September 23, 2015
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Blessing of the Animals

St. Luke's will hold a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 4th at 2:30 pm. All pets are welcome and children are encouraged to bring their stuffed animals, too, to be blessed. Please make sure all dogs are friendly. The event is held in the outside space between the church and parish hall.

We are asking that you bring a donation, either monetary or physical, for the Pulaski County Humane Society. They only feed their pets Purina if you decide to bring food. Additional requests can be found here: http://warmhearts.org/donations/wish-list/
Please contact the church office for more information. 

Veterans' Dinner

St. Luke's will host a Veterans' Dinner on Thursday, October 15th. If you would like to help out with this event, please contact Dan Dennis or Jeannie Fry. 
Little Lambs will meet September 30th at 5:45 pm in the choir room. Parents are welcome. 
Support CPC this Sunday, September 27th, at St. Luke's

Last week you were emailed information on Church Periodical Club (CPC). As you know, CPC provides books and related materials through grants provided under National Books Fund (NBF) and Miles of Pennies (MOP). One last time, consider donating to this worthy cause by placing your generous donation in the alms basins. We take the availability of the printed word for granted. Your contribution will make a difference to those who cannot make that statement. 

Please give the gift that speaks volumes. How? Your CPC donation will be collected during both services on Sunday, September 27, 2015. If you want to give cash, please mark on the envelope that it is for CPC or MOP. If you write a check, please place on the memo line if you are giving to CPC or MOP.

St. Mark's Shrimp Boil
Cool Music, Cajun Food, Worthy Cause

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 5-9 pm (takeout 5-7pm)
Help out St. Francis House at the St. Mark's 11th Annual Shrimp Boil. Make plans now to buy tickets, invite friends, get a chance on a Yeti Cooler. Not only a fund raiser for St. Francis House fundraiser, the event is also a fun-raiser for the entire family. Enjoy Cajun shrimp and fixins' table-side service and entertainment by the Greasy Greens in the Garden. 1000 pounds of gulf shrimp and over 200 volunteers make this happen each fall at 1000 N. Mississippi in Little Rock. Discounted advance tickets ($25 adults/ $10 children) available now or get them at the door for $5 more. Call St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 501-225-4203 for tickets.


St. Luke's is taking a trip to England in June 2016 and we hope you come! Be watching for more information and specific dates. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

The Arkansas Youth Event (AYE) is October 2nd-4th, 2015. This is our fall weekend retreat at Camp Mitchell open to 6th-12th grade youth. It is a great kick-off to the new school year, a chance to spend some time with old friends, and a time to make new friends from all over the state. At AYE we play games, we hike, we dance, we sing, we pray, we laugh and we do even more than that. We do it all in 40 hours. That's right...it's pretty amazing. It is open to all youth across the state and costs $110. Go to the EYC Arkansas Facebook page or go to http://eycarkansas.org/aye/ There are limited openings so be sure to sign up ASAP if you want to go.

Alzheimer's Walks and Fundraisers

2015 Alzheimer's Arkansas Little Rock Walk. "A Family Affair."
Walks are a place where people just have fun. They laugh with others and laughing has been shown to relieve stress. Whether you Walk along or join friends, family or co-workers and walk as a team, please know that YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! Many walk to honor or remember a colleague, friend or loved one affected by Alzheimer's or one of the related dementias.

If you have never participated in one of our Walks, make it your goal to attend one in 2015. It is a great day of fun and one that you will remember for years to come.

We have already started planning the 2015 Alzheimer's Walks! Walks need people and we need you! For ways you can help your Arkansas friends and neighbors please contact Barbara Jensen at 501-224-0021 or barbara.jensen@alzark.org.

2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Little Rock, AR
Date: 10/17/2015
Schedule: Registration at 9am | Ceremony at 10am | Walk at 10:30am
Location: Clinton Presidential Park
Little Rock, AR 72201
Route Length: 2 miles
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.
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.
St. Luke's Festival of the Senses presents ARMusica

The St. Luke's Festival of the Senses concert series continues with ARMusica on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 7:00pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4106 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, Arkansas. Julie Cheek, piano, Drew Irwin, Violin, and Stephen Feldman, cello will perform Arthur Honegger's Sonatine for Violin and Cello, and Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Thea Foundation, a Central Arkansas organization which supports the arts and arts education. A Meet-The-Artists reception will follow the program in the parish hall. For more information regarding this concert or The Festival of the Senses series, please contact the church office (501) 753-4281 or send email to St.lukesfestivalofthesenses@yahoo.com.
Outreach Committee Updates

From Jeannie Fry: Our "St. Luke's Delivery Team" made some deliveries this past week of the Blue Barrel items (detergent, bath soap, toiletries) and the bags made up by DOK.  They went to Dorcas House, Jericho Way and River City Day Resource Center, which all serve homeless or persons in distress/abusive situations.

