Church Office Holiday Hours • The church will be open on December 24 but closed for Christmas on December 25 and 26th. The church will also be closed on December 31 and January 1 and will reopen on January 2.
With the end of the year fast approaching, please consider your year-end giving to our 2018-2019 Ministry and Vision Fund. Your contributions support many ministries and missions through the work of our church. To be eligible to be claimed as tax deductions for 2018, all contributions must be received or postmarked by December 31, 2018. Thank you for being a generous people!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com and: 859 296-1038. John’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to include him on your email.
This year the project for our special Christmas offering is the Nicaragua Water Project, as we work with our partners there to bring clean water to families in our partner village there. Contributions to this offering must be in a Christmas envelope, and please note “Water Project” in the memo section.
Christmas Gifts for ESL Families
This Christmas, we are very excited to be providing Christmas gifts for children of the people in our ESL (English as a Second Language) Class, all of whom are refugees from war-torn countries, working hard to care for their families by learning English and establishing their lives in the U.S. If you would like to make a monetary gift for this purpose, please note “Alms Christmas” with your contribution by December 16.
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.
Upcoming Christmas Worship 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!
10:45 Worship Announcement • The 10:45 worship service will be joining the Sanctuary services for the Music Sunday on December 16th. We are doing this to help celebrate the joy of the season together with St. Luke as a whole!
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 email@example.com or sign up on the sheet at the display in the Connection Center.
Blue Barrel Sunday • Today is Blue Barrel Sunday! Please please your blue bags filled with miscellaneous vegetables such as peas, carrots, spinach and other greens, beets, sauerkraut, and hominy in or near one of the blue barrels. If you forgot your donations, we will accept them at any time.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-494-3335.
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!