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Christmas Worship Schedule Longest Night Service Saturday, December 21, 7PM Christmas Eve Eve Service Monday, December 23, 7PM

Live Nativity

Christmas Eve Family Service Tuesday, December 24, 3PM

(Even the Camels are Live!)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services Tuesday, December 24 at 5, 7, 9 and 11PM Childcare for infants through preschool will be provided. Park at Springmill Elementary School to ride a shuttle to and from the services.

Experience the story of Christmas like never before on Sunday, December 15 at 5 or 6:30PM in the warmth of our sanctuary. The show lasts 30 minutes, but plan to arrive early to get a seat!

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December Outreach See page 20 for more information.

2013 Advent Sermon Series Join us on the four Sundays before Christmas as we explore the four characters in the Christmas Story who are told by angels “be not afraid.� December 1: December 8: December 15: December 22:

Zechariah Mary Joseph The Shepherds

Enjoy the lighting of the Advent candles each week and the reflection, anticipation, and gratitude that surrounds our sanctuary during the entire month of December.


Adult Ministries


Spiritual Life Center


Children’s Ministries


Youth Ministries


Music Ministries


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Outreach Ministries


Member Care

This issue lists upcoming events December through mid-January 2014. The deadlines for submitting announcements for the next Communion Monthly: December 2 for January issue (publishes 12/22) Communion Monthly: a publication of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.846.3404 • A PDF version of this publication is available online.

WORSHIP Sunday Worship Services with Rev. Rob Fuquay 8:15, 9:30 & 11AM, Sanctuary • Communion is served the first Sunday of the month at all three services and is available to all persons. • St. Luke’s Orchestra plays the third Sunday of the month. • Baptisms take place the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of every month. Parents must attend an orientation class in order to sign their child up for baptism. See for details. Taizé, Third Sundays of each month, 5-5:45PM by the baptismal font in the Sanctuary with musical community and Rev. Marsha Hutchinson. A service of peace and candlelight with silence, scriptures, prayer, and beautiful music. Later@St. Luke’s, Sundays, 6PM in Robertson Chapel with Dr. Marion Miller. Come hear contemporary Christian, gospel and jazz music featuring the Later Band and Vocals, along with a challenging, thought-provoking message. Holy Communion served every Sunday, along with light refreshments before and after the worship service. The Garden at Beef & Boards with Dr. Linda McCoy 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15AM every Sunday The Garden is a satellite ministry of St. Luke’s providing non-traditional worship in a comfortable, casual setting. Music provided by The Good Earth Band. Entry.point at The Mansion at Oak Hill with Rev. Stan Abell 10:30AM every Sunday Entry.point church is an open faith community where people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences will find a safe and creative space to explore and deepen their individual faith journeys.


St. Luke’s office is open 8:30AM-5PM Monday-Friday. Our Prayer Chapel (located inside Robertson Chapel next to the Spiritual Life Center) is available for silent prayer and meditation when the church is open. A pastor is always on call in case of emergencies; call 846-3404 to leave a message after hours.

Contact Information:

When you need something, our outstanding front desk staff can direct your call to the appropriate person. But here are some tips for some of the most frequently requested information:

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Adult Class Registration: Jilliane Pruiett Childcare Needs for Meetings/Events: Kristi Chamberlain (charges may apply) Member Care/Death/Hospitalization Stephen Ministry Request: Mary Katherine Schnitz Membership/Births/Address/Phone Change: Sylvia Forbes Reserve a Room/Request A/V: Beth Lammers Weddings/Special Event Coordination: Allison Flickinger Baptisms: Kristi Chamberlain Pledge Balance/Information: Finance Office Oasis Bookstore: Sharon Holyoak


Need to email someone on our staff? Easy. Our email is our last name followed immediately by first initial, followed by

Choose your worship style... and location


Not a morning person? Maybe sitting in a pew brings back unpleasant memories? At St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, we are an open community of Christians with multiple options for strengthening your relationship with God. In addition to our uplifting services led by senior pastor Rev. Rob Fuquay (and jaw-dropping Chancel Choir performances) in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, we have the following worship opportunities designed to meet people where they are in their journey with Christ.

Later@St. Luke’s The Garden


Imagine a place where God is seen and heard through expressions of movement, media, and music – come worship at Later @ St. Luke’s on Sunday evenings at 6PM in Robertson Chapel with Dr. Marion Miller.

Entry.point continues in the proud tradition of St. Luke’s as a strong, lay led congregation finding and giving hope in God. Join us Sundays, 10:30AM, at The Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel. Rev. Stan Abell, who is in his 10th year of service with St. Luke’s, is the pastor of entry.point.

December Sermon Topics: 12/1 12/8 12/15 12/22 12/29

All Saints Worship Service Christmas Candlelight Service No Service, join us at Live Nativity Old Fashion Christmas Program The Last Sunday

Christmas Candlelight Service Join Later @ St. Luke’s for its annual Christmas Candlelight Service Sunday, December 8 at 6:00PM in Robertson Chapel. Our special guests will once again include a local high school choir, liturgical dancing and plenty of Christmas caroling.

Old Fashion Christmas Program

Come and enjoy a good Old Fashion Christmas program on Sunday, December 22 at 6:00PM in Robertson Chapel. There will be plenty of special music, speeches and poetry, and a powerful message, and the key is “it’s old fashion.”

The Garden is a satellite ministry of St. Luke’s providing non-traditional worship in a comfortable, casual setting. How casual? Visit us Sunday mornings at 8:15, 9:15 or 10:15 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre with Dr. Linda McCoy officiating.

December Sermon Topics: 12/1 12/8 12/15  12/22  12/24 

A Little Dab Will Do Ya Hate to Wait? Open Hands Busy Signals Simply Love

2014 Ireland/Wales Trip

Rev. Dr. Linda McCoy, Lead Pastor of The Garden, will be leading a trip to explore Celtic Spirituality in 2014. The  group will be visiting Ireland and Wales. The tentative schedule includes a tour of Ireland from September 6-13. Wales is from September 13-20, with departure home either the 20 or 21.   If you are interested in such a tour, please let Judy Tolley in The Garden office know. You may email her at tolleyj@ or phone her at 317-8463404, ext 310.

The worship style at entry.point is characterized by creative use of multimedia—music, video and spoken word. The casual services are 45 minutes and are crafted to engage relevant life questions. Entry.point kid’s programming is originally created and corresponds with the main service so that families can have faith conversations appropriate for all levels of understanding.

Entry.point Christmas Eve

Entry.point is creating a unique Christmas Eve opportunity this year. Our Cocoa & Cookies Christmas Eve Service will be at Noon on Tuesday, December 24. Need a break from the season’s chaos? Stop in for some cookies, hot chocolate and a fun, uplifting Christmas Eve service.

10:45 ... Our Exciting New Service Coming in 2014 We’ve made the announcements and plans are underway for a new style of worship to be added in our very own St. Luke’s sanctuary on Sunday mornings at 10:45. Same great sermons by our senior pastor, Rev. Rob Fuquay, with some amazing musical talent and a more relaxed format. To keep up-to-date on when the new service will launch, sign up for our all-church e-newsletter, at For other questions, pick up a detailed Fact Sheet about the service in our main office.


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Adult Ministries Adult Education Café Conversations – Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White

Wednesdays, through December 18, 9:30-11AM, E105 Everyone agrees that America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held by people less and less willing to listen to one another. No one agrees on what to do about it. One solution that hasn’t yet been tried is for thinking persons of faith to model for the rest of the country a richer, more thoughtful conversation on the political, moral, and religious issues that divide us. This 5 session video study features Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the country’s most dynamic and distinctive congregations. Hamilton will help us look at various issues of concern today and how we can be bridge-builders and ambassadors of healing. Class facilitator is Dr. Marion Miller, Pastor, Later@St.Luke’s. The book is available in Oasis bookstore. To pre-register for a class, go to www.stlukesumc. com and search for class title on home page search box. Or contact Jilliane Pruiett at pruiettj@ or 846-3404 x364. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s.

Women’s Bible Study – More or Less

Wednesdays, through December 18, 1:15-2:15PM, W125 (skipping 11/27) In July, Rev. David Williamson mentioned the book, More or Less, in his sermon, highlighting the key question raised by author Jeff Shinabarger: “What is enough?” Join us as we discuss the questions (and our responses) that Shinabarger asked: What would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives? What is “enough” for us? Learn how to draw a line of “enough” in our consumer choices, how to see generosity as a chance to experience freedom in a greedy world, and how to make small changes now that will help others forever. As Shinabarger reminds us defining “enough” is more than a responsibility – it is an opportunity to give hope. Class facilitator is Terri Coe, Director of Adult Ministries. The book is available in Oasis bookstore.

