December 23, 2015
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There will be no formation on Sunday, December 27th or Sunday, January 3rd. Formation will resume Sunday, January 10th. 
Christmas Eve Services
5:00 pm  
Musical Prelude for Harp and Bells
5:30 pm 
Christmas Pageant, Holy Eucharist
10:00 pm 
Wassail in the Parish Hall
10:30 pm
Carols for Choir and Congregation
11:00 pm 
Solemn High Mass of Christmas Eve  with Holy Eucharist

For Dorcas House and
Nehemiah House (includes Jericho Way).

Without the support and partnership of individuals, organizations, churches
and businesses we would not be able to continue to operate. Our donors have
been instrumental in restoring hope to the hopeless and rebuilding the lives
of the broken. . . For some this is the first time they have had something
to be grateful for. . . Thank you for partnering with us to introduce the
lost, the last, and the least to the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Merry Christmas!

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.

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! 


In January, we will also be electing one parish member to serve a 3-year term to St. Luke's Endowment Board.  This five member group meets quarterly and manages St. Luke's Endowment Fund. We are also seeking nominations for this St. Luke's Endowment Board position. 

Camp Mitchell Wellness Weekend
February 5th - 7th, 2016
Pageant Practice TONIGHT

Calling all youth and children (including those visiting for the holidays!): It's not too late to sign up for a role in the pageant. We are in need of more shepherds and flying angels. Our first general rehearsal with our narrator will be after church on Sunday. We will have a second general practice at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Please make plans to attend one or both if possible. If you cannot be at either practice but are still interested in participating, please find Beth Maze and let her know. We want to include as many children as possible! 

 can be found in the narthex for contributions for ERD. Tags are available for you to remove from the tree to make cash donations through St. Luke's to the Episcopal Relief and Development's GIFTS OF LIFE. The cash gifts made will be combined to make one large donation from St. Luke's to ERD's GIFTS OF LIFE program. Contact Jeannie Fry if you have questions on this project.   
Convocation Epiphany Service 

The Convocation Epiphany Service will be held at St Mark's Church on Wednesday, January 6, at 6:45 pm.  The St. Mark Baptist Church choir will join us in worship, and the Rev. Phillip Pointer, senior pastor at St. Mark Baptist, will be guest preacher. Bishop Benfield will celebrate.
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. 

This retreat will be held at Camp Mitchell, Jan. 8-10, 2016. The speaker will be Bishop Larry Maze, and his topic will be "Dreams as Anchors for Deep Self-Understanding." The retreat begins with registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 and will conclude with Holy Eucharist on Sunday morning. For more information, visit the Arkansas ECW website or email Sandy Smith. You can also register online.

Found Watch

A ladies wrist watch was found in the church on Sunday. If you lost one, please contact the church office to identify. 
Altar Flowers

The Altar Flower chart for 2016 is now up in the Narthex. Be sure to sign up now to reserve your Sunday. Donations for flowers are $55 a Sunday. Please note that there are no Altar Flowers during Lent and Advent. These Sundays are crossed off on the Calendar.

Any donations that are to be counted towards the 2015 tax season must be either received in the office by December 31st by 1 pm or postmarked before January 1st.

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, Linda Hopkins

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