Free COVID -19 testing at St. Luke's TODAY (Saturday, Feb. 20) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-up or drive-up testing is available. This testing is a collaboration among St. Luke's, the Fulton County Health Department and CORE.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
The First Sunday in Lent
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist - Streaming online
The Rev. Ed Bacon, preacher
1-2 p.m. Distribution of Communion THIS Sunday
Drive through the St. Luke's reception area parking lot to receive the consecrated bread from clergy. As you arrive, please keep your mask on. A greeter, with mask on, will meet your car and record (for contact tracing purposes) who is in the car. The greeter will indicate when you should move forward to receive communion, then we ask that you drive forward before removing your mask and consuming the host.

COVID-19 precautions required: please wear masks and do not get out of your car. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not come. We hope to offer communion every Sunday in Lent.
The Altar Flowers this Sunday are dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Kevin Blair Garrison by Ashley Orr; and in memory of Victor and Mary Lou Pruitt by Rebecca Pruitt.
THE ST. LUKE'S FORUM: The Rev. Kim Jackson
Ed Bacon continues a series of conversations with national leaders during which he poses two questions, “Where Are We Now?” and “Where Do We Go From Here?” This week’s guest, the Rev Kim Jackson is both Episcopal priest and State of Georgia Senator. As the vicar of Church of the Common Ground, Kim serves a parish of those who are experiencing homelessness or who have had that experience. She also is the first out lesbian elected to the state Senate. She tells her story of experiencing a call to ordination as well as a call to elected public service. Her witness to the Heritage of prophetic leadership is transformational.
 
The Forum follows worship streaming online, Facebook and YouTube.
Join the Sunday School fun!
Classes for pre-K through 5th grade resume at 9 a.m. Sunday via Zoom and will continue until the end of the school year. Email our associate director of CYF ministry, Ethan Scott, if you would like to sign your child up for Sunday school, or if you already have a child registered and have not been receiving his CYF updates (ethan@stlukesatlanta.org). 
We're meeting Sunday in the Memorial Garden

  • 6-8 Grades gather from 1-1:45 p.m.
  • 9-12 Grades gather at 2-2:45 p.m.

Don’t forget to wear a mask, wear warm clothes, and to bring a lawn chair! Questions -especially if the weather is bad - check the Discord or email Ethan (ethan@stlukesatlanta.org).

YOUTH CONFIRMATION CLASS has been scheduled to run from March 7th through May 2nd. We will meet from 3:15-4:00. Wear masks, bring a chair- we shall be outside! The book we have selected is “Jesus was an Episcopalian, and you can be too.” I have copies for everyone! We will also have different fantastic guest professors come for a few of our topics. Although Confirmation is usually reserved for 11th and 12th graders, however this has been an unconventional year to say the least. If you have already been confirmed, you are still invited! Come join the discussion! And if you are in 9th or 10th grade, but unsure if you are ready to take this big faith step, that is just fine! The class does not commit you to do something you are not ready to do! We will be breaking up in small groups when appropriate, and we will do so by age. 

