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. Serving meals on Wednesday nights 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and: 859 296-1038. John’s email is email@example.com if you would like to include him on your email.
Making Christmas Brighter
Got Christmas decorations you no longer use? Do you have unused or gently used items that can be re-gifted? Each year we share such items with our God’s Pantry clients who seem to greatly appreciate the choices. We will continue to receive through December 16. Your gifts will be a blessing to many.
Blue Christmas Service • The Holiday season is a joyous time of celebration in the church and out. But this time of year can also accentuate the difficult times that many are experiencing due to loss or illness or personal struggles. It is ironic that some of the very people that the baby Jesus came for sometimes feel left out of the Christmas celebrations. This year we are going to offer a very special time of worship for folks who are struggling a bit during the holidays. This Blue Christmas Service will be led by the Pastors and Stephen Ministers and will be a service of prayer for wholeness, healing and comfort. It will be on Sunday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Aldersgate Chapel. Make plans to join us, and please invite anyone you know who is in need of a word of comfort and encouragement, especially during this special time of year.
Upcoming Christmas Worship Services
On December 16, the Chancel Choir (with orchestra) will present their annual Cantata for Christmas Music Sunday, telling the Christmas story with beautiful music at the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services in the Sanctuary. The 10:45 service will combine with the 11:00 a.m. service that morning and the children will be involved in both services. Our annual Service of Lessons and Carols will be on December 23 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. On Christmas Eve, we will gather at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight services. The Swahili community will have a Christmas Eve service in The Loft at 12:30 p.m. and on Christmas Day at 12:30 p.m. Join us for all the Services of Advent/Christmas!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the sheet at the display in the Connection Center.
St. Luke Basketball K-8th League Registration Ends This Wednesday!
Our 2019 Season for St. Luke Basketball League for K-8th grade starts January 7! We are in need of volunteers, coaches, referees, and participants. Want to register your child? The cost is now $45 and financial assistance is available to those who need it. Registration ends December 5. Sign up at www.stlukeumc.org/basketball. Questions? Contact email@example.com for more information.
Feed the Choir
At St. Luke UMC we have a tradition of “Feeding the Choir” during the special Christmas Choir Services, and we hope you will help us! Please bring your breakfast/ brunch items to the church early on Sunday morning, December 16, so our musicians know they are appreciated for all their hard work! A sign-up sheet will be posted at the Connection Center.
A Different Kind of Advent Calendar • This month, in addition to Blue Barrel Sunday, we are going to be giving non-perishable food items to the pantry, a different item each day for each day of Advent. There will be blue bags and a list with instructions at the Advent table outside of the Sanctuary and also at the Welcome center and Life Center desks.
Missionaries to Costa Rica • John and Bessie Ott, our supported missionaries to Costa Rica, are here in worship with us this morning. They are heading back to Costa Rica in about two weeks and would love a chance to talk with any who are interested in their work. They will also be in the gym between services for fellowship time. Please be sure to greet them and ask them about their work in Costa Rica!
The Mountain Mission Truck is Coming! • The Mountain Mission is in need of school clothes and shoes, school supplies, winter clothes, coats, and jackets for men, women, and children. Coffee and creamer, vacuum cleaners for stores, tall kitchen bags, paper towels, 33 gallon garbage bags, toilet paper, S-M-L latex gloves, Febreeze air fresheners, rubber bands, safety pins. Please drop off donated items inside the stairwell storage space in the Connection Center (just past the Connection Center on the left) before December 4. Thank you so much for responding!
Building Relationships and Sharing Christ During Advent
In the Collect for the First Week of Advent from the Book of Common Prayer, we pray that God would “… give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light.” Preparing ourselves through Scripture and prayer and contemplation using an Advent devotional guide helps us to do just that.
This year, I would like to recommend Advent for Everyone: Luke, by N.T. Wright as a daily meditation for personal use, family and/or small groups. This book is available on various online retail sites such as Amazon and Christianbook.com for $12-15.
An Easy Way to Serve!
The projection ministry allows the congregation to view the weekly announcements, sermon slides, and text to the hymns and/or praise songs. Without the Projection Team, our congregation would not be able to participate in shared worship, learning and reflection together. You don’t have to have any special skills except the ability pay attention! The most important quality a volunteer is that you possess a willingness to learn and some sort of vision for the role of projection in our services. There is a brief training period (about 30 minutes long) necessary to become a volunteer. If you would like to see all that is involved before making a final decision, contact Mariann Reinke, Director of Worship, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-494- 3335 to make arrangements to sit with a scheduled volunteer on a particular Sunday.
Light the Advent Wreath This Year • Advent is here and we are seeking families, groups, or individuals to participate in lighting the Advent candles. We have two openings yet to fill: December 23rd – 9:30 service, and one of the Christmas Eve Services. If you would like to be a part of this tradition, a sign-up sheet is posted in the Connection Center, or you may contact Mariann Reinke, Director of Worship, at email@example.com or 419-494-3335.
UMW Esther Circle Christmas Get-Together
The Esther Circle of the United Methodist Women will be having a Christmas Get-Together on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will eat pizza, salad, and light dessert. Instead of exchanging gifts – we ask everyone to bring an unwrapped new toy (ages 0 to 5yrs) to be given to The Nest’s Operation Reindeer. We invite women of all ages to join us. We’ll eat, play some games, and fellowship with each other – no waiters interfering. Come join us for a light-hearted evening with a purpose. Questions? Call Kathy Silberman (859-699-1582).