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Good Thoughts
 "Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith."

Henry Ward Beecher





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


Class of 2012

Gary Dunwoody

Dan Dennis

James Terry  

Debi Fricks 

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Monday thru Friday

9 to 5

Friday, closed for lunch 12-1


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February Happenings in North Little Rock 



February Ministry Schedule 



"It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others."  
Dietrich Bonhoeffer


I greatly enjoyed our annual meeting! It was evident that many members of this parish have given much over the last few months to make all of the exciting things that have been happening possible!


There are a few people I would particularly like to thank. First, I would like to thank Gary Dunwoody and Dan Dennis, your wardens for these past five years. Their tireless efforts on your behalf have ensured that St. Luke's will have a future.
For the other outgoing vestry members, James Terry and Debi Fricks who have also risen to the occasion countless times over these past years. They have been your strong advocates for our taking wise courses on your behalf. I would also like to thank Sally Lumpp our outgoing treasurer for her service and for Becky Terry our outgoing vestry clerk. Each of these individuals have helped us to not only survive but begin the process of thriving! I am indebted to you all.


There are some priorities that the new vestry will need to address in order to continue moving forward.  One of their top priorities will be to move us toward greater financial accountability and clarity. Thankfully we ended 2011 "in the black" and a budget for 2012 was approved by your vestry. This budget will need to be reviewed by our new finance committee that will include Caroline (parish admin.), our new Sr. Warden (to be announced soon), our new treasurer (to be announced soon) and your rector. After this committee convenes we plan on being back in touch with the vestry and parish with more detail about our finances. 


We have been blessed with many gifted and talented parishioners that will continue to make 
a big difference in the coming year. I am looking forward to our continued life together!


Yours in Christ,



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Deacon Symbol 1 



Thinking/Reason/The Three Legged Stool


As I was preparing my annual report last week, thoughts of how outstanding this congregation at St. Luke's is continued to overwhelm me. I was reminded of a book that my medical practice group studied several years ago by Joey Reiman, Thinking for a Living. The book's most useful information was a description of   Big Thinkers. When we look at the 3-legged stool of Anglicanism, (scripture, tradition, and reason,) thinking would fit into what Anglicans would consider reason. Reason involves both the left and the right brain. This to me describes where the congregation of St. Luke's has been and is going as it sits and stands on the Anglican stool leg of reason.


Nine Characteristics of Big Thinkers

1. Big thinkers are on fire.

2. Big thinkers never lose in their imaginations.

3. Big thinkers bet the farm.

4. Big thinkers marinate in thought.

5. Big thinkers think better together.

6. Big thinkers don't take no for an answer.

7. Big thinkers turn reality into fantasy.

8. Big thinkers live their lives with a purpose.

9. Big thinkers think with their hearts.


Another way of saying this is that Big Thinkers:


Enjoy what's around them.

Read, write and experience.

Do things they have never done.

Break the habit of thinking predictably.

Try some exercises in what-iffing.

Reach out to their right brain all the time.

Force themselves to think in pictures rather than words.

Brainstorm, storyboard, mind-map.

Have an unlimited passion for learning.









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organ 5


This evening there is a special performance that I highly recommend. At 7:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church, Anonymous 4 will be performing. This is a group of 4 women who perform early music, mostly a capella. Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. The ensemble has performed on major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including appearances at Tanglewood, Wolftrap, BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival and the Brisbane Biennial. Enchanted both by their live performances and by their eighteen recordings of medieval, contemporary, and American music, Anonymous 4's listeners have bought nearly two million copies of the group's albums on the harmonia mundi label.


God Bless,




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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, Susan Ware, Forest Pollard, Pat Loomis, and Rick Parks. 



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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Father Carey was named the 2011 'Best of the Best' Pastor/Clergy by the North Little Rock Times readers poll. Click here to see the newspaper announcement: Father Carey Stone


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Congratulations to our new Vestry members: Tom Simmons, John Rhodes, Valerie Smith and Matt Muller, and farewell to our retiring members: Debi Fricks, Dan Dennis, Gary Dunwoody, and James Terry. Thank you all for dedicating your time and efforts to St. Luke's.


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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 help us extend a special thank you to Valerie Smith, Dawn Reynolds, and Martha Mayland who took two days of their own time to clean and organize the kitchen pantry. It looks great and we owe it all to them!  


Also, if anyone is missing a dish, please look on the back counter of the kitchen. If it is not picked up in the next two weeks, the dish will be donated. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the church office.  


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Mark your calendars for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper put on by St. Luke's Youth. Stay tuned for more information!


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If you are interested in donating the Sunday Altar Flowers, please sign up on the Altar Flower board in the Narthex and contact Caroline in the church office, 753.4281. (Donations must be confirmed to the Church office.)  


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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  

Classes on the 29, 5, and 12 will meet  

in the Parish Hall. 

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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February 5 and February 12:

Craft /Jewelry Sale after both services

African Team Ministries is a Christian ministry working as an intermediary between African and American churches.  They have been serving the Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches in Kenya for more than 25 years. They provide handcrafted carvings and jewelry for parishes to sell. 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. 


If you would like to volunteer to man the sale table on either date, please call Carmen, 501-993-1883.


February 19: 

Stock the Pantry Sunday

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The ECW will hold a general meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 7 pm in the Adult Classroom. All Church Women are encouraged to attend. If you need a ride, please contact Wanda Dunwoody at 412-3998. 


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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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The Diocesan Convention will be held on February 17th and 18th with St. Mark's in Little Rock being host on Friday and Episcopal Collegiate on Saturday. This year's delegates from St. Luke's are Sherry Furr and Gay Hensley with Jerry Hodge as alternate. 


Childcare will be provided for infants to age 12 at the Episcopal Collegiate School. If anyone has a Pack N Play that can be lent for use in the nursery, please call Wanda Dunwoody at 501.412.3998.  


For more information on the convention, please go to  


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Bishop Letter 



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It's almost time for the annual MEN OF THE HOUSE 2012 event. Make your plans to attend now by going to  


This year's event will be held at Trinity Cathedral on February 16th, the eve of the Diocesan convention. Bill Valentine will be the featured speaker and we will have great fun, food and libations just for the men from all over the diocese. The proceeds will go to support St. Francis House, which strives to do the work of helping those people in need as referred to by Christ in the gospel.


Also, there will be unique, one of a kind door prizes and auction items.


You may purchase your tickets online at the above website or by calling St. Mark's at 501-225-4203.




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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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