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12PM St. Luke's UMC Children's Ministry 12:30PM Congregation Beth-El Zedeck 1PM The Garden 1:30PM Indiana Buddhist Center 2PM Walk in the Light Christian Church 2:30PM The Progressive Spiritualist Church 3PM The Hindu Temple of Central Indiana 3:30PM The Hispanic Ministry, CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, EPISCOPAL

Experience faith traditions different from your own, meet compassionate, peace loving people from around our city. Come for an hour or the entire day. Be sure to come for our CLOSING EVENT—Dances of Universal Peace followed by reception with ethnic inspired refreshments. Sunday, September 29, Noon-7PM in N101/102, N103/104 and the Great Hall—enter door #7.

4PM Muslim Community 4:30PM The Baha'i Faith 5-7PM Dances of Universal Peace / Reception (ENTER DOOR #6)

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Back to School Jesus was a teacher, but he taught in a very different style. Join us Sunday mornings at 8:15, 9:30 & 11AM through September as we focus on the parables of Jesus. He communicated some of the most profound truths about God’s love and human struggles through simple, ordinary stories. SEPTEMBER 1: Releasing Resentment (Fairness)

Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard MATTHEW 20:1-16 SEPTEMBER 8: Principles of Forgiveness

(Forgiving Others) Parable of the Unforgiving Servant-MATTHEW 18:21-35 SEPTEMBER 15: Basics of Humility (Humility) Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector LUKE 18:9-14 SEPTEMBER 22: “Topic TBD"

Dave Williamson speaking SEPTEMBER 29: Importance of Self-Righteousness

(Self-care) Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids-MATTHEW 25:1-13

UMW Fall Rummage Sale Start your fall cleaning and contribute to the St. Luke's UMW Rummage Sale. Clean out your closets. Donate items in clean, good condition. Then, come shop! Questions, contact Regan Summers, Betsy Amirhamzeh, and Carly Roudebush at DROP OFF ALL donations (large and small) at the Great Hall Wednesday, September 25-Thursday, September 26 from 8AM6PM, and Friday, September 27, 8AM-Noon. SHOP THE MEMBERS' SALE Friday, September 27 from 6-8PM, or the Public Sale on Saturday, September 28, 8-3PM. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Wednesday-Friday, 8AM-6PM for sorting and set up. Bring a dish and join us Thursday morning for our Volunteer Pitch-in Luncheon in the Parlor from 11AM-Noon. CASHIERS AND WORKERS NEEDED on sale days: Friday, 5:458:15PM, and Saturday, 7:45AM-3PM. Be part of the clean-up crew Saturday 3-4:30PM. Youth volunteers are welcome after school, and can count the time as community service hours. Sign up for a two-hour shift at 30E054EAAAC23A02-umwfall.

Thank You Marsha Hutchinson! After over ten years of loving pastoral care, Rev. Marsha Hutchinson is retiring from St. Luke's. Her career has centered around providing grief support, visiting hospital patients, and officiating funerals. She has also taught numerous classes, conducted special services, and preached on Sunday morning. A celebration of her ministry will be held on Sunday, Sepember 29 during the morning services.

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

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compassionate, just, inclusive, Christ-like community. This issue lists upcoming events September through mid-October 2013. The deadlines for submitting announcements for the 2013 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.

September 9 for October issue (publishes 9/29) October 7 for November issue (publishes 10/27)

All classes, events and groups are open to all; church membership or affiliation is not required for participation. WELCOME TO ST. LUKE’S!

ALL CHURCH Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Outreach Ministries, UMW, the Spiritual Life Center and several book study groups have come together to present this Half the Sky series. 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 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. Registration, music and Global Market Place at 6PM, optional dinner at 6:30PM. Dinner registration required ($10) at Program takes place from 7:15-8:30PM in Robertson Chapel. Free childcare is available by registering one week in advance with Sandra Pirkle,

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11: “Sex Trafficking” featuring

Sarah Hurley, Kristy's House, Linda Rendleman, Women Like Us Foundation and Marti MacGibbon, Human Trafficking Survivor WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2: “Maternal Mortality” featuring

Dr. Mercy Obeime, Franciscan St. Francis Health WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6: “ Economic Empowerment”

featuring Tom Haitt and Jennifer Pope Baker,

Grameen Bank, Indiana. Spirit & Place 2013 Festival offering.

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ADULT EDUCATION To pre-register for a class, go to, or contact Jilliane Pruiett at or 846-3404 x364. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s.

Invitation to the Old Testament An 8-week introduction to the Old Testament, starting Sept. 19. The class lasts one hour. Participants are encouraged to spend 25 minutes daily in preparation. (Format is similar to Disciple Bible Study.) Workbook / Bible needed. TWO DAY & TIME CHOICES: • Thursdays, 10-11AM in E105 (Blake) • Thursdays, 7-8PM in N103/104 (Blake)

Discover Your God-Given Gifts 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. Choose one of three two-week options: • Tuesdays, September 17 & 24: 7-8:15PM • Sundays, October 13 & 20: 10:45AM-Noon • Mondays, November 11 & 18: 7-8:15PM

CAFÉ CONVERSATION – Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses Wednesdays beginning September 4, 9:30-11AM in E105. By foot, jeep, rowboat, and train, best-selling author Bruce Feiler sets out to experience the Bible in its own world. His quest of 10,000 miles begins at the birthplace of civilization, Mesopotamia, now part of Turkey. Read of his adventures on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates where the Bible's storytellers set the Creation and the Garden of Eden. Climb Mt. Ararat in search of Noah's ark, travel to the ancient town where some believe Abraham was born, and then to the ancient ruins of Harran, where the Bible says God tells Abraham to "go forth" to the Promised Land. Explore all this and more! Led by Dr. Marion Miller, Pastor, Later@St. Luke’s. The book is available in Oasis.

