Altar Call for MAC ... This Sunday is our final Sunday (July 30) this summer to Fill the Outreach Baskets for Midtown Assistance Center (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! Don't know what to bring - check out MAC's wish list.
For over thirty years, MAC has helped the working poor during times of crisis. The food pantry at MAC is not its only program/service. To learn more about how MAC supports the working poor in our communnity and how you might help, go to their website: www.midtownassistance.org.
GAP Tailgate at Piedmont Park ... Join us before the St. Luke’s 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. Questions? Call Courtney Vann (404-617-3486).
Summer Softball ... We play today 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.
Loaves and Fishes ... meets at 6 p.m. tonight 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 (email@example.com | 770-396-4041). We hope you can join us for all or any part of the evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 questions, contact LaFawn Gilliam (404-372-9220).
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 by Friday, August 18. Act III, for parishioners 60 and up, offers gatherings and activities in an effort to strengthen relationships and create a better sense of community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to give your name, phone, e-mail, event, and names of all attending.
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 Memorial 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
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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).
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 the cost of materials.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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.