Bring your pets to St. Luke's on St. Francis Sunday at 5 p.m. to get them blessed!
Then hang around for food and fellowship at our cookout in The Park.

tomorrow is Creation Sunday at St. Luke’s, and we invite you to celebrate the earth, pray for the care of creation, and appreciate St. Luke’s as a good steward of the natural and built environments! We welcome Michael Sullivan, president of Kanuga and former rector of Holy Innocents’, as our guest preacher and forum speaker.

St. Luke’s “walks the walk” in our sustainable practices and today, please take note of the signage and other information around the church that will highlight our accomplishments and our continuing commitment to environmental stewardship.  Did you know that since our energy audit in 2006, we have saved approximately $80,000 in annual  energy and water costs? St Luke’s received the Georgia Interfaith Power & Light “Congregation of the Year” award in 2013, and the Atlanta Better Business Challenge gave St. Luke’s the Energy Star Award for its significant water and energy savings in 2014.    

Our grounds are also increasingly reflective of more sustainable practices. Take a walk outside today and learn about the exciting new landscape plans for The Park, our new pollinator garden and more. There are many examples of practices we can adopt for our own outdoor spaces.

In the Parish Hall and the Reception Area, check out the “carbon tracker” software developed by the Episcopal Church to assist each of us in reducing our carbon footprint and purchase bags and water bottles from the St. Francis Guild.              
   –The St. Francis Guild

St. Luke’s parishioners and friends are invited to gather at Fado’s Irish Pub in Midtown Atlanta (933 Peachtree St.) at 12:45 pm. tomorrow. See you there! All members and friends of the St. Luke’s community are welcome for good food and fellowship at a neighboring restaurant on the first Sunday of each month. For more information, please contact The Rev. Horace Griffin.  
We at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Library. All are welcome! If you are interested in learning how to knit or are just a beginner, join us. We have knitters -- and crocheters - of all ability levels, so please don’t be shy.

Michael Sullivan - Kanuga: its creation and commitment to creation care
The Rev. Michael Sullivan will share about Kanuga’s continued commitment to creation care through forestry stewardship and the ever-popular Kanuga PIGS.  He will also share stories of the founding of Kanuga Camp and Conference Center and the current state of Kanuga.  Come with questions and curiosity and learn more about this treasured place in the mountains where we retreat as a parish every year.
The Gospel of Matthew
continues through November | St. Luke Room
Join Tony Johns, executive director of Crossroads and an ordained minister, to delve into Matthew, the opening book of the New Testament canon. In this exegetical study we will look at the historical, literary, and cultural significance of this writing in its original context as well as explore it’s implications for our understanding and practice of faith today. We will take a reader oriented approach that will allow us to learn by sharing what the text is speaking to each of us from our place in the spiritual journey. This class is being recorded and archived online. We try to get the recordings up within 24 hours.
What do a president, a music producer, a bishop, a professor
and a CEO have in common?
They are all coming to the St. Luke's Forum.
  • October 6    | Michael Sullivan - Kanuga: its creation and commitment to creation care
  • October 13 | Bishop Gene Robinson
  • October 20 | Du Bois and Wilmer: The Conversation
  • October 27 | Considering the Du Bois-Wilmer Conversation
Opportunities and Announcements
SUNDAY is the last day to get the Early Bird discount for this year’s Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga | November 22-24. The guest speaker Bishop Carlton Pearson, award-winning Gospel artist, ordained Christian minister and gifted preacher and speaker, who is currently leading a “cyber ministry”that is “metacoastal,” a radically inclusive spirituality that invites all people of faith into community. First time retreat attendees get a 50% discount. Registration is ongoing for this year’s weekend away with your church family but to get the 15% discount you need register and pay (with credit/debit card) online from the Sign Up tab today. If you prefer not to register online, there are hard copies of the registration form at the Reception Desk.  

In October, we’re filling the baskets with Christmas stocking stuffers for Holy Comforter. Please place your donations in the Outreach baskets located in the Narthex and Reception Area.

Gene Robinson to Celebrate Pride with us
Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man to be elected bishop in the Anglican Communion, will preach and teach at St. Luke's on Pride Sunday, October 13. NOTE our schedule change that morning:
Worship at 8 a.m. | 10 a.m. and The Forum and Sunday School at 9 a.m.

Pride Parade Volunteers will have lunch with Bishop Robinson. Providing hospitality during the annual Atlanta Pride Parade is a St. Luke’s tradition. This year’s parade passes in front of the church NEXT Sunday, October 13 from about noon-3 p.m. We are looking for parishioners of all ages who will help hand out bottles of water. Join us for this fun afternoon of hospitality. Sign up online to volunteer and be included in our pre-parade lunch and visit wit the bishop.

FAITH & ADVOCACY NETWORK We will be registering voters at the Pride Parade next Sunday, October 13. If you have not registered or need to make changes to your registration, stop by our tent in front of St. Luke’s.  