Beginning Prayer Class Wednesdays, September 4,11,18 & 25, Noon-1PM in the Spiritual Life Center. This class will help you learn how to take a few minutes a day to be quiet and find rest in God. Watch a short DVD which features highly respected authors to learn how silent, reflective prayer can be a way to receiving God’s guidance. Discuss our thoughts and practice silent prayer together. You do not need to know anything about prayer to come. You will not be put on the spot. Each participant will need the book, Be Still and Know, available in Oasis. Led by Sharon Harvey and Ted Bradfield, St. Luke’s members.


Jesus, the Teacher / Story-teller Wednesdays, September 11–October 30, 1:15-2:15PM in E105. Jesus used the technique of telling stories to help punctuate an important point he wanted to make with individuals, his disciples, or members of the crowds that gathered around him. We call these stories parables. What do these stories of long ago have to say to us today? Discuss parables that are popular and some that trouble us because the actions taken seem out of character with our thinking of faith. Bring a Bible and a friend! Led by Terri Coe, St. Luke’s Director of Adult Ministries.

Key Passages from the Bible Sundays, September 15, 22 & 29, October 6 & 13, 11AM– Noon in E213. Gain familiarity with the Bible as we discuss ten different passages of Scripture – four from the Old Testament and six from the New Testament – that highlight key themes central to the Christian faith. Grow in faith as you see how our lives are a part of a larger narrative of the people of God. The Bible will be our resource book for class. Led by Terri Coe, St. Luke’s Director of Adult Ministries.

BIBLE STUDY–James: Putting Faith to Work Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 7-8:30PM in E213. This five-session study of James focuses on how Christians are called to live out their faith commitment. Lessons explore how faith grows out of trials endured and temptations overcome; how Christians live with integrity in their relationships; the affirmation that faith and good works are inseparable; how to act with the gentle, peaceable and caring wisdom that comes from above; and ways to deepen our capacity and strengthen our resolve to do right. Each chapter includes a purpose statement, the printed Bible passage, a core verse, a modern situation that the Bible passage can help resolve, formative guidance on the modern situation presented by the text, questions for personal reflection, and a closing prayer. The study book is available in Oasis. Led by Mike Gentry, St. Luke’s member.

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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.

September at The Track Throughout September, elementary children will be learning more about HONOR—showing others you value them by what you say and do! We'll be focusing on the stories of David throughout the month, and how God taught him to honor others, even those who seemed unimportant or unworthy of God’s honor.

September at The Mini-Track Preschool children will be focusing in on the core truth that "God Loves Us." They'll be learning important stories like the Lost Sheep and Jesus Calming the Storm—as children discover how deep and wide and strong God's love for them is, it instills the confidence and security they need to grow.

Calling All Elementary Parents On Sunday, September 8, you're invited to a short informational meeting. There will be two available times: 9:259:35AM or 10:55-11:05AM. Classrooms will open up for students at either 9:15 or 10:45, parents are encouraged to attend after settling their child into the appropriate classroom, and then stick around to get a glimpse of what "Winner's Circle" looks like for kids every week. We promise to make good use of the time, to preview what your child will be learning this fall as well as highlighting some important upcoming programs for St. Luke's families.

Just for Preschool Parents Preschool is a time of rapid change—your kids are exploring their world, discovering new things, learning to manage emotions and making wise choices. It is one of the most rewarding times of parenthood, and yet also one of the most exhausting. On September 15 during the 9:30 worship hour, we'll have a "Preschool Parenting" class in N101/102. Come learn more about what your child will be exploring this year in Sunday School, and also share with other preschool parents your best strategies for navigating the myriad changes your child is experiencing!

Third Grade Bibles One of the special milestones at St. Luke's is when 3rd graders receive their first Bible from the church. We'll celebrate this occasion in worship on September 22. If you have a third grade child or grandchild and wish for them to participate in this event, please contact Amy Myhand at Parents and children are asked to attend an important "Bible Introduction" class the previous Sunday evening (September 15, 5:30-7PM), led by Amy Myhand and David Williamson. We look forward to celebrating this occasion with your family!

Kids in Mission Kids in Mission is a group of kids making an impact in their world through hands-on service. Highlights from last year's projects include serving dinner at a downtown shelter; putting together "survival kits" for homeless Indy teens through Outreach, Inc.; preparing 20,000+ meals for Guatemala through Kids Against Hunger; designing t-shirts that were delivered to orphanage kids in Fondwa, Haiti. We have a great year planned; our kick-off meeting will be September 22, 6-7:15PM in E107/109. Kids in Mission is open to all elementary-aged kids (K-5). Contact Mary Hach at hachm@ to learn more or to register your child.

Making Your Marbles Count From the time your child is born, you have only 936 weeks until they turn 18. It sounds like a lot, huh? But by the time they start kindergarten, you're down to 676. By the time they're in third grade, you're down to 468. When they start middle school, there's only 312 left. By the time they start high school . . . well, you realize how quickly those weeks are slipping by! So the question is—how do we make all those weeks count? What practices and rituals do we want to repeat, week after week after week, in order to build into our children the kind of character they'll need to succeed in life? Join David Williamson and Heather Hilbert for a five-week exploration of this topic, using a resource Losing Your Marbles by Reggie Joyner. Class begins September17 and will run Tuesday nights until October 15 from 6:30-8PM. Childcare available; please RSVP by contacting Heather at

Hospitality Volunteers Throughout the start of the school year, we will receive many families in our church who are coming for the first time. 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 Thank you in advance for your service!

