Shield Saint Luke's Episcopal Church
210 E. 9th St., Bartlesville, OK  74003
Phone:  (918) 336-1212     FAX (918-336-2557)
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Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
Las Posada Invitation from Santa Maria Virgen, OKC

Save the Date - Vestry Academy

Spanish Safeguarding God's Children Set

Safeguarding Train the Trainers

Summer Camp Staff Applications On-Line

Gifts of Life Catalog has Useful Gift Items

Presiding Bishop's Christmas Message

Advent Quiet Day, St. John's, Tulsa

50th Anniversary of Ordination Celebration Fr. William Ellington

St. Mary's Episcopal School, Edmond, Visitors Day

Saint John's Bible Exhibit Opens Sunday

This Seven Dollar Item Helps you Welcome Church Guests on Christmas

Diocesan Events




March 20-22

Make My Mission St. Crispin's

Mission Camp 


Summer Camp Dates


May 29 - 30

ABC Camp


May 31 - June 6

Senior Camp


June 7 - 13

9th - 10 grades


June 14 - 20

4th - 6th grades


June 21 - 27

7th - 8th grades


June 28 - July 4

9th - 10th grades


July 5 - 11

4th - 6th grades


July 12 - 19

7th - 8th grades





Congregational  Events

December 12

Handbell Ensemble

7:00 p.m.

Church of the Resurrection, OKC


December 19

Las Posadas

Santa Maria Virgen, OKC

7 p.m.

Meet at the church


Community Events


December 15
Governor's Healthy Aging Summit: Living Longer Better
Reed Conference Center
Midwest City
visit for more information. 


January 15 - 16
Addiction Survival Kit Training
St. Luke's UMC, OKC for information 

January 25
OK Prayer Service for the 2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Church of the Epiphany of the Lord, OKC

March 7
Winter JAM 2015
Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC
Doors open at 5 p.m. 

August 24-28
Mediation Skills Training
United Methodist Church of the Servant, OKC
Contact Dianne Peters


Bishop's Calendar


December 14

St. Luke's, Tulsa


December 24

Christmas Eve

St. Paul's Cathedral, OKC






  Bishop uruguay

Bishop Pollesel


Holy God, source of healing and of peace, bless with your grace the companion dioceses of  Oklahoma and Uruguay. Through our partnership one with another may we grow in mutual affection and communion, seek a more profound experience of truth, build up the Church in unity and give glory to Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.


New Web site:






Diocesan Newsletter

The next Diocesan Newsletter
 will be 
Friday, December 19, 2014.

We Are

December 12, 2014

Issue 46

Las Posada Invitation from Santa Maria Virgen, OKC



Keeping with Mexican tradition, Santa Maria will host their annual Las Posada beginning December 16th - 24th at 7:00 p.m. The event will being at Santa Maria Virgen, 5500 S. Western Avenue, OKC. 


Individuals from other parishes are invited to join the Cursillistas on December 19th at the church at 7 p.m. (You do not have to be a Cursillistas (someone who has attended Cursillo) to be a part of this event. While you may attend other nights, this is the only night they will have bulletins in English.


The event will end with traditional Mexican refreshments. 


Posadas are an important part of Mexican Christmas celebrations. The word posada means "inn" or "shelter" in Spanish, and these celebrations recreate Mary and Joseph's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. 


Posadas are held in neighborhoods across Mexico and are also becoming popular in the United States. The celebration consists of a procession with candles, sometimes with individuals selected to play the parts of Mary and Joseph, or sometimes images are carried. The procession will make its way to a particular home (a different one each night), where a special song is sung. In this song those outside the house sing the part of Joseph asking for shelter and the family inside responds singing the part of the innkeeper saying that there is no room. The song switches back and forth a few times until finally the innkeeper decides to let them in. The door is opened and everyone goes inside. 

Save the Date


Vestry Academy

Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

St. Crispin's Conference Center

More information coming soon.

Safeguarding God's Children

December 14 
2:30 - 5 
Santa Maria Virgen

This training will use the Spanish version of Safeguarding and a translator. If you are a member of Santa Maria, please let Fr. Naty know you are interested in attending. If you are from another congregation, please call Sabrina Evans at the Diocesan Offices 405 232 4820 and register. 

February 6
10 a.m.
Diocesan Offices
Please call Sabrina Evans at the Diocesan Offices 405 232 4820 and register,

February 7
10 a.m.
Diocesan Offices
Please call Sabrina Evans at the Diocesan Offices 405 232 4820 and register.
Train the Trainers

Are you a trainer for Safeguarding God's Children? Would you like to be a trainer for Safeguarding God's Children? Here's your chance to recertify or certify!

January 17, Saturday
Diocesan Offices 
10 - 1:30 - Bring a Sack Lunch

Would you like to be trained in Safeguarding God's People? Where your chance!

