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Good Thoughts
  "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."

St. Francis of Assisi



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






"He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents..."

-Malachi 4.6a

Little did we know that when a volunteer answered the phone in the parish office that it would eventually bring five generations into St. Luke's! A woman named Sandy Hardin, who had attended St. Luke's in the past, called the parish office with concerns for her 96-year-old mother, Louise Mabry who was in the hospital. I went to see Louise and had a delightful visit! She was so proud of her family and hoped that they would become active in church.


The next day Deacon Joanna took her communion and Louise also received visits from two of the Daughters of the King, Eileen Kennedy and Lauren Heil. A day or two later, Louise's daughter Sandy shows up with her daughter Carrie and a couple of grandchildren for our "Wednesdays in Advent". They were very interested to come and see the church for themselves that had so willingly ministered to their beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother!


Two of Louise's great grandchildren expressed a desire to be baptized. I met with Adrianna and Addison to explain the meaning of baptism and they enthusiastically agreed that they were ready for baptism into Christ's body. This past Sunday they were baptized along with Baby Jacob Milholland. On that wonderful day Louise was present along with five generations of her family. The above picture, taken by Ed Seward captured this inspiring moment. Several of Louise's family plan on attending our Inquirer's classes and are considering confirmation, another is considering a reaffirmation of their faith and one of the children who have not yet been baptized is considering.


We talk, sing and pray about the Holy Spirit being active in the lives of people - what a joy to see the Holy Spirit in action through God's people here at St. Luke's! Come Holy Spirit!


Yours in Christ,



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Ministries for the New Year

These are the vows I took as a deacon on April 28, 2001: "to serve all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely; to be faithful in prayer and study of Holy Scriptures; to interpret to the church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world; assist the bishop and priests in public worship; carry out other duties assigned to you from time to time; be an example to Christ's people that serving the helpless we are serving Christ; and in all things seek not my glory but the glory of Christ." I was also given a Bible by the bishop "as a sign of my authority to proclaim God's Word and to assist in the ministration of holy Sacraments."  

I try to read these vows at least once a week wondering if I am still "on track", especially "the other duties from time to time," for the job of the deacon is not always clear. There seem to be as many diaconal ministries as there are deacons!

As I continue my new ministry at St. Luke's with you, I know our ministry together will be evolving. I was involved in several ministries at St. Margaret's and Trinity Cathedral as their deacon such as Recovery Ministry, Crisis Response Ministry, Mourner's Path, Community of Hope, Christian Formation, other liturgical, inreach, and outreach ministries. My major ministry here is leading and supporting you to the ministry that is "the world's great need" that is your "deep gladness" as Frederick Buechner calls it. I would love to talk to each of you about your ministry and how I can support you.

The skills I learned as a physician were in organizing, educating, healing, and mentoring.

I hope I am bringing these skills to my diaconal ministry by helping you discern your ministry and supporting and encouraging you in that ministry.



Joanna Seibert


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This week's Recessional hymn is #371 Thou, whose almighty word. We know this tune name as Moscow. It was composed by Felice de Giardini (b. Turin, Italy, 1716; d. Moscow, Russia, 1796). He composed Moscow in three parts for this text at the request of Selina Shirley, the famous evangelically minded Countess of Huntingdon. Giardini was living in London at the time and contributed this tune and three others to Martin Madan's Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1769), published to benefit the Lock Hospital in London where Madan was chaplain.

Giardini achieved great musical fame throughout Europe, especially in England. He studied violin, harpsichord, voice, and composition in Milan and Turin; from 1748 to 1750 he conducted a very successful solo violin tour on the continent. He came to England in 1750 and for the next forty years lived in London, where he was a prominent violinist in several orchestras. Giardini also taught and composed operas and instrumental music. In 1784 he traveled to Italy, but when he returned to London in 1790, Giardini was no longer popular. His subsequent tour to Russia also failed, and he died there in poverty.

Moscow appears in most hymnals, sometimes with small variants when compared to the original melody, as in the Psalter Hymnal. It was first named for its composer's homeland, Italian Hymn is also known as Moscow (where Giardini died) and Trinity (after the theme of the hymn text).


God Bless!



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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, 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, Pat Loomis, 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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Please help us welcome the newly Baptized!

Adrianna, Addison, and Jacob 




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The Annual Meeting and election of new vestry members will take place on Sunday, January 29 at noon immediately following the 10:30 service. There will be a potluck. Please look for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex if you would like to participate. 

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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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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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Father Carey will officiate at a memorial service for Jo Ann Eggleston, an early member of St. Luke's, at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, Hwy 67/167 in North Little Rock (7724 Landers Rd.) on Mon. Jan 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Keep Jo Ann and her daughter, Carol Davis, in your prayers.   


Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;  

And let light perpetual shine upon her.


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Please note that the HOLY SCRIBES are back in action. We will be meeting Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 in the large classroom/meeting room on the first floor behind the sanctuary and below the choir room. Our goal is to learn calligraphy and enrich the spiritual life of the church with written prayers etc. We want to be sure each child will grow up with a personalized prayer hanging on their wall.

We also need people who are willing to cut mats and assemble the prayers when they are completed.

This is an opportunity that is open to the community so bring a friend and spread the word.


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The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 18th in the Library Room.  Please join us.  For more information contact:

Dickey Mayland



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The Jan., 2012 ChurchMen's breakfast will be held at Wilder Hall (Parish 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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January 22 is St. Vincent's Day and the day to honor our Acolytes and everything they do. That Sunday, they will be presented with a cross, made possible by funds donated in memory of Jack and Ellen Flowers, and they and their families will be treated to a light lunch in the Parish Hall directly following the 10:30 service.


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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.





Inquirer's class:  Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 ...Six sessions

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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  • Coat Drive: It's been a mild winter so far, but that will not last! So on the last three Sundays of this month - January 15, 22, and 29 - we will be collecting coats to donate to St. Francis House. Please bring your gently used, clean coats to church on those days. A collection box will be placed in the narthex for this purpose.
  • Stock the Pantry Sunday: Please bring in your non-perishable food items on January 15.



St. Luke's is in the process of scheduling our annual jewelry and craft sale for African Team Ministries during the month of February, and the dates will be announced as soon as we can confirm them. African Team Ministries is a Christian ministry working as an intermediary between African and American churches. They provide handcrafted carvings and jewelry for parishes to sell. With help from Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Anglican denominations, they provide funding for orphan and refugee relief missions and evangelism in East Africa.  The support they receive is sent directly to partnering Bishops to provide school fees, tuition, books, and uniforms. This support ensures that the children receive an education and a measure of stability.


By participating in these projects, St. Luke's makes a difference in the lives of the needy in our immediate community and around the world!


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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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Bishop Letter 



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It's time again for the State Handbell Festival.  It is on Saturday Feb 25, 2012, and is being held at Lakewood United Methodist Church here in NLR (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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Winterstar is the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas' annual Winter retreat.  The weekend is divided by grade with Jr. High March 2nd-4th and Sr. High Feb. 24th-26th.  The Bishop Larry Benfield will be presiding at Sr. High Winterstar.  

The weekend begins at Camp Mitchell Friday at 8pm with Registration, and ends Sunday at 10:30am with a closing service.  The Diocesan Youth Commission will be meeting to plan to weekend and it  is always a great weekend. Please click here to register and for more information:
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