Community Garden Update: August 18, 2016

Our plants are growing amazingly well.  View some of the “firsts,” below:  First sunflower,  first pumpkin, first cucumber, first herbs, first salad….


Note Franklin Square Community’s colorful sunflower mural in far background.



By August 16, the sunflowers were taller than our volunteers! Quite an accomplishment!

St. Luke’s Back to School Rally Wish List

The St. Luke’s Post Back to School Rally is taking place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12-3pm on the church grounds and we need your help to make this event a success. This is an opportunity for our youth and community to celebrate a successful start to the 2016-2017 school year. It will be open to the public and there will be food, music, and activities for attendees to enjoy. Here’s how you can help:

Donations will be accepted for:

  • New, unopened school supplies
  • New and gently used elementary and middle school reading books
  • New and gently used uniforms of all colors and sizes
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid for grill
  • Garbage bags
  • Gloves for handling food
  • Refreshments
  • Face painting kit

Volunteers will be needed the day of to (volunteer for an hour or two or the whole event):

  • Man the grill
  • Man the cotton candy machine
  • Man the popcorn machine
  • Set up and break down tables
  • Photograph the event
  • Face paint
  • Man the giveaway table(s)
  • Man the food table(s)

Sponsorship opportunities (cover the cost of one of these and have your name or organization name highlighted as an event sponsor):

  • Snowball stand $250
  • Moon bounce $400
  • Supplies for cotton candy and popcorn machines $150
  • DJ $ 150

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please contact Shannon ( or 410-710-4018) or Trivia ( or 410-523-6272) to donate, volunteer, sponsor, or for more information.

Shannon McCullough

Camp Imagination Update: August 5, 2016–Day 5

  1. Day 5:  Field Trip to Visionary Arts Museum and Grand Art Opening

We went by bus to the Visionary Arts Museum early on Friday morning.  The campers created Hope Chests, in which they placed their hopes on slips of paper.  40


“A good future” is the hope

The campers were thrilled to actively explore The Visionary Arts Museum with all its treasures.

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A picnic lunch followed on the top of Federal Hill.  During the visit and lunch, volunteers were busy transforming the undercroft of the church into an art gallery.

After time for a rest back at camp, the Grand Art Opening began at 4:30.  Children greeted their guests and walked them through the amazing display of their work created over the week of Camp Imagination.



One of our campers reading Something Beautiful to her little brother at the Grand Art Opening


Our THANKS to our Director, Amanda Talbot, our Artistic Director and Consultant, Kathy Gardner, and our leader, Father Van Gardner









Campers pictured with half of our volunteers.  Note the saying from the Talmud: “Call them not your children. Call them your builders.”



Camp Imagination Update: August 4, 2016–Day 4

Day 4:  August 4, 2016—The World Changes

When we arrived, the entrance to the undercroft had been changed!  The fence weavings that we completed on Day 3, were hanging at the entrance declaring our theme:  CHANGE


On Day 4, the theme, The World Changes, was illustrated by reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss.  Message:  “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

Ms. Kathy demonstrated how to paint clay flower pots and the campers painted them in preparation for planting a philodendron to take home and care for.


After lunch we learned how to make large and small truffula trees from “The Lorax.”   We read “Good People Everywhere,” and made tags for our trees with messages about the good people in our lives, our communities, and our world.  These were gifts to be handed out to our families and guests at the Art Opening on Day 5.


Camp Imagination Update: August 3, 2016–Day 3

Day 3:   Communities Change

When we arrived, we found our art from Day 1 that we had changed into hands with positive feelings on Day 2 had been further changed into  leaves on our tree!  Check out the many positive feelings that fill our buckets.



Click to view full size and see the positive emotions

Day 3 focus for readings and activities was Communities Change.  We began the morning with a story about identifying beauty in the things around us, “Something Beautiful.”  Our five groups embarked on seeking Beauty on a photo scavenger hunt through the neighborhood.  We found beauty everywhere we looked!


Ms. Kathy helped us identify the elements of house architecture, and we drew and developed houses that were our dream houses.  These will become our dream community tomorrow.


