Church Office Closed
The church offices will be closed on Monday, July 4. Happy Independence Day!
Summer Worship Schedule
This summer at St. Luke we are trying something a little different. Our 11:10 service starts at 11:00 a.m. and is a “Service of Word and Table” with a focus on preaching, teaching, and Holy Communion. Of course, we are continuing to spend time in prayer and offering. You are encouraged to “come as you are” and bring family and friends for a great time of praise and worship. The 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. services are unchanged. Come and check it out at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Needs for the Nathaniel Mission
Thank you to all of you who donate travel size toiletries and individually wrapped snacks. There is a constant need for donations of large size t-shirts, clean socks, clean underwear, pants, and shoes. Frequent requests are for deodorant, razors, small shaving cream, and hand sanitizer. Donations of individually wrapped candies are a special treat! There is a basket in the Connection Center for your donations! If you feel led to join the team that rotates serving breakfast on the first Sunday of each month, 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., contact Denise Ockerman at email@example.com.
Growing up at St. Luke
We are looking for history of adults who have roots here over the last 40 years. If you have 3 to five photos involving yourself or your child at church, including a current shot, please bring them, clearly dated and labeled, to the history box in the Resource Center. We look forward to displaying our church family.
Good Stewardship at St. Luke
We want to be good stewards of creation and of promoting environmentally sustainable practices. We recycle and have several bins on site for you to recycle your paper products, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and jugs, and glass bottles. Remember, styrofoam is not recyclable, and we do not use styrofoam products of any kind here at the church. Please remember to use our paper cups and plates supplied in both kitchens. Our God’s Pantry location can always use clean, grocery type plastic bags. No large bags, sandwich bags, or newspaper bags please. Bags can be left in the blue barrels or brought to the pantry when it is open.
Cost Savings Initiatives
Being good stewards of God’s blessings involves both our giving to the church and our management of those offerings. Even so, from time-to-time it makes sense to take a deeper look at our costs and expenditures. We are asking each of you to participate in this effort by being vigilant to turn off lights when you leave a room, to not change thermostats, avoid bringing liquids into the Sanctuary where spills require cleanup, being frugal with supplies, and so on. Speaking of those other areas: We would love to hear from you! We challenge individuals, families, small groups, Sunday school classes – anybody and everybody – to think about ways to stretch our resources and cut costs. Please submit your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cost Savings team will consider all ideas and share the best ones with the congregation.
Donations for those in West Virginia Affected by Flooding
Within the next three weeks, Lexington District United Methodists are being requested to bring flood bucket items and health kit items. All items needed are posted in the Connection Center, the Welcome Center, the Cafe, and on our website. Please drop-off only the items on the list You do not have to put a flood bucket or health kit together but that is always a welcomed option. If you would just like to drop-off the items that are on the list that would be fantastic as well.
Please drop off all donations to First United Methodist Church at 200 West High Street from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday). During the week of July 11th, all collected items will be taken to a designated location in West Virginia for distribution.
In addition, cash donations are welcomed. Please make out a check to St. Luke UMC and put “West Virginia Disaster” in the memo line. 100% of each gift will go directly to assist those affected by the flooding.
Celebrating our 40th Anniversary in Worship
As a part of our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Church, we have invited all of the former pastors to come back and lead us in worship on one of the Sundays during the Anniversary year. We began with Bishop Lindsey Davis on January 24 kicking things off at the Unity Service. Rev. Gene Strange led us on June 12. Rev. Steve Martyn will be with us on July 10. Bishop Debbie Wallace-Padgett will lead us on August 14. And Rev. Woody Church (the founding pastor) will be with us on September 11th.