December 9, 2015
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Christmas Eve Services
5:30 pm Christmas Pageant, Holy Eucharist
10:00 pm Wassail in the Parish Hall
11:00 pm Solemn High Mass of Christmas Eve  with Holy Eucharist

Music begins 30 minutes before the services

Join us tonight for Wednesdays in Advent 

Please join us for prayer, dinner, and teaching during the season of Advent. Evening prayer starts at 5.30 in Gontermann Chapel, followed by dinner in the parish hall at 6.00pm. We will then have a teaching from 6.30-7.00pm called "Experiencing Our Anglican Heritage." Through sights and sounds we will look at the impact the Anglican Church has had on our Christian experience. We will see some of the places that St. Luke's pilgrims will see this summer and hear how they have influenced our understanding and practice of the Christian faith. This begins on Wednesday, December 2 and ends after Wednesday, December 16.
St. Luke's Festival of the Senses presents ARmusica, December 15, 2015

The St. Luke's Festival of the Senses concert series presents ARmusica in concert on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 7:00pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4106 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Julie Cheek, piano, Drew Irvin, violin, and soprano Maria Fasciano will present a festive program of Christmas favorites including Adam's O Holy Night and carols and songs for audience sing-along.  In addition to Holiday repertoire, Drew Irvin will present Baroque violin masterworks by Bach, Corelli, and Vivaldi, and Julie Cheek will play Debussy.   A Meet-The-Artists reception will follow the program in the parish hall.  Admission is free. For more information regarding this concert or The Festival of the Senses series, please contact the church office (501) 753-4281. 

Christmas Poinsettias and Wreaths

If you would like to donate to the Christmas Poinsettias and Wreaths, please CLICK HERE to fill out the form. You can donate through PayPal  or put a check in the Sunday plate or through the mail. All names and donations must be in by December 20th in order to be the Christmas Eve bulletins. If you have any questions, please contact Caroline in the church office. 

Are you interested in helping to lead St. Luke's as we grow and develop? Do you know other members who would make good leaders? In January, we will be electing 4 new vestry members, each for a 3-year term, and we are now accepting nominations. The twelve members of the vestry are charged with the care of the property and business of the church. Working with the rector, they exercise leadership in the development of the congregation. There will be a basket in the Narthex for nominations, or you can contact Caroline in the church office with your nominations. Requirements are: having been confirmed, at least 16 years of age, a giver of record, and have been a member of St. Luke's for at least 6 months. There are 11 monthly meetings, generally on the third Tuesday of the month, and one vestry retreat. Please make sure you are able to attend these scheduled events.  Before nominating anyone to be on vestry, please make sure you have cleared this with that person first! 

Lectors Needed at the 8 am service. 

If you are interested in being a lector at the 8 am service, please contact Caroline in the Church Office. 

We are beginning to schedule for the 2016 Children's Chapel and Coffee Hour Volunteer Ministries. If you are interested in being put into this rotation, please contact Wanda Dunwoody or the Church Office.
Ushers Needed

Are you interested in helping greet our parishioners and visitors? Ushers are needed for both services. If you want to join this ministry or simply learn more about it, please contact Dan Dennis or the church office.
Highlighting our New Members:  Nelson Van Reid

I am a native of Sheridan, Arkansas (5 generations worth) and previously was a member of First Methodist Church there. I have practicing as an optometrist since 1979, first in my own office in Sheridan, then at Hall Eyecare Associates in Pine Bluff, now at Little Rock Eye Clinic. I moved to Little Rock in May of 2014 to be with family and friends. After I had been here a while, my longtime friend, Becky Goins invited me to come check out the choir at St. Lukes. I felt very comfortable there as it reminded me of my home church and everyone has been so welcoming. I feel as though I have made some true friends now. I am also an avid bicyclist, kayaker and hiker...thus the picture. 

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

Due to Wednesdays in Advent, The Brotherhood of St. Andrew will meet at 6:00 p.m., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, in the LIBRARY. We will continue The GREAT COURSE'S DVD Series - The Old Testament. Please join us. For more information contact:
Dickey Mayland, 835-6411
Greening of the Church

Join us Sunday, December 20th after the 10:30 service for Greening of the Church. We will meet in the Narthex. 
Advent Event Luncheon

It's not too late to turn in your donations for the Advent Event luncheon. You can place the offering in the plate or pay online through our website!
Pledge Update

As of Tuesday afternoon, we have received 93 operating pledge cards for a total of $253,574 and 42 MAP pledge cards for a total of $28,040.  A big thank you to all who have sent in your promised pledges.  St. Luke's depends on your continued support! There are additional pledge cards available in the Narthex. You can send your pledge in to the office via email by clicking here. 
The Christmas Pageant is Underway!

We are quickly approaching Christmas and that means our Annual Christmas Eve Pageant! We are in need of additional Angels and Shepherds and Friendly Beasts! If you are interested in helping make this pageant the best one yet, be sure to come to children's formation at 9:15 where parts will be discussed and practiced. There will be a full rehearsal after the 10:30 service on December 20th. The pageant will take place during the 5:30 Christmas Eve service.
Mission Trip to Guatemala

Compassion always involves a risk... but it gladdens and heals both receiver and giver.  Are you a medical professional or lay person that God has been nudging to take that risk of loving compassion to distant lands?  This year's GUATEMALA MEDICAL MISSION TEAM needs volunteers to join us.  The dates of our trip are April 9-17, 2016.  Please pray about coming and let us know as soon as possible if you are interested.  For more information, you may contact the Rev. Dr. Susan Lyon, Deacon at St. Mark's (960-5515), or St. Mark's office (225-4203), or Dr. Doug Stroud (drstroud@arkansassinusrelief.com).  
Prayer List
Anne Gontermann, Hudson Woods, Helen Snipan, Nina Goins, Sydnie Reedy,  Barbara Coker, Megan Elizabeth Hall, Betty Miller, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Gloria Holst, Pam Cox, Bill Shepherd, Kailyn, Bobby and Gary Mackzum, Marilyn Gay, Alice Ann Briley, Grace Whitlock, Christine Startz, Billy Tarpley, Bessette Family, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

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