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  • The Mission ofSt. Lukes

    Reflecting Gods love and grace,

    we glorify God

    and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    through faithful prayer and worship,

    a nurturing fellowship,

    and service to Gods people

    within our community

    and around the world.


  • Our WorshipSt. Lukes offers a traditional worship service, with an open welcoming spirit centeredaround The Holy Eucharist as outlined in The Book of Common Prayer. Members takecomfort in the language of both Rite I and Rite II, and they actively participate in worshipas Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes, Ushers, and as members of the Choir, theAltar Guild, and the Flower Guild.

    A Typical Week of Services

    Sunday 9:00 a.m. Songs of Praise, Bradford Hall9:30 Holy Eucharist10:45 Coffee and Fellowship11:00 Christian Formation

    Wednesday 11:45 a.m. Holy EucharistNoon Womens Wednesday Bible Study5:30 p.m. Feed on the Word, Supper and Study6:15 EYC (Youth Group) Supper, Devotional,

    and Program


  • Special Services of the Liturgical Year


    Christmas Eve

    Ash Wednesday

    Palm Sunday

    Maundy Thursday

    Good Friday




  • Our HistoryEpiscopalians have worshipped in Scottsboro forover 155 years. Services were conducted during the1850s in private homes, a school building, and abuilding shared by other churches. Services wereoften held on Sunday afternoons, conductedusually by priests from the Church of the Nativityin Huntsville, our mother church.

    St. Lukes formally entered the Diocese ofAlabama in 1878. Our first church building was aGothic-style frame building with handcrafted oakwoodwork, located near the railroad on NorthBroad Street. According to the Alabama Herald,the first service was held in that building onSeptember 2, 1878. The building served St. Lukesfor over 70 years.

    The dedication and sacrifice of fewer than ten Episcopal families led to the 1949construction of the present church building on the corner of Scott Street and College

    Avenue. The consecration service in 1950 included the dedication of aspecially designed stained glass window. This window, inset behind thealtar, was designed and built in New York City. In addition todepicting Christ as the Good Shepherd, it also includes the symbols ofSt. Luke and an image of the original church that was located onBroad Street.

    The handcrafted roof trusses in the nave, the pews, chancel rail,altar, handcrafted baptismal font and the exterior roof crosswere all moved from the first church. The pulpit was handcarved by a parishioner and given in memory of his mother.The lectern, in memory of another parishioner, was carved tomatch. The church bell has sounded the beginning of Episcopalworship services in Scottsboro for more than a century.


    Episcopalians haveworshipped inScottsboro for over155 years.

    The original Gothic wood frame church onNorth Broad Street.

  • St. Lukes was a mission church from its beginning, served by priests from HuntsvillesChurch of the Nativity. During the years of World War II, seminarians from the School ofTheology at Sewanee served St. Lukes. The congregation called its first rector in 1961, andSt. Lukes became an independent parish in the 1980s.

    The interior of the church building was renovated in 1967-8 with the addition of paneling, anew altar rail, and choir pews. In the 1970s and 80s, two neighboring houses were purchasedand used as a rectory, parish hall, and Sunday School. Following a successful capital fundscampaign in 1990-1992, an activities building was constructed on the site of theseneighborhood houses, designed to complement the brick church building. The activitiesbuilding was dedicated in 1992, and fully paid for in threeyears. Property adjoining the church was purchased later andprovides additional parking space. Our church basement hasundergone several stages of renovation through the years andcurrently is used by both church and community groups.

    We are thankful for all those who came before and worked sohard to maintain an Episcopal presence in northeast Alabama.


    Main entrance of St. Lukes opening onto South Scott Street. Drawing by Nancy Bradford.

  • Our MinistriesWITHIN THE PARISH

    The Altar Guild Volunteers prepare the altar for worship, including the celebration ofHoly Eucharist each Sunday and on special occasions as needed.

    The Flower GuildVolunteers arrange altar flowers each Sunday as requested byparishioners to commemorate individuals or events in their lives, asappropriate in the liturgical year. The Guild decorates the church forspecial services, i.e. Christmas, Easter, and other occasions.

    The Acolyte MinistryAcolytes lead the processional and assist the priest in the service of HolyEucharist. Incorporating students in grades four through twelve, theacolytes are an important, thriving component of all services at St.Lukes.

    The Music MinistryIncorporating music from the 1982 Hymnal and the Alleluia SongbookIII, St. Lukes congregation complements the spoken Liturgy withmodest but devoted congregational singing. The small choir performsabout once a month. Guest vocalists and musicians from the largercommunity are frequently invited to enhance our worship. Several parishioners gather to singpraise and worship songs prior to the 9:30 a.m. service.

    Daughters of the KingEstablished 25 January 2008, the Ruth Chapter of St. Lukes is a dedicated group of 16women who meet once each month to share prayers and a meal. Maintaining a CorporatePrayer List, the Chapter prays regularly for our church, our clergy, our parishioners, andothers upon request.


  • The Christian Formation Ministry

    Rally DaySt. Lukes begins each new year in Christian Formation with Rally Day, thefirst Sunday after Labor Day. This family-oriented day features a picniclunch and outdoor games and activities. Christian Formation classes beginon the following Sunday morning, following the 9:30 worship service.

