The Church office will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day.


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 Thursday, February 7, 6:30.

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.


Ping-Pong Tournament

During the opening night of Wednesday.comm on January 23 (see insert), we will be holding a Ping-pong tournament! We would love for you to participate and welcome all ages and all skill levels. Please sign up on the sheet on the wall in the Connection Center.


Blue Barrel Sunday

Today is Blue Barrel Sunday! Please place your Blue Barrel Bags filled with a variety of pastas and other starch items such as rice, cornbread and muffin mix. Pastas can include spaghetti, fettuccine and macaroni in all shapes and sizes.If you forgot, you can drop off your contributions throughout the month.


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.


New Keenagers Study

Dear St. Lukers, the KeenAgers Class will be starting a new study on January 13th. We welcome you to come and be a part of a thriving and exciting class. Wendell Barnett will be leading our study of angels from the book Angels: Who They Are and How They Help–What the Bible Reveals, by Dr. David Jeremiah.

We’ll be delving into such questions as:

  • What are angels?
  • Do I have my own guardian angel?
  • Does God do all His work through angels?
  • What is their role in God’s plan?
  • Are they present, and do they appear?
  • Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship?

Join us as we learn about the remarkable truths about angels, the agents of heaven, as unveiled through Scripture.


Sign up to Serve a 2019 Wednesday.comm Meal

The 2019 Semester of Wednesday.Comm will be upon us soon!  We need help serving the meals as usual and would ask your group or class to consider serving one meal this semester. This night helps St. Luke reach its mission of Jesus Christ in every life.


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 fall semester runs January 23rd through May 1st.  Also feel free to email or call Marty Sell at marty2sell@yahoo.com and: 859 296-1038.  John’s email is jduff@stlukeumc.org if you would like to include him on your email.


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, will resume on Tuesday, January 15. 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!

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 on 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?

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