St. Luke’s Episcopal Church News Release

Presented by James Colby, or 716-397-4823


Modern life is complicated, high-paced, and stressful. Some individuals handle stress with ease; their coping seems effortless. Many seekers of serenity ask, can I transform to transcend? Can I find my better-self by living in the present moment? Many make this transition and have found greater joy after a mental, emotional, and spiritual makeover.

The St. Luke's Wellness Partnership presents a series of workshops titled WELLNESS: Women's Will and Wisdom—Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit. Diverse female presenters will provide traditional and alternative wellness activities to help foster the fine art of loving life. Many well-being and religious practices have stood the test of time. Personal testimonies and growing clinical research validate wellness and prayer activities. 

The wellness programs kick-off at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 6:30 pm with Serendipity. They will present "The Power, Beauty, and Therapeutic Value of Women's Songs" (free will offerings are welcome). Plus enjoy Jill Mattson's "Love, Light, and Color Paintings" on view in the St. Luke's nave gallery. The vibrant works reflect stained glass windows and impressions of the heart. 

The wellness programs are open to men, women, and mature adolescents. Whether, from traditional religions or none, the goal is to participate and integrate wellness into your life. Visit for full details on these unique activities running on the first Tuesdays from November to March.

There is an optional guided meditation/prayer program with live music at 6 pm. This event will embrace many faiths. Participants will be encouraged to discover the peace within silence, seek higher consciousness, or connect with God in their heart. Meditation and prayer can help participants grow goodness within and provide a sense of self-worth and belonging. 

Serendipity is an eight-part women's a capella group founded in 2009. They have performed at Chautauqua Institution as part of their Vespers services and Road Scholar programs. Other events include the Findley Lake summer music series and performances for various service clubs, churches, and organizations in the Jamestown area. 

 The word "serendipity" was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754 in "The Three Princes of Serendip," a fairy tale in which the heroes "were always making discoveries…of things they were not in quest of." The Oxford English Dictionary defines Serendipity as "…beneficial chance events." "The women of Serendipity view themselves as faithful 'sisters in song,' who are happy to have the freedom to spread love and joy through music, says Leslie Hallock." Group members include Melanie Gritters, Leslie Hallock, Mary Kay Himes, Susan Huther (director), Marci Johnson, Cyndi Lorenc, Danica Olson, and Lissa VanDewark.

Sound vibrations undulate through space, bathe and permeate cells and tissues, and affect our inner feelings and emotions. Sometimes with profound effects. Soft and gentle music helps listeners let go of the mind's constant chatter and anxiety. Scientific experiments demonstrate that music fosters relaxation more quickly and lowers blood pressure faster than just resting. 

"My favorite CD for relaxation or preparing for meditation is "Instruments of Peace" featuring Singh Kaur, says James Colby, chair of the wellness partnership. "The songs include "Secret Garden," a magical melody and "Imagine," an ethereal interpretation of John Lennon's all-time classic."

St. Luke's Episcopal Church invites everyone to connect with like-minded individuals in a welcoming environment. The wellness partnership programs will continue to serve and grow the community on the first Tuesdays from December 2019 to March 2020. 

Visit for full event details.