Farewell Reception for Will Solomon and Ed Towle This Sunday, August 26 we will be holding a reception to honor and recognize our outgoing worship leader, Will Solomon and our former facilities manager, Ed Towle. The reception will be following the 11:00 a.m. service in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have fruit trays, vegetable trays, cookies, etc. There will be a basket to collect cards for Will and Ed. Come and wish Will and Ed well as they continue to follow God’s call on their lives!

Nathaniel Mission Open House

Zoe Speaks, original roots music from the heart of Kentucky, is performing a benefit concert for Nathaniel Mission on Saturday, September 8th.  There will be an Open House starting at 2pm, a perfect opportunity to see and hear about what God is doing in and around The Mission. There will be a silent auction with a variety of items which includes fantastic UK basketball seats.  Concert will begin at 3pm. For more information see the event on their facebook page.

Bishop Regional Meetings • Bishop Fairley will hold a series of meetings throughout the conference beginning this September. The theme of these meetings is: Passionate Spiritual Disciples: Growing in the Spirit.  The Lexington meeting will take place on September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Hill UMC. This meeting is for anyone and everyone is strongly encouraged to attend! Childcare is available, please just make sure to contact Jessica Wells at the Lexington District office to make childcare arrangements.

Prayer Shawl Ministry    

Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy.  Many blessings are prayed into the shawls. The Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Luke Methodist Church meets every Tuesday morning in Room 124 from 10:00-12:00. If you knit/crochet, or would like to learn, please join us in the making and giving of the Prayer Shawls.

Women’s Bible Study • Have you ever tried to fight worry with faith and felt you were losing the battle? Have comments like “God’s got this!” or “Just pray about it” only left you feeling more burdened? We know we shouldn’t worry, but the reality is that we all do at times. Whether our concerns are personal or global, we long for something more than platitudes that will help us put real feet to our faith and win the worry battle. Women of all ages are welcome to join us as we begin our 7 week study, “Joshua-Winning the Worry Battle” by Barbara Roose,  We will meet on Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00 in Room 126 beginning on September 5. For more information, contact Lynn Hill at lynn.hill@twc.com or text/call 859-576-9238.

Wednesday.comm Meal and ClassesOur meal for August 29 is prepared and served by the St. Luke UMC Staff. All proceeds will go to the Nicaragua Water Project fund. Meal: pork loin and gravy, rice, and cooked vegetables. There is a suggested donation of $5 per plate (plate sharing is allowed!) and will be served from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Find out more about classes at stlukeumc.org/wednesdays.

Youth Group Parent Meetings • If you are currently the parent of a youth in the youth group or are interested in getting your teenager introduced to our youth group, now is the time to get involved! We will have a parent meeting today after the 11:00 a.m. service. You do not need to attend both meetings

Invest in the Life of the Community Around Our Church Building! • St. Luke Kids’ Cafe is a Tuesday after school 3:00-5:00 pm outreach to K-8th children, providing academic help, gym time, hands-on games/crafts and a substantial snack supper. How about investing your love in these children one Tuesday or more per month? contact: Pam Harned 859-494-8677 or Sue Lord 859-797-1586.

New Worship Times and Opportunities! • On September 16, we will not only be changing the times we worship, but also the way we worship. There will be many more details forthcoming, but beginning on September 16, the following will be our Sunday schedule: 9:30 a.m. formal worship in the Sanctuary; 10:45 a.m. new worshipping community in the Fellowship Hall; 11:00 a.m. less formal worship in the Sanctuary; 12:30 p.m. Swahili Worship in The Loft; 3:00 p.m. Multicultural Worship in the Fellowship Hall. There will also be adjustments in the times for Sunday School classes.  Each class is in the process of determining that for their own class, and as soon as we have all of that information determined, we will let the church know.

An Afternoon at the Movies • The Keenagers Sunday School Class and Stan Durbin will be showing the movie “God’s Not Dead 3” this Tuesday, August 28 at 1:30 p.m. “After a deadly fire destroys St. James Church, the congregation must fight for their rights and be the light of Christ at the same time. The film serves as a powerful reminder that we are called to be a light in a world desperate for hope.” We will conclude our Tuesday movies with this movie, so invite a friend, a neighbor, or someone in the church! We will have delicious popcorn and seating for up to 100 guests.

Holiday Market 2018 • The United Methodist Women are hosting their Holiday Market on October 12 & 13 here at St. Luke. If you would like to be a vendor, please go to www.stlukeumc.org/holidaymarket2018 and follow the directions to fill out the application. The vendor fee is $35 unless you are a member or regular attender of St. Luke and then the fee is only $30. Contact karen.girard@gmail.com for more information or any questions.

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