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June 3, 2015
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As T.S. Elliot wrote of the parish church of Little Gidding, the purpose of visiting holy places is not to 'verify...or inform curiosity', but 'to kneel where prayer has been valid.'


From Every Pilgrim's Guide To England's Holy Places by Michael Counsell


Hear ye, hear ye! Come one come all to the Anglican Heritage Tour 2016!!!


Dear Friends,

As a number of you already know, there has been an informal and on-going conversation practically since my arrival at St. Luke's about a pilgrimage to England! Many Christians long for a trip to the Holy Land but England is the next holiest place for the English-speaking world. England is the cradle of America's Christian faith and Canterbury the Mother Church of the world wide Anglican Communion. Plans are starting to form now for a pilgrimage to England in June of 2016. A committee will meet soon to plan the itinerary and find the best deals for travel and accommodations. The overall plan will be to see some of the key Holy sites like the great cathedrals: St. Paul's, Westminster Abbey, Canterbury, Salisbury, York with our choir providing a service or two of Evensong along the way; and perhaps a trip over to Iona or Lindisfarne. We will study during the course of the coming year some of the destinations so that you will have some knowledge of these heritage sights before seeing them in person!

If you have interest in joining us it would be a big help if you could email Caroline and let her know. We will eventually need a head count - so think, pray, and respond. In the meantime, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Yours in Christ,


From Our Senior Warden 


I want to thank all those wonderful people (and you know who you are) who helped with the setup, kitchen help, serving and cleanup for the Bishop's Luncheon. I think it was pretty successful and it was all because of helpful people like you all. Also the service and reception for Eileen was pretty close to perfect from my point of view. I think she would have been proud.
The Midsouth Watercolor group held a workshop in our parish hall several Saturday's ago and had wonderful things to say about our facilities.
Our EfM class just completed our first year of study and celebrated with a potluck with the group from St. Michael's. It was great to share stories, worship and communion with that warm group of folks across the river. Our own John Rhodes has served as an excellent mentor for us this year.
I hope everyone has a safe and exciting summer! I'm really looking forward to the food sculptures that the youth are going to create! 

Suzzette Patterson
Senior Warden
A Thank You from Eileen's sister Betty Contorer
Summer Bible study of women of the Bible
Starting Sunday, May 31, at 9:15 in the Parish Hall we will begin our study of Women of the Bible. Spend the summer with us studying what women first said in the Bible, their historical background, and the significance of their words starting with the Genesis stories. You will be surprised who speaks the most. We are using the book, Bible Women, written by an Episcopal priest, Lindsay Freeman. Step into God's sacred circle of grandmothers, warriors, and prophets, and you will not come out the same. For questions email Chris Schaefer  or Joanna Seibert Men as well as women of the church are welcome. Note meeting place change to Parish Hall.

For More Information, CLICK HERE.
Vacation Bible School: Our Place in God's World 


July 13-17, 9:00-11:30 am 

This summer Christ Church and St. Luke's will join together for VBS. VBS will meet at Christ Church Monday through Thursday then meet for a day of celebration at St. Luke's in NLR on Friday with a can sculpture contest from our Monster Food Drive. Childcare for younger children of adult volunteers is available. We encourage youth to assist, and it is free to all.

For more information contact Joanna Seibert and to sign up contact Patricia Matthews at patricia.g.lewis@gmail.comPatricia will need this info:


1. Child's name and age
2. Parent's name (and if parent can help with VBS)
3. Contact info: email and cell number

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.  


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

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.

The Deacon's Bench

Women's Institute 2015

Camp Mitchell June 5-7


It has been a privilege to work with Wanda Dunwoody, state ECW president on Women's Institute this year. If you are signed up, you are in for a real treat to hear the speaker, Bishop Charleston. We have been putting his daily reflections on St. Luke's Facebook page to give you a taste of what an amazing spiritual leader he is for our country. Of course Wanda has offered me a once in a lifetime opportunity to lead Quiet Day on Friday with my daughter, Joanna. Joanna is an amazing writer and retreat leader. Our styles are different and she is from a different generation as you have seen in the book, but she runs circles around me as far as seeing God's presence around her and being able to articulate it. We will be reading stories from the book we wrote together, Taste and See, about seeing God's grace in difficult times and food is always present, as well as some new material!  