    Preschool - KindergartenOur youngest parishioners begin their formation with Godly Play.Recently, one of our parents with young children was certified in leading the program by theGodly Play Foundation.

    Grades 1-4Children continue their education in the stories of the Bible withguided reading in Scripture, music, and hands-on activities.

    Grades 5-12Older children and teens engage in deeper study of the Bible andprayer. In recent years, the youth have demonstrated a healthy

    appetite for tools for an authentic faith, and they often initiate topics of study withoutprompting from adult leadership. Additional weekly spiritual study is provided throughEYC meetings.

    AdultsUsually led by parishioners, the Sunday adult classhas an average attendance of 15 to 18 people.Recent topics have included readings from theLectionary and its relevance to our lives, and thehistory of St. Lukes. A visiting seminarian led afour-week study and discussion group of RowanWilliams book, Being Christian, which wasenthusiastically attended. Our priest has offered astudy and discussion group on Wednesday evenings,Feed on the Word, with an average attendance of 7to 10 people.


  • EYCYouth Ministry

    A small but tightly knit group, the youthare vital to the life of St. Lukes, and weare committed to helping them developtheir faith in God as they grow up in anunsteady and confusing world. EachWednesday evening, the youth group(averaging 10 to 15) gathers to share ameal and a period of study, prayer, andfellowship. In the coming years, we hope tocontinue to empower our youth in the lifeof our parish through ChristianFormation, vocational discernment, andeven greater participation in worship andministry.


  • Our MinistriesBEYOND THE PARISH

    St. Lukes PantryEstablished May of 2013, the Pantry serves anaverage of 100 families each month with a modestassortment of groceries. The Pantry ministry, St.Lukes work of outreach in our community, isavailable the first Saturday of each month.

    Room in the InnEstablished in the Fall of 2014, Room in the Innprovides an evening meal and a warm bed to thehomeless each night during the coldest months of the year, December through March. Inrotation with a number of other churches collaborating in the program, St. Lukes hostedguests approximately every other week.

    Church in the CommunityMany of our parishioners volunteer with a variety of local organizations: Habitat forHumanity, which builds affordable housing, Meals on Wheels, which provides meals to thehomebound, and Jackson County Christmas Charities, which coordinates groceries and gifts forfamilies in need at Christmas. Coordinating with counselors at the local high school, St.Lukes sponsors a student assistance program. Funds are discreetly distributed for identifiedneeds such as class fees, school supplies, approved extra curricular activities, and clothing.The church opens its facility for community groups, i.e. Master Gardeners of Jackson County,

    and Narcotics Anonymous.

    To inaugurate the legal year, St. Lukeshosts a traditional Red Mass, whereinmany local legal professionals andrepresentatives of the court pray forguidance from the Holy Spirit for allwho seek justice. The professionals areserved lunch in Bradford Hallfollowing the service.


  • Our MinistriesDIOCESE

    Camp McDowellSt. Lukes encourages youth and children to participate in summer campand workshops at our Diocesan camp, located less than two hours awayin a beautiful rustic setting. St. Lukes parish family retreats have beenheld at Camp McDowell.

    Bethany VillageA new camp facility designed to be fully handicapped-accessible,Bethany Village recently opened with the goal of providing the Wonderful, WonderfulCamp McDowell experience to all individuals. St. Lukes hosted the first Diocesan fund-raiser for Bethany Village, and several parishioners are providing financial resources towardthis Diocesan project.

    SawyervilleA summer day camp for children of low-income families in south Alabama, Sawyervillecontinues year after year to provide a joyous Christian experience for young children of thearea. Teenage youth can serve as counselors-in-training at age 15 and as counselors from theage of 16. A number of St. Lukes youth have served in this capacity. Our parish also makesdonations to meet specific needs each summer as determined by the camp director.


    Bike and BuildParticipants from across the United States affiliated with Bike and Build have been hostedby St. Lukes annually since 2010. Overnight lodging, snacks, dinner, and breakfast areprovided to approximately 30 college age young people, who bike across the country to raiseawareness of the need for low-cost housing. Each participant donates $4500 to a fund forthis purpose. An agency at the local level is chosen at each stop to receive a gift of $100 fora community need. St. Lukes has traditionally donated this gift to the local chapter ofHabitat for Humanity.


  • Tornado ReliefSt. Lukes has participated in tornado relief through financial contributions and hands-onbuilding and repair since the 2011 tornado outbreak in north Alabama. The parishprovided lodging and meals to several groups outside the state who responded to the needfor assistance with the rebuilding effort.


    Orphanage in AfricaThrough personal contact between a former rector andthe orphanage director, the parish has prayed for specificneeds and made significant financial contributions to agirls orphanage in Africa over a six year period.

    Renewal MinistriesSt. Lukes participation in the Cursillo Movement began in 1981. Since that timeapproximately 40 members of the congregation have benefited from the four-day renewalexperience. Three members of the parish have served terms on the secretariat and four layrectors have come from our ranks with a number ofothers serving on staff. Several Rectors have servedthe Alabama Cursillo Movement as spiritualdirectors.

