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

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 Coffee Hour Instructions to Volunteers

 

Schedule for Children's Chapel Volunteers  

   

April Happenings in North Little Rock  

 

Little Rock Calendar of Events 

   

 

 Walk Through a Episcopal Worship Service

 

What to Expect During a Worship Service 

 

VESTRY OF

ST. LUKE'S 

 

Jerry Hodge,  

Sr. Warden

 

  Ed Seward,  

Jr. Warden

 

  Matt Muller, Treasurer 

   

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 

   

The Next day he (John the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and declared,"Behold, here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

John 1.29 

 

During the next several weeks you may notice a difference in the Sunday liturgy, namely that there will be no confession of sin. There is a long-standing tradition of not saying the "General Confession" as it is called, during the fifty days from Easter Day until Pentecost Sunday.

 

The period of time between Easter and Pentecost has traditionally been referred to as "The Great Fifty Days." In the book Lesser Feasts and Fasts and a new version Holy Women and Holy Men provide for daily scripture readings and prayers for each day during this period. Both in liturgy and in scripture readings the emphasis is upon the resurrection and the post resurrection appearances of Christ and his ascension, making way for the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost.

 

The reason for no general confession during the Great Fifty Days is to emphasize the ultimate defeat of sin and death that took place on the cross. John the Baptist had it right when meeting the adult Jesus, "Behold, here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." Not just individual sins, but the corporate and collective sin of the human race has been finally dealt with for all of time. What wonderfully Good News that is!

 

The General Confession will return to the liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost.

Until then we are invited and encouraged to confess our sins directly to God in private and to a priest if need be. But also we are to rejoice in the final destruction of the power of sin and death by our Victorious Lord. All that could stand between us and the love of God has been taken away forever! Alleluia. Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

 

Yours in Christ,

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 DEACON'S BENCH

 

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Greeting our Guests Through the Red Doors

 

St. Luke's is the friendliest church I have ever encountered! Spring-boarding from that great base has been a very active "Through the Red Doors" group meeting the last few months about how to make our guests feel even more welcomed at St. Luke's as well as how to get to know each other better. Chris Schaefer, Wanda Dunwoody, Vera Chenault, Caroline Brown and I have been brainstorming with many of the rest of you, and exciting things are happening, thanks to you. Wanda, Sherry Furr, and Valerie Smith have spear-headed getting our coffee hour started after the 8 and 10:30 service. Bless each of you who are helping with this. We have all gotten to know each other better but especially have had time to spend with guests. Chris Schaefer has redone our visitor brochure, "Through the Red Doors." Take a look at it and give it to friends who may be interested in coming to St. Luke's. A special greeter usher has been handing out the visitor brochure. Chris with the help of Mary Jane and Jerry Hodge planned a guest bag that Carey is handing out to visitors as they leave on Sunday with more information about St. Luke's and several gifts; a coffee mug and a magnet. Chris also has made new postcards that we send out to visitors each week. Let us know if you would like to help send out these cards. Our next job is planning how to incorporate new members into the St. Luke's family with mentors. Let us know if you would be willing to be a mentor to a new member or family or would like to be a part of this fun group planning how to open our red doors with the love of Christ that is so freely shared here each week by you. Also we are planning welcoming dinners for new members four times a year. Let us know if you would like to help with this way of getting to know our new members.  

 

Thank you for helping with this very exciting ministry. 

Joanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

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FROM THE ORGAN BENCH


A big thank you to all who helped make last week's American Guild of Organists monthly meeting and recital a huge success. There was a lot of setting up, cleaning up and food and wine brought. It was so nice to hear from a lot of the members how nice it was to be back at St. Luke's after so long. Way to go everyone.

Don't forget about the "Night at the Caribbean" on April 29. It looks like it is going to be an amazing evening of fun and music. Tickets will be available after the 8 am and 10:30 services on Sunday mornings in the Narthex and also in the office. More details are found later in this Evangelist. Come and enjoy yourself.

I would like to invite you all to another special evening on Thursday May 17 at 7 pm. The St. Luke's Choir has been asked along with the Christ Church Choir to sing at their annual Ascension Thursday liturgy. The music will be a Missa Brevis by Mozart. It should be a great evening, worship and music for the Central Convocation of our diocese.

God bless you all.

Michael

 

 

 

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PRAYER LIST

  

 

Carolyn Ford, Jim Howell, Katherine Herring, Rhonda Herring, Annette Gerace, Cory Moses, Laura Dues, Pete Caro, Lawson Anderson, Anne Gontermann, 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, Ricky Parks, Shirley Miles, the Clawson Family, Stephan Mays, Clarence Davis, the Virgil Wiedner Family, Jayson Phillips, David Porterfield, the Gentry Family, Connie and Kevin Delsinger, Kay M., Bob, the Langlais Family, Kevin Quinn, Wyatt Cole, Ron Meeks and Family, Joseph and Marion Murphy and Nora Brierley.

