This year, our Annual Charge Conference will be held, together along with the rest of the Lexington District, this Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Richmond. We will need representation from St. Luke. If you are interested in riding the bus down, we need you to sign up on the sheet on the wall in the Connection Center. We will also be holding our own Church Conference this Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary. 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.
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!
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. We will receive through December 17. Your gifts will be a blessing to many.
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. The study will run through December 17th. Please sign up at the Connection Center!
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.
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.
Feed the Choir
At St. Luke UMC we have a tradition of “Feeding the Choir” during the special Christmas Choir Services, and we hope you will help us! Please bring your breakfast/ brunch items to the church, to place in the Altar Guild room, early on Sunday morning, December 17 so our musicians know they are appreciated for all their hard work! A sign-up sheet will be posted at the Connection Center.