February 1, 2011
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Padre's ponderings 

 

As of today, Feb 1, I've been here a year.  I'm going to use that fact as a prerogative for making a change I've been contemplating for some time.  Actually it might be called a recovery, in a good sense.

 

At the 8:00 service we are going to use (recover) the Book of Common Prayer instead of all those pages of printed service.  Hardly anyone who regularly attends that service was not raised in the Prayer Book and is fluent with it.  Printing the entire service is redundant, a waste of paper, labor and money, and perhaps even demeaning to people who know how to use the Book.  Some have quietly suggested we should do this.  For reasons even more than these, not to be enumerated here, it is time.

 

This is just for the 8:00 service.  There are enough non-Episcopal visitors at 10:30, several last Sunday, to justify printing the entire service as we have been doing.  No doubt that makes the service more manageable for those not initiated in the complexities of the Prayer Book.  For those who are, there is nothing to prevent them from using the Book except for a mass of papers that, unless one keeps a solid grip on them, have a way going off in all kinds of directions.

 

For those who were there last Sunday, I hope you enjoyed the service for Brent and Melissa as much as they and I did.  The blessing of a civil marriage is a deeply meaningful liturgy that is rarely observed on a Sunday.  I want to thank them for letting us be part of it.  And for bringing family and friends with them.

 

Denis Baum, Interim Rector  

CALENDAR  
Wednesday - February 2, 2011
12:00 noon   Healing Eucharist in Chapel
6:00 PM  Chancel Bells
7:00 PM  Chancel Choir
 

Thursday - February 3, 2011

9:00 AM  Respite Care

10:00 AM  TGIT 

7:00 PM  Community Group - Adult Classroom

 

February 4-5, 2011

"Chaos" Retreat at Camp Mitchell

 

V Epiphany  - February 6, 2011
8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:20 AM   Christian Formation
10:30 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite II

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

PRAYER LIST
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, Sally Lumpp, Hamilton O'Brien, 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.

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

 

2011 Proposed Budget                                    $280,000.00

2011 Mortgage Assist. Program Pledged      - $35,000.00  

2011 Proposed Operating Budget                    $245,000.00  

2011 Pledges received                                     $179,745.00 

2011 Shortfall                                                   ($65,255.00)  

2011 Pledge Cards still out                              36 

CHAOS RETREAT

 

If you want a ride to Camp Mitchell or if you want to just follow along  in your own car, please be at St. Luke's by 7:20am Saturday morning.  Martha and Chris will be there to coordinate the trip and they will leave promptly at 7:!30am.  So, if you are running late be sure to have their numbers with you so you can call them and ask them to wait.  If you are going on your own, don't feel like you need to call and tell someone.  Again, all others - they WILL leave at 7:30am -- on the dot!!!!!! 

 

African Team Ministries craft and jewelry fair

Sundays, February 6 and 13

 

St. Luke's will host an African Team Ministries craft and jewelry sale, which features beautiful woodcarvings, handmade jewelry and other crafts made by skilled African artisans.

 

The monies raised through the sale of their crafts and jewelry help support several vital ministries in Africa:

  • The Chain Foundation Uganda Orphanage, which is home to 100 orphans and 30 blind students.
  • The Mosquito Net Project, another ministry that helps prevent the deaths of 700,000 children who die needlessly from malaria.
  •  Ministry to the victims of flooding in Uganda, which helps families recover by providing food, blankets, mosquito nets, and supplying replanting seed to help the people recover their food supply.
  • The church's Literacy Program - which sponsors literacy classes in 37 locations in Uganda with 1,987 adults in attendance (ages 15-50) to read and write.

Be watching for a flyer in bulletins on this Outreach Committee sponsored event.

 

DOKCALLING NEW MEMBERS! 

All women of St. Luke's are invited to become members of the Daughters of the King.  A discernment meeting is planned for February 13, at 2:00pm, in the parish hall.  If you want to know more about this organization, please join us, or you may call Wanda Dunwoody, Pat Martinka, or Valerie Smith for more information.  

C-130 TOUR FLIGHT SQUADRON AND THE FLIGHT LINE FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Sponsored by the Young Adult Class 

All church members invited (geared toward the kids though)

Activites/areas covered: tour of the C-130, a flying squadron, and the flight line fire department.  Other areas of the base if interested and time permits

Saturday Feb 5, 2011 from10:00 AM to noon

Sign up in the Narthex and/or e-mail me at jcobrien00@yahoo.com

Great church activity and fellowship

 

FROM THE ORGAN BENCH

A close friend of mine passed away Sunday evening and this started me to think about music that is appropriate to celebrate the life of someone.

As I was pondering this, I immediately thought about Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd.  I started thinking about how many times we refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God; how many times God is referred to as a Shepherd. 

In our Hymnal 1982 the text of Psalm 23 is set to more music than any of the other psalms.  There are 4 settings of the beautiful psalm.  While all of them are lovely settings, St. Columba is my favorite.  This is # 645.

The text starts out by stating that The King of love my shepherd is and then goes on to say that everything I need will be found in God.  The next stanza gives beautiful imagery of heaven.    The penultimate verse gives me one of my favorite images for communion, a banquet.  The hymn concludes with an introspective of hope.

At times like the loss of loved one, hope is something that one clings to and rightly so.  Because with God all things are possible.

God bless you.

Michael 

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.

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.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION ON SUNDAYS
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

NURSERY CARE IS PROVIDED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.