All Sunday School classes begin at 10:15 a.m.
The Forum: Report from the Rector Search Committee
December 8
Now that the Parish Profile has been published and the diocese is screening applications, where does the search for our new rector stand? Come find out - and bring your questions.
The Forum will be streamed live on Facebook and from the St. Luke's homepage. The recording will be online under Education from the Media tab.

GOING DEEP in December

Look to the Stars | John King
December 8 and 15 - St. Luke Room
As we approach Christmas Day, when we hear of a bright star rising in the East, which will in the following weeks lead the wise people to
Jesus, join us to look to the stars with new eyes.

Reclaiming Jesus in Post-evangelical Christianity | Jenny McBride
December 8, 15, 22 - Hamilton Room
What might intentional ministry to “post-evangelical” Christians look like? Inspired by David Gushee’s recent Forum on the topic, we will share where we each locate ourselves in relation to the topic and consider a theological framework for embarking on this ministry that could guide our vision, and we will generate ideas about how this ministry might take shape at St. Luke’s.

Mary Heard There Was No Room in the Inn: Difficult Births; Precious
Children of God | Amy Ard
December 8 and 15 - Chapel
Join us for a discussion about pregnancy and birth behind bars with Amy Ard, the executive director of Motherhood Beyond Bars.
Also tomorrow at St. Luke's
4 p.m. | Meet at Target at Atlantic Station
with $10 for supper. We'll get you back to church by 7 p.m.
7 p.m. |Come sing along
Bring your score or purchase one at the door. Reception follows.
St Nick
5 p.m. | St. Nick Returns
to St. Luke's Come to the Hamilton Room to meet the big guy and have some fun!
We are making a change with Children’s Chapel – the children will come to church with their families and leave for chapel after the Gospel. They will return for Eucharist. This will be a permanent part of St Luke’s – helping our children to grow in knowledge about our liturgy.
Advent at St. Luke's
CHRISTMAS FLOWER DEDICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY
Make a contribution to the Flower Guild for the church’s Christmas arrangements in memory of or thanksgiving for the special people in your life. You can do it online from the Sign Up tab or if you prefer you can pick up a form from the Reception Desk. There is a box on the Reception Desk where you can submit your form and check, or you can mail it to the church. Dedications received by Monday, Dec. 9 will be acknowledged in the Christmas Eve worship booklets.  

ST. NICK VISITS ST. LUKE’S Join us tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the Hamilton Room for the experience of a lifetime! Meet the man behind the legend - St Nicholas of Myra! Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as you hear the story of one of the most beloved Saints!

Advent Outreach Tree  During Advent, celebrate Christ’s light in the word by making a donation to one of the ministries supported by the tree and receive a lovely ornament explaining the donation to give to your friends or family. This year’s tree benefits: TACC, Crossroads, Church of Common Ground and The Boyce L. Ansley School. We also need volunteers to staff the ornament sales table between services. If you'd like to help, contact David Clifton-Strawn ( strawn.david@gmail.com ).

TOY TAG shopping for toys EYC-style tomorrow at 4 p.m. All EYCers are invited to this  time of fellowship with a purpose -- to pick out and purchase toys for the kids at Emmaus House. We meet just inside the doors of Target at Atlantic Station at 4 p.m. Bring $10 for dinner at the Varsity. We will return to the church before 7 p.m. so that parents and kids can go to the Messiah Sing Along, if they are so inclined! Please contact Liz Beal Kidd ( liz@stlukesatlanta.org ) if you have questions.

Young Adults Advent Party  All St. Luke’s Young Adults are invited to join Caitlin and Hannah Dowling for drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres in their home in Grant Park on Tuesday, December 17 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wear your favorite tacky Christmas sweater or just come as your festive self and drop by for some delicious food and homemade Eggnog! We’d love to know how many to plan for – please RSVP to Emma Bellamy at emmachasebellamy@gmail.com