Announcements and Opportunities
We want to celebrate healthcare workers --and other essential workers -- for all of the work they have done in the past year to help our community! Join St. Luke’s for a community blood drive in honor of essential workers on Tuesday, March 2 from 10-3 in the Parish Hall. All donations are tested for COVID-19 antibodies! Unable to donate? Consider volunteering your time at the drive! Masks are required, and social distancing is enforced!
Wednesdays in Lent at Noon on Zoom.
Being Lost and Coming Home
The Rev. Spenser Simrill will lead an exploration of what it means to choose to come back to oneself, to others, to the Living Christ? In the five week journey, we will engage Gospel encounters with Jesus utilizing poems, paintings, quotes to go deeper into the Friendship of The Beloved's love and call to mend the world. We will also journal during each session and with the Holy Spirit moving from information to transformation.
During Lent we’re continuing the Soup & Scripture tradition by offering two fresh soups made in-house each week. One will be vegetarian. Each soup order is accompanied by two kinds of bread, literal and spiritual, for a to-go version of Soup & Scripture. With pickup from 10 am-noon on Wednesdays, you can get your soup in time to tune into the livestreamed Soup & Scripture series featuring the Rev. Spenser Simrill.
This week’s soups are stroganoff and tomato basil, sold by the quart for $15. We are also offering our regular frozen entrees and specialties, such as pimiento cheese and sour cream pound cake. For those of you giving up meat for Lent, remember that two of our entrees—frittata and bow tie pasta—are vegetarian.
Pastoral Care and Health Webinar Series
The first of our year-long monthly Pastoral Care and Health Webinar Series begins this Thursday February 25 from 7-8 p.m. on Breast Cancer Awareness and Treatment. Dr. April Spencer, a breast cancer surgeon will be the speaker. This will be a Zoom format and can be accessed from links on our website or here in the Shepherd's Notes. It is free and open to all parishioners, their family members, and friends. If you have questions, please contact The Rev. Horace Griffin (horace@stlukesatlanta.org).
February 28
4:15 p.m.
Music at St. Luke's:
Matthew Dickerson,
hammered dulcimer 
February 28
5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong
for the Feast of St. Matthias sung by the Choirs of St. Luke's

Music by Herbert Howells, Simon Mole, George Dyson, Felix Mendelssohn, and J.S. Bach
Both the recital and Evensong will stream online on the St. Luke's website, Facebook, and YouTube.
Are you interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church, then the Inquirer’s Class is for you! Beginning on Sunday, March 7, and continuing for six sessions we will offer classes for those who just want to know more, those who are pursuing full membership at St. Luke’s, and those persons just wanting a refresher. Click the button to register for this fun and interesting class. All are welcome! 
The Pastoral Care area has organized Vaccine Angels to assist parishioners with obtaining a vaccine in metropolitan Atlanta and the surrounding area. If you need a vaccine or know of a parishioner needing assistance, please contact the Rev. Horace L. Griffin anytime at horace@stlukesatlanta.org.  remaining!"

The book study begins this Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. More information is available online, or you can contact Sue McAvoy (chair; smcavoy@emory.edu) or Carolle Perkins, Marisa Sifontes, or Jon Tonge. You will receive the Zoom link in an email.
In February we're filling the baskets with donations for Church of the Common Ground and they need individual packets of hot chocolate (the "just add hot water" kind) and warm socks. A basket will be placed outside the reception area doors and we ask that you drop off your donation and then, when you are back in your car, call the desk (404-873-7600) to alert Valerie of the drop-off - and she'll have someone retrieve your gifts for Common Ground.
Every day in Lent St. Luke's will offer something to give you a little spiritual exercise. Starting on Ash Wednesday, you will receive a Lenten reflection by email. Each was composed by a St. Luke's member. If you would like to sign up to receive the devotions click here.

Keep an eye on Instagram -- both the EYC page and the St. Luke's page -- for a daily challenge from members of the parish's youth. They have recorded challenges for every day but you have to go to Instagram to see them!
Music at St. Luke's presents
Concert for a Cause 
Benefitting Crossroads
Friday, March 26 | 7:30 p.m.

New York-based artists Mari-Yan Pringle, soprano, and renowned jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut perform a concert benefitting Crossroads Community Ministries. Pringle is an alumna of Spelman College and the Eastman School of Music, and Chestnut serves on the faculty of Howard University and maintains a rigorous performance scheduled across the USA and abroad.
For more information on becoming a lead sponsor, please contact Edwin Dill, director of development, at edill@crossroadsatlanta.org
Adult Education
Sacred Ground Series on Race & Faith
The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey and Ellen Ott Marshall
Concludes Sunday, Feb. 28 from 12:30-2 p.m.

Sacred Ground, a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith, continues in the new year. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Each class involves small group dialogues as we engage our history and present day. Registration for this first Sacred Ground Dialogue series is closed however we hope to start more Sacred Ground Circles. If you would like to be in the next Sacred Ground Dialogue Circle, please email Elizabeth.
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