Thank You! Great thanks go out to all the painters who gave their time this summer to update our children's rooms. All church members are invited to take a tour through the Children's Wing to check out our new look. To all those who contributed their effort to make this possible—thank you for investing in our children and the future of St. Luke's!

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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 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 (Putting God First, Keeping Promises, Practicing Love and Respect, and Having Outrageous Fun!).

FELLOWSHIP Elderberries This month’s Elderberries dinner will be Thursday, September 5 at 5:30PM in Fellowship Hall. We ask that you bring a dish to share. A minimum donation of $3 is suggested to help with program costs. First-time attendees do not need to bring a dish. Please make reservations with Adra Wheeler at 253-4914 or 846-3404.

If you would like to be on the Elderberries mailing list for their monthly bulletin, please contact Adra Wheeler.

Our entertainment for the evening will be Carol & Company Flute Trio. We are privileged to present such a talented trio. The music with be a mix of light classical, pop and show tunes. This will be the flute like you haven't heard before. Carol Dennis has over 25 years’ experience teaching orchestra, band and choir in Indianapolis public schools, and significant experience as a flute, piccolo and viola player in both orchestral and solo settings. She enjoyed the opportunity to tour with her late husband, Dick Dennis, who served as concertmaster for Henry Mancini, Julie Andrews, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Bob Hope, and other notable entertainers. Carol has recently joined the Indiana Wind Symphony, resident concert band of the Carmel Palladium. She is principal flutist in the St. Luke’s UMC Orchestra, where she is a frequent soloist.

ReachOut ReachOut is a diverse, inclusive ministry at St. Luke's. We provide social and educational events for the LGBT community. There are monthly social activities. On October 19, ReachOut will sponsor a dinner and the showing of the film "For the Bible Tells Me So." Please join us for the interesting look at what the Bible really says about homosexuality. Following the film, there will be an opportunity to attend small group discussions. For more information please contact Mary Katherine at 846-3404 or join us on Facebook.

GREEN MINISTRIES Eco-Habit of the Season All of us know more than we put into practice. Changing habits is hard. Supporting each other helps. The Green Ministry has decided to feature an Eco-Habit of the Season. If we all practice it for three months, we can change our behaviors and make a difference. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Paper Recycling. In September, the Green Ministry hopes you will bring mail, office paper, catalogs, newspapers and magazines to be recycled in the green and yellow Abitibi bins at the east driveway. Even if you can recycle them at home, please make the extra effort to bring them with you to church. If we reach four tons a month, it means money for the Green Ministry and helps to defray the cost of other “pay for service” recycling efforts.

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“Green Fashion” Party

Recycle Your Egg Cartons

The Green Ministry invites you to shop at our UMW Rummage Sale on September 28 (or any other rummage sale or resale shop), find a fabulous outfit and wear it to an allchurch “Green Fashion” party. There will be games, a mini fashion show, a list of resale shops in town and lots of laughs. Please bring something to eat that has been sitting in your pantry (remember Dave’s sermon about eating all the stuff we have in our pantries and freezers?). Wednesday, October 16, 7-8:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Registration suggested, no fee.

You can now recycle egg cartons in a big black tub on the Recycling rack in the Central Passage. They will be used by local poultry owners.

HEALTH MINISTRIES Walking Through the Medicare Maze Medicare A, Medicare B, Medicare D, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement. What are they and how are they different from one another? How do I choose? When do I choose? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you aren’t alone. It’s complicated! If you’d like to learn more about these plans and feel a little more comfortable as you try to decide what to do, please come to hear an unbiased overview. No specific insurance plans or carriers will be highlighted and no one will try to sell you anything. This is an informational gathering. Your presenter is Jim Chesterfield, who became an employee benefits professional after 25 years of buying, implementing and managing benefit programs for companies in Central Indiana. Meets Monday, September 23, 7-8:30PM in E107/109, no registration or fee. Joint project of St. Luke’s Health Ministries and the Spiritual Life Center’s Healing Ministry.

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.

Welcome Back, Marion! Pastor Marion is on the final leg of her Coast to Coast journey of renewal. A journey made bittersweet in the passing of her sister, Joyce. Through rest, reading, reflection and worship with other multicultural congregations, she re-engaged with the four priorities that are the center of her life—God, Family, Church and Community. While our pastor has been on sabbatical, our congregation has had a series of multicultural workshops. Additionally, a workshop, Gifts and Passions targeting Your St Luke’s Role. Pastor Marion’s pulpit has been filled with a rainbow of preachers and their congregations. Later’s congregation is looking forward to the return of Pastor Marion, knowing that she will renewed and full of new ideas. She will return to the congregation the first Sunday of September and to her pulpit the second Sunday. A celebration of her return from sabbatical will be at a future date.

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MUSIC MINISTRIES St. Luke's Chancel Choir Launches 60th Season Our 160-voice Chancel Choir has resumed rehearsals and will rejoin Sanctuary worship services starting September 8. 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!

Instrumentalist? Vocalist? 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 non-musical 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 and she can put you in touch with rewarding possibilities!

