LENTEN SERMON SERIES
The God You Can Know
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based on the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of John MARCH 3: Knowing God’s Care — John 10:1-10
“I AM the Good Shepherd/Gate of the Sheep” MARCH 10: Knowing God’s Power — John 15:1-8 “I AM the True Vine” MARCH 17: Knowing God’s Way — John 14: 1-7 “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life” MARCH 24—PALM SUNDAY: Why Did He Do That? Dramatic Presentation MARCH 31—EASTER: Knowing God’s Possibilities — John 11:25-26 “I AM the Resurrection and the Life”
One inspirational devotion is sent out each day during Lent. It’s a great way to take a few moments during a busy day to pause and reflect on the season.
HOLY WEEK // EASTER, March 31——>>
A Taste of Passover: Experiencing a Seder Meal Tuesday, March 26, 6PM in Fellowship Hall. Register at www.stlukesumc.com. No charge, freewill offering. A Seder is filled with ritual to remind Jews of the significance of the week-long Passover. Our observance will highlight the historical significance of the holiday while sampling the ethnic meal. Enjoy festive programming and learn about when God “passed over” the homes of the Israelites. Jesus shared this meal with his disciples on the night we recognize as Maundy or Holy Thursday.
HOLY WEEK Breakfast
March 25-29, 7:30-8:15AM in Fellowship Hall. Join Dr. Kent Millard (MONDAY), Rev. David Williamson (TUESDAY), Dr. Marion Miller (WEDNESDAY), Dr. Carver McGriff (THURSDAY), and Rev. Rob Fuquay (FRIDAY) for a light breakfast, scripture, a 15minute devotional and concluding prayer. Suggested donation of $5/morning. Reservations may be made at www.stlukesumc.com or by contacting Kathy Alexander at email@example.com or 846-3404.
Maundy Thursday Service March 28, 7PM, Sanctuary. A moving service of worship, which includes the power of Communion in light of Holy Week, and the opportunity to experience foot and hand washing as part of the evening as well. We're in the Sanctuary this year because of the growing numbers attending this special night. Childcare is available.
Good Friday Services March 29, Noon and 7PM, Sanctuary. Come hear the powerful story and music of this reflective service of darkness, appreciate God's love expressed through the cross, and prepare for the Good News which follows on Easter. Childcare is available. ••• Good Friday at The Garden at Beef and Boards: Noon.
Sunrise Service 6:30AM, Robertson Chapel Creative elements, stirring music and an inspiring message will leave you lifted and joyful with the message of God's resurrecting love.
Worship Services 8, 9:30 & 11:15AM, Sanctuary NOTE THE CHANGE IN WORSHIP TIMES for this extra-full service as we welcome many guests to St. Luke’s. Free shuttle service, 7AM-1PM— simply park at Springmill Elementary School (8250 Springmill Rd.), catch the shuttle and be dropped off at the front entrance. Can’t find a seat in the Sanctuary? Head to Robertson Chapel where you will experience the same service, via video streaming, as well as live choir, instruments and pastoral leadership.
Later@St. Luke’s 6PM, Robertson Chapel
The Garden 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15, Beef & Boards 9:30 & 10:30, Oak Hill
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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
compassionate, just, inclusive, Christ-like community. This issue lists upcoming events March through mid-April 2013. The deadlines for submitting announcements for the 2013 COMMUNION MONTHLY: March 4 for April issue (publishes 3/24) April 8 for May issue (publishes 4/28)
a publication of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.846.3404 • www.stlukesumc.com A PDF version of this publication is available online. Send your announcements to Lori Crantford at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in her mailbox in the main office. Notices of births, deaths and weddings should be given to Sylvia Forbes (email@example.com or 846-3404 x343) and can be left with her weekly to be published in the Worship Guide.
All classes, events and groups are open to all; church membership or affiliation is not required for participation. WELCOME TO ST. LUKE’S!
SPECIAL EVENT Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide You are invited to join the St. Luke's community for a series of events to learn, share and take action on behalf of women worldwide. Women and girls around the world and right here in Indianapolis, are facing heartbreaking challenges every day. We, as a community, have an opportunity to hear their stories, bear witness to their challenges, believe in the power of transformation, and act in ways that give hope.
Outreach Ministries, UMW, the Spiritual Life Center and several women's book study groups have come together to present this Half the Sky series. From April to November, six events, based on the book and documentary by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, will be offered. The format for each evening will include a showing of a portion of the Half the Sky documentary, a local dynamic speaker, an ethnic dinner catered by a local small business, ethnic music, a Global Market Place, fellowship with a multicultural audience and a helpful list of action steps.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: “Journey Together,” with an intro-
duction of our organizers, the book, the documentary, our featured speakers, and of ourselves to one another, as we begin this journey of learning and sharing together. WEDNESDAY, MAY 1: “Gender Based Violence” featuring Angela Cain, Community Affairs Director at WTHR-Channel 13 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5: “Education” featuring Ellen DanielsHowell, Executive Director of the Kenya UMOJA Project WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11: “Sex Trafficking” featuring Sarah Hurley, President & Co-founder of Kristy's House WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2: “Maternal Mortality” speaker TBA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: “ Economic Empowerment” speaker TBA All events begin with registration, music and Global Market Place at 6PM, optional dinner at 6:30PM. Dinner registration required ($10) at www.stlukesumc.com or between Sunday services on April 7 & 14 in the West Passage. Program takes place from 7-8:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Free childcare is available by registering one week in advance with Kristi Chamberlain, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ADULT EDUCATION To pre-register for a class, go to www.stlukesumc.com/getinvolved/classes, or contact the church office 846-3404. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s.
Women’s Bible Study Be Comforted: A Study of the Book of Isaiah Wednesdays, now-April 10, 1-2PM in E105. Isaiah is sometimes referred to as a miniature Bible with regard to its structure. It has 66 chapters just as the Bible has 66 books. There are two divisions within Isaiah—39 chapters in the first and 27 chapters in the second. It is said that the prophet Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament more than all other prophets combined. Why is this? Could it be because Isaiah identifies God as sovereign over creation and history, as holy, as judge and redeemer? Could it be because he writes of a servant through whom God’s redemption will come? Could it be because he envisions the hope of God’s people in a world that needed God’s message— both then and now? Let’s explore and discover what ageless truths are available for our faithful living today. Led by Terri Coe, St. Luke’s Director of Adult Ministries.
Discover Your God-Given Gifts Choose one of three two-week options in 2013: • Sundays, March 3 & 10, 10:45AM-12:15PM • Mondays, April 22 & 29, 7-8:30PM Understand the work of the church and the importance of your role within it. Discover your God-given gifts. Connect your gifts with your passion. Learn ministry opportunities. Discern where you can make a difference through your service. Participate in a commissioning experience. Class facilitator is Terri Coe, Director of Adult Ministries.
