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May 20, 2015
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Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday is Pentecost, and what an extraordinary Sunday it will be!  At the 10:30 service, instead of the traditional hymns and service music of the Anglican tradition, we will rely on an ancient worship format from the Reformation era, Luther's "Song Mass", but we will replace the stalwart hymns of the 16th century with classic favorites of the American hymn tradition.  We will celebrate the sending of the Spirit with Victory in Jesus, Standing on the Promises, I'll Fly Away, I'm on the Sunnyside, Love Lifted Me, and many other beloved tunes.  Such spirit music requires a special instrumentation as well.  We welcome this week Patrick Lindsey, Brian Wolverton, Steve Hudelson, and Matt Stone who will lead us in these rousing Gospel hymns on mandolin, guitar, string bass, and percussion.  Music and words will be printed in the worship booklet, and harmony-singing/shape note singing is highly encouraged for our American Song Mass to welcome the Spirit of
 the Lord into our midst.
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 


For More Information, CLICK HERE.
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.


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.

Episcopal Relief and Development for Nepal after Earthquake


The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 was centered between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara, 130 miles west.*  The original quake and powerful subsequent aftershocks leveled neighborhoods, businesses and iconic religious sites, particularly those in older or poorer areas where structures were made of mud brick.  The death toll as of May 5 exceeds 7,300, with search and rescue operations still in progress.


Episcopal Relief & Development is responding to immediate needs for food, shelter and clean water in earthquake-impacted Nepal through the ecumenical ACT Alliance, and is exploring further opportunities for action through other partners in the region.  The organization is in contact with the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia regarding its appeal for the work of the Deanery of Nepal (part of the Diocese of Singapore), and may also support partners in northern India and southwest China. READ MORE ABOUT THE ERD'S EFFORTS HERE. 


You may respond to the crisis by sending your contribution directly to St. Luke's or to the Episcopal Relief and Development on their web site with contribution marked for Nepal. ERD envelopes are also available at St. Luke's.

Thank You to Debi Fricks and the Bell Ringers

The congregation of St. Luke's would like to thank our handbell director Debi Fricks for her excellent leadership of our bell choirs throughout the year.  Our worship is greatly enhanced by the lovely music of our handbell ringers.  She is both a talented musician and a gifted and skilled teacher.  Our handbell choirs begin their annual summer break this week, and they will resume regular weekly practice and monthly service ringing in the fall.  Be sure to extend your gratitude to Debi as well as to the members of our handbell choirs whenever you see them.  Our musicians nourish our souls with their gifts, for which we should be always be thankful. 
Eileen Kennedy's Funeral

We will have a funeral for Eileen Kennedy this Thursday, May 21st at 3 pm. She will be interred in the columbarium at St. Luke's. A reception will directly follow the service. If you would like to help with the reception, please contact Martha Mayland or the church office.  

Brotherhood of St. Andrew


The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20th, in the LIBRARY. We will continue The GREAT COURSE'S DVD Series - The Old Testament. Please join us. For more information contact: Dickey Mayland, 835-6411,




The next date for Holy Baptism is June 21st. For more information, please contact the church office.

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 ARE ON SALE NOW! You can buy them in the office or in the Narthex following the services. Children under 4 are free.  

St. Luke's Has Our Very Own Logo!


The vestry is pleased to present our very own church logo! Every Episcopal Church in the metro area, in addition to the Episcopal shield, has their own logo except for St. Luke's - up until now! Our sincere thanks to our artists in residence, Barbara Rhodes and Suzzette Patterson who were assisted by Chris Schaeffer, Caroline Brown, and Fr. Carey.

Explanation of the symbols that make up our logo: The Shield: has been a symbol of God's protection since biblical times. The Double Tressure: these are the double lines that outline the shield and are a heraldic device that denotes royalty; in the Christian faith this refers to our status as a "Royal Priesthood" (see I Peter 2.9). The Altar Cross: the "T" in St. Luke's is an actual photo of our large bronze cross on the wall behind the altar and symbolizes Christ's preeminence and his ultimate triumph over sin and death. The River: the Arkansas River is important to the identity and economy of the twin cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. In biblical symbolism the river symbolizes the New Life made possible by the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in our community and in our lives. NLR: the abbreviation for the city of North Little Rock, which is our parish and grounds our Episcopal identity firmly in the geography of our community. The Labyrinth: is an ancient symbol of the spiritual journey. We are blessed to have an actual outdoor labyrinth based on the 12th century labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral in Paris. Both literally and metaphorically, our labyrinth stands as an open invitation for all seekers to join us on the spiritual journey where "It Really Is All About Love" for we can never truly be lost, provided we remain on the path - the way in is the way out!

The Church Office will be closed Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.  


New Video on Website


If you haven't already, go to St. Luke's website,, to see our new video created by Gerard Matthews. It is a wonderful introduction to St. Luke's Church.



Thank you to everyone for their help before and after the Bishop's Luncheon.  


Your assistance in making this event run smoothly was greatly appreciated!


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 



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