Life Center Dreams • For the last few years, the Veritas Christian School has met at St. Luke three days a week, and we have enjoyed our association with them. However, last year it was obvious that they were outgrowing the space that we had to offer them, and a couple of weeks ago they let us know that they would begin meeting at a different church that has enough space to accommodate their growing needs. We will miss the energy and enthusiasm the kids brought into the Life Center every week, but by freeing up this space, we have a great opportunity to expand our outreach and ministry into many areas of the church and the community. Our hope is to transform the Life Center into the Abundant Life Center, and we need your help in dreaming of the possibilities. How can we transform the Life Center into an Abundant Life Center? Have you felt God calling you to lead a daytime Bible Study? Or what about a small group that could meet around a cup of coffee and share common concerns with one another? Are you in a community group that is looking for a place to meet? Or perhaps you’d like to help start an exercise class? Or walking group? Or some other type of recreational activity? The gym is a wonderful facility for those type of activities.
Whatever your dream might be, God has given us a wonderful ministry tool with the (Abundant) Life Center. Let’s not miss this opportunity! Our ministry teams are dreaming and planning and would love to hear your ideas concerning ongoing ministry possibilities. Please share them with the appropriate staff member or with Pastor Mark. Share your ideas concerning community groups and recreation/exercise classes with Ed Towle. We are sad to see Veritas leave, but we can’t wait to see all of the opportunities and possibilities that God will open before us in this new season.
We will Miss “Miss Mary” • This Sunday is Mary McKnight’s last Sunday to serve our precious little ones in the nursery. Mary has been a faithful, loving presence for 21 years. There is a large poster for you to sign located near the children’s information table. Stop by and write her a note of thanks for loving our children so very well. Miss Mary has been a tremendous blessing to St. Luke!
Activities and Recreation • If you are interested in the future of our St. Luke activities and recreational programs please join our team by contacting Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-4687 ext 241.
Christmas Shoeboxes—It’s Time! • Thank you to all who have committed to provide a Christmas box for the children in our partner village in Nicaragua. The boxes are due back next Sunday, August 27! Bring them forward in worship, and they will be dedicated before they are taken to the UMCOR collection center in Alabama. There are still a few boxes remaining if you would like to participate. Here are two more key dates: We will have a Packing Party on Thursday, August 31 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to complete the final preparation of the boxes. Please join us—pizza provided! Please sign up in the Connection Center so we know how much pizza to order. A group from St. Luke will travel to Dacatur, Alabama September 7-9 to deliver the boxes and work in the warehouse there. Transportation provided, individuals cover the cost of their lodging and meals. Sign up in the Connection Center!
Kids’ Cafe Needs You! • Kids’ Café builds relationships with children so they experience God’s love and grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. We will reopen this Tuesday afterschool outreach on September 19 and invite you to work one or more Tuesdays a month. Please contact Sue Lord, 859-797-1586, email@example.com, for specific options for serving.
Youth Parents Meeting • Our youth programming will be going through some exciting changes this school year! We would love to have parents of any Middle School and High School students come to a lunch today after the 11:00 service in Room 128 to hear all about what we will be doing. If your youth has not been involved in the past, this would be a great way to start fresh!
Blue Barrel Sunday • This Sunday is Blue Barrel Sunday! Please place your filled Blue Bags into or near one of the Blue Barrels. If you forgot your bag, we will accept it at anytime!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Compassion and the love of knitting/crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into the shawls. The Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Luke Methodist Church meets every Tuesday morning in Room 124 from 10:00-12:00. If you knit/crochet, or would like to learn, please join us in the making and giving of the Prayer Shawls.
Wednesday.comm Meal and Classes • Our meal for Wednesday, August 23, is prepared and served by the Grow and Equip Leadership Team. All proceeds will go to support the UK Wesley Foundation. Meal: Chicken Fettuccini and garlic bread, Salad, and Desserts. Meals are $5 per plate (sharing is allowed, max. $15 per family) and will be served from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
St. Luke Has Earned $15,132.93 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. Since we started participating in the program in 2014, St. Luke has received $15,132.93 FREE MONEY from Kroger! Please see the Kroger Sign Up Sheets in the Welcome or Connection Centers for complete information and sign-up instructions.
Women’s Bible Study • Women’s Bible Study resumes on Wednesday morning, Sept. 6 , from 10:00AM to 12:00PM in room 126. Join us as we begin our weekly study, “Steadfast Love” by Lauren Chandler. Psalm 107 is a call to worship. It reminds us that each season of life is an opportunity to reveal the anchor of our souls. For more information, contact Lynn Hill firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-296-6794
Church-Wide Study Announced!
The Grow and Equip Team is happy to announce that St. Luke’s annual church-wide study will be over the new release by Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds: A Grace-Full Life. The authors offer us an excellent Wesleyan understanding of the way God works in the world in simple words for all people. We will kick off on October 1st with an opening sermon and worship service. The following Sunday, October 8th, will start the chapter 1 Sunday School discussions that will run for 4 weeks. There is an optional closing ‘epilogue’ session included. We are excited about how this book will help us all recognize God’s grace working in our past and give us a picture of how God might work in our lives for the future. God’s all-reaching, soul saving, character shaping, never-ending love is constantly pursuing us! Let’s be open to receiving it and see where God might lead us!