January 24, Saturday
Diocesan Offices
10 - 1:30 - Bring a Sack Lunch

To register for either of these training, email

Summer Camp Events and News
Summer Camp Staff Applications On-Line

St. Crispin's is a wonderful place to come to in the summer and is even more special if you are on staff! Applications for our 2015 Summer Camp Staff are now on-line at

Look over on the right side and see Staff Applications Here. 

You have until February 1 to apply. Interviews will take place the weekend of February 6 - 8 at St. Crispin's. Don't delay. Register now to be considered for summer staff.
The Episcopal Church Events and Information

Gifts of Life Catalog has Useful Gift Ideas



The Gifts for Life catalog from Episcopal Relief and Development is online and in the mail. Most of us have more than we need. But gifts like these are needed, wanted and last for a long time. Do what you can. Click here .    ERD

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop's Christmas Message 2014: May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide

The altar hanging at an English Advent service was made of midnight blue, with these words across its top:  "We thank you that darkness reminds us of light."  Facing all who gathered there to give thanks were images of night creatures - a large moth, an owl, a badger, and a bat - cryptic and somewhat mysterious creatures that can only be encountered in the darkness.

As light ebbs from the days and the skies of fall, many in the Northern Hemisphere associate dark with the spooks and skeletons of secular Hallowe'en celebrations.  That English church has reclaimed the connection between creator, creation, and the potential holiness of all that is.  It is a fitting reorientation toward the coming of One who has altered those relationships toward new possibilities for healing and redemption.

Advent leads us into darkness and decreasing light.  Our bodies slow imperceptibly with shorter days and longer nights, and the merriness and frantic activity around us are often merely signs of eager hunger for light and healing and wholeness. 

The Incarnation, the coming of God among us in human flesh, happened in such a quiet and out of the way place that few noticed at first.  Yet the impact on human existence has been like a bolt of lightning that continues to grow and generate new life and fire in all who share that hunger.

Jesus is among us like a flitting moth - will we notice his presence in the street-sleeper?  He pierces the dark like a silent, streaking owl seeking food for hungry and defenseless nestlings.  He will overturn this world's unjust foundations like badgers undermining a crooked wall.  Like the bat's sonar, his call comes to each one uniquely - have we heard his urgent "come and follow"? 

God is among us, and within us, and around us, encountering, nudging, loving, transforming the world and its creatures toward the glorious dream the shepherds announced so many years ago, toward the beloved community of prophetic dreams, and the nightwatch that proclaims "all is well, fear not, the Lord is here." 
May Christ be born anew in you this Christmastide.  May his light burn in you, and may you labor to spread it in the darkness.  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, and it is the harbinger of peace for all creation.

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

En un oficio inglés de Adviento, las colgaduras del altar eran de azul oscuro y encima se destacaba este letrero: "Te damos gracias de que la oscuridad nos recuerda la luz". Frente a todos los que estábamos reunidos allí para dar gracias había imágenes de criaturas de la noche -una mariposa nocturna, un búho, un tejón y un murciélago- criaturas crípticas y de alguna manera misteriosas que sólo pueden encontrarse en la oscuridad.

Mientras mengua la luz de los días y los cielos del otoño, muchos en el Hemisferio Norte asocian la oscuridad con los fantasmas y los esqueletos de las celebraciones seculares de Halloween. Esa iglesia inglesa ha recobrado la conexión entre el creador, la creación y la potencial santidad de todo lo que existe. Es una adecuada reorientación hacia la venida de Uno que ha alterado esas relaciones hacia nuevas posibilidades de restauración y redención.

El Adviento nos conduce a la oscuridad y la luz decreciente. Nuestros cuerpos imperceptiblemente asumen un ritmo más lento según los días se hacen más cortos y las noches más largas, y la alegría y la frenética actividad que nos rodea con frecuencia no son más que señales de una anhelante apetencia de luz y de restauración y plenitud.

La Encarnación, la venida de Dios entre nosotros en carne humana, ocurrió en un lugar tan tranquilo y apartado que pocos lo advirtieron al principio. Sin embargo, el impacto en la existencia humana ha sido como un rayo resplandeciente que sigue aumentando y generando nueva vida y fuego en todo el que comparte esa apetencia.

Jesús está entre nosotros como una inquieta mariposa nocturna -¿advertiremos su presencia en el indigente?  Él atraviesa la oscuridad como un búho silencioso que busca comida para sus pichones hambrientos e indefensos. Derribará los injustos cimientos de este mundo como los tejones que socaban una pared torcida. Como el sonar de un murciélago, su llamado nos llega a cada uno de nosotros en particular -¿hemos oído su apremiante "ven y sígueme"?

Dios está entre nosotros, y en nosotros y en torno nuestro, encontrando, alentando, amando y transformando al mundo y sus criaturas hacia el glorioso sueño que los pastores anunciaron hace tantísimos años, hacia la amada comunidad de sueños proféticos y la ronda nocturna que proclama "todo bien, no teman, el Señor está aquí".

