April 27, 2016
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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 Pièces 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.
St. Luke's Summer Monster Food Drive and Can Sculpture Contest

This summer in May and June bring cans and boxes of food for Food Pantries in North Little Rock and St. Francis House and put in the green bucket in the narthex. At our Vacation Bible School closing on July 1 at St. Luke's there will be a can sculpture contest for our youth making sculptures from the can and box goods. Bring food every week and sign up with Joanna joannaseibert@me.com to be a participant or judge in the can sculpture contest. We will also need help being with the children on July 1 as they make their sculptures as well as help delivering the food to the pantries. Again, contact Joanna if you can help with this fun summer project. 

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.  

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

Yard signs for this event will be available in the Narthex this Sunday. If you live close to St. Luke's please consider taking one of these signs for your yard. Be sure to sign the yard sign out so we can keep track of them. All signs must be returned.
Senior High Youth Formation 

Last Sunday, April 24th, was the Last Sunday for the Senior High Youth Formation until Rally Day. They are welcome to join in the Adult Formation class in the Parish Hall.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Update 

The Prayer Shawl Ministry creates blankets for the newly baptized and shawls for the sick and homebound. They recently sent three shawls to an Arkansas Family whose son in the military had died. If you would like to join this group, please contact Deacon Joanna Seibert at joannaseibert@me.com or 501-425-8525. 

Help create new artwork for St. Luke's gallery! Everyone who wants to show their work is asked to create a landscape during the month of May. The deadline to bring your work is May 31. You can drop it off during the week to Caroline in the office (9-4) or give it to Suzzette on any Sunday. All ages and any media are welcome. Have work ready to hang and we will hang it in the Parish Hall for you. Include on a piece of paper: title, artist name, media and cost if you want to sell it, if you don't want to sell it put "nfs"on the cost line. We will make tags so they will all be alike. We want to display your work through the summer. What exciting fun! Think landscapes everyone!!!

If you would like to assist in the office either every week or once in awhile, please contact Caroline in the church office.

The last regular Sunday School classes will end on Pentecost, May 15, 2016...BUT!!! We are trying something new, beginning the very next week: One Room Summer Sunday School! The children will meet together, with our Level III Catechesis class as leaders, and Beth Maze as the teacher. The focus will be twofold: Nurturing Our Prayer Life and Reaching Out to Those in Need. We will ring a bell at 9:30 in the Parish Hall and all children from 3 to 13 (and beyond) will head downstairs to our classroom. Join us for breakfast at 9:00, and send your children off for outreach AND inreach when the bell rings at 9:30. We hope to see you then!
St. Luke's Day at Dickey Stephens Park - June 5th

Come help us wish Fr. Carey best wishes for his sabbatical while enjoying hamburgers, hot dogs, and baseball. Tickets will be on sale 3 weeks before the event.  
Wednesday Noon Eucharist

There will be no noon Eucharist on Wednesdays during Fr. Carey's sabbatical, from June 8th to Aug. 24th. Noon Eucharist will begin again on August 31st.  
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.
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, Jill Cox, Nancy Barber, Gene Cox, Larry Stewart, James Hargreaves, Jennie Martin, Carle, Paula Kalina
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