St. Luke's Sunday
Sunday, October 19, 2020
9 a.m. Sunday School for Children and Youth
9:45 a.m. Children's Chapel - online
9:55 a.m. Opening Voluntary - Live online
10 a.m. Holy Eucharist - Live online
The Rev. Ed Bacon, preacher
11 a.m. The Forum - immediately following service
Noon Holy Eucharist in The Park -registration required
1 p.m. Holy Eucharist in The Park -registration required
1-3 p.m. Fall Festival Drive-Thru
4:15 p.m. Organ Recital by Charles Higgs - online
5 p.m. Choral Eucharist for the Feast of St. Luke - online
6:45 p.m. Storytime with Ed Bacon - online
The Altar flowers this Sunday are given to the Glory of God
and in celebration of the twenty-first birthday of Jordan and Parker Killenberg by their parents; in memory of Vera and John O. Chiles, Vernona and Edward McDuffie, Janet Dorsey Izlar, Donna and William Izlar, Janet and Roy Dorsey, and Lori Pettine by their family.
Big Love for St. Luke's: Conversations with Veronica Biggins, Brad Currey and The Budd Family
In a St. Luke's Sunday conversation, Ed Bacon speaks with longtime parishioners about the changes and challenges over the decades -- and why they call St. Luke's their church home.

The Forum follows our 10 a.m. service which is streamed live online, on Facebook and YouTube.
LIVE ON SUNDAY EVENINGS Storytime with Ed Bacon at 6:45 p.m.
Just go to St. Luke's Live on the website -- or join him on Facebook or YouTube.
Join the clergy for Holy Eucharist in The Park. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place -- Space is limited and registration, masks, and social distancing required. Clergy will offer the host in individual bags.

Services will be offered at Noon and 1 p.m. in The Park at St. Luke's. Attendees are asked to park in the Courtland Street lot as the Fall Festival will take place in the North lots off Peachtree Street. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be canceled 30 minutes prior and you will be notified by text or email.
NOTE: These services with distribution of communion are in addition to the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service that is streamed live online.
Drive-Thru fun for
St. Luke's Sunday
1-3 PM in the North Parking Lots.
You know you want to.... come on.... do that very Atlanta thing and HOP in YOUR CAR and drive to St. Luke's. Come alone, bring friends, bring your kids or grandkids, your neighbors - JUST COME ON TO THE CHURCH between 1-3 p.m. tomorrow - for fellowship pandemic style. Sure, we'll be at a distance but we'll see good friends and familiar faces -- and St. Luke's has planned lots of fun. There's Trunk or Treat for the kids -- and goodies and swag for everyone. Want one of our great yard signs (see the photo with the big red arrow)? Here is where you pick it up, on us.
Music at St. Luke's welcomes you to the first concert in this new series. Charles Higgs, St. Luke's Music Associate from 2006-17, presents a recital on the Alston Memorial Organ Sunday at 4:15 p.m. The recital will be followed by Choral Evensong for the Feast of St. Luke at 5 p.m. The recital and service will be available at and St. Luke's social media platforms. Join us on Facebook and we can watch "together." (Did you know you don't have to "be on" Facebook -- don't need an account -- to watch sometime broadcast on FB.)
St. Luke's joins a national movement to mourn our losses.
This Monday, October 19 at 6 p.m. St. Luke's will host its second candlelight vigil on the church's front steps to mourn the more than 213,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 and the tension it has engendered in our country. Interfaith leaders and medical professionals will join us. The vigil will be broadcast live so that all may take part.
Support the Rev. Horace Griffin, faith leaders, and healthcare professionals by surrounding them at the vigil on the steps of St. Luke's -- wearing a mask and social distancing. Registration is limited and required:
Participate from your home live via Zoom with the Rev. Ed Bacon hosting. There is even a way to digitally light a candle during that portion of the vigil! Then stay online and join others for a hosted discussion. Sign up to receive the Zoom link, which will be emailed Monday morning.
However you wish to participate, please register:
COMING UP Mindfulness Meditation: Cultivating Inner Stillness in Turbulent Times
Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Join fellow parishioner Elizabeth Wilder Young (certified mindfulness meditation teacher and mindfulness-based psychotherapist) for a two-hour introductory workshop on mindfulness meditation practice for cultivating inner stillness, even in the midst of turbulent and uncertain times. The workshop will include meditation instruction, guided meditation practices, and time for questions and discussion. Registration begins October 25.
Sunday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m., CYF is having a St. Luke’s parents meeting via Zoom. Now that we are about halfway through the Advent season of Sunday School, we wanted an opportunity to hear your feedback on the program and to give you all a better idea of what the Easter season will look like. One main discussion point will be our CYF social media presence, which we are hoping to completely revamp by the end of the year. Here is the zoom link for the meeting:

Topic: CYF Parent's Meeting
Time: Oct 25, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 987 2399 2473
Passcode: 272681
Music Notes

