The Week
of
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018
The Third Sunday in Advent
Poinsettia delivery
Poinsettia Delivery Among our parish’s many traditions, this is a very special one, sponsored by the Daughters of the King. Following services Sunday stop by the Glenn Gallery to select a beautiful Poinsettia to deliver to members who are home-bound or reside in assisted living/nurse care homes. A special invitation goes out to folks with children – children can be spectacular ambassadors of the church!  The name and address of a parishioner to visit is provided.
All youth are invited to join the fun this Sunday! We’ll meet at the Target in Lindbergh Plaza at 5:30 pm to play a fun game and gather toys for the children of Emmaus House. Then we’ll head over to the Opsahl’s house to wrap the presents and share a meal. We’ll be done by 8:00 p.m. Girls bring a side dish, boys bring dessert.
Announcements & Opportunities
This is the final week in The Daughters of the King Winter Coat Drive to benefit the Crossroads. Please bring gently used and/or new coats for men, women and children, and place them in the large bin provided under the stairs in the Narthex (church foyer). Coats will be distributed during the Crossroads Christmas Luncheon this Friday. Please contact Lindley Cole (404-964-5238) or Amanda Wood (478-978-3621) if you have any questions. 
End of year gifts of thanksgiving Many of us approach the year’s end looking for ways to share our gifts and wrap up our charitable giving. Please remember St. Luke’s and our work in your gifts. Particularly during a year when we are managing additional transition expenses, your gifts beyond your pledge are welcomed and appreciated!
Advent Outreach Tree Celebrate Christ’s light in the word by making a donation to one of the ministries supported by the tree and receive a lovely ornament explaining the donation to give to your friends or family. This year’s tree benefits: TACC, Crossroads, Church of Common Ground and The Boyce L. Ansley School.

Support the EYC's Thistle Farm fund-raiser and get neat Christmas gifts. Sundays in the Reception Area.

Insulated Bags For Sale ... by the St. Francis Green Guild again this Advent. The popular bags are red this time around with the church logo in black. The bags are $8 each, or 2 for $15. There are also just a few of the stainless steel water bottles left for purchase - let us know if you want one. For sale in the Reception Area on Sundays throughout December.  
Crossroads Christmas
Christmas Meal at Crossroads Volunteers are needed to assist Clyde in the Kitchen as he serves a hearty meal and holiday cheer on Friday, Dec. 21. Each year, Crossroads saves this volunteer opportunity for St. Luke’s members. Sign up at the Reception Desk as there are a limited number of spots. Volunteers begin at 8:30 a.m. The meal is served beginning at 10 a.m.  but there is lots of prep work.
Sojourners Mark your calendar for the annual Epiphany Party, Saturday, January 5, from 5-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Sign up via the St. Luke's website (and pay with credit card), Reservation Line (404-873-7777), email ( sojourners@stlukesatlanta.org), or in the Reception Area. Cost: $20 per person. Deadline for sign up and payment is Sunday, Dec. 30. Pay by cash or check during the Christian Ed hour on December 16, 23, or 30 in the Reception Area.