Advent Reflections by Email It's not too late to sign up to receive the St. Luke’s reflections in your inbox each day during Advent. I f you’d like to get the daily email, please go to the Sign Up tab on the church website and sign up . If you received reflections by email in Lent, you are already signed up.
Four Sundays in Advent - and four Sunday evenings of glorious music. Click the button to learn more.
Wonder is in the air at Advent, and our offerings at the Forum and in our Going Deep classes reflect it in a variety of ways. Click to learn more.
Opportunities and Announcements
The Big Love campaign is going well! If you haven’t turned in your pledge card, we encourage you to do so quickly. Thanks!
FAITH AND FILM gathers this Friday, December 13 at 7 p.m. to watch High Society (1956), the romantic musical comedy directed by Charles Walters and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra. Faith and Film is a monthly opportunity for St. Luke’s adults to share a movie, snacks, fellowship, and a lively discussion of issues of faith raised by the film. Those who attend bring a snack to share and a beverage. All St. Luke’s adults are welcome. For information, contact Donna Church (404-522-3889 | dchurch@mindspring.com ).
Blessing of Pregnancies If you would like to participate in this blessing on Sunday, December 15 at the 9 a.m. worship service, please contact the Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey (404-873-7612 | elizabeth@stlukesatlanta.org ).
Registration is open now through January 5 for this small-group adult ministry that offers faith-based discussion over potluck meals in parishioners’ homes. Sharing personal faith stories helps us to deepen our own faith, and hearing others’ stories of God’s presence in their lives brings us into deeper friendship with each other. Dinners will be held weekly at 15 host locations throughout the metro Atlanta area for a six week period, beginning Sunday, January 12, and running through Thursday, February 20. You are asked to register with the intention of attending all six gatherings. Locations are listed on the church website plus are posted on the bulletin boards in the church reception area. Registration is online only via SignUpGenius (accessed from the church website). More information is available online or you can contact Sue McAvoy ( smcavoy@emory.edu ) or team members Nancy Allstrom, Leslie Cash, Jeanne Daniels, Amy Doyle, Brittany Huet, Bob Just, Ginna McFarling, Jason O’Rouke, John Stewart, or Jacquie Watts.
Celebrate the Epiphany
Mark your calendar for our annual Epiphany Party on Saturday, January 11, from 5-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Cost: $20 per person. Register under the "Sign Up" tab on the St. Luke's website. (Deadline to register is January 5.) Contact Mary Anne Edwards at 404-444-7022 with any questions.
The Rite of Holy Baptism will be celebrated next on January 12. If you wish to have your child baptized, or are an adult prepared for baptism, please contact Michelle Jemmott at 404-873-7616 or michelle@stlukesatlanta.org . Deadline for information to be in to the church is Thursday, January 2, 2020.
This summer the EYC is going on pilgrimage and they've decided to go to Iceland! Get ready, the youth will offer you the opportunity to support their pilgrimage by participating in fundraisers!


You are invited to the ordination of
long-time St. Luke’s member Alex Sherrill. Alex and three others will be ordained
to the Order of Deacons next Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m.
at the Cathedral of St. Philip.

Please continue your prayers for Alex as he nears the end of seminary and the beginning of a new ministry!  


YEAR END GIVING REMINDER:
In order for any year-end contribution to be considered as a 2019 donation, it must be received by Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Checks mailed to the church must be postmarked by December 31, 2019. In the case of stocks, they must be transferred by December 31, 2019.  For donations of appreciated stock, shares can be transferred electronically to St. Luke's via the parish's UBS Financial Services account. Our contact at UBS is Tracy Garrett at 404-760-3148 or tracy.garrett@ubs.com . The St. Luke's account information is:Account number AX 76808 6A | DTC #: 0221.  Please be sure to notify Elizabeth Moore, our parish operations director (404-873-7663 or elizabethmoore@stlukesatlanta.org ) of any stock transfer and your wishes for designating the funds.
THE VESTRY NOMINATING COMMITTEE is putting together a slate of four nominees to be voted on at the Annual Meeting on January 26. Scott Inman is the committee chair. Members of the committee include: Susanna Roberts, Steve Stephens, Ann Cramer and Richard Lee. If you would like to discuss the nominating process, please speak to Scott or any member of the committee.

Per the By-Laws, to be a Vestry member a candidate shall be:

  • A “Member of the Parish” as defined in the By-Laws
  • A “Communicant in Good Standing” (per the By-Laws) who is not less than eighteen years old
  • A member of the Episcopal Church, either by confirmation or by reception
  • A regular attendant of services in the year preceding the election
  • Known by the Treasurer to have made and maintained a stated financial commitment for church support in the year preceding the election.
God calls us each by name.
Please wear your name tag to help us call one another by name, too. If you don’t have a name tag, you may request one at the Reception Desk outside the Parish Hall. Thank you for being a part of St. Luke’s community!
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Wednesdays at St. Luke’s is on a partial hiatus during Advent. There will be no classes or CYF. Choirs for children and youth will meet. We’ll be back at full schedule in January.

Children and Youth Choir Schedule for Wednesdays in Advent:
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner in the Parish Hall (this will be a simple dinner each week)
  • 6:15 -7 p.m. Preparatory Choir and Joyful Singers in Room 201
  • 6:15 - 7 p.m. Junior and Intermediate Choristers in Choir Room
COMING IN 2020 AT WEDNESDAYS AT ST. LUKE'S
Joy to the World: Christianity’s New Narrative  of Faith, Science, and Kindness For All Creation
Epiphany Book Study | Wednesday evenings, January 8-February 19

Ed Bacon continues his exploration of a Universal Christianity free from the “fall and redemption” view of God as up there and out there who “sent” Jesus to die for our sins. Using “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ed will explore the understanding that God is not a Christian but rather is interwoven and active in every member of Creation. Ed is writing a new book on “Holy Atheism.”  This class will be a synthesis of Ed’s learnings from mysticism, science, and contemporary theologians who are rooted in love and oneness.
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