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  


 May Happenings in North Little Rock  


Little Rock Calendar of Events 


 Walk Through a Episcopal Worship Service


What to Expect During a Worship Service 





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

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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Summer office holiday closings:

May 28, July 4 and September 3 



"The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore." 

Psalm 121.8


Some of you may remember the Raid Roach Hotel TV commercial from a number of years ago. The ad was selling roach poison and the slogan that they used was "The Raid Roach Hotel - Roaches enter but never come out!" The 'not coming out part' was definitely not a healthy sign for the roaches that entered!


One of the signs of a healthy church or any organization for that matter is that people are allowed to leave. Not only are they allowed to leave they are blessed on their way out. There can be many reasons people decide to leave a church. Some people move to different parts of town or to a whole other state or country. Others may discover there is not a place for their gifts or that they need a program that for whatever reason is unavailable at their present church. At other times it may simply be a 'call from God' and the individuals are led by the Spirit to attend elsewhere. Finally, we all know that for some, leaving is a bitter and unpleasant experience that happens for reasons of conflict. As we become a healthier church people are allowed to leave when they discern the need.


As a pastor I make it my business to visit with those who express their need to leave and come to a place of mutual understanding. When it is agreed that their leaving is right I want us as a parish family to send them off with prayers of blessing. Just as we welcome new people to the parish during our Sunday liturgy we also want to say goodbye to those who feel the call to leave St. Luke's.


This coming Sunday we will be saying goodbye to one of our Children's formation teachers (Catechesis guide), Kimber Barber-Findley and daughter Jessie. We have been richly blessed by their ministry in Catechesis III and want to say a special prayer of blessing over them during the worship service. They will be leaving St. Luke's to attend Christ Church, Little Rock.


Gracious God, we thank you for the work and witness of your servants who have enriched this community and brought gladness to friends and family; now bless and preserve them at this time of transition. Guide them in the continued use of your gifts. Give them sustenance for temporal and spiritual needs, friends to cheer their way, and a clear vision of the ministry to which you are now calling them. By your Holy Spirit be present in their pilgrimage, that they may travel with the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From The Book of Occasional Services, p.327-28


Yours in Christ,



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Veterans Re-Entry Program at St. Francis House


Thursday June 7th our outreach committee is hosting a dinner at St. Luke's for approximately 50 homeless veterans living at St. Francis. We are hoping to do this at least several times a year. Dan Dennis, a member of the St. Francis board, is leading the group. Let Dan or me know if you would like to help with this outreach. This is more about the program.

Begun in 1988, the Veterans Re-Entry Program provides transitional housing for homeless veterans having difficulties re-entering society because of post-traumatic stress syndrome or substance abuse or other problems.  Funded under a contract with the Veterans Administration, and located at St. Francis Houses's Elm Street location, the program provides a therapeutic setting for homeless veterans, including the services of counseling, transitional housing, meals, laundry and activities.

Upon arrival, clients' personal needs are assessed, and, if needed, they are provided personal items of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.  The average stay is 3 months, but can be as long as 2 years.  Veterans participate in various training groups 4 days a week, including life skills.

Able veterans are required to seek full time employment.  Assistance with employment is provided by a Veterans Administrations employee.  Those unable to work are assisted with securing other types of income, such as VA pension or disability.  All residents are required to save 75% of their income to secure permanent housing.  Once their savings are sufficient, they are assisted in finding housing.  Outside activities are provided for the veterans, including bowling, movies or going out to eat, and "game nights" are organized periodically.

Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families receive employment services.  This program is funded by the Department of Labor.  Veterans are assisted to find viable employment and secure housing.



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I had a great time in Pennsylvania last week. It was terrific seeing old friends and family. The following pic is of the great Steinmeyer at the Cathedral in Altoona, Pa where I sang during my high school years.

I commend to you a wonderful opportunity to hear your choir. This Thursday evening, the Choir of St. Luke's is combining with the choir of Christ Church, Little Rock to sing a lovely gem by W.A. Mozart; Missa Brevis is d minor. Christ Church is located at 509 Scott St. in downtown Little Rock on the corner of Scott and Capitol. I hope to see you there. It will be a wonderful evening of worship and music.

God Bless! 



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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, Ron Meeks and Family, Joseph and Marion Murphy, Laura Cook and the Pastor Miles Cook Family, and David Liem. 


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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This Sunday we will be honoring our graduates and our youth who will be doing much of the service. The youth will be serving as ushers, Lectors, and acolytes at the 10:30 service.  

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The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 16TH ,in the Library Room.  We will continue a study of the book:  Jesus Was An Episcopalian (& You Can Be One Too!)  Please join us.  For more information contact:

Dickey Mayland, 835-6411, 


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St. Francis House

St. Luke's is lending a hand to St. Francis House with the following projects:

  • We need people who can join the "K-Team". We have signed up with Kroger to pick up bread and other food donations and deliver them to St. Francis House at 2701 S. Elm Street. (These are manageable size loads that will fit in your car.) When Kroger has food they can donate, they will call St. Luke's to arrange for a pickup. If you would like to help, please call Jeannie Fry, our "Kroger Team Koordinator" at 501-941-0430, or Carmen 501-993-1883, or sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.
  • For almost 25 years, St. Francis House has worked with the VA to help homeless veterans in a Re-Entry Program. There they receive counseling, meals, laundry services and transitional housing. More than 50 veterans are involved in St. Francis House's Elm Street location, and St. Luke's will be hosting a dinner for them on Thursday, June 7. Everyone is welcome to come out and meet them; please let us know you are coming so we can plan for food. If you would like to help serve or donate food, please contact Dan Dennis, 501-834-6590, or Carmen at 993-1883.
  • Volunteers are needed to answer the phone at St. Francis House on Tuesday and Friday, from 9am - 12 pm, and from 12-3pm (one person each shift). Call Carmen at 993-1883 or use the sign up sheet in the Narthex.


