RALLY DAY
Sunday, September 13
15 Pentecost
Holy Eucharist
10 a.m.
The Rev. Ed Bacon, preacher

The service begins at with an organ voluntary at 9:55 a.m.
VIRTUAL CHILDREN'S CHAPEL
Go to the St. Luke's home page and CLICK on for the WATCH: FAMILIES button at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday.

On demand from the St. Luke's YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/stlukesatlanta
Click below to watch or listen to previous Forum presentations.
THE FORUM - Evan Anderson: “When will we have a vaccine?”
Ed Bacon brings that question to Dr. Evan Anderson, the Emory Medical School physician who heads the coronavirus vaccine trial. In this conversation Dr. Anderson describes the steps required to bring a vaccine to market and thus to humanity world-wide. He also addresses our life after the vaccine, the social inequities this pandemic has revealed, and how he as a person of faith finds hope and persistence to do his work.
The Forum follows our 10 am service which is streamed live online, on Facebook and YouTube.

September 20 – John Colb: Pando Theology
Ed interviews John Cobb, regarded as the preeminent scholar in the fields of both process philosophy and process theology. Process theology views God as “relational, present in every moment of our lives and in all entities and levels of being. The world is interconnected, in effect a giant ecosystem where what harms or blesses one, harms or blesses all.” A unifying theme of Cobb’s work is his emphasis on ecological interdependence—the idea that every part of the ecosystem is reliant on all the other parts. Cobb has argued that humanity’s most urgent task is to preserve the world on which it lives and depends.
For past Forums:
The Altar flowers this Sunday are given to the Glory of God and in celebration of the birthdays of Wayne Vason and Katie Vason by Lee Harper Vason and Fin Vason.
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH
Children’s and Youth Sunday School classes begin on Sunday, September 13. The children’s classes (K-5th) will start at 9 a.m. and the youth classes (6th-12th) will at 11:30 a.m.. All classes are on Zoom - for now - and we begin as a large group and then break out into classes.
Children's Sunday School begins at 9 a.m.

EYC (6-12th graders) begins at 11:30 a.m.
Calling Choristers! New and returning Choristers are invited to register our exciting new choir year. Virtual rehearsals will be 30-minutes via Zoom each week. Sign up on the CYF registration form by clicking the button above. Here’s the schedule: 

Senior Choristers (Grades 6-12)
Meets virtually on Sundays from 12:30-1:00 PM (begins Sept 13)

Junior Choristers (Grades 3-5)
Meets virtually on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:00 PM (begins Sept 9)

Preparatory Choir (Grades 1-2) 
(Kindergartners who were in Joyful Singers last year are welcome)
Meets virtually on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00 PM (begins Sept 9)
 
For information, please contact Colleen Kingston, director of Children and Youth Music at colleen@stlukesatlanta.org.
Adult Education
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.
SACRED GROUND begins Sunday, September 13 from 5-6:30 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.Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. This series is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people about racism - though these groups are open to all.  (Class size is limited and this first offering is now full; but other groups can be formed if there is interest.)

Sunday Papers with Jonathan Serrie and Matt Boyer
Sundays from 5-6 p.m. | September 13- October 4
Jonathan and Matt as they lead a free flowing discussion about current events, faith, and their intersection in our daily lives. Our discussions each week will be informed by scripture, and national or local news sources. All views, thoughts, and opinions are welcomed and encouraged.

Exploring the Contemplative Attitude with Martha Eskew
Sundays from 5-6 p.m. | September 13- October 4
Drawing on her studies with a prophet, a mystic, and an intellectual at the Living School (based from the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque) Martha Eskew leads and exploration of contemplative concepts including: unitive consciousness; three centered knowing; contemplation; cosmic Christ; incarnation; belief / faith. The class will be participatory and experiential. 

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.