October brings the start of Music at St. Luke's series.
Planning is underway for St. Luke's next celebration of our 8th graders. If your child (grandchild) has not yet participated in a Rite 13 service, let Liz Beal Kidd know as soon as possible. Email:
In October, we're collecting stocking stuffers for Holy Comforter! If the pandemic has made you a little blue -- well, here is something you can do knowing it will cause great joy to someone come the holidays. Holy Comforter is a parish in southeast Atlanta in which about 60% of the congregation live with mental illness. Just drop off your donations at the church.
Helping Hands
The Stewardship Committee is looking for about 100 volunteers to help hand-deliver pledge packets. Volunteers will be asked to make three deliveries, and we will make every effort to keep those deliveries close to the volunteer's home. There's no "sales pitch" involved, just an opportunity for parishioners to have a little face-to-face/mask-to-mask, socially-distanced conversation. If you feel safe doing this, and would like to help, please contact Mark Simmons for more details.  
Wednesday Bible Study Resumes 1st Letter to the Corinthians
All are welcome for a lunchtime Bible study of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.  Join Elizabeth and Horace on your lunch break for lively discussion of scripture:  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. First Corinthians is one of the foundational letters in the New Testament. Join us Wednesdays at Noon for wonderful community and Bible study.
John and Dina are back in the kitchen lovingly preparing meals for the St. Luke's community. This Wednesday, Sept. 30, Midweek Meals continues with Fresh to Go and frozen meals.
Storytime with Liz Beal Kidd Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Join her on Facebook, YouTube or our website:
Ed's Wednesday Class
This Wednesday via Zoom from 6:30 - 7:25 p.m.
Richard Rohr’s new book, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder, will be the foundation of Ed’s presentations. He will integrate this summer’s writings by Ilia Delio, Catherine Meeks, Isabel Wilkerson, Cynthia Bourgeault, David Brooks, Jon Meacham, Eddie Glaude, Jr., and Charles Eisenstein. It is not necessary to read any of the materials in order to participate. To participate, e-mail Bethany Trout at for the Zoom link.
COVID-19 Benevolence Fund
Support the ministries of St. Luke's
While we are not gathering to worship each week, the work of being God's hands and feet in midtown continues. St. Luke's continues it pastoral responsibilities to our members and friends. We continue our Community Ministries in service of seeking justice. We continue to learn and teach and find ways to be together in community. And your continuing financial support is needed, as always, to keep it all going.
The content of The Forum at St. Luke’s and our sermons 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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Adult Education
No classes this week - we'll be back next week.
The pandemic has turned everyone’s schedules upside-down -- and St. Luke’s is making the most of it by expanding "Sunday morning" into the evening and during the week - spreading out our offerings to make them available to more people.
Resiliency, Science, and Faith with Lisa Boswell
Sundays 5-6 p.m. | Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8, 15
Class will be led by Dr Lisa Boswell a psychiatrist in private practice, community volunteer, and EfM mentor. We will discuss an overview of Mind-Body Medicine principles and strategies for increasing resilience.

Reckoning with Prisons, Restoring Justice with Thomas Fabisiak
Sundays 5-6 p.m. | Oct. 11, 25, Nov. 8
Christian scripture condemns prisons and advances models of restorative, rather than retributive, justice. How then should we reckon with America’s massive system of surveillance and punishment? What other ways can we imagine of doing justice and addressing harm? In our first week, we will look at the history and impact of our carceral system, and will discuss models of restorative and transformative justice; we will continue this discussion in the second week with a focus on some contemporary efforts toward reform and abolition nationwide; in the third, we will turn to efforts to expand access to higher education for justice-involved people as a part of this work, with a focus on higher education in prison in Georgia.

Bible Study with Tony Johns
Mondays from 7-8 p.m. | September 14 - November 2
Many people today regard Revelation as the most difficult book in the New Testament to understand. It is full of strange, lurid, and some-times bizarre and violent imagery. As a result, those who are quite at home in the Gospels, Acts and Paul find themselves tiptoeing around Revelation. But Revelation offers one of the clearest and sharpest visions of God’s ultimate purpose for the whole creation and of the way in which the powerful forces of evil, at work in a thousand ways, can be and are being overthrown through the victory of Jesus the Messiah and the consequent costly victory of his followers. Studying Revelation in context clarifies its message to an early church facing severe crisis. Its relevance for today is not in prophetic visions, but in its affirmation of victory and hope.
SACRED GROUND Meets Next on October 18 from 12:30-2 p.m.
Sacred Ground is a film-based dialogue series on race, developed by the Episcopal Church and grounded in faith. Ellen Ott Marshall and the Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey lead the small group dialogues as we engage our history and present day. (Class size is limited and this first offering is now full; but other groups can be formed if there is interest. Email Elizabeth if you are interested in a future group.)
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