St. Luke University
All incoming freshmen, and any college students at St. Luke are invited to our College Ministry Fall Kick-Off on August 12th. Meet at St. Luke at 8:30 AM and we we will ride together to the Red River Gorge for a hike (bring your own lunch). After the hike we will come back to Lexington for a cook-out at the church at 5:30 PM. Please come to the cook out even if you are not interested in hiking with us! There will be a challenge for the incoming freshmen during dinner time. Contact John Duff at email@example.com for more info!
Offering for KY United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth
The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth (KyUMH) offering was last week. Every 5th Sunday, we support this ministry to children and youth with histories of abuse, neglect and/or family trauma. KyUMH brings hope and healing to over 150 youth and families throughout Kentucky each day though residential and community-based programs. Check out kyumh.org to read success stories and more about the ministry. You can donate online or make a donation in the offering plate today. Please designate that it is for the Methodist Homes. Thank you for your part in sustaining this ministry for 145 years!
We will Miss “Miss Mary”
August 20th will be Mary McKnight’s last Sunday to serve our precious little ones in the nursery. Mary has been a faithful, loving presence at St. Luke for 21 years. There will be a large poster for folks to sign located near the children’s information table each Sunday this month. 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!
Women’s Bible Study Save the Date
The Women’s Bible study will resume again on Wednesday, September 7. We will be meeting on Wednesday mornings from 10:00am – 12:00 p.m. in Room 126. Any and all women are invited. For more information, contact Francie Sewell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-309-2082.
New Sunday School Opportunity
Learn to cultivate a life of prayer, individually or in community. Join us August 6 for a four week study with Sue Lord entitled “Too Busy Not to Pray.” This class targets individuals in their 20s and 30s. We welcome individuals of all stages of life: single, married, with or without children. Join us in Room 110 in the Life Center at 9:45 am. Light refreshments provided. For more information, contact Julie Duff, Michelle Arnold, or Wes and Heidi Wilcox. Hope to see you there!
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!
This year we will be preparing and sending Christmas shoeboxes to be send to the school children of Nicaragua that we have been partnering with the last couple of years through the United Methodist Committee On Relief. However, for tåhe boxes to be distributed in time for Christmas, we must prepare the boxes earlier than usual. Therefore, our annual shoe box drive has already begun and it will run through August. In the Connection Center, there is a display with the boxes and an instruction sheet for preparing each box. Please pick some up today. We will then bring the boxes back on Sunday, August 27 to be dedicated and prepared to take to the UMCOR depot to be shipped. Please include $5 in each box to pay the shipping costs. We have a list of nearly 300 children that we would like to send boxes to this Christmas.
Giving in Summer • It happens every year. When we get to summertime in the church both giving and attendance take a plunge as people head out on vacation and to family reunions and weekends at the lake. But the ministry of the church continues on unabated. So, by the time we reach August, the cash flow is at a low point. And though our giving for the year is up from last year, we have absorbed two additional mortgage payments into the Mission and Vision Fund (about a $48,000 increase over last year). So we need help so that we can continue to meet all of our obligations. If you have fallen behind in your regular giving this summer, please make every effort to catch up soon. And if you are able to put a little extra in the offering plate in the next few weeks, that would be a great blessing. If we all pitch in we can help the church continue without disruption of any of the wonderful ministries that St. Luke is known for. And thanks, as always, for being such Generous People In Action. In Christ, Pastor Mark
Pick up Your Second Quarter Contribution Statement
Contribution statements for the second quarter of 2017 are ready, and to help defray the cost of mailing, we ask that you pick your statement up from Nora Conner at the Connection Center this Sunday or next Sunday. Statements that are not picked up by August 6 will be mailed.
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.