Habitat for Humanity

A new Habitat for Humanity project is in the works for Pulaski County. St Luke's has been invited to join with St. Mark's, St. Margaret's and Christ Church in building that home. We would like to know anyone who is interested in this project as soon as possible, even though the building will not start until late summer.


Habitat for Humanity helps low income families get into a home of their own by providing financing and labor for the building of the house. The new homeowner family is carefully selected and must help with the construction. It is a wonderful and rewarding project to be involved in. No construction experience is required, although you may learn some useful skills by the end of the project. Volunteers may also help with office work, provide food for the work day crews, donate items to Habitat's ReStore, or "Sponsor a Stud" - make a donation for a stud that will be used in the construction of the house.


Sign-up sheets will be available in the Narthex or you can contact Carmen Quinn, 501-993-1883 /


Respite Care Help 

The Respite Care program, an important outreach program which serves several area churches, takes place in our Parish hall on Thursdays. They are always looking for volunteers to help with clients, from 9am to 2pm. In addition, volunteers are needed to help with cooking and bringing food for 24 people approximately once every 5 weeks; and a dishwasher is needed from 11am to 1pm (this position includes lifting racks out of the dishwasher.) If you are interested and can work on Thursdays, please call Lalia at 912-9615 (cell), 851-4946 (home) or 501-376-1519.


Stock the Pantry Sunday: Please bring your non-perishable food donations on May 20.


Bus Tokens: St. Luke's also furnishes bus tokens to those who come to St. Luke's for food and money so they can go to St. Francis House. 50 Tokens cost $67.50.   You can donate money for the tokens or bring the tokens to St .Luke's.


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Children's Chapel Volunteers

May 20th      Jennifer Green                             

May 27th      Ginna Simmons

Coffee Hour Volunteers
May 20th
        8:00am: Jerry and Pat Martinka
       10:30am: Jerry and Mary Ann Hodge
May 27th
        8:00am: Tommie Williams and Jeannie Fry
       10:30am: Jerry and Chris Shaefer

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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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Our mission is to "extend Christ's Kingdom through Prayer, Service, and Evangelism". 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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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.


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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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Come join us for lots of good food, music and fellowship at the 2nd Annual St. Margaret's Men's Group Pig Roast Saturday, May 19 at 6:00. 



Cost is only $20 per person (children under 12 eat free) and all profits from this event go to our annual fundraising programs for Camp Mitchell, Robert R. Brown Camps at Camp Mitchell and our Christmas Angel Tree support. 


Tickets can be purchased online at and more information is available at


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I am excited about the number of registrations we have already received for next month's Women's Institute.  If you haven't already, it is definitely time to send your registration in for Women's Institute.  The dates are June 1 - 3, 2012, at Camp Mitchell.  Arkansas ECW President Susan Carter and your ECW board have planned an excellent program for this year's Institute.  Please go to to download your registration form.  Mailing instructions are on the brochure.      


Our workshops are scheduled for  Saturday afternoon.   Your choices are:


  • Yard Flowers in Sacred Places, presented by Pam Smith.  Back by popular demand,  Pam will present a seminar on how to make altar flower arrangements out of common flowers and greenery found in your yard.   
  • Communications, presented by Sandy Smith.  Do you know how you communicate?  This module from the Women of Vision seminar will  help you to identify your communication style and give you pointers on how to communicate with someone whose style is different from yours.     
  • Where We Have Been!  Where We Are!  Where We Are Going!   A history of Arkansas ECW will be presented by Anne Fulk.
  • Take A Hike, led by The Reverend Marti Dalby.   A walking tour of Camp Mitchell's trails.
  • Take A Dip,  Dana Downes.  Dana will meet you at the swimming pool for just pure fun and enjoyment.
  • Take A Nap, led by . . . . .well, I believe you get the idea on this one.


All of the above options are open to you and a sign-up sheet will be at registration. 


Susan and the ECW board are so excited about this particular Institute.  I believe one reason is because of our featured speakers' ties to Arkansas.  The Reverend Renee Miller has served parishes in Marianna and also for a short time in Helena.  She will be traveling from Monterey, California to present "Hangin' Out with God."  Rev. Joyce Dalton, St. Stephen's in Jacksonville, will be our speaker on Quiet Day and her topic is "Remembering Who We Are."   Two outstanding women you will not want to miss!


Although tradition is very important at Women's Institute, we will have one change this year.  Bring your chairs AND FLASHLIGHTS but not for the campfire, bring them for the pool.  That's right, Hawaiian night with karaoke. A nice alternative to a campfire in one hundred degree weather.  


If you have any questions, please call me at 501.412.3998.  If not, please print and complete the brochure and mail to me today. Women's Institute Brochure 


Susan and the ECW board are looking forward to laughing, playing, reflecting and praying with you "on the mountain" the first weekend in June.



Wanda Dunwoody


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