Upcoming Events

TODAY Wednesday, March 1st
Ash Wednesday Services at Noon and 7 pm

Wednesday, March 8th
Lenten Study Begins, 6 pm

Thursday, March 9th
St. Francis House Veteran's Dinner , 6 pm

Saturday, March 11th
ChurchMen's Breakfast, 9am

Tuesday, March 14th
Festival of the Senses Presents ArMusica, 7 pm
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From the Organ Bench

A Lenten Discipline

Lent is right around the corner, and by the time this is published, it will be fully upon us. We will have sung our final "Alleluias," and had our pancakes. Many of us are likely considering what we should "give up" for Lent. What particular pleasure or indulgence of life shall we give up for the next six weeks? This Lent, I'm going to suggest we try something different, which I believe holds a bit more theological weight: Do something.

Do something for Lent. As a congregation, one of our Lenten disciplines will be learning to sing the Psalm to plainsong. Another one of our disciplines will be our becoming more confident singing a cappella as a congregation. A cappella singing (that is, singing without accompaniment) is a scary thing, as it forces you to bare yourself as a part of a collective group, in a way that we as 21st century people are not accustomed to.

A second discipline that I might suggest is to consider joining the choir. We are a small, but might ensemble, dedicated to excellence, and would welcome you with open arms. We hold ourselves to the highest standards possible, while still maintaining a sense of joy, with a dash of fun. But we are in need of bolstering. When one member of a section is absent, then 1/3 of that section is absent, leaving them at only 66% power.

And so, my goal is to have two new, faithfully dedicated choir member by Easter. Just those two extra voices would greatly enhance, and edify us. And so, my Lenten challenge to you is this: Come join us for a short rehearsal this Wednesday evening after the Ash Wednesday service. Fully dedicate yourself to it for 6 weeks. If, at the end of those six weeks you don't like it, that's okay. We won't hold it against you. If, at the end of those six weeks you DO like it, then we will be overjoyed!

Prayerfully consider, and lift up your hearts!

Rees Roberts
LENTEN STUDY AND SIMPLE SUPPER

Ash Wednesday is on March 1st. After that, we will begin our Wednesdays in Lent study. Every Wednesday from March 8th to April 5th we will meeting in Parish Hall starting at 6 pm for a simple supper, 6:30 is the Study, ends at 7 pm with Compline. 

Divine Seeing: Praying with Our Eyes Open: Join us on a five week journey through Lent where our focus will be on Visio divina. It is a way of seeing that can meet us where we are and lead us to the sacred place within, where Christ dwells. This interactive study will feature works of art as we follow four movements: From resentment to gratitude, from sorrow to joy, from fear to love, and from exclusion to inclusion. Our study will culminate on the fifth week with a Passover Seder where we will see Christ through this ancient sacred meal.

Lenten materials are available in the Narthex.


Shrove Tuesday Thank You
Please help us extend a big thank you to the men of the ChurchMen and Brotherhood of St. Andrew who cooked for everyone last night at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and to everyone else who helped with the event. A great time was had by all!

From the Senior Warden

Hello Friends,

Do you know what I like most about the Episcopal Church? I get to study. Really. I get to read, I get to study, and I get to do it all in fellowship with bright, thoughtful people from all walks of life who, at rare times of disagreement, are simply content to "agree to disagree." What's not to like about that?

When I arrived at St. Luke's 18 years ago, I dared to take my first Bible Study class as an adult. It was Betty Koeniger's Wednesday night Kerygma class, where I studied the beautifully written Gospel of Luke and began to learn that the text of the Bible is only the beginning of its sacred meaning. Then, on Sunday nights, I took Advanced Theological Studies with Jim and Amy Jobes, where we discussed theology, philosophy, and the history of Christianity. I was hooked; and more importantly, I was transformed from a person who doubted the existence of God into someone who could finally believe.

I share this with you now because Lent strikes me as a particularly good time to invite a friend - perhaps someone looking for a new church home like I was so many years ago - to join us in the thoughtful study and open-minded discussion that we do so well.

As you know, there are many opportunities participate. Our adult formation is currently studying Harvey Cox's fabulous How to Read the Bible at 9:15 on Sunday mornings; and our Community Groups continue to meet on Monday and Thursday nights. Last but not least, our upcoming Lenten Study, Divine Seeing: Praying with Our Eyes Open, begins on March 8.

I hope to see you - and perhaps a friend- there.

Blessings,
Lauren
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CHURCHMEN'S BREAKFAST

Our Monthly Men's Breakfast will be Saturday, March 11th at 9am. Our program will be "Magic by Curtis Briggs" Children are invited at no charge.  Bring a guest and enjoy great food, fellowship and fun!
FESTIVAL OF THE SENSES PRESENTS ARMUSICA IN "MUSIC FOR A WHILE IN MARCH"

 ARmusica will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14th. The program will feature Julie Cheek, piano, Stephen Feldman, cello, and Suzanne Loerch, soprano.  Musical selections include a performance of Beethoven's Sonata in A Major, Op. 69. for cello and piano, and vocal selections by Purcell, Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon, Kurt Weill and Gershwin.  There will be a Meet-The-Artists reception following the program.  Admission is free and open to the public.   For more information, please contact the church office at 501-753-4281.   
Time for J.O.Y.

Time for J.O.Y., a gathering for Episcopal young women, will take place April 28-30, at Camp Mitchell. This year's guest speaker will be the Rev. Peggy Cromwell. For more information and to register, download a brochure. 
Prayer List
Anne Gontermann, Helen Snipan, Nina Goins, Betty Miller, Chris Mikesell, Louis Jenkins, Gloria Holst, Bill Shepherd, Kailyn, Marilyn Gay, Christine Startz, David Martin, Bernice Carrigan, Steve Fanning, Jill Cox, Gene Cox, Jennie Martin, Carle, Paula Kalina, Becky Simpson, Mary Schultz, Sarah, Betty, Lindsay, Travis, Sue Burford, Sarah Keeler, Annie Lea Shuster, McKee Family, Dale Pritchett, The Neals, Quentin

Special Concerns: For all the men and women of our Armed Forces, especially Justin, Joshua, Tim, Matt, Doug, Brian Mahoney, Brian Mennes, Frank Tate, Alex Schimelpfening, David Liem, Justin, John Landis, Lucas Kunce, David Jackson, Ryan Riggins, Rhase Riggins, Frederick Simpson