November 3, 2015
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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, 
to which you were called
in the one body, and be thankful.
Colossians 3.15

As the season of fall fully begins taking hold the signs of change surround us. My daughter who is very aware of the darker days asked yesterday at 6 pm "is it midnight?" When daylight saving time comes to an end it can certainly seem like it! 

Liturgically the tone of growth during the long green season after Pentecost begins turning toward remembrance of our mortality as well as the saints who have gone before us. With this comes the awareness that we have each been richly blessed and this culminates on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 15th that we call Stewardship Sunday. During this time of remembrance we also pay tribute to the fallen and to all those who have faithfully served our country through military service. After the celebration our national day of Thanksgiving we reach the triumphal end of the Church Year with the Feast of Christ the King.

The first Sunday of Advent falls on November 29th this year and it marks the beginning of a new Church Year and the season of hopeful expectation. To mark this, the lectionary points us towards all things prophetic and apocalyptic indicating that a birth would be coming that would change everything. God would offer us his only Son, wrapped in flesh to show us the way to salvation. We will be given a special opportunity to make a difference at our Alternative Giving Faire on the 29th (see Deacon Joanna's article). Items will be on sale that will benefit the various ministries of St. Luke's as well as ministries beyond our walls such as St. Francis House.

Wednesday evenings during Advent we will offer a time of prayer, dinner, and a special three-week study called "Experiencing our Anglican Heritage." Through words, music and images we will take a virtual tour through some of the sites that have shaped our Anglican Christian faith and that pilgrims will see who go with us on our summer pilgrimage to England. You won't have to go on the trip to enjoy learning more about the ancestors of our faith!

I sincerely hope that you and your family will come and deepen your faith and enjoy one another's fellowship during these special days.

Yours in Christ,



Be sure to turn in your pledge cards on November 15th if you haven't already. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Advent event after the 10:30 service on December 6th. Look for more information in your weekly Evangelist.
Anglican Heritage Pilgrimage to England - June 13th - 24th

We now have the dates for this awesome trip to the land of our Anglican heritage! The itinerary will include such holy sites as Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Lambeth Palace,  Shakespeare's Globe theatre, York Minster, King's College at Cambridge, Coventry Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, visit Windsor Castle, Whitby Abbey.   The itinerary should be finalized next week and we will then have the exact cost figures.  Professional guides will be there to provide rich historical detail. We will have a brief meeting in the Gontermann chapel after church next Sunday to begin registering. We need at least 17 for the tour to make so talk this us with friends and family!
Deacon Bench for November

Advent Event for St. Nikolas Day

Sunday December 6 after 10:30 service in the Parish Hall. 
Mark Your Calendars!!
St. Luke's will again be hosting a luncheon for St. Nikolas on his Feast Day, December 6, after the 10:30 service in the Parish Hall. We will be honoring St. Nikolas (who has agreed to return just to St. Luke) with a catered luncheon for families and guests and an alternative giving fair. There will be Advent material for families and individuals and a St. Nikolas table of activities for children.

Who will be there:
  • Rice depot with all their products
  • Heifer International giving opportunities 
  • St. Francis House Christmas giving
  • Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) giving tree 
  • African ministries jewelry
  • Rick and Helen from Camp Mitchell with CM products 
  • Broken China Pendants for Central Arkansas Women's Shelter
  • Youth selling St. Luke's Water bottles, Lanyards, and St. Luke's tote bags with new logo 
  • Joanna's three new books, Taste and See, and two books of sermons, Interpreting the World to the Church, volumes 1 and 2, as well as Christmas and Peaceful harp CD's with all proceeds going to Camp Mitchell.
  • ECW table with crafts and food; pies breads, jams, jelly mix, wreaths, scarves, ornaments, St. Luke's own personal stand up desk calendar, tee shirts, cookbooks, and more with money going for Camp Scholarships
  • Local Artist's table with Cici Davidson already taking orders for St. Nikolas and St. Lucy hand painted china plates $80. Message Cici on Facebook or email cicidavidson@me.com for orders to be picked up on December 6 
From the Senior Warden

During this time to remember to give our "first fruits," I would like to sincerely thank everyone for all that they do for our Parish Life. We recently had a wonderful time with Tales of the South. These people created a great atmosphere giving of their treasure, time and talent: John & Barbara Rhodes, Dawn Reynolds, Nancy Crow, Katie & Josh Taylor and of course, Gerald Williams. Joanna Seibert organized the food truck brigade and Curtis Briggs was on hand assuring a welcome to all. This is just one example of how valuable everyone is in the working of our church. As the Stewardship campaign comes to a close, please, please consider how you can contribute.


The stewardship campaign this year will include the opportunity for you to become more acquainted with the budget of the church and its needs. We have scheduled some cottage meetings in the next few weeks. These are meetings for only a few people (8 to 10) at a parishioner's house. They will be short sessions to inform you about the programs, budget process, and needs of the church. We encourage you to attend one of the meetings. They are open to all members and might be especially beneficial to newer members.  If you have an interest in attending one of the meetings please contact the church office. STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

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, Bobby and Gary Mackenzie, Marilyn Gay


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, David Jackson