The Evangelist
What is going on at St. Luke's this week.
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Good Thoughts
 

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.

 

 ~Benjamin Franklin  

 

 

 

VESTRY of St. Luke's

Gary Dunwoody

Senior Warden

 

Dan Dennis

Junior Warden

 

Becky Terry

Clerk

 

Sally Lumpp

Treasurer

 

Class of 2009

Debi Fricks

Gary Dunwoody

Dan Dennis

 

Class of 2010

Sherry Furr

Gay Hensley

Carmen Quinn

Jerry Hodge

 

Class of 2011

Jason Reynolds

Pat Loomis

James Terry

Ed Seward

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CHURCH HOURS

Monday thru Friday

9 to 5

Friday, closed for lunch 12-1

 

Closed for the upcoming holidays:

Friday, Dec. 23

Monday, Dec. 26

Friday, Dec. 30

Monday, Jan. 2

 


Carey's Conversations

 

 

Incarnation

By Richard Rohr

 

We are too tiny, too passing, too recent to imagine any eternal greatness within us, but the Biblical pattern of incarnation always has God disguised and hiding inside of littleness, particularity, ordinariness, and seeming insignificance. God seems to want us to do the desiring and all the discovering. No one finds God who is not looking for God and willing to go to the edges to find God. Unless we leave our comfort zone, we really do not meet God at all, but merely pull God inside of our own small sphere, and it is no longer God that we meet at all. Just religion.

Those who can recognize the Divine within their own puny and ordinary souls will be the same who can freely and daringly affirm the Divine Presence in the body of Jesus and also in the body of the whole universe. Get it here, get it everywhere! Get it once, and  it is true all the time! It is all one and the same pattern, and we call it the Christ Mystery. Once you are inside of this Mystery, you are indeed inside! (Maybe that is what it means to be "saved.")

 

 

Adapted from Near Occasions of Grace, p. 6

 

 

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DEACON'S BENCH

 

Bell at St. Luke's   

I know you have noticed that for several months we have been ringing the beautiful bell in St. Luke's courtyard before each service. We will also ring it on Wednesday morning as Carey reads the closing anthems at the end of Maynard Gontermann's funeral service.

Thank you to Dan Dennis, our junior warden, for restoring the bell in St. Luke's Courtyard, to Ed Seward for removing the hornet's nest in it before we rang it, and to some outstanding ushers who have been ringing it to call us to worship each Sunday. We are trying to find out more information about the history of the bell. There is a plaque with the bell saying," Given in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. EV Wolfe by Ernie, Sherry and Jordon Cline."

Lois Waller remembers that the Clines brought the bell to St. Luke's over twenty years ago from their plantation in eastern Arkansas. The bell was used there to call people to meals and assembly. That is exactly what we are using it here at St. Luke's, calling us to the Eucharistic meal with the gathered community. We also ring the bell at the end of the office of the burial of the dead, honoring the life of the member of this community we are celebrating.

Some of you may know much more about the bell. Please tell us. Carey and I would so much like to know more about what has happened before us at this very sacred place.

Joanna

 

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FROM THE ORGAN BENCH

I cannot start this week without giving a big shout out to all who made this Christmas so wonderful. The church looked great, the bells sounded great and the singers were terrific. There was a lot of music for one to enjoy and I hope that at least something caught you and gave you a warm fuzzy.

 

There is a great piece of music by the French Romantic composer, Hector Berlioz; L'enfance du Christ (The childhood of Christ). It was premiered at St. Eustache Church in Paris in 1854. If you have never been to Paris, this church is near the neighborhood of Les Halles. It is a beautiful example of the late Gothic period of architecture. And for you trivia buffs out there, it was where the funeral for Mozart's mother was held.

 

But I digress, the beginning of L'enfance du Christ starts with the narrator sharing with us that Herod was planning something terrible shortly after Christ's birth, the death of the Holy Innocents; the first born children who Herod had killed to stamp out the talk of a Savior being born.

 

The Shepherd's Farewell is probably the most famous of the movement's of this oratorio. Here is text:

Thou must leave thy lowly dwelling,   

The humble crib, the stable bare. 
Babe, all mortal babes excelling,  
Content our earthly lot to share. 
Loving father, loving mother,  
Shelter thee with tender care. (repeat) 
 
Blessed Jesus, we implore thee  
With humble hearts and holy fear, 
In that land that lies before thee,  
Forget not us who linger here. 
May the shepherd's lowly calling  
Ever to thy heart be dear. (repeat)

 

Blessed are ye beyond all measure,
Thou loving father, mother mild;
Guard thee well thy heavenly treasure,
The Prince of peace, the holy child.
God go with you, God protect you,
Guide you safely through the wild.