    Kairos participation has been a long-standingtradition at St. Lukes. Several men in the parishhave served on Kairos teams at LimestoneCorrectional Facility in Capshaw, Alabama. Localparishioners have baked cookies, created palanca,hosted staff dinner meetings, and offered earnestprayer in support of this ministry.


  • Godly Aspirations

    ? To develop a strong sense of community within the parish family through Christian fellowship,prayer, study, and service.

    ? To strengthen pastoral care by the St. Lukes community as we seek to follow Gods examples ofloving kindness, care, and concern for all individuals and families in times of sickness,sadness, and other identified needs.

    ? To develop a thriving youth and childrens ministry by faithfully following the teachings ofJesus in Matthew 5:14: Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, forto such belongs the kingdom of heaven.

    ? To enhance Christian Formation opportunities for adults of all ages by exploring and expandingspiritual education and renewal offerings.

    ? Believing that worship/liturgy is centralin the life of the church, we seek toincrease parishioner interest and participationin worship opportunities of all types aspresented through the liturgical year, byproviding a loving home for faithfulworship, creative planning, programdevelopment, and personal involvement.

    ? Heeding Gods words in Philippians 2:4:Let each of you look not only to hisown interests, but also to the interest ofothers, we seek to expand outreachassistance by responding to the needs of othersin the local community, the diocese, and theworld.


  • Our CommunityScottsboro and Jackson County, AlabamaHome of St. Lukes Episcopal Church

    Jackson County lies in the northeastern corner of Alabama, easily accessible from the majorinterstates and state highways, and next-door-neighbor to Georgia and Tennessee. Lying in thefoothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Jackson County offers a wide range of recreational andleisure activities. Theres something for everyone, and also some marvelous surprises.

    The vistas in Jackson County are spectacular, particularlythe mountain panoramas. Especially popular here areoutdoor activities, which include bicycling, hiking, rockclimbing, golfing, water sports, horseback riding, birding,spelunking (close to 4,000 charted caves), motorcycletrails, and some of Americas very best fishing and hunting.

    Scottsboro, the county seat of Jackson County, is a small city of 15,000 people andhome to the parishioners of St. Lukes Episcopal Church. Its a special place to live, work,

    raise a family and make new friends. Situated convenientlybetween the twin economic engines of Huntsville, Alabamaand Chattanooga, Tennessee, Scottsboro is ideal for a greatquality of life and personal opportunities. Great schools,outstanding recreation, and God-given beauty makeScottsboro and the surrounding county the perfect venue tocall home.


  • Goose Pond Colony Resort is a public resort located on the banksof the beautiful Tennessee Rivers Lake Guntersville with theCumberland Mountains in the background. The resort offerstwo outstanding golf courses, the Lake Course and thePlantation Course, cottages, lodge, marina, bait and tackleshop, campsites, and a restaurant, The Docks, that can beaccessed by both land and water. Goosepond.org

    Scottsboro Recreation Complex includes two gyms, free weights and workout center, indoorwalking track, indoor competitive swimming pool, and racket ball courts. Outdoor facilitiesinclude basketball and volleyball courts, Splash Park, tennis courts, dog park, as well asmultiple fields for baseball, softball, and soccer. Competitive sports programs for youth ofall ages are available throughout the year. www.cityofscottsboro.com

    Scottsboro City Schools consistently rank among theexemplary in North Alabama. Scottsboro CitySchool District is made up of three elementaryschools (K-4), one intermediate school (5-6), onejunior high (7-8), and one senior high school (9-12).The enrollment of the six schools is approximately2,600 students. In the spring of 2015, the districtwas awarded continued accreditation by AdvancED certification program.www.scottsborocityschools

    Northeast Alabama Community College, with an averageenrollment of 3,400 students is located on a beautiful campus15 miles east of Scottsboro. Course offerings include a varietyof academic and pre-professional training courses with focuson earning an Associates Degree and/or certifications toenhance workforce development. NEACC is accredited by theSouthern Association of Colleges and Schools Commissionand was recognized by The Aspen Institute as one of the top

    150 community colleges in 2012, 2013, and 2014. www.nacc.edu

    Come Sunday morning, those of us who live in this place of beauty at the heart of thesoutheast: Scottsboro, Jackson County, Alabama, are blessed once again with theopportunity to join in worship and fellowship as we gather to honor and praise JesusChrist at St. Lukes Episcopal Church. We invite you to join us!


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    St. Lukes Parish

    And I pray that you and all Gods holy people will have the power to understand thegreatness of Christs love. I pray that you can understand how wide and how long and

    how high and how deep that love is. ~ Ephesians 3:18 (ICB)

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    St. Lukes Parish Family

  • They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship,to the breaking of bread and to prayer. ~ Acts 2:42 (NIV)

  • St. Lukes Episcopal Church402 South Scott Street

    Scottsboro, Alabama 35768(256) 574-6216

    [email protected] Website: stlukesscottsboro.orgDiocese of Alabama Website: dioala.org