The Evangelist
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Father Carey to Hear Confessions 

   

 March Happenings in North Little Rock 

   

 

Printable Calendar for Lent  

 

Barron Personality Inventory  

 

VESTRY OF

ST. LUKE'S 

 

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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CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Monday thru Friday

9 to 5

Friday, closed for lunch 12-1

 

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CAREY'S CONVERSATIONS

"Hospitality is about a relationship -  

one cannot be hospitable without guests.

God not only plays the host for us...but also has become guest for us."

Matthew Fox

 

What do ashes and a rocking chair have in common? Hospitality. While at diocesan convention we discussed some very practical ways for us to welcome the stranger in our midst. One idea we heard about was quite simple yet profound, to place a rocking chair in the back of the nave.

 

When parents with young children visit a church they aren't always comfortable in leaving their child in a strange nursery so they bring them into the worship service. Young children can become cranky (so I've heard) and by placing a rocking chair in the back of the church they are able to rock and console their child while still remaining a part of the service.

 

'Ashes-to-go' was an idea I had for Ash Wednesday. While some of my colleagues went out to public places I decided to offer ashes in small zip-lock bags to be taken out after the service. As some of our Lay Eucharistic Visitors and others left the church they could pick these up and take them back to family members or homebound parishioners who were not able to attend the service. We have heard several positive responses. Ashes and a rocking chair, just a couple of ways we can reach out to others and help them to feel apart of St. Luke's. Remember that what we do to the strangers in our midst we do to Christ.

 

On another note, Joanna and I are looking forward to spending time with you during Wednesdays in Lent. In preparation for our teaching series on Praying According to Our Personalities we would ask that you click on the PDF file that Caroline has imbedded in this article and complete the short personality profile. Please bring this with you this coming Wednesday as it will help you better understand how God has made you. It is also important that you do this in order to understand the rest of this Lenten course. Those who are not on the Internet will be mailed a paper copy along with The Evangelist. Looking forward to being with you.

 

Yours in Christ,

Carey+

 

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 DEACON'S BENCH

 

 

  

Walking the Labyrinth at St. Luke's

 

On Saturday March 10 we will be observing a Celtic Quiet Day from 10 to 2 at St. Luke's. One of our activities will be walking the beautiful outdoor labyrinth at St. Luke's.

We are all on a path. The labyrinth is a model of that life journey path.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. We can walk it. It is a metaphor for life's journey. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to "That Which Is Within."

Labyrinths and mazes have often been confused. When most people hear of a labyrinth they think of a maze. A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved. It has twists, turns, and blind alleys. It is a left-brain task that requires logical, sequential, analytical activity to find the correct path into the maze and out.

A labyrinth has only one path. It is unicursal. The way in is the way out. There are no blind alleys. The path leads you on a circuitous path to the center and out again.

A labyrinth is a right brain task. It involves intuition, creativity, and imagery. With a maze many choices must be made and an active mind is needed to solve the problem of finding the center. With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The only choice is to enter or not. A more passive, receptive mindset is needed. The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

 

Call the church office 7534281 and make a reservation for the Celtic Quiet Day on March 10 and learn more about walking the labyrinth with us at St. Luke's.

Joanna

 

  


   

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FROM THE ORGAN BENCH

This week is the second Sunday in Lent. At the beginning of the 10:30 am liturgy, we will sing the Kyrie Eleison. The setting chosen is from Wonder, Love and Praise. This is an additional hymnal to our standard Hymnal 1982. The choir will sing the whole thing first and then the congregation will sing as well.

The offertory anthem is a setting of the wonderful hymn written by the 18th century hymn writer, Isaac Watts; When I survey the wondrous cross. Isaac Watts also wrote such great hymns as Joy to the World, O God our help in ages past and Jesus shall reign where'er the Sun.

Isaac Watts lived his life in England and he led the way during his lifetime in the writing of new texts for worship. Before, hymn texts was almost exclusively written as paraphrases of Biblical texts. His introduction of extra-Biblical poetry opened up a new a new era of Protestant hymnody as other poets followed his lead.

God bless you all.

Michael


 

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Medieval Tapestry in Victoria and Albert Museum, London.   

Father Carey will hear your confession by appointment

 

As you know, every Sunday a general confession of sin is read aloud together and absolution is granted. As a general rule this works in dealing with our feeling of guilt but there are times when saying our public confessions during a church service just doesn't seem to relieve the guilt. It is at times like these that private confession may be more appropriate. St. James wrote about this: "Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective." James 5.16 You may schedule an appointment with Fr. Carey by calling the church office.


 

 

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PRAYER LIST

  

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, the Clawson Family, the Gentry family, Stephan Mays, Clarence Davis, Jayson Phillips, David Porterfield, Virgil Wiedner.   

 

 

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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CHURCH HAPPENINGS 

 


ECW EASTER EGGS ARE READY TO BE ORDERED    

 

St. Luke's ECW is once again creating their delicious Easter Eggs. Order forms are available in the link provided below, in the Narthex or in the Church Office. Forms are due in by March 25th. 

Easter Egg Order Form 2012 

 

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CHURCHMEN'S BREAKFAST    

 

The ChurchMen's breakfast will be held next Sat. March 10, in the Parish Hall at 9AM.  Bring a guest, a friend, a shut-in, & share a ride with someone who doesn't have one.  I you have children in your care, bring them along. If you are a wife of a ChurchMan, & are reading this, please help me to remind them.  Hope to see you, The Kitchen Crew

 


 

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BROTHERHOOD OF ST. ANDREW   

 

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has scheduled a Retreat/Camp Mitchell work day for 30-31 March. Lodging w/kitchen will be provided for Friday night. Everyone is invited. Friday evening will include food and fellowship. Saturday will be a work day at the camp to include cleaning and clearing the walking trails, flower beds, gardens, and any other work the camp has to be done. There should be something for everyone.   Individuals are invited to participate in both Friday night and Saturday, or either one. Work will begin around 9:00 Saturday morning, following breakfast and will end around 2:00, Saturday noon meal will be provided by Camp Mitchell. If you have not attended a Camp Mitchell work day, you have missed out on a wonderful experience.   For more information, check the Camp Mitchell Retreat/Work Day information poster in the Narthex.

