Upcoming Events

February 7th at 7 pm
 Festival of the Senses presents Everett Elam and Emily Phillips, an old-time fiddle duo. 

February 25th from 9 am to 2 pm
DOK Lenten Preparation Quiet Day. 

February 1, 2017
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From the Organ Bench

Praying Twice
A saying widely misattributed to St. Augustine (354 CE - 430) is that "he who sings prays twice."  While there is absolutely zero evidence that St. Augustine ever said that, I would not hesitate for a moment in saying that there is a golden nugget of truth there.  But so what? 
Praying twice certainly isn't the only reason we should heartily raise our voices every time we gather together as Christian people.  If that's not enough for you, know that it is biblical.  Singing is mentioned some 400 times, and commanded around 50 times in the scripture.  Ephesians 5:19, Psalm 5:11, Psalm 150, and Colossians 3:16, just to name a few.  But so what?
Singing is what we do as Christians.  We have evidence going as far back as the year 64 CE, and it was certainly done for many thousands of years by our Jewish forebears.  The Phos Hilaron, sung often at Evensong, dates to around 370 CE, attributed to St. Basil.  Gregorian chant grew and blossomed from then, through to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.  From there, the 4-part Chorale was brought to the church.  Our opening hymn from this past Sunday, "Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein)" is the perfect example of this 4-part chorale, dating back to the 17th century.  Even today, hymns are being written; beautiful, excellent, profound hymns!  But so what?
Recent studies suggest that when we sing together as an ensemble (or congregation), our heart beats quite literally align.  Study after study shows that singing has significant health benefits.  These benefits include strengthening the immune system, improving your posture, lowering stress levels by decreasing the release of the "stress" hormone know as cortisol, increasing the flow of oxygen in your blood, and many many many other benefits.  But so what?
Here's your "so what."  When we sing and make music, we express what is so very often inexpressible.  Where the exacting precision of words fails us, music steps in to fill in the gaps.  What was dry, dusty, and flat suddenly blossoms with melody.  The stodgy intellectualism of the church (or often lack thereof) is blown out the door, and beauty emerges.  The words in our head become the songs of our communal hearts, transcending age, race, orientation, gender, and creed.  Walls are torn down, and beauty flows.  THAT is why we do it.  Not because it is commanded of us, but because it is VITAL for us. 
Lift up your hearts! 
Rees Roberts
Saint Emma Chapter Daughters of the King
Invites the Women of St. Luke's
to Prepare for Lent

Quiet Day
Saturday, February 25, 2017

9:00 a.m. Registration begins with a light Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. "Refining Our Gifts"
The Reverend Sara Milford, Curate, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Hot Springs
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Second Session
The Reverend Sara Milford
2:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

"Refining Our Gifts"
We typically give something up or take something on for Lent. Attendees will look at it both ways...after some self-discovery work. You will not want to miss this presentation by one of Arkansas' most dynamic priests.

Fee is $20 and deadline for registration is February 20, 2017. No refunds after this date.

Email your attendance confirmation to Martha at


Sunday, February 26 at 6 pm Parish Hall, St. Mark's Episcopal Church
1000 N. Mississippi St. Catered dinner with wine/sparkling water included in ticket price. $50 PER PERSON ($30 is tax-deductible)  PROCEEDS WILL FUND NEW MATTRESSES FOR CAMP MITCHELL. Tickets may be purchased through Parish Office or online from st-marks.com


Everett Elam and Emily Phillips will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7th. They are a duo from Central Arkansas known for their authentic fiddle music.   The program is titled "An Evening of Old-Time, a journey into the music of the past created by farmers, settlers, and the 19th century working class of America". The program will include a fascinating fact or two about each tune to give the listener a musical and historical context. A "meet-the-artists" reception will follow the program, which is presented by St. Luke's Festival of the Senses.  Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the church office at 501-753-4281.


FEB. 28, 2017 6:00 P.M. PARISH HALL

 $20.00 - FAMILY

Tickets will be available following both Sunday services through 26 Feb.


The money will go toward Confirmation prayer books and the Children's Ministry


Doors are being left open after events and services. If you have an event after a service or are the last to leave, please make sure you lock up behind you. Thank you for your help with this matter. 

Molly & Ashley Higginbotham would like to invite all 20 & 30-something folks to a game night on Saturday, February 25. We'll meet in the parish hall at 7pm for food, fun, & fellowship. Pizza & drinks will be provided; please bring a dessert to share. Feel free to invite friends- the more the merrier! Please RSVP to Molly at mchigg@icloud.com by Friday, Feb. 24. 

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. If you are interested in helping provide meals, please contact Suzzette Patterson.

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) Application

The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), a triennial event for 9th-12th graders, will take place July 10-14 in Edmond, Okla. It will involve more than 1,000 people from all over the world, and will include great worship services, workshops, and fun activities. You can apply online. The Diocese of Arkansas has 24 spaces available, and the selection will be made the first week of January.

Winterstar is the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas' annual Spring Retreat for youth in the 6th-12th grade. The weekend begins at Camp Mitchell March 10th at 8pm with registration and ends the 11th at 11:00am. The weekend includes games, music, worship services, hiking, sports, hammocking and even more Camp goodness. Registration is open now. If you/your child wishes to attend, there are scholarship funds available. Contact the office for more information. 
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, Mary Ann Hodge, Lindsay, Travis, Sue Burford, Stone Family, Pat Loomis, Sarah Keeler, friends and family of Grady Smith, Annie Lea Shuster, McKee Family, Jeff Koontz, Pat, Suzi, Michele Terry  

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