Women’s Advent Lunches – The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem

Thursdays, December 5, 12, and 19, Noon-1:15PM, Parlor. Pre-registration required. Cost: $30 Join St. Luke’s Director of Adult Ministries, Terri Coe, and women of St. Luke’s as well as their friends and family members for a time designed just for you during the busy month of December! The atmosphere is calm, the camaraderie is encouraging and the table conversations/group discussions are enlightening. This year’s theme is “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem.” Using a DVD filmed on location in the Holy Land and narrated by Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, we’ll consider the experiences of Elizabeth and Mary as well as retrace Mary and Joseph’s journey from from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

Sunday Morning Classes

The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem

Sundays, December 1, 8, and 15, Room E213 Two options: 9:30-10:30AM or 11AM-Noon Pre-registration recommended. Contact Jilliane Pruiett at or (317) 846-3404, ext. 364. As we travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem during this study, we will gain a better understanding of the events that led up to the birth of Jesus. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus, we will have the opportunity to see more clearly the theological significance of the nativity. It is author Rev. Adam Hamilton’s hope and prayer for us that in reliving the story of Jesus’ birth we experience the “good news of great joy for all people” that comes from knowing the true meaning of Christmas. Join Terri Coe, Director of Adult Ministries, and take this journey together. Book may be purchased in the Oasis Gift and Bookstore.

Conversations Around the Scripture

Sundays, 9:30–10:30AM in E105. Led by Gary Chambers, Brian Earnhart, and Craig Overmyer, St. Luke’s Members. We are studying favorite Bible passages.

Adult Ministries Empty-Nesters

Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Parlor. Join us for stimulating conversation that is sure to encourage and inspire on the book, What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren.

Ongoing Classes

Christian Chat

2nd & 4th Mondays, 10AM in the Spiritual Life Center. Join others in coffee, prayer, reading and discussion of selected Biblical texts...just like we did in the “good ole days!” (with occasional “non good ole days” videos).

George Vickery Men’s Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 9:30AM, Luke’s Lodge. Discuss current events or the latest book of interest you have read. For more information, call Bob Waeltz at 872-0895.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30AM, The Forum at The Crossing. An off-site senior adult Bible Study. Led by Terri Coe, Mary Katherine Schnitz and several other St. Luke’s lay members.


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Pastors’ Book Study

Wednesdays, 10-11:30AM in the Parlor. Join us as Dr. Kent Millard leads the group discussion on Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break, by James W. Moore, available in Oasis bookstore. We always welcome you to enjoy this relaxed format, stimulating conversation and thought-provoking topics.

Thursday Afternoon Book Study

Thursdays, 1-2:30PM, Parlor. Join this group to read and discuss a diverse selection of materials. Our December book is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. The group also enjoys lunches, watching movies, field trips and celebrating birthdays. Class facilitator is Phyllis Bybee. For more information, please contact Sylvia Forbes at 846-3404 or

Meet Donald Miller

Let Story Be Your Guide

It’s rare that a Christian speaker is respected both inside and outside the church, but Donald Miller has been drawing diverse crowds for years. The author of multiple New York Times Bestsellers, Don’s books maintain a solid Christian message while selling mostly through secular bookstores. His use of disarming humor, compelling stories and authentic musings on faith help people immediately feel at home while he’s on stage.

An introductory 2-week study of Donald Miller designed for those who are unfamiliar with his work. Options for dates, times, and locations are as follows: Wednesdays, December 4 & 11, 7-8:15PM, Spiritual Life Center Sundays, December 8 & 15, 11-Noon, N101/102 Sundays, January 12 & 19, 11-Noon, E212  


Saturday, January 25, 2014 A full-length study designed for those who Pre-Event Dinner 5-6:30PM want to dig deep into their own story – Presentation 7-8:30PM reflecting on God’s redemptive history in their lives, clarifying Donald’s presentation will be from 7-8PM followed by a book the roles and ambitions most central to their lives, identifying SAVE THE DATE—author & speaker Donald Miller is coming signing. Ticket cost is $15. There is also a Pre-EventtoDinner the “inciting that will call them to bold action St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.incidents” DONALD MILLER is the founder of Storyline,in anpursuit organization that helps people plan from 5-6:30PM held in the Fellowship Hall with a Donald of living a better story. It’s fun stuff – great for theirDinner lives using of story. He is thebut author of a fun journey to share with Miller live interview. The ticket cost for the Pre-Event is the elements personal reflection also multiple New York Times Bestsellers including Blue Like Jazz $50 and includes entrance to the presentation andand preferred others. NotYears. for the faint of heart. A Million Miles in a Thousand For info on Donald, check out his blog: seating at the main event. Order Tickets: www.stlukesumc. Wednesdays, January 8-February 12, 6:30-8PM, For event info, contactSpiritual David Williamson at com/Donald Miller Life Center

1.25.2014: DONALD MILLER


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To pre-register for a class, go to www.stlukesumc. com and search for class title on home page search box. Or contact Jilliane Pruiett at pruiettj@ or 846-3404 x364.

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Discipleship Disciple I Fast Track: Old Testament

Disciple I Fast Track-Old Testament is a 12-week class covering the entire Old Testament. It is for people who know nothing about the Bible and those that have studied it over the years. Over 400 St. Lukers have taken this class in the last 2 years! Come join the fun and feel confident about the Basics of the Bible.  At the end of this class you will understand the flow of the Old Testament. Study Manual / Study Bible needed. The class lasts 75 minutes. A strong commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily homework is needed. Contact Susan Fuquay with questions or email her at Facilitator for both classes will be Kathy Armington. Option One: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45PM in E105 Option Two: Tuesdays, 12-1:15PM in E213

Disciple I Fast Track: New Testament Disciple I Fast Track - New Testament is a 12 week class that is the second part of Disciple I Fast Track. Class length is 75 minutes. A strong commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily reading is needed. At the end of this class you will understand the flow of the New Testament. The same Study Manual from Old Testament Fast Track will be used. PREREQUISITE: Disciple I Old Testament. Sundays, 9:30-10:45AM in E213 (Patton) Sundays, 10:45AM-12PM in E107/109 (Hoskins) Tuesdays, 1:30-2:45PM in N101/102 (S. Fuquay) Wednesdays (Mom’s Group), 9:45-11AM in C123 Wednesdays, 12-1:15PM in N101/102 (S. Fuquay) Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30PM in N101/102 (S. Fuquay) Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45PM in N101/102 (S. Fuquay) Thursdays, 12-1:15PM in N101/102 (B. Shaffer)

Prayer Class

4 Wednesdays: January 8-29, 2014 12-1PM, Spiritual Life Center Do you have a desire to enrich your prayer life in the New Year? We will learn how silent, meditative prayer and scripture can be a way of experiencing God’s presence and guidance. We will watch a short DVD which features highly respected authors that emphasize the importance of being still with God. Each participant will need the book Be Still and Know available in the Oasis bookstore. Facilitators are Sharon and Allan Harvey. Register online at and type prayer class in the search box in the top right of the homepage. Contact Jilliane Pruiett at pruiettj@stlukesumc. com or 317-846-3404 for more information. Check the singles calender online at

Conversations on Homosexuality and Christianity

Sundays, 11AM-12PM, Parlor The class will provide a safe space for meaningful conversation about homosexuality and the Bible, provide tools to discuss constructively, and offer guidance through the example of Christ’s inclusive love. A variety of relevant topics will be discussed each week. This class is for any person who is interested in learning more about the topic from every perspective. Nancy Newman and members from the ReachOut LGBT group will facilitate. Contact Susan Fuquay (fuquays@stlukesumc. com) for more information.

Singles The Singles Sunday Class

Our next study will be The Journey by Rev. Adam Hamilton.  As we travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem during this study, we will gain a better understanding of the events that led up to the birth of Jesus. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus, we will have the opportunity to see more clearly the theological significance of the nativity.  It is author Rev. Adam Hamilton’s hope and prayer for us is that in reliving the story of Jesus’ birth we experience the “good news of great joy for all people” that comes from knowing the true meaning of Christmas. This small group is led by Rev. Sandy Harlan (, Deacon and member of St. Luke’s UMC.

Singles Christmas Eve Open House Tuesday, December 24, 6-9PM, Parlor Join host, Greg Hazel, to enjoy Christmas music, holiday goodies, and fellowship with other single friends. Plan to attend one of the Christmas Eve services at 5, 7, 9, or 11PM.