 

 

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PRAYER LIST

Carolyn Ford, Jim Howell, Katherine Herring, Rhonda Herring, Annette Gerace, Suzi Martinka & family, Cory Moses, Louis Jenkins, David Jenkins, the blessings of family, Kendall, Diane Faust, Laura Dues, Pete Caro, Lawson Anderson,  Maynard Gontermann, Sheila Crim, Tim Woods, Mike Roh, Vince Roh, Bobbi West, Jamie Poole, Kate Toepfer, Valerie Baker, Pat Loomis, Nicholas, Martha Stroope, Mary Jo Ring, Kathy Rose, Lorraine Furtick, Dona Monnikendam, Thalia, Parker, Kathy, Christina, the Ruttinger family, Sarah Keeler, Lisa Williams, George Cline, Jim Ellwager, Hannah Brown, Bernice Carrigan, the Acord Family, and the Gontermann Family. 

Special Concerns:  All of the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Jake, Justin, Bret, Joshua, Mark, Tim, Matt, Doug and Lance.

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DOK PRAYER CARDS FOUND IN PEW RACKS

During the Advent and Christmas season, St. Luke's Daughters of the King anticipate our Savior's birth and follow his teachings to pray for those in need. Please write any requests for yourself or others on prayer cards found in the pew racks. Place the card in the white box on the shelf inside the church entrance. All requests will be held in confidence.

 

Psalm 4:1 Answer me when I call to you my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. [A psalm of David]

 

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YOUTH PARTY AT THE REYNOLD'S HOME  

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a back to school/late holiday get-together hosted by the Reynolds. The party will take place after church at 12:30 on Sunday, January 8 at the Reynold's home. Youth and their parents are invited to attend for food, games, and a chance to meet and talk with St. Luke's new youth director, Olivia Goza about the youth program. We hope everyone can make it and look forward to seeing you there! The Reynold's address is: 26 Michael Dr. Cabot, AR 72023. Feel free to contact Olivia at 501-658-3211 with any questions.  

 

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CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT

 

 

 

Thank you to the children of St. Luke's and to the Milholland's for their beautiful Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve. Thank you to Beth Maze for writing and directing it. Thank you to Michael and the choir and especially Kelly Singer and the bell choir for their music at 5, and thank you to Vera Chenault for making the ornaments for the children in the pageant and thank you to Paula Volpe who took all these beautiful pictures. See more of their pictures on St. Luke's Facebook page.


 

 

  

Joseph and Mary 2011
 

 

 

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STATE HANDBELL FESTIVAL  

  

Hello and Merry Christmas. It is that time again.  State Handbell Festival.  It is on Saturday Feb 25, 2012.  It is being held at Lakewood United Methodist Church here in NLR.  It is a very convenient and comfortable location.  The clinician is John Behnke, who was here about 3 years ago.  He writes much of our music and gives a great festival.  It generally lasts from about 8:30 to 3 pm.  We need to register by Jan 31 to preserve the $30 per person fee. The fee includes lunch on site.  It has always been a treat.  Also available is a festival tee shirt at $16 each. We meet at the church about 7:30 to gather what tables and bells we need.  It does not take a whole choir as the room is full of choirs and the parts are always covered.  It is a great learning session with a "concert" at the end.  Family and friends are welcome for that.

 

Please contact Debi Fricks ASAP if you plan to attend the festival on Sat. Feb 25 and let her know if you would like a t-shirt and if you have special dietary requirements. They usually serve Barbeque or have another sandwich venue cater lunch. 

 

I encourage all of you to attend even if you not currently a member of the handbell choirs.

 

Blessings to you all in this New Year.

 

Debi

debi.bells@att.net

501-920-5706

 

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19th SERENITY RETREAT AT COURY HOUSE CENTER SUBIACO ABBEY 
 "Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God"

 

 

Centering Prayer and the 12 Steps led by The Rev. Carey Stone

 

When: Friday evening January 13- Sunday afternoon January 15, 2012

Where: Coury House, Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco, Arkansas

 

 

For Whom : Active members of 12 Step Groups

 

Cost: Housing: Married couple $215, Single person, private room $170, Shared room (2 persons) @ $120 ea.                 
Retreat Fee: $50/person

 

 

Register by calling Coury House at 1- 479 - 934 - 441 mention Serenity Retreat or email couryhouse@subi.org

Send $75, nonrefundable deposit to:

  

Coury House, Serenity Retreat,

405 N. Subiaco Avenue

Subiaco, Arkansas 72865

 

Call soon, space is limited to 35 rooms.

