August 10, 2016
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Back to School Kick-off for Youth Ministry at St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Sunday August 14th 5 pm
Home of Wanda and Gary Dunwoody
3803 North Hills Blvd
North Little Rock 72116
Hamburgers and Fun
Meet your new youth minister, John Wilson Hooker and the Youth Advisors Michael and Elizabeth Bartlett and Beth and Fred Simpson
Open to youth grades 6-12
RSVP Joanna Seibert joannaseibert@me.com


Children's formation will resume Rally Day September 11. Adult formation will continue at 9:30 in the Parish Hall discussing Half Truths following breakfast at 9. 


The formation of our children is probably the most important part of the programs at St. Luke's. We have some amazing children. Prayerfully consider being a part of this vital ministry helping with Sunday School and/or Children's Chapel. You will be making a difference in so many lives and I can promise your life will be changed as well. Contact Joanna to learn more about this ministry. joannaseibert@me.com.

Adult Formation

Half Truths, an Exciting Adult forum beginning July 31

Join the Adult Forum from 9: 30 to 10:15 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.

Rally Day September 11th

Join us between the services on September 11th for Rally Day! Meet your Formation instructors, join new ministries, and make new friends over a potluck brunch in the parish hall. If your ministry group would like to set up a table in order to recruit new members or to advertise your ministry, please contact Suzzette Patterson or the Church Office. Deadline for table sign up is September 4th. A signup sheet for the brunch finger food items is in the Narthex. Children will get to spend more time with their teachers during Children's Chapel on the 11th. 
Blessing of the Backpacks for Teachers and students

We will hold our Blessing of the Backpacks at both services on Sunday, August 28th. Please be sure to have your children bring their backpacks, or if you teach, your school bag, to church this Sunday to receive a special prayer and gift.  


Our organist, Jason Pennington, has accepted a new position at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock. His last Sunday is Aug. 28th. 

Homeless Ministry Delivery Report
This past summer, Betty Seymour, Sheryl Stewart, Sheryl's neighbor, Ruby, made deliveries this past summer to Dorcas House and St. Francis House.  Blue barrel donations for the homeless ministry were down but we had collected a lot of clothes and toys from other sources and actually ended up delivering quite a bit. 
Our delivery team members were struck by how many more clients we encountered at both Dorcas House and St. Francis House.  St. Luke's team members were treated to a tour by one of the clients at Dorcas who opened our eyes to several areas which could use donations.  We learned that hygiene products for Dorcas are especially needed.  There is a hygiene closet where newcomers are able to get basic hygiene items - so many come to the house with literally nothing.  The biggest needs in that area are tampons and larger size diapers.  They also have a small art room and they are always in need of paints and canvasses.
St. Luke's delivered pill bottles and clothing to St. Francis House.  Once again, we encountered many more clients than I had seen there previously and they were especially interested in our clothing donations.  The social services side maintains a "store" where folks in the community can "shop" for needed clothing and household goods. 
As one of our St. Luke's team members said, "I hope parishioners will continue to give through the summer - the need seems to be growing as donations have slacked off...They need everything!"
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.
Prayer List
Anne Gontermann, Helen Snipan, Nina Goins, Betty Miller, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Gloria Holst, Bill Shepherd, Kailyn, Bobby and Gary Mackzum, Marilyn Gay, Christine Startz, David Martin, Bernice Carrigan, Steve Fanning, Steven Sacks, Jill Cox, Gene Cox, Jennie Martin, Carle, Paula Kalina, Becky Simpson, Mary Schultz, Dan McKee, Gene Macalik, Sarah, Betty, Jack Dreher  
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