Sunday, Sept. 3
Mass on the Grass ... 10 a.m. in The Park at St. Luke’s
Bring friends and join for worship that combines the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services in the beauty of The Park. Following Mass on the Grass stay for our annual potluck picnic. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair - and a side dish or dessert to share. St. Luke’s will supply Clyde’s famous fried chicken.
Join us next Sunday, Sept. 10 for a new “year” of Christian Education for all ages, Children’s Chapel, and all kinds of engaging programs that support our worship life together.
Adult Christian Education for September:
All Our Children | Sept. 10, 24 | Kate Kennedy, The Rev. Lauren Holder
You may have noticed the young faces in our park and on the streets around St. Luke’s—faces that know too much trauma and too little classroom experience or support. St. Luke’s has been in deep discernment over the past three years about how to respond to the homeless children among us and the injustice of education inequality that continues to plague our city and nation. On September 10, 24 and October 1, we ask you to join our efforts in a new and bold way. You will not want to miss out on this next chapter. Contact The Rev. Lauren Holder with questions—and mark your calendars for “the next big thing.”
The Sunday Paper |Sept. 10, 17, 24 |Matt Boyer and Jonathan Serrie
A free-flowing discussion about current events, faith and their intersection in our daily lives facilitated by Jonathan Serrie. Our discussions each week will be informed by scripture, national or local news sources. All views, thoughts and opinions are welcomed and encouraged.
BCP 101 | Sept 17, 24 | The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey
You see that red prayer book in the pew racks in front of you, but do you know what is in there? This book contains the structure for Holy Eucharist, Baptism and many other of our sacred liturgies. Did you know that there are prayers intended for use at home? This class is a quick romp introducing and re-introducing us all to the Book of Common Prayer.
Sunday 2.0 Kickoff Cookout ... All are invited to celebrate the start of the program year at our annual Kickoff Cookout. We eat at 5 p.m. in The Park.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
Fill the Outreach Baskets ... In September we’re filling the baskets with disposable diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6)for Atlanta Children’s Shelter. Please place your donations in the Outreach baskets located in the Narthex and Reception Area.
Healing and Hearing with Horace: Pastoral Care Forums ... Parishioners are invited to a conversation with The Rev. Horace Griffin, the new associate for Pastoral Care and Parish Life, about pastoral care interests and needs at St. Luke’s. The first of three forums will be held for seniors (70 and older), Sunday September 10 at 12:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Room. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Horace or Beth, the rector’s executive assistant, so that we can prepare lunch accordingly. The following Sunday, September 17, will be for young and middle-aged adults (same format) and the last Sunday, September 24 will be for youth during their Sunday 2.0 meeting. All are invited to these important conversations.
Choirs for Children and Youth ... Please register from the Sign Up tab online so we know who to expect at our first rehearsal of the year on Sunday, Sept. 10. We rehearse most Sundays as part of Sunday 2.0 but this year we will also offer rehearsal time on first and third Wednesdays:
Prep Choir: 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Junior Choristers: 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Senior Choristers: 4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays:
Prep Choir: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Junior Choristers: 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.
Senior Choristers: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Harvest Festival ... Everyone is invited to this family-friendly event on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. as we celebrate another great year for the Mustard Seed Garden. You do not need to be a garden volunteer to participate! We’ll have BBQ and an array of delicious and lovingly prepared sides. Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship as the sun sets and the almost-full moon rises over The Park at St. Luke’s and the garden. This is a truly magical evening that you won’t want to miss. Cost: $5 per person at the door. So that we can adequately plan, please sign up at the reception desk or on the reservation line (404-873-7777) by Monday, September 4.
Wednesday Bible Study ... resumes this fall on September 6 at 11 a.m. in the Parkins Room 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!
Choir Rehearsal ... resumes Wednesday, September 6 at 7:20 p.m. in the Choir Room.
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. 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.
EYC to Atlanta United ... The youth are heading to Atlanta United FC’s second-ever soccer game at the new stadium on Sunday, Oct. 10. Please RSVP to Carrie Teegardin (Carrie.Teegardin@ajc.com) as she will purchase group tickets. We also need parent chaperones for this event!
EYC Text Group ... Leaders among our youth have impressed upon us that teens do not use email, so we’ve created a text group as a communication tool for parent volunteers and others who are leading the youth program until we have a new staff person to stay in touch with the youth and their parents. TEXT: StLukesEYC to 64600. (As with all our electronic communications, you can unsubscribe whenever you like.)
Women’s Cancer Support Group ... meets on Thursday, Sept. 14 at noon in the Library. If you would like to attend, please call Meg Moye (404-583-3711).
Bridge Builders ... are small groups of people who commit to meeting regularly for candid and vulnerable conversations about race relationships, specifically between blacks and whites, at St. Luke’s. Bridge Builders is excited to expand its offerings this program year as we continue the important work, self-knowledge and communal growth. Want to join the conversation? Sign up on the church’s homepage by September 15 or contact the Rev. Lauren Holder for more information.
St. Luke’s on the Big Screen at SunTrust Park ... Come one, come all! We are looking for excited singers of any age (from 0-99!) and any experience level to join us Wednesday, September 6 at 6:45 p.m. in the Church to sing (and video record) the National Anthem to submit to the Braves! No prior choir experience is required; just energy, your presence, and any Braves gear that you might have! No R.S.V.P. required, but if you’re planning to come, please contact Caitlin Dowling, our music associate (email@example.com) so we can know how many copies of the anthem to have! Snacks will be provided!
Advent and Lenten Devotional Booklets ... Sign up now to submit a reflection, poem, or photograph for Advent or Lent. The theme for Advent is Abundance and the theme for Lent is Mindfulness. For more information or to sign up please contact Elaine Swobe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Sojourners Westside Walk | Saturday, Sept. 16
Explore the new Westside Beltline Trail. We’ll meet at the Willson’s (511 St. Charles Ave.) at 9:30 a.m. and carpool to Washington Park to begin the walk. Sign Up by Sept. 11. 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.