Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 20th:
Stewardship Sunday. Please have all Pledge Cards in by this Sunday!
Thanksgiving Community Service, 6pm
Pick up your Cranberry Relish today between the services!

Thursday, November 24th - Friday, November 25th:
Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Sunday, November 27th:
First Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 4th:
Advent Event and Alternative Giving Fair between the services and after the 10:30 service
e-vangelist
November 16, 2016
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A Letter from Bishop Benfield

We Are to Plant Christian Guideposts
Given the election results that came in through the night, it is now apparent that the United States is traveling on a highway that is yet to be mapped. For many of us, the old, familiar guideposts of the Christian ethical life, including peace, patience, kindness, generosity, and self-control, do not seem to be essential markers by which many of this nation's voters make decisions when electing leaders. It will take some time to discover if one of the markers which Jesus set before us-how we treat the least of those among us-will be a priority or an afterthought.

What the church is called to do in any political setting-first century Palestine or twenty-first century America-is to proclaim the good news. We do it best by example. No matter what decisions are made by presidents and congresses and courts, we welcome the stranger, we heal the sick, and we give dignity to the downtrodden. We hold up these people for all to see as the body of Christ. And when that work is not sufficient to make the kingdom clearly visible, we evangelize with words as we speak the Christian truth to people in power. In so doing, we plant our own guideposts in this unmapped future in order to make the journey easier for others.

Being a Christian in a rough-and-tumble world is never easy. It takes patience and kindness and generosity and self-control. But it is holy work. And it leads to peace in our own hearts as we begin to see the power that unconditional love will have eventually to turn this world-and its values-upside down.

Larry R. Benfield

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 Peter and Paul and play Fishers of Men. 
SUMMA Debate Society Accepting Applications

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students who will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, to be held  July 18-26, 2017, at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. The cost is $750, which includes room, meals, and materials. A limited number of scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need. For more information and to apply, visit  summa.sewanee.edu.

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! 

Stewardship Campaign

We have officially kicked off our stewardship campaign! 
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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.  
ADVENT STUDY AND MATERIALS

Advent is just around the corner! Materials for kids and families are available in the Narthex. Our Advent Study begins Wednesday, November 30th and continues December 7th and 14th. The night begins at 5:45 with a simple supper, the study begins at 6:15 and the evening concludes at 6:45 with compline. Everyone is invited to join us.
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! The event will take place between the services and after the 10:30 service. Enjoy light refreshments while you learn more about alternative giving ideas.  

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES

There will only be one service at 10 am on Christmas Day. 
Presiding Bishop to Visit Little Rock

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will visit Little Rock the second weekend in December to take part in a conference hosted by the Clinton Presidential Library. While in town, he will preach at the 10:30 a.m. service at Christ Church on Sunday, Dec. 11.
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, Dan McKee, Sarah, Betty, Lindsay, Travis, Sue Burford, Wilma Stone

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