devotion writers
YOU are invited to contribute to our parish Advent and Lent devotional booklets ! We are recruiting now for writers, poets, and photographers with a personal story to tell regarding this year’s theme, Who is My Neighbor?, or their own spiritual journey. These booklets are distributed to our parishioners and function as a companion piece to daily devotions during Advent and Lent. If you’ve never contributed before, let this be the year. If you have, we invite you back again. For more information, contact Elaine Swobe ( eswobe@bellsouth.net ), Barbara O’Brien ( baoatlanta@gmail.com ) or Claire May ( c.may@mindspring.com). Please help us plan by signing up today on the St. Luke’s website.
First Letter to the Corinthians
What was the most troubled church plant in Paul's ministry? It could very well be the Church at Corinth, planted in the midst of a city known for its immorality and pagan temples. If you were to make a list of the church's problems, it wouldn't be short.  The wonderful thing is, that from Paul's response to the problems of this troubled church you and I learn a great deal! First Corinthians is indeed one of the foundational letters in the New Testament. Join us Wednesdays at 11:30 am starting Sept 25 for wonderful community and Bible study. Questions: The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey (elizabeth@stlukesatlanta.org)
Young Adults
TOP GOLF On Saturday, October 12, we’re gathering for a fun afternoon at Top Golf in Midtown. Golf, light food, and beverages are on us! We need to know how many bays to reserve, so you please RSVP to Brandon Kopp ( brandonmartinkopp@gmail.com) if you would like to attend. We look forward to having you there!
It’s a good bet that not many people are thinking of cold weather during these very hot days. However, it’s certain that it will be here before we know it. Our chapter of the Daughters of the King (DOK) are thinking ahead and invite the St. Luke’s family to join them in providing protection for our guests at the Crossroads Ministries. The second annual winter coat drive will take place in October. Please consider donating gently used or new warm coats and gloves. Thank you.  More about how you can donate coming as we get closer to October.
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland
High schoolers call or email Liz Beal Kidd (404-873-7690 | liz@stlukesatlanta.org) to secure your spot to tour of one of Atlanta’s most hallowed places. We have a very limited number of these very hard-to-get tickets for Sunday, October 20 at 10 p.m. It will, no doubt, be a spiritual night. (Must be in 10th grade or above.)

YOUTH TO UNCLE SHUCKS It’s a St. Luke’s youth (6th-12th graders) tradition! Join your friends on Sunday, October 27 for our annual trip to the best corn maze in the mountains. We’ll leave at 12:30 p.m. from the church. If you plan to join us, please let Liz know ( liz@stlukesatlanta.org). Liz is also looking for drivers - text her if you’d like to volunteer (404-358-6024).

The Rite of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on All Saints Sunday, November 3. 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 October 21.
You're Invited
Music Associate/Organist Caitlin Dowling and her fiancée Hannah Hamby would like to formally extend an invitation to the entire parish for our wedding here at St. Luke’s on October, 26 th 2019 at 4 p.m. We would love to have you attend the service and celebrate our wedding with us with a toast in the Parish Hall afterwards!

If you plan to join us, please RSVP to caitlin@stlukesatlanta.org and join with us to celebrate our wedding at St. Luke's with a toast to follow in the Parish Hall! Details and registry can be found online at hannahandcaitlin.com
Book Study | Wilmer Chapel | 6:30 pm| October 9, 16, 23, 30
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger
Women’s anger has been historically perceived as threatening. Rebecca Traister’s book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger, is a deeper exploration of that. The idea for the book came to her just before the 2017 Women’s March.  Though the Women’s March had a massive turnout and has been followed by “a year that has women protesters opposing the health care repeal, teacher strikes, women running for office in historic numbers, and then #MeToo,”  Traister says the potency of women’s anger and activism is still routinely diminished.  Traister argues not that women’s anger is always righteous. It’s that it’s very often politically potent and yet we’re told not to take it seriously, still.  Traister’s book examines women’s anger and how it has been both politically transformative and perilous for women throughout U.S. history. Join Alyson Kopp and Tanya Washington in what is sure to be a lively discussion.
Adults $10 | Children $5 | Max. $30
Children 3 and under, no charge.
Streaming live on Facebook and online.
Continues this Wednesday: Spiritual Memoirs with Ed Bacon
What do Deepak Chopra, Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, and Ilia Delio have in common? Each has written a spiritual memoir in a new anthology, “how I found GOD everywhere and in everything.” Seeing God in all of creation is central to ancient religious and spiritual truth that are being rediscovered in 21st century science-friendly expressions. Some refer to this as Christianity’s New Narrative, which is resonant with Jesus’s earliest teachings. If you can't be with us, this class will be streamed live online and on Facebook.
Video Ministry Video streaming is an essential part of our ministry at St. Luke’s— it provides access to the liturgy and our community for those who are, for any reason, unable to be physically present with us on Sundays. To make streaming possible, we rely on the incredible work of our crew of volunteers— of which we are seeking to add new members. If you’re interested in joining the Stream Team, please email Zach Clifford ( zach@stlukesatlanta.org) for more information.

BOOK SELLERS GUILD Many of the guests we invite to speak at St. Luke’s are authors and we want to make available their books for purchase and signing. To do this we’ll need a cadre of volunteers to help facilitate the process - setting up the book table, taking payments and credit card transactions, and being a helpful spirit when the line is long. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Mark Simmons ( mark@stlukesatlanta.org).  

HOSPITALITY GUILD There is a lot of creative excitement -- and delicious food -- in the kitchen these days. And, Dina Moore and John Divine McGee are looking for some helping hands. If you like having fun at church – this is your calling! Volunteers are needed to prep food, help set-up, and clean-up, serve, and tend the cash box for Wednesdays at St. Luke’s. Guest chefs are welcome, too! If you’re interested, let Dina or John Divine know.

USHERS NEEDED Have you thought about helping out with the service but do not want to commit too much? We are in need of ushers primarily for the 11:15a.m. service. You will serve just once per month. You just need to get to church 15 minutes early on your Sunday, hand out bulletins and greet people as they come in, and then help with the collection plates and then maybe one other easy assignment like marking pews or counting the money.  If you need to travel or skip a month, no big deal. If you want to sit with your family or whomever during the service, that is no problem.  Call or email Elliott Kyle to get started: 404-812-8927 or ekyle@skylineseven.com.
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!
Arlan Sunnarborg is making available online all of the St. Luke's Mass movements. If you'd like to watch the videos - or even download a score go to https://arlansunnarborg.com/shop/st-lukes-mass/
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