The Week
Sunday, December 2, 2018
The First Sunday in Advent
The 43rd Annual Messiah Sing Along 
7 p.m. this Sunday

St. Luke’s welcomes guest conductor Dr. Deanna Joseph, associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Georgia State University, where she conducts the University Singers and leads the master’s program in choral conducting. Join us for this wonderful tradition. Bring a score or purchase one at the door ($20). Reception follows in the Parish Hall.
St. Nicholas Visits St. Luke’s
5 p.m. this Sunday in the Hamilton Room
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara, in what is now Turkey. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his ample inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra. But that's just part of his story. Join us with your kids to find out more. Pizza dinner will be served. Don’t forget to remind the kids to leave their shoes at the door!

On this first Sunday in Advent, we mark the change of the church season and invite the spirit of Advent into our hearts as we gather during the Christian Education hour - at 10:15 a.m. - to begin the observance of the season together.

A few things to know:
  • Our annual tradition of making wreaths will be held in the Parish Hall, complete with holiday cookies and warm drinks for all to enjoy.
  • For a small fee, we will have all the wreath-making items (candles, holders, wreath form and greens) you’ll need!
  • We’ll be packing cookies for the Crossroads mail room. When a guest arrives to collect mail, a sweet treat will spread holiday cheer! In the Parish Hall
  • There will be a limited number of Advent wreaths pre-made by members of the Flower Guild. The wreaths are $40 and every cent supports the Flower Guild’s Christmas arrangements! In the Reception Area
  • EYC will be selling Thistle Farm products to raise money for their mission trip. In the Parish Hall
  • The Cathedral Book Store will join us with books and goodies for Christmas. In the St. Luke Room
  • The Advent Outreach Tree will be up in the Reception Area for you to "purchase" ornaments to benefit the work of Crossroads, Church of Common Ground, The Ansley School and TACC.
  • 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.  
Go Forth and Eat!  ... gathers Sunday at 1 p.m. at Café 458 (a program of the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency). St. Luke’s is a founding partner of the center which works to “empower financially vulnerable individuals in our community to become self-sufficient.” Join us! Café 458 is located at 458 Edgewood Avenue SE.

Young Adults Brunch ... If you’re between the ages of 21-38, join us for brunch at Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highlands after the 11:15 a.m. service this Sunday and the first Sunday of each month. This a great opportunity for newcomers as well as long-time members to meet fellow young adults.
Announcements & Opportunities
This Sunday is the deadline to RSVP for the Act III Luncheon on Thursday, December 6 from 12-2 p.m. in the Parish Hall! This year’s program, Resting in God’s Presence, will be led by the Rev. Horace Griffin. Join us for good food, fellowship and a look at Advent’s anticipation of Christmas. Friends are most welcome. Reservations by phone (404-873-7777) so that we have enough food for all. $7/at the door.  
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. You can sign up via the Sign Up tab on the church website or in the Reception Area on Sunday mornings. Dinners will be held at ten 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 ( ).
Live Simply, Love Generously is the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign for 2019’s mission and ministry at St. Luke’s. We ask you to consider what it means to live simply and to love generously. We hope you will prayerfully consider the positive impact of St. Luke’s and how you can use your time, talents and resources to support the worship and work of our community.  At present we have 220 pledges totally $814,188.
St Luke's Vestry
Talking Transition. A rector transition marks one of the most important periods for a parish as we imagine our next chapter and call a rector to lead us. Canon Alicia Schuster Weltner will join us on December 9 to talk about the rector transition and what we can expect as we build a profile, search for candidates and call a new rector. The Canon will preach at all three services and conduct a forum on transition in the Parish Hall during Christian Education.

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 Daughters of the King is asking the Parish to join its 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 on December 21. Please contact Lindley Cole (404-964-5238) or Amanda Wood (478-978-3621) if you have any questions. 
Advent at St. Luke's
Christmas Flower Dedications Make a contribution to the Flower Guild for the church’s Christmas arrangements in memory of or thanksgiving for the special people in your life. This year, you can do it online. Or, if you prefer, you can pick up a form from the Reception Desk or tract racks. There is a box on the Reception Desk where you can submit your form and check, or you can mail it to the church. Dedications received by Monday, December 10 will be acknowledged in the Christmas Eve worship booklets.

Advent Reflections by Email It’s not too early to sign up to receive the St. Luke’s reflections in your inbox each day during Advent. Hard copies of the booklet will be distributed the first Sunday in Advent, but if you’d like to get the daily email, please  go to the Sign Up tab on the church website and sign up.

Advent Festival Greenery We need lots of greenery for our wreaths. If you have some you’d like to donate, please bring them to the Parish Hall on Saturday, Dec. 1 between 10 a.m. and Noon or before the 9 a.m. service on December 2.

Cookies for Crossroads Bake or buy a dozen or two (or more) cookies to donate to this project. We’ll bag them as part of the Advent Festival. When Crossroads’ guests come to pick up their mail, they will find something special, and unexpected, waiting. If you have cookies to donate, please bring them to church on Saturday December 1 from 9 a.m. to noon (leave  them in the Parish Hall) or you can bring them on Sunday morning December 2 -the day of the festival - and drop them off in the Parish Hall before the 9 a.m. service.

Advent Outreach Tree During Advent, 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.

A Service of Advent Lessons & Carols with the St. Luke’s Adult choirs begins at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The service includes readings, prayers, anthems, and hymns for choir and congregation. A reception follows in the Parish Hall.

Poinsettia Delivery Among our parish’s many traditions, this is a very special one, sponsored by the Daughters of the King. Following services on Sunday, Dec. 16, stop by the Glenn Gallery to select a beautiful Poinsettia to deliver to members who are homebound 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.
NEW MEMBER PROFILES Be sure to check out the newcomer profiles from the November 1 edition of The Shepherd's Voice. Just click the botton:
For more about what is happening at St. Luke's:
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    
  • Advent wreath-making    | Parish Hall
  • Cookie Packing for Crossroads | Parish Hall
  • EYC Thistle Farms Fundraiser | Parish Hall
  • Advent Outreach Tree | Reception Area
  • Cathedral Book Store | St. Luke Room
  • Pre-made Wreaths for Sale | Reception Area
11:15 a.m. | Holy Eucharist    
12:15 p.m. | Coffee Hour | Parish Hall
12:30 p.m.  | Young Adults Brunch | Offsite
1 p.m. | Go Forth and Eat! | Offsite

4 p.m. | Nursery opens for Sunday 2.0    
4:15 p.m. | Prep Choir and Joyful Singers Rehearsal  | Room 201
4:15 p.m. | Senior, Intermediate and Junior Choristers Rehearsal | Choir Room
5 p.m. | St. Nicholas Visits St. Luke’s | Hamilton Room
5:45 p.m. | Sunday 2.0 Supper
MENU: Pizza   ($5 per person/$30 family max/No charge 3 and under)
7 p.m. | Messiah Sing-Along | Church
8:15 p.m. | Reception | Parish Hall

THE ALTAR greenery is given to the glory of God and in an honor of Jane Ward Girardeau on her 95th birthday by Stuart Girardeau; and in loving memory of the life of Stella McGee, by her family.  
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