August 26, 2015
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Festival of the Senses


The St. Luke's Festival of the Senses, our parish's arts series, is gearing up for new year packed with exciting concerts and arts events. The year kicks off Monday, August 31st at 7pm with Mozart in A, a chamber music program featuring violinist Kiril Laskarov, pianist Tatiana Roitman, and friends. Keep abreast of the FOS schedule and arts happenings at St. Luke's by "liking" St. Luke's Festival of the Senses on Facebook. If you would like to participate in FOS by becoming a contributor or to volunteer at events, please contact Jason Pennington, St. Luke's Organist/Choirmaster. The Festival of the Senses is an important supporter of the arts in Central Arkansas and is a major outreach ministry of our Music Department and parish.

Office Closings

The Church Office will close at noon on Friday, September 4th and will be closed all day on Monday, September 7th.
Women in the Bible

This Sunday, August 30, is Bible Women Recap Sunday.  If you missed any of the great women of the Bible in Genesis to Judges, this Sunday is for you.  Come and hear what you might have missed at 9:15 in the Parish Hall. And plan on continuing the journey through the Bible seen through the eyes of the Women of the Old and New Testament and the Apocrypha starting again on September 20.

In the Narthex!  Outreach for homeless shelters, such as Jericho Way, is in need of DETERGENT to help wash clothes and bedding.  Dorcas House is also in need.  WHAT DO YOU SAY?  Let's fill up the BLUE BARREL during the month of September with loads of detergent and soap, both for laundry or bathing.  Contact either Tommie Williams, Don Wood, Betty Seymour for more information or if you have questions about this project.
Chairs For Sale

Help us raise funds for our Building and Grounds by buying a folding metal chair! Chairs are $10. Contact a building and grounds committee member or the office to purchase yours now.

St. Luke's is taking a trip in England in 2016 and we hope you come! If you are interested, please contact the church office.
Prayer Shawl Committee

The prayer shawl committee will begin meeting on Mondays at 2:30 pm in the office. We will be making hats and scarves for the homeless. All are invited to join the group no matter what your knitting or crocheting ability may be. Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
Arkansas Cursillo:  A Journey #2 Accepting Applications Now

The Journey is a weekend retreat designed to enliven the Christian faith by discovering Jesus' will for your life. It is based on a method of living the Christian life hat has been presented in many denominations for over 70 years. It is a method that works! It focuses on how the resources of our faith strengthen and support our apostleship, and emphasizes those elements of doctrine and discipline which empower us to reach out. It also offers a method for ongoing support.
The weekend retreat will be held at Camp Mitchell on Petit Jean Mountain on October 23-25, 2015. It will be led by Eric Savage and a team of both clergy and lay persons. It is open to ALL adult individuals of ANY denomination. Those persons who have previously attended a 3-day weekend are welcome to attend. Attendees at the first Journey weekend gave it glowing reviews!
We encourage you to attend and to invite your friends from other denominations. More information about the weekend and an application form can be found here on the Arkansas Cursillo website. Cost for the retreat is $145 which includes all lodging, meals and materials.

Is there an OUTREACH MINISTRY that St. Luke's is not doing that you think we should be involved in? Or, is there an outreach ministry that you are involved with that St. Luke's CAN HELP YOU with? We are making plans for the coming year, so, please feel free to contact either Joanna Seibert or Jeannie Fry about OUTREACH at St. Luke's about ideas or suggestions that you may have.


Stock the Pantry will continue to be the SECOND SUNDAY of the month this year.  Please leave any non-perishable food items you wish to donate in the BROWN box in the narthex with the "FOOD PANTRY" sign on the outside of it, beginning this Sunday, August 9th .  Donations placed in this box will be taken to the Park Hill Christian Church Food Pantry, next door to St. Luke's. 
Feast with Friends

Feast with Friends is going to start in September. There will be sign up forms starting August 9th. Be thinking about if you want to host, which is the determining factor as to how many months we can enjoy this fellowship opportunity. If we have enough hosts we will have dinners in August, September and October. November, December and January are skipped because those are very busy months. February, March, April and May will be the Spring round. This is a great way to get to know each other and make more memories.
St. Luke's Rally Day is from 9:00 until 10:15 on Sunday, September 13, 2015!

St. Luke's is planning a trip to Great Britain next summer to commemorate the Church's Anglican heritage, and we're going to kick off our pilgrimage with an international flair on Rally Day! Come and stamp your passport, and qualify for a door prize, as you visit our classrooms and ministry tables! Put on costume and take a regal portrait at our photo booth! Last but not least, enjoy a potluck continental breakfast with a British twist as you learn about all of the wonderful ways that you can embark on your spiritual journey this year at St. Luke's!
A sign-up sheet with suggested categories for the potluck breakfast will be posted in the Narthex beginning on August 30th.
We hope everyone will join us and have a wonderful time between services on September 13th!


