Sunday, May 16, 2021
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Holy Eucharist at 9 am and 11:30 am
In-person and streaming live online
Elizabeth Shows Caffey, preacher
The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Betsy Harper Shelander, Mary Banks, and Gwyn Harper, and Dorothy and Neal Vason by Lee Harper, Katie, Fin and Wayne Vason.
The St. Luke's Forum
Leaving the Security of Our Tribes
Part III: Healing Gang Violence
Leaving The Security of Our Tribes: Healing Gang Violence
Ed welcomes David Lee Windecher, a trailblazing criminal defense attorney, author, and activist in the social justice movement to end mass incarceration, reduce recidivism, and redress racial inequity in the criminal justice system, to this Sunday's Forum. For the last three Forums, Ed has interviewed men who were involved in gang violence (the KKK, the Skinheads, and a Miami Latino Gang). After their emancipation/redemption, they all found ways to pass help others. Hear about David Lee's nonprofit to advance restorative, not retributive, justice. 
 
Growing up poor in Miami David Lee was arrested 13 times and spent over 7 months incarcerated as a juvenile. He dropped out of high school and joined a gang for protection. Another resurrection story, David's story of transformation from defendant to defense attorney challenges our notions of justice and criminality. David believes his story sheds light on the loss of humanity within the legal system in which a punitive approach damages people and the community at large.
The tradition RESUMES! It is so exciting that St. Luke's will be able to honor its 4th and 5th graders in person this Sunday. It is a St. Luke's tradition to gather the kids, their families and godparents for a service of prayer to mark the completion of their time in Children's Sunday School and to welcome them to EYC. This year 13 of our children will receive Bibles and lots of love from our community. The pandemic still looms - only the kids and their guests can gather in The Park - but it is a big step and we are so grateful. While most of us can't join physically in the service, we can add our prayers for Fletcher, Blakely B., Owen, Chloe, Paige, John, Henry, Charlotte, Sylvie, Jackson, Campbell, Price and Blakely R.
Sunday evening
Organ Recital by Robert Poovey | 4:15 p.m.
In-person in the Nave by registration; space is still available.
Streaming live online.

Choral Evensong | 5 p.m.
Sung by the Adult Choir at St. Luke’s | Online
Works by David Conte, Roland Martin, Iain Quinn, and Leo Sowerby
This Sunday, May 16: Eviction Prevention: Countering Homelessness
Tony Johns will describe the pivotal role Crossroads and other non-profits have played in tackling this urgent task of eviction prevention. This class will also describe how state government, United Way and other key collaborators exerted heroic efforts to quickly create the agency infrastructure necessary to make good on this massive federal investment in preserving affordable housing and avoiding displacement.
Pandemic as Portal is a three part series of classes sponsored by the Faith and Advocacy Network (FAN) of St. Luke's. If you missed the first two classes, you can watch them on the St. Luke's YouTube page:
The Fierce Urgency of Now: Countering the Impact of Income Inequality
Addressing Child Trauma Caused by COVID-related Crises
ANNOUNCEMENTS and OPPORTUNITIES
Offer a hello to our next rector
Many parishioners have been asking how they can help welcome the Rev. Winnie Varghese. So many that we have created a webpage where you can offer words of welcome for Winnie and her family to see. Just click below to go to the online form. While you on the page, you can see what others are saying about St. Luke's next rector.
St. Luke's hosted the Mid-Atlanta Convocation Confirmation on Thursday. Dozens of people were confirmed and received into the Episcopal Church. Bishop Wright offered stirring remarks. St. Luke's streamed the event for friends and relatives who could not be at the service because of the pandemic.

Congratulations to the many St. Lukers who were confirmed - youth and adults. It was a great evening!
Register for In-person Worship on May 23 and 30
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Beginning on Trinity Sunday, May 30, St. Luke's will move to our Summer Worship Schedule. We will offer a spoken service of Rite I Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. with in-person seating and pre-registration. Rite II Holy Eucharist will take place at 10 a.m. with organ and cantor. This service will also offer in-person seating with pre-registration and it will be streamed live. The Forum will follow at 11 a.m.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: MAY 23
Virtual Foyer Groups, social gatherings via Zoom where parishioners check-in about how they are doing and share stories and laughs, are back this spring. We're offering multiple groups meeting each week for four weeks between Sunday, May 30 and Friday, June 25. These group get-togethers take place on the same day and at the same time each week, and they last about an hour.
This week marks one year of Midweek Meals, and the St. Luke’s Kitchen would like to thank everyone who has supported our hospitality ministry during COVID. In addition to offering meals for purchase, we’ve partnered with St. Luke’s pastoral care ministries to provide meals for people who are ill or adjusting to a life event, such as having a baby. 

This week is also our final week of Midweek Meals, as this year it seems appropriate to break for the summer as things get back to normal. We’ll still be offering our ministry of cooking and hospitality; details will be coming soon. 

For our swan’s song Midweek Meal, we’re offering everybody’s favorite: fried chicken, served with cowboy pasta salad, and green beans. We’re also making our usual sour cream pound cake, pimiento cheese, and frozen entrees—always good things to have on hand.   

And don’t forget you can make a Crossroads Food Donation to help us purchase food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank for clients who have housing but need food boxes. Our goal is to raise $500 so we can purchase at least 1000 pounds of food to turn into 200 or more food boxes for the summer.  

FUN FACT: the Food Bank can leverage every dollar into $9 worth of food. Remember, the Food Bank was started at St. Luke’s in 1970, so it’s a fitting partnership.
In May we're collecting donations for Our House which provides shelter, education, and programs for families experiencing homelessness.

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.
Priority needs are:
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Adult body wash and lotion
  • Deodorant for women
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers sizes 5 & 6
  • Pull ups sizes 4t/5t (boys and girls)
  • Children’s face masks
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