February 24, 2016
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Lenten Services
Lenten Supper and Study
Wednesdays in Lent beginning on February 17th
Supper at 6 pm, Study from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday in Lent at 6 pm
March 6th: Evensong
Service at 5 pm
March 20th: Palm Sunday
Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10:30 am
March 24th: Maundy Thursday
Holy Eucharist with Foot Washing at 7 pm
March 25th: Good Friday
Holy Eucharist at Noon and 7 pm
March 26th: Easter Vigil
Holy Eucharist with Holy Baptism at 6:30 pm. Night time egg hunt to follow service. 
March 27th: Easter Day
Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10:30 am
Easter Brunch at 9:15 am
Egg Hunt at 9:45 am
The Church Office will be closed Monday, March 28th.
Lenten Evensong

Join us Sunday, March 6th at 5pm for  Lenten choral Evensong.  Preces and Responses by Ian Quinn, Magnificat and Nunc dmittis by Eric Thiman.  The anthem for the service: A Litany by Sir William Walton.  The tradition of choral evensong is unmistakably British.  This year's Lenten Evensong will take place one hour before the "Downton Abby Finale Party".  Anglophiles who are fans of the Downtown series, should no doubt also be fans of the true Anglican tradition of choral Evensong and would certainly never let the chance to attend pass by. Get to evensong: The Dowager would certainly attend, and so should you.
Downton Abbey Finale Party: March 6th

Join us March 6th as we bid farewell to the Crawley's of Downton Abbey and view the 2 hour series finale!  Bring your family and friends and your favorite finger foods to share!  High Tea will begin at 6:00 and you are encouraged to wear your favorite Downton outfit!

We will be collecting monetary donations during the event for Lucie's Place, an organization which assists homeless teenagers. 
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Intimate Neighborhood Concert

The ASO will hold an Intimate Neighborhood concert at St. Luke's om March 10th at 7 pm. Performing are Philip Mann, conductor, Lily Afshar, guitar, and Carl Anthony, harpsichord. The theme is Something "Old" and features: Bach - Concerto for Keyboard No. 1, Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances, Vivaldi - Concerto for Guitar. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students and military. Tickets are purchased through the ASO's website at www.arkansassymphony.org/something-old Use the code STLUKE to receive a discount on your tickets. 
ECW Quiet Day Retreat

"Help, Thanks, Wow, and the Anglican Rosary"
Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9 - 2
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
$20 for lunch and Rosary materials
Retreat Speaker: Joanna Seibert
Contact: 501-753-4281 or stlukesnlr@gmail.com
ECW Easter Eggs! Order Now!

St. Luke's ECW is currently taking orders for their delicious Easter Eggs. You can order yours by filling out the form available in the Narthex, the Sunday bulletins, or by clicking here. Don't delay! Orders will only be taken through March 6th. Cost is $5 per egg, and payment must be made before eggs are picked up. The eggs will be ready by Palm Sunday. 
Lent at St. Luke's
In this series, we focus on God as the Chief Gardener of our souls, and we seek out ways to grow into the fullness he desires.  Just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being. This series uses a tool from monastic spirituality called a 'Rule of Life' to explore and cultivate our relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation.  This is an exciting opportunity to dig deep and dream big about ways to live into a more abundant life with Christ.

This series is designed for both individuals and small groups.  For small groups, facilitators will guide the growing process as participants discuss and learn together. For individuals, daily videos and reflections will lead them through the same process.   Ultimately each participant will create a unique Rule of Life or 'Garden Plot' to sustain and expand beyond the class.
Participants will be able to:
  • Design a balanced plan for growing into a deeper relationship with God, Self, Others, and Creation.
  • Celebrate areas of their lives that are thriving and explore areas that need extra nourishment.
  • Tune their sensitivity to the rhythms of nature to help them in keeping a Rule of Life.
  • Grow in fellowship with other participants and support them through the growing process.
  • To Participate in the program at St. Luke's
  • Go to www.ssje.org
  • Subscribe to a daily email
  • Download a PDF copy of the workbook or call the church office if you need a copy
  • Come to Wednesday night Lenten series 6 pm to 7:30 (supper 6 to 6:30) where we will discuss each section about a rule of life
  • Week 1 Rule of Life and Rhythm of Nature
  • Week 2 Exploring your relationship with God
  • Week 3 Exploring your Relationship with Self
  • Week 4 Exploring Your Relationship to Others
  • Week 5 Exploring Your Relationship to the Creation
  • Week 6 Living in Rhythm

Our Children are in the know about Lent. Lent is the season for looking within. Easter is the season for celebrating! We don't sing or say Alleluia in church during Lent. In an old tradition, children bury the "Alleluia's" (written and decorated on pieces of paper) as a way of "saving Alleluia" for the 50 days of Easter. This year, we will be burying the Alleluia's at the bottom of a planter filled with bulbs! Watch for them in 40 days!!


Winterstar is March 11-13, 2016. Cost $110 and Registration is open now. Winterstar is the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas' annual Spring Retreat for Youth in the 6th-12th grade. The weekend begins at Camp Mitchell Friday the 11th at 8pm with registration and ends Sunday at 11:00am. The weekend includes games, music, worship services, hiking, sports, hammocking and even more Camp goodness.

Communion Preparation at St Luke's is available to children who want to begin receiving this Holy Sacrament, and to children who already receive the bread and wine of Eucharist. In Sunday School, the children explore the altar materials and their use. They also study the gestures of the Eucharist - such as the Breaking of the Bread - and come to some understanding of what is happening invisibly (spiritually) while this gesture is being made. (The actual definition of "sacrament" straight from the Book of Common Prayer!) During Communion Preparation, we will put together everything your child already knows about communion, and fill in blanks as necessary. We will have a rehearsal with unblessed wafers and wine, so your child will know just what to do. Best of all, the children's natural curiosity will be satisfied, and the great journey of actually understanding what happens at communion can begin.
Flashlight Egg Hunt

We will have our third annual flashlight egg hunt immediately after the Easter Vigil on March 26. We will roast peeps and make s'mores. There will be confetti eggs and prizes. All ages are welcome! Please join us!
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, Christine Startz, Linda Hopkins, David Martin, Bernice Carrigan, John Bangert, Steve Fanning, Sandy Barksdale, Lasseigne Family, Georgia Luna, Steven, Henry Chenault

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