Before You're Off ... stop in the Bell Tower for a cup of tea or coffee - and some fellowship -following the 11 a.m. service each Sunday. We're trying something new and have moved the coffee following this service only from the Parish Hall to the Bell Tower adjacent to the Narthex. Stop by!
Holy Baptism graphic
The Rite of Holy Baptism will be celebrated on January 13 at the 11:15 a.m. service. If you wish to have your child baptized, or are an adult prepared for baptism, please contact Michelle Jemmott at 404-873-7616 or michelle@stlukesatlanta.org. Deadline for information to be in to the church is Thursday, December 27.
Thank you to all those parishioners who have completed and returned a pledge card! We have now received 275 pledges for $1,092,437. We encourage those who have not yet done so, to please do so as soon as possible. Thank you for being a part of and supporting our church’s many ministries.  
Sign Up for Faith and Friendship Dinners  Registration is open now through January 8 for this new small-group adult ministry at St. Luke’s that is an outgrowth of the Invite-Welcome-Connect program. Each week’s dinner will have a theme and a casual, general structure will facilitate discussion. Sharing personal faith stories helps us to deepen our own faith, and hearing others’ stories of God’s presence in their lives brings us into deeper friendship with each other. You can sign up online or in the Reception Area on Sunday mornings. Dinners will be held at 12 host homes located throughout the metro Atlanta area, beginning Monday, January 21, and running through Thursday, February 28; and you are asked to register with the intention of attending all six gatherings. More information is available online or you can contact Sue McAvoy ( smcavoy@emory.edu ) or team members Jeanne Daniels, Brooks Franklin, Brittany Huet, Bob Just, Ginna McFarling, Panke and Peter Miller, Jason O’Rouke, John Stewart, or Jacquie Watts.
St Luke's Vestry
The Vestry Nominating Committee has announced its 2019 slate of candidates: Jimmy Cushman, Caroline Fooshee, Melba Hughes and Livingstone Johnson. Parishioners have until thirty days prior to the Annual Meeting to make additional nominations by submitting a petition signed by at least three parishioners in good standing. Those elected will replace Russell Currey, Scott Inman, Sue McAvoy and Susanna Roberts, who will have fulfilled their terms as of January 2019. The Annual Parish Meeting is Sunday, January 27 at 11 a.m.  
The Christmas Pageant will need lots of animals to welcome Baby Jesus. All children are invited to participate in the pageant at the 4 p.m. service Christmas Eve. Just come to Room 201 beginning at 3:15 p.m. to pick out a costume. Once dressed for the occasion, the children will head to the Hamilton Room, where volunteers “entertain” the kids while they wait for the service to begin. Parents can find seats in the Nave and enjoy the musical prelude. The children join their families at the Peace.  
The First Sunday After Christmas

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. Christmas Lessons and Carols
and Holy Eucharist
11 a.m. Christmas Brunch
This Sunday
The Nursery opens at 8:40 a.m. for children and babies 5 years old and younger.

8 a.m. | Holy Eucharist    
9 a.m. | Holy Eucharist    
9 a.m.| Children’s Chapel | Wilmer Chapel
10:15 a.m. | Sunday School for all ages    
10:15 a.m. | Compass Gathering    | Parish Library
11:15 a.m. | Holy Eucharist    
12:15 p.m. | Coffee Hour | Bell Tower
12:30 p.m. | Intercessors | Library
12:30 p.m. | Peace in Our Time | Hamilton Room
2 p.m. | Christmas Pageant Rehearsal    Church
4:15 p.m. | Senior and Intermediate Choristers | Choir Room
4:30 p.m.| Joyful Singers | Room 201
5 p.m.| Make a Joyful Noise | Hamilton Room
5 p.m.| Prep Choir | Room 201
5 p.m. | Junior Choristers | Choir Room
5:30  p.m. | EYC Toy Tag | Offsite

Adult Christian Education

Advent Update on the Boyce L. Ansley School |Kate Kennedy | Parish Hall
During the Season of Advent, we wait, and it is not always easy. At The Boyce L Ansley School, we have found that our families spend a lot of time waiting....waiting for a meal, waiting for a train, waiting for a home, waiting for a break. Since we opened our doors, we have truly become a family, and so, we wait together. We invite you to come hear about our progress, our challenges, and our greatest surprises as we reflect on 3 months of learning and waiting.

Compass Gathering | Library
This is an informal time the third Sunday of the month for newcomers to meet people and find out more about the mission, programs, and ministry of St. Luke’s. If you are new to St. Luke’s and want to learn more about the church, join us! Contact Mark Simmons ( mark@stlukesatlanta.org | 404-873-7624) if you have questions.

Bible Study on the Sunday Scripture | Parkins Room
Further explore God’s Word in the scripture assigned for worship each Sunday. We all see the world through the filter of life experience and life transitions. This Bible Study is designed to engage us in a deeper exploration of the day’s texts, acknowledging the lens of life experiences we bring to that study. No preparation necessary. Drop in as you are able. This class invites you to come, engage the Scripture and respond to God’s word.

The Sunday Papers | St. Luke Room
Join Jonathan Serrie and Allison Kopp for a free-flowing discussion about current events, faith and their intersection in our daily lives. Our discussions each week will be informed by scripture, national or local news sources. All views, thoughts and opinions are welcomed and encouraged.
THE ALTAR greenery is given to the glory of God and in memory of John Winter Mallernee by Rollin Elliott Mallernee.  
For more about what is happening at St. Luke's:
Save the Date for the annual Epiphany Party on Saturday, January 5, from 5-8 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  
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