The infamous BLUE Barrel will continue to be in the narthex as a drop place
for more of these items thru the end of December.  Also delivery was made to
St. Francis House of the empty pill bottles which our church members have
donated for the clinic there.

From Betty Seymour: 
River City Ministries - 3-4 large bags of the water, etc. bags DOK prepared Dorcas House - lg box of fruit snacks & 3 lg bags prepared by DOK 

SFH - the pill bottles (4 bags) 

Jericho Way - detergent and box filled with bath soaps, hand soaps, etc.

(Note - some of the bags prepared by DOK also had toothbrushes and small
toothpaste along with crackers.)

We met Paul Wilkerson again at River City and he took us on the "nickel" tour.  What an impressive place!  They serve around 100 hot lunches daily and have a large dining room/lounge area. They also have a medical clinic staffed by physicians who volunteer their time; a medical lab - also a volunteer technician; a dental clinic with a dentist who works there on her day off (Friday); and a vision clinic on Saturdays.  Then they have a section devoted to helping with housing. They pay some rent for clients who qualify, even working sometimes with landlords who have evicted a client to help keep them in their home. They also assist clients with getting rehab
from addictions.  Don took notes there and will send you that list. Somethings I noted that Paul mentioned as needs were hotel size toiletries, socks, knit gloves, scarves and canned meat.  They find clients get little protein and he said they will almost fight  for a can of beanie weenies or vienna sausages!  These should be the small cans with tabbed lid.  For the vision clinic, they take donations of used eyeglasses and have the equipment and a technician who fits them to clients. And he said sometimes a church group will bake and deliver casseroles to serve 100 if that would be something one of our groups might be interested in doing.

At Jericho Way we spoke again with Sister Elizabeth Greim.  They were most
grateful for the donations.  Don helped unload while I spoke with Sister E. and came back to report the laundry room was well stocked now and those guys were happy!  She introduced us to Isaac who is the custodian and said if
ever she is not there we should ask for him.  

It was a blessing to help with this!

The Blue Barrel will be in the narthex through the end of September to collect DETERGENT to help wash clothes and bedding and BATH SOAP.  Some of you have been asking if you can bring lotion, shampoo and other personal toiletries for donation; and, the answer is YES, of course, please put them into the blue barrel, too!  Contact either Tommie Williams, Don Wood, Betty Seymour for more information or if you have questions about the homeless donations' project. Starting on the first Sunday in October, OCTOBER 4 (same day as the "Blessing of the Animals"), the focus for the Blue Barrel will change to become a collection point in October for the youth's project to assist area animal shelters.  Watch for a list of items that are needed for this, or feel free to contact Jennifer or Claire Green.   
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. The sale ends October 31st. 
St. Luke's Green Team

Sunday -Mark 4:3-8 (NSRV) "Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold."
Monday - Welcome alternatives to disposables (paper towels, garbage liners, wax paper, aluminum sheets, disposable plates, cups, etc....): Swap paper towels for reusable rags, swap sandwich baggies for kitchen towels or stainless containers, drop garbage liners all together (wet waste is mostly compostable anyways).
Tuesday - Buy in bulk or at the counter, bring reusable bags (dry goods), jars (wet items such as meat, deli, fish, cheese, oil, peanut butter) and bottles (liquids: oil, soy sauce, shampoo, conditioner).
Wednesday - Shop the farmer's market: they'll take the egg carton and the berries baskets back for reuse. Your veggies will also most likely be free of plastic and stickers.
Thursday - Learn to love your tap water.
Friday - Reinvent your leftovers before they go bad. Go thru your recipe binder/box and only keep the recipes that can be achieved with zero waste in mind.
Saturday - Reuse single-side printed paper for grocery shopping and errands list, use your lettuce cleaning water to water plants, open your oven after baking in the winter (cool your oven, warm your house).
 Tips Source: zerowastehome.com
Race for the Cure

Saturday, October 10th in downtown Little Rock. The Komen Race for the Cure Series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. Of the net proceeds raised locally from the Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure, 75% stays in Arkansas to fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment grants in our 63 county service area. The remaining 25% goes to directly to national to fund research related to the treatment and cure of breast cancer. 

On October 10th, downtown Little Rock will be transformed into a sea of pink for the 22nd Annual Arkansas Race for the Cure. Together, we will honor those who are surviving breast cancer and remember those who have lost the fight. Your participation in this event helps us provide significant funds and bring awareness about breast cancer to our local community. Whether you walk, run, volunteer or donate, your support is helping us save lives and provide priceless support to those in need. We sincerely hope you'll join us for the 2015 Race for the Cure on October 10th!
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, Caryl Hicks


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