 

Please RSVP to Dickey Mayland, 835-6411 (Cell: 920-5842), ddmayland@sbcglobal.net 

 

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ECW CENTRAL CONVOCATION 

 

St. Patricks Day Brunch for Central Convocation Episcopal Church Women

 Saturday, March 17th at 9:30am

 St Michael's Episcopal Church

 Mimosas, Brunch food

Introductions

 

ECW Board member and Comedian,

Dawn Mulkern

performing "Ladies Laugh at Life"

 Party Favors, Door Prizes and more

 

Cost $5.00

 

Please RSVP to danadownes@yahoo.com

by March 10th

 Thank you and look forward to seeing you.

 

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UPCOMING ECW EVENTS  

 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - Join the women of St. Luke's to make chocolate fudge and peanut butter Easter eggs 9:30am in the parish hall.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Snacks and beverages provided. 

 

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - We invite all women to help clean the classroom ECW has been using for storage. 9:30am to noon. If you have any questions, please call Wanda Dunwoody at 412.3998.

 

 

 

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CHILDREN'S CHAPEL AND CHOIR

     

Starting next Sunday, March 4,  Beth Maze, with the help of some parents and teachers will lead the children during the gospel hymn to the parish Hall for Children's chapel and practice for a Children's choir for Easter Sunday. This will be for Children of all ages. Children will return at the peace. We will need some volunteers to help Beth on a rotational basis. Contact  Joanna 4258525, joannaseibert@me.com  if you can help Beth with this ministry.

 

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ECW SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TIME FOR J.O.Y  

 

St. Luke's ECW announces two scholarships available for Time for J.O.Y.

The next Time for J.O.Y. retreat will be April 27-29, 2012, at Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain, Morrilton, Arkansas.

Time for J.O.Y. is a ministry for and with women 19 to 40-something.

Time for J.O.Y. is a weekend retreat designed for young women living stressful lives, be they single, married, divorced, working in the home or outside the home. The purpose of the retreat is to provide experiences which affirm and encourage young women on their spiritual journey. Through the introduction of simple soul-tending skills, the retreatant is reconnected with her spirituality.

The retreat is sponsored and staffed by the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Arkansas (ECW). The staff of volunteers provide the workshops, the music, the speaker, the gifts, the fellowship, and many spiritual opportunities for the young women, to help them connect with their own spiritual paths. Qualified women offer spiritual direction, and a priest presides at Holy Eucharist.

If you are interested, please submit your name by March 20, 2012, to Wanda Dunwoody, Martha Mayland or Annie Shuster.    

 

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EXTENDING YOUR LENTEN DEVOTIONALS  

 

What will you be giving up for Lent? Could it be candy, desserts, alcohol or beer? Although some might say giving these up might be considered a form of fasting or nourishment to our bodies, it doesn't satisfy the devotional nourishment and commitment we should make to God. In addition, Sunday's Eucharist shouldn't be the only day we give reverence to God. There are several other services and forms of worship in the Book of Common Prayer that we should be familiar with and use. One of those services is Daily Evening Prayer.

When I first came to St Luke's I, along with all the Lay Readers at the time, participated in offering Evening Prayer every weekday night during Lent. This helped to enrich our spiritual journey during that church season. By leading Evening Prayer Services also extended and shared this devotional to those who would also like to enrich their commitment to God during this time.

We have several activities going on during Lent, so I thought it to be appropriate that we add Evening Prayer along with those activities as another way of giving reverence to God. Therefore, I asked Father Carey if we could again add this service during Lent for all to participate in if they wished. As a result I will be leading Evening Prayer and invite all to come each Friday night at 5:30 PM during the Lenten Season.

In addition, we will also offer "Stations of the Cross" directly after Evening Prayer. Evening Prayer takes about 30 minutes. I invite you to come to either or both. What better way to give up something during Lent than a short period of your time on Friday nights!

Also remember, we have Morning and Evening Prayer Services at other times during the week on a regular basis if your schedule conflicts with Friday nights:

  • Monday's and Friday's Morning Prayer at 7:00 AM.
  • Wednesday's and Thursday's Morning Prayer at 8:30 AM.
  • Evening Prayer on Monday at 5:30 PM.

Lastly, there are other ways we can pray when one or more are gathered together daily during Lent and beyond:

  • "Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families" on Page 136 of the Book of Common Payer.
  • "Prayers and Thanksgivings" on Pages 810 - 841 of the Book of Common Prayer.
  • "What is Prayer?" Our prayers should be made up of this outline on page 856 of the Book of Common Prayer.
  • For daily reading of the Bible one may want to refer to the readings outlined in the Daily Office Year Two starting on page 953 of the Book of Common Prayer.
  • Link to Daily Offices http://www.missionstclare.com/english/   

Prayers be with you during this Lenten Season,

Mark Holst

 

 

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LENT HAPPENINGS  


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 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

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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COMMUNITY OUTREACH  

 

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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CHRISTIAN FORMATION 

 

NOTE: Level 3 Atrium will be closed next Sunday, March 4, as the children will be attending WinterStar.

 

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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EVENTS  

 


EPISCOPAL CURSILLO LEADERS WORKSHOP 
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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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS  
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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