Comfort, Comfort, My People Says The Lord  – Isaiah 40:1

The Holiday season is a joyous time of celebration in the church and out.   But this time of year can also accentuate the difficult times that many are experiencing due to loss or illness or personal struggles.  It is ironic that some of the very people that the baby Jesus came for, sometimes feel left out of the Christmas celebrations. This year we are going to offer a very special time of worship for folks who are struggling a bit during the holidays.   This Blue Christmas Service will be a service of prayer for wholeness, healing and comfort.   It will be on Sunday, December 9 at 4:30 P.M. in the Aldersgate Chapel.   Make plans to join us and please invite anyone you know who is in need of a word of comfort and encouragement especially during this special time of year.  


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!



Building Relationships and Sharing Christ During Advent


In the Collect for the First Week of Advent from the Book of Common Prayer, we pray that God would “… give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light.” Preparing ourselves through Scripture and prayer and contemplation using an Advent devotional guide helps us to do just that.


This year, I would like to recommend Advent for Everyone: Luke, by N.T. Wright as a daily meditation for personal use, family and/or small groups. This book is available on various online retail sites such as Amazon and Christianbook.com for $12-15.


Sign up for St. Luke Basketball K-8th League!

Our 2019 Season for St. Luke Basketball League for K-8th grade starts January 7! We are in need of volunteers, coaches, referees, and participants. Want to register your child? It only costs $35 until November 22 and then it is $45. Financial assistance is available to those who need it. Registration ends December 5. Sign up at www.stlukeumc.org/basketball. Questions? Contact basketball@stlukeumc.org for more information.


St. Luke Can Earn Through Kroger Community Rewards!

Help St. Luke earn FREE MONEY with your Kroger Plus card!  Every time you shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus card, the church earns money!  The one and only catch is that you must sign up at www.kroger.com/communityrewards.  Please see the Kroger Sign Up Sheets in the Welcome or Connection Centers for complete information and sign-up instructions.


An Easy Way to Serve! The projection ministry allows the congregation to view the weekly announcements, sermon slides, and text to the hymns and/or praise songs. Without the Projection Team, our congregation would not be able to participate in shared worship, learning and reflection together. You don’t have to have any special skills except the ability pay attention! The most important quality a volunteer is that you possess a willingness to learn and some sort of vision for the role of projection in our services. There is a brief training period (about 30 minutes long) necessary to become a volunteer. If you would like to see all that is involved before making a final decision, contact Mariann Reinke, Director of Worship, at mreinke@stlukeumc.org or 419-494- 3335 to make arrangements to sit with a scheduled volunteer on a particular Sunday.


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 2, 9, 16, 23 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 mreinke@stlukeumc.org or 419-494-3335.

UMW Esther Circle Christmas Get-Together

The Esther Circle of the United Methodist Women will be having a Christmas Get Together on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 6pm in Fellowship Hall.  We will eat pizza, salad, and light dessert.  Instead of exchanging gifts – we ask everyone to bring an unwrapped new toy (ages 0 to 5yrs) to be given to The Nest’s Operation Reindeer.  We invite all women (all ages) to join us. We’ll eat; play some games, and fellowship with each other – no waiters interfering. Come join us for a light hearted evening with a purpose.  Questions? Call Kathy Silberman (859-699-1582)


Pickleball Has Begun! Come Join in the Fun!

Play the game of Pickleball, a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. We welcome all levels from beginners to advanced. Are you interested?  We play Monday through Thursday at 8:45 a.m. in the Gym and on Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Contact Moe Miller at edmundmillerjr@windstream.net or Mark Walz at mwalz@stlukeumc.org for more information.

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