St. Luke Basics (101) Class set to begin in October. •  Are you new to St. Luke and would like to know about the church and ways to get involved?   Beginning on Wednesday evening, October 3, as part of Wednesday.comm, Pastor Mark will be offering St. Luke Basics, which will explore the history, beliefs, values, and ministries of St. Luke United Methodist Church.   The class will meet from 6-7 p.m. on the Wednesdays of October, following the Wednesday night meal which begins at 5:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please talk with or email Pastor Mark at mgirard@stlukeumc.org.


Welcome Reception for New Lexington DS • Join us for a come-and-go reception welcoming new Lexington District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez, along with his wife Zulayne and daughter Sulam on September 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Centenary UMC in Lexington.


Esther Circle of UMW • The Esther Circle of United Methodist Women is meeting for the first time after a summer hiatus! We will be meeting on Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Alicia Searl, daughter of St. Luke members Janet and Steve Garrison, from World Gospel Mission will be our speaker. St. Luke has been supporting her and her husband for the last two years as missionaries. Come hear her speak about their ministry with refugees in Uganda. Bring a friend and you’ll both enjoy the fellowship, food, and information! Any questions call or text Kathy Silberman at 859-699-1582.


Financial Peace University Returns September 12! • Do you have hopes and dreams?  Our Financial Peace University course can help you realize them!  Join us on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 beginning September 12 for this nine-week group that will have a Christian perspective as we explore topics like relating with money, cash flow planning, eliminating debt, the role of insurance, retirement planning, real estate and mortgages, and more.  There is a cost for materials, but assistance is available if needed. Please sign up in the Connection Center or contact facilitator Nora Conner at 859-269-4687 (ext. 242) or nconner@stlukeumc.org to sign up or to get more information.


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.


Name Tag Month! •  Are you new to St. Luke? Are you not good at remembering names? Are you a long-term member who is too embarrassed to ask someone his/her name? Do you want to get better acquainted with others on a first-name basis?  This month we are celebrating “Name Tag Month!” Every Sunday, adhesive name tags will be available in the pew pads and at the desks in the Welcome Center and Connection Center for members, regular attendees and guests to fill out and wear throughout the morning.  We expect the usual increase in attendance as school begins, and this small gesture will be a wonderful way to deepen our fellowship and broaden our outreach. Those who have laminated name tags are encouraged to wear them especially at this time. Thanks for making hospitality at St. Luke a wonderful witness of Christ’s love to all.


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 September 5 is prepared and served by the St. Luke UMC Choir. All proceeds will go to the music ministry fund. Meal: lasagna, garlic bread, tossed salad, and assorted desserts. 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.


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.

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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