February 8, 2011
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It's happening again, for the third time in my year here.  One of St. Luke's long-time, faithful and valued members is moving to be closer to family, in this case her son.  Fran Moffat became a member here in April, 1956, moved to Albany, Ga. in 1960, and returned to St. Luke's in 1965.


She's left her mark here.  Much of the needlepoint in the church was stitched by her.  Much!  She also edited "A Record of  Needlepoint at St. Luke's Episcopal Church" (22 highly detailed pages that describes who did what) that's filed in the Church office.  All of this was a huge contribution of time, talent, dedication, probably tenacity, and definitely beauty.  She's definitely left her mark.


She leaves with our deep thanks, once again, and our blessings.


While reflecting on the needlepoint, it's timely to note that Nancy Gray, who entered eternal life last Saturday, also did an incredible amount of stitching, and it is appropriate to mention that here.  In the record she is singled out, among others, "for the thousands of stitches and hundreds of hours putting in the backgrounds."  Hers also was an enormous contribution.  May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Circumstances permitting, Judith and I plan to go to Gulf Shores next week for twelve days.  My letter of agreement with the vestry permits more time off than I took last year, so I'm telling myself we deserve it.  Plus we want to see the grandson in Mobile before his first birthday, which comes in Lent.  Hard to go then.    



Denis Baum, Interim Rector  

Wednesday - February 9, 2011
12:00 noon   Healing Eucharist in Chapel
6:00 PM  Chancel Bells
7:00 PM  Chancel Choir

Thursday - February 10, 2011

10:00 AM  TGIT 

7:00 PM  Community Group - Adult Classroom


Friday - February 11, 2011

6:00PM  Nancy Gray's Funeral


Saturday - February 12, 2011

9:00AM  Churchmen's Breakfast


V Epiphany  - February 13, 2011

8:00 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:20 AM   Christian Formation
10:30 AM  Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, February 14, 2011
7:00 PM  Community Group - Hodge's House 

We are deeply saddened to inform you of the death of Nancy Gray.  Her funeral will be at St. Luke's on Friday, February 11 at 6:00PM with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall.  We ask your prayers for the Gray family.


"May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace"


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, Ella Edwards,
Suzi Martinka  and family, Naedean Mayland, Sophie Papi, Mildred Ford, Jim Howell, Katherine & Rhonda Herring, Sally Lumpp, Hamilton O'Brien, Kay Pitts, 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, Doug.

Repose of the Soul:  Nancy Gray



2011 Proposed Budget                                    $280,000.00

2011 Mortgage Assist. Program Pledged      - $35,000.00  

2011 Proposed Operating Budget                    $245,000.00  

2011 Pledges received                                     $185,545.00 

2011 Shortfall                                                   ($59,455.00)  

2011 Pledge Cards still out                              33 

African Team Ministries craft and jewelry fair

Sunday, February 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.

Help Needed:

African Team Ministries, an intermediary ministry between African and American churches which offers a wide variety of hand-crafted items to support its work in orphan and refugee relief, missions and evangelism in East Africa, will have some items for sale this Sunday at St. Luke's.  We need some help manning a table in the narthex with the sale items.  If you can help after the 8am service or 10:30 service on Feb. 13, please call me as soon as possible.  Thanks!  Carmen Quinn, 501-993-1883.


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.  



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 26, 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



I read a most interesting book last week, "The Einstein Enigma" by Jose Rodriguez dos Santos.  This is a novel but the main themes of the book were based on scientific theories.  

There is a physics principle called the anthropic principle.  This basically says that in order for there to be sustainable life in this universe, that must be certain parameters that needed to be met at the creation or Big Bang.


Within these parameters are very narrow windows of opportunities that needed to happen if there is life in this universe.


The premise says that the odds are overwhelming that these things happened not by accident but by an intelligent plan, which proves the existence of a Creator or God.

This is all the 5 cent version and I commend you to read more about this.  What I was struck with at first was a feeling of guilt, that I needed this to prove the existence of God.


As I was thinking about this idea, I came to realize that it was actually just a reaffirmation of what I already believed, that there is God.  This creator may not be the image of a "grandfather" type with a flowing white beard and long white hair but there is a God that is way beyond my human understanding, and I am grateful to be in closer contact with this God.

God bless and stay safe this week in light of looming snow.


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.

Centering Prayer Workshop March 5


Martin Luther once said  "We are all mere beggars telling other beggars where to find bread."  It is in that same spirit that St. Mark's is sponsoring a Centering Prayer Workshop on Saturday, March 5th, 8:30am to 3pm in the Parish Hall.  You are invited to come and experience this ancient way of prayer that can lead to God's gift of contemplation.  In an often troubling and unstable world, centering prayer can be a constant source of peace, strength, healing and inspiration. Call St. Mark's, 225-4203 to register email secretary@st-marks.com.

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