A Benefit Concert for the Hungry with International Opera Singer Angela Brown The Music Ministries & Outreach Ministries, along with The Interfaith Hunger Initiative (IHI), are hosting a communitywide event to help end hunger in Indianapolis and feed children in Africa, featuring a powerhouse international singer who has Indianapolis roots. On Saturday, November 2 at 7:30PM, soprano Angela Brown will present an evening of brilliance, featuring the best from her classical repertoire to spirituals and Broadway favorites. Tickets are $20/ adults, $12/students and are available starting in September at www.stlukesumc. com/music or by calling the church office at 317-846-3404. Patron tickets at $60/ person are also available and will include priority seating and admission to a patron only reception following the concert. Ticket proceeds will benefit the important work being done by the Interfaith Hunger Initiative, a partnership of more than a dozen different faith communities in Indianapolis. For more than six years, IHI has made a significant difference in making more food available to children and families in in need in Indianapolis, and to over 3000 children via nutritious school lunches in Kenya.

OUTREACH September Outreach of the Month: SAWs SAWs (Servant’s At Work): Building community, Transforming Lives and Accessing the World. SAWs built their first ramp in 2003 and seeks to help build wheelchair ramps for people who have been “trapped” at home due to mobility issues. Volunteering on Saturdays for this ministry combines fellowship and working together with your family members (grandparents, parents and kids over 12). St. Luke’s will have a “SAWs DAY” on September 28 from 8AM-1PM. If you would like to volunteer, please go to or Contact Paul Snyder at 317-695-0585 or


Fox Hill Elementary St. Luke’s will begin helping at Fox Hill Elementary for another school year. We have a long relationship with supporting students and teachers at Fox Hill and look forward to continuing our partnership. If you are interested in signing up to serve as a tutor, reading buddy, homework “expert” or any other talents to be shared at the school, contact Tom Lange at

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English Classes Habitat for Humanity The St. Luke’s Habitat project is underway! On Servant Day, Saturday, August 3, the interior and exterior walls for the Davis family home were constructed and were delivered to the home site. Help us complete the home by signing up online. Weekend options are available—see the dates and times by going to Questions? Contact Todd Hockemeyer at tmhockemeyer • Volunteers are welcome to work as many shifts as desired and can work multiple shifts on a single day, but must sign up for all shifts using the online form. • We need approximately 15 volunteers for each shift. • Volunteers must be age 16 or older to be on site. • Only volunteers age 18 and older can be on ladders and operate power equipment. • Volunteers are welcome to bring their own tools. However, all tools will be provided, if needed. • It is highly recommended that for any outdoor construction / landscape activities, as well as handling lumber and other construction materials, that you have a pair of work gloves.

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 license. For more information on Outreach, Inc. volunteering, contact Jackie Reed at 332-6550 or A few 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 would be 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.

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

Kids in Misson—see page 4 for details NATIONAL WORK TRIPS

Kentucky Methodist Children's Home, Versailles, KY September 11-14 LEADER: Carter Jerman, COST: Transportation and dinners The Kentucky Methodist Children's Home is a Christian service agency serving youth in Kentucky with histories of abuse, neglect, abandonment or family distress. They provide professional counseling to young people to help them heal and create a brighter future for themselves. Our volunteers will help make home a "brighter" place to live by assisting in painting, power washing, and landscaping. The team will reside in one of the dorms on the property. There is no cost for housing. The costs associated with the trip are transportation and dinners. Register for the trip at If you have questions about the trip, please contact Carter Jerman.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Chatham, IL: Disaster relief work September 29-October 4 LEADER: Marge Butler, 257-6130, COST: $200 (+transportation) Midwest Mission Distribution Center is a mission related to the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Their mission is to compassionately help God’s people in need locally, nationally and around the world, and to offer a center to fulfill the call for service to our neighbors in Christ’s name. This work team will assist MDC in their mission by working to pack disaster relief items and organize the donations received to MMDC. Chatham, IL is 3 1/2 hours west near Springfield. The team will stay in dorm-like housing furnished by MMDC. For more information, please go to To sign up for this work trip, please go to www.stlukesumc. com/outreach/national/ where you can make trip payment and fill out the application. Direct questions to Marge Butler, contact information above.

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GLOBAL WORK TRIPS Online registration at

Fondwa, Haiti—October 12-19, 2013 LEADER: Jamalyn Peigh Williamson, COST: $900 + plane ticket Join Pastor Jamalyn on a trip to Fondwa, Haiti. The trip will include taking school pictures at St. Antoine School, constructing a house, visiting Haitian homes and learning about the culture. Register at where you can save your spot with a $200 deposit. If you have questions, please contact Jamalyn.

Sierra Leone Health Partner Mission Trips January and February 2014 (Costs and dates listed below) In January and February, St. Luke’s Sierra Leone Health Partners returns to serve in this West African nation. It is the eighth time teams have gone to work since 2007. In 2014 two teams will go for 15 days (departures January 16 and 30), and two teams will spend 9 days (departures January 23 and February 6.) The primary emphasis will be aiding the staff of Kissy UMC General Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, open a new 48-bed Mother and Child Building, train staff for the new facility and expanded service, provide requested educational and administrative training for staff and expand the hospital’s water system.

