Upcoming Events

Friday, November 4, 8 pm:
 AGO Organ Recital - Free to Public

Saturday, November 5th, 8:30 am:
  Women of the Church Meeting and Outing

Sunday, November 6th: 
All Saints Sunday and Daylight Savings Ends

Thursday, November 10th, 7 pm: 
Festival of the Senses presents Neil Rutman
Evangelist
November 2, 2016
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Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, November 6th. Set your clocks back one hour!
Carey's Conversations

"All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ,
and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is in Christ God
was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses
against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us."
II Corinthians 5.18-19

Recently I was with my daughter on a camping trip at Camp Yorktown Bay on Lake Ouachita. Among other things we had the joy of seeing a bald eagle soaring through the sky. It was a powerful reminder of the awesomeness of God's creation and also as symbol of our great nation. The other image that stood out to me was a "No Trespassing" sign that was nailed to a tree. It reminded me of the different ways in which our property, our principles, and our person can be trespassed against. Many in our community, state, and country feel that one or more of these have been trespassed against. There is a pervasive and profound sense of tension that seems to be hanging over us.

With our election just a few days away many of us look forward to a relief from the baffling and hateful campaign we have witnessed. After the election at least fifty percent of the country are going to experience everything from profound disappointment to outright rage. While we each will have our own beliefs and doubts about the political outcome, we need never be in doubt about our mission and faith as Christians.

Rather than spreading judgment, hatred, and mistrust we have an opportunity to be ministers of reconciliation and instruments of God's peace. Our world more that ever needs for us to practice what the bible calls the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. And then, "There is no law against such things." (See Galatians 5.22)

A Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Attention All Women of the Church

Please join us on Sat. Nov. 5th for a fun outing and a chance to learn more about the Episcopal Church and Cathedral. We are beginning around 8:30 am with a light breakfast, then ECW will have a short meeting at 9 to elect new officers. At 10:15, everyone will convene at Trinity Cathedral in Little Rock to meet with Diocesan Historian Michael K. McNeely to tour the cathedral, learn more about our history and see the historical linens. If you cannot make it to breakfast or the meeting, please come to the tour! Look for more information in the coming weeks. 

Peggie Hall's Famous Cranberry Relish- Last Sunday to Order!

Due to high demand every year and the uncertainty that there will be a holiday event this year, we're taking orders for it.

Price: 12 oz. jar $7.00
(All proceeds will go to ECW scholarship Fund)

Available for pickup: Sunday, November 20,  In time for Thanksgiving!

ORDER DEADLINE: SUN. NOV 6

Peggie will be available before and after the 10:30 service to accept orders and process credit or debit cards.

You may place orders paid by cash or check in the collection plate or drop them by the office.

Order forms will be available in the Narthex or by clicking HERE

Peggie has also requested that if you have any empty jars from previous years, that they be returned to her for this year's batch. 

ADVENT ALTERNATIVE GIVING FAIR

Join us as we host our annual Advent Alternative Giving Fair on Sunday, December 4th. Give a gift that gives back! More details to come

From the Senior Warden

I would like to take a minute to remind everyone to please, please return their pledge card. Until I served on the Vestry I didn't fully realize how important this is. I promise - your input WILL make a difference.

But I also want to encourage everyone to give of their time and talent. We are a Parish of very gifted people. Think about your personal ministry here and see how you can become involved. Take yourself "off the shelf" and find your unique connection. You are needed and wanted.

Thanks for all you do and every way that you contribute to the success of St. Luke's!

Suzzette Patterson
American Guild of Organists

On November 4th, St. Luke's will host the AGO's organ concert with Weston Jennings, a Yale University Graduate student. The concert is a 8 pm and is open to the public.  
 
Stewardship Campaign

We have officially kicked off our stewardship campaign! Our first letter went out last week, and is available here in case you missed it. 

Pledge cards are all due in by November 20th, but you can send them in anytime before then. You can email them in here, too, for your convenience.  
A Thank You from Jericho Way

To our friends at St. Luke's Episcopal Church,

Thank you so much for the recent donation of laundry soap and toiletries. Its kind folks such as y'all that help to keep the doors of Jericho open and help us to keep cost down. We are deeply grateful.

Many thanks
Sister Elizabeth Greim
Janet Nelson

Neil Rutman

The St. Luke's Festival of the Senses presents Neil Rutman, piano, on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Mr. Rutman, a pianist of international renown, is noted for his brilliant artistry and masterful keyboard technique.  He will play a program of Beethoven, Schubert, Poulenc and Ravel.  Mr. Rutman is an artist in residence at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway.  A Meet-The-Artist reception will follow the program in the parish hall.  Admission is free. For more information regarding this concert or The Festival of the Senses series, please contact the church office (501) 753-4281. 

NORTH LITTLE ROCK COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE

St. Luke's is hosting the annual Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the NLR Ministerial Alliance and area churches. The service is set for Sunday, 20th November at 6pm. Come and worship with our neighbors! 

FORMATION

October 2nd - November 27th
Adult Formation: Feasting on the Word.  This interactive Bible study based on Sunday's scripture readings looks at the scripture from four vantage points: What is important to know, Where is God in these words, What does this mean for our lives, and What is God calling us to do?

Children's Formation: The children will study the Lord's Prayer and will rewrite the prayer in their own words. 
THANK YOU FROM THE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

With another project needing funding, the Pocket Change Water Bottle that is in the Narthex was emptied and the amount of donated pocket change was an amazing $54.38.  The completed project was the installation of hand rails in both the men's and women's bathrooms in the Narthex.  The empty jar is awaiting your pocket change for the next projects.  Thank you for your contributions that have allowed us to complete this project.
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, Steven Sacks, Jill Cox, Gene Cox, Jennie Martin, Carle, Paula Kalina, Becky Simpson, Mary Schultz, Dan McKee, Gene Macalik, Sarah, Betty, Mary Ann Hodge, Lindsay, Travis, Sue Burford, Suzzette Patterson
 
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