Dig Day

TODAY IS DIG DAY - 9:00-11:00 am
Come help harvest the remainder of the summer veggies, prepare the beds, and plant cooler-season crops. No experience necessary. We supply gardening tools, coffee and water. Bring hat, gardening gloves, and sunscreen. Many hands make light work!
Ed previews another full Sunday morning at St. Luke's:
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!
THIS SUNDAY Atlanta Federal Reserve President on Income Inequality
10:15 am | Parish Hall | Streaming live online and on Facebook
Dr. Raphael Bostic is the 15th president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He served as the assistant secretary for policy development and research at HUD during the Obama Administration. Dr. Bostic is a graduate of Harvard University and earned a doctorate in economic from Stanford. Join us this morning as the Rev. Ed Bacon engages him on the issue of income inequality.
Parish Retreat at Kanuga 101
Sunday | Parkins Room
Are you new to the parish? Curious about the parish retreat? Join retreat chairs Marie Holbein and Michael Holbein for an information session where we will cover ALL the reasons someone should go with St. Luke’s to Kanuga this November 22-24. They want to make sure that anyone who is unsure about the parish retreat or who has questions about what is involved has all the information that you need to sign up. They will debunk any mystery or shroud around the parish retreat.
The Gospel of Matthew
This Sunday and Sept. 22, 29 | 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.
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.
  • September 22 | David Gushee: Evangelical Christianity in Polarized Times
  • September 29 | Tena Clark: Growing Up Gifted and Gay in the Deep South
  • October 6| Michael Sullivan - Kanuga: its creation and commitment to creation care
  • October 13 | Bishop Gene Robinson
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY , Please register your children for Sunday School, choirs, youth group, Wednesdays at St. Luke's. Just click here.
Opportunities and Announcements
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 ) or Barbara O’Brien ( baoatlanta@gmail.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. Please register online from the Sign Up tab so that we have enough class materials for everyone. Questions: The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey (elizabeth@stlukesatlanta.org)
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.
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! They need volunteers 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.
Members of St. Luke’s, their guests, and newcomers are invited to join Bobby Mays this Thursday, September 19 at 10 a.m. for this wonderful look at the church’s windows and history. Reservations can be made by e-mailing Bobby directly at robertleemays@comcast.net.
JOURNEY TO ADULTHOOD (J2A) Want to know more about J2A - the signature program for Episcopal youth? Join Liz Beal Kidd for an informational dinner on Friday, September 27. On Saturday, September 28, there will be a training for anyone interested in working with our youth program - or who want to know even more about the program. We’re rebuilding our program and need volunteers to help nurture our youth.  RSVP for Friday dinner from the Sign Up tab on the website. Questions: Liz Beal Kidd at liz@stlukesatlanta.org.
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).  
Helping Hands
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!
Respite Care Atlanta provides a safe weekday place and vital interaction for those with mild cognitive impairment, giving self-care time to caregivers. The program is dependent on volunteers who are needed on a regular basis, or to share special talents. Informational meeting on September 23 at 10 a.m. at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. For more information, visit respitecareatlanta.org
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.)
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL We are in need of a few more volunteers – we need teachers for kindergarten, 1st/2nd grade, and 3rd/4th grade. This year we are revamping our Godly Play program and will provide training for all those interested. For more information contact Laura ( laura@stlukesatlant.org).
In September our baskets are supporting two ministries: Crossroads and our companion parish in Cuba. For Crossroads we are asking for donations of backpacks. Many people who are homeless put everything they own into a bag and carry it with them everywhere they go. Crossroads is in continual need of backpacks to help lighten the load of their clients.

In October a group from St. Luke’s will travel to St. Pablo parish in Cuba. We would like to send them with over-the-counter health care products - the items are “common” in the US, but very hard to come by in Cuba:

•Anti-inflammatory drugs: naproxen, ibuprofen, Aleve
•Antacids: Omeprazole (zegerit) lansoprazole
•Circulation medicine: Diosmina (diosmin)  
•Vitamins for women and for men
•First aid items (band aids, gauze, cremes and ointments)
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.
Registration is ongoing for this year’s weekend away - November 22-24 - with your St. Luke’s family! For first time retreat attendees, there is a 50% discount. For returning attendees, register by October 6 for the 15% early bird discount. We prefer you register and pay (with credit or debit card) online-go to the St. Luke’s homepage ( StLukesAtlanta.org) and look for the Sign Up tab. If you prefer not to register online, there are hard copies of the registration form at the Reception Desk. The theme this year is “Retreat, Renew and Rejoice!” Our 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. Deadline: October 27.
A look at the numbers from last Sunday.
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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