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Good Thoughts
 "Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."  
Mother Teresa





Jerry Hodge, Sr. Warden

 Ed Seward, Jr. Warden

  Matt Muller, 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


Class of 2012  

Vera Chenault

Valerie Smith

John Rhodes

Matt Muller

Tom Simmons 


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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 


Printable Calendar for Lent 


Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole

body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified:

Receive our supplications and prayers which we offer before

you for all members of your holy Church, that in their

vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you;

through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

-The Book of Common Prayer p.100


In the Catechism of the Book of Common Prayer on p.855 we find something very fascinating about the ministry of the Church. The question is asked: "Who are the ministers of the Church? The answer follows: "The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons. The first order of the ministry given is that of "lay persons." So often we think of the ministers of the Church in terms of bishops, priests and deacons, but truly it takes all four orders to make the Church work as a whole.


This coming Sunday we will have the opportunity to see the operation of all four of the orders of ministry at work. Our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Larry Benfield will preside over a service of Holy Baptism and Confirmation. He will also be receiving those who have come from other denominations as well as one person who will be reaffirming their faith. It is greatly encouraging to see God's work in our midst and it is evident in the lives of these who will be joining and recommitting themselves to Christ this Sunday.


But not so fast, you may be saying something like, "Well isn't that nice for them." But our liturgy doesn't let us off the hook so quickly. In fact, we all are invited to recommit ourselves to Christ and to one another as we each renew our baptismal vows by saying together The Baptismal Covenant. We will be given a strong reminder that we each have been given particular gifts and a vocation (comes form the Latin vocare' that means "calling") for the ministry both inside and outside the Church. It takes all four orders, lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons, to make a strong Church -may we all find our places as Christ's ministers.


Yours in Christ,




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Episcopal Relief and Development for  

Lent at St. Luke's


Our outreach committee is asking our congregation to support the Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) for Lent. ERD is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church. It   has four programs: alleviating hunger, creating economic opportunities, promoting health, and responding to disaster and rebuilding communities. St. Luke's has previously participated in the ERD program, NetsforLife, a malaria prevention program that has reached 18 million people. In the last several years, ERD has expanded its program to respond to disasters in this country and teaching about disaster preparedness. We in Arkansas have been given ERD funds in our local disasters of tornadoes and floods and ice.

On the table in the Narthex will be mite boxes to fill during Lent and return on Easter morning, ERD prayer cards and book marks to remind us each of this great ministry in our church at home and all over the world that we can be a part of. Also with the Lenten material is a daily devotional to be used in Lent helping us to connect even more to the work of ERD in the world.





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This week's offertory anthem at the 10:30 am liturgy is Clap your Hands by Alfred V. Fedak. The text is taken from Psalm 47 and is paraphrased by Michael Morgan. In this text, we are instructed to:  


"Clap your hands, O faithful people! Shout to God a song of praise! From the dust of conquered nations, God a realm of grace shall raise. In appointed courts of glory, faithful to God's name always. May we prosper all our days. With a shout, and blast of trumpet, God shall mount his throne on high; Let our praise as finest incense rise to meet God in the sky. Fill the world with glad rejoicing, Heav'n shall sing, and earth reply. All God's works to glorify."


This a celebratory psalm and so fitting on this visit by the bishop with so many new confirmands, new members and baptism.

During the communion, the choir will sing another psalm setting. The anthem will be Everett Titcomb's I will not leave you comfortless. Mr. Titcomb was an English organist/composer who was born in 1884 and passed away in 1969. He wrote a number of anthems for the Anglican church.


In this setting of the 14th chapter of John's Gospel is a wonderful example of choral writing. Try to hear in the Alleluia section the chant of Veni Creator Spiritus which is in the bass line.


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, Lisa Williams, George Cline, Jim Ellwanger, Hannah Brown, the Acord Family, the Gontermann Family, Bill Spradlin, Mary Paal, Susan Ware, Forest Pollard, Pat Loomis, Rick Parks, Shirley Miles, and the Clawson 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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St. Luke's would like to honor everyone on their birthday and anniversary with a special prayer. If you would like to be honored on your birthday or anniversary, please send in those dates to the office at Prayers will be given at the services on the first Sunday of the month.


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Mark your calendars for the Shrove Tuesday (Feb. 21) Pancake Supper put on by St. Luke's Youth. Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them from any participating youth or in the Church Office. The pancake feast starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $5 for a single meal or $20 for a family. 


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Please bring your palms on Shrove Tuesday, February 21. Following the Pancake Supper, palms will be burned for Ash Wednesday (the 22).


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There will be two services on Ash Wednesday; one at noon and another at 7 pm. They will be Eucharist services.  


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


February 19: Stock the Pantry Sunday




Lord, you have searched me out and known me;

you know my sitting down and my rising up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

Psalm 139

Lenten Season 2012

Ash Wednesday, February 22 to Easter Sunday, April 8.


Special Dates in Lent

February 21: 6:00 p.m. Shrove Tuesday with Burning of Palms. Remember to bring palms for burning.