Many of our youth have wanted St. Luke's to have an active youth group.  We are listening to you and are now offering you an opportunity to build a cool social group that consists not only of St. Luke members but of your friends.  There will be two opportunities for you to show us if you really want an active youth group.

7th, 8th & 9th Graders: If you or a friend or a member of your family is in 7th, 8th or 9th grade there will be the first meeting and voting for President, Secretary  and Treasurer Wednesday, September 16th, at 6:00. 

10th, 11th & 12th Graders: If you or a friend or a member of your family is in 10th, 11th or 12th grade there will be the first meeting and voting for President, Secretary  and Treasurer Sunday, September 13th, at 6:00.  This is Rally Day.

For both groups we will have a meeting to decide if you really want to have this outreach activity (if only a few show up then we will know it is not what you want).  Lasagna and salad will be served along with loud music (if wanted) and you will have the time and space to interact with your peers. For this to be highly successful it will require each and every participant to invite a friend each time we meet.  That is the outreach part of the activity. The suggestions provided by the youth as to what activities they want to do for fun, for helping others and for making money (so we will have a broader choice of fun activities) will be presented and acted upon by those present. In other words this is being offered and how successful it is will depend on our youth. 

Hopefully it will take off and make many wonderful memories for this year. If you have any questions call Barbara Rhodes  940-1437. 
Save the Dates! September 25-27
Join us at Wonderful, Wonderful Camp McDowell for a retreat sponsored by the Recovery Commission.

Retreat Theme: Mediating on the Psalms as a Spiritual Tool for People in Recovery: A Spiritual Journey for people in Recovery with the Psalms, Harp, and Story with Keynote Speaker, The Rev. Joanna Seibert, M.D.

Retreat is Open Now! Click link below to register:

Retreat Schedule Overview:
A Spiritual Journey with the Psalms, Harp, and Story ~ September 25-27 at Camp McDowell

Friday evening: How God speaks to us and uses us especially when we have other plans. We are wounded healers.

Saturday morning: God heals and speaks to us in community. Help comes when we think solutions are impossible.

Saturday evening: How God cares for us during times of suffering.

Sunday: Learning from those we think we are teaching.

12 Step Eucharist

Ongoing Ministries
Annual Recovery & Spirituality Retreat in fall, open to all persons.

12 Step Christian Education Materials educational resource material consisting of speakers, special group programs, videotapes and 12 step materials for the Sunday School classroom.

Recovery Sunday Curriculum- diocesan convention passed a resolution setting aside the second Sunday in November as Recovery Sunday. Readings, hymns and Sunday School materials are available through the diocesan office.

Networking and Referrals :if you are in need of intervention, support group and/or treatment facility information, the department is prepared to assist you.

For more information about how the Diocesan Department of Recovery Ministries can assist you or someone you know please contact: kgraham@dioala.org

More information regarding this important and necessary ministry can be found at our national website. Click here for more information from Recovery Ministries of The Episcopal Church.
Bell Tree

I am preparing for the fall season. I will offer the number of choirs that there are members for. Please let me know if you can play this year and I will decide how many choirs to offer. I am hoping to have 11 ringers for Chancel Ringers, 4 or more for Cadet Ringers, 1 or more for Little Lamb Ringers and 3/4 for Joyful Noise. Instead of the small advanced group, Jason and I are working to host an advanced Community Bell choir.

You can play in more than one choir. Just let me know which ones you are interested in.

Please notify me whether or not you want to play this year. I hope all of you can return. I am honored to have all of you play.

I look forward to hearing from each of you.

Debi Fricks 
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, Nina Goins, Edward Anderson, Cheryl Hall, Paula Kalina, Bryant Family, Ann, Cherie, Zill Coleman, Sydnie Reedy, Jake Harrell, Aaron Dutton, Bradley Stinnett, Charles Ray Kennedy, Barbara Coker, Chris Morehart, Lexi Probst, Kay Reiter, Leslie Westbrook, Louise Ahrens, Megan Elizabeth Hall, Carole Grant, Debi and Phil Palladan, Susan Haner, Betty Miller, Linda Hawkins, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Carle Carrell, Row McLaughlin, Ty, Kyley, Myla Hood, Jean Belknap, Sarah Martin, Anthony Riggins, Pam Cox, Corey McBain, Tim Woods, Cash Clancy, Mary Rose, Gloria Holst, Pam Cox, Tammy Martin, Mailyn, Sue, Tracy, Curt, Tricia, Bill Shepherd


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