New Study in the Keenagers Sunday School Class • The Keenagers Sunday School Class will begin a new study on September 9 called “Anatomy of Peace”. The books are available in the class and are $10.00 each. Please come and join us for this new exciting study! If you are looking for a new Sunday School Class, we invite you to come and see what God may have in store for you.We meet at 9:30 am in the Trinity Room.
Selfie Scavenger Hunt!
Next Saturday, Sept. 29th you have an opportunity for food, fellowship and LOTS of FUN! We will start in the Loft at 5pm with Pizza!! Your team will then have 60 minutes to go on a Selfie Scavenger Hunt based on clues assigned various point values. Dessert and prizes will follow in the Loft and we will be done by 7:30. Email Susan at email@example.com by Wednesday so we are ready for you! Indicate how many people are in your group and what dessert you will bring to share.
Saving Plastic Containers • Kids’ Cafe needs the white plastic containers that come with individual flavor packets for water or similar containers!!! Please contact Sue Lord (797-1586) asap if you have any or bring to Connection Center. (photo attached)
Nursery Help Needed! We have lots of babies/toddlers in the nursery! We want to start a rotation schedule quickly! The more people willing to serve the better! Email Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you’d LOVE to help!
UMW Esther Circle • The Esther Circle of the United Methodist Women will meet at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 2, in Fellowship Hall. Our guest speaker is Polly Ruddick, Lexington’s Director of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention. Come join us and learn about a very current problem. As always, we will have refreshments.
Text-to-Give is Here!
A simple and fast way to contribute electronically! Just follow these steps:
1) Text the word GIVE and the amount you want to give to the number (859)214-6218
2) Reply YES
3) And you’re done!
You will receive a notification when your contribution has processed. The first time only, you will need to log in to your St. Luke Engage online giving account or set one up.
Questions? Want help? Contact Nora Conner at (859)269-4687 or email@example.com.
Hurricane Florence Relief • We are assembling cleaning buckets to send to those who are victims of Hurricane Florence through UMCOR. The lists of needed items can be found online or in the Connection Center. Please donate only those items requested. Drop-off items in the Connection Center. You can also give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts: Make your checks out to St. Luke or give online and put “UMCOR” in the memo line.
Need Boxes? • The pantry has a lot of large egg boxes(about the size of a file cabinet drawer). These are great for moving or storing away items. The pantry is no longer allowed to use them for clients food. Anyone who can make use of them, please stop by the pantry any morning when volunteers are there.
Offering for KY United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth
The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth (KyUMH) offering is next week. Every 5th Sunday, we support our 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!
Safety of Children is Important! • As a reminder: children should never be outside of the building playing without an adult present. Even in the building, children should always be under the watchful eye of a parent or trusted adult and never allowed to wander off unchaperoned. If your teen drives themselves to youth or a church event, please teach them to come immediately inside and not to loiter outside of the building. Younger children must be checked in and out by a parent or other approved adult. Please don’t just drop them off. If you observe any suspicious vehicles in the church parking lot, please call the police and alert one of the youth leaders, Susan, or one of the pastors.
St. Luke Basics (101) Class set to begin in October. • Are you new to St. Luke and would like to know about the church and ways to get involved? Beginning on Wednesday evening, October 3, as part of Wednesday.comm, Pastor Mark will be offering St. Luke Basics, which will explore the history, beliefs, values, and ministries of St. Luke United Methodist Church. The class will meet from 6-7 p.m. on the Wednesdays of October, following the Wednesday night meal which begins at 5:15 p.m. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please talk with or email Pastor Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Reception for New Lexington DS • Join us for a come-and-go reception welcoming new Lexington District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez, along with his wife Zulayne and daughter Sulam today from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Centenary UMC in Lexington.
Pumpkin Fest 2018
The Children’s Ministry Leadership Team is seeking classes/groups to sponsor a booth on Oct. 27th for our 5th Pumpkin Fest. Games & activities will be from 5-6:30pm followed by “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in the Loft from 6:30-7. We aren’t selling pumpkins this year, but we still hope have this fun event for our families and those in our community- We need your help to make it work! A few games available to use! Email Susan at email@example.com by the end of September to let us know how your group wants to participate!
Name Tag Month! • Are you new to St. Luke? Are you not good at remembering names? Are you a long-term member who is too embarrassed to ask someone his/her name? Do you want to get better acquainted with others on a first-name basis? This month we are celebrating “Name Tag Month!” Every Sunday, adhesive name tags will be available in the pew pads and at the desks in the Welcome Center and Connection Center for members, regular attendees and guests to fill out and wear throughout the morning. We expect the usual increase in attendance as school begins, and this small gesture will be a wonderful way to deepen our fellowship and broaden our outreach. Those who have laminated name tags are encouraged to wear them especially at this time. Thanks for making hospitality at St. Luke a wonderful witness of Christ’s love to all.
Wednesday.comm Meal and Classes • Our meal for September 26 is prepared and served by the Guatemala Mission Trip Team. All proceeds will go to the Mission Trip fund. Meal: Baked Spaghetti, Salad with fixings, garlic bread, and various desserts. There is a suggested donation of $5 per plate (plate sharing is allowed!) and will be served from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Find out more about classes at stlukeumc.org/wednesdays.
Invest in the Life of the Community Around Our Church Building! • St. Luke Kids’ Cafe is a Tuesday after school 3:00-5:00 pm outreach to K-8th children, providing academic help, gym time, hands-on games/crafts and a substantial snack supper. How about investing your love in these children one Tuesday or more per month? contact: Pam Harned 859-494-8677 or Sue Lord 859-797-1586.
Holiday Market 2018 • The United Methodist Women are hosting their Holiday Market on October 12 & 13 here at St. Luke. If you would like to be a vendor, please go to www.stlukeumc.org/holidaymarket2018 and follow the directions to fill out the application. The vendor fee is $35 unless you are a member or regular attender of St. Luke and then the fee is only $30. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or any questions.
Strengthen Our Praise
With our new worship times come new opportunities, the Chancel Choir (directed by Brent Merritt) will serve primarily at the 11:00 sanctuary service, occasionally at the 9:30, and the a cappella ensemble (directed by Sue Lord) will now serve at the 9:30 service 2 or 3 times a month. Additional singers mean stronger praise! We are looking for those to join one or both of these singing groups. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. and sings a wide variety of styles. The 9:30 Ensemble rehearses at 9:00 am on the Sundays they serve and sings four-part a cappella hymn arrangements. You’re needed! Come sing! Brent Merritt, email@example.com. Sue Lord, firstname.lastname@example.org.