2013 INTERNATIONAL ADULT TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY
Holy Land with Rob and Susan Fuquay September 16-25, 2013. This will be a special opportunity to visit the historical and spiritual sites of the Holy Land with our Senior Pastor Rob Fuquay providing the context and spiritual leadership. We will visit Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, stop at the Mount of the Beatitudes and then travel down the Jordan River to the Dead Sea, where will make a stop at the impressive site of Masada. On our way to Jerusalem, we stop at Qum Rum and then spend a day in Bethlehem, visit the Garden of Gethsemene, Wailing Wall, the Via Delorosa, the Holy Church of the Sepulcher and end our week at the traditional site of the Garden Tomb. This trip will have a special added attraction as Rev. Fuquay will be using this opportunity to video segments to be used as supplementary material to future Disciple study classes. Those on the trip will get a preview, and in some locations, be part of the taping. Trip includes round trip airfare, all local transportation, four-star hotels, daily breakfasts and some additional meals. The cost will be approximately $3000/person (double occupancy). The trip is being organized and led by Bob Zehr through Travel to Remember. For more information or to place your name on the list, email Bob Zehr at email@example.com.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES The Track’s vision is to help children discover God’s love, celebrate families, live out the teachings of Jesus every day and share God’s love with others.
March at The Track March’s virtue is HONESTY. Honesty is important because it builds trust. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. What God says is true; He has shown us that time and time again. And that’s one of the reasons we know we can trust God. The monthly memory verse is: “An honest person has respect for the Lord.” (PROVERBS 14:2a, NIV). Living a life of honesty shows that we respect God and the people we care about. We can find a way to be truthful and still careful of the feelings of those we care about.
February at the Mini-Track When you think of the amazing gift God gave us, you just have to say, “Wow!” That’s what we want for our preschoolers this month. We want them to say, “Wow!” We want them to be wowed by the miracles that Jesus performed while he lived among us. We want them to be wowed by the awesomeness of his power. We want them to be wowed by his entrance into Jerusalem, and we want them to be wowed by the fact that he came alive on Easter day. Preschoolers will be learning “Jesus wants to be my friend forever.” Their memory verse is “I am with you always.” (MATTHEW 28:20)
Easter Egg Hunt
Find Your Place at The Track
The Easter Bunny will be hopping by St. Luke’s on Saturday, March 30. Your family won’t want to miss the chance to spend the morning playing games, hunting eggs and celebrating the joys of Easter with other families. We’ll gather in the Great Hall at 9:30AM, and the hunt will begin shortly afterwards. Cost is $3/child, and tickets may be purchased the morning of the event.
2013 is the Year of the Volunteer in Children’s Ministries! We’ve committed ourselves to rallying around and supporting our volunteers in new and exciting ways. One of our objectives is to create a multi-tiered 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
KidUnique SMALL GROUP STUDY What if our role as influential adults is to help kids discover who they really are? What if the best gift we can give children is to empower them to explore their uniqueness so that they can learn to appreciate and accept their true selves? That's what we'll be learning to do in a small group for four Sundays at 11AM, March 3, 10, 17 and April 7 (to accommodate for spring breaks and Easter), using a book entitled KidUnique by Dan Webster. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, work with children or are simply interested in investing in tomorrow's future, you'll benefit from this great study. Contact Heather Hilbert at hilberth@ stlukesumc.comor 846-3404 x327 for more information or to sign up.
Plan Your Summer Calendar! Children’s Ministries will be offering two amazingly different yet equally exciting options for your children this summer. Save these dates on your family calendar: July 8-12, 2013. Daycamp. We will partner with Spring Hill Camps to make St. Luke’s a site for their daycamp. If your child has competed K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th grade, then they are in for an amazing adventure. Look for more details soon. In the meantime, visit www.springhillcamps.com/IN/ daycamp. July 22-26, 2013. Summer Splash (St. Luke’s Vacation Bible School) brings fun and excitement to children three years old through rising 4th graders. Youth and adults can volunteer in a variety of different ways to make this the best week of the year for all involved. If there’s a specific role you’d like to volunteer for this year, please contact Amy Myhand at email@example.com
CHILDREN’S MUSIC Chili and Mac & Cheese Cook-Off Are you known as the “Champ of Chili” or the “Master of Mac & Cheese? Then enter our Chili and Mac & Cheese Cook-Off, Sunday March 3 from 10:30AM-12:30PM in the Great Hall. Sign up to bring your top-secret recipe at http://www.mysignup.com/stlukeschilicookoff. Entries will be judged by those who attend. Winners will get “Top Chef” honors and bragging rights. Want to sample the wonderful creative concoctions of the contestants? Tickets available Sundays in the East and West passages, $5/person ($20/family max.), or contact Debra Nethercott by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your ticket includes samplings of Chili and Mac & Cheese and delicious sides, salads, desserts and drinks donated by our Children’s Choir families. You’ll also enjoy young singers, musicians and dancers while you eat. Proceeds will benefit the St. Luke’s Children’s Music Program; our goal is to raise $2000. This music ministry provides first-class musical instruction, at no cost, to ages ranging from ages 3 1/2 to high school. The children and youth learn to worship and serve God through singing, performing with instruments, and participation in a scripture-based musical. Our fundraiser will also provide the opportunity for youth to participate in the Royal School of Church Music Summer Camp, a trip to Fort Wayne to sing for a wedding, and new music equipment for all children to use.
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FAMILY MINISTRIES Marriage Enrichment Marriage is a journey, and the Marriage Enrichment weekend being offered by St. Luke's is designed to enrich that journey. This workshop is an exploration into the positives in a marriage: a guided growth experience. Both in a group and privately, husband and wife are led through a sequential set of communication exercises. This sequence creates learning experiences in which participants are enriched through personal growth. Marriage Enrichment is taking place the weekend of March 8-10, 2013. Cost is $325/couple, which includes two nights stay at the Artists Colony Inn in Nashville, Indiana, breakfasts both mornings, Saturday dinner, and all workshop materials. A $75 deposit is required to reserve your spot, and only two remain. Contact Jason Bick at 845-9747 or email@example.com for more information. Sponsored by St. Lukeâ€™s United Methodist Men.
With facilities as extensive as these, the Facilities Team could use some assistance in housekeeping jobs. Listed below are tasks and associated skills that volunteer(s) could adopt and contribute to our overall look, cleanliness and welcoming attitude.
a) WINDOWS. Windows can be cleaned daily at your pace and time frame. Exterior windows can be cleaned as weather permits. Supplies are provided. Family teams and groups of friends welcome! b) LAWN CARE. Watering as needed. Operating the ZTR mower, weed trimming, picking up trash/debris on the lawns. High school age appropriate. Equipment and supplies furnished. c) MULCHING. Springtime brings the need for mulching, which helps conserve moisture for both plants and trees. d) CHURCH VEHICLES. Keep the church vehicles clean inside and out. This kidfriendly job comes furnished with equipment and supplies. e) LIGHTS. Interior and exterior bulb changes depending on experience. Ballast changes-experience necessary. f)
COLUMBARIUM. Keep columbarium area tidy and clean.
g) PAINTING/PATCHING. Exterior/interior. Some experience desired, but will train. Tools/supplies provided. h) PARKING LOT CARE. Keep all parking areas clean, no trash, curbs clean. i)
HVAC CLEANING. Keeping filters clean and/or changed helps prevent illnesses,
especially in the childcare area. Equipment provided. Will train. j)
INTERIOR EQUIPMENT/FIXTURES. Carts, trash can cleaning would be a huge
help to the facility team. k) GENERAL FACILITY HELP. Small jobs can always be found that a willing soul could perform on an on-call basis. Please contact Rich Potterf at 846-3404 x316 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help!
