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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



Sally Lumpp



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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Monday thru Friday

9 to 5

Friday, closed for lunch 12-1




Fr. Carey's White board





"Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow; the year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true." - Alfred Tennyson


I can't tell you what a joy it has been to be with you during Advent and Christmas! I don't have time or space to list the many ways we all came together as a parish to make the magic of Christmas palpable! Thank You!


Communication is always a 'work in progress' and I wanted to let you know about a couple of items we have added here in the office that hopefully will help. Just outside my door, Caroline has installed a magnetic dry erase board. Now if you happen to drop by the office and I'm not in, you can leave me a note. We have also placed a dry erase board in the work room that will be for the purpose of helping us keep track of who is in the hospital or who has surgeries scheduled. If you or someone you know of are going into the hospital for a scheduled procedure please call the office and let me, Joanna, Caroline or an office volunteer know, so that we can write it on the board. This will help us to remember these in prayer and keep us aware of those we need to visit.

White Board  


Vestry nominations are now being accepted for the four openings we will soon have. Would you make this a matter of prayer? God may be calling you to be a part of what God is doing within the leadership of your parish. You may be just the catalyst that can fuel us to ever-greater heights in ministry and service.  


Inquirer's classes will begin this Sunday during the Christian Education hour (9:15) and all our welcome. Whether you have been a part of the church for years or someone who has yet to be confirmed or are someone who simply wants to know more, by all means join us in the chapel this Sunday.


Our youth and youth parents will be gearing up for their New Year together and will be meeting this coming Sunday at the Reynolds's home. They will be joined by our new youth minister, Olivia Goza, to talk about exciting new opportunities for Christian growth and fellowship in the New Year. Please see The Evangelist for further info.

May this New Year bring us ever closer to God and to one another as we seek to know Christ and make Christ known.



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Deacon Symbol 1




Confirmation and Inquirer's Class at St. Luke's 2012


Q    What is the Confirmation?

A    Confirmation is the way Christians make a mature commitment to Christ, church, and ministry.  


Q   Who should attend Confirmation?

A   Anyone wishing to inquire or learn more about Christianity in the Anglican tradition.


Q   Do you have to promise to join the church if you come?

A   No. Confirmation class is a place to inquire and explore. If you have not been baptized, this is also a class for preparation for adult Baptism.


Q   Who will be at the Confirmation classes?

A   Candidates, their sponsors, and facilitators.


Q   How do I get a sponsor?

A   Think of someone you would like to learn more from spiritually. If you do not have someone in mind, we can help you find a sponsor.  


Q   How do I begin the Confirmation process?

A   Call the church office 753-4281 and let us know you would like to enter the process and would like to register for the class. Also let us know who your sponsor might be if you have chosen one.  


Q   When will it begin?

A   The Confirmation class will begin on Sunday, January 8 during the formation hour at 9:15 for 6 weeks. The classes will run from 9:15 to 10:15.  


Q   What will be the format?

A   We will have a talk for the first 30 to 45 minutes and then leave time for discussion. You also will be given this book, The Episcopal Handbook.





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organ 5


A Happy New Year to you all!

This Sunday at the 10:30 am liturgy, we are starting a new canticle to replace the Robert Powell Gloria. It can be found in your hymnal at S-236. There will be a short rehearsal before the service for the congregation. It is a quick study and a beautiful setting of the Canticle Benedictus es, Domine by John Rutter.


It was written in 1983 for a contemporary setting that was suitable for congregational participation. The work is based on an eight-bar melody that starts in C Major for verse 1. In later verses it alternates from C Major to Eb Major.


You will notice on Sunday that the tune changes in rhythm slightly throughout to accommodate the text.


The text is as follows:

Glory to you, Lord God of our Fathers; you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; We will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.


It is a great setting and I hope you enjoy lifting your voices in praise with this Canticle.


God Bless You!




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Carolyn Ford, Jim Howell, Katherine Herring, Rhonda Herring, Annette Gerace, Martinka family, Cory Moses, Louis Jenkins, David Jenkins, the blessings of family, Kendall, Diane Faust, Laura Dues, Pete Caro, Lawson Anderson, 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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Are you interested in helping to lead St. Luke's as we grow and develop?  Do you know other members who would make good leaders?  In January, we will be electing 4 new vestry members and we are now accepting nominations.  The members of the vestry are charged with the care of the property and business of the church.  Working with the rector, they exercise leadership in the development of the congregation.   


If you or someone you know is interested in standing for vestry, please call or email Caroline Brown in the parish office, 753-4281,  You must obtain permission from the person(s) you wish to nominate.  Nominees must be at least 18 years old, confirmed Episcopalians, regular contributors of record, and attenders of record who have been connected to St. Luke's for thirty days prior to the date of the annual meeting. 


Vestry terms are for three years and members are expected to meet monthly in addition to attending an overnight retreat in early spring. Vestry members will be elected at the parish annual meeting on Sunday, January 29th.

At the parish meeting all worshipers of 16 years and older who are regular contributors of record or members of family groups which are regular contributors of record who have been connected
to the parish for 30 days prior to the annual meeting may vote. 



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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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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.






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 "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

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 for more information


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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




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,


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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                     SCHOOL OF PRAYER

The Servant Leadership School of Little Rock and St. Michael's Center is
sponsoring A School of Prayer. This is a one day event that will take place at St. Michael's Episcopal Church on January 21st (in case of winter weather, the School will take place on January 28th). Those who attend the School will become familiar with a number of prayer techniques with a focus on the practice of each of the techniques.
The primary teacher for the School is Joseph McHugh, one of the instructors at the Perkins School of Theology's Spiritual Direction Formation Program. Registration is due by January 14th in order to adequately plan for meals. The tuition is $50 but scholarships will be available. If you have questions, please contact Sam Loudenslager at 501-607-2583 or  
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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.





Inquirer's class:  Jan. 8, 15, 22, 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.


Class Information:  

  1. Week one January 8 St. Luke's Story led by  Mary Jane Hodges
  2. Week two January 15 Anglican Church Music led by Michael Monnikendam
  3. Week three January 22 Anglican Church History and Beliefs led by Carey Stone
  4. Week four January 29 Anglican Spirituality led by Joanna Seibert
  5. Week five February 5 The Book of Common Prayer and Sacraments led by Carey Stone
  6. Week six February 12 Finding our Ministry, Using our Gifts led by Carey Stone and Joanna Seibert
  7. Week 7 February 19 Visit of Bishop Benfield and Confirmation

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



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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

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It is time once again for Ministry Chairs to turn in their year-end reports for the Annual Meeting on January 29. All reports are due in to Caroline in the parish office by no later than January 19. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline at 501.753.4281 or

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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 Church 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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The Jan., 2012 ChurchMen's breakfast will be held at Wilder Hall (Church Hall), Sat., Jan. 14th @ 9AM. All men in the Church are invited & are members of the ChurchMen. There are NO dues to this group, only the cost of the breakfast ($5). At the end of the year we usually contribute most of any profits to a needy situation that we vote on. Bring a friend, neighbor, shut-in, and share a ride with someone without one. Our numbers are increasing and this is a great, no pressure, way to meet men of the Church in a relaxed environment. If you have children/grandchildren in your care, just bring them along.



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Classes are Sunday mornings at 9:15 am.

2012-2013 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) Suzzette 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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