Que Cristo renazca en ustedes en esta temporada navideña. Que su luz arda en ustedes y que laboren para propagarla en la oscuridad. El pueblo que andaba en tinieblas ha visto una gran luz y es el heraldo de la paz para toda la creación.

Rvdma. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Obispa Presidente y Primada
De la Iglesia Episcopal
Congregational Events and Information
Advent Quiet Day 2014 - St. John's, Tulsa

Being with Mary
So tenderly has he looked upon his servant...
(Luke 1:47)

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Light lunch included
St. John's Episcopal Church Fox Library
4200 S. Atlanta Place, Tulsa OK

A time to contemplate Mary, mother of Jesus, and her example of faithful service. Quiet day facilitator is the Rev. Susanne Methven.

Bring yourself and a journal. We will conclude with a service of Holy Communion.

RSVP to Diana Carter 918 742 7381 or
50th Anniversary of Ordination Celebration for Fr. William Ellington

Episcopal School Events and Information
St. Mary's Episcopal School, Edmond, OK, Visitors Day

Visitors Day: January 15, 2015, 8:30-10:30 AM @ St. Mary's Episcopal School in Edmond. The preschool - 5th grade admissions open house is your opportunity to experience us in action, interact with teachers and students, and tour our campus. For questions or to RSVP please contact Shauna LeGrande at (405) 341-9541 x103 or

Community Events and Information
Saint John's Bible Exhibit Opens Sunday

The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, on the campus of St. Gregory's University, 1900 W. McArthur Street, Shawnee, will hold a grand opening for The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition exhibit from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The event is open to the public.

The event will include seven volumes of Scripture written in calligraphy and accompanied by illuminations.

Although the books are considered rare, visitors may turn the pages and touch the images.

The exhibit will continue through January 25. For more information, go to  
Christian Formation News 
This Seven Dollar Item Helps you Welcome Church Guests on Christmas
Posted by Matthew Kozlowski on December 10th, 2014 in 
Building Faith

As churches around the country prepare for additional visitors during Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, these items are one of the best ways to add signage in an inexpensive and flexible way.

The case for church signage
We know... we know... there is no product that can replace Christian hospitality. On the other hand, being a welcoming church is a holistic approach; we need to consider people, architecture, communication, and more.

Which brings us to today's topic: signage.

We've all been there: a new church, a new school, a new job-site.
Where should I park? 
Where's the bathroom? 
Where's the event?

Helpful signs answer these questions, thereby reducing anxiety, and allowing us to focus on the positive reasons of why we came to this location in the first place. In the case of church: God! Granted, signs can never replace the human touch, but humans cannot be in every place at every moment. Signs, on the other hand, are quite good at that!

Churches are notorious for having bad signage. There are several reasons for this:
1. We think we don't need signs because "we already know where everything is."
2. Signage can be expensive.
3. Event locations change constantly, and permanent signage cannot keep up.

So what's the answer? Plastic sign holders. As churches around the country prepare for additional visitors during Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, these items are one of the best ways to add signage in an inexpensive and flexible way.

Attach signs to walls or doors
This is especially helpful on meeting room doors because printed signs can be easily slipped in and out of the holder as events and meetings change.

Use screws or adhesive to mount sign holders.
Create printed signs on your computer (consider using
Consider laminating your printed signs, this helps a lot.
Slide the printed sign into the holder and you are ready to go.
Helvetica font with upper and lower case letters is easy to read.

Create signposts
For areas that are not near walls, or places where you don't want to drill into a wall, making a signpost is the way to go.

Use 2 x 4's to create a base and a post.
Correction: ask a handy members of your congregation to help make your church more welcoming

Create a groove at the top of the post that will hold plastic sign holder in place. It must be a tight fit!

It is nice for storage and flexibility if the plastic sign holder can be taken on and off the post.

Definitely laminate your signs for this type of use.

This is just a sample. Yours should have a deeper notch, and you may want a larger piece of wood.

Consider making signs for the following:
Even long-time parishioners need directional help on Christmas, as service times are different, and people can be flustered.

Extra parking
Pageant rehearsal area
Music rehearsal area

A well positioned post can be even more obvious than a sign on the wall.

The big picture
Remember to put yourself in the place of first time guests, and try to see everything through their eyes. Open your heart and think of how God may be working in the lives of the people who arrive at your church on Christmas, and how your community has the privilege to offer them hospitality. Think of what an honor it is to play even a small part in one person becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The Rev. Matthew Kozlowski manages, edits, and writes for Building Faith. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Danielle and two young daughters. Throughout his career he has been a teacher, camp counselor, school chaplain, camp chaplain, Sunday school teacher, parish priest, and Alpha course coordinator.

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Contact Information
Sabrina Evans
(405) 232-4820