Sandwich Build ... Join us Sunday morning following the 9 a.m. service - or before the 11:15 a.m., if you prefer - for our twice-annual Sandwich Build. We need all St. Luke’s parishioners—young, old, and in between—to join us in the Parish Hall to make sandwiches for our neighbors at Crossroads as we celebrate our baptismal covenant and remember to seek and serve Christ in all persons. Our goal is to build THREE THOUSAND sandwiches.
Summer Softball ... We play Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Active Oval in Piedmont Park near the 14th Street entrance. If you aren’t playing, come out and support the home team. A complete schedule is on the website. Questions? Contact Alex Sherrill at 404-822-1118.
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 AND new folks - youth and adults - to join our fearless ranks. (Youth in sixth grade and older are eligible to serve.) To register, please go onto our website and fill out the Acolyte Registration Form no later than the end of the day on Monday, August 14. Captains training is Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. and Acolyte training is Sunday, Aug. 27 from 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Sundae Sunday ... is August 13. Join us in the Memorial Garden for a yummy treat between the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services.
Fill the Outreach Baskets ... In August we’re filling the baskets with new and gently-used backpacks for Crossroads. Many people who are homeless put everything they own into a bag and carry it with them everywhere they go. As you are preparing to send children back to school and have gently used backpacks or can pick up an extra one while you are doing your back-to-school shopping, it will really help lighten someone’s load! All sizes are needed. Please place your donations in the Outreach baskets located in the Narthex and Reception Area.
Refugee Ministry ... needs a new leader! After years of service, Panke Miller is ready to pass the baton, but to whom? If you share a passion for refugees in our community and have wondered how to plug in, please reach out to Mo. Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org. Leadership responsibilities include rallying a great group of volunteers and thinking creatively with St. Luke’s staff about how to grow this meaningful ministry.
The Commission for Dismantling Racism ... is teaming up with St. Luke’s to screen the ground-breaking film, “13th,” an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals our nation’s history of racial inequality. We’ll watch and discuss the film on Sunday, August 20 at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There is no charge and everyone is invited and welcome! Bring friends. If you have not heard about “13th” you can find more information at.com/m/13th/ . If you have questions, contact LaFawn Gilliam (404-372-9220).
Habitat for Humanity ... Calling all handy Habitat helpers! Habitat for Humanity is inviting us to join in two Interfaith Build Days this fall. If you want to participate with other faith partners on Sunday, September 24 or Sunday, October 1, please contact Mo. Lauren at email@example.com. Volunteers will need to chip in $75 to help cover cost of materials.
Act III ... Join us for our annual summer gathering for lunch and bingo on August 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. We’ve got prizes for the many winners and a delicious lunch planned. Bring a friend. Call 404-873-7777 to make a reservation. Act III, for parishioners 60 and up, offers gatherings and activities in an effort to strengthen relationships and create a better sense of community.
Choristers Party ... Whether you’ve been a part of the chorister program for years, you’re thinking about joining, or just want to have a fun evening with other St. Luke’s families, please join us August 26 from 5-8 p.m. at Susanna and Keith Roberts’ house ( 1758 Pine Ride Dr. NE). We’ll play games, answer questions about RSCM (that’s Royal School of Church Music), and just have good old-fashioned fun and fellowship! We can’t wait to see you and your children there! Food and beer/wine will be provided. Choristers: come with your favorite song and favorite candy for some fun ice breakers with your choir leaders, Ms. Colleen, Ms. Caitlin and Dr. Arlan! If you have any questions please contact Music Associate Caitlin Dowling (firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-873-7634). The Chorister program welcomes children and youth from K-12th grade!
Mayoral Candidates Coming to St. Luke’s .... The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, which meets quarterly at St. Luke’s, is hosting an Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Forum at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6 in the Parish Hall. Come hear all the candidates talk about important issues facing our community. The Forum is free and open to the public, but please register from the Sign Up tab on the church website: StLukesAtlanta.org. The event is presented by City for All and the TransFormation Alliance.
SOJOURNERS: Sojourners is a group for those age 50 and above to promote fellowship through participation in a wide variety of activities. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Sign-up most Sundays outside the Parish Hall, call the St. Luke’s reservation line (404-873-7777 x 4), or email email@example.com. Please be sure to give your name, phone, e-mail, event, and names of all attending.
An Evening with the Rev. Susan Sparks
Friday, August 25 | 7:30 p.m.