The Elderberries Monthly gathering for March will be Thursday, March 7 at 12:30PM in Fellowship Hall. (Please note time of day change) We ask that you bring a dish to share. A $3 minimum donation is suggested to help with program costs. First-time visitors do not need to bring a dish. Please make reservations with Adra Wheeler at 253-4914 or 846-3404. Our program will feature storyteller Frances Whitener. She will tell stories from her family life in her hometown of Martinsville, VA. These will be humorous tales commenting on the oddities of southern life in the mid-19th century. Frances is a member of the Story Telling Arts of Indiana. She has been a teller at Indy Parks, libraries, hospitals and nursing homes for adults of all ages and children.
GREEN MINISTRIES Beyond Coal: Coal Plant Pollution and the Urgency for Clean Energy
Green Gratitude & E-Waste
More than 90% of Indiana’s power plants are powered by coal. Indiana faces more than $5 billion in annual health care costs associated with the harmful effects of power plants. Clean energy investment can create jobs and improve our air. Come learn about what is happening in Indiana and what you can do to make a difference. Speaker is Megan Anderson from the Sierra Club. Wednesday, February 27, 7-8:30PM in the Parlor. No registration or fee.
The Green Ministry wishes to thank Kathleen Lattimer and Wings for West Africa for organizing and staffing the Green Ministry’s computer/e-waste event on Saturday, January 5. St. Luke's next community computer collection drive and electronic waste recycling event will be Saturday, April 13, 9AM-1PM in the front parking lot. Donate your no-longer used computer equipment to Wings for West Africa, a local non-profit that refurbishes and ships computers to schools in West Africa. Hard drives are professionally wiped and tax receipts provided. We are also accepting anything with a cord to be safely recycled by RecycleForce Inc. For a complete list of what can be recycled at this event, go to www.stlukesumc.com. Tell your friends and neighbors! Fee is collected for TVs. Cans, bottles, cardboard and Styrofoam packaging also accepted.
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. Hear contemporary Christian, gospel and jazz music featuring the Later Band and Vocals, along with a challenging and thought-provoking message. Holy Communion is served every Sunday, along with light refreshments before and after the worship service. MARCH WORSHIP SERVICES: MARCH 3: “I AM the Gate of the Sheep” MARCH 10: “I AM the True Vine” MARCH 17: “I AM the Truth and the Life” MARCH 24—PALM SUNDAY: “The Seven Last Words” MARCH 31—EASTER: “I AM the Resurrection”
Palm Sunday Later@St. Luke’s presents “When The Cheering Stopped” on Sunday, March 24 at 6PM. This special worship service will feature prophetic preaching on each of the sayings of Jesus on the cross, known as the Seven Last Words from the Cross. Also, inspiring music will further enhance this Palm Sunday worship experience. These seven expressions are traditionally attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion. The seven sayings form part of a Christian meditation that is often used during Lent, Holy Week and Good Friday. The order of the sayings is: 1. Forgiveness - Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (LUKE 23:34). 2. Salvation - Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (LUKE 23:43). 3. Relationship - Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (JOHN 19:26-27).
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OUTREACH GLOBAL— WORLD MISSION TRIPS Online registration at www.stlukesumc.com.
Fondwa, Haiti June 9-16, 2013 LEADER: David Williamson; email@example.com COST: $900 + plane ticket (approx. $600-$700) Join Pastor David on a construction trip to Fondwa, Haiti. The trip will include constructing a house, traveling with kids to the beach, visiting Haitian homes and learning about the culture. This is an added trip to help support two of our own members living in Fondwa for the summer. Alex Moon and Avery Hollenback will be serving the community of Fondwa during the summer months and will be coordinating the trip on the ground in Haiti. Our team is limited to 20 team members. You can save your spot with a deposit of $200. If you have any questions, please contact Jamalyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids in Mission Kids in Mission stresses the importance of teaching kids they should give back and that they can make a difference by contributing to something bigger than themselves. Through the many activities we have planned, their eyes and hearts will be opened to people who are different from them but created by the same God. Kids grades K-5 are invited to join Kids in Mission in E107/109 from 6-7:15PM on March 3 as we journey through Lent. Our central activity will be making a “Random Act of Kindness.” On March 17 we will learn about St. Patrick and how, despite all the odds, he spread God’s love to Ireland. Contact Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at email@example.com if you have any questions. So that we can plan, please register online at www.stlukesumc.com or download and print a registration form and return to Jamalyn.
St. Luke’s & Habitat for Humanity
Native American Family Work Project
St. Luke’s is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County to make a difference in our community. We will be building an new home for the Davis family in Westfield. Learn about this exciting outreach opportunity this March as we prepare to break ground and begin construction in August. Join with friends and family and discover the many ways you can help contribute with your time and treasure. For more information about how you can help, please contact Todd Hockemeyer at tmhockemeyer @gmail.com or 417.2860, or Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 846.3404.
June 23-29, 2013 LEADERS: Kathie Clemenz, 317-845-5655, email@example.com Jamalyn Peigh Williamson, 317-846 3404, firstname.lastname@example.org COST: $350 (+transportation) Informational meeting on March 10 at 10:45AM in C122 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 two 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. This is a great family adventure; however, we do recommend the age of children be seven years and older. Our team is limited to 44 team members. You can save your spot with a deposit of $125.
SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER To pre-register for a class, go to www.stlukesumc.com/getinvolved/classes, or contact the church office at 317-846-3404. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s. Ongoing classes listed in the Extra Section. The Spiritual Life Center programs are open to all interested people without regard to their faith or religion.
Spiritual Life Center’s New Blog The Spiritual Life Center now has a blog at slcblog.stlukesumc.com. 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 (email@example.com or 8463404 x339).
WORKSHOPS, CLASSES AND RETREATS
Discussions of Ultimate Concerns for Under Age 50 Adults What are you thinking and feeling about this life – your life, your search for God and your responses to the hard questions about suffering and death? What about the experiences of joy, gratitude and delight in life? Under age 50 adults are invited to bring their longings and ponderings, their questions regarding faith and ultimate concerns and their personal needs for a dialogue with other seekers. Whose voices are informing you? What are you reading and where are you going to seek guidance and information? Have you read Ken Wilber, Anne Lamott, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Paul Tillich, C.S. Lewis, J. Philip Newell, the Bible? Bring your friends and join seeker/facilitator Merri Leffel for one or all of the opportunities for dialogue. Wednesday, March 6, Noon-1:30PM, Friday, March 8, 5-7PM. All classes are held in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration suggested. Childcare available one week in advance (need ages of children).
Blessings for Lent: Reflection, Poetry & Meditation Join Terri Jump for a morning of quiet reflection on the Blessings in our lives. Poetry, journaling, meditation, and silence will offer the participants deep reflection, insights, and gratitude during Lent. Give yourself this gift on Saturday, March 16, 9AM-Noon in the Spiritual Life Center. Suggested reading is One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. No fee, registration suggested.
