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

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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

"And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends; and the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before."  Job 42.10

  

"I'm not mad a t God," said Barbara. "I'm just mad at His behavior."

 

One of the most thought provoking books in the Bible is the Book of Job. Here is the story of a man, devoted servant of God, who loses everything.

His wife and children die. His house is destroyed and his great wealth is dissolved. Yet throughout all his torments, Job continues to be faithful to God. That doesn't mean that Job doesn't get angry with  God. He does, and complains loudly that God has not been fair.

 

Job asks the same question we all ask in our anguish: How can God be just when we who are faithful suffer, and those who are wicked are not punished? Still, the question we must ask is not why, but what? What does Job do in his suffering?

He turns to God and asks God, What happens next? Then Job asks God to help him endure as turns to God for comfort. What does God do for Job? He restores everything Job once had with double measure.

 

We may never know why our loved one died. But we can decided what to do with the pain. We can go to God for comfort. He will be there, blessing

us twice fold.

 

Healing prayer for today:  

Almighty and merciful Father, you did not cause my suffering. Look at me with pity and heal my sorrowful heart. Restore my soul and my life, for I

put my trust in You. Amen.

 

From 30 Days Toward healing Your Grief by The Rev. Danielle DuBois Morris (Day 17)

 

Yours in Christ,

 

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 DEACON'S BENCH

 

Deacon Symbol 1 

  

Breaking News!  

Carey's sermons are now being posted on our web page in audio and in written text. Let us know how this is working for you. 
 
Celtic Quiet Day Saturday March 10 from 10 to 2 
We have over 50 people coming to our Celtic Quiet Day this Saturday. Many are from other congregations all over the state and some are non-Episcopalians. There is still time to register by calling the church office 753-4281. Join us Saturday and help us give to our guests  the St. Luke's hospitality we are so well known for! Also pray for a break in the rain coming our way  so we can walk the outdoor labyrinth. Thank you to so many at St. Luke's, especially our ECW and Tonya Thompson from our choir who are helping with this retreat. Part of our time together we will be doing Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is offered at St. Luke's each Monday at 9:30 am in the church.  This is a little more information about Centering Prayer.  
 

 

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

 

The Guidelines for Centering Prayer:

1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God's presence and action within. 


2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God's presence and action within. 


3. When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word. 


4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

Centering Prayer is normally practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, usually after rising in the morning and again before the evening meal at the end of the day.

Joanna

   

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FROM THE ORGAN BENCH

This week we saw the passing of a wonderful man. Denny Langlais was not just someone who came to church, we was an integral part of making this church run; from his working with the Respite Care to tirelessly organizing the Churchmen's Breakfast to sharing his gift of music in the choir. He will be missed immensely. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends and to those whose lives were touched by his generosity.

I have been taking a look back this week at my own spiritual journey. In the last verse of this week's psalm, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer" we find powerful words indeed.

I am reading a wonderful biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. If you are not familiar with him, I urge you to look at his life and work. He was one of the great German theologians of the first half of the 20th century. Much of his writings talked about living as a Christian in community. He was a staunch oppose of Hitler and was killed for his hand in an assassination plot against Hilter.

One of his most moving works is a text in our hymnal # 696. In planning Denny's funeral I am reminded of the last stanza of this hauntingly beautiful text.

        

  Yet when again in this same world you give us

        the joy we had, the brightness of your Sun,

  we shall remember all the days we lived

  through,

        and our whole life shall then be yours alone.

 

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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UPDATE FOR DENNY'S FUNERAL  

 

Dear Daughters, choir, Men's breakfast club, men of St. Andrews, Respite, and members of St. Luke's, the service has been set for Denny Langlais for Thursday at 11:00am. DOK is responsible for coordinating the reception after the service. Denny touched many lives and I know many of you want to help in providing this service for Nancy and her family. Since this service is close to noon I expect most people will stay for the reception so we will be gearing up to provide a lunch.   We need everyone's help in putting this luncheon together for Nancy and the family. This luncheon will unite us all in honoring our friend, our fellow member of the church, confidante, helper of all functions at the church, and neighbor.  Respite has graciously already provided a whole ham for the lunch.  We could use another meat/casseroles, as well as everything else like salads, vegetables, desserts, bread, and condiments. Your help will greatly be appreciated in honoring Denny.  His presence will be missed at all functions at St. Luke's, as well as his role as a Christian man dedicated to his church family.    

Please email or call me at 831-3590 to let me know what you will be contributing so we know if all areas are covered.     

 

Mary Ann Hodge   

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PRAYER LIST

  

Carolyn Ford, Jim Howell, Katherine Herring, Rhonda Herring, Annette Gerace, Martinka Family, Cory Moses, 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, Forest Pollard, Susan Ware, Pat Loomis, Ricky Parks, Shirley Miles, the Clawson Family, Stephan Mays, Clarence Davis, Virgil Wiedner, Jayson Phillips, and David Porterfield, the Gentry Family, Connie and Kevin Delsinger, Kay M and Bob, and the Langlais 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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CHURCH HAPPENINGS 

 


COFFEE TIME AFTER SERVICES    

 

St. Luke's will begin to hold Coffee Time following both the services. Volunteers are needed to charge the area and to bring sweets. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Deacon Joanna at joannaseibert@me.com. 

 

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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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VESTRY RETREAT    

 

The Vestry Retreat will be held on March 16 and 17 at Camp Mitchell. Cost is $20 and should be paid to St. Luke's. Please contact the office if there are any questions or concerns.

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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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AN EVENING ON THE CARIBBEAN    

 

No need to pack your bags and book an expensive trip. We are bringing a splash of the carefree Caribbean to St. Luke's on April 29th. Join us at 5:30 pm to kick off our new Fifth Sunday Series at the Church.  

 

Love the beat and sound of the rhythms from the Caribbean? Calypso will be on the music menu with the sounds provided by the Steel Drum Band from the Episcopal Collegiate School. Accompanying the music is the dinner menu with authentic style Caribbean favorites. Tempting and tasty dishes will trick your taste buds into thinking you are on one of the islands. Mark your calendars for April 29th and invite your family and friends to join you. Details will follow in future announcements.  

 

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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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