This Sunday: July 5, 2020 | The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Holy Eucharist
10 a.m.
The Rev. Ed Bacon, preacher

THE FORUM
Join Ed Bacon for a conversation with St. Luke's parishioner Coy Wire. Coy, a former NFL safety, is a CNN Sports anchor and the author of "Change your Mind."
The Forum follows our 10 am service
-- streaming live online, on Facebook and YouTube.
On Sunday July 12: Ed and St. Luke's parishioner Bryan Benedict talk about Vietnam.
The Altar flowers this Sunday are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Doreen Ryan Tunnell by her sons: Trenton, Spencer and Steven.
VIRTUAL CHILDREN'S CHAPEL
Go to the St. Luke's home page and look for the Children's Chapel button (at left). Click on it so your kiddos can join Ethan Scott for church fun and learning.

We'll have a new one each week! And you can watch it all week whenever you want on demand on the St. Luke's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/stlukesatlanta
Opportunities and Announcements
It is St. Luke’s tradition to collect food for Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) during June and July. But the MAC office is not open because of the pandemic -- staff members are still working to help their clients, they are just doing it remotely.Even without a pandemic, the needs at the MAC food pantry grow a lot during the summer! Because their clients cannot come into the pantry, MAC is offering gift cards to Kroger and Walmart so that households can shop for themselves. If you would like to support their work, please consider sending a gift card to MAC at: 30 Porter Place NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.
Virtual Foyer Groups were such a success during the spring that we’re offering them again during the summer. If you are looking for an easy, low-key, and fun way to meet others at St. Luke’s, this is it! There is no “program,” but rather opportunities to be social and get to know one another better.

Groups will last for five weeks, and they will occur on the same day and at the same time each week. You can choose a group based on day/time and we are also offering groups specifically for Parents of Little Ones, Parents of Teens, Young Adults, and our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Visit the church website’s sign-up page to save your spot; the registration deadline is Friday, July 10. Don’t miss out!
An Invitation to Learn about Diversity and Inclusion
VISIONS, Inc. helps to create mindsets, practices, and systems that can navigate similarities and differences in a culturally sensitive and effective manner. I have been a student of VISIONS Inc. for 20 years. Because it is a safe, non-blaming environment for learning and growth about diversity and multicultural change, I have found it central to my mission of wanting to be aware of racism and all other -isms when they become manifest within me and within the systems in which I live and work.

St. Luke’s is bringing VISIONS Inc. to the parish for one class (maybe two) that will meet every other week, August through October, for 90-120 minutes on Zoom. Our facilitators with be Jabari Brown and Jeanne Firth who were featured in a recent St. Luke’s Forum: https://www.stlukesatlanta.org/edu-cation-recordings/the-forum-dr-valerie-batts-dr-jeanne-firth-and-jabari-brown There will be a financial charge, with scholarships and reduced tuition available. If you think you might want to participate, please email me at ed@stlukesatlanta.org.

- The Rev. Ed Bacon, Interim Rector
St. Luke’s is joining in the inaugural United Thank Offering’s: the Great EpisGOpal Race!  All proceeds will support COVID19 relief ministries across the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion. 

Join Mignon Crawford, Keith Roberts, and John Earles in gratitude, grab your sneakers, and race YOUR way in the Great EpisGOpal Virtual Race anytime between July 22 – July 31. Choose your preferred mode and distance and race to raise money for COVID-19 relief. You can bike a 10K, run a half marathon, or skate a mile—the options are limitless. If you want to participate but prefer to keep your sneakers in the closet, you can sign-up and invite others to donate to your page. Registration is just $15 with the option to purchase a race shirt with an amazing original design by Chris Corbin. With a whole week to complete the event, we ask that you please adhere to all CDC recommended social distancing guidelines, maintain a safe distance from others, and avoid trails and walking paths during peak times.
The Education for Ministry (EfM) program has openings for a few new members to enter as Year One students. EfM is a four-year program although individuals commit one year at a time. EfM consists of intentional group presence, academic study, prayer, and theological reflection. Some members have used EfM as a part of the path to ordination, but most members use EfM to deepen their lay ministry and connect spirituality with everyday life. Anyone interested can contact Elaine DeCostanzo ( decostanzo@mindspring.org) or Lisa Boswell ( 5boswells@comcast.net) for more details.
It is note too late to become a part of the COVID-19 Grief Support Group. Meg Moye, a clinical therapist, and The Rev. Horace L. Griffin, a pastoral counselor and Senior Associate for Pastoral Care, are spearheading the group by Zoom  for St. Luke's.   The grief support group will meet every other week. Grief Counseling therapists and speakers will join Meg and Horace occasionally to lead sessions and facilitate discussions. The grief pastoral counseling sessions will provide opportunities to share one's grief related to COVID-19 , receive spiritual support and obtain coping skills for grief. 

Email Meg ( megmoyecounseling@gmail.com ) or Horace ( horace@stlukesatlanta.org ) if you would like to attend.  For more information, you may also call Horace at 770-742-4020.  
COVID-19 Benevolence Fund
Anyone wishing to do so may mail a check payable to “St. Luke’s Coronavirus Benevolence Fund” c/o David Hendee, 435 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, or you may make a contribution online at www.stlukesatlanta.org

Any parishioner seeking assistance from this Fund, as well as a limited amount from another similar source, may direct the request to the Rev. Horace Griffin at horace@stlukesatlanta.org . Horace and a very small subset of the Vestry will handle the requests on a confidential basis. 
During these days of irregularity, one of our constants is our need to pay our bills, meet payroll, and invest financially in God’s mission in downtown Atlanta. If you have a financial commitment (a pledge) please stay current while we’re not gathering physically. If you haven’t pledged, please give generously and consider making a Big Love pledge. Every cent given makes a difference in our ministry.
Streaming live online from the church website, Facebook and YouTube.
Also, it is good to know that when looking for the broadcast on Facebook or YouTube, it pops up at the appointed "live" time. There will be no graphic indicating a program is about to begin - it just comes on when we flip the switch at St. Luke's!
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