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 email@example.com and: 859 296-1038. John’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to include him on your email.
This year the project for our special Christmas offering is the Nicaragua Water Project, as we work with our partners there to bring clean water to families in our partner village there. Contributions to this offering must be in a Christmas envelope, and please note “Water Project” in the memo section.
Christmas Gifts for ESL Families
This Christmas, we are very excited to be providing Christmas gifts for children of the people in our ESL (English as a Second Language) Class, all of whom are refugees from war-torn countries, working hard to care for their families by learning English and establishing their lives in the U.S. If you would like to make a monetary gift for this purpose, please note “Alms Christmas” with your contribution by December 16.
St. Luke University Christmas Party • Monday, December 10 7:00 PM at John’s House • Join us for an enjoyable night of food, Christmas sweaters, watching a Christmas movie and games to celebrate the end of the semester and give you a break from studying! The party starts at 7 at John’s place, and we will be studying before that starting at 4 at Common Grounds, to make sure you are prepped for finals! Bring a dessert or snack, pizza and hot chocolate will be provided.
10:45 Worship Announcement • The 10:45 worship service will be joining the Sanctuary services for the Music Sunday on December 16th. We are doing this to help celebrate the joy of the season together with St. Luke as a whole!
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 continue to receive through December 16. Your gifts will be a blessing to many.
Blue Christmas Service • 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 led by the Pastors and Stephen Ministers and 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.
Upcoming Christmas Worship Services
On December 16, the Chancel Choir (with orchestra) will present their Christmas Choral Program for Christmas Music Sunday, telling the Christmas story with beautiful music at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services in the Sanctuary. The 10:45 service will combine with the 11:00 a.m. service that morning and the children will be involved in both services. Our annual Service of Lessons and Carols will be on December 23 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. On Christmas Eve, we will gather at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight services. The Swahili community will have a Christmas Eve service in The Loft at 12:30 p.m. and on Christmas Day at 12:30 p.m. Join us for all the Services of Advent/Christmas!
Volunteers Needed for Basketball League
We are in need of coaches, referees, and other volunteers for our 2019 K-8th Basketball League that begins January 7. If you are interested in volunteering, you can email Jay Hayslip at email@example.com or sign up on the sheet at the display in the Connection Center.
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 early on Sunday morning, December 16, so our musicians know they are appreciated for all their hard work! A sign-up sheet will be posted at the Connection Center.
Blue Barrel Sunday • Pick up your Blue Barrel Bag today and return it next Sunday filled with miscellaneous vegetables such as peas, carrots, spinach and other greens, beets, sauerkraut, and hominy.
A Different Kind of Advent Calendar • This month, in addition to Blue Barrel Sunday, we are going to be giving non-perishable food items to the pantry, a different item each day for each day of Advent. There will be blue bags and a list with instructions at the Advent table outside of the Sanctuary and also at the Welcome center and Life Center desks.
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.
Light the Advent Wreath This Year • Advent is here and we are seeking families, groups, or individuals to participate in lighting the Advent candles. We have two openings yet to fill: December 23rd – 9:30 service, and one of the Christmas Eve Services. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-494-3335.