denise Carvalho

Denise Carvalho offers a special message to parishioners during stewardship month here at St. Luke's Baton Rouge.

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Thanksgiving Outreach

Thanksgiving Outreach

Join us for the annual tradition of bringing hot, fresh, Thanksgiving dinner to those who otherwise might not get it.

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Login for Realm online giving

Login for Realm online giving

Here's a quick link to log into Realm online giving portal here at St. Luke's Baton Rouge

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October is Stewardship Month

Shepherding St. Luke's

October is Stewardship Month at St. Luke's. Here's a message from our Jr. Warden, Andrea McKey. We ask you carefully consider your pledge.

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Meg Duggar leads Adult Formation on October 24

Meg Duggar to teach Sunday School on October 24

Join us on October 24th between services in Pope Hall as Meg Duggar leads a class on the three times Jesus says "come to me" in the Bible.

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Join Juliet Catrett on Nov 7 in Pope Hall

Adult Formation with Juliet Catrett

Learn self-guided ways to destress and take care of your mental health with special guest teacher Juliet Catrett, LCSW, for Adult Formation in Pope Ha...

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Job Posting: Family Ministry Coordinator

Job Posting: Family Ministry Coordinator

St. Luke's Episcopal Baton Rouge Job Posting We are currently looking for a Family Ministry Coordinator

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A Message from Dr. Catherine Baucom on Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

St. Luke's Vestry member, Dr. Catherine Baucom, offers tips on breast cancer awareness.

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Sunday, October 17th is St. Luke's Sunday

Brunch and Bingo between services with us on October 17th

Sunday, October 17th is St. Luke's Sunday and we want you to brunch with us.

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EDOLA Hurricane Ida Relief efforts

EDOLA Hurricane Ida Relief Efforts

Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana Hurricane Ida Relief Efforts

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Shoot the Flu--and COVID too!

Shoot the Flu--and COVID too!

Come to St. Luke's on October 17th from 8 am until Noon and get your flu shot or COVID booster shot. We're teaming up with our friends at Albertson's.

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Hurricane Relief Efforts for St. Helena Parish

Donations Needed for Greensburg in St. Helena Parish

St. Helena Parish, one of the state's poorest communities, needs our help following the devastation of Hurricane Ida. Please join us in donating supp...

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Thank you to those who donated during our blood drive on September 19th

Thank You Blood Donors

Thank you to those who donated during our blood drive on September 19th here at St. Luke's. You are truly life savers.

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