Sunday Lunch Bunch

Every Sunday, 12:30PM. Join us for fun, food, and fantastic times! For more information, contact Armen at aa737us@ or 317-298-8913. 12/1 Paradise Café, 96th and Meridian 12/8 Oobatz, Clearwater Crossing 12/15 McAlister’s Deli, 96th and Meridian 12/22 Famous Dave’s, Michigan north of 86th St. 12/29 PF Chang’s, Keystone at the Crossing

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Spiritual Life Center Sunday Morning CLASSES

Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

Sundays, 11am-noon, Spritual Life Center. No registration, fee: $10 A recent poll of Americans revealed an alarming lack of basic knowledge about the world’s religions. The vast majority of Americans cannot name the four Noble Truths of Buddhism or the five Pillars of Islam. Only 38 percent know that Vishnu and Shiva are Hindu gods. Most do not know what Ramadan is or when the Jewish Sabbath begins. Only about half of American adults can name one of the four Gospels of the New Testament. This course is designed to teach you the basics of world religions – their origins, historical figures, rituals, scriptures, holidays and key teachings. DVD series with discussion hosted by the New Perspectives class. Come for one session or entire series. Contact Carolyn Ewing at or Sharon Kreich at for more information.

Krista Tippett’s “Being” Show

Bible Study Opportunity

Singles Sunday Class—Sundays, 11am in E105. Group Leader: Rev. Sandy Harlan at revsandy@ sbcglobal. net. Currently studying Dr. Bart D. Ehrman’s video series on the New Testament. New members welcome.

Fork, Knife, & Glass

December 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Binkley’s at College and Kessler Fork, Knife, & Glass is a community group at St. Luke’s for anyone who would like to have dinner the third Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at a local restaurant and enjoy conversations and laughs with other singles. Hosted by Armen Avakian. To RSVP, email Armen at or RSVP on


Meets Tuesday, December 10, 7-8:30PM in N101/102. Toastmasters International offers effective ways to improve communication and leadership skills. Guests attend for free. For information, call Cathy Baker at 317-334-7821, or visit


Volleyball meets most Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30PM in the Great Hall. See the schedule online or check the volleyball status line 317-7213099 after 4:30PM. The cost to play is $2. For info, email Tim Adams at


If you are a fan of Krista Tippett’s radio show that airs at 7AM every Sunday morning on FM90.1, you will want to join the discussion of the show on Sunday mornings at 9:30AM in the Spiritual Life Center. Krista interviews authors, spiritual leaders, storytellers, scientists, professors, political activists and musicians. The discussions are as lively and interesting as the show. All are welcome and encouraged to listen to the show prior to attending class. The show is available beginning the prior Thursday at

Ongoing Classes

Sunrise Book Study

Wednesdays, 7-8:30AM, Parlor. Start your day with friends, prayer, a good book, stimulating discussion and personal enrichment. Contact Betty Brandt at (317) 846-3404 or

Tuesday Afternoon Women’s Spiritual Book Study

Group meets weekly to discuss meaningful and sometimes controversial books. Every Tuesday, 1-2:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Contact is JoAnne Waeltz (317-872-0895).

New Earth Community

Thursdays, 7-8:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. This study discusses innovative and challenging spiritual books. Contact JoAnne Waeltz (317-872-0895).


Healing Partners Appointments Available

Stress, illness, grief or difficult life situations can cause imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. This Healing Process combines healing touch, relaxation and prayer to form a synergistic effect that can help

Where is the Spiritual Life Center? Enter through door #2 just before you get to the main entrance. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s.


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For updated information about our programming, go to “St. Luke’s UMC – Spiritual Life Center.”

bring you back to balance and wholeness through God’s restorative healing power. These sessions re-energize and relax persons to enable their own natural resources to deal with illness or injury. Process honors all faith traditions. Call 317-8463404 x442 for a daytime or evening appointment. No fee, donations appreciated.

Prayer Shawl Ministry


Tuesdays, 1-3PM in Luke’s Lodge. Prayerful volunteers who like to knit or crochet and love the fellowship of working together make prayer shawls for those needing to be wrapped in God’s healing love. New knitters welcome. Contact Helen Vriesman at 317-849-9417 or hrvaintree@

Choir Members’ Italy Trip Photos in Galleries

Studio 3 Art Ministry for Artists and Dabblers

Our Chancel Choir had a memorable trip to Italy last April and their photographs will wow you with the beauty and joy of their adventure. Available for the month of December.

No December St. Luke’s at the Movies

Join us in the New Year for more exciting, interesting movies, dessert and lively discussion. Friday, January 17, 7-8:30PM, Parlor, Fee: $3. “To Make a Farm” Available to view on YouTube.

Advent Meditation Using Calligraphy

Monday, December 16, 6:30-8PM, Parlor, Fee: $3. Take pen in hand and work your way into the deep peace of calligraphy meditation. If you can print you can do this. Rhythmic breathing and arm motions relax you into the Word as we joyfully await the coming of the Christ Child. All materials provided by instructor Glenna Heath, 317-2984873.Registration required, limited to ten. Bring a sack supper if desired.

St. Luke’s Writers’ Group

2nd & 4th Mondays, 6:30-8PM in E213. Members of the group will be encouraged to discuss their specific interests and what’s important in their writing endeavors. Group members may bring a piece they are working on. Contact Scott Kahler at for information.

Every Thursday, 9AM-4PM in C122. Anyone interested in building an art community at St. Luke’s is welcome to come spend the day (or a portion of the day) with other artists. Bring your favorite medium and plan to go out for lunch. Occasional field trips and pitch-ins too. For information, contact Susie Gilbert at sulinn2000@ or 317-582-0001.

Crochet Guild of Indianapolis

1st Saturdays of the month in E107/109, 10AMNoon. Learn to crochet and contribute to on-going projects. Contact is Edie Huffman, 317-228-0496.

Prayer and Meditation

Advent Open Labyrinth Walk

Friday, December 13, 5-7PM, Fellowship Hall. Take some time before the final weeks leading up to Christmas for centering and clearing your mind. A labyrinth walk takes about 20 minutes and gives you time to slow down, pray for what is important and be grateful. A Host/Hostess is available to explain labyrinth walking if you have never walked. Live music and candles will set the mood.

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk

Tuesday, December 31, 6-8PM, Fellowship Hall. Observe the New Year with a time of reflection and gratitude. All are invited to this Open Walk.

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Check schedule by door for availability of N103/104 labyrinth. This prayer form is an alternative to seated meditation and offers an opportunity for quiet prayer and contemplation. You may want to bring prayer requests/ celebrations to accompany you on your walk.

Ongoing Meditation Group

Mondays, 6:30-7:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. No fee or registration. Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join in a 30 minute discussion followed by 30 minutes of Christian meditation. You will find support for your practice, new ideas and a community of others who welcome silence. Led by Merri Leffel.


New Gentle Yoga Class Forming

Monday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-6:30PM, N103/104, $8/session. Open to all ages and abilities, this gentle yoga class welcomes those not flexible enough to sit on the floor (chairs provided) as well as those who can (bring a mat and a blanket). Taught by Carol Holden.

Yoga for Stress

Mondays, 9:30-10:45AM, and Thursdays, 8:30-9:45AM, all classes in N103/104. 6 Mondays, November 11 - December 16, fee $72, and 5 Thursdays, November 14-December 19 (no class November 28) fee

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$60. Join anytime. Walk-ins/$15. Ending with a 15-minute guided deep relaxation, this class will help you gain balance, strength and flexibility in your body and peace and calm in your mind. All levels are welcome to join. A great way to start your day. You can register/pay online, www. Next sessions begins January 6 and 9, 2014.

Aikido Training

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-9PM, Saturdays, 8-10AM. All classes in N103/104. This discipline uses martial training as a means of character development rather than fighting prowess. Open to men and women. Come observe a class, or email through the Web site at www. Adult classes.

Movement, Play and Spirituality

Every 2nd Sunday, December 8 and January 12, 4-5:15PM in N103/104. Registration suggested, donations appreciated. Movement: a spiritual practice, a path to clarity, a way to relax, a connection to others, a creativity enhancer, a window to the inner soul, a playful interlude. All that is required from you is the willingness to move and listen to the wisdom of your body, your heart and the others moving around and with you. This experiential class will explore movement, play and spirituality from a variety of traditions including Gabrielle Roth’s Five Rhythms. Come ready to move and play with leader Amy Barnes, Life Coach and Therapist. Adults 18 to 108 are welcome.

Green Ministries Help Make St. Luke’s Events “Green” in 2014

The Green Ministry is looking for people available during the lunch hour to help with recycling at conferences and large gatherings held in our facility. Keep all those box lunch containers and drink cans out of the trash! Contact Sharon Chambers at

Get Rid of Christmas Catalogs!

