-- just ignore the info about Thanksgiving.
Beginning tomorrow, 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.
There are no Sunday Schools classes this week.

TOMORROW we will gather at 10:15 a.m. for the Advent Festival. Learn the meaning of the season, make a wreath, buy a Christmas present, or learn about Chrismons! We can’t wait to share the joy of the season with you! Advent Wreath kits are $15 each.

Start off the season with this annual delight tomorrow afternoon. Worship with the St. Luke’s choir at 4 p.m. Sunday. Reception follows.

The Big Love campaign is going well! If you haven’t turned in your pledge card, we encourage you to do so quickly. Thanks!
Advent at St. Luke's
ST. NICK VISITS ST. LUKE’S Join us December 8 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 is Sunday, Dec. 8. All EYCers are invited. This is a great time of fellowship with a purpose -- to pick out and purchase toys for the kids at Emmaus House. Please contact Liz Beal Kidd (liz@stlukesatlanta.org) for more details.

Advent Reflections by Email Sign up to receive the St. Luke’s reflections in your inbox each day during Advent. Hard copies of the booklet will be distributed the first Sunday in Advent, but if 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.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER DEDICATIONS 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.  
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
Act III Luncheon  Change for Elders: A Cause for Delight or Discomfort? features Ed Bacon speaking about his journey into elderhood and the great changes that are a part it. Using Cardinal Newman’s assertion “To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often,” as a starting point, Ed invites us to join him in considering change - personal, inter-personal and cultural - as we age and how it impacts our theology. While Ed will begin with his own story, there will be ample time for discussion and conversation about how this affects all of us. Join us at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 5 for lunch and Ed's program.  RSVP online or by phone 404-873-7777 by Dec. 1. Cost: $8 per person. All are welcome, so invite friends!
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.
EYC AT MIKELL Join your friends at the DYC Retreat at Camp Mikell --the second week of December for middle schoolers and the first weekend of January for high schoolers. The purpose of the retreat is to bring the fun of Summer Camp into an abbreviated winter session. Join youth and chaperones from parishes all over the diocese. Participants get to kick back and just enjoy the weekend. The retreats are hosted by the Diocesan Youth Commission. Register at eycdioatl.org/calendar . Questions: Find Liz - she’s dying to answer your questions. 
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!

are invited to
the Ordination of
Alex Sherrill
Sunday, December 14
The Cathedral of St. Philip
SAVE THE DATE FOR FAITH AND FRIENDSHIP DINNERS Following a successful inaugural session with 150 participating parishioners earlier this year, this ministry will offer its second session of faith-based discussion over potluck meals in parishioners’ homes. Groups will meet weekly for six weeks, and the next session will run from January 12 to February 20, 2020. Registration will begin on Sunday, December 1. For more information, contact Sue McAvoy ( smcavoy@emory.edu ).
The Shepherd’s Voice, our twice-a-month newsletter, is mailed to 1200 households TWICE a month. Several hundred parishioners receive it via email, twice a month. If your house receives it through the US mail, please consider switching to email. It’s easy to do by text:

Text EMAILVOICE (no spaces) to 42828 .

You can also make this change from the Sign Up tab on the church website.
Please consider reading the Shepherd's Voice by email.
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, dinner, 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
No By the Numbers this week because of the holiday this week. We'll catch up next week.
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