April Newsletter Now Available
The April Newsletter is now available in black-and-white printed copies in the Welcome Center and Connection Center lobbies and is available online in full color at www.stlukeumc.org/newsletter
Blue Barrel Sunday
Your contributions of protein items were much needed in March. Thanks, St. Luke for your generous response. For April we are looking for ‘miscellaneous vegetables’ which translates to beets, peas, asparagus, sauerkraut, various types of greens such as turnip greens, spinach, and mixed greens. These items are scarce, but fly off the shelves when we have them, and can be a treat to add to a limited diet.
Two Chances To Learn And Talk About St. Luke With The Pastor and Staff
Are you pretty new to St. Luke and wondering about all the ministries and opportunities to learn and serve? Do you have questions about the church? Have you been thinking about next steps in your relationship with the church? Well let us buy you lunch or dinner and just spend some time “talking church” together. There will be a couple of opportunities to get together in the next few weeks. The first will be on Wednesday, April 24 during Wednesday.comm. We will have a special table reserved in the gym where we can gather for dinner and conversation. No reservations are necessary. The meal begins at 5:15 and we will finish by 7:00. Or you can join us for lunch after the 10:45 and 11:00 services in the Fellowship Hall on April 28. We’ll just have some pizza or sandwiches and talk about the church. We’ll start at 12:15 and finish by 1:30. If you plan to attend the Sunday session, it would be very helpful if you would sign up on the sheet hanging in the Connection Center so we’ll know how much lunch we’ll need to prepare. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Mark at the church or at email@example.com. We’re looking forward to being with you.
Holy Week Opportunities
During Holy Week, we will have several opportunities for you to come and prepare your hearts for Easter. Our Palm Sunday services will be on Sunday, April 14. On April 18, Maundy Thursday, we invite you to come to the Thursday Night Service of Darkness at 7:00 pm and on Good Friday, April 19, from 11:00 am- 5:00 pm the Sanctuary will be open for “come and go” communion and interactive journey through the Way of the Cross. On Easter Sunday, April 21, in addition to our regular Sunday services, we will also have an Easter Sunrise service at 7:00 am outside under the cross and flame.
Service Of Baptism, Saturday, April 20, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
The Lenten Season in the early church was a time of preparation for persons who were to be baptized during the Easter Celebration. In keeping with that ancient tradition, our Swahili Worshiping Community will be celebrating a service of Baptism on Easter Saturday, April 20, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Pastor Mark will join with Pastor Issaya in leading the service. We look forward to several adults being presented for Baptism that day. Everyone is invited to come and join in this great celebration and welcome these new Christians into the family of God. If you would like to be included in the Sacrament of Baptism on that day, please talk with Pastor Mark. It will be a great way to begin our Easter Celebration at St. Luke.
Two New Ways to Invite People to St. Luke for Easter!
ONE: Pick up a pack of sidewalk chalk and create a driveway or sidewalk masterpiece! You can draw anything that shows what Easter means to you! Write our church name and the time you attend service. Take a photo with your masterpiece and send to firstname.lastname@example.org! One entry will win a $25 gift card to Chick-Fil-A!
TWO: Pick up a 5 pack of “sweet” invitations to hand to your friends or neighbors!! These candy grams are a fun, easy and sweet way to pass along our church information.
Both options are available at the Welcome and Connection Centers.
Very Special Easter Baskets
We will be preparing Easter Baskets for residents at the Kentucky United Methodist Home for Children/Youth. Please consider donating any of the following: Easter Candy– Individually wrapped, Salty Snacks -individual bags of nuts, chips, pretzels, snack mix, veggie straws, etc. Art Supplies– sketchpads, notepads, journals (not spiral bound) Crayons & markers (no colored pencils) Return items by April 17th to the collection bin outside Miss Susan’s office.
Young Men’s Retreat
What does it mean to be a man of God in the midst of the current culture around us? In an effort to help our young men answer this question, St. Luke presents a retreat for high school and college-age guys. Join us for a weekend getaway with God and fellow men of God on May 17-18 at the Turner’s Farm in Richmond, KY. Mark your calendar now! To register email John Duff or Michael Mayeaux: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling All 2019 High School and Higher Education Graduates
We want to take time in worship to recognize and honor our graduates. St. Luke will recognize College/University and other Higher Education Graduates on April 28, and we will recognize high school graduates on May 19. We need the following information: the graduate’s name, high school or college of graduation, degree (if applicable), parents’ names, the graduate’s plans following graduation, a photo, and which service you plan to attend on the date you are to be recognized (if you are able to do so). Please send these details to email@example.com no later than April 22 for college/university graduates and no later than May 13 for high school graduates.
Wednesday.comm Meal and Classes
Our meal for Wednesday, April 10 is prepared and served by the Libby Johnson and Friends. Proceeds will go to the St. Luke Emmaus Scholarship Fund. Meal: poppy chicken, mixed vegetables, salad, and ice cream cups. There is a suggested donation of $5 per plate (plate sharing is allowed!) and the meal will be served from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Classes for children, youth and adults will follow the meal. Find out more about classes at stlukeumc.org/wednesdays.
Epicurean Experience at the Methodist Children’s Home on April 27, 6-8pm
This special event will have some of the region’s most talented and innovative chefs bring their best to the table for an Epicurean Experience—a culinary extravaganza to benefit the children and families served by Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes. Enjoy the food of select chefs in a laid back, yet elegant, atmosphere. In addition to food and mocktails, the evening will include a live and silent auction hosted by Lexington FOX 56 anchor Marvin Bartlett and an inspirational testimony from a former resident. Tickets are $75. For more details, go to kyumh.org or call 859-523-3001.