Even if you can recycle your junk mail, catalogs, newspapers, etc at the curb, please bring them to the green and yellow Abitibi bins at the east driveway. Green Ministry needs your unwanted paper to earn money for our ministry. Help us reach the 4 ton goal for December!

Green Ministry Leadership Team


December 11, 5:30-7PM in C110. Our ministry leadership team meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month and welcomes new people to the discussion. Contact Sharon Chambers at sharon.chambers39@gmail. com or (317) 578-7502, or just show up.

Spiritual Life Center’s Blog

The Spiritual Life Center now has a blog at slcblog. Watch for posts about trends in spiritual development, interesting spiritual journeys, new ideas, poetry and comments from Spiritual life Center classes and events. If you would like to be a contributing writer, please contact Betty Brandt at brandtb@ or 846-3404 x339.


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Children’s Ministries December at the Mini Track

Facebook & Twitter

You can now “like” The Track on Facebook at St. Luke’s UMC—The Track to get up-todate information about everything happening in Children’s Ministries. You can also follow The Track on Twitter@ StLukesTrack, or text to 40404 and type “follow @ stlukestrack” to receive tweets as text messages.

Preschoolers will be learning that God gave us Jesus. Their memory verse this month is Isaiah 9:6, “God has given a son to us.” Children in preschool and prekindergarten will celebrate Christmas during Mini Track on December 15 at both 9:30 and 11:00 with a birthday party for Jesus. This special celebration will include Christmas songs, a Christmas story, cupcakes and a holiday visitor!

December at the Track

December’s virtue is Joy: finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way. Joy isn’t dependent on our circumstances, but rather it’s about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Our joy is a response to our trust in God. The monthly memory verse is: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4. We rejoice this month as we celebrate the birth of Jesus!

Impact Conference

February 22 • 8:30-12:30 with extended flex schedule available. If you have a child in your life you may wonder, “How is their faith shaping their life?” What will happen to their faith when they leave home? What can I do to help make it “stick?” We’re excited to welcome Brad Griffin, Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute & co-author of the Sticky Faith curriculum, as our speaker for Impact 2014. Brad will share powerful strategies to help parents encourage their children’s spiritual growth, enabling them to develop a faith that sticks. This day of learning will also feature a variety of breakout sessions regarding family life today. Register online at impact. Childcare provided. SAVE THE DATE! WE WILL SING FOR YOUR SUPPER!

Chili (and Mac and Cheese) Cook-Off to benefit the St. Luke’s Children’s Music Program

Sunday, January 26, 2014 • 10:30-1PM • Great Hall Are you known as the “Champ of Chili” or the “Master of Mac & Cheese?” Watch the St. Luke’s website to sign up to enter your delicious dish or to purchase tickets! Entertainment will be provided by groups and members of The St. Luke’s Children’s Music Program and the St. Luke’s Youth Band!

Nursing Mothers Room Available

For the convenience of new mothers in our congregation, we have a nursing room, located off

the East Passage, in room E126. It can be accessed directly from the East Passage or through the childcare nursery room it adjoins. The room is equipped with rocking chairs and a television livestreaming the worship service in the Sanctuary. It is open to all who need it on Sunday mornings. Please ask an usher if you need assistance locating it.

Find Your Place at The Track

We’ve committed ourselves to rallying around and supporting our volunteers in new and exciting ways. One of our objectives is to create a multitiered system of volunteer opportunities to appeal to a variety of individuals. We’re designing our opportunities to meet not only the time and availability of our volunteers, but their spiritual gifts and talents as well. Is teaching or shepherding not your calling? Think beyond Sunday morning! If you’re interested in joining our team to support our growth we will find a project that is right for you! Contact

Check-In System

We are now utilizing a computerized check-in system (CheckPoint) in Children’s Ministries. Parents should register their children in this system in The Track area (East Passage). There are computer kiosks located across from the pager desk in The Track, and staff available to assist you. Once registered, the printer will produce a name badge for each child as well as a corresponding badge for the parent to use when picking up their child(ren). Parents who are missing their name badges will only be allowed to pick up their children by obtaining permission of the children’s ministry staff. Volunteers will not release a child without a badge. The CheckPoint system will provide a greater level of organization during the check-in procedure, improvement in attendance data, and an increase in the efficiency of our overall administration. But most importantly, the automated system will heighten the overall security of children’s ministry and increase parental confidence that each child is as safe as possible while within the walls of St. Luke’s UMC.

Children’s Ministries Commission on Children’s Ministries COCM is a group of individuals, diverse in age and talents, who support the Children’s Department by coordinating and organizing four-six major events throughout the year that serve and celebrate the children of St. Luke’s and their families. The commission meets monthly to plan and prepare for upcoming events and also fellowship with each other and members of the fChildren’s Ministries team. If you’re looking for a way to support Children’s Ministries outside of Sunday morning, we invite you to consider joining this commission! For more information, please contact Heather Hilbert at

The Track Registration

Have you registered your children for Sunday morning small groups? You can register them online at www.stlukesumc. com/children/sundaymorning. Questions? Email us at

children’s MUSIC

Preschool Children’s Choir

Genesis is a music program for children ages 3 ½ to 5 years (and not in Kindergarten). Children in this group meet each Sunday, 8:50-9:20AM, in E208, where they learn basic music concepts through music activities including movement, playing rhythm instruments, music games, and singing traditional and sacred songs. St. Luke’s youngest musicians will sing for the first time in the Sanctuary

on a Sunday morning worship service in December. Consider enrolling your child in the program where they can not only learn to enjoy music, but also to offer the gift of music to the congregation. Everyone will be blessed! For more information please contact Debra Nethercott (“Miss Deb”) at

Preschool & PDO


Classes (9AM-1PM) for three- to five-year-olds are offered in a safe and nurturing Christian environment. All teachers are experienced, qualified, well-trained and strive to maintain strong relationships with the children and their families. Preschool offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum where children may grow socially, creatively, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Children must be 3 years old by 9/1/2013 to enroll for the 2013-2014 school year.

Parents’ Day Out

Classes (9AM-1PM) are offered for children ages 10 months to three years. PDO was established to provide parents of young children time for themselves on a regular basis. Children participate in structured play in a safe and nurturing Christian environment. Opportunities are provided for children to learn beginning social skills while having fun. Children must be 10 months by 9/1/2013 to enroll for the 2013-2014 school year.

Family Ministries Couples Small Groups

Looking for a way to connect to other couples in St. Luke’s? Looking for a resource to keep your summer “Dinner of Eight” group going? Contact coupleslife@ to learn more about small group opportunities for this fall at St. Luke’s. There will be small groups meeting throughout the week in various locations on the north side of Indy, studying the “Core Four” principles that make marriages strong: 1. Putting God First, 2. Keeping Promises, 3. Practicing Love and Respect, and 4. Having Outrageous Fun!


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Hospitality Volunteers

We need extra hands to help families with children navigate our church building – to greet new families with a warm smile, to help them register their children for the first time, and to guide them to their new classrooms. If you would like to be one of these important people who make a difference for new families at St. Luke’s, please contact Heather Hilbert at hilberth@ Thank you for your service!

Children’s Music

For more Children’s Music programs, see Children’s Music Ministries on page 15.


Youth Ministries

Our Mission: To welcome all youth and families into loving, Christ-centered relationships where they can get in tune with God’s amazing love and be empowered to transform the world!

We invite students 6th-12th grade to join us on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights. We offer a wide range of environments to connect with students.

Kevin Davis, Director of Youth Ministry, davisk@; 846-3404 x326

Colleen Baumgartner, Administrative Assistant,

Register for any event at www. youth.

Sunday Morning Options:

Sunday Night Options:

Jr. High (6th through 8th Grade) -

Jr. High Youth Group

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For information or event registration, stop by Luke’s Lodge (the youth building in the NE corner of church parking lot), visit ministries/ youth, or contact:

Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, at the Lodge Teens can check out a fun, welcoming atmosphere on Sunday mornings at the Lodge! Come early for game systems, ping pong, foosball, air hockey & pool. After some social gathering time, we head to the chapel for a game, live worship, devotional, and small groups. See you on Sundays!


