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

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Good Thoughts
   When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."  ~Erma Bombeck



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 that seeks God in everything is sure  
to find God in everything." 
William Law
In my vocation as a priest I am privileged to be a part of many life-changing milestones in the lives of people. As one seminary professor noted: "As a priest, you will be present at the hatching, matching and dispatching of parishioners." That has certainly been the case of late. From the births of babies Wyatt and Jacob, to the baptisms of Addison, Adrianna and Jacob, to the funerals for Maynard, Sherry, Joann and Lorraine I have been honored to journey with you.


As I was talking with some folks in the office today and exclaimed, "I am glad to do funerals and baptisms but I would like a break from funerals. Lord can't I just do some weddings." That very day when I checked my email I found that I had gotten a request to perform a young couple's wedding. If everything works out I'll be performing my first wedding at St. Luke's in May!

Be careful what you ask for, you might just get it!


Truly, it is a great privilege to be among you as pastor and a great responsibility. Through everyday circumstances I have witnessed the work of God going on in your lives and it is a joy to be a part of. From birth to the grave we are here for you. May we continually seek God in all things for when we do, we will surely find God in all things.


Yours in Christ,


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St Vincent of Sargossa 



Sunday is the feast day of St. Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa, and patron of acolytes. We will honor the ministry of our acolytes with a luncheon and a gift from Debra and Bill Flowers in memory of Ellen and Jack Flowers. We also give thanks for our acolyte master, Bill Cole, and his dedicated ministry to our acolytes.

Vincent was the first Spanish saint and the patron saint of Lisbon. During the 4th century during the persecution of the Christians, young Vincent and his bishop were imprisoned. His bishop had a speech impediment and so Vincent often preached for him. Vincent's enthusiasm for his faith in his speech when he was called to renounce his faith was so fearless that his accusers were angered and ordered him tortured and killed. They only exiled his aged bishop.

Vincent reminds us to listen and pay attention to our youth and their enthusiastic and infectious faith they bring to this faith community.


Joanna Seibert



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organ 5


There are certain smells that take me back to my childhood. The smell of cinnamon rolls baking takes me right back to my grandmother's kitchen.

I cannot hear the hymn, "Let all mortal flesh keep silence" without remembering being a third grader in the choir, trying to keep up with the older boys. There are certain songs, that take me right back to when I first heard them or an important time when they were in the background.

Tuesday morning, I heard a tone-poem, 'Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks' by Richard Strauss on KLRE-FM on their show, Performance Today. I was immediately taken back to fourth grade with my music teacher, Sr. Mary Benedict. I may not remember her exact words, but I definitely remember the storyline of this piece of music.

Tonal memory is very powerful thing. It can take us right back to where we are when we first heard something or an important time in our lives.

I am so very grateful to all of my teachers. I may not remember exactly what happened as I was in their classrooms, but I certainly learned. I know that as I teach, I may not be getting through each week, but I hope that what I am teaching at least gets through.

Thank you teachers.

God bless you.



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Carolyn Ford, Jim Howell, Katherine Herring, Rhonda Herring, Annette Gerace, Martinka Family, Cory Moses, Kendall, Diane Faust, Laura Dues, Pete Caro, Lawson Anderson, Anne Gontermann, Sheila Crim, Tim Woods, Mike Roh, Vince Roh, Bobbi West, Jamie Poole, Kate Toepfer, Valerie Baker, Nicholas, Martha Stroope, Mary Jo Ring, Kathy Rose, Thalia, Parker, Kathy, Christina, Lisa Williams, George Cline, Jim Ellwanger, Hannah Brown, the Acord Family, the Gontermann Family, Bill Spradlin, Mary Paal, and Forest Pollard.


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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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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During Sundays in Epiphany we are using Eucharistic prayer C. The Episcopal prayer book for Rite II has four Eucharistic prayers among which to choose: Prayer A, which is used most often simply because it's first in line; Prayer B, almost as popular; Prayer D, especially nice for major feasts. And then there's Prayer C, quite different from the other three.

Prayer C shows its mid-1970s origins. Informally christened "The Star Trek Prayer" almost as soon as it was published, it begins with an intergalactic inventory of the creation that sweeps through galaxies, suns, planets until arriving at "this fragile earth, our island home." It calls for much more congregational participation than the other three, keeping all of us alert and on our toes to give our next response. Let us know your thoughts about this prayer.



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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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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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We have ordered 8 new rectangle tables for the Parish Hall. These are light weight and will be a great addition. If you offered to donate one please send in your check for 80.00. As a Thank You gift, you are welcome to take one of the older model tables. Without your generosity these new tables would not of been possible. The whole congregation will appreciate these for years to come along with the people that have to move them. Thank You once again.


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The UTO Grant, prepared and submitted by Lalia Zakrzewski has been successfully received by the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Lalia extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone who assisted her with this grant. Awards will be announced of August of this year.   


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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



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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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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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