I also have two new books that will be first premiering at Women's Institute, Interpreting the World to the Church. The first volume is sermons during the lectionary year, the second volume sermons at special occasions such as weddings and funerals and after disasters. As you might suspect, many of the sermons have been given at St. Luke's. I am so grateful to Carey that he has allowed me to preach once a month here. I was contacted by the publisher who listened to sermons from St. Margaret's, Trinity and St. Luke's website from Germany! They were looking for a deacon who was preaching. All of the money from these books goes to Camp Mitchell directly. We so hope to see you on top of the mountain.


From Our Junior Warden 


Greetings fellow parishioners.  First of all let me say what an honor it is to serve God and you as one of your Vestry member and your Junior Warden.  I have to admit that I was somewhat terrified, yet humbled, when I was elected, first as a Vestry member, then this year Junior Warden. I prayed that I could live up to all of your expectations and be what a good Vestry member was supposed to be. I ask that you please let me know how I can further improve in that capacity.  Now to the meat of my letter. Most of you are aware that I have been a police officer for many years. In fact if God sees fit to keep me around until August 5th it will have been 40 years. With that little bit of trivia out of the way I want to let you know that  I have a small dilemma and wish to pass on some concerns to you all. Recently if you have noticed, due to thefts and other issues, St. Luke's has installed a video surveillance system, burglar alarm, new lighting and a coded key system on two of our doors. One of the doors that desperately needed measures to allow everyone at St. Luke's safe and secure access was the door leading to all of the Sunday School classrooms  on the North side of the building. Eventually a key code lock was installed and, hopefully, everyone received a code to enter. I realize that this has been a small inconvenience to some but let me assure you that we felt it necessary to keep our members safe during parish activities and after hours.  Crimes against churches have been on the rise in recent years. Churches all over have been targeted not only in crimes against property but violent crimes, also. We at St. Luke's have been victims of property crimes with the thefts of all of our benches in the breeze way between the parish hall and the Narthex and the ransacking of the choir area during church.  Plus we  have had persons of, shall we say, less than savory character, find their way into areas of St. Luke's during children's activities. With all the developments in the past the Vestry decided to be more proactive than reactive and have our security measures installed. We want to keep our members and our property as safe as we possibly can. Thefts and criminal mischief lead to higher insurance premiums and maintenance costs and I  know that no one wants that in the times we live in today.


In the law enforcement and crime prevention community we have a saying that "Locks only keep honest people honest."  The fact of the matter is that if someone, anyone, wants something bad enough they will bypass every measure that we can install.  However we don't have to make things easier or more inviting for them.  The dilemma that we are facing is that the key coded door to the classroom area has been left propped open on numerous occasions.  Recently one conscientious parishioner returning home from an outing decided to circle the campus on his way home and found the classroom door propped wide open after hours. Not only is this an open invitation to come in and take whatever is wanted it also affords the opportunity for someone to remain inside the building after hours.  My biggest concern is that when this door is left open our alarm system will not automatically arm itself which renders it useless!  Our one and only concern is to provide St. Luke's and all parishioners with a safe and beautiful place to worship every time our doors are open.   

With that I will end my ramblings with a request for each and every one of us.  All I ask is that when you leave St. Luke's would you do your part to help keep us secure?  Will you please make sure that all doors are closed and locked so that our alarm system can do what it is designed to do?  If you find an open door after hours DO NOT GO IN!  That's what I'm here for so call me!  As always if you have any other problem or concern feel free to contact me or any member of the Vestry.  That's what we're here for!  We might not have the immediate answer but I'm not afraid to tell you that.  What I will promise is that I'll find the answer and get back with you as soon as I can.


God Bless you all and God Bless America!


Curtis Briggs

Junior Warden

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 that will be held during VBS on Friday, July 17th. Again, contact Joanna if you can help with this fun summer project. Food Trucks will be at St. Luke's for lunch at VBS closing on Friday July 17th. Support this new ministry by joining us for lunch starting at 10:30.

Veteran's Dinner

St. Luke's will host the vets from St. Francis House for dinner on June 25, Thursday, in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m.  Watch for the sign up in the narthex to see ways that you can help.  For more information, contact Dan Dennis or Jeannie Fry.
Men of the House

On June 12th, St. Mark's Episcopal in Little Rock will host Men of the House Event with Guest speaker Bishop Shannon Johnston. Women are invited to this event, too. For more information, please click on the link below.


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, Linda Hawkins, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Carle Carrell, Row McLaughlin, Ty, Kyley, Myla Hood, Cyndi Hettesheimer, Carmen Quinn, Jean 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