9:30-10:30AM at the Lodge December 1: Thanksgiving Weekend (No Confirmation) December 8: Gift Assessment December 15: Semester End Breakfast December 22-January 6: Winter Break (No Confirmation)

High School Youth Group

9:30-10:30AM at the Lodge High school youth group meets on Sunday mornings in the Lodge for student led worship, a brief message, small group breakouts, experiential learning, and time for hanging out with friends. Whether you’re already plugged in or new to high school youth activities, this is the place to plug in! Sunday mornings are low on pressure and high on connecting. This fall we are learning more about the personalities and characters in the New Testament. All high school youth and their friends are welcome! December 1: Advent Project December 8: Mary & Martha Part 1 December 15: Mary & Martha Part 2 December 22: Judas Iscariot December 29: Judas Iscariot

6-7:30PM at the Lodge and the Gym Jr. High youth group meets at the Lodge on Sunday nights at 6PM. Some students will choose gym activities, while other students will choose to stay at the lodge for board games and connection time. Following this time we will bring students together for an ice breaker, and then move to the lodge for Faith Questions. Sunday nights will work like “overtime” from Sunday morning. Questions about faith, about the Bible, life, and lessons that we are learning in the morning will be addressed in the evening. Invite friends, and look out for some fun activities!

High School Small Groups

We encourage all high school students to get plugged in with a weekly small groups. This is a great way for students to get to know each other, have a place of respite during busy weeks, and grow deeper in their faith alongside peers. Sunday nights we have a girls’ small group, a guys’ small group, and a NEW upperclassmen co-ed small group. All three small groups meet at the Lodge from 6-7:30PM. We also have a guys small group on Wednesdays from 6-7PM at Buffalo Wild Wings at 2510 East 146th Street Carmel, IN 46033. This group offers a welcoming atmosphere for guys to enjoy wings, conversations about sports, life and God! Please contact Kevin Davis if you would like to get plugged in or find out more! We are in need adult mentors who would be willing to meet with these groups. We hope your student will consider coming to check out a small group soon!

Youth Ministries Youth Ministry Commission

This is an adult leadership team meets monthly and provides support to our youth ministry. This team provides the leadership to help students connect, supports teens through care and scholarships, recruits, trains and thanks volunteers, and provides oversight in how our youth ministry functions! Our meetings are open and those interested are more than welcome to attend. Our next meeting is Sunday, January 12 from 6-7:30PM.


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Upcoming Events: December 7: High School Progressive Dinner December 8: Summer Mission Trip Meeting 11AM-Noon December 15: Youth Christmas Party at the Lodge December 20: Jr. High Winter Retreat and Lock In January 12: Winter Kick Off

High School Progressive Dinner

Saturday, December 7 • Begins at 5:30PM at the Lodge All High School students are invited to join us for a fun night of food, friends and adventure! This year’s high school progressive dinner will once again be a “Road Show” as we are welcomed into families homes to share part of a meal together. We will return to the Lodge to share dessert as a group. Then games and other activities wrapping up the fun night around 11PM!

Summer Mission Trip Meeting

Sunday, December 8 • 11AM-Noon Join us at the Lodge to learn about the exciting Mission Trips we have planned for Summer 2014! We have three trips planned for High School students and those currently in 8th grade. June 8-13: Newport, TN July 11-20: Wind River, WY & Northern Cheyenne, MT July 31-August 2: All students grades 6-12 are invited to be a part of the popular Local Mission Trip hosted here at the Lodge.

Jr. High Winter Retreat / Lock In

Friday, December 20, 7PM at the Lodge. All Jr. High students are invited for a fun-filled night at the Lodge! We will head to SkyZone in Fishers where we will have a private jump session. We will then head back to the Lodge for more games, activities, pizza, movies and all kinds of overnight fun!! Pick up is at 8AM on Saturday. Invite your friends!

Young Adult Ministries There are many ways to get involved with our young adult group – spiritually, socially and serviceoriented. Our fellowship nights are designed to get you out of your house and engaged with other young adults. We take in concerts, dinners, movies, bowling, putt-putt, local one-time gigs and much more. Get connected with others through small group experiences and social activities, as well as use your gifts and talents to make a difference in the lives of others.

Friday Night Gatherings

Join other young adults who are in their 20s and early 30s on Friday nights at 7PM. We alternate weeks of study with social events. Contact Tammy for weekly specifics at

College-Age Ministry and Facebook Group

If you are college age and would like to connect with others in this group, or keep up to date, check out our Facebook group, “St. Lukes UMC - College Students.”

Men’s Basketball

Basketball enthusiasts (ages 16 and up) should check out page 16 for open gym information.


Music Ministries

Taizé Musical Community

Advent Flute Ensemble: Flutists Wanted

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Small vocal and instrumental ensemble serving at monthly Taizé service (5-5:45PM), rehearses one hour before each service. Contact Music Director Mark Squire at squirem@

The Fifth Annual St. Luke’s Advent Flute Choir will perform at all morning worship services,  December 22, 2013. High school and adult flutists of all faiths are welcome. The choir will consist of players on C flute, alto, bass and contrabass flute in holiday music beautifully arranged for this ensemble. Leading the group again this year will be Carol Dennis and Laura Dubish, with Ellen Bailey serving as executive assistant. Mandatory rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays, December 11 and 18, 7-9PM with dress rehearsal, Saturday, December 21, 9:3011:30AM. Optional rehearsals for those wanting a head-start will be held Sunday mornings, December 1 & 8, 9:30-11AM. Music will be furnished. To sign up or for more information, contact Carol Dennis, at CLRFDENNIS@AOL.COM or 317-259-1978.

Help Create a Joyful Sound!

Looking for Your Place to Serve?

Many marvelous places to serve through music are available at St. Luke’s Music Ministries. There are a variety of involvement schedules and musical levels where you can become involved. There are even nonmusical efforts within the area to help support the hundreds of music makers. If you’d like to share your gifts in ministry, contact Nancy in the Music Ministry Office at faithn@ and she can put you in touch with rewarding possibilities!

New singing friends are needed for our Joyful Sound choir! Singing twice a month at our 8:15 service, this delightful and welcoming singing ensemble rehearses at Thursdays, 6:30PM in E208 night to prepare for their important ministry of song! A love of singing is the only requirement to participate, and while previous choral experience is helpful, inexperience shouldn’t keep you from considering this wonderful ensemble. For further information, or to join Joyful Sound, contact director Charles Manning at manningc@ or 846-3404.

St. Luke’s Chancel Choir Launches 60th Season

Rehearses Thursdays, 7:30-9PM in E200. Our 160-voice Chancel Choir has rejoined Sanctuary worship services. Additional singers, particularly tenors and basses, are needed for the exciting season ahead. In addition to Thursday night rehearsals and Sunday morning ministry, the choir presents inspiring concerts, travels both regionally and internationally, and supports a wide range of caring ministries through its musical efforts. Previous choral singing experience helpful, but not mandatory. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Carol Tully at or Mark Squire at Join the song of praise!

Chancel Choir Patron’s Fund

Our Chancel Choir’s ministry is supplemented by a Patron’s Fund by which they can take on

projects and possibilities far outside the realm of their annual programming budget. The Patron’s Fund has provided underwriting for performances (including the annual Christmas Concerts), for concert tours (most recently to Italy), as well as new music, vestments and attire. Patron’s receive a performance of new music as well as a permanent plaque bearing the patron’s name and a dedicatory designation. Patron levels are established at $750 & $1,000. For information or to become a patron, please contact Mark Squire at squirem@ or 846-3404, or Alice Shooter, Patron Fund chair, at

Handbell Choir Openings

Both Wesleyan Ringers and Joyful Rhythms, two of our handbell choirs have space available for additional ringers! Wesleyan Ringers are looking for new friends with ringing experience and that can rehearse on Wednesday evenings. Contact director Mike Keller at Joyful Rhythms welcomes ringers of a variety of experience levels, even those who have yet to ring. Rehearses Mondays, 6-7:15PM. If you’re interested and available to rehearse on Monday nights, contact director Marsha Coyner at

Have You Played a String Instrument?

The St. Luke’s Orchestra is looking for violin, viola, cello and bass players to join in the monthly musicmaking! If it’s been a while since you’ve picked up your instrument, don’t despair! The skills come back quickly when you’re surrounded by this wonderful, welcoming ensemble! For information, or to join, contact Margaret Spilker, Orchestra Manager, at or 603-0520.

New Song

Rehearses Tuesdays at 7:30PM. This women’s choral group sings one Sunday morning a month. Membership by audition. Contact Director, Cheryl West, at westc@stlukesumc. com or

St. Luke’s Orchestra

Under the direction of Bob Zehr, the Orchestra plays the third Sunday of every month at all three morning Sanctuary services, September through June. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:15-9PM. Contact Margaret Spilker at for more information.