 

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 

 


2012 CAMP MITCHELL RETREAT/

WORK DAY REPORT     

  

The Camp Mitchell Retreat/Work Day was a success. Friday night's Retreat was attended by me, Jerry & Mary Ann Hodge, Josh & Katie Taylor and Trent Acord. Lodging at the Canterbury Lodge was provided. After grilling hot dogs, we enjoyed an evening of entertainment & fellowship. Saturday morning began with a lot of coffee and a Churchmen's style breakfast. Those joining us Saturday morning were Dan Dennis, Gary Dunwoody, Tom & Ginna Simmons, Bob & Gay Hensley, Ed Seward and Robert Seibert. The weather was beautiful and work began around 08:30. Our projects included trimming trees, shrubs, raking leaves and cleaning the roof and gutters at the Canterbury Lodge; working in flower and herb beds; raking & removing leaves around Grace Lodge; removing leaves from the water slide pool; repairing picnic tables and cleaning the craft areas and outdoor chapel. Camp Mitchell provided an excellent lunch. We finished the final projects around 2:30 p.m. Rick, one of Camp Mitchell's directors, and Eric, one of Camp Mitchell's employees, worked along with us, and thanked everyone for the work completed, and said this was a great help in getting Camp Mitchell ready for the summer. They said a month's worth of work for them, was completed by out group in one day. Thanks to everyone. 
Dickey Mayland  
 

   

 

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AN EVENING ON THE CARIBBEAN    

 

Join us on the Fifth Sunday of April, the 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for Calypso music, an authentic Caribbean Dinner, and a special raffle to help kick off the Fifth Sunday Festival series and raise money to help paint St. Luke's. Tickets are $15 per person, and $7.50 for children 12 and under--kids under 3 are free!

For more information on this event, please click on the links below or contact Debi Fricks at 920-5706.
 

   

 

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VOLUNTEERS FOR CHILDREN'S CHAPEL  

 

Children's Chapel Volunteers for April and May

April 22nd    Vera Chenault                             

April 29th     Marla Edwards

May 6th        Wanda Dunwoody                       

May 13th      Paula Volpe  

May 20th      Jennifer Green                             

May 27th      Ginna Simmons

 

   

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SIGN UP FOR AUTOMATIC BILL PAY    

 

If you are interested in contributing your tithing automatically through your bank account, please contact Caroline Brown in the Parish Office: 501.753.4281 or office@stlukeepiscopal.org. The process is just like paying your bills online. It's an easy way to make your yearly pledges to the church without the hassle and expense of checks.   

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ALTAR FLOWERS    

 

If you are interested in sponsoring Altar Flowers, please note that there is a sign up in the Narthex next to the men's bathroom. Simply sign up on the sheet and contact Caroline in the Parish Office to let her know how you would like the sponsoring worded for the bulletins that Sunday. Please note that we need a week's notice for Altar Flowers.  

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DAUGHTERS OF THE KING

      

Our mission is to "extend Christ's Kingdom through Prayer, Service, and Evangelism". During this season of Lent the mission is ever present in the hearts and minds of the Daughters at St. Luke's. Saying daily prayers, fulfilling service needs, and living out our Lord's commands are part of each day. Let us know about you, your family, or your friend's special needs by filling out a prayer card in the church pew rack, calling the church office for hospital/ other visitation needs, or simply speaking to any Daughter in confidence. What we ought to do, by the grace of God, we will do.

 

"Carry each others burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."  

Galatians 6:2    

 

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ADULT AND YOUNG ADULT FORMATION 

 

During the Easter Season, the two adult classes will join together and meet in the adult classroom at 9:15 to study each week one of the Bible readings that will be read on Sunday. The Sunday lectionary readings are the same Biblical texts used in a three-year cycle by the Episcopal, Catholic, many Presbyterian, Methodist, and Lutheran churches all over the world. The material used for the classes is from Feasting on the Word, a lectionary study guide that Carey and I have been using for several years. In the class we will meet together for a deeper exploration of the biblical text from either the Old Testament, Epistle or Gospel using the filter of our life experiences and transitions. For all of us this will make the readings we hear on Sunday more meaningful on Sunday and throughout the week.   Carey and I will both be participating in the class as well. We welcome new members to the group.

Joanna

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CHRISTIAN FORMATION 

 

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  

 


WOMEN'S INSTITUTE 2012 

 

Join the Women of the Episcopal Church at the Annual Women's Institute held at beautiful Camp Mitchell June 1-3. Registration form and more information about the event is available in the link below. Forms will also be available in the Narthex and in the Church Office.

 

 

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CRISIS RESPONSE TRAINING 

 

Persons interested in training to be a part of an Episcopal team of responders for tragedies which occur in communities are invited to attend a Basic Crisis Response Team training April 25 and 26. This opportunity, hosted by the Arkansas Hospital Association in conjunction with the Arkansas Crisis Response Team, will be held in Little Rock at 419 Natural Resources Drive, 8:30 to 4:30.  For more information about enrollment see: http://www.arkhospitals.org/events/basic-emotional-first-aid-crisis-response-training.

Although the training's focus is on hospital employees, other interested disciplines are encouraged to participate in this training opportunity which has as its objectives:
* Provide the fundamentals of trauma and its effects on emotional well-being.
* Provide skills to reduce acute emotional stress caused by the proximity of any emergency by using peer to peer crisis intervention.
* Provide an ongoing mechanism for emotional support to address acute, chronic and cumulative stress that are prevalent in high stress healthcare environments.
* Create the opportunity to incorporate emotional first aid assessments into healthcare Standard Operating Procedures.

 

 

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