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SLUMY/Youth Group Announcements

The parent meeting for Sunday, January 6 has been rescheduled for January 13 at 5:00 p.m.. There will be no SLUMY on Sunday, January 6. We will resume on January 13.

Gifts of Hospitality and Helping?  We Need You!

Fellowship Time in the Gym before each morning worship service has become a special time for our church family to have a light snack and get to know one another, and we need some additional hands to share the load of offering it weekly.  We especially need people to bring snacks and to put tables and chairs away at the end of the morning, and we need an occasional substitute to set things out and keep things refilled throughout the morning. If you would like to serve in this way, please contact Nora Conner (nconner@stlukeumc.org, 859-269-4687) for more information.  Thank you for helping with this important ministry!

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 marty2sell@yahoo.com and: 859 296-1038.  John’s email is jduff@stlukeumc.org if you would like to include him on your email.

Uncommon Decency in the Seasons Class • Pastor Mike Powers will be doing a 6-week study starting on January 13 in the Seasons Class in Room 127 at 9:30 a.m.  The study will be entitled: Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World, based on the book by Richard Mouw. This is a great opportunity to talk about hot-topic issues and how Christians can react with civility and love amidst a culture driven by fear, hatred and bitterness.  This class is open to everyone, so please join us at 9:30 as we learn to discuss with love and understanding!

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 basketball@stlukeumc.org or sign up on the sheet at the display in the Connection Center.

New Sunday School Class: Awake at Aldersgate • A new Sunday School class beginning January 6th!  “Awake At Aldersgate” will meet Sundays from 8:30am – 9:15am in room 127.  The first book we will study will be In “Unshakable Hope” by Max Lucado. This class will be led by Keith & Nanci Alexander and Wave & Perri McFarland.  Coffee and donuts will be served!

Collecting Powdered Drink Packet Containers  

Kids’ Cafe needs to collect 35 small plastic “vases” for a flower craft. If you buy powdered drink packets, please save the plastic containers for us!

Encourage a Child and a Family in 2019

Our Tuesday After School Program, Kids’ Cafe, will resume on Tuesday, January 15. We are in great need of additional volunteers for second semester! We average 25-30 K-5 kids each week and rely mostly on retired and semi-retired folks to love and encourage these marginalized children. Could you give one or more Tuesdays to this outreach? Our program runs from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and there are several ways you can serve, we will help you find where you are comfortable. Please call or text Pam Harned, 859-494-8677 or Sue Lord, 859-797-1586, and we will happily answer your questions!

New St. Luke Scholar Sunday School Offering

Dr. Ken Collins (professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary) will be offering a course entitled: Introduction to Christian Theology, at the 11 O’clock hour on Sunday mornings in the Trinity room starting on February 3rd.  The course will meet for about 20 lessons and will run possibly into May.  Below is a brief description of the course for those interested:

Introduction to Christian Theology is a course for earnest Christians who are curious about their faith in the face of an increasingly complex world.  The course will take up all of the following topics (and more) in a helpful and lively manner, one that will both nurture faith and engage the mind:

 ∙        The affirmation of belief in God in the face of the criticism of neo-atheists

∙        Why the Bible is not just like any other book

∙        Why evolution and the Christian faith do not contradict each other

∙        Do the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) believe in the same God?

∙        Why is God’s nature best described as holy love?

∙        How is the church different from the world?

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