Children’s Music Ministries Rehearsal schedule – 2013/2014 (All rehearsals are in E208 and/or E207, 2nd floor)


Rehearses Sundays, 8:50-9:20AM Ages 3 ½ -5. Music activities include movement, playing rhythm instruments and singing sacred songs. The youngest group of musicians sings two to three per season in the Sanctuary, participates on Christmas Eve, and leads music for the Mini-Track preschool worship service.

Elementary Music Program

Rehearses Sundays, 10:25-11:15AM Grades K-5 (Young musicians are divided into two groups: K-2 and 3-5). Music activities include singing, movement and an instrumental program: Orff instruments, Boomwhackers and choir chimes. This group of musicians sings regularly in the Sanctuary throughout the season and participates at the 3PM Christmas Eve Service. Older singers, Grades 3-5, sing in the Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert with the St. Luke’s Chancel Choir and Orchestra.

Middle School Choir

Rehearses Tuesdays, 7:15-8PM Grades 6-8. An outstanding group of youth singers who participate regularly in worship services and concerts in the St. Luke’s Sanctuary.

The Choristers

Rehearses Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15PM Grades 3-8 (treble voices) This group of musicians makes a strong commitment to attending rehearsals and to singing more advanced music in the Sanctuary worship services and sings at the Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert with the St. Luke’s Chancel Choir and Orchestra. Attendance at Voice for Life is strongly encouraged in order to make progress and contribute to the group.

Voice for Life

Meets Tuesdays, 5:45-6:15PM A nationally recognized program of instruction for music theory, ear training, music history, church history, hymnology, and overall musical training. Participants can earn RSCM ribbons and medals. The program is open to any singer who participates in the Tuesday evening program – Middle School Singers and The Choristers.


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Children’s Choirs to Perform in Christmas Candlelight Concerts

Friday, December 6, 7:30PM, and Saturday, December 7, 4PM. Ring in the Christmas season with the shimmering glow of candlelight for the annual Christmas Candlelight Concert that features many of the St. Luke’s Music Groups, including The Choristers of St. Luke’s. See back cover for more information.

Handbell Choirs

Meets Sundays, 11:15AM-Noon Grades 3-8. Members will learn the basic fundamentals of English handbell ringing along with note and rhythm reading. Please contact Miss Deb for information. To register for any of the children’s music programs, go to the St. Luke’s website and click “music” then “children’s choirs” at www. For more information, contact Debra Nethercott, Director of Children’s Music at 846-3404 x329 OR nethercottd@ Assistant Volunteer Director: Gay Talbert Volunteer Handbell Director: Cindy Schwein


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Fellowship Elderberries

For more information on all Elderberries events or to make reservations, contact Adra Wheeler at 317-253-4914 or 317-846-3404.

Euchre Game

Our monthly euchre game will be Saturday, December 21 at 6:45PM in the parlor. Please bring a snack to share.  

Thursday Dinners Take a Break

There will be no regular Elderberries Thursday evening dinner in December, January or February. Next dinner will be March 6, 2014. Details will be announced.

Elderberries Christmas Luncheon

Saturday, December 7 at 2PM in Fellowship Hall. We will attend the St Luke’s Christmas Concert afterward at 4PM. We are planning a delectable catered meal and pleasant conversation. The cost is $12.00 per person. Reservations required.

Beef and Boards Christmas Show

Elderberries will be attending the Beef and Boards Theater Christmas Show on Thursday, December 12 at 11:30AM. There is a buffet luncheon followed by the performance. Tickets are $45.00 per person. Reservations required.

Help Fill Cheer Baskets for I.U. Hospital and Cancer Center Patients

Fairhaven is a new program that provides apartments for patients and their families to stay while their loved one is hospitalized. We have adopted an apartment and will fill a “Cheer Basket” each month. We ask that you bring a donation to

our November meeting, and in future months as well. Suggested items are: packaged coffee or tea; gum; mints; candy or chocolate; small packaged snacks; bottled water. Other items might include: prayer shawls; toiletry items; hand sanitizer; hand lotion; hand soap; pens and paper; puzzle books; cards; magazines; books; music cds. Hospital meal passes or parking vouchers at IU or Methodist Hospital, coupons or gift certificates for nearby restaurants would also be appropriate. Cash donations also welcome.

Sports Men’s Basketball Open Gym

For adult basketball enthusiasts (16+) who are looking to play friendly pick-up games on Tuesday nights from 7:30-9:30PM in the Great Hall. Weekly emails are sent to confirm players for the week. Contact Chris Lemming at 595-8545 or email chris.

Non-Competitive Volleyball

Get ready for volleyball! Matches will be played on Monday evenings in the Great Hall through next April. For a bargain price of just $23 per player, you get three seasons of fun, fellowship and a little exercise too. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome to join the fun. Play is competitive but friendly—no spiking or over-hand serves. Get a group of friends together and join the fun this fall. For information or to register as a team or individual, contact Brent Scott at 875-9382 or

ReachOut New Members Always Welcome Conversations About Homosexuality and Christianity

Our wildly popular event from November is now a weekly conversation. See page 6 for details.

ReachOut is a diverse and inclusive group within the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church community offering spiritual support and encouragement to GLBT persons. We strive to lead a life of service to others, achieve Christian maturity, and educate ourselves in matters of faith. Social and recreational activities are provided to promote an atmosphere where friendships can develop and a sense of acceptance and wholeness may be experienced. All are welcome. If you have questions about ReachOut, contact Mary Katherine Schnitz at



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United Methodist Men (UMM) Donald Miller

St. Luke’s has a distinguished history of hosting amazing authors and speakers to our sanctuary. The next great thinker, author, and speaker to visit St. Luke’s will be Donald Miller on January 25, hosted by the United Methodist Men. His best-selling Christian memoir Blue Like Jazz was made into a movie which taught Don about the importance of living a good story. He now considers it his calling to share the story of God, and help others find their subplot in His story. • Try the 2-week DVD study in December • Find your subplot during the 6-week study starting in January • And get your tickets now for Don’s inspiring message: Email us for more information on any of these special events:

Monthly Breakfast

All men are invited to the United Methodist Men’s monthly breakfast on Saturday, December 7 at 8AM. We offer a hearty breakfast, fellowship, sharing and an interesting program in Fellowship Hall. Our speakers will be Ken Knowles and Jim Miller, who will share with us pictures and information about their recent trip to the Holy Land. This event will be entertaining, instructional, and full of tips about what to get that someone special for Christmas. Contact Mike Elkin or 317-213-1112 to RSVP. Please register to help us plan the correct amount of food.

Live Nativity

Be like Jesus and join the PUT IT UP or BREAK IT DOWN team. Jesus, as a carpenter, worked with his hands and now, here is your chance. We need your help setting up and breaking down the Live Nativity set on December 15. Email us at umm@ if you can help!

Financial Freedom for 2014

“FREEDOM!!” Ever heard someone declare their freedom from debt on The Dave Ramsey show? Imagine being able to declare YOUR freedom from financial burdens in 2014! The St. Luke’s United Methodist Men will again sponsor Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes beginning in January. FPU is a 9-week class featuring materials that go over such topics as saving, budgeting, debt reduction, insurance, and investing. You do not have to be in financial trouble to benefit from this course. Look for registration opportunities and class previews in January. There is a cost of $100 per family for materials and lifetime membership. Contact Jason Bick at 845-9747 or Jason.bick@att. net with questions.

The United Methodist Men is a brotherhood of men, sharpening one another, growing in faith, learning to serve. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)

For more information on Donald Miller’s appearance at St. Luke’s, see page 5.

United Methodist Women (UMW) UMW Circle Meetings:

Eve Circle

First and third Tuesday of each month, 9:3011:30AM. We invite all mothers with young children to join us for fellowship, service projects and spiritual growth. Free childcare is available by contacting Eve Circle typically meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For information regarding Eve Circle, contact co-chairs Amy Nichols and Diane Wade at

Hannah Circle

One Wednesday each month, September-March. Hannah Circle welcomes mothers of elementary, middle, high school, & college students that are working full-time, part-time, or staying home. Free childcare provided. Please email childcare reservations at least one week before meeting. Mothers of young children in need an evening circle are welcome to join us too. For more information or to receive updates from Hannah Circle please email Regan Summers at

For specific times, dates and locations of upcoming UMW events, check the calendar at http:// www.stlukesumc. com/news/calendars/ or email the contact person listed.