Letting Go, Letting God: a Lenten Labyrinth Workshop Lent is a time to let go of all the burdens we carry, journey prayerfully into silence and, once renewed, dedicate our lives to sharing God’s gifts of love and service with others. This workshop, guided by labyrinth facilitator Dhyana Raynor, provides the structure to make that personal journey. Expect to come away with a renewed dedication to your prayer life and your desire to lovingly transform the world. Friday, March 22, 1-3PM in Fellowship Hall. Registration required, no fee.
SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS
Studio 3 Art Ministry FEBRUARY: Lino-cut Making Workshop. Instructor Laurie Miller will provide a demonstration and hands-on practice in this technique. Thursday, February 28, 10:30AM, C122— the afternoon will be open for practice. A light lunch will be provided. All materials will be supplied for those preregistered. MARCH: Slate Etchings Workshop. Instructor Ann Richard-
son will provide most materials, but please bring a black and white photo or print to work from and a sharp instrument (pen knife, nail etc). Thursday, March 21, 10:30AM, C122 with a break for a light lunch and then time to work on your etching.
PRAYER AND MEDITATION
Exploring Spiritual Practices This Lenten season, deepen your journey with the Mystery we call God by doing what Christians have done for centuries. You are invited to explore spiritual practices with the goal of finding at least one that is helpful and meaningful for you. All are simple to learn and can be woven into your daily/weekly schedule. Expect one session each on Journaling and Lectio Divina with a concluding session on Spiritual Types. Members of the Spiritual Life Center Commission will be your guides for this Lenten Journey. You may choose a Sunday morning, a weekday or evening class lasting one hour for seven weeks: now-March 17, Sundays (11AM-Noon in the Spiritual Life Center), Monday evenings (7-8PM in C110), Tuesdays (Noon-1PM in E105). Registration is required (www.stlukesumc.com or 8463404), please specify Sunday, Monday or Tuesday class. No fee.
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24-Hour Holy Week Prayer Vigil You are invited to make a time of prayer part of your Holy Week experience by participating in the 24-hour Holy Week Prayer Vigil. Thursday, March 28, 8PM–Good Friday, March 29, 8PM in the Prayer Chapel and Spiritual Life Center. You will be provided with prayer requests and devotional materials. You may come any time or sign up for a designated 1/2 hour or hour time slot (firstname.lastname@example.org or 846-3404 x339). If you chose a late night/early morning time, someone will be in the building all night to welcome you and respond to your needs.
Stations of the Cross If you have been to Jerusalem’s Old City, you have probably walked the path that Jesus walked on what we now call Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The Catholic Church has taken that journey and created Stations of the Cross. Each Station represents an event in Jesus’ journey to the cross. This year the Spiritual Life Center invites you to travel that path with the help of a devotional guide to more fully experience the final days of Holy Week. Beginning on Holy Thursday at 8PM until Good
BODY / MIND / SPIRIT
Believersize Dance Class Let’s dance! Come and worship the Lord through Christian music and movement. Great way to feel good and get in shape while feeding your spirit with joy and hope. Meet new people, form lasting friendships and praise the Lord. Taught by Judy Hanna, Fridays, March 1-April 26 (omit March 29), 1-2PM in N103/103. Registration suggested; fee: $40/8 weeks or $7/walk-in.
Friday at 7PM, the 14 Stations can be found around the perimeter of Robertson Chapel (start at the southeast end of the stained glass windows). Barbara Furlow, who wrote the guide, will be available on Thursday at 8PM (following the Holy Thursday service) and again on Friday at 11AM (before the noon Good Friday service) to guide you through the Stations. Or you may choose a self-guided experience.
Good Friday Labyrinth Walk Labyrinth walking easily lends itself to the image of a journey. As you enter the labyrinth you really aren’t sure where the path will lead, but you hold in your heart the assurance that if you continue to put one foot in front of the other, you will reach the center. Along the way you may release any burdens you carry, pray for yourself and others and ready yourself for Good Friday and Easter. Labyrinth Walk is available on Good Friday, 9AM7PM in Fellowship Hall. Labyrinth painted on the floor of N103/104 is available any time the room is not reserved for other activities (check door reservation card).
Movement, Play and Spirituality 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 5 Rhythms. Come ready to move and play with leader Amy Barnes, Life Coach and Therapist. Adults 18 to 108 are welcome. Every 2nd Sunday, March 10 and April 14, 4-5:15PM in N103/104. Registration suggested, donations appreciated.
UNITED METHODIST MEN 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)
Men's Softball Many reasons exist to play softball with us this year: Need an excuse to get out of the house and run around? Want to meet some other guys from church? Think you should use your softball talents for good, not evil? Then our team, the St. Luke's Weslyans, is perfect for you! We will play 10 late afternoon games starting Sunday April 7. First practice is a warm weekend in late March. We need guys who can commit to most weeks, and guys who can only make a few. Contact Nate Montgomery with questions or to sign up! email@example.com or 340-7115.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN Spring Tea United Methodist Women invite you to our Spring Tea on Saturday, March 23 from 12-2PM in Fellowship Hall. Karen Alford will present “Hats Off to You,” detailing the evolution of hats. Light snacks and tea will be served. We encourage you to wear a hat from any time period. Please bring a jar of peanut butter for local food pantries. RSVP by March 16 to Jessica Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-5660896. Free childcare by emailing Jessica by March 13.
UMW Sewing Day—Pillowcase Dresses for Haiti Please join us in the Parlor from 9AM-12 Noon on Monday, March 25 as we make pillowcase dresses to send to girls in Haiti. Bring your cutting shears, sewing machine and a finger food to share. All other supplies provided. All skill levels needed. Questions? Email email@example.com.
UMW Rummage Sale Save the Date! April 24-27. Donations and proceeds benefit local and global Missions. Cashiers and volunteers are needed on sale days. Sign up for a two-hour shift at www.mysignup.com/stlukesrummagesale.
UMW CIRCLE MEETINGS: Open to all women
Eve Circle We invite all mothers with young children to join us for fellowship, service projects and spiritual growth. Join us Tuesday, March 5 for the topic strengthening your marriage with guest speaker Wendy Loker, LMFT. We encourage you to read John Gottman's book Seven Principles to Making Marriage Work in preparation for this meeting. On Tuesday March 19, we will be discussing the topics extreme couponing and meal planning. Both meetings are from 9:3011:30AM and will be held in the Parlor. Free childcare is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
Mary Magdalene Mary Magdalene Circle will meet in the Parlor on Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-8PM. A light snack is served with every meeting. We are very pleased to have Sharon Harvey present a program on the life and inspirational poetry of Helen Steiner Rice. We will also have a devotion and short meeting. Mary Magdalene Circle membership is open to all women of St. Luke’s. If you have questions, please contact co-chairs Jolynne Wilhoit at 403-2462 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori Chambers 696-5965 or email@example.com.
New Life Circle Attention single women... Join us at New Life Circle on Tuesday, March 19, at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center. As we enter into the Lenten season, our personal faith journeys can be renewed by remembering who we are... God's own beloved and precious children. By recognizing our Godgiven and human personality differences, we can grow and mature as loving disciples of Jesus Christ. Come and enjoy a fun and interactive discussion led by Rev. Marsha Hutchinson to learn more about yourself and others as you "seek, celebrate and share the love of God." For additional information, contact Nancy at 341-5032 or nhopper@ iupui.edu, or Cathy at 334-7821. New Life Circle welcomes single, divorced, and widowed women of all ages.
