January 18, 2011
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Padre's ponderings


I spent part of my devotional time this morning (Monday 1/17) in the Egyptian desert, with all due respect to Robert E. Lee and Martin Luther King, Jr.  That's because the name Antony is assigned to this day in the church's liturgical calendar.


Antony of Egypt (c.251-356) was a founder of monasticism and wrote a rule for anchorites (a religious solitary/recluse).  Antony was certainly not the first anchorite, also known as a solitary ascetic, but he is the first, by all accounts, to live that life in the Egyptian desert, completely cut off from civilization.  After some 13 to 20 years, accounts vary, he left his cave and founded a "monastery," a series of cells inhabited by ascetics living under his rule.  Athanasius, Antony's biographer, wrote of such colonies: "Their cells like tents were filled with singing, fasting, praying, and working that they might give alms, and having love and peace with one another."


I share this - there's lots more I won't - because I once visited Antony's cave.  It is in rugged, barren country, about 2200 feet above sea level.  A winding, steep stair case has been constructed to accommodate tourists/pilgrims.  The trail before that required about an hour's climb to reach the cave.  The cave itself is about 23 feet deep and somewhat less wide.  The opening is very narrow.  It would be quite dark in it, if not for an outside light source.  We had flashlights.


Athanasius' biography of Antony was widely distributed, attracting huge numbers to go into the desert in solitude, fasting, and prayer.  Not far from the cave his followers established a monastery on an oasis that to this day is one of the most flourishing in Egypt.  Our group visited that, too, but it is the cave where I spent some time this morning. 


Denis Baum, Interim Rector   


Wednesday - January 19, 2011
12:00 noon   Healing Eucharist in Chapel
6:00 PM  Chancel Bells
7:00 PM  Chancel Choir
7:30 PM  Parish Life Meeting in Parish Hall 

Thursday - January 20, 2011

9:00 AM  Respite Care

10:00 AM  TGIT 

7:00 PM  Community Group - Adult Classroom


Saturday - January 22, 2011
10:00 AM  Altar Guild Meeting
III Epiphany  - January 23, 2011
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:20 AM   Christian Formation
10:30 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:30AM  Annual Meeting and Potluck

Monday, January 24, 2011
7:00 PM  Community Group - Hodge's House 

Christi Blain, Kay Gay, Annette Gerace, Teddy Brehm, Penny Jenkins, Louis Jenkins, David, Maynard Gonterman, Anne Gonterman, Carolyn Ford, Fr. Lawson Anderson,  Lance Lockridge,  Austin Edwards, Corey Moses, Antoinette & Quincy Mims, Ella Edwards, 
Suzi Martinka and family, Mindy Wertz, Naedean Mayland, Sophie Papi, Mildred Ford, Jim Howell, Tabitha Murphy, Katherine & Rhonda Herring, Joseph & Marion Murphy, Cynthia, Niles Moffat, Sally Lumpp, Search Committee.  

Special Concerns:  for all the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Lance, Jake, Bret, Brian, Parker, Justin, Morgan, Matt, Joshua, Mark.

Expectant Mother:  Kelsey
The Annual Meeting and Potluck will be Sunday, January 23, 2011 following the 10:30 AM service.  All reports need to be in to the office no later than January 19. 



If you still have  a pledge card out we would like to have them all back in by Sunday so we can give some type of budget forecast at the annual meeting.

Thanks, Gary and Daniel


This Sunday at the Sequence hymn, we will sing #653.  The text starts off with the words, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind.

The tune we will sing is by one of the great Anglican composers, Charles Hubert Perry and the tune name is Repton.  The text is taken from an American Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier.

The larger poem is titled "The Brewing of Soma".  Soma is a sacred ritual drink in Vedic religion going back about 4000 years, today researchers believe it had hallucinogenic properties.


The storyline is of Vedic priests brewing and drinking Soma in an attempt to experience divinity. It describes the whole population getting drunk on Soma. It compares this to Christians' use of "music, incense, vigils drear, And trance, to bring the skies more near, Or lift men up to heaven!" But all in vain-it is mere intoxication. 


Whittier ends by describing the true method for contact with the divine, as practiced by Quakers: Sober lives dedicated to doing God's will, seeking silence and selflessness in order to hear the "still, small voice" described in I Kings 19:11-13 as the authentic voice of God, rather than earthquake, wind or fire.




Here's how to get through CHAOS (February 4 & 5)


A Pilgrim's Prayer


"Fearless God, you send us on journeys into the unknown.

Keep our eyes on the journey and not on the unknown.


You send us out without those things which give us security.

Keep our eyes on what you give us and not on what

we have had to leave behind.


You send us out with a staff to lean on when we need it.

Keep our eyes on our strength on how far we can go

and not on how weak we are because we need support.


You send us to walk with compassion.

Keep our hearts on the shared vision of help and health

and not on the shared hardships.

Help us to go when you send us."


