Pride Parade ... St. Luke’s has a tradition of expressing hospitality to participants in the Atlanta Gay Pride Parade as it passes in front of our church. Although Atlanta’s parade isn’t until October, a group of interested organizers and helpers are meeting in the Parkins Room this morning at 10:15 a.m. to discuss how we might make our hospitality even better. If you’re interested helping this year or in learning more about it, please join us.
The Rite of Holy Baptism ... will be celebrated next on August 6. If you wish to have your child baptized, or are an adult prepared for baptism, please contact Michelle Jemmott at 404-873-7616 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for information to be in to the church is tomorrow, Monday, July 24.
Fill the Outreach Baskets ... In June and July, we Fill the Outreach Baskets for Midtown Assistance Center (MAC). For thirty years, MAC has helped the working poor during times of crisis. The food pantry at MAC is especially taxed in the summer months when children are home and not receiving breakfast and/or lunch at school. The most requested items:
Mac & cheese • Peanut butter & jelly • Breakfast/snack bars • Cereal • Canned meat
A complete list of items needed to stock the pantry is online at StLukesAtlanta.org/MAC.
Altar Call for MAC: On July 30, our final Sunday this summer to Fill the Outreach Baskets for MAC, we ask you to drop off your donations on the broad steps in front of the choir altar prior to the procession or as you come forward for Communion. Let’s see if there will be room on the altar steps for Dan to give announcements!
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.
Summer Softball ... We play today at 4 p.m. at the Active Oval in Piedmont Park near the 14th Street entrance. It’s not too late to join us - no skill needed, just $20 and the desire to have fun and meet new people. You must be at least 21 years old. Interested? Contact Alex Sherrill at 404-822-1118. If you aren’t playing, come out and support the home team. A complete schedule is on the website.
GAP Tailgate at Piedmont Park ... Join us before the St. Luke softball game next Sunday, July 30 for a tailgate filled with fun! Bring a snack to share, burgers and dogs will be provided, BYOB. Game begins at 6 p.m., so we’ll start our tailgate at 5 p.m. The team plays at the Active Oval in Piedmont Park near the 14th Street entrance. Sign up online or by phone (404-873-7777) so we know to look for you. Questions? Call Courtney Vann (404-617-3486).
Courtland Street Mission ... meets this Saturday, July 29. Join us beginning at 8 a.m. in Clyde’s Kitchen to serve breakfast and enjoy Bible Study with friends at Crossroads. All are welcome.
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.
Loaves and Fishes ... meets next Sunday, July 30 at 6 p.m. at the home of Susan and Bill Willson (541 St. Charles Ave. NE | 404-374-8371). Bring a dish to share and your beverage of choice. Tea and soft drinks will be provided. Loaves and Fishes is a social gathering for St. Luke’s adults to be in community the last Sunday evening of each month. For more information or to be added to our email list, contact Susan or Stan Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org | 770-396-4041). We hope you can join us for all or any part of the evening.
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 email@example.com. Leadership responsibilities include rallying a great group of volunteers and thinking creatively with St. Luke’s staff about how to grow this meaningful ministry.
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 Arlan Sunnarborg, director of music, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (404-873-7620).
Sandwich Build ... Our twice-annual sandwich build is coming up on August 6. We need all St. Luke’s parishioners—young, old, and in between—to join us in the Parish Hall at 10am between services to make sandwiches for our neighbors at Crossroads as we celebrate our baptismal covenant and remember to seek and serve Christ in all persons. This is fun and important work, so don’t miss it! Our goal is to build THREE THOUSAND sandwiches. Contact Mo. Lauren with questions: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will need to chip in $75 to help cover cost of materials.
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).
The Church of the Common Ground (CCG) ... offers the “Common Soles” foot clinic on the front steps of St. Luke’s on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. throughout the warm weather months. Volunteers are welcome to be a faithful presence offering water, prayer, conversation and clean socks. For more information: CCG at 404-873-7667.
Summer Picnic in the Garden
Saturday, August 5 | 5-8 pm
Join your fellow Sojourners for a laid-back potluck picnic in the beautiful St. Luke’s garden (Hamilton Room in case of rain). You are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share, and something to grill for yourself (our Sojourners “grill-masters” will guide/assist with the grilling). Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided; BYO wine or beer. Please help us plan for a wonderful evening by making your Sojourners reservation by Tuesday, August 1. Coordinators: Elaine Swobe and Jeff Hopper
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.
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.