Sarah Circle Sarah Circle’s next meeting will be on Monday, March 18, at 1PM in the Parlor. Our meeting consists of a devotional, a light snack, socialization and a program. The program this month will be a special presentation by Tammy Elmore on the Hamilton County Meals on Wheels. We look forward to you joining us. Please feel free to bring a friend. Questions? Call Pat Amrhien at 841-3873.
White Cross Guild
Hannah Circle welcomes mothers of elementary, middle and high school students who are working full-time, parttime, or staying home. Join us in the Parlor on Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30PM as we explore “Living WholeHeartedly.” Free childcare provided. Please email childcare reservations by the 1st of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hannah Circle will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, September-May. Mothers of young children in need of an evening circle are welcome to join us too. For more information or to receive updates from Hannah Circle, please email Betsy Amirhamzeh and Regan Summers at email@example.com.
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 (next meeting: March 11) to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). Contact Marguerite Moehn (873-1956) or Barb Querry (879-0543).
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YOUTH MINISTRIES Register for any event at www.stlukesumc.com/youth. 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!
MARCH YOUTH EVENTS MARCH 9: Jr. High Service Day MARCH 15: High School Comedy Sportz Club Event MARCH 17: Youth Silent Auction and Hire a Teen
benefiting teen mission trips to Peru, Green Bay, Benton Harbor & Indianapolis! MARCH 31—NO MORNING/EVENING EVENTS, Easter Sunday
Hire a Teen and Silent Auction March 17, 9AM-1PM in the Great Hall. The Silent Auction and Hire-a-Teen fundraiser benefitting St. Luke’s youth, particularly for mission trips in summer 2013, will take place on March 17 in the Great Hall after each service. The silent auction will include items donated from community companies, as well as hot items like dinners and events with St. Luke’s pastors. St. Luke’s youth will also offer services like babysitting, tutoring, lawn services, spring cleaning, organizing etc. to earn funds to help pay towards mission trips, retreats, and other activities. There will be fresh popcorn and cotton candy available while you peruse items and services. Please stop by and show your support for St. Luke’s youth!
Jr. High Service Day March 9, 11AM-4:30PM. This is a service opportunity for all students grade 6-8. We will meet at the Lodge at 11AM to head down to Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis. We will return to the Lodge at 4:30PM. Parents are invited to sign up as adult leaders. Sign up online!
High School Weekday Small Groups We currently have two weekday small group opportunities for high school students. All high school girls are invited to come to a small group on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30PM at the Lodge. All high school guys are invited to come to a small group on Wednesdays from 6-7PM at Buffalo Wild Wings at 2510 East 146th St., Carmel. These groups are a great way to get to know each other, have a place of respite during busy weeks, and discuss your faith with peers. We hope your student will consider coming to check out a small group soon!
LOOKING AHEAD: APRIL 7—NO CONFIRMATION, Spring Break APRIL 13: High School Service Day
with church’s 60th Anniversary
High School Comedy Sportz Night March 15, 5:30-10PM. Join us for the High School Comedy Sportz Night on March 15! We will meet at the Lodge at 5:30PM to head downtown for pizza and a night of laughs at the family friendly, improv Comedy Sportz Club. Cost is $20 and includes pizza and your ticket for the event. Please sign up online by Sunday, February 24 and turn in your $20 to the church (attn: Colleen Baumgartner) so we can plan for rides. Friends are welcome.
APRIL 27-28: Jr. High Spring Retreat
The following is a listing of essential info and on-going classes/events.
HOURS: 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.
E-MAIL: Need to email someone on our staff? Easy. Our email is our last name followed immediately by first initial, followed by @stlukesumc.com.
IN GENERAL: 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: I NEED
Adult Class Registration
Childcare Needs for Meetings/Events (charges may apply)
Member Care/Death/ Mary Katherine Schnitz Stephen Ministry Request/Hospitalization Membership/Births/Address/ Phone Change
Reserve a Room/Request A/V
Beth Lammers or Carol Helmus
Weddings/Special Event Coordination
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 www.stlukesumc.com/resoucecenter for details.
Family Fuel, First Sunday of each month. A fun, interactive worship service for elementary-aged children and their families to experience together. Led by Rev. David Williamson. 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. The Garden is an off-site satellite ministry of St. Luke’s providing non-traditional worship in a comfortable, casual setting. Dr. Linda McCoy, Pastor. The Garden at Beef & Boards: 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15AM every Sunday; music provided by The Good Earth Band. The Garden at Oak Hill: 9:30 & 10:30AM every Sunday; music provided by The Oak Hill Band. Rev. Stan Abell, Campus Pastor.
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Inspirational Gifts, Jewelry & Books Conveniently located inside St. Luke’s UMC Sharon Holyoak, Manager Gift Registry Available
OASIS HOURS: TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS
10AM - 2PM 9AM - 1PM
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ADULT EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER New participants welcome!
A Listening Heart: Bible Study for Women with Young Children
New Earth Community
2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-9PM in, E212. Childcare is available upon request. New members always welcome. For information, contact Alison Staley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays, 7-8:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. This study discusses innovative and challenging spiritual books. Contact JoAnne Waeltz, 872-0895, email@example.com, for current title.
Flo Hardy Bible Study
Ongoing Meditation Group
1st & 3rd Mondays, 9AM 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). Led by Rev. Marsha Hutchinson.
Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join in 1/2 hour discussion followed by 1/2 hour of Christian meditation. You will find support for your practice, new ideas and a community of others who welcome silence. Led by Merri Leffel, Mondays, 6:30-7:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. No fee or registration.
Tuesday Afternoon Women's Spiritual Book Study The current book is Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeons Journey Into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander. M.D. Dr Alexander is a neurosurgeon/Harvard Medical School professor who lived his life by straight science until he had a near-death experience. The book is about his struggle to reconcile his scientific past with his new-found spirituality. Every Tuesday, 1-2:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Contact JoAnne Waeltz at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 317-872-0895 with questions.
Sunrise Book Study
Prayer Shawl Ministry Tuesdays, 1-3PM in W120. 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 email@example.com.
Studio 3 Art Ministry for Artists & Dabblers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Current book is Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
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. Every Thursday, 9AM-4PM in C122. For information, contact Karen Porter at email@example.com.
George Vickery Men’s Discussion Group
St. Luke’s Writers’ Group
Wednesdays, 9:30AM at Shapiro’s (in Carmel). Discuss current events or the latest book of interest you have read. For more information, call Bob Waeltz at 872-0895.
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 Donna Singleton at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. 2nd Mondays, March 11 and April 9, 6:30-8PM in E107/109.
Pastors’ Book Study Wednesdays, 10-11:30AM in the Parlor. Book discussions are led by a rotating group of pastors and leaders within the church. Each book selected is with the goal of interactive and insightful discussion about how faith is lived out and experienced in our lives on a regular basis. We welcome you to our fellowship to enjoy this relaxed format, stimulating conversation and thought-provoking topics.
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.
