New St. Luke Scholar Sunday School Offering

Dr. Ken Collins (professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary) will be offering a course entitled: Introduction to Christian Theology, at the 11 O’clock hour on Sunday mornings in the Trinity room starting this Sunday, February 3rd.  We will be using Dr. Collins’ book, The Scripture Way of Salvation: The Heart of John Wesley’s Theology.” The course will meet for about 20 lessons and will run possibly into May.  Below is a brief description of the course for those interested:

Introduction to Christian Theology is a course for earnest Christians who are curious about their faith in the face of an increasingly complex world.  The course will take up all of the following topics (and more) in a helpful and lively manner, one that will both nurture faith and engage the mind:

 ∙        The affirmation of belief in God in the face of the criticism of neo-atheists

∙        Why the Bible is not just like any other book

∙        Why evolution and the Christian faith do not contradict each other

∙        Do the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) believe in the same God?

∙        Why is God’s nature best described as holy love?

∙        How is the church different from the world?

Wednesday.comm Meal and Classes •    Our meal for February 6 is prepared and served by the St. Luke Staff. All proceeds will go to the Nicaragua Water Project. The meal will be a chili cook-off with a pot of chili made by each member of the staff. The meal will also include all the fixings (crackers, cheese, sour cream, chopped onions), cornbread and ice cream sandwiches.  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.

Qualities and Characteristic of our New Pastor

The Staff Parish Relations Committee will be meeting with the District Superintendent on Feb. 5 to discuss the qualities and characteristics we would like in our new Pastor. If you would like to provide input please contact any of the members of the SPRC: Alyson Irons (ironsfamily@bellsouth.net), Becky Chappell (bvc3446@aol.com),  Denise Lawless (denise.s.lawless@gmail.com), Donna Eastburn (deinlex@aol.com),Doug Sell (doug.sell@hotmail.com), Jennifer Baker (jenniferbaker246@gmail.com), John Crissman (john.crissman@gmail.com), Karen Jackson (Kjackson8466@windstream.net), Lyle Watt (lyle.a.watt@gmail.com), Stephen Wells (stephenwells58@hotmail.com).

UMW Meeting: Praying With Beads

Please come and bring a friend to our UMW meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 5th at 6pm in Fellowship Hall. We will be guided by our own Karen Girard in making personal prayer beads. No crafting skills required! Hope to see you there. Any questions? Call or text Janet Garrison 859-221-5424.

St. Luke Texts!
You can now opt in to receive important texts reminders from St. Luke! This is a free service and you don’t even have to download anything or create a password in order to participate. It lets you choose precisely which groups and ministries you want to get email and text messages from here at St. Luke.

Simply text the letters SLUMC to the SHORT 5-digit phone number 84576. After it texts you back, make sure you click that link and complete the process, choosing what updates you’d like from us.

We’ll also use this to send you important updates about church-wide special events coming up, inclement weather announcements, reminders of overall cancellations or schedule changes, and, if ever necessary, immediate church-wide safety and security notifications.

If you can’t complete this on your mobile phone, please go online to: flocknote.com/ StLukeUMC.

Mission Trip to Guatemala

We are planning another St. Luke mission trip to Guatemala the end of this June. We will have an organizational meeting this Thursday, February 7, 6:30 in room 127. The trip will be coordinated by Carlos Iboy, who has coordinated our other two trips. He attended St. Luke during his high school years and now directs an English language school in Jalapa. Plans for our mission include construction on a shelter to eventually house senior citizens, visit an active senior shelter and minister to the residents, sewing lessons for young women in an empowerment program, dental education and fluoride application for rural mountain children, a VBS program for local children, and possibly address the need for control of the large street dog population. If you have questions before the meeting, you may contact Denise Ockerman, ockermandenise@gmail.com ( or Mark Walz at mwalz@stlukeumc.org)

Over 40 Basketball Open Gym

Are you over 40 and interested in playing basketball with others your age in the gym at St. Luke? We will be resuming this fun time on Sunday nights soon. Please let Fred Dorn (fwd326@windstream.net) or Mark Walz (mwalz@stlukeumc.org) know that you are interested so we can gauge interest.

Use your Hammering Skills for Kids

On Tuesday, February 19, 3:00-5:00, we are doing a Home Depot build project with our Kids’ Cafe children and need extra mentors. This is total fun! Our goal is 15 adults per 15 kids for three 30-min sessions. Contact: Stan Durbin, 388-0556, Stanley.Durbin@twc.com.

Collecting Powdered Drink Packet Containers  

Kids’ Cafe needs to collect 35 small plastic “vases” for a flower craft. If you buy powdered drink packets, please save the plastic containers for us!

Encourage a Child and a Family in 2019

Our Tuesday After School Program, Kids’ Cafe, has resumed. We are in great need of additional volunteers for second semester! We average 25-30 K-5 kids each week and rely mostly on retired and semi-retired folks to love and encourage these marginalized children. Could you give one or more Tuesdays to this outreach? Our program runs from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and there are several ways you can serve, we will help you find where you are comfortable. Please call or text Pam Harned, 859-494-8677 or Sue Lord, 859-797-1586, and we will happily answer your questions!

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