September 30, 2015
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Little Lambs will meet today, September 30th at 5:45 pm in the choir room. Parents are welcome. 
Blessing of the Animals THIS SUNDAY!!

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. 
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.


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.


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.
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
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.

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.   
Vietnam War Veterans to be Honored  

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.  The Arkansas State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense has launched a state wide effort to identify and honor veterans who served between 1955 and 1975 in all branches of the military whether active duty, or reserve.
Individuals who served in auxiliary services, such as the Red Cross, are also to be included.  There will be a program and reception on Sunday, October 11, from 1:30-3:30 pm at the McArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at which veterans will be honored with a certificate and a pin and our sincere gratitude.

If you served during this time period, please email Deacon Len (len.griffin@sbcglobal.net) or Karen Blissit (kblissit@st-marks.com) at St. Mark's or call St. Mark's parish office (225.4203) with the vet's full name, or preferred name, rank and branch of service.
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 soce cleaning water to water plants, open your oven after baking in the winter (cool your oven, warm your house).

Week 8 - Zero Waste from the Bath and Laundry

Sunday - Colossians 1:15-16 (NSRV) " Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers-- all things have been created through him and for him.

Monday - Use 100% recycled and unbleached toilet paper individually wrapped in paper

Tuesday - For shaving, (re)use a safety razor and shaving soap.

Wednesday - Refill your bottles with bulk shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is short, you also have the "no-poo" option: rinse your hair, massage baking soda in, and then rinse, with vinegar for shine. Or use a shampoo bar. Instead of hairspray, switch to lemon water in a spray bottle.

Thursday - Welcome alternative house cleaning tools: a metal scourer on stainless, a wooden brush for light scrubbing, and an old toothbrush for hard to reach places and rags for everything else (counters, floor, fridge, etc... for mirrors and windows, just add water... no window cleaner needed).

Friday - Buy dishwasher detergent in bulk and use white vinegar as a rinsing aid.

Saturday - Laundry washing once a week saves time and dryer energy costs, use a laundry detergent sold in bulk, full loads, and cold water cycles as much as possible. Dry on a line when possible.

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