February 22: 12 noon & 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Services

March 10: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Celtic Quiet Day- a spiritual pilgrimage of contemplative prayer, walking the labyrinth, harp music, a luncheon with an Irish Flair, ending with a Celtic Eucharist. Call church office by March 2 for your reservation

April 1: 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday Services

April 4: 6:00 p.m. Traditional Seder Family Supper for adults & children. Call church office by March 28 for your reservation


Weekday Lenten Services

Morning Prayer -7:00 a.m. Monday & Friday

                  8:30 a.m. Wed. & Thursday

Evening Prayer -5:30 p.m. Monday & Friday

Centering Prayer - 9:30 a.m. Monday

Healing Eucharist - 12:00 p.m. Wednesday

Stations of the Cross- 5:30 on Wed. and following  

the Evening Prayer service on Friday 


Wednesday Mornings in Lent

Wednesday Book Group - 10:00 a.m.Deacon Joanna's home The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis will be discussed.


Wednesday Evenings in Lent

February 29, March 7, 14, 21 and 28

5:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross

6:00 p.m. Light supper with Lenten Adult Study on Prayer and Your Personality

Feb. 29 What type of Prayer Fits Your Personality Type - Fr. Carey

March 7 Ignatian Prayer - Dn. Joanna

March 14 Augustinian Prayer - Fr. Carey

March 21 Benedictine & Franciscan Prayer - Dn. Joanna

March 28 Thomistic Prayer - Fr. Carey


Lenten Studies

Sundays Mornings in Lent

Adult Formation Classes: Feb. 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1, in the Parish Hall.

The 5 Languages of Love presented by Father Carey. "People experience love most strongly through one of five love languages"


In the Adult Classroom

Archeology of the Bible : Professor Jodi Magness on "What Archeology Reveals about the Holy Land".


Children's Classes 

February 19: Children in Catechesis classes 1,2,and 3 for ages 4-12 will be making Alleluia banners

February 26: Burying their Alleluia banners to be unearthed on Easter morning and process in with their banners

Other Sundays in Lent, Level 2 and 3 Catechesis children will be studying meditations about reconciliation


Wednesday nights

Children will be studying about the Seder meal they will be eating with their family on Wednesday of Holy Week, April 4  



Holy Week

Palm Sunday - April 1 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 p.m. services

Wednesday Seder Family Supper -April 4 6:00 p.m. for adults & children - Call church office by March 28 for your reservation

Maundy Thursday - April 5 7:00 p.m. service with Foot Washing and Garden of Repose followed by Vigil

Good Friday - April 6 12 noon & 7:00 p.m. services

Saturday Easter Vigil -April 7 8:00 p.m. service with Baptism



Easter Vigil - Saturday, April 7 8:00 p.m. with Baptism

Easter Day - Sunday, April 8:00 a.m. & 10:30a. m. with flowering of the cross and offering of mite boxes

Between Services there will be an Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt. (no formation classes today.)


Lenten Materials

Available at St. Luke's starting Sunday, February 19


"From Fear To Love" By Henri Nouwen

Lenten Reflections on the Parable of the Prodigal Son


Lenten Devotional 2012

This Devotional will inspire readers to reflect on their own lives and their relationships with a hurting world.


Texting through Lent

A calendar/poster for teens and young adults to follow the days of lent individually or with their family including spiritual reflections for each day. Text more, biblical texting that is!


Lenten calendar/Poster for children

Each is full of prayers, thought starters, and suggestions for Bible reading.


Lenten Supper Schedule  

February 29  -  ECW/DOK


March 7 -          Monday Night Community Group


March 14 -        Thursday Night Community Group


March 21 -        Altar Guild


March 28 -        Choir

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 Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered and who bought items at the Craft and Jewelry Sale for African Team Ministries. They provided beautiful hand carved crafts and jewelry for sale. St. Luke's raised over $750, which will provide school fees, tuition, books, and uniforms for orphans and refugee children in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. If you missed the sale, you can still check out their online store at


Don't forget February 19 is Stock the Pantry Sunday. Please leave your non-perishable food items in the basket in the Narthex.


St. Luke's Lenten Outreach

Episcopal Relief and Development:

Mite Boxes, Bookmarks and Prayer Cards are available on St. Luke's book table. These offer support and prayers for those facing hunger and poverty worldwide.


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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 Jerry Hodge and Gay Hensley with Sherry Furr 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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Cursillo of Arkansas is holding a workshop for anyone who wants to be a Cursillo leader. Goals of the workshop are:
  • Deepen commitment to Christ
  • Clarify the purpose and method of Cursillo
  • Help grow new Cursillo leaders
  • Plan to do what we do better  
For more information on the workshop, click on this link: Episcopal Cursillo Leaders Workshop



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The Junior League of North Little Rock is accepting applications for their Risa Ratcliff Volunteer Scholarship. For more information on requirements and how to apply, please click on the following link:JLNLR Scholarship



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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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Update: ECW has voted to pay the full tuition for any St. Luke's youth who wishes to go to Winterstar. Please contact the office or Wanda Dunwoody if you haven't already to let the ECW know you are interested.

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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