Collecting Donations for Kids’ Cafe • Kids’ Cafe is collecting used but like-new condition matchbox cars to use as rewards for children participating in Homework/Reading/Math activities this fall. If you have some to donate, please contact Sue Lord, 797-1586, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Offering for KY United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth
The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth (KyUMH) offering is this Sunday. 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!
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.
New Sunday School Meeting • 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 on August 6. 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!
Christmas in July • For several years we have participated in Operation Christmas Child, through Samaritan’s Purse and prepared several shoe boxes to ship around the world. This year we are going to participate in a similar program through the United Methodist Committee On Relief. There are a couple of reasons why we have decided to switch to UMCOR. First, we will be able to designate where the boxes are sent. Our boxes will be sent to the school children of Nicaragua that we have been partnering with the last couple of years. Secondly, the boxes will be shipped in time to actually be distributed at Christmas. This means that we must prepare the boxes earlier than usual. Therefore, we are starting our annual shoe box drive today 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. We need everyone’s help.
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.