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May 6, 2015
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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

From "For the Fallen" by Robert Laurence Binyon


Recently I went to the Laman library to work on a sermon but before I could get started, my attention was drawn towards a memorial exhibit to the men and women that had served in our armed forces. The particular exhibit dealt specifically with the role the US Mail played through the years in keeping servicemen/women connected to their loved ones back home.


I hadn't been there long before tears came to my eyes and I had to sit down on one of the nearby benches to collect myself. As I sat there thinking of the many sacrifices made on our behalf, in walked James Terry's brother, Dennis and his wife, Sharon. We talked about the exhibit and I told them how moving it had been for me. We each remembered that day the fallen as well as those who had survived and lived to tell their stories. After the Terry's left I was inspired to write the following poem. As we approach Memorial Day, I pray that it will inspire you to remember those who gave so much for so many.


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Young Adult Formation

EMBRACING AN ALTERNATIVE ORTHODOXY, April 19- May 10, Richard Rohr on the Legacy of St. Francis - An acclaimed Franciscan leads us through a journey to discuss Atonement Theology, Eco-Spirituality, The Cosmic Christ, Orthodoxy vs. Orthopraxy, and Mysticism over Moralism.


Adult Formation

SURPRISED BY HOPE - NT WRIGHT, April 12 - May 17 (6 sessions), One of the world's top biblical scholars and Bishop of Durham in the Church of England reveals in six transforming, faith-inspiring sessions the amazing full scope of what God's Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is. What is heaven really like? Is our main duty as Christians simply to help non-Christians get there? In what ways does God intend for us to experience hope personally and spread its healing power to the world around us?


Last Day of Formation is May 17th.  


Summer Bible study of women of the Bible

Starting Sunday, May 31 and continuing through August 30, the women of St. Luke's will get to know the Women of the Bible. The men of St. Luke's are also invited. Each Biblical woman that spoke is discussed in the book. Her name, how much she said and what she said, who she was, what would her characteristics be, her story and what we can learn from her. We will start with "The Original Team: Women of Genesis through Judges". Sign up with Chris Schaefer or Joanna Seibert 


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Vacation Bible School 


St. Luke's Vacation Bible School in conjunction with Christ Church has been set for July 13-17. Be sure to check your Evangelist and Bulletins for more information.

Beating the Bounds of Our Parish/Ascension Day Service Thursday May 14th:

oin some fellow parishioners as we walk and drive the boundaries of our parish. We will walk in some of our neighborhoods like Park Hill, Lakewood, etc. and we will carpool out to some of the outlying areas such as Rose City to say prayers for all the people of our parish. We will go for dinner and wind up at Christ Church for the diocesan Ascension Day service at 7pm. More details to follow!


Deacon's Bench

May is filled with graduations, confirmations, last days of schools. We are soon approaching the "lazy" day's summer. Episcopalians have a well-worn habit of also taken off from church for the summer. Not judging, just stating facts, looking at reality. But here is another reality. Most people also "church" shop in the summer. The hits on our website and Facebook page go dramatically up for new visitors. Maybe it is just not Episcopalians who stop going to their churches. What this means is that visitors come to half empty churches, no Christian education, no children's programs. Mmmmm. Is there an answer to changing years of summer habit? Probably not. But what we can do at St. Luke's is do some amazing things this summer that we can't do during the rest of the year. Carey and I would like for you to think about five things:

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Notes from the Parish Administrator

In April, the first quarter giving statements were sent out via email or regular mail. If you did not receive your statement, please let the office know. We are working on sending out these statements more efficiently and your feedback is important to us.


Also, as a reminder to everyone who took a Labyrinth Day yard sign, please bring them back to the Narthex or the office when you get a chance. We would like to reuse this year to year.  


Thanks for everything you do!
Caroline Brown
St. Luke's Summer Monster Food Drive and Can Sculpture Contest


This summer in May and June bring cans and boxes of food for Food Pantries in North Little Rock and St. Francis House and put in the blue barrel in the narthex. During the first three weeks in July there will be a can sculpture contest for our youth making sculptures from the can and box goods. Bring food every week and sign up with Joanna to be a participant or judge in the can sculpture contest. We will also need help being with the children in July as they make their sculptures as well as help delivering the food to the pantries. Again, contact Joanna if you can help with this fun summer project. Attached is just a sample of what our children can do.


Bishop to Visit

Join us Sunday, May 17th to celebrate our confirmands and Bishop Benfield's visit. Everyone is welcome to join us in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 service for a luncheon with the Bishop. A sign-up sheet for sides, desserts and drinks is in the Narthex.
The Bishop will meet with our confirmands and Adult and Young Adult Formation classes at the regular formation time in the Adult Classroom.  
St. Luke's Baseball Day

St. Luke's Baseball Day at Dickey Stephens Park is set for Sunday, June 21st-Father's Day. Mark your calendars now and set a fun date with Dad! Cost for both ticket and Hamburger/Hotdog buffet is $15.50 pp. Gates open at 5:10 pm; the game starts at 6:10. Food and drinks will be served from 5:10 to 7:10 in the Dickey Room-the room is air conditioned! Tickets will go on sale in June.    
Prayer List

Anne Gontermann, Allen Baxter II, Jeff Spradlin, Hudson Woods, Paula, Helen Snipan, Caleb Jablonowski, Angela Corlett, Kate Toepher, Ryan Dillon Parker, Bill Moses, Gene DeLisa, Larry Maze, Nina Goins, Grey Goodwin, Edward Anderson, Cheryl Hall, Paula Kalina, Bryant Family, Ann, Cherie, Zill Coleman, Gary Bolen, Sydnie Reedy, Jake Harrell, Aaron Dutton, Bradley Stinnett, Charles Ray Kennedy, Barbara Coker, Chris Morehart, Heather Smith, Lexi Probst, Kay Reiter, Leslie Westbrook, Louise Ahrens, Megan Elizabeth Hall, Bill Crisler, Carole Grant, Debi and Phil Palladan, Olivia Curtis, Kathy Kemp, Susan Haner, Betty Miller, Logan Lester, Linda Hawkins, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Carle Carrell, Row McLaughlin, Ty, Kyley, Myla Hood, Jim Belknap, Eileen Kennedy  



Special Concerns: For all the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Justin, Joshua, Bret, Tim, Matt, Doug, Brian Mahoney, Brian Mennes, Frank Tate, Alex Schimelpfening, David Liem, Justin, John Landis, Lucas Kunce