Inquirers Class Reboot with Elizabeth Shows Caffey, Horace Griffin, and Mark Simmons
Mondays 7-8 p.m. | September 14-28
Our class was interrupted in the spring, but we are back and ready to continue our discussion of the Episcopal Church: who we are, why we do the things we do, what we believe, and discovering gifts. This is for existing class members from the spring. If you are interested in participating in the next Inquirers Class, please let us know and we will send you information when the class is scheduled.
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OTHER SUNDAY HAPPENINGS
ED IS BACK LIVE ON SUNDAY EVENINGS
WITH STORYTIME at 6:45 p.m.
Just go to St. Luke's Live on the website -- or join him on Facebook or YouTube.
Knitting Ministry gathers on Zoom at 12:30 p.m.
Faith and Advocacy Network (FAN) meets at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Community of Hope: Circle of Care gathers at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.
WEDNESDAYS with ST LUKE'S
John and Dina are back in the kitchen lovingly preparing meals for the St. Luke's community. This Wednesday, Sept. 16 Midweek Meals continues with Fresh to Go and frozen meals to chose from. There's dessert and a surprise lunch box helper "kit" on the menu, too.
Storytime with Liz Beal Kidd Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Join her on Facebook, YouTube or our website: https://www.stlukesatlanta.org/watch-families/
Ed's Wednesday Class
September 16 via Zoom from 6:30 - 7:25 p.m.
Using a format that begins with PowerPoint presentations, the content will continue the Rev. Ed Bacon’s synthesis of theologians and public intellectuals who offer insights about a love-based and oneness-based life - all in the midst of the pandemic and its triple crises of health, economics, and systemic racism. 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 bethany@stlukesatlanta.org for the Zoom link.
ANNOUNCEMENTS and OPPORTUNITIES
"I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

St. Luke’s is delighted to invite you back into the Church for Personal Prayer Time in the Nave. The first two sessions are scheduled for Noon this Tuesday, September 15 and Thursday September 17. The Nave will be open from Noon until 1 PM on both days for prayer and meditation. Space is limited and you must pre-register.

All the safety precautions to which we have become accustomed - like wearing masks and social distancing - will be required. The ushers will check your temperature at the door and ask you to use hand sanitizer before entering the Nave and be asked to sit in particular pews.

In September, the Outreach Baskets Collection supports Crossroads Community Ministries. We are collecting backpacks for Crossroads to provide to its clients. No-Contact Drop Off: You may leave your donation at the side (receptionist’s) door of St. Luke’s. Call the receptionist, 404-873-7600, and someone will pick up your gift and ensure it gets to Crossroads. 
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me . . ." The theme this coming year for the Advent and Lent devotionals is The Valley of the Shadow – inspired both by the unprecedented upheaval of 2020 and also the faithful and hopeful tone of the 23rd Psalm because, even as we walk through the darkest of times, God is with us. We invite you to sign up to submit a reflection, poem, or photograph that touches on how these recent events have impacted you, your loved ones, and/or your spiritual journey. For more information or to sign up for a slot, please contact Elaine Swobe (eswobe@bellsouth.net), Claire May (c.may@mindspring.com), or Barbara O’Brien (baoatlanta@gmail.com), or sign up on the St. Luke’s website.
Grief Support Group to Begin in September
Meg Moye, clinical therapist, and The Rev. Horace L. Griffinwill begin a Zoom grief support group for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one. It begins this Tuesday evening, September 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This grief support group will meet monthly.  Grief Counseling therapists and speakers will join Meg and Horace occasionally to lead sessions and facilitate discussions. The sessions will provide opportunities to share one's grief, receive spiritual support and obtain coping skills.  More information or to join, e-mail: megmoyecounseling@gmail.com or horace@stlukesatlanta.org.
Congratulations to Ed Bacon for being honored with a 2020 Walden Award. Spearheaded by the folks at Unity Magazine, seven of the country’s largest New Thought organizations confer the New Thought Walden Awards, honoring those who use empowering spiritual ideas and philosophies to change lives and make our planet a better place. Ed is being celebrated in the category of Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding. Awards are offered in eight areas. Unity calls itself a positive, practical, progressive approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path. Listen to their interview with Ed: https://bit.ly/2Z5yQx1
COVID-19 Benevolence Fund
Anyone wishing to do so may mail a check payable to “St. Luke’s Coronavirus Benevolence Fund” c/o David Hendee, 435 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, or you may make a contribution online at www.stlukesatlanta.org

Any parishioner seeking assistance from this Fund, as well as a limited amount from another similar source, may direct the request to the Rev. Horace Griffin at horace@stlukesatlanta.org. Horace and a very small subset of the Vestry will handle the requests on a confidential basis. 
St. Luke's is your family. If you have a pastoral - or other - concern, please email one of us or call: 404-873-7600. You can find email addresses for clergy and staff by clicking here.
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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.
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