St.Luke's Episcopal Church
Blue Ridge, Georgia

Current and Upcoming Events at St. Luke's

Help Feed the Children

      There are a lot of children who will not have the advantage of eating a good, nutritious lunch this summer. You can help remedy that! On Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4 through July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., lunch will be served to these less fortunate children through a program called "Bright from the Start." Three volunteers are needed each day to dish out the food. If you can help with this, please contact Joe Brandon (706-258-7339) or Father Ron Wikander (706-633-0176). The facility is across the street from the church.

The Ordination of William Anthony McConnell - Saturday, June 23

      William Anthony "Tony" McConnell will be ordained a deacon (perpetual) on Saturday, June 23. The service will begin at 1 p.m. with the Rt. Rev. Dr. William W. Millsaps officiating. A reception will follow. All are welcomed to attend.

Bishop Millsaps Will Confirm and Receive - Sunday, June 24

      The Rt. Rev. Dr. William W. Millsaps will administer the Rite of Confirmation on Sunday, June 24. He will also receive into the Anglican Communion those coming from other communions who have already received the laying on of hands by a Bishop in Apostolic Succession.

Educational Opportunity - "How Firm a Foundation" - Tuesday, July 10

      Beginning Tuesday, July 10, at 10 a.m., Pat Dearing will be offering a series of five one-hour courses exploring how God, Christianity and Deism influenced the shape of the documents by which we are governed. If you are interested in attending one or more of these courses, complete the insert included with the Sunday bulletin.

Snack in a Back Pack

      Here is another amazing program that serves to provide food to over 375 food insecure students in three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and the Pre-K Head Start Program. Volunteers prepare 375 bags of food every week. Each bag of food contains 2 non-perishable cartons of milk, 2 servings of whole grain cereal, two granola bars, one pudding, one can of meat, one macaroni and cheese, and two fresh apples. During the 2016-17 school year, over 15 thousand bags were packed and over 60 thousand meals were served. If you are interested in becoming a part of this worthwhile outreach program, please contact Ron Wikander at: vicarwikander@

Yummy Recipes Wanted!

      Do you have a favorite recipe to put in the Sentinel? Does it have a story behind it? Maybe it came from your mom or dad, friend or relative, and there is a good story that goes with it that can be shared. This is open to women and men, and you can e-mail the recipe (and corresponding story, if there is one) to Diane Wikander at, or just give it to Diane or Ron on Sunday.

Outreach Opportunity - Habitat for Humanity

      Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to work at its ReStore in Blue Ridge for two to three hour shifts, Tuesday through Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ReStore's sales proceeds go toward helping Habitat provide affordable housing for needy families. If you're interested, please contact Dena Jacobs, the ReStore Manager, at 706-632-6237.

ECW Recycling Project

      The ECW is collecting used toner cartridges for recycling. Plelase remember this the next time you change the toner on your home and/or business printers. The proceeds from this effort will help reduce the church's debt. A box will be placed in Thomason Hall's Yellow Room to collect the toner cartridges. Thank you for your support!

Volunteers with Wheels

      St. Luke's Men's Group is seeking additional drivers - male or female - to assist with transporting St. Luke's parishioners to medical appointments, etc. Following a request, an appeal goes out to members of the pool who are free to volunteer for that day. For more information, please contact Joe Brandon at 706-258-7339.

Safe Choice, Items Needed

      Initiated last year, and much appreciated by the grateful recipients, the ECW will once again be accepting donations of diapers, new or gently used baby clothes, baby blankets and other baby supplies (wipes, bottles, lotion, powder etc.) for the Safe Choice Pregnancy Center in Ellijay. A basket will be placed in the Narthex for your donations.

St. Luke's Men's Group

      All St. Luke's men are members of the Group and your ideas for future projects, and service and fellowship opportunities, as well as constructive recommendations, are solicited and appreciated. Please contact Neil McDonald at for further information.

News From The Knitting Guild

      For your comfort during the service, the Knitting Guild has placed a couple of shoulder/lap wrap blankets in the "old organ" area for use during the church services when one is in need. Please use, enjoy and replace after use.

Ushers Needed

      People are needed to be ushers for the 10 a.m. service. If you would like to serve as an usher or have any questions on being an usher, please see Dewey Cates for more information.

Coffee Hour Volunteers Needed

      We're looking for volunteers to make coffee and clean up on Sundays after the 10 a.m. service. If you are able to help, please sign up on the sheet provided in Thomason Hall.

North Georgia Community Action Agency - DONATIONS NEEDED

      North Georgia Community Action Agency has requested a helping hand for the needy of Fannin county. They need paper and soap products as well as canned and dry food items. Please place your donations in the narthex and the church will see that they are taken to the North Georgia Community Action Agency.

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