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Fellowship continued Mary Magdalene

Second Wednesday of the month. Mary Magdalene Circle membership is open to all women of St. Luke’s. If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs Jolynne Wilhoit at 4032462, or Lori Chambers 696-5965 or

Mary Magdalene Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30-8PM Please join our Mary Magdalene Circle for our Christmas dinner with tasty food and warm fellowship and a Christmas game. We will be meeting in the home of Elizabeth Keller, 9904 Cumberland Ridge Lane, Fishers, IN 46037. If you need help with directions please contact Elizabeth at 317-594-9544. The meal with be catered by Arlette. Our menu is Chicken Maradella with salad and desserts. The cost will be $14.00. Please mail a check to Elizabeth by December 4. Mary Magdalene Circle membership is open to all women of St. Luke’s. If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs Jolynne Wilhoit at 4032462, or Lori Chambers 696-5965 or

New Life Circle

New Life Circle welcomes single, divorced, and widowed women of all ages. For additional information, call Nancy at 317-341-5032 or email at

Sarah Circle

Sarah Circle invites you to attend our meeting December 16, 1-3PM in the Parlor. We have devotions, a speaker, short business meeting and social time to visit with friends. One of our services for the church is our ladies serve receptions after funerals. Please join us to welcome Bob McDonald. His topic will be The Toastmaster’s Club. Friends are welcome. For more information contact Esther Childress at 317-257-3382 or

UMW Holiday Dinner

December 9, 6:30PM, Fellowship Hall ANNUAL UMW HOLIDAY DINNER AND INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS Ladies of St. Luke’s UMC, you are cordially invited to our annual holiday dinner. This is a free dinner held in honor of all United Methodist Women at St. Luke’s who have provided support to our initiatives in helping women, children and youth locally and globally. We will also recognize the ladies who will be serving as board members for St. Luke’s UMW in 2014. Reservations are necessary so please contact Sandra Pirkle, President at  or by phone 317-733-4183. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, December 5, 2013. Free childcare is provided by contacting Kristi Chamberlain at

White Cross Guild

White Cross Guild provides volunteers to participate in activities supporting Methodist Hospital. Meets at Methodist Medical Plaza, 151 Pennsylvania Parkway (103rd/Meridian) in the first floor community room. They meet the 2nd Monday of each month from 9AM-2PM to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). Contact Marguerite Moehn (873-1956) or Barb Querry (879-0543).

UMW At Home Helpers

New this year for women who are not able to participate in a circle but who would like to contribute in some way to UMW. We need you! We have many women who would like to help with paperwork, baking, sewing, knitting, making phone calls or helping out in various ways in whatever needs to be done to help out with UMW efforts. Please contact Sandra Pirkle 317-733-4183 or

UMW Cookbook

The UMW cookbook will continue to be available for purchase at all UMW events and by contacting Allison Flickinger at The cookbook, published in 2010, contains over 500 recipes graciously donated by St. Luke members and their families and friends. Cost: $10, proceeds benefit various UMW missions.

Outreach Ministries LOCAL service opportunities

Fox Hill Elementary— Tutoring & Lunch

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16) The Fox Hill Elementary/St. Luke’s Partnership is continuing its mission of introducing young English language learners to the joy of reading and we need your help. There are opportunities for in-class tutoring practically any time during any school day, tutoring in the After School Achievers program (2:30-6PM, M-Th), and a new emphasis on providing mentors (especially men) to have lunch with kids who don’t often experience conversing with adults during meal time. It takes as little as one lunch hour a week to make a difference to a child learning to appreciate the wonderful world of reading. Please contact Tom Lange at or 251-2274 if you are interested.

English as a Second Language

In our continued efforts to support Fox Hill, Greenbriar, Springmill and Nora Elementary, we are looking for people who will help teach parents English. Our goal is to offer weekly classes beginning in January. If you are interested in joining this team, please contact Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at

Outreach, Inc.

Reliable and efficient transportation is a major barrier for the youth of Outreach, Inc. It is not uncommon for youth to spend three or more hours a day on foot in order to attend school, make provider appointments, or get to and from work. Many walk 45 minutes or more to get to the Outreach Drop-In Center. Providing bus passes for youth is one way to help keep medical, mental health, housing and other appointments. Also, youth engaged in full-time work or school consistently voice the need for a driver’s continued on page 20

Fletcher Place Community Center

Fletcher Place is located on the southeast side of downtown Indy. Each month St. Luke’s volunteers help serve breakfast and dinner to the community. Breakfast dates are December 10, 12, 20, 24 and January 9, 14, 17, & 28. Volunteers and donations of food, paper goods or cash are needed. Contact Lucretia Scammahorn at 317.299.9472 or Don Cochran at 317-441-5658 for more information. Dinner volunteers are needed to cook, transport and serve meals December 16 & 25 and January 20 & 23. Sign up on the bulletin board next to the UMM’s Sunday morning coffee station, or call Kay Horton at 317-253-9833 for more information. Did you know that Fletcher Place also has a thrift store that accepts donations? Anything you might take to Goodwill can also be donated to Fletcher Place. Donations may be dropped off in St. Luke’s main office. The following items are needed at this time: Infant, children and teen clothing, men’s and women’s suits, undergarments for all ages, men’s clothing, bedding, towels and men’s and women’s winter coats. Volunteers are also needed in the thrift store and to help teach GED preparation classes. If you are interested, contact Don Cochran at 317-441-5658.

Fletche Food ParnPt lace ry Needs Request

s for food a t Fletcher P have incre lace ased signifi cantly and current su pplies are very low. They need donations of: • oats, • pasta, • canne d vegetable s and fr (low in sod ium and su uits gar). Bulk quanti ties are ac ceptable a appreciate nd d. Food do nations ca be placed n in the drop boxes in th West Passa e ge. Please write Fletc Place on th h er eb being dona ags or boxes of item s ted.


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Kids in Mission

We’re taking a break in December but watch for information about our meeting on January 12, 2014.


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Hang an ornament. Make a difference. This holiday season you are invited to make Christmas better for one family through our Angel Tree Ministry. Hang a Christmas ornament on the tree in the Narthex to represent the child or family you are supporting.

What are the WAYS TO GIVE?

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Donate $100 to purchase a specialty Kroger Gift Card Purchase a “Home Essentials” Basket Purchase gifts for an individual or family Sponsor a person/family by donating money Donate money for United Christmas Service Vouchers

When can I sponsor a person/family or donate money?

• At tables on Sunday mornings between services starting November 17 through December 15 • Online at starting November 17 through December 8

When and WheRE are the wrapped gifts accepted?

• Between services on December 1, 8 and 15 at the Angel Tree table or main office • During the week at the main office no later than Monday, December 16

How can I volunteer to help?

• Sign-up online at • On Sunday morning between services November 17 through December 15 at the Angel Tree table • On Sunday, December 22 from 2-4PM in Fellowship Hall assisting families as they pick up their gifts

license. For more information on Outreach, Inc. volunteering, contact Jackie Reed at 332-6550 or Here are a few specific ways to help youth with transportation needs: • Purchase IndyGo one-day ($4) bus passes. Please mail passes (or checks with “bus pass” in the memo line) to P.O. Box 11416, Indianapolis, IN 46201, or deliver to Outreach: 2822 E. New York St., Indpls., 46201. • Volunteer to help youth earn driving time. Volunteers are required to use their own car. • Volunteer to help during Admin Drop on Wednesdays, 10:45AM-2PM. Volunteers help youth complete necessary paperwork and drive them to appointments at the Social Security Office, Dept. of Health, BMV, etc.

Refugee Assistance Ministry

Refugees have come to our city at the invitation of the U.S. government and Indianapolis. They are eligible to work and live here permanently. The Refugee Assistance Ministry (RAM) needs donations of kitchen items, furniture, mattresses and coats. Please contact Cathy Kennedy at 317418-5869 or

SAWs: Servants At Work

We will continue to build ramps every Saturday until it is too cold to work (usually January or February.) It is our mission to free people with mobility disabilities and low income. Please consider volunteering (children older than 12 are welcome with an adult.) Your volunteering makes a difference as there are a number of clients that we won’t be able to help until 2014. To volunteer, please visit construction/ or contact Paul Snyder at 317-6950585 or

St. Luke’s “Servant Saturday”

Saturday, December 7, 9AM to 1PM Take part in our new partnership with Vida Nueva UMC, 2801 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, to serve on specific Saturdays in 2013 and 2014. Assist with projects in and around the church. Vida Nueva serves the inner city and Latino community with English classes, legal assistance, youth programs, food pantry, computer classes, GED classes, and more. This month we will be constructing windows, painting and serving in their thrift shop. All ages are welcome. Please go to outreach to sign up. Questions, contact Jeff Blacker at

Outreach Ministries continued national work trips

Naples Habitat for Humanity

Week of January 19-24, 2014 St Luke’s will be returning to Naples, FL to assist Habitat for Humanity of Collier County in building homes. The project will work in a neighborhood owned by Habitat so the group will have the benefit of the teams working in the same area. LEADERS: Ken & Mary Pennington and Bob & Rita Burroughs. For information contact the Burroughs at 317-299-5801 or COST: $250/person plus transportation (includes Sunday night dinner, lunches and snacks) OR $500/ person plus transportation (including HOUSING, Sunday night dinner, lunches and snacks). Please register by December 1, especially if you are in are in need of housing. Contact Jamalyn Peigh Williamson if you are in need of a scholarship or if you have any questions. Sign up at

Alternative Spring Break Trip Spencer, West Virginia

March 23-29 and April 6-12 Cost: $150 Enjoy a week in the Appalachian mountains serving at Spring Heights UMC Camp in Spencer, WV. This camp is nearly 1000 acres maintained by 4 people. The trip would be ideal for families with elementary aged kids through high school. There will be projects to work on and time to enjoy the many outdoor adventures the camp offers. Spencer is 6 hours from Indianapolis (an hour north of Charleston). Please go to national to sign up today.

