Upcoming Events
Friday, May 5th
Container Gardening at 6:30 pm at Arkansas Garden Center
Nunsense Friends and Family Dress Rehearsal at 7:15 pm in Parish Hall       

Saturday, May 6th
World Labyrinth Day, 1 pm Labyrinth Walk at Labyrinth

Sunday, May 7th
Evensong, 5:30 pm in Sanctuary
Evangelist
May 3, 2017
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Carey's Conversations
"Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2.42

We are all very busy people these days especially as the school year draws to a close and summer vacations begin. At times such as these we can lose sight of one our greatest resources - our community of faith - St. Luke's to be exact! It is here in a community of believers that we see God most clearly in our own lives and in the faces and lives of one another. One writer compares the church to a mosaic, a beautiful design that is comprised of many small and colorful stones. No one stone is able to reveal the full splendor of the design but together the design is clearly revealed in stunning detail.

In addition to our regular worship services Adult Formation will continue to provide nurture and Christian teaching over the over the summer. We will be having a special "Jazz Mass" and picnic on the day of Pentecost (June 4th) as well as a special concert and fundraiser later in the summer. We have also begun a facebook group for members of St. Luke's called "Friends of St. Luke's." This is a special place on-line to keep up with each other, share events, photos, and prayer requests. If you have not received an invitation to this on-line group please contact the church office and we'll see about getting you on board.

There is much to enjoy during the summer months and I hope you will find rest and relaxation at lakes, beaches, and other fun destinations. Please remember your church in giving and in attendance when you are in town, as we continue in the apostles' teaching, and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread and in the prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Carey+
Celebration of Spring
AND  St. Luke's New Members

"Container Gardening at its Best"
Arkansas Garden Center
Friday, May 5, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
9511 Highway 107, Sherwood

The evening's program will be courtesy of St. Luke's ECW and M'Liss and George Collins, Arkansas Garden Center owners. Bring a guest as men and women are invited. A Wine and Cheese reception before the program will allow everyone to visit with St. Luke's new members.

Bring a lawn chair if you want to sit down during the presentation. 

Reservations are appreciated and it's not too late to sign up! Contact the church office or Wanda Dunwoody to make your reservations. 
Evensong, Sunday May 7th at 5:30 pm

This Sunday, May 7, at 5:30 pm, the choir of St. Luke's will offer Solemn Evensong, followed by a short organ recital by our own Rees Robert.  The choir will sing music of Smith, Wood, and Tallis.  Rees will be playing music of Buxtehude, Bach, and Howells."
Festival of the Senses

ARmusica returns to St. Luke's, Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m.  Julie Cheek, piano, will be joined on stage by Andrew Irvin, violin.   They have planned a beautiful Spring program for you featuring the Brahms G Major Sonata for Violin and Piano. It is a magical work full of graceful tenderness, nobility, bursting intensity and sacred repose with a wealth of cyclic interconnections. The program will also feature Boat on the Ocean by Maurice Ravel; Salute D'Amour, Chanson De Matin, and Chanson De Nuit by Edward Elgar.  This is the final concert this season for Festival of the Senses.  Admission is free and open to the public.   There will be a Meet-The-Artists reception following the concert.   For more information, please contact the church office at 501-753-4281.

VBS 2017 @ Christ Church

St. Luke's will not host a VBS this year, but we encourage you to join Christ Church on  June 5-9. 
Part-Time Nanny Help Needed

St. Luke's Episcopal Church, North Little Rock, is looking for part-time nursery help on Sundays from 7:30 to 12:30, with occasional evening work. A background check is required, and chosen applicant must go through the online course, "Safeguarding God's Children." Send resume and references to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72116 or stlukesnlr@gmail.com.

Nunsense this Friday

The cast of the musical "Nunsense" wishes to thank St. Luke's for the use of the parish hall as rehearsal space.  In appreciation, we invite the congregation to a special "friends and family" dress rehearsal performance. You are encouraged to bring snacks and the choir will provide drinks. 
 
Friday, May 5
St. Luke's parish hall
7:15 p.m.
 
Nunsense is a delightful, funny, family friendly musical. Nunsense will run for six Saturdays from May 6 to June 10 at the  Five Star Dinner Theatre  in Hot Springs.  A link to their website and to purchase tickets, please go here: http://www.thefivestartheatre.com// 
World Labyrinth Day, Saturday May 6th

Join us on World Labyrinth Day at our labyrinth as we "Walk As One at 1 pm." All are invited. You can learn more about World Labyrinth Day here: https://labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day
All 20-30 somethings of the church (and friends!) are invited to a Pasta Potluck & Game Night on Saturday, May 20th at 6pm.