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Medical professionals and persons with maintenance and building trades are needed. The last two weeks, a team will be working with primary education in Freetown. The all-inclusive cost is $3,600 for the two week and $2,900 for the nine-day trips. For further information, go to, or contact Don Griffith at 317-502-9502 or, Jackie King 317-475-0289 or for the health teams, or Marilyn Griffith (317-502-7444 or for the educational team. Any wishing to aid in the fundraising for the Kissy Water System in October is invited to contact Don Griffith. TEAM SIERRA A – January 16–31: 12 days in Sierra

Leone, 3 ½ days travel ($3,600*) TEAM SIERRA B – January 23–31: 5 ½ days at Kissy

Hospital, 3 ½ days travel ($2,900*) TEAM LEONE A – January 30–February 14: 12 days in

Sierra Leone, 3 ½ days travel ($3,600*) TEAM LEONE B – February 6–14: 5 ½ days at Kissy

Hospital, 3 ½ days travel ($2,900*)

SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT: “Born into Brothels” The Inclusion and Social Justice Committee invites you join us on Friday, September 20 at 6:30PM in Fellowship Hall for another Movie Night. We will be viewing “Born into Brothels,” a documentary about the inspiring non-profit foundation Kids with Cameras, which teaches photography skills to children in marginalized communities. In 1998, New York-based photographer Zana Briski started photographing prostitutes in the red-light district of Calcutta. She eventually developed a relationship with their children, who were fascinated by her equipment and began learning to take their own photos. Proceeds from the sale of the children’s photographs go to fund their future education. You’ll want to learn how this experience has evolved into an opportunity for a better future for these children. Dessert and beverages will be provided, and there will be time for discussion following the film. To sign up, you go to

Mark Your Calendar – Underground Railroad Trip Located in Cincinnati, OH, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center brings to life the struggles and risks of individuals escaping slavery in our country’s history, as well as raising awareness and understanding of threats against freedom from human trafficking around the world today. You are invited to travel in a comfortable bus to Cincinnati on Saturday, October 12, to visit this remarkable museum. Members of our group will take self-guided tours and can purchase lunch in the center’s North Star Café. Sponsored by the Inclusion and Social Justice Committee and the Adult Education Commission, the trip’s cost is $35/person. For information and to register, go to or visit the sign-up tables on Sundays starting in mid-September.

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SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER To pre-register for a class, go to, 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.


2013 Soup and Speaker Series MULTIFAITH SPECIAL EVENT

Indy’s Inaugural Festival of Faiths Plan to attend the largest gathering of central Indiana faith communities in history. Festival of Faiths will include sacred music, song and dance, traditional foods, youth activities, exhibits and workshops that are designed to introduce and educate one another about our neighbors’ faith traditions. Dr. Kent Millard will be Master of Ceremonies for the outdoor stage. St Luke’s will have a booth. Sunday, October 13, Noon-4:30PM at the Veterans Memorial Plaza and War Memorial (Meridian and Michigan Streets), free. For more information go to, or contact Betty Brandt at

All are welcome to come at noon for a simple lunch and time of fellowship followed by speaker. Four Thursdays (lunch, Noon-12:30PM; speaker, 12:30-1:15PM) in Fellowship Hall. Donations for lunch appreciated. OCTOBER 10: Movement, Play and Spirituality –

Amy Barnes OCTOBER 17: Animal Massage – Julie Towle DVM OCTOBER 24: Telling Your Story – Erika Petrelli OCTOBER 31: Understanding and Enjoying Opera –

Carol Baker and singer

Walking through the Medicare Maze —see page 6 for details


Marcus Borg DVD is New Perspective Fall Study Sundays, September 8–October 6, 11AM-Noon in the Parlor. In Embracing an Adult Faith, author and Bible scholar Marcus Borg invites us to join him in revisiting Christianity's most fundamental questions: Who is God? What does salvation mean? What place does Jesus hold in contemporary Christian faith? How do we practice our faith? How do we live in community? Watch 10 minute Borg presentation and then participate in group discussion. “Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know” DVD series begins on Sunday, October 13. No registration; fee $10.

Meeting God Again for the First Time Mondays, September 30-October 21, 7-8:30PM in E107/109. In this postmodern world, many of us hope for a way to know God that goes beyond mere belief in God. The religious images we grew up with no longer seem to serve us. We hunger for something more real, more life-giving. But we're not sure how to find it. Some of us may even wonder if it's there. In this class, we'll explore a variety of approaches to the Mystery we call God. You may find that God is always ready to reveal Godself. You just have to know how to look and how to listen and, sometimes, how to surrender. Taught by Terry Daniel, a local psychotherapist who recently earned a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He serves on the Inner Soul Committee of the Spiritual Life Center.


St. Luke’s Writers’ Group The St. Luke's Writer's Group offers a monthly meeting for writers of all levels of experience to come together in practice and to share their creativity and craft in a safe and supportive space. We would love to have you join us in exploring and refining your own writing "voice" though prompts for writing between meetings, in-meeting exercises, responses for those who want to present what they've written, and the nurturing/nourishing conversations and camaraderie that arise in the process! Second Mondays of the month: September 9, 6:30-8PM in C110. Contact Scott Kahler at 317-435-4738, for more information.

STUDIO 3’S SEPTEMBER PROGRAM: “Wonder” This documentary of artist Harlan Hubbard's unique backto-nature lifestyle on the Ohio River may inspire your artistic leanings as well as your plans to reduce your carbon footprint. Bring dish to pitch in for lunch. Thursday, September 26—movie shown at 10:30AM in C122. Contact Linda Etherton at with questions. You don’t have to be an artist to attend!

“Art in the City” Our “Identity” and “Vision” Galleries will feature art created during the summer months by children involved in programming at Fletcher Place. Don’t miss this amazing exhibit for the month of September.

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St. Luke’s at the Movies – “Wasteland” What happens in the world's largest trash city will transform you. Filmed over nearly three years, “Wasteland” follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. His collaboration with these inspiring individuals reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Together they demonstrate the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. Please see this movie prior to our meeting on Friday, September 13, 7-9PM in the Parlor. Bill Johnson will be our host, will show clips of the movies and lead discussion. Dessert will be served. Registration suggested; fee is $3. Mark your calendars for October 18 and November 15.

