Blue Barrel Sunday
This Sunday is Blue Barrel Sunday! Please place your blue bags filled with filled any and all kinds of canned meat and non-meat protein items. This means canned tuna, chicken, chili, beef stew, salmon and even Spam and Vienna Sausage. Non-meat protein items include peanut butter, pork-n-beans, pinto or great northern beans, cannellini beans, kidney beans, refried beans and black beans. Pick one or two items and fit your choices to your budget. protein items for God’s Pantry in or beside one of the blue barrels. If you forget your bag, we will accept donations at any time! Thank you!
Thanksgiving food distribution at Richmond Road campus of Southland Christian This Tuesday!
The event will be on the far left side of the building on upper level (old McAlpins 2nd floor entry) Volunteers should park on lower level near the Christmas Tree tent. Arrive about 20 minutes before your shift in order to sign in and get assignments. Inside space is heated but dress for the weather. We encourage you to wear your St. Luke name tag and a St. Luke shirt or holiday apparel. All volunteers must be checked on the Child Abuse Registry. Anyone who didn’t send their birthdate to Karen Hinkle, please come a few minutes early to allow for that processing. Questions? Call or email Karen at email@example.com.
2017 Charge Conference
This year, our District Superintendent has decided to handle the Annual Charge Conference very differently. Instead of having clusters of churches gather together or have individual conferences in the larger churches, he has decided to hold one charge Conference for the Lexington District. This has been scheduled for Thursday, November 30 starting at 6:30 P.M. It will be held at First United Methodist Church in Richmond. We hope to have good representation there from St. Luke. As far as the work that normally happens at Charge Conference, we will basically have a time of affirmation of the work that each local church has already done. Matthew and Nancy Sleeth will be special speakers that night. However, St. Luke’s Servant Leadership Team, knowing that not everyone who normally attends the Church Conference would be able to go to Richmond on November 30 and in the interest of giving everyone the opportunity to participate in the business of the Church, felt that in preparation for that District Event, St. Luke needed to have an official Church Conference. The District Superintendent has given us permission to call our own Church Conference presided over by Pastor Mark, for Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary. At this time we will elect our leaders for 2018, hear the report of the Staff Parish Relations team concerning clergy salaries, approve candidates for ministry, and affirm our intentions concerning our Mission Covenant with the rest of the churches of the Kentucky Conference. It is important to note that we are holding this Church Conference in preparation for the District Conference not in place of it. We are hopeful that many will choose to attend both. If we have several persons interested in riding the bus to Richmond, we will run it. If you are interested in riding it, we NEED YOU TO SIGN THE SHEET ON THE WALL IN THE CONNECTION CENTER. Please plan to attend both of these important meetings in the life of St. Luke.
St. Luke Basketball K-8th League Registration Open
The brand new and improved St. Luke Basketball League for K-8th grade is starting soon! We are in need of volunteers, coaches, and referees. Participants will also be needed! Want to register your child? Sign up at www.stlukeumc.org/basketball. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Light the Advent Wreath This Year
Advent season is just around the corner, and we are seeking families, groups, or individuals to participate in lighting the Advent candles during each of the morning worship services during Advent/Christmas on December 3, 10, 17, 24 and for the two services on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. If you would like to be a part of this tradition, a sign-up sheet is posted in the Connection Center or you may contact Mariann Reinke, Director of Worship, at email@example.com or 419-494-3335.
The Mountain Mission Truck is Coming! • The Mountain Mission is in need of school clothes and shoes, school supplies, winter clothes, coats, and jackets for men, women, and children. Coffee and creamer, vacuum cleaners for stores, tall kitchen bags, paper towels, 33 gallon garbage bags, toilet paper, S-M-L latex gloves, Febreeze air fresheners, rubber bands, safety pins. Please drop off donated items inside the stairwell storage space in the Connection Center (just past the Connection Center on the left) before December 4. Thank you so much for responding!
New Advent Study
In his new study Adam Hamilton examines Christmas through the eyes of Joseph so that we can learn to accept and glorify God’s will even when our situation makes it difficult to do so. John Duff will be leading Adam Hamilton’s new study, ‘Faithful: Christmas through the eyes of Joseph’, this Advent season on Sunday nights from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in this special season of anticipation and preparation for Christmas. Advent starts on the 3rd of December, but the study will run from November 26th – December 17th. Please sign up at the Connection Center!
Making Christmas Brighter
Got Christmas decorations you no longer use? Do you have unused or gently used items that can be re-gifted? Each year we share such items with our God’s Pantry clients who seem to greatly appreciate the choices. Please start bringing items on Sunday, November 27. We will continue to receive through December 17. Your gifts will be a blessing to many.
Upcoming Christmas Worship Services
On December 10, our children will be leading us in the 9:45 and 11:00 services. On December 17, the Chancel Choir (with Orchestra) will present their annual Cantata, telling the Christmas story with beautiful music at the 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 services in the Sanctuary. This year, Christmas Eve is on Sunday, so we will have three opportunities to celebrate. We will have only one service that Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. This will be our annual Service of Lessons and Carols. That evening we will gather at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight services. Join us for all the Services of Advent/Christmas.
Wednesday.comm in the Spring
The spring semester of Wednesday.comm will be upon us before you know it! We will need help serving the meals as usual and would like your group or class to consider serving one meal this semester. One of the many benefits of serving this meal is that your group can raise money for any mission opportunity that you would like. There is a sign-up sheet by the Connection Center that you can use to sign up for a specific night if your group is able and willing. The sign-up sheet will help so you know what spots are still available. Our spring semester runs January 24th through May 2nd. Also feel free to email or call Marty Sell at firstname.lastname@example.org and: 859 296-1038. John’s email is email@example.com if you would like to include him in your email.