Thursday Afternoon Book Study Thursdays, 1-2:30PM, Parlor. Join this group to read and discuss a diverse selection of materials. March’s book will be Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly. April’s book is The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom. 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 email@example.com.
SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES
Conversations Around the Scripture Sundays, 9:30–10:30AM in E105. United Methodist Pastor Martin Thielen was asked, “What’s the least I can believe and still be a Christian?” His thoughtful response became the basis of a book that helps us consider what matters most in a life of faith. Thielen begins his book entitled What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be Christian by identifying things we need not believe. He concludes the book with ten things he believes we need to understand about Jesus—his identity, priority, work, example, death, resurrection, legacy, and vision for the world. Thielen notes that a great benefit of these beliefs about Jesus is that they provide promising answers to some of life’s questions. The book may be purchased in the Oasis Bookstore. Led by Gary Chambers, Brian Earnhart, and Craig Overmyer, St. Luke’s Members.
Indoor Open Labyrinth Walk
Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Parlor. If you’ve ever had a “bad day” join us for inspiration as we read the story of Marine Corporal Joshua Bleill. Through his story, One Step at a Time—A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL, we will follow his journey from enlistment to active duty in Fallujah, Iraq, through two years of rehabilitation needed because of severe injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle, to his job as community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts. Josh discovered that life begins when we embrace our bad days and keep going forward, one step at a time. Book available in the Oasis Bookstore.
Every Friday, 5-7PM, N103/104. This prayer form is an alternative to seated meditation and offers an opportunity to end your week with a time for quiet prayer and contemplation. You may want to bring prayer requests/ celebrations to accompany you on your walk. A host or hostess will be available to answer questions or give you a brief introduction to labyrinth walking. Check schedule by door for availability of N103/104 labyrinth at other times.
“Being“ Discussion Every Sunday Morning Radio interviewer Krista Tippett hosts a provocative show about religion, meaning, ethics and ideas at 7AM every Sunday morning on FM90.1. Krista interviews authors, spiritual leaders, scientists, professors, political activists, storytellers and musicians. A group of interested listeners meets at 9:30AM every Sunday morning in the Spiritual Life Center to discuss that morning’s show. Never a dull moment! The show is available the prior Thursday at www.onbeing.org. Discussion is open to all.
New Perspectives on Sunday Morning Sundays, 11AM-Noon, Parlor (until 3/17). This class explores the work of religious scholars who are giving voice to reimagining the essence of Christianity. Bring your questions about the church, religion and faith to this non-judgmental conversation in search of alternative answers and paths to experiences of the Holy. Current study is Religion and Science.
BODY / MIND / SPIRIT
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 bring you back to balance and wholeness through God’s restorative healing power. These sessions reenergize and relax persons to enable their own natural resources to deal with illness or injury. Process honors all faith traditions. Call 317-846-3404x442 for a daytime or evening appointment. No fee, donations appreciated.
Yoga for Stress 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. Mondays, 7:30-8:45AM and 9:30-10:45AM, and Thursdays, 8:30-9:45AM, all classes in N101/102. 8 Mondays, March 11-April 29, fee $96, and 8 Thursdays, March 14-May 2, fee $96. Join anytime. Walkins/$15. You can register and pay online, www.stlukesumc.com. Next sessions begin on May 13 & 16.
“Pay What You Can” Happy Yoga Open to all, regardless of finances or yoga experience. Find your strength and happiness through poses, breath and meditation. Taught by Carol Holden. Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30PM in N103/104. No registration or fee; donations appreciated. Bring a mat AND blanket.
Meditation in Motion Returns Some people find sitting meditation difficult. Here is an opportunity to meditate and be in motion too. Enhance your overall spiritual, mental and physical health, relieve stress, recover from illness, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation and reduce chronic pain. Taught by Amy Barr. Thursdays, 10:3011:30AM, Luke’s Lodge, upstairs. No registration; cost is $10/session. Childcare available upon request a week in advance.
Aikido Training 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.indianapolisaikikai.org. Adult classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-9PM, Saturdays, 8-10AM. All classes in N103/104.
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Chronic Pain Support Group
For Children’s Music information, please see the listing under Music Ministries on page 19.
Monday, March 18 at 6-7:30PM in N101/102. A support group for patients with all types of neuropathic and fibro-myalgia pain and for their families and friends. No registration is required. Questions? Contact Dr. Meg Frazer at 844-2903 or margaret.L. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Support Group Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30PM, in the Conference Room. This group offers emotional and spiritual support for families who have a member abusing drugs or alcohol.
Adult ADD Support Group Third Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30PM in W125. St. Luke’s offers support for adults with ADD. For more information call Mary Katherine at 846-3404 x365.
Jesse’s Street 3rd Monday of every month, 6:30-8PM in the Conference Room. THIS MONTH: March 18. For parents who have a child with a physical, mental or emotional disability. Register for childcare by contacting Sylvia Forbes. Leaders: Kevin & Hillary McCarley, 850-1637.
Knitters Needed The prayer shawl ministry would love to have some more knitters. You are welcome to join them on Tuesdays at 1PM in the church conference room. Or knit from home. For more information or details about the shawl dimensions, please call Helen Vreisman at 439-6347.
Care Committee If you know of someone, confined to their home or health care center, call Mary Katherine at 846-3404 x365. The Care Committee makes monthly visits.
Stephen Ministry Connect with your Stephen Minister and receive unconditional love! A Stephen Minister is a caring, supportive, trained, trustworthy confidant, who really listens and is ready to focus on you. Stephen Ministers provide confidential oneon-one care for those who are grieving, lonely, dealing with aging, experiencing a crisis and/or facing a life transition. Contact Mary Katherine Schnitz at schnitzm@stlukesumc. com or 846-3404x365 and begin to receive the spirit of caring provided by your Stephen Minister.
Kids in Mission Twice a month, Pastor Jamalyn Peigh Williamson will lead Kids in Mission (formerly Mission Possible Kids) where kids will discover new and exciting ways to change the world around them. Open to elementary aged children (K-5th grade), Kids in Mission will meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings from 6-7:15PM in E107/109. Please contact Jamalyn at email@example.com with questions.
Helping Hands Needed Want to help Children’s Ministries grow? We’d like to form a team of volunteers to support our growth by helping us with creative projects. These projects range from organizational to artistic. If you have some spare time throughout the week, chances are we have a need that could meet your talents and availability. If you’d like to volunteer on our team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Children’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 in 2013! For more information, please contact Amy Myhand at email@example.com
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.
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 thetrack@ stlukesumc.com.
FELLOWSHIP Elderberries A free movie at the Movie Buff Theatre will be Friday, March 15 at 10AM. RSVP to Adra Wheeler, 253-4914. You must call Adra to get tickets. We are sorry the movie to be shown is not announced in advance.
The Track: Facebook & Twitter You can now "like" The Track on Facebook at St. Luke's UMC—The Track to get up-to-date 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.
PRESCHOOL & PDO Preschool 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.
Our monthly Elderberries Euchre Party will be Saturday, March 16 at 6:45PM in the Parlor. Please bring a snack to share. Contact Adra Wheeler at 253-4914 or 8463404 with any questions.