“Day 1” presents an evening of laughter and grace with the Reverend Susan Sparks, author of “Laugh Your Way to Grace,” popular minister and comedian, and pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in NYC. Her hilarious and heartwarming performance at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, will be followed by an informal dessert reception. To attend with your fellow Sojourners, sign up by Monday, August 21, at the reception desk, or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the reservation line (404-873-7777). Then purchase your ticket online at https://SusanSparksDay1.eventbrite.com. Coordinator: Donna Church
Sojourners Hike | Saturday September 16
Event details available soon. Coordinators: Bill and Susan Willson.
Booth Western Museum Visit & Lunch
Saturday September 23 | 9:30 a.m.
Join your fellow Sojourners on a road trip to nearby Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA. The museum is the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the US. Current exhibits include Ansel Adams, Painting Red Rocks Country and the Native Hands. After touring the museum we will gather for lunch in Cartersville before heading back to Atlanta. Adults: $12, 65+: $10. Please help us plan for a great road trip by making your Sojourners reservation by Wednesday, September 20. Coordinator: Chris Kinney.
Communications Survey ... Please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey. You can access the survey online and from links in the Shepherd’s Notes. There is also a copy of the survey in the July 15 edition of the Shepherd’s Voice and in the tract racks. (If you fill out a hard copy, please leave it in the box at the Reception Desk or you can mail it to the church.) With a parish as diverse and far-flung as ours, good communication is key to building, supporting and nourishing the St. Luke’s community. We hope the survey will help us do this more effectively.
Healing Ministry at St. Luke’s ...Through prayer we can find comfort in the most trying of times. Though God heals in many ways, St. Luke’s Healing Ministry focuses on the practice of prayer. During Holy Eucharist parishioners are invited to come to the healing station to ask for prayers for their individual needs and concerns. We are looking for additional ministers to listen, love and pray with those seeking healing or struggling with any need. Our ministers volunteer one Sunday each month during either the 9 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. service. For more information on this very special and meaningful ministry, please contact Jeanne Daniels at email@example.com or 404-895-5959.
The Grief Support Group ... begins a 3-part Journey Through Grief next month on August 17 at noon in the Parish Library. These sessions will incorporate mindfulness practices as tools to welcome and experience the present moment in order to navigate through the grief process. Other sessions are on September 21 and October 19. All are invited and there is no cost, but space is limited. If you are interested, please call Meg Moye (404-483-3711) or Matt Wagner (404-876-6266, ext. 2004).
Wednesday Bible Study ... resumes this fall on September 6 at 11 a.m. with a focus on Romans. We will delve into theology in the making as Paul wrestles with enduring issues: justification and grace, sin and salvation, a vision of unity, and the faithfulness of God—the same issues that believers have contemplated throughout the history of the church. This study of Romans is particularly timely, as we observe the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation, 1517-2017. We will talk about the role that Paul’s letter played in the life of reformer Martin Luther and the events surrounding the Reformation. All are welcome!
Summer Choir ... Members of the congregation (high school age and above), friends, and visitors are all cordially invited to sing as part of the choir without a long-term commitment. This is a great opportunity to make new friends, enjoy the music in a different way, and enhance the liturgy. The three basic prerequisites are: 1) some ability to read music; 2) some previous choral experience; and 3) the ability to match pitch. No advance sign-up is required but you must attend the rehearsal on Sunday one hour before service time in the Choir Room. That’s 8 a.m. if you’d like to join the choir for the 9 a.m. service, and 10:15 a.m. for the 11:15 a.m. service. If you have questions, please contact Caitlin Dowling, music associate, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (404-873-7634).
Learning Mindfulness Group ... Matt Wagner, LPC and therapist at TACC, is facilitating another six-week group focused on the practice of mindfulness. The group is tentatively scheduled to meet Wednesday evenings at TACC from 7-8:30 p.m., starting Sept. 13. Participants must be at least 18. Cost for the six weeks is $210, space is limited and financial assistance is available. For more information or to register, contact Matt Wagner at (404) 876-6266, ext. 2004, email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATES:
Mass on the Grass is Sunday, Sept. 3.
Rally Day is Sunday, Sept. 10
Sunday 2.0 Kickoff Cookout is Sunday, Sept. 10.
Harvest Festival is Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
Dig Day in the Mustard Seed Garden is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.