Native American Family Work Project: Rosebud, SD

June 15-21, 2013 COST: $350 (+transportation) Join us as we work and live on the reservation with the Lakota Indians. We will experience native cooking, traditional regalia (clothing) for pow-wows, ceremonial events, games and spirituality (including a sweat lodge education and experience.) We will have a number of projects: 1. KIDS CLUB – an afternoon recreation center— where we will lead educational activities, crafts and games. 2. A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT to be determined upon arrival.The construction project will focus on community improvements like rehabbing homes or working at schools. 3. Working in the local thrift store and food pantry helping sort donated clothes and food. This is a great family adventure; however, we do recommend the age of children be seven years and older. Please register at national


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Home in Naples?

If you have a home in the Naples area and would be open to hosting someone on the team, please contact Bob Burroughs regarding your willingness. Thanks!

global work trip

Fondwa, Haiti

February 24-March 1 COST: $900 + plane ticket Join Pastor Dave Williamson on a trip to Fondwa, Haiti. The trip will involve working with the children at Fatima Orphanage in the afternoons, painting the St. Antoine School, visiting friends of Pastor Dave’s and learning about the culture. Register at If you have questions, please contact Pastor Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at Pastor Dave with Friends in Haiti. Join Him on the next Work trip to Haiti in February.


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Member Care H.U.G.S. Dinner Out

Sunday afternoons can feel lonely for those who have lost a spouse. Come anytime for Sunday dinner out with others in the group at 4PM, restaurant TBA.


For any couple or single parent who has lost a baby to miscarriage, fetal demise, stillbirth, or early infant death due to genetic issues, S.I.D.S, or any other. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center. For more information call 317-846-3404.

HOPE Memorial Garden

A memorial garden located on the west side of St. Luke’s for any perinatal or infant loss. Plaques may be ordered by families to be engraved in memorial and mounted on brick garden wall. For information contact Marci & Jim Harenberg at 317-705-0771.

Men’s Group for Loss of a Spouse


Stephen Ministry

Merry Christmas From Stephen Ministry

If you are not having a cheerful, happy, jolly time and could use a caring compassionate confidant; contact Mary Katherine Schnitz atschnitzm@ or 317.846.3404x365. You will be connected to a dependable, loving and trained Stephen Minister.

Grief & WHOLENESS ministries

Care Committee

If you know of someone confined to their home or health care center, call Mary Katherine at 317-846-3404 x365. The Care Committee makes monthly visits.

H.U.G.S (Healing Under Group Support)

This on-going group is for anyone who has lost a spouse or significant life partner. The group meets every Sunday in the Parlor at 2PM for fellowship, sharing and learning about the grief journey.

H.U.G.S. Parent Group

This on-going group is for parents of young children living at home who have lost a spouse. Meets every Sunday, from 2-4PM in the parlor.

Every Thursday from 1-2PM in Luke’s Lodge (building located behind St. Luke’s) When men lose their wives to death, life turns upside-down in many different ways. Husbands who are mourning the death of their soul mate may have similar grief issues as women. However, sometimes that embedded message of, “real men don’t cry,” discourages opportunities for processing and healing with the support of others. This men’s group will meet for fellowship and support and to allow a safe and confidential place to “say it all” with other men who mutually understand this complex journey. “REAL MEN” do cry and also “REAL MEN” laugh and even drink coffee together! If you have lost a spouse recently or years ago, or know of someone in the community who needs support, all are invited to join. For any further details, call Bob Shive at 317-253-8184.

Dad’s Group

For any father who has lost a young adult child to illness, accident, suicide, or other. The Dad’s group meets every Tuesday at 7AM for light breakfast at the Hilton Indianapolis North Hotel, 8181 N. Shadeland, and Thursdays at 7AM at Denny’s at I-65 / Greenwood Exit.

One-on-One Grief Counseling

Sometimes the pain of a significant loss needs the benefit of time before the idea of group support feels right. If you, or someone you know in your


Member Care family, workplace or neighborhood would benefit from a one-on-one session of grief counseling, contact St. Luke’s at 317-846-3404. Wholeness and health is the goal of working through loss; we hope no one considers doing it alone.

Family Support Group

Grief Ministry Mentors

Adult ADD Support Group

If you have experienced a loss and are not ready for group support or individual counseling, but would like a supportive friend to talk about your grief journey, Grief Ministry Mentors might be for you. Sometimes just a phone call makes all the difference. There is no commitment or time table. Also, if you are someone who has gifts of compassion and empathy for those going through loss, consider becoming a Grief Ministry Mentor. For more information, call 317-846-3404.

support groups

Chronic Pain Support Group

Monday, December 16 at 6-7:30PM in N101/102. A support group for patients with all types of neuropathic and fibromyalgia pain and for their families and friends. No registration is required. Questions? Contact Dr. Meg Frazer at 317-8442903 or

Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30PM, in the Conference Room. This group offers emotional and spiritual support for families who have a member abusing drugs or alcohol. Third Thursday, December 19, 7-8:30PM in W125. St. Luke’s offers support for adults with ADD. For more information call Mary Katherine at 317-846-3404 x365.

Health Ministries

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Knitters Needed

Tuesdays at 1PM in Luke’s Lodge. The prayer shawl ministry would love to have some more knitters. You are welcome to join them or knit from home. For more information or details about the shawl dimensions, contact Helen Vreisman at 439-6347.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Stop by C110 on Sunday, December 8, 9-11AM, for a free blood pressure screening. Please refrain from smoking or caffeine 30 minutes prior to the screening.

It’s Not Too Late For a Flu Shot!

Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and even death. The peak months for cases of influenza are January, February, and March. Get your flu shot at your doctor’s office or most major pharmacies.

Messages from Luke in Sower’s Garden The Sowers invite you to bring your bible into the Sower’s Garden (accessed outside of both the Central and West Passages) and discover the messages Luke has for you. Find 13 verses carved into stones and be inspired!

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REPEAT SOUNDING Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m.


FEATURING The Chancel Choir, New Song, Children’s Choirs, Wesleyan Ringers,

Joyful Ringers and Orchestra of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church


The Indianapolis Youth Chorale

Concert is free, and open to the public. An offering will be received to assist with St. Luke’s Angel Tree ministry and global compassion ministry.

100 W. 86th St. Indianapolis

Inside the walls of St. Luke’s is a peaceful place where you can browse, meet new people and experience a little retail therapy. Find books for your adult education class or book group… inspirational jewelry and home décor… the perfect selections for Confirmation, graduations, birthdays, baptisms, Easter and Christmas presents. Best of all, the proceeds from all purchases made in Oasis benefit the ministries of St. Luke’s.

Oasis Hours: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10AM - 2PM Sundays 9AM - 1PM

St. Luke’s is an open community of Christians gathering to seek, celebrate, live and share the love of God for all creation. We envision being transformed by God and transforming the world into a compassionate, just, inclusive, Christ-like community.

Commitment cards can be found in the pews, the main office or you can pledge online at www.

Make Your Commitment for 2014 As we heard throughout the “Find and Give Hope” sermon series, the Christian life is all about “ands.” It is not enough to find hope. We are called to share that hope with the world. How will you share the gifts and talents with which God has blessed you? What will you give? And while stewardship is not just about financial giving, pledging our financial resources to “make ministry happen” is a sacred act of worship. It is this annual ritual in the life of the church that facilitates opportunities for people to discover the “ands” God has for their lives. When a community of faith helps people find and give hope, it changes the world.



December 2013 Communion


December 2013 Communion