ReachOut 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Adults Tired of sitting at home with nothing to do? New to Indy and just don’t know anyone or where to hang out? Our fellowship nights are designed to get you out of your house, engaged with other young adults, and show you all that Indy has to offer. We take in concerts, dinners, movies, bowling, putt-putt, local onetime gigs, and much more! So if you’re looking for a place to connect, here’s your opportunity. For more information about our next event, email staff member Terri Coe at email@example.com.
THE GARDEN COMMUNICATIONS Become a Fan Are you on Facebook? If so, are you a fan of St. Luke’s? Become a fan today—simply log onto our website (www.stlukesumc.com) and click the link on our home page to get to our Facebook page. Then click the “Like” button—just one more way to stay connected to everything St. Luke’s. We love to hear from you there too, but ask that you limit your postings to churchrelated events and topics, please.
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Green Ministry Leadership Team
Our ministry leadership team meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. NEXT MEETING: March 13, 5:30-7PM in E213 and welcomes new people to the discussion. Please contact Sharon Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-578-7502, or just show up.
St. Luke's encourages you to make a commitment to become part of our church family. Whether you've only started attending recently, or if you've been coming for years but never made your relationship with St. Luke's "official," we invite you to attend one of our Membership Coffees (tea, water and juice fans also welcome!). They are held the first Sunday of each month at 11AM in N101. Register online at www.stlukesumc.com or contact Sylvia Forbes at 846-3404 x343 or email@example.com. Childcare is available through placing your child in our Sunday morning childcare or other worship/small group options. UPCOMING DATES: March 3 and April 17.
Energy Audit Project Has Earned Thousands Through a special program offered by all the energy companies in Indiana, a skilled representative from Energize Indiana will come to your home, do a careful inventory and then leave a report and a box full of energy saving goodies. There is no charge and you are not pressured to buy anything. We have not heard one bad report about this program. The win/win is that St. Luke’s receives $25 for each audit to use in green projects around our facility. Please invite your friends, family and neighbors to take advantage of this opportunity too. Pick up a form in the main office, at the Recycling Center in Central Passage, or online at www.stlukesumc.com. Place the completed form in Betty Brandt’s mailbox. You will receive a call from Energize Indiana to schedule an appointment.
Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry wants to greet a new season with you. Has sadness, sickness and struggles of life sapped your energy? Please contact Mary Katherine Schnitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 846-3404 x365 to meet your Stephen Minister. Your caring, loving, trained Stephen Minister is ready to walk into springtime with you!
GRIEF & WHOLENESS MINISTRIES H.U.G.S (Healing Under Group Support)
HEALTH MINISTRIES Blood Pressure Screening Stop by C110 on Sunday, March 10, 9-11AM for a free blood pressure screening. Please refrain from smoking or caffeine thirty minutes prior to your screening. Sponsored the second Sunday of every month by St. Luke’s Health Ministries.
This on-going group led by Rev. Marsha Hutchinson 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 24PM in the parlor.
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.
Hispanic Ministry Team
If you have an interest in serving, empowering, educating and working with the Latino community of Central Indiana, please contact us. The Hispanic Ministry Team is making progress and we would love to have you join us. For more information, contact Dr. Marion Miller at email@example.com or 846-3404 x340.
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 Rev. Marsha Hutchinson, 846-3404 x315.
H.O.P.E. 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 Rev. Marsha Hutchinson (8463404 x315) or Marci & Jim Harenberg (705-0771).
St. Luke's Orchestra
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 family, workplace or neighborhood would benefit from a one-on-one session of grief counseling, contact Rev. Marsha Hutchinson at email@example.com. Wholeness and health is the goal of working through loss; we hope no one considers doing it alone.
Rehearses Thursdays 6:30-7:30PM in E208, singing at the 8:15AM service twice a month. Contact Director Charles Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grief Ministry Mentors
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 Rev. Marsha Hutchinson at 846-3404 x315.
An intergenerational handbell ensemble with flair! Rehearses Mondays, 6-7:15PM. For information, contact Director Marsha Coyner at email@example.com.
Wesleyan Ringers Advanced ringers rehearse weekly on Wednesday, 6:308PM. Contact Director Mike Keller at mkeller147@ aol.com for more information.
CHILDREN’S MUSIC CONTACT: Debra Nethercott, Children’s Music Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 846-3404 x329. All groups rehearse in E208 and/or E207, 2nd floor, East Wing.
Rehearses Sundays, 8:50-9:20AM Ages 3 ½ -5 by 9/1/12 Movement and music activities including ringing bells, playing rhythm instruments and singing sacred songs.
Elementary Music Program
Rehearses Thursdays 7:30-9PM in E200. New members welcomed periodically throughout the season. Contact Member Chair Carol Tully at email@example.com or Director Mark Squire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearses Sundays, 10:25-11:30AM Rehearsals will not interfere with Family Fuel Grades K-5 Activities of this group include singing, movement and an instrumental program: Orff instruments and choir chimes. MUSIC ASSISTANT: Gay Talbert
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 email@example.com.
Taizé Musical Community Small vocal and instru-mental ensemble serving at monthly Taize service (5-5:45PM), rehearses one hour before each service. Contact Music Director Mark Squire at squirem@ stlukesumc.com.
Middle School Choir Rehearses Tuesdays, 7:15-8PM Grades 6-8 An outstanding group of youth singers who participate regularly in worship services in the St. Luke’s Sanctuary. (Interested students should see Miss Deb for information.)
The Choristers Rehearses Tuesdays, 6:30-7:15PM Grades 3-8 (treble voices) A select group of singers, by audition only. (Interested students should see Miss Deb for information.)
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Voice for Life
Meets Tuesdays, 6-6:30PM This is a program of instruction for music theory, ear training, music history, church history 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. Interested singers, grades 3-8, from the community are also welcome.
Outreach, Inc. serves homeless and at-risk youth in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Over 400 homeless and at-risk youth have been served since January 2012. Employment, housing and transportation are the three biggest obstacles for the youth served. Outreach, Inc. is in need of donations to purchase Indy Go Bus passes for the youth to go to job interviews, work, doctor appointments, school and the grocery store. Make your donations to St. Luke’s UMC and on the memo line write OUTREACH, INC. Please contact Jackie Reed@firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-332-6550 for more information.
Handbell Choirs Meets Sundays, 11:15AM-Noon Grades 3+ DIRECTOR: Donita Murphy-Sims
Refugee Assistance Ministry
Refugees have come to our city at the invitation of the US 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 418-5869 or email@example.com.
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. We will be serving Breakfast March 12, 14, 15, and 26 and April 9, 11, 19 & 30. Volunteers, as well as, donations of food, paper goods or cash are needed. Contact Joe Kenny at 317-876-0645 or jgkenny@ att.net or Don Cochran at 317-441-5658 for information.
The SAWs Wheelchair Ramp Building Mission is gearing up to start as soon as the weather warms up a bit—we already have requests for new ramps. We are looking forward to giving FREEDOM to as many new applicants as possible in 2013! You will meet a wonderful group of people. Please contact Paul Snyder, Lay Leader, Construction Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 695-0585 if you have questions, or sign up at www.sawsramps.org. To experience a build, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SAWsRamps.
