April 20, 2016
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Join us for the eighth annual World Labyrinth Day on Saturday May 7th as we walk as one at 1 pm! Everyone is invited to join us at the labyrinth to join in on this world-wide event. To learn more, go to https://labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day

Confirmation Class

Beginning April 17 in the new forum at 9:30 after breakfast in the Parish Hall we will be studying together the Episcopal Life. We will learn together from long time members and new members about what the means to be an Episcopalian. The class will extend through the summer until July 24 with  Bishop Benfield's visit for confirmation. The class will be for those considering confirmation, new members, but especially for long time members who would like to re-affirm their Episcopal commitment at the bishop's visit. Many of you will be asked to participate. Your being a part of this will make all the difference as we learn about the Episcopal life together.

The Episcopal Life
Tradition, Scripture, Reason

1.  Where did St. Luke's Episcopal Come from?  April 17
2. Where did the Episcopal Church come from? April 24
 3.Liturgical ministries, Lector Training May 1 Family Promise in church
4. Liturgical Ministries, Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors licensing May 8
5. What Episcopalians believe about the Sacraments.  May 15
6. What Episcopalians believe about Prayer. Why do we have a Prayer Book? May 22
7. What Episcopalians believe about observing the Church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost May 29

8. What Episcopalians believe about the Bible June 5

9.What Episcopalians believe about Ministry: Outreach.  June 12
 10.What Episcopalians believe about Stewardship June 19
11.   What Episcopalians believe about death/dying  June 26
12. What Episcopalians believe about Evangelism  July 3
13. What is the Episcopal Spiritual Life? July 10
14. Confirmation Review July 17
15.  Confirmation July 24 with Bishop Benfield
*Tour of church after 10:30 TBA


Abundance Orchard: Where Faith Grows and Hungry People are Fed

VBS will be June 27-July 1, 2016 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. This is a joint effort of Christ Episcopal Church and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Ages 3 years - 5th grade are invited to participate. We encourage youth and adults to assist. Free to all! Sign up now! To register, email patricia.g.lewis@gmail.com with your child's name, age, grade they will be entering in fall, email, phone, and whether you can help as an adult volunteer. We can't wait!
Breakfast at St. Luke's!!

We will have breakfast in the Parish Hall every Sunday from 9 to 9:30. Everyone is invited.  

The St. Luke's Festival of the Senses concert series presents ARmusica in Concert on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:30pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Concert master of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Irvin , principal Arkansas Symphony harpist, Alisa Coffey, and St. Luke's organist Jason Pennington will play a concert including Scintillation by Salzedo, The Lass of Richmond Hill by Dussek, The Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams, and Pastorale from 6 Pièce d'Orgue by César Franck. A Meet-The-Artists reception will follow the program in Wilder 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. Music List (not in concert order): Toccata, Paradisi, Fugue, Bach/Grandjany
The Lass of Richmond Hill, Dussek, Contmeplation, Renie, The Lark Ascending, Vaughan-Williams (Irvin & Pennington), 6 pièce d'Orgue: Pastorale, Franck (Pennington), Scintillation, Salzedo

Pocket Change for Building and Grounds Projects

Do you have change in your pockets or change purse?  Do you think it is only a small amount and doesn't matter?  Just image, if everyone donates and combines this pocket change, the total will continue to grow and needed projects will be funded and completed.  A designated glass water bottle will be placed in the Narthex, remember, no amount of change is too small. Thank you from the Building and Grounds Committee.
Family Promise

Over the past weeks we have been so excited to share with our St. Luke's family information about a wonderful outreach opportunity. St. Luke's has a rich tradition of outreach and Family Promise like our Veteran's dinners, our collections for the homeless and our support of St. Francis house, seems to be a natural outgrowth of our commitment towards helping homeless families in our community achieve independence.
Working together with over 20 local congregations including St Marks Episcopal, St. Michael's Episcopal, Park Hill Presbyterian, Lakewood United Methodist, Second Baptist Downtown Little Rock, St. Edwards Catholic Church to name a few.  St. Luke's' volunteers would welcome participating families to stay in one of 4 private Sunday School rooms along with providing nutritious meals and coordinating evening activities for one week of every quarter. We would host only carefully screened families with children under the age of 18. While children are in school, adults are transported in the Family Promise van to the Family Promise Day Center at 7 Am each morning. They would then go to their jobs, look for jobs, contact social services and or look for housing. Family Promise will offer comprehensive screening, case management, and helps adults with job skills, budgeting and house hold management to move forward with a successful future. 

The host families stay with Family Promise and different host churches changing weekly, on average 45 to 90 days before finding suitable housing and jobs. We are asking for interested volunteers to help with overnight hosting at St. Luke's along with volunteers to prepare meals for the host families. Family promise will bring in all the cots, linens toiletries and other items needed. The host families arrive on Sunday leaving the following Sunday. They are welcomed to attend our services and fellowships with our St. Luke's community. Our role at St. Luke's as a volunteer is to provide shelter, food and most of all God's love. 

Most of you have or will be receiving a phone call from one of our coordinators to share more details about the program in the next weeks. We hope you will prayerfully consider your role in this ministry. You will want to mark your calendars as Cynthia Ramey, the Director of Family Promise will also be speaking at St. Luke's on May 1 after breakfast. She will explain in more detail the ins and outs of the program. Several staff from Park Hill Christian have asked to attend this meeting as they have also expressed an interest in partnering with us in this ministry. So far St. Luke's has 6 overnight volunteers and 6 volunteers interested in helping by providing meals and fellowship. We continue to ask for your prayers for this ministry and the homeless families in our community.  

If you are interested in volunteering please contact, 

Anita Gwatney 501 804.0696
Nancy Crow at 501 412-3865 
Jeanie Fry at 501 941-0430, 

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, Bill Shepherd, Kailyn, Bobby and Gary Mackzum, Marilyn Gay, Christine Startz, Adam and Jessie Forrester, David Martin, Bernice Carrigan, John Bangert, Sandy Barksdale, Steve Fanning, Lasseigne Family, Steven Sacks, Henry Chenault, Jill Cox, Reita Miller, Nancy Barber, Gene Cox, Larry Stewart, Caroline Mikel, Dennis Family, James Hargreaves, The Downings, Jennie Martin, Carle
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