Finally, we worked on a weaving project to change the letters, C-H-A-N-G-E, into fabric fence art that will be posted at the church.  By the end of the day, we were well on our way to completion.



Camp Imagination Update: August 2, 2016–Day 2

Day 2:  People Change

We began the day with Team Building activities including introductions with the “Wiggle, Wiggle” song and promenade:


Developing the Day 2 theme, People Change, we discussed positive and negative feelings and emotions and how emotions change.  We read books illustrating how feelings change, including “Mean Jean, the Recess Queen.”  After lunch, Father Van read, “How Full is Your Bucket?” and discussed nurturing positive feelings.  We all chose a positive emotion that we would like to nurture in ourselves and we called it out as we flung balloons filled with paint at a picture on the barn wall.  Stay tuned to see what happens to this tree.



Camp Imagination has been very fortunate to have the help of partner parishes:  St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Woodlawn is providing breakfast and daily afternoon snacks.  Parishioners (seen below) from The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal in Ruxton come daily to provide a healthy lunch:

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Camp Imagination 2016 Update

Dear Friends,

I would like to thank everyone who was able to join our Camp Imagination planning session last Sunday!  Camp is gearing up to be an exciting week of reading, art, fellowship and fun!

Please spread the word and mark the following dates on your calendars.

  • Youth Group Planning Session:

Sunday, June 12th 12:15-1:15 Please encourage any interested, mature young adults and/or immature adults to attend.  We will be coordinating the free-time activities for the week of camp. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided!

  • Volunteer Training Session:

Sunday, July 17th 12:15-1:15 If you will be volunteering for Camp Imagination, please plan to attend this training.  We will go over the final schedule for the week, hand out volunteer assignments, and answer any remaining questions.

  • Camp Imagination: Monday, August 1st to Friday, August 5th, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
  • Grand Art Opening: Friday, August 5th, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call.

Many thanks,

Amanda Talbot

Please see the announcement for Camp Imagination here and the tentative schedule for the camp here.  For more information or to volunteer with Camp Imagination, please send email to Amanda Talbot.

Meeting the Youth of the Parish

On April 13th I sat down with many of the Youth to discuss my role and ways I could be of service to St. Luke’s. It was a very great experience to get to know the youth in a different light and to learn ways ion which St. Luke’s could be of support. Some of the pressing things that were suggested for them was having a atmosphere where they can get away and play sports. It was a delight having the youth discuss the need for getting the basketball hoop put up and having the opportunity to play sports in teams. So if you are looking for some fun sport ideas, talk to the youth and see how you can help put some of these things into play.

Other ideas that they were interested in was to have fundraisers so that they could potentially go to so real live games such as baseball, football, etc. All of the participants agreed to read a book as a group and made the suggestion to have others from the outside to come in and actually read part of the book to the group. The youth were all open to the idea of having a computer Lab where there could after school and get tutoring and a few fun classes. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Our next steps will be to have the youth to come in monthly which will be a social hour in which will include time for our youth in addition to Safe Saturday, time for games, movies and organized enrichment . If you have any talents or special skills that you would like to share with our youth, please feel free to contact Trivia Payne at 410-779-8172.

Trivia Payne

St. Luke’s wins Neighborhood Event Grant

St. Luke’s was awarded a $500 MECU Neighborhood Event Grant for our 2016 Back to School Rally to take place in September of 2016! This event will take place on the church grounds and will be an opportunity to celebrate a successful start to the 2016-2017 school year. It will be open to the public and there will be food, music, and activities for attendees to enjoy. Activities may include face painting, a moon bounce, board games, and more.

We at St. Luke’s believe that education is fundamental, important, and worth celebrating in our community. We hope that by providing students with tools for school and books for reading outside of school at this event that our local students will feel prepared for, and optimistic about, the school year ahead.

During the summer we will take donations of school supplies to give away to students at this event. There will also be opportunities to volunteer at the rally. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering or making a donation.

You can check here for more information about the grant and to see a list of the 103 neighborhood associations and community-based non-profit organizations that were selected to receive funding:

Shannon McCullough