Again TODAY at St. Luke's
Free Drive up or walk up COVID-19 testing from 10 am - 4 pm at St. Luke’s. Drive up will be set up in our parking lot off Courtland Street. Walk Up tents will be set up in parking lot off Peachtree, next to church side entrance.
This Sunday: August 2, 2020 | The Nineth Sunday After Pentecost

Holy Eucharist
10 a.m.
The Rev. Ed Bacon, preacher

Join Ed Bacon for a conversation with St. Luke's parishioner Jackie Gingrich Cushman about our nation's growing partisan and cultural polarization. Jackie is the author of Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening.

The Forum follows our 10 am service
-- streaming live online, on Facebook and YouTube.
The Altar flowers this Sunday are given to the Glory of God.
Go to the St. Luke's home page and look for the Children's Chapel button (at left). Click on it so your kiddos can join Ethan Scott for church fun and learning.

We'll have a new one each week! And you can watch it all week whenever you want on demand on the St. Luke's YouTube page:
Opportunities and Announcements
Virtual Youth Retreat | Monday August 3-7
Seeking God and Finding Unity
Join us virtually for music, video clip watch parties, talks/lessons, and lots more as we spend time together discussing race, sexuality, gender, and the current pandemic, and discover how our faith comes into play with these timely issues. It's going to be spiritually and intellectually stimulating - and fun. Our nightly Zoom meetings will include music, special guests, and s mall group time. Middle schoolers will meet at 6:30 p.m. each night and high schoolers will meet at 7:30 p.m. St. Patrick's youth leader Julia Clark and her youth will join us.

We are very excited to be joined by a number of special guest speakers for each day of the program. Over the course of the week we will hear from Hope and Ed Bacon, the Rev. Cannon Brian Jemmott, the Rev. Kim Jackson, Deacon Lesley Ann Drake, seminarian Simeon Bruce, and the Rev. Cannon Gray Temple. These speakers will offer their personal experiences in the context of each day's theme, sharing with us the knowledge and insight they have gained through their work and lives.
St. Luke’s is doing something a little different to celebrate Transfiguration Sunday on August 9. Instead of the traditional sandwich build, we are collecting bottled water for Crossroads and calling it “Love Hydration.” Crossroads is getting sandwiches from other groups right now, but the guests need water, especially during hot weather, so we decided a ‘Love Hydration’ water drive would be a great way to live into our Baptismal covenant.

Purchase new, unopened bottles of water and drop off at St. Luke's on Transfiguration -- no-contact drop off -- from 1-3 p.m.
• PLAIN BOTTLED WATER: No flavor, carbonation, or sodas--just any brand of regular bottled water.
• ORIGINAL PACKAGING: Whether in cases, plastic rings, or plastic wrap, leave the bottles in the original packaging to help with storage.
NO NEED TO REFRIGERATE : Water can be any temperature.
• DECORATION OR NOTES FROM KIDS: If you want to involve children, stickers on the bottles are welcome or children of all ages may write notes to include with the water.
In August, the Outreach Baskets Collection supports the Boyce L. Ansley School . We are collecting PAPER , all kinds: COPY PAPER, CONSTRUCTION PAPER, and CARD STOCK . No-Contact Drop Off at the church Monday-Friday. 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 the school. (You can also drop off your paper on Transfiguration - August 9.)

St. Luke’s new “One and Done” book groups are designed for people who want to discuss books in depth without joining a book club. For each title, a parishioner will coordinate a series of three or four discussions via Zoom and then you are “done.”
First up is "Biased."
Join Jon Tonge reading and discussing this timely book on unconscious racial bias. The group will meet via Zoom for roughly one hour on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Biweekly dates for the three meetings are August 18, September 1, and September 15. Please sign up online.
Prefer fiction?
Toward the end of the month, Tonya Washington will lead a group reading and discussing "The Vanishing Half." This group will meet on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning on August 27, at 7:30 p.m. via a Zoom call.
St. Luke's Needs Your Opinions
The Return to 435 Peachtree Group has prepared a survey to help us know your hopes, preferences, and concerns. We are so grateful to those of you who have already taken survey. If you haven't had the chance to complete the survey, please do so as soon as possible. It takes less than 10 minutes and the survey deadline is August 3. Click the button and take it now:
"Untamed" Book Discussion Final Session Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Please join facilitator Susanna Roberts to discuss Glennon Doyle’s latest memoir "Untamed." This is a group for anyone who is interested in learning more about becoming and being the person that you were created to be. Glennon is funny and spiritual and real all at the same time! We’ll read, discuss and dive deeper into all of the things that Glennon brings to us with her latest memoir! Join us THIS TUESDAY by this Zoom link:
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

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 and a very small subset of the Vestry will handle the requests on a confidential basis. 
During these days of irregularity, one of our constants is our need to pay our bills, meet payroll, and invest financially in God’s mission in downtown Atlanta. If you have a financial commitment (a pledge) please stay current while we’re not gathering physically. If you haven’t pledged, please give generously and consider making a Big Love pledge. Every cent given makes a difference in our ministry.
Streaming live online from the church website, Facebook and YouTube.
Also, it is good to know that when looking for the broadcast on Facebook or YouTube, it pops up at the appointed "live" time. There will be no graphic indicating a program is about to begin - it just comes on when we flip the switch at St. Luke's!
St. Luke's is your family. If you have a pastoral - or other - concern, please email one of us or call: 404-873-7600. Email addresses are listed on the website from the Our Church tab.
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