Church Leaders for 2019 Wanted! •  We are praying that God will help us identify  persons who are willing to serve in a leadership position in the church for 2019.  No experience necessary. These are the qualities that the successful applicant will need:  1.) A deep and abiding love for God. 2.) A love for the church and a commitment to support the church with your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Church members desired but not required. 3.) A willingness to go deeper in your relationship with Christ by serving in the church of Jesus Christ. If you are interested in applying, please send a brief statement of faith, including an indication of what kind of ministry that you believe God is calling you to be a part of, to Pastor Mark at mgirard@stlukeumc.org or place in my box at church. If possible, please submit your “application” by Sunday, October 21.


UMW • The Esther Circle of the United Methodist Women will meet at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 2, in Fellowship Hall.  Our guest speaker is Polly Ruddick, Lexington’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.  Come join us and learn about a very current problem. As always, we will have refreshments.  


Collecting Containers • Kids’ Cafe needs the white plastic containers that come with individual flavor packets for water or similar containers! Please contact Sue Lord (797-1586) asap if you have any or bring to Connection Center. (photo attached)


Nursery Help Needed! • We have lots of babies/toddlers in the nursery! We want to start a rotation schedule quickly! The more people willing to serve the better!   Email Susan at scutshall@stlukeumc.org and let her know you’d LOVE to help!


Text-to-Give is Here!

A simple and fast way to contribute electronically!  Just follow these steps:

1) Text the word GIVE and the amount you want to give to the number (859)214-6218

2) Reply YES

3) And you’re done!

You will receive a notification when your contribution has processed.  The first time only, you will need to log in to your St. Luke Engage online giving account or set one up.

Questions?  Want help? Contact Nora Conner at (859)269-4687 or nconner@stlukeumc.org.


Hurricane Florence Relief • We are assembling cleaning buckets to send to those who are victims of Hurricane Florence through UMCOR. The lists of needed items can be found online or in the Connection Center.  Please donate only those items requested. Drop-off items in the Connection Center. You can also give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts: Make your checks out to St. Luke or give online and put “UMCOR” in the memo line.


A Pancake Breakfast will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church, 2800 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, on Saturday, October 6th from 7:30 a.m. until noon.  There is no set price, but donations are welcome. Eggs Benedict will be available for a donation of $50. All proceeds will go to those affected by the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence.  For more information please call 859-269-2800.     


Offering for KY United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth

The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth (KyUMH) offering is today.  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!


Safety of Children is Important! • As a reminder: children should never be outside of the building playing without an adult present. Even in the building, children should always be under the watchful eye of a parent or trusted adult and never allowed to wander off unchaperoned. If your teen drives themselves to youth or a church event, please teach them to come immediately inside and not to loiter outside of the building. Younger children must be checked in and out by a parent or other approved adult. Please don’t just drop them off. If you observe any suspicious vehicles in the church parking lot, please call the police and alert one of the youth leaders, Susan, or one of the pastors.




St. Luke Basics (101) Class set to begin in October. •  Are you new to St. Luke and would like to know about the church and ways to get involved?   Beginning on Wednesday evening, October 3, as part of Wednesday.comm, Pastor Mark will be offering St. Luke Basics, which will explore the history, beliefs, values, and ministries of St. Luke United Methodist Church.   The class will meet from 6-7 p.m. on the Wednesdays of October, following the Wednesday night meal which begins at 5:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please talk with or email Pastor Mark at mgirard@stlukeumc.org.


Pumpkin Fest 2018

The Children’s Ministry Leadership Team is seeking classes/groups to sponsor a booth on Oct. 27th for our 5th Pumpkin Fest.  Games & activities will be from 5-6:30pm followed by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in the Loft from 6:30-7. We aren’t selling pumpkins this year, but we still hope have this fun event for our families and those in our community- We need your help to make it work!  A few games available to use! Email Susan at scutshall@stlukeumc.org by the end of September to let us know how your group wants to participate!


Wednesday.comm Meal and ClassesOur meal for October 3 is prepared and served by the United Methodist Women. All proceeds will go to the EKU Wesley and UK Wesley Foundation. Meal:  Ham, Sweet potato casserole, veggies, rolls, and assorted cobblers. There is a suggested donation of $5 per plate (plate sharing is allowed!) and will be served from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Find out more about classes at stlukeumc.org/wednesdays.


Holiday Market 2018 • The holidays are just around the corner. There is no better way to celebrate than at the annual Holiday Market sponsored by the United Methodist Women at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Vendors and crafters will be in the Gym on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13. Food is available to purchase both days. Come and find unique gifts and helpful items.


Christmas Shoebox Gifts for Nicaraguan Children

A Ministry of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief)

Did you know that a small shoebox can have a big impact?  Thanks to your generosity, when the shoebox is filled with a purpose, it can happen!  Be a part of changing children’s lives as we continue to build on our partnership with Yakalawas, Nicaragua.  Our Going Forth (Missions) Team is sponsoring this project again this year, and we hope the whole St. Luke family will participate!  See the display in our Connection Center lobby or contact Allen Porter (alport1941@gmail.com or 606-375-2753) or Nora Conner (nconner@stlukeumc.org or 859-269-4687) for more information.


St. Luke University Fall Retreat: God’s Call on our Lives!

When: October 19-21st   Where: Stanton Christian Church, Stanton, Ky

The College-Age group of St. Luke will be going on Retreat on October 19-21 to Stanton, Ky near the Red River Gorge.  We will be discussing and pondering what God’s Call on our lives looks like for all of us! There will be hiking, fun adventures, great food and snacks along with times of worship and teaching.  If you are College- Age and attend St. Luke, talk with or contact John Duff at jduff@stlukeumc.org to sign up for the retreat today!


Strengthen Our Praise

With our new worship times come new opportunities, the Chancel Choir (directed by Brent Merritt) will serve primarily at the 11:00 sanctuary service, occasionally at the 9:30, and the a cappella ensemble (directed by Sue Lord) will now serve at the 9:30 service 2 or 3 times a month.  Additional singers mean stronger praise! We are looking for those to join one or both of these singing groups. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and sings a wide variety of styles. The 9:30 Ensemble rehearses at 9:00 am on the Sundays they serve and sings four-part a cappella hymn arrangements. You’re needed! Come sing! Brent Merritt, bmerritt@stlukeumc.org. Sue Lord, suzannehlord@stlukeumc.org.


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