The Very Reverend Michael Sellars

Dean, St. George's Cathedral

St. George's College

Jerusalem, Israel





WHO:                Ladies of St. Luke's


WHEN:              February 4 - 5, 2011


WHERE:            Camp Mitchell


 WHY:               Spiritual renewal, fun and fellowship


Our speaker for this retreat is our own Judith Baum and she will be speaking on Chaos.  A brief summary of her topic is as follows:


First we will refresh ourselves and each other on the foundations of our faith. Then we will consider our Christian lives through the words of James 1:2 : "Consider it wholly joyful, my brethen, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort..."  We will draw from the strength of those recent scientific discoveries called "chaos" which show that in the midst of what seems totally disorderly, there is order.  Such is bringing science and religion (the seen and the unseen) closer together.


Complete and Return to

Wanda Dunwoody, 3803 No Hill Blvd, NLR, AR 72116. Phone:  771-5058

Make check payable to St. Luke's and on memo line state that it is for DOK Retreat



Name _______________________________________________


_____ Friday and Saturday $60, includes lodging and lunch on Saturday


_____ Saturday only         $20, includes lunch on Saturday


If staying Friday night, please show name of person with whom you want to share:___________________________________________________________



Feast With Friends 2011



January 2011

Hosts: Ray and Margaret Hartley

Bill and Ruby Wortham

Pat Loomis

Rick and Sherry Furr

Mayo Smith and Jane Stacy

Jerry and Mary Ann Hodge 

Becky Goins


Hosts: James and Kelsey O'Brien

Brent and Melissa Philpot

Travis and Jenny Heard

Josh and Katie Taylor

Bill and Judy Cole

Jerry and Pat Martinka

Dickey and Martha Mayland


Hosts: Gary and Wanda Dunwoody

Suzzette Patterson

Ed and Patty Seward

John and Barbara Rhodes

Jason and Dawn Reynolds

Keith and Jennifer Wenger

Michael Monnikendam

Gene and Linda Macalik


Hosts: Fred and Valerie Smith

Bob and Sally Lumpp

Melvin and Jean Belknap

Alan and Annie Lea Shuster

Denis and Judith Baum


February 2011


Hosts: Bill and Judy Cole

Jason and Dawn Reynolds

Fred and Valerie Smith

Josh and Katie Taylor

James and Kelsey O'Brien

Mayo Smith and Jane Stacy


Hosts: Alan and Annie Lea Shuster

Gene and Linda Macalik

Gary and Wanda Dunwoody

Jerry and Pat Martinka

Bill and Ruby Wortham

Ray and Margaret Hartley


Hosts: Denis and Judith Baum

Becky Goins

Melvin and Jean Belknap

Bob and Sally Lumpp


Hosts: Pat Loomis

Suzzette Patterson

Ed and Patty Seward

Dickey and Martha Mayland

Michael Monnikendam

Travis and Jenny Heard

Rick and Jenny Heard


Hosts: Brent and Melissa Philpot

John and Barbara Rhodes

Jerry and Mary Ann Hodge

Keith and Jennifer Wenger


The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Schmidt,

Editor of Forward Movement, visiting in April


The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Schmidt, editor and director of Forward Movement Publications, will be visiting Arkansas April 1st and 2nd.  He will speak at St. Margaret's, Little Rock on Friday evening on the subject of humor and on Saturday he will speak about discerning God's will.


Schmidt will preach Sunday, April 3rd at the 8:00 and 10:30 am services at St. Luke's, North Little Rock.


Everyone is invited to attend all of the weekend's events.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. 



St. Luke's Church in North Little Rock is now receiving nominations for the position of Rector. For information about St. Luke's and a description of the position, www.stlukeepiscopal.org


Please direct inquiries and nominations to The Rev. Canon Jason

Alexander in the bishop's office, jalexander@episcopalarkansas.org

or 501.372.2168.


Jan   9  Mary Ann Hodge
      16 Carmen Quinn

      23 Nancy Gray

      30 Nancy Langlis


Feb   6 Jenny Heard

      13 Becky Terry

      20 Pat Martinka

      27 Martha Mayland

Mar   6  Mary Ann Hodge

       13 Carman Quinn

       20 Nancy Gray

       27  Jenny Heard


DOK Prayer Cards

St. Luke's Daughters of the King realize so many are in need of daily prayer for healing, guidance, strength, comfort, or protection.  Please write any prayer requests you may have on prayer cards found in the pew racks.  Then drop the card in the white box on the shelf inside the church entrance.  All prayer requests are held in confidence and offered to our Lord for one month, or longer as the need exists.  Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
Episcopal Children's Curriculum.  The program consists of three areas, Shell, Cross and Chalice as the theme.  We will be using the "Chalice".  The classes are as follows:

3 and 4 year olds (Teachers Brouke Reynolds & a parent)

K through Grade 2  (Teachers: Becky Rice & Jenny Heard) 

Tweeners - (Teachers: Ginna Simmons & Ellen Moses)

Young Adults Forum - Ages 25+ (Teachers: Wanda & Gary Dunwoody) America's Four Gods:  What We Say About God  --  and What That Says About Us, By:  Paul Froese and Christopher Bader
        Adult Forum:  THE OLD TESTAMENT SERIES