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)

Raising a Modern Day Knight

A Father’s Grace

How are you going to teach your son how to be a man? What plan do you have? If all you have is lead by example, there can be so much more. Starting Sunday September 29, we will again offer the popular six-week study titled Raising a Modern Day Knight. It offers a strategy to ensure your son grows to be a real man in the footsteps of Jesus. Please join Chris Garrity for a brief info session on September 15 after the 9:30AM service (room TBA), or call Chris to sign up at 682-7347 or Give him a week on an email, less on a voice mail...

A Father's Grace is a circle of dads dealing with issues of divorce. Participating men will discover tools and practices to cope with the myriad of emotional, spiritual and physical changes that occur through divorce. Our hope is to end the cycle of isolation for men and assist them in redefining themselves and the dads they hope to be. A Father's Grace is a six-week process, there are two opportunities this fall: One group will be meeting on Tuesday mornings, 7:308:45AM at Centerpoint Counseling (2nd Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St.), starting September 17; a second group will meet at St. Luke's in the Spiritual Life Center on Thursday evenings, 4:45-6PM, starting September 19. Contact David Williamson at to reserve your space or to learn more--spots are limited to no more than ten men per group. Childcare is available upon request. Led by P. Scott Sweet (LCSW, LCAC).

Fish for Hope Our most meaningful event of the year is quickly approaching. Our fifth annual Fish Fry is Thursday, October 10 and we will again use the proceeds from this delicious event to help provide hope in a seemingly hopeless place. The terrain and conditions in Fondwa, Haiti, make it tough to get stable housing unless we can send money and volunteers to build a home for a needy family. We could use your friends to come eat, and we want you to bread fish, serve cole slaw, or go to Haiti! Let Matt Roop know you can help, before he inevitably calls you, or

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN Pedal for Peace Are you interested in a local event that will help raise awareness of hunger both locally and globally? Do you enjoy biking? Come and join us as we Pedal for Peace at the Major Taylor Velodrome on Saturday, September 28 from 3-7PM. All are welcome to join! St. Luke’s and the Millard Family are among the sponsors. For more information or to sign up, go to Our team name is St. Luke's UMW and the team captain is Allison Flickinger. If you can't attend, you can still show your support by donating to our team.

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UMW Food Drive

Mary Magdalene

The St. Luke's UMW semi-annual food drive will once again take place during October. This event will kick off on Sunday, September 29, with the ushers passing out shopping lists of the most sought-after items. Food Pantries benefitting from our drive include First Baptist Food Pantry, Fletcher Place Community Center, Brightwood Community Center, and Vida Nuevea Hispanic Ministries. For questions or if you would like to drive items to pantries, contact Beth Edwards-Goff at 317-625-2395 or beth.edwardsgoff@

Mary Magdalene Circle will not be meeting in September as a circle, but will be joining others for the Half the Sky event on September 11. We will be meeting October 9 at 6:30PM in the Parlor as usual. We will be having a baby shower for the Indiana Women’s prison. 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 403-2462, or Lori Chambers 696-5965 or


Eve Circle We hope you've had a happy and safe summer. Our 20132014 kick-off meeting on Tuesday, September 3 in the Parlor, from 9:30-11:30AM is a social, get-to-know-you event with a pitch-in brunch. Please bring a dish to share and invite your friends and neighbors. Childcare drop-off begins at 9:15. ••• Also plan to participate in the UMW Rummage Sale (see details front page). Proceeds help provide some funds for our childcare, so please help make this semiannual event a huge success.

New Life Circle Attention single women. . . It’s back to school and back to New Life Circle! Dust off your old yearbook and join friends new and old on Tuesday, September 17 at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center for "Class Reunion." Bring a class photo from high school or college… or grade school (if you can find one!). Come share your favorite or most embarrassing class reunion or classroom moments. Invite a friend and join us for an evening of Getting to Know You! We promise you fun, food, fellowship and laughter. For additional information, contact Nancy at 341-5032 or, or Cathy at 334-7821. New Life Circle is open to single, divorced, and widowed women of all ages.

Sarah Circle Sarah Circle will be meeting on Monday, September 16 at 1PM in Luke’s Lodge. The speaker will be Kevin Davis, St. Luke’s Director of Youth Ministries. He will be giving a tour of Luke’s Lodge and will be talking about the programs and opportunities offered to the youth of St. Luke’s UMC.

White Cross Guild

Hannah Circle Hannah Circle welcomes mothers of elementary, middle and high school students who are working full-time, parttime, or staying home. Please join us for the Half the Sky event on Wednesday, September 11 (see details on page 2 or at Hannah Circle will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, September-May. 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

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: September 9) to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). Contact Marguerite Moehn (873-1956) or Barb Querry (879-0543).

YOUTH MINISTRY Register for any event at 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!

Youth Fall Kickoff Party: September 8, 6-8PM Join us for our Fall Kick Off Party. It will be a great evening for fun and fellowship. There will be pizza, inflatable games, and live music. After celebrating the start of another exciting year, there will be programming for high school and junior high students. Doors open at 5:30PM. Remember to invite your friends!

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Youth Volunteer Training September 22, Noon-3PM (includes lunch). All adults who volunteer with youth are invited to a time for training, connecting with each other, and gearing up for the school year. We will provide lunch for you, give you some great coaching for the year, and give you a chance to ask questions and get to know other volunteers. Please make every effort to join us for this valuable time!

JR. HIGH FALL RETREAT: September 27-29 The Junior High Fall Retreat will take place at Spring Hill in Seymour, IN. The cost of the retreat will be approximately $130. The weekend will serve as a great opportunity for junior high students to bond as we continue to move into the fall.

