St.Luke's Episcopal Church
Blue Ridge, Georgia

Current and Upcoming Events at St. Luke's

Family Fellowship Event - Saturday, June 2

      Remember, we're all gathering for a picnic this coming Saturday, June 2, at Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area. It's going to be a lot of fun and you should be there, too! The burgers, burger "fixins" and drinks will be provided by the St. Luke's Men's Group, but everyone else should bring a side dish and/or a dessert (please and thank you!). The park opens at 8 a.m. and the fun starts with some light hiking led by Robert Cranor and Dewey Cates. Carpooling is suggested as there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. The Men's Club needs to get the appropriate amount of food and drinks, so please complete the sign-up sheet and drop it into the "PICNIC" box in the narthex. See you there!

Memorial Service for Barbara Carpenter - Saturday, June 2

      A memorial service will be held for Barbara Hayes Carpenter, an early member of St. Luke's, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2., with interment to follow in St. Luke's Memorial Garden. A reception will follow in Thomason Hall. Mrs. Carpenter and her husband Gill gave two of St. Luke's stained glass windows: the healing of blind Bartimaeus and Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha. Mrs. Carpenter, 83, was an interior decorator and was living in Ormond Beach, Florida at the time of her death. Pat McConnell is coordinating the reception.

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.

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.

Carpenter Bee Traps For Sale

      The Men's Group of St. Luke's Church is still hard at work making carpenter bee traps. Neil McDonald continues to allow the carpentry (no pun intended) of these traps in his "man cave", but will probably want his peace and quiet back soon! The traps are $15 each, and you may want to buy a few to stave off the hole drilling activity that these bees delight in doing to your wood patio covers, soffits and frames around your second story wood decks. The warm weather is finally here! "Bee" sure to get your carpenter bee traps soon!

1st Annual Antique & Decorator Sale - June 9

      Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to explore the "must have" items at the 1st Annual Antique & Decorator Sale! Donations are still being accepted, so if you come across some "fabulous something(s)" you haven't used in ages that are just sitting in the depths of a cupboard, attic or forgotten box in in your garage and it suits what's being sought (silver, china, old quilts, nice lamps, pictures, decor items, etc.), please bring it in for this sale. Leave donations in the old office downstairs at Thomason Hall. If you have questions, please call Pat McConnell (706-632-8443) or Teresa Wankel (706-632-1782).

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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