Sunday, January 10, 2021
The First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of Our Lord
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist - Streaming online
The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey, preacher
Bishop Rob Wright
Ed welcomes Bishop Rob Wright back to the St. Luke's Forum this morning. This is the first of two forums on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Next week, on Martin Luther King Sunday, Ed will continue the conversation of Kingian principles. Dr. John Vaughn, Executive Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks, longtime member of Ebenezer and veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, who was a personal friend of the King family will discuss which values are core, which ones are most frequently invoked at Ebenezer, and how those values look in daily practice.

The Forum follows worship streaming online, Facebook and YouTube.

St. Luke's is having a drop-off collection for Crossroads next Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1-3 p.m., to celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. We're asking you to bring any of the items below and we will have a drive-by drop off with clergy present at the Reception Area parking lot (off Peachtree). Please donate as many or as few of the items as you can to help Crossroads this winter.
  • HAND SANITIZER – any size or type of unopened hand sanitizer bottles 
  • SOCKS, GLOVES, and KNIT CAPS – new adult or children socks, any style, including winter socks, and winter gloves and knit caps
  • CANNED VEGETABLES – any type or size, green vegetables are great
  • DRIED PASTA or DRIED BEANS – any type, new and unopened dry pasta or dry beans
  • GROUND BEEF, GROUND PORK, or GROUND TURKEY – sealed packages of ground meat, please keep frozen or refrigerated until drop-off
If you want to involve children, they may help shop or write notes for the Crossroads guests to include with the donations – all ages are welcome! There are funds available to reimburse your shopping, especially if you are donating a lot of items. If you can’t donate items but want to help Crossroads, please consider a financial donation directly to Crossroads: Please contact Rod Ganske ( with any questions.

1 P.M. - Middle School youth group.

2 P.M. - High School youth group.

Join Interim Rector Ed Bacon for a good story this evening --and most Sunday evenings - at 6 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube.
Mourning into Unity
Interfaith Prayer Vigil

Monday, January 11
at 6 p.m.

On Zoom
We pray for peace and healing in our nation. We pray for a safe and secure election in Georgia. And, we pray for strength as our country moves from one administration to another. But most of all, we pray to heal the divisions among us - to heal and be a peace with one another. Please join us.
How ‘bout some South-of-the-border fare to spice up the winter days? This week’s fresh-to-go item is our Mexican casserole, a one dish meal that’s always a pleaser. We’re adding everybody’s favorite street dessert, churros, rolled in cinnamon sugar, as dessert. Be sure to stock up on frozen entrees in case of winter storms, not to mention our pimiento cheese and pound cake.      
         Menu for Pick Up Wednesday, January 13       
Thank you to everyone who made a Big Love pledge for 2021! If you haven't already turned in your pledge card for 2021, please do so today. The Stewardship Committee is working hard to complete the campaign by next Sunday, January 17. The church is roughly $40,000 behind where we finished last year's campaign, and we need everyone's participation - as they are able. If making a Big Love pledge is something you just haven't gotten around to doing, there is a link on your screen for doing so right now! 
Given the events of this week, it is a good time to remind each other to Love Our Neighbor. St. Luke's has about 40 Love Your Neighbor yard signs left, and you may claim one by calling the church's main number and making arrangements to come and get yours.
Annual Parish Meeting Set for Sunday, Jan. 31

The Annual Meeting of St. Luke’s Church will be held virtually via Zoom on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Plan to join the Vestry and our interim rector, the Rev. Ed Bacon, immediately following the 10 a.m. online worship service for an annual report, Vestry elections, and a look at the great ministry happening at St. Luke’s during the pandemic. We’ve chosen Zoom, instead of simply streaming the meeting, to allow for a Q&A session. A direct link to the meeting and information on voting will be published in the Shepherd’s Notes on Jan. 30.

The slate of candidates for Vestry:
Lindley Cole, David Gillon, Ray Uttenhove, and John Zintak
EYC Confirmation Class coming in 2021

If you're in high school and have not yet been confirmed, start thinking about whether you'd like to join this class in January. Liz Beal Kidd invites you all. If you have been confirmed already - Liz welcomes you to the class as a "refresher" but also so that your voice can support others seeking to be confirmed.
SAVE THE DATE as we join with Ebenezer Baptist Church to read Caste, Isabel Wilkerson’s bestseller that examines laws and practices that created what she describes as a bipolar, Black and white caste system in the United States. We will meet via Zoom on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings during and after Lent, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 24 and ending on April 14 (including the Wednesday of Holy Week). Each evening will begin with a brief segment of music, intercessory prayer, and homily. We will then move into a plenary presented by Ed Bacon or Ebenezer’s executive pastor, Rev. John Vaughn, followed by small discussion groups (“breakout rooms” in Zoom-speak) that will be randomly assigned each week. This is a high commitment ministry, so participants are asked to read the assigned part each week and attend all eight sessions. Registration will run from January 21 to February 14, and a link to registration information will be included in the January 23 and subsequent issues of the Shepherd’s Notes, as well as on the St. Luke’s website at that time. Ebenezer Baptist, the home church of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is located in downtown Atlanta. For more information, contact Sue McAvoy (chair; or Carolle Perkins, Marisa Sifontes, or Jon Tonge.
Adult Education Classes in 2021
Where Is the Newness of God in 2021?
So many of us are ready for a new year quite different from 2020. Early reports indicate that 2021 will definitely bring new gifts and life.

Nearly 3 dozen passages in the Christian Testament mentions “newness,” from new wine to new creation to new song among others. Walter Brueggemann teaches that newness from God is the center of the Hebrew Testament.

Our Sunday Forums during January (beginning Sunday, Jan. 24) and February will ask the question about whether each of us is open to personal and cultural renewal. The Rev. Ed Bacon will begin the series with a Sunday morning presentation on Biblical, Spiritual, and Cultural Newness. Sunday forum guests will be asked because of their contribution to the conversation on the holiness of newness.
Sacred Ground Series on Race & Faith
The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey and Ellen Ott Marshall
Continues Sundays at 5 p.m. (unless otherwise note) Jan 10 and 31, Feb. 14, Feb. 28 (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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St. Luke's is your family. If you have a pastoral - or other - concern, please email one of us or call: 404-873-7600. You can find email addresses for clergy and staff by clicking here.
We e have recently added a third podcast channel, Think on These Things. Think on These Things is a kind of catchall for content - classes, spoken essays and the like - that might be of interest to the parish. Our first series on it is six short (under 10 minutes) podcasts by the Rev. Ed Bacon on prayer.

The content of The St. Luke's Forum and our sermons is available by podcast. You can still access this information on our website -- both as videos and audio files; but now you can go to Apple Podcasts in iTunes or to Spotify and search for St. Luke’s Atlanta to find two different podcasts: one includes the sermons, the other the forums. Subscribe and every time we have new content and upload it, it will automatically make its way to your favorite podcasting app.


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