HIGH SCHOOL FALL RETREAT: September 28-29 Our high students will travel to beautiful Columbus, Indiana for a weekend of fun, connecting, adventuring, relaxing, and worship together. This retreat is an awesome way to kick off the fall and get to know the rest of your youth group. Check out the church website for more details, information, and to sign up.


UPCOMING EVENTS: NOVEMBER 8-9: 30 Hour Famine NOVEMBER 22-24: Youth Specialties Convention

for Volunteer Training DECEMBER 7: High School Progressive Dinner

and Lock-in DECEMBER 20: Jr. High Lock In

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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

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

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:

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.



Adult Class Registration

Jilliane Pruiett

Childcare Needs for Meetings/Events (charges may apply)

Kristi Chamberlain

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.

Member Care/Death/ Mary Katherine Schnitz Stephen Ministry Request/Hospitalization Membership/Births/Address/ Phone Change

Sylvia Forbes

Reserve a Room/Request A/V

Beth Lammers

Weddings/Special Event Coordination

Allison Flickinger


Kristi Chamberlain

Pledge Balance/Information

Finance Office

Oasis Bookstore

Sharon Holyoak

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: 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


10AM - 2PM 9AM - 1PM


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Flo Hardy Bible Study (NO CLASS LABOR DAY)

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.

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

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.

Pastors’ Book Study Wednesdays, 10-11:30AM in the Parlor. Starts September 11. Join us this fall as Dr. Kent Millard leads reflections and discussions of concepts shared and explored in the book Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander. This book has been at the top of The New York Times best seller list for over 35 weeks. We always welcome you to enjoy this relaxed format, stimulating conversation and thought provoking topics.

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).

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. Our September book is Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. 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

New Earth Community Thursdays, 7-8:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. This study discusses innovative and challenging spiritual books. Contact JoAnne Waeltz, 872-0895, for more information.

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

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

Studio 3 Art Ministry for Artists & Dabblers 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 Susie Gilbert at or 317.582.0001.

St. Luke’s Writers’ Group 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. 2nd Mondays, August 12, 6:30-8PM in E105.


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.

Empty-Nesters Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Parlor. Join us for stimulating conversation that is sure to encourage and inspire. September topics include Through the Eastern Gate presentation and What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren.

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Krista Tippett’s “Being” Show (no meeting 9/1)

“Pay What You Can” Happy Yoga

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

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.

New Perspectives on Sunday Morning Sundays, 11AM-Noon, Parlor. Class resumes September 9. 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.


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.

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 Adult classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-9PM, Saturdays, 8-10AM. All classes in N103/104.

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, September 8 and October 13, 4-5:15PM in N103/104. Registration suggested, donations appreciated.

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

Indoor Open Labyrinth Walk

Spiritual Life Center’s Blog

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. Check schedule by door for availability of N103/104 labyrinth.

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 or 846-3404 x339.

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, 9:30-10:45AM, and Thursdays, 8:309:45AM, all classes in N101/102. 8 Mondays, September 9-October 28, fee $96, and 8 Thursdays, September 12-October 31, fee $96. Join anytime. Walk-ins/$15. You can register/pay online, Next sessions begin in November.

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The Track Registration

For Children’s Music information, please see the listing under Music Ministries on page 19.

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

Nursing Mothers Room Now 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 live-streaming 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 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

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.

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

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.

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 ( 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 church-related events and topics, please.

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Hispanic Ministry Team

Our monthly Elderberries Euchre Party will be Saturday, September 21 at 6:45PM in the Parlor. Please bring a snack to share. Contact Adra Wheeler at 253-4914 or 846-3404 with any questions.

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 or 8463404 x340.

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

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GREEN MINISTRY Green Ministry Leadership Team Our ministry leadership team meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. NEXT MEETING: October 9, 5:30-7PM in C110 and welcomes new people to the discussion. Contact Sharon Chambers at sharon.chambers39@ or 317-578-7502, or just show up.

MEMBER CARE 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 Please contact Mary Katherine Schnitz at schnitzm or 846-3404 x365 to gain information about Stephen Ministry. When you are unhappy about where you are in life, having someone to come along your side is helpful. Stephen Ministers are trained and then commissioned. When you receive a Stephen Minister, you get a confidential companion for the 'start over times' of life. Let us move through endings and beginnings together by your request of a Stephen Minister.

GRIEF & WHOLENESS MINISTRIES H.U.G.S (Healing Under Group Support) 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.

HEALTH MINISTRIES Blood Pressure Screening Stop by C110 on Sunday, September 8, 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.

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.

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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.

Chronic Pain Support Group

HOPE 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).

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Monday, September 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 844-2903 or margaret.L.

Family Support Group Wednesday, September 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.

Adult ADD Support Group Third Thursday, September 19, 7-8:30PM in W125. St. Luke’s offers support for adults with ADD. For more information call Mary Katherine at 846-3404 x365.

Men's Spousal Loss

Jesse’s Street

A grief group for men only is held every Thursday afternoon in the Lodge at 1PM. For more information, contact Marsha Hutchinson at

3rd Monday of every month (except September), 6:30-8PM. NEXT MEETING: September 9. 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.

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.

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 family, workplace or neighborhood would benefit from a one-on-one session of grief counseling, contact Rev. Marsha Hutchinson at Wholeness and health is the goal of working through loss; we hope no one considers doing it alone.

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.

MUSIC MINISTRIES Chancel Choir Rehearses Thursdays 7:30-9PM in E200. New members welcomed periodically throughout the season. Contact Member Chair Carol Tully at or Director Mark Squire at

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. Rehear-sals are Thursdays, 7:15-9PM. Contact Margaret Spilker at for more information.

