Blue Barrel Sunday  • Please bring your filled Blue Bags on Sunday to put in the Blue Barrels for God’s Pantry. November is our first month with a designated Blue Barrel Sunday. Each month, on the second Sunday, you will pick up a Blue Bag. Then on the third Sunday (Blue Barrel Sunday), bring it back to the church and place it (bag and all) in one of the blue barrels which will be near the main doors of the church. In December the focus will be on canned meat items, such as tuna, chicken, ham, sardines, spam, and chili with meat. Donations are always welcome, so please continue to contribute on other Sundays as well.

Volunteer Signups for Sharing Thanksgiving  • St. Luke volunteers will serve this Tuesday at Imani Baptist Church on Georgetown Street for the God’s Pantry community wide Thanksgiving Food Baskets. There are three shifts you are welcome to choose from. If you haven’t signed up there is still time. All volunteers should dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Wear your St. Luke apparel! Sign-up sheets are posted by the Life Center Welcome desk or contact Karen Hinkle at kphinkle@twc.com.

Upward Help Needed • We still need volunteers to be coaches, assistant coaches, referees, timekeepers, and other game day volunteers. These are NOT positions that require skilled knowledge of the game of basketball. Upward provides a book that teaches everything you need to know and do to be a volunteer. Please contact Ed Towle, etowle@stlukeumc.org.

If you enjoy working with children and want to make a difference in their lives, Come serve one or more Tuesdays per month for Kids Café (3:30-5:00 pm), our outreach program for children K-middle school.  Questions? Contact Pam Harned, kidscafeslumc@gmail.com

859-494-8677.

Help Prepare Shoebox Gifts at the Processing Center • November 27 • Next Sunday, following the 11:00 service, Earl Brady will be leading a group  to Charlotte, NC to assist in preparing shoeboxes at the processing center. We will depart St. Luke at 12:30 p.m. and return on Tuesday evening. Transportation will be provided. Two nights lodging and food costs are covered by the participant. To sign up or for additional information contact Earl Brady at 619-0160 or earlbrady13@gmail.com or Susan Stivers at 266-4852 or sfstivers@gmail.com

St. Luke College-age Small Group • Mondays • 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. • St. Luke University is a group of college-age folks who attend St. Luke.  We gather  to walk alongside one another as we grow in love for God and one another.   We follow hard after Christ.  He is everything to us. Contact John Duff at jduff@stlukeumc.org for more info.

Too Busy NOT to Pray? • You are invited to a four-week class on prayer using Bill Hybels’ book, “Too Busy Not To Pray” and accompanying video series on Sunday evenings 5:30-7:00, facilitated by Chuck and Sue Lord. Childcare available upon request.

Sled In Movie Night! Featuring the movie “Elf” • Tomorrow Night (November 19) • 6:00 p.m. • Everyone is invited to join the fun! Homemade “Christmasy” sleds are encouraged for seating during the movie and Christmas pajamas are welcome. Special appearance by Buddy the Elf! We will have a great time watching the movie and having some fun contests too. Prizes to be awarded. Popcorn bar, snacks and drinks provided. Sign up on the bulletin board outside Ms. Susan’s office.

Church Conference • December 7 at 6:00 p.m. • Sanctuary • District Superintendent James Williams will be with us on this evening to lead us in our Annual Church Conference as we consider the business of the church.   Items on the agenda will include: affirming leadership for 2017,  setting of salaries for all clergy appointed by the Annual Conference, and hearing the ministry reports of staff and directors.  Every member of the church is encouraged to participate in this annual celebration of the ministry of the church.

Light the Advent Wreath This Year

It is our tradition to have individuals and families light the Advent Wreath at each morning worship service during Advent/Christmas.    We will need three families or individuals for the 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 services on November 27 and December 4, 11 and 18.  And for the two services on Christmas Eve, 5:30 and 7:30.    If you would like to be a part of this wonderful tradition, please contact Will Solomon or Pastor Mark.   Or sign up on the sheet in the Connection Center.   

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