Around the Parish
September 2018
Many of you will recognize that phrase from Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s storybook, “Where the Wild Things Are.” I must have read it to my children and grandchildren 400 times.

Our Search Committee had its organizational meeting last week, and is off to a great and timely start.

And while I expect and pray that the process will be anything but a, “wild rumpus,” there are lots of the same kind of energy and excitement involved. Few events in the life of a parish, when done properly, produce more interest, involvement and growth than the search for and call of a new Rector. And I assure you, yours will be done properly, lovingly, faithfully and well.

Ray Thompson has answered the call to chair the committee, and has assembled an inspired group of your fellow parishioners to head the process. He will share with you who they, what they will be doing, and when they will be doing it. We know that you have many questions, and they will attempt to answer them all as the process unfolds.

Please note that I intentionally said that the Search Committee will “head” the process, and I did that for two reasons. 

First, because every member of St. Luke’s is an integral part of the effort. You will have several opportunities to give them your input and your guidance. Perhaps more importantly, they continually need and request your prayers and your support.

Second, because we believe that God, through the guidance and enlivening of the Holy Spirit, will bring the right priest and the parish of St. Luke’s together. It is the primary ministry of the committee members to be open and responsive to that Spirit through the structure and process of the search program. Remember also that the invited candidate will also be discerning whether or not he or she is called to become your next Rector.  For these reasons, in some dioceses, the committee is named the Discernment Committee.

In the meantime, all the usual services, ministries and programs of the parish will continue. The more fully you are able to enter in, the more certain we can be of a great outcome. Give us your faithful prayers and participation, and in return you will receive a "faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries."  Prayer 13, P. 818 BCP

Do not be anxious. All will be well. “We know not what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future.”

So, “Let the wild rumpus start!” 
Fr. Rusty+
And the Search Begins
Your Search Committee had its initial meeting on Wednesday, August 22 nd to begin organizing the search for our new Rector. Fr. Rusty joined us to kick things off, explain his role in the search, and give us a “what to expect” scenario and pep talk. This will be his only involvement in the committee’s work, as we will be guided by Fr. Massey Gentry, Canon to the Ordinary from the Diocese, one of whose primary roles is to assist and guide parishes in seeking a new Rector.

Committee members are Sam Fisher (who will serve as Chaplain for the group), Gina Droke (who will serve as Secretary), Patrick Robinson (who will serve as Vestry Liaison), Mike Dossett, Suzanne Ozment, Patricia Ramage, Sharon Meier, Leah Krause, Larry Heath, Rosemary Mack, and I, Committee Chair.

We will keep you informed of where we are in the search, and will answer any questions you may have, except names and locations of potential or actual candidates – for obvious reasons, that’s confidential. Expect the process to take anywhere from 9 to 15 months to find that ideal person. We plan to work hard, but will not rush in our discernment ministry, moving forward with all deliberate and prayerful speed.

The committee will meet again this Wednesday to begin building a search profile to discern the primary characteristics of the priest we want, who would be the best match for the Rector position at St. Luke’s. You will have an opportunity to give us your input, so start thinking and praying about your answer.

Thanks to all of you who volunteered to serve on the Search Committee. It would be wonderful for all parishioners to serve, but we felt that the ideal size was 10 to 12.

We ask every one of you to take an active role by praying for the committee, and supporting us in this ministry by participating in the surveys and discussions that will be coming soon. We all understand the magnitude of this work, and none of us is taking the task lightly.

Meanwhile, stay positive, attend church, and bring a friend with you! St. Luke’s best days are ahead, thanks be to God.
Until next time,

Ray Thompson
Search Committee Chair
Big Thanks to Our Yard Crew
On Saturday, August 4th a devoted bunch of St. Lukers began slaving away in the grounds of St. Luke’s before the sun was up - almost.
Organized by Patrick Robinson and Joe Ruffer, Sherry and David Poole, Helen McKathan, Matt Farnell and Scott Daniel all put in a full morning of trimming and weeding. The results are terrific and much appreciated. Thanks and blessings. 
Get in touch with Patrick or Joe, or call the parish office to volunteer to join the fun.

** They will be working again this Saturday, September 1st. They would love for you to join them. 7am until they are through. Power washers are needed as well.
Holy Eucharist and Healing Service
Wednesday, September 5
12:00 p.m.
Miles Chapel
Sunday School Begins!
Sunday School begins Sunday, September 9th for children age 4 through 5th grade. We hope you join us! Registration forms are in the Narthex or you may call the church office, 666-2990.
Guest Priest
Prior to accepting your invitation to come to St. Luke’s, I had agreed to “kick off” the 175th anniversary celebration of the Church of the Nativity in Huntsville, Alabama.
On Sunday, September 9th, I will be the preacher at both of their morning services, and the speaker at a gathering between the two.
The Rev. David Flowers, a retired priest of the diocese, has graciously agreed to be with you at 7:30 and 10:00 on that day, to preach and celebrate Communion. Please read his bio below, and plan to welcome him warmly to St, Luke’s.

