July 6, 2016
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Deacon's Bench

Confirmation and Study Afterwards
On July 24 St. Luke's will present to the bishop at least 8 young people and new members for confirmation. Think back to your own confirmation and remember what an exciting day this will be. Join us on July 24 to support these confirmands who have been meeting for 14 weeks to learn from each of you what it means to live the Episcopal life. Thank you to the many of you who have helped in this class. If there are any who would like to be received and reaffirmed their faith, please let me know as well. This will be an important day in the lives of all of us at St. Luke's. Please join us to meet at 9:30 on July 24 after breakfast to meet with the bishop as he returns to St. Luke's for the first Sunday after his sabbatical in Chicago.

Thank you to Rev. Coats!

Join us for a reception honoring Rev. Chris and his wife Barbara after the 10:30 service on Sunday, July 10th. This is his last Sunday to serve as Celebrant. 


Be sure to mark your calendars for Bishop Benfield's visit and Confirmation Sunday on July 24th. We will have a potluck lunch following the 10:30 service. A sign up sheet will be available in the Narthex on July 10th.


The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the monies to support mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. Be sure to pick up your box or use the envelope provided in the bulletins. The box is available in the Narthex.

Dine, Dance, and Donate with a Smile

What:  12th Annual Shrimp Boil with live entertainment by the legendary Greasy Greens in the garden
Who:  Everyone who enjoys Cajun shrimp served tableside, live music, and fun
When:  5-9pmSaturday September 24, 2016 (Drive through open from 5-7pm)
Where:  St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi, Little Rock
Why:  To benefit St. Francis House ($165,000 raised in the first 11 years!)
Details:  Advance tickets are discounted to $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under through September 16.  After the 16th, tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and will be available at the door.  For tickets and information, please call St. Mark's church office at (501) 225-4203.
Check out this bulletin the Martinkas brought from York Minster

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.  
Thank you for VBS

Amazing VBS. Thank you to so many from St. Luke's who  helped: Ginna Simmons, Tom Simmons, Marla Edwards, Beth Maze, Peyton Price, Claire Green, Mary Anne Seibert, Zoe Seibert, Dawn Reynolds, Jason Reynolds, Suzette Patterson, Barbara Coats, Chris Coats, Jeannie Fry, John Rhodes, Barbara Rhodes, Betty Seymour, Heidi Mackey, Amelia Mackey, Karen Chisholm, Nancy Crowe, Robert Seibert, John Wilson Hooker, Gerald Warren, Don Wood and all those who contributed cans for our sculpture contest and food for food banks. An amazing amount of food is being sent to Park Hill Christian Food Bank, Central Baptist Food Bank in North Little Rock, and St. Mark's Food Bank Little Rock.

From the Organ Bench

Jason Pennington, our organist/choirmaster is away today through next Sunday (the 17th) attending the Sacred Music Conference at Sewanee. Jason was recommended by colleagues and by our rector for a Full Merit Scholarship to this annual conference at the University of the South and was selected from a number of applicants. Jason was also asked, as a scholarship recipient, to play Gabriel Pierné's Prélude in G minor for the organ master class during the conference with Tom Trenney.  Jason will return to the St. Luke's console for regular liturgical duties on July 24th for the bishop's visit. Please pray for him on his journey and his studies this week at Sewanee. 

Adult Formation

Half Truths, an Exciting Adult forum beginning July 31

Join the Adult Forum from 9 to 9:30 after breakfast in the Parish hall where we will study Half Truths with Adam Hamilton and Deacon Joanna
July 31 through August 28

These are simple phrases. They sound Christian-like something you might find in the Bible. We've all heard these words. Maybe we've said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.
Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. 

The clichés include:
* Everything happens for a reason.  July 31
* God helps those who help themselves. August 7
* God won't give you more than you can handle. August 14
* God said it, I believe it, that settles it. August 21
* Love the sinner, hate the sin.  August 28

This is an amazing series you will not want to miss.

Staying connected to St. Luke's during the summer

Get Church "to go" box. Take a picture of you with the picture of Jesus in the box where you go and send back to joannaseibert@me.com for us to put on Facebook. Bring to Joanna your bulletins where you attend church and we will put up on a bulletin board and talk about them in the Evangelist.
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, Steve Fanning,  Steven Sacks, Jill Cox, Gene Cox, Larry Stewart, James Hargreaves, Jennie Martin, Carle, Paula Kalina, Becky Simpson, Mary Schultz, Dan McKee, Gene Macalik, Gerald Warren and his daughter Terri
Special Concerns: For all the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Justin, Joshua, Bret, Brian Mahoney, Tim, Matt, Doug,  Brian Mennes, Frank Tate, Alex Schimelpfening, David Liem, Justin, John Landis, Lucas Kunce, David Jackson