We’re blessing book bags during the 9 a.m. service this morning. It is a wonderful way to start a new school year - one can never have too many blessings!  
Come to the Reception Area and Parish Hall at 10:15 a.m. to get a yummy treat and meet Randy Romig, our interim director of music, and to get an update from Liz Beal Kidd and Laura Ross on our programs for CYF.  
Wiggle Church ... Parents (or grandparents or loved ones) are welcome to head to the Hamilton Room and Garden, where the service will be broadcast, if their little ones need some wiggle room during worship. All children -- even wiggly, vocal ones - are ALWAYS welcome in worship! This is just another option for those who find it a good one. This is just another option for those who find it a good one. Children’s Chapel resumes August 18.   
Opportunities and Announcements

The Faith and Advocacy Network invites everyone to Liberty Plaza at 11:30 a.m. THIS Wednesda y, August 14. As we did last year, we will read aloud the name of every person killed by a gun in Georgia in the previous year. Join us and invite others!  
Please register your children for Sunday School, choirs, youth group, Wednesdays at St. Luke's. Just click here.
Messy Games at 2.0
NEXT Sunday, August 18
Sunday School for all begins with
a Mini Camp Mikell for Children’s Sunday School.
Kickoff Cookout & Messy Games at 5 p.m.
Made your reservation? If you haven’t yet made your reservation for the Invite – Welcome – Connect workshop on Saturday, August 17, don’t delay. The main session on Saturday will last from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and on Sunday the 18th, we’ll close the weekend with a celebration luncheon session. You may reserve your spot via the church’s website sign-up page. There is no financial cost for participating in the Invite – Welcome – Connect weekend, and you will be helping make St. Luke’s the church we aspire to be. Won’t you join us?!?  

In August, we’re filling our baskets for the Boyce L. Ansley School. Please bring donations of cleaning supplies, such as gloves, baby wipes, paper towels, small backpacks, and hand sanitizer.
Hospitality on Peachtree
St. Luke’s is planning a block party to coincide with the Dragon Con parade as it passes by the church again this year. This is a great opportunity for fun as a parish - and to welcome others who happen to be in the neighborhood. We had a really great time last year! The parade viewing and block party will take place on the front lawn and there will be a blow-up slide, snow cones, and games for all to enjoy. Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 31 from 10 AM to noon and join us; it will be a fun time for all!

WANNA HELP? Want to help make the St. Luke’s Dragon Con Block Party a success? We need volunteers -- to help Saturday morning but also to bake the homemade muffins we hand out. If you are willing to bake 24 muffins and deliver them to the church on Friday (8/30) afternoon or early Saturday (8/31) morning, please let Mark Simmons ( Mark@StLukesAtlanta.org ) know by August 27. To volunteer click the button:
Acolyte Sign Up Even though it’s still summer vacation, we’re actively getting ready for the upcoming program year and will be putting our acolyte teams together in the coming weeks. We are looking for returning acolytes  - youth and adults - to join our fearless ranks. (Youth in sixth grade and older are eligible to serve.) Register online from the Sign Up tab ( www.StLukesAtlanta.org ) no later than the end of the day on Sunday, August 18. Acolyte training is set for August 25.
Summer choir
If you love singing or if you just want to try it out, please join us! Just show up at 8 a.m. (for the 9 a.m. service) or at 10 a.m. (for the 11:15 a.m. service) in the Choir Room any Sunday through August 11 and we’ll find you a robe, rehearse the hymns, and most importantly make music together and enhance the worship of St. Luke’s.  
The Forum in August | 10:15 am | Parish Hall
August 11: Blessing of book bags, Sundae Sunday, Forum: Liz and Laura
August 18: Invite-Welcome-Connect at the Forum. Messy Games in the afternoon.
August 25: Forum: The 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of Enslaved People in America
The new program year brings with it new programming on Wednesday nights. The idea is to have a time of community, to offer supper (from 5-7 p.m.), and to provide opportunities for learning, rehearsing and being together. We hope parishioners of all ages and interests will avail themselves of the programming and opportunity for coming together in community.  
Foster Care Information On the first Wednesdays at St. Luke’s, August 21, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a guest presenter from Children 1st to discuss foster care with interested parishioners. In our larger community and society, there are many wonderful kids needing a temporary home. Children 1st is a foster care agency in Atlanta. This past spring, a St. Luke’s family went through the process of becoming a foster care family and is excited to welcome a child into their home soon.   

Look for details in the Sunday Welcome announcements and in this weekly email newsletter.
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!
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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