Bring your best pasta sauce to share! A variety of cooked noodles and salad will be provided. Desserts are welcome as well. We hope you'll join us for fellowship, fun, & good food! Please RSVP to Molly Higginbotham at mchigg@icloud.com or (501) 912-8313

It's time to sign up for summer camp!

It's time to sign up for Summer Camp!
Camp Mitchell is offering quite a few to choose from. You can learn more at their website: www.campmitchell.org.  Subiaco also has their yearly choir camp, the Arkansas Interfaith Conference. Their website is www.choircamp.org. 

Scholarships are available! Contact the office for more information. 

Farm Camp at Camp Mitchell
Tilling the earth to grow food is a central act throughout the Bible. This camp, held July 30-Aug. 4, will examine how God challenges us to better know creation through getting our hands dirty in the soil. Learn more at campmitchell.org.

2017 Summer Camp Schedule
June 10 CIT Training
June 11-16 Senior High (completed 9th-12th grade)
June 18-23 Junior High (completed 6th-8th grade)
June 25-30 Middler (completed 4th-5th grade)
July 2-6 Robert R. Brown I Specialty Camp
July 16-21 Primary (completed 1st-3rd grade)
July 23-28 Dick Johnston Children's Camp
July 30-Aug. 4 Farm Camp
July 30-Aug. 4 Creative Arts Camp
Aug. 6-10 Robert R. Brown II Specialty Camp

Arkansas Interfaith Conference
Choir Camp 2017
July 23 - July 29
www.choircamp.org
Friendship Camp 2017: Let's Party!
July 10-14, 2017 | Location: Second Presbyterian Church

Open to rising 3rd-6th graders
$55 for the first child, $45 for each additional child

Celebrate your faith! Celebrate your neighbors and their faith! Celebrate with new friends!
Friendship Camp is the place to come and get inspired to learn more about the people who make up your community. This year's camp is all about CELEBRATIONS! Registration will soon be open and spaces are limited so don't miss your chance to celebrate with one another as we celebrate all that makes us similar and all that makes us different.

Application: https://debcooper .wufoo.com/forms/friendship- camp-application-form/  
THE GREAT 50 DAYS OF EASTER

The great fifty days of Easter is the period after Easter until the day of Pentecost (means "fifty"). During Eastertide as it is sometimes called, we mark the victory and triumph by Christ over sin and death of every kind. It has been a long-standing tradition in the Western Church to recognize this victory by omitting from the Sunday liturgy the general confession of sin. Obviously, we don't stop sinning during this period but this is the way the transformation of sin to righteousness is marked liturgically. One is encouraged to deal with personal sin that occurs during this time by private confession. For more grievous sins the rite for "The Reconciliation of a Penitent" is available for confession and absolution from a priest. Please let Fr. Carey know if you need this rite of the Church. 
Help Needed!

Many of our ministries need your help. If you are interested in any of the following ministries, please contact Caroline in the church office. Thank for you continuous and generous support!!

1. Counters: Assistance is needed with the count. This is done on Monday mornings. 
2. PIE Ministry: We need new PIE delivery people. This is a rotating schedule and pies are generally delivered after the 10:30 service. 
3. Nursery Assistance at both services: This is a new ministry. Occasionally we do not have our usual help in the nursery and need a backup. 
4. Office Volunteers on Monday: Currently we do not have any volunteers on Monday. 9-12pm and 1-4pm are open. 

Want to support St. Luke's further?

St. Luke's is now enrolled in Kroger's Community Rewards program. To enroll your card ID in this program, go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and
 sign in to your account. Click Enroll Now and search for St. Luke's Episcopal Church or search using our account code  50023. Once you are enrolled, St. Luke's will receive a percentage of your approved purchases. If you have any questions about this, please let the office know and we can help you sign up for this benefit. 

Thank you for your continued support!
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, Sue Burford, Sarah Keeler, Annie Lea Shuster, McKee Family, Dave Pritchett, The Neals, Quentin, Vicki Bennett, Kevin Quinn, Jerry Martinka, Sharon Fry

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, Derek Caro