Rev. Dr. David A. Powers, D. Min.
Grew up in south Georgia, graduated from Georgia Southern, and became a band director. Served in U. S. Army, 1962-1964 as a helicopter door gunner. Resumed band directing in 1965. Confirmed in 1967 and went to St. Luke's Seminary, Sewanee. After ordination in 1973 served in churches in South Louisiana and became rector of All Saints, Mobile in 1995. In 2003 began 10 years of Interim Ministry in Alabama and Florida, serving to assist churches in transition between rectors. Celeste and I have four grown children and two grandchildren. Celeste plays "rather a lot" of bridge, and upon occasion I play double bass.
Altar Flowers
Thank you very much for the response to having Altar flowers every Sunday! Keep it up.

Open Sundays –
All of 2019

Fr. Rusty+
Music Ministries
The choirs of St. Luke's Church are off to a great beginning! The Sanctuary Choir resumed its busy schedule in August and the St. Luke's Ringers will begin rehearsals Monday, September 10th.

We always have a spot for new singers..... no requirements except a willingness to be regular in rehearsals so that we can offer wonderful music to our worship each week. It is a rare privilege to be involved in a service which brings an uplifting spirit to each Sunday's efforts to bring each of us into a closer relationship with the kingdom of God.

Please call Bonnie Jean Early at 661-5676 or speak to her or Val following service this Sunday. You are welcome to be a member of our happy band of singers!
Acolyte Training
Sunday, September 23
Immediately following the 10am service
Lunch provided

This training session is for all current Acolytes, as well as any new Acolytes. If you are in grades 4th through 12th and would like to participate, please come!
Acolyte Festival
Saturday, September 15th
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Christ Church Cathedral 
The day will include a visit by Bishop Russell Kendrick, workshops on different aspects of being an acolyte, Acolyte Olympics, catered lunch, and Festival Eucharist with procession. Acolytes will receive a Festival t-shirt.
 Acolytes will be able to choose any two of the following workshops to attend:
Holy Smoke w/ the Rev. Peter Wong - Hands on session of all things thurifer

Instructed Eucharist w/ the Rev. Ben Rockwell - Step by step altar preparation

Processions w/ Dent Neilson - Discuss and practice protocols for lining up a liturgical procession

Spirit of an Acolyte w/the Rev. Marshall Craver - Spiritual component of being an acolyte
Cost: $20 per person

Please call the church office if your child is interested in going, 666-2990.
Welcome New Members
Please help us welcome our new members!

Sarah Baker
Judy Bogar
James Bogar
Claudette Conine
Safe Haven Weekend
The next weekend for hosting the women of the Safe Haven program will be  September 29-30th. We need lots of help! Please contact the church office, 666-2990, or Connie Jo Williams, 661-2476, if you are willing to serve. Thank you!
Camp Beckwith sunsuet
Baylights at Beckwith
A Diocesan Homecoming Weekend and
Beckwith Event Fundraiser
September 28-30
Weekend events include:

Friday Night: Undercroft Cafe with Sean of the South

Saturday: Activities all day for youth, Bishop's BBQ, Diocesan Visioning with the Bishop, Diocesan Ultreya, Football shown in Wilson Hall, Music by Rock Bottom, Live Ticket Draw Down, Low Country Boil

Sunday: Holy Eucharist with Bishop Russell

Please call Camp Beckwith at 251-928-7844 OR go to
Men's Group
Years ago St. Luke's had a Men's Group that participated in several outreach projects throughout the year and also had some wonderful and much needed fellowship. We are looking to revive this ministry!

If you are interested, please contact the church office, 666-2990. Meeting plans will be sent out soon.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following statement:
The life of Senator John Sidney McCain has been a witness to the nobility of living not for self alone but for the ideals and values that make for a better world.

With countless others, we of the Episcopal Church give God thanks for his life and service and pray likewise for his wife, children and family.

May his soul and the souls of all the departed Rest in Peace and rise in glory. Amen.
September Propers
September 2
Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

September 9
Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146
James 2:1-10,14-17
Mark 7:24-37

September 16
Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 116:1-8
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

September 23
Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13-4:,7-8
Mark 9:30-37

September 30
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
1  Karmen Holmes
1  Kathy Roberts
1  Alex Jacobs
5  Patrick Schulte
7  Robert Stefurak
8  Stephen Hinson
9  Hannah Robinson
11 Kathy L. Richardson
13 Bill Schulte
16 Reagan Schemer
17 Beverly Byrd
18 Katherine Schulte
20 Laura Sharpe
20 Ben Easter
22 Liza Schwieterman
23 Catriena Daniel
24 Ella Johnson
26 David Poole
27 Carol Conklin