Joyful Sound Rehearses Thursdays 6:30-7:30PM in E208, singing at the 8:15AM service twice a month. Contact Director Charles Manning at

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Wesleyan Ringers Advanced ringers rehearse weekly on Wednesday, 6:308PM. Contact Director Mike Keller at mkeller147@ for more information.

Joyful Rhythms An intergenerational handbell ensemble with flair! Rehearses Mondays, 6-7:15PM. For information, contact Director Marsha Coyner at

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@

CHILDREN’S MUSIC 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 For more information, contact Debra Nethercott, Director of Children’s Music at 846-3404 x329 OR Rehearsal schedule – 2013/2014 (All rehearsals are in E208 and/or E207, 2nd floor) **Assistant Volunteer Director: Gay Talbert ***Volunteer Handbell Director: Donita Murphy-Sims

Genesis 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 2 – 3 per season in the Sanctuary, participates 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 2 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.

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 or Miss Donita for information.

OUTREACH MINISTRIES 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 September 10, 12, 20 & 24 and October 8, 10, 18, 22 & 29. Volunteers, as well as, donations of food, paper goods or cash are needed. Contact Lucretia Scammahorn at 317.299.9472 or Don Cochran at 317-4415658 for more information. Dinner volunteers are needed to cook, transport and serve meals September 16 & 25 and October 21 & 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. 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. Please write Fletcher Place on the bags or boxes of items being donated.

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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.

Fork, Knife, & Glass

Refugee Assistance Ministry

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 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 334-7821, or visit

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

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, September 18, 6:30PM at the Istanbul Restaurant at 86th and Ditch Rd. To RSVP, email Armen at aa737us or RSVP on


Volleyball Volleyball meets most Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30PM in the Great Hall. See the monthly schedule at The cost to play is $2. For info, email Tim Adams at

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@ or 298-8913. SEPTEMBER 1: McAlister's Deli, 96th and Meridian SEPTEMBER 8: Oobatz, Clearwater Crossing SEPTEMBER 15: Famous Dave's, Michigan Rd. north of 86th SEPTEMBER 22: The Rusty Bucket, 86th St. east of Ditch Rd. SEPTEMBER 29: Chili's, Clearwater Crossing

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


Bible Study Opportunity

St. Luke's Men's Basketball Open Gym

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.

For adult basketball enthusiasts (16+) who are looking to play friendly pick-up games on Tuesday nights from 7:309:30PM in the Great Hall. Weekly emails are sent to confirm players for the week. Contact Chris Lemming at 595-8545 or email

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. Registration $30. No childcare provided. SEPTEMBER 9-30 6:30PM: Intermediate Class—Salsa 7:30PM: Beginning Class—Swing OCTOBER 7-28 6:30PM: Intermediate Class—Samba 7:30PM: Beginning Class—Rumba

Volleyball Get ready for volleyball! Coed teams of six-eight players are forming now for matches that will begin in September. 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 more information or to register as a team or individual, contact Brent Scott at 875-9382 or

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Monthly Breakfast

There are many ways to get involved with our young adult group - spiritually, socially and service-oriented. 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 onetime 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.

All men are invited to the United Methodist Men’s monthly breakfast on September 7 at 8AM in Fellowship Hall. We offer a hearty breakfast, fellowship, and an interesting program. Come join us! We would like to get an accurate count for food planning, so please let us know if you can make it. Send your RSVP to melkin36

Theology Unplugged Monthly Fellowship Meet new friends and catch up with old ones during our monthly fellowship on Wednesday, September 18 at 8:30PM. This evening is a place for men to gather and share about life and faith in a relaxed atmosphere. We will discuss the sermon series and how it applies to our lives as men. We meet at the Rusty Bucket just east of Ditch Rd. (1130 West 86th St.) in the Brickyard room. Please contact David Gard at or 501-8828, if you can make it. Or just show up five minutes late. It's cool.

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 & 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.”



In September, the UMW Reading Group will continue to explore the issues of sex trafficking explored at the September Half the Sky event. We'll meet on Monday, September 23 from 7-8:30PM in the Parlor to discuss A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison, an international thriller about the shadowy world of child trafficking. The novel is the result of a personal odyssey that took the author to India and Europe and into the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. He immersed himself in the world of modern-day slavery, he spent time with experts and activists in the field and went undercover into the brothels of Mumbai to meet trafficking victims firsthand. Newcomers are always welcome. Childcare is available with a reservation made at least one week in advance. For additional information, contact Jennifer Todd at

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.

UMW Cookbook

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!

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: $15, proceeds benefit various UMW missions.

For information or event registration, stop by Luke's Lodge (the youth building in the NE corner of church parking lot), visit youth, or contact: Kevin Davis, Director of Youth Ministry; 846-3404 x326 Stephanie Eft, Associate Director of Youth Ministry; 846-3404 x369 Colleen Baumgartner, Interim Administrative Assistant

Sunday Morning Offerings - Grades 6-8

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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 hanging out with games. 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. All high school youth and their friends welcome.

Sunday Night Jr. High Youth Group 6-7:30PM at the Lodge and the Gym. 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!

High School Small Groups We encourage all high school students to get plugged in with a weekly small group. 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. We currently have two weekday small group opportunities for high school students, and more will be starting up this fall on Sunday nights and throughout the week. Please contact Stephanie Eft to get plugged in or find out more. We also need adult mentors who would be willing to meet with these groups. All high school girls are invited to come to a small group on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30PM at the Starbucks on Meridian and 96th St. 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. We hope your student will consider coming to check out a small group soon.

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