The strength of our community is not dependent on the being together physically on Peachtree Street but by our love for God, one another, and for all God's children.
together in spirit!
The Sunday of the Passion
Palm Sunday

April 5, 2020

Streaming live online from the church website, Facebook and YouTube.

10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

The bulletin link is also posted on the St. Luke's website.
One of the great things about broadcasting worship and other programs is that if you can't watch live, you can watch at your convenience.
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!
This Week
Easter at St. Luke’s is looking very different this year. We have decided to continue accepting donations for Easter Flowers as a way to honor, give thanks for, or offer in memory of family members and friends. This has been a long practice at St. Luke’s as we celebrate one of our highest holy days in the calendar year. This year, when the community is able to gather once again in-person, we will have a glorious celebration of life and resurrection of in-person worship and fellowship together. This will include amazing arrangements of flowers adorning our sanctuary in the glory that we have been blessed with by the ministry of our talented flower guild.
If you would like to make a donation in memory or honor of a loved one,  please do so online by clicking here. Deadline to make these dedications is April 7.


Wondering about Easter traditions for the children? If you are the parent or grandparent or godparent of a child who looks forward to Easter Day at St. Luke's and have NOT received a note (in the mail) from CYF Director Liz Beal Kidd, please email Liz. She is eager to let you know what she has planned to make it a special day even if it is a unique one!


A New Way of Connecting
Are you ready to add some interest and variety to your quarantine routine ? If so, St. Luke’s is introducing a new way to connect with old friends and to make new ones through Virtual Foyer Groups. These gatherings will be online social gatherings where parishioners can check-in about how they are getting along during the COVID-19 crisis, share stories, laugh and have a small respite from the week’s news. All one needs to join a group is a computer, tablet, or smart phone with camera and microphones built in.

Here is how our virtual foyer groups will work. There will be multiple foyer groups meeting each week for five weeks between April 20 and May 24. These get-togethers will meet on the same day and at the same time each week, and should last about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. Groups will be limited to 12 individuals to keep the sessions intimate, and assignments to a group will be strictly random. However, spouses/partners will be paired together if they register together. Gatherings will take place using Zoom, an easy to use, popular video conferencing platform. With the exception of an opening prayer, the foyer group format will be all about connecting socially, and we will provide a few ice-breaker topics should they be needed.

We invite you to join us as we try out this new way of being in relationship as a parish; it will be fun. If you are interested in participating in a St. Luke’s virtual foyer group, click the link below or visit the sign-up page on the church website to add your name to the list! Please register by Friday, April 17.

St. Luke's is your family. If you have a pastoral - or other - concern, please email one of us or call: 404-873-7600. Email addresses are listed on the website from the Our Church tab.
Every Member Call Staff and volunteers began calling every member of the parish this week. We want to simply check in and make sure  St. Lukers  are okay. It is important that in this time when we’re physically isolated, we stay connected and take care of one another. If you do not receive a call, it could be because we have an out-of-date phone number for you. Please contact Mark Simmons ( mark@stlukesatlanta.org ) to update your information!
Online spiritual opportunities:
Noonday Prayers Join the Rev. Horace Griffin for a service of noonday prayer live online from our website, Facebook, and YouTube page at noon Monday through Friday.  

Compline  Also beginning today, the Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey will lead compline live online Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursday Liz Beal Kidd and the Youth will lead Compline. You can join from our website, Facebook and YouTube page at 7 p.m.

Sunday Morning  Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. every Sunday live online from our website, Facebook and YouTube page.  Watch from the homepage. Watch from YouTube.

Social Media:
Please consider staying in touch with St. Luke’s on social media. We have a Facebook page, an Instagram page, and a Twitter feed. We will post to all of them regularly in an effort to connect our community. Go to any of these platforms and search for St. Luke's Atlanta to find our page.

St. Luke’s Together in Spirit   After a lot of thought, we have decided to add a “private” Facebook group to our social media stable. We’re not trying to be exclusive in any way but want to provide a safe place online for our community to converse. If this appeals to you, ask to join the group – St. Luke’s Together in Spirit – and once you’re activated, tell us how it is going. Or ask about a friend. Go to Facebook and search for “St. Luke’s – Together in Spirit” and ask to join. 

YouTube  We’ve added YouTube to our repertoire. You can find an archive of sermons, whole services, and education classes as well as watch live on YouTube . Many smart TVs have YouTube access, so look for the St. Luke’s page and watch Holy Eucharist live on Sundays at 10 a.m. (or anything else the church streams live!).
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. Thank you to everyone who responded last week! If you haven’t pledged, please give generously and consider making a Big Love pledge. Every cent given makes a difference in our ministry. Click below to find out the different ways you can make a donation:
This week we added yet another way to support the great work of St. Luke's -- every time you shop on Amazon.com. It costs you nothing. Amazon donates half a percent of what you spend through its AmazonSmile program to the nonprofit/church of your choice. For more information click here.
LETTER FROM THE VESTRY
Also this week the Vestry sent out a letter to the parish to keep us all informed during this unusual time. If you missed it, click here to read it.
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