Dinner volunteers are needed to cook, transport and serve meals March 18 & 27 and April 15 & 24. 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. Requests for food at Fletcher Place have increased significantly and current supplies are very low. The Food Pantry needs donations of oats, pasta, canned vegetables and fruits (low in sodium and sugar). Bulk quantities are acceptable and appreciated. Food donations can be placed in the drop boxes in the West Passage. Write Fletcher Place on the bags or boxes of items being donated. 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 FP. All donations may be brought to the St. Luke’s main office and we will transport them downtown. 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.
SINGLES Sunday Lunch Bunch Every Sunday, 12:30PM. Feel free to join us at these locations on the below dates for some fun, food, and fantastic times! For more information, please contact Armen at aa737us@ yahoo.com or 298-8913. MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH
3: Moe and Johnny's (College/54th) 10: Cracker Barrel (Michigan Rd./92nd) 17: Max and Erma's (Meridian/W. Carmel Dr.) 24: Don Pablo's (E. 82nd St. at Clearwater)
Bible Study Opportunity Singles Sunday Class—Sundays, 11AM in E105. GROUP LEADER: Rev. Sandy Harlan at revsandy@sbcglobal. net. Currently studying Dr. Amy Jill Levine’s video series on the Old Testament. New members welcome.
Singles Ballroom Dance Lessons Dance instructor Olga Cansino will lead both a beginner and an intermediate level class. No pro-rated classes. Pay online in advance or with check/cash the night of class. No childcare provided. CLASSES—$30/person/month
Mondays, March 4-25, East Passage 6:30PM: Intermediate Level—Waltz 7:30PM: Beginning Level—Cha Cha/Swing Mondays, April 8-29, East Passage 6:30PM: Intermediate Level—Cha Cha 7:30PM: Beginning Level—Waltz Please register online at www.stlukesumc.com or with Terri Coe at 846-3404 x308.
Fork, Knife, & Glass Fork, Knife, & Glass is a community group here at St. Luke’s for anyone who is single who would like to have dinner the third Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at 6:30PM at a local restaurant and enjoy conversations and laughs with other singles. Hosted by Armen Avakian. Our next event will be Wednesday, March 20, 6:30PM at Istanbul Café at 86th/Ditch Rd. To RSVP, email Armen at email@example.com or RSVP on Meetup.com.
Toastmasters Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7-8:30PM in N101/102. For more than 84 years Toastmasters International has offered effective ways to improve communication and leadership skills. Guests attend for free. For information, call Cathy Baker at 334-7821, or visit www.stlukessinglestoastmasters.org.
Volleyball Volleyball meets every Wednesday at 6:30PM, and Friday at 6:30PM in the Great Hall. See the monthly schedule at www.stlukesumc.com/singles. The cost to play is $2. For info, email Tim Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiking Group Every Saturday morning at Eagle Creek (weather permitting), singles meet to hike at 10AM in the parking lot at 56th and Reed Road across from the Colts Training Center. No experience necessary, just a love of the outdoors. Hosted by David Kincaid. For information, please email David at email@example.com.
SPORTS St. Luke's 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.lemming@ anthem.com.
Volleyball This coed sport plays on Monday evenings in the Great Hall September-April. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. Play is competitive but friendly— no spiking or over-hand serves. For more information contact Brent Scott at 875-9382 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $23/player.
UNITED METHODIST MEN Monthly Breakfast All men are invited to the United Methodist Men's monthly breakfast on Saturday, March 2 at 8AM in Fellowship Hall. Almost time for March Madness, so we have Coach Sigel making his annual visit to give us a rundown of his basketball thoughts. Come join us! We would like to get an accurate count for food planning, so please let us know if you can make it. Email email@example.com to say you'll be there.
Theology Unplugged Monthly Fellowship Meet new friends and catch up with old ones during our monthly fellowship on Wednesday, March 20 at 8:30PM. This evening is a place for men to gather and share about life and faith in a relaxed atmosphere. We meet at the Rusty Bucket just east of Ditch Rd. (1130 West 86th St.) in the Brickyard room. Please contact David Gard (firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-8828) if you can make it. Or just show up five minutes late. It's cool.
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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN UMW Reading Group In anticipation of Native American Sunday on April 14, 2013, the UMW Reading Group will be reading two selections about Native American Culture: The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing by Lori Alford. Feel free to read one or both books as your time permits. Our conversation on Monday, March 25, from 7-8:30PM in the Parlor will be enhanced by a guest who has worked as a UMW missionary on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. Newcomers are always welcome! Childcare is available by reservation one week in advance of the meeting. For information, please don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Todd at email@example.com.
UMW Breakfast Spring is about here, and it is time to get out of the house for some nearly spring weather. On March 9, please join other women from St. Luke’s for a fun time eating breakfast together, sharing stories, laughing and making new friends. We meet at 9AM at Hotcakes Emporium located at 86th/Ditch Rd. Questions, please contact Sandra Pirkle 317-910-1839.
JR. HIGH—SUNDAYS Sunday mornings we invite all students in grades 6-8. Our Jr. High group is designed to connect students to each other and to God. We want all students to feel welcomed, and we encourage them to bring friends! For more information please check www.stlukesumc. com/youth. SUNDAY MORNING OFFERINGS - GRADES 6-8
9:30 -10:30AM, 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!
Confirmation The Lodge, 9:30-10:30AM MARCH 3: Worship MARCH 10: Reflection MARCH 17: Psalm 23 MARCH 24: My Story
HIGH SCHOOL—SUNDAY MORNINGS WAKE UP AT THE LODGE
UMW Cookbook The UMW cookbook will continue to be available for purchase at all UMW events and by contacting Allison Flickinger at Allisonflickinger@yahoo.com. The cookbook, published in 2010, contains over 500 recipes graciously donated by St. Luke members and their families and friends. Cost: $15, proceeds benefit various UMW missions.
9:30-10:30AM, The Lodge Café (upstairs) MARCH 3: The Story of Abraham’s Sons MARCH 10: Descendants of Abraham: Judaism MARCH 17: Descendants of Abraham: Islam MARCH 24: Descendants of Abraham: Christianity MARCH 31: No Wake Up @ the Lodge, Easter Sunday
SUNDAY NIGHTS LIVE IN TUNE YOUTH MINISTRY MARCH 31—No evening youth group, Easter Sunday
YOUTH MINISTRIES 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. For information or event registration, stop by Luke's Lodge (the youth building in the NE corner of church parking lot), visit www.stlukesumc.com/ministries/ youth, or contact: Kevin Davis, Director of Youth Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org; 846-3404 x326 Stephanie Eft, Associate Director of Youth Ministry email@example.com; 846-3404 x369 Colleen Baumgartner, Interim Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Jr. High (6-8 grade) 6-7:30PM in the Great Hall Sunday nights for Jr. High has changed this year as we seek to find more ways for students to connect. We will meet in the gym and some students will choose gym activities, while other students will choose to go to a small room with 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!
Sr. High 6-7:30PM, the Lodge, doors open at 5:30 to hang out Each week's meeting will include plenty of hangout and game time, an icebreaker-type activity to get things started as a group, worship led by our live youth band, a short message from an adult leader or student volunteer, and small group discussion time. All high school youth and their friends are welcome!
College-Age Ministry & 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.”
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