Church Office Holiday Hours
The church will be closed on December 31 and January 1 and will reopen on January 2.
Special Choir Concert at St. Luke • We hope you can join us for the upcoming concert on Saturday, January 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary at St. Luke UMC, presented by the students of the Baldwin Wallace Motet Choir, conducted by Dr. Dirk Garner. In addition, the Scott Co Chamber Singers, under the direction of St. Luke Choir Director, Mr. Brent Merritt and Mr. Jamie Wright, will perform a few selections on this concert! Come join us!
God’s Pantry Donations for Advent
If you haven’t yet been able to turn in your donations that you have been collecting during the Advent season for God’s pantry, we will gladly accept them at ANY time!
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 (email@example.com, 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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Offering for KY United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth
The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth (KyUMH) offering is today. Every 5th Sunday, we support this ministry to children and youth with histories of abuse, neglect and/or family trauma. KyUMH brings hope and healing to over 150 youth and families throughout Kentucky each day though residential and community-based programs. Check out kyumh.org to read success stories and more about the ministry. You can donate online or make a donation in the offering plate today. Please designate that it is for the Methodist Homes. Thank you for your part in sustaining this ministry for 145 years!
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?