 

 

Sponsored by Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas

Recovery Ministries

Contact Joanna Seibert at 501-425-8525 or   joannaseibert@me.com for more information

 

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INTERFAITH EVENT 

 

 

 

Join us for a landmark event, as representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist faiths

teach how their respective religions engage in

silent, contemplative prayer. The workshop will be

held from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and is designed for

people of all stages of experience in meditative

prayer. The cost is $25. Specific contemplative

prayer techniques will be taught, and there will be

two opportunities to practice contemplative prayer

in the Arkansas House of Prayer.

For people further in their meditation journey, the

Rev. Susan Sims Smith will offer a dinner and new

teaching to deepen the journey from 6:30 p.m.-

8:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for dinner and the evening

class, or $15 for participants in the Interfaith Prayer

Workshop.

 

 

Sunday, January 15,2012

 

1:00 pm-5:00 pm

Workshop: $25

6:30 pm-8:30 pm

 

Dinner and Deepening work for experienced meditators: $20

 

St. Margaret's

Episcopal Church

20900 Chenal Pkwy

Little Rock, AR

For more information call 602-570-4226,

email: scpsalem1@gmail.com 

or upload the brochure: Interfaith Event 

 

 

 

Sponsored by Arkansas House of Prayer, the

Interfaith Center of the Institute for Theological

Studies at St. Margaret's (ITSSM) and St.

Margaret's Episcopal Church.

 

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EPIPHANY HAPPENINGS

Sunday Classes

Adult and Young Adult and Children classes 9:15  

 

Adult Class: After Christmas we will continue with "Monumental Tombs in the Time of Jesus". Don't wait to join us in our continuing adventure; we will hold a seat just for you next Sunday, starting at 9:25 a.m.

 

Special Events:

Mon. nights

     Evening Prayer 5:30 in the chapel 

Wed. nights in Advent.

     Evening Prayer 5:30 in the chapel

Children's program by Becky Rice and Jenny Heard.

 

 

2012

Epiphany

Sundays

Inquirer's class:  Jan. 8, 15, 29, Feb. 5, 12 ...Six sessions

Young Adult and Youth and others

Youth and those considering confirmation or anyone who would like a refresher on what it means to be an Episcopalian will join young adults for Inquirer's Class at 9:15.  Those attending the class who have been confirmed may be sponsors and may be received.

 

February 19:  Bishop Benfield's visit:  adults, young adults, youth meet with the bishop.

 

No formation on Jan. 1

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SERVICE OF HOLY BAPTISM

There will be a service of Holy Baptism on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the 10:30 service. Anyone desiring baptism or if anyone knows someone who desires to be baptized, please contact the Church office, 501.753.4281 or office@stlukeepiscopal.org.

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EPIPHANY SERVICE AT ST. MARKS 

Friday, January 6, 2012
5:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
1000 N. Mississippi

All are invited to attend this beautiful service celebrating The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Rev. Mary Vano from St. Margaret's Episcopal Chruch will be the preacher.

This is a time change, so YES, you can attend the service and still be home in time to watch the Cotton Bowl.

 

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CHRISTIAN FORMATION 

 

Classes are Sunday mornings at 9:15 am.

2011-2012 Christian Education Classes

 

3 year olds:        Brouke Reynolds, Guide

                            Paula Benson, Assistant

Catechesis I:      Beth Maze, Guide

(4-6 year olds)    Paula Volpe, Guide

                            Martha Cross, Assistant

Catechesis II:     Ginna Simmons, Guide

(7-9 year olds)    Ellen Moses, Assistant

Catechesis III:    Kimber Barber-Fendley, Guide

(10-12 year olds) Laura Woford, Assistant

Teenager:           Wanda Dunwoody, Co-teacher

(13-18 year olds) Suzette Patterson, Co-teacher

 

Adult class: The adult class will resume their DVD presentation from the Great Course, The Holy Land Revealed with Professor Jodi Magness: What Archeology Reveals About the Holy Land

 

 

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Nursery Care is provided for all activities on Sunday mornings.

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Year-End Giving
 

In order to be in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, any contributions which donors wish to be credited to their 2011 tax year must be received in the church office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 29 th,or postmarked no later than December 31,2011. Contributions received after this date,regardless of the date on the check, must be reported as 2012 contributions. Giving is not about how much tax we pay or do not pay. However, the government has sought to encourage Americans to give to their churches and charities by making contributions tax deductible for those who itemize their donations. Why not take advantage of this wonderful provision ?

 
Happy Holidays and great blessings for a New Year,

 
Daniel R. Dennis

 

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