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Together In Ministry Everyday: Tradition! Opportunities will continue through CONFIRMATION Sunday, May 17. Watch for information in the May Communion Monthly.

The ways we relate to God and to each other—our traditions—are at the root of what we do in church and in the world. Our United Methodist heritage means that what we do in worship, in fellowship, and in service is distinctly different from our Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu friends, neighbors, and co-workers. But we share a lot more in common than you might think. In April and May, St. Luke’s Together In Ministry Everyday (T.I.M.E.) focus is “Tradition!” You’ll find a number of opportunities to explore our faith practices as well as those of other major spiritual traditions. Some important opportunities in April include:

• Traditional Passover Seder Meal, April 9—Take part in the Jewish ritual feast where family and friends come together for reflection, praise, and thanksgiving. • St. Luke’s New Member class, April 18—If you’ve been thinking about joining the church, seize this opportunity to learn more about our United Methodist heritage and practices. • Buddhist Prayer Mandala, April 26-30—Buddhist monks will visit and create a prayer mandala at St. Luke’s so we can experience firsthand the peace and spirituality of this unique art form.

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COMMUNION Buddhist Monks Create Healing Sand Mandala Five Buddhist monks from India will be introduced on Sunday, April 26, during the 11AM service and welcomed to St. Luke’s as they begin their week with us. At 12:30PM they will begin their Opening Ceremony and spend the day drawing a healing sand mandala on a platform in the Sanctuary. The rest of the week, leading up to the closing ceremony on Thursday at 3PM, April 30, will be spent creating an impermanent sacred work by placing individual colored grains of sand onto the design. The sand mandala will be destroyed on Thursday and the sands scattered into Williams Creek. You may participate in all these activities. There is no charge but donations are appreciated. Please remain quiet while in the Sanctuary watching and praying with the monks. HOURS: MW—9AM-4:30PM, T—9AM-7:30PM, Th—9AM-3PM.

Tibetan Cultural Celebration Our visiting Buddhist monks will honor us with a performance to celebrate our week together and help us better understand their culture. Expect costumes, dancing and singing and the blowing of huge horns. Children are certainly welcome. Friday, May 1, 7-8:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Donations will be appreciated to help provide for the monks at their monastery in India. TOP: Sand mandala representing compassion BOTTOM: Monks performing ritual


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 April through mid-May 2009. The deadlines for submitting announcements for the 2009 COMMUNION MONTHLY: April 13 for May issue (publishes 5/3) May 11 for June issue (publishes 5/31)

COMMUNION MONTHLY:

a publication of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.846.3404 • www.stlukesumc.com Send your announcements to Lori Crantford at crantfordl@stlukesumc.com or leave them in her mailbox in the main office. Notices of births, deaths and weddings should be given to Sylvia Forbes (forbess@stlukesumc.com or 846-3404 x343) and can be left with her weekly to be published in the Worship Guide.

HOLY WEEK

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

HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE April 9, 7PM, Robertson Chapel

GOOD FRIDAY Service of Darkness

ADULT EDUCATION To pre-register for a class, contact DeAnna Moran at 317-8463404 x367 or morand@stlukesumc.com. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s.

April 10, Noon and 7PM, Sanctuary

EASTER Sunday, April 12 Celebration Services 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15AM (please note time changes)

The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, and A Jew—

Shuttle service available from Springmill Elementary School

Three Women Search for Understanding

Later @ St. Luke’s, 6PM

The Garden GOOD FRIDAY, Noon at Beef & Boards EASTER SUNDAY 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15AM at Beef & Boards 10:15AM at Oak Hill Mansion

Tuesdays, April 14-May 5, 7-8:30PM, location TBA Leader: Brenda Freije Book may be purchased in the Oasis Bookstore. Three mothers from different faith backgrounds gathered after 9/11/01 and discussed their concerns, stereotypes, and misunderstandings as they sought to create a children’s book of the commonalities among their respective traditions. This book is their “memoir of spiritual reflections.” It shares their conversation and personal growth. It challenges us to open dialogue and honest reflection as we seek to understand these religious perspectives with an interfaith audience.


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BOOK GROUPS—New members welcome!

Café Conversations Wednesdays, 9:30-11AM, E105 Books available in Oasis. Led by Dr. Marion Miller and Barbara Birdwell In this guide for spiritual growth, The Cup of Our Life, author Joyce Rupp shares how the cup is a rich symbol of life for her with its emptiness and fullness, its brokenness and flaws, and all of its blessings. She explores how the cup (the open cup, the chipped cup, the broken cup, the blessing cup) has taught her valuable faith lessons and offered opportunities to draw closer to God. Be inspired and encouraged with this imagery and take some time to “fill your cup.”

Instruction for the Biblically Challenged Mondays, April 13–May 18 (skipping 4-20), 7-9PM, E107-109 Registration recommended. Maximum class size: 60. Fee: $20 Childcare available upon request. Led by Ken Knowles Learn background to the Bible, receive an overview of its content, and gain information to make the Bible more understandable. If you are new to studying the Bible or want to “brush up” on your Bible knowledge, this class is for you!

Women’s Bible Study BIBLE STUDY

Wednesdays, April 15-May 13, 1-2:30PM, E105

At the Table with Jesus

Living Faithfully as Friends and Family examines a section of the "Social Principles" of The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions. It engages participants in a lively application of United Methodist teaching related to changing gender roles in modern society; sacred worth and human diversity; death and dying; the meaning of Christian marriage; and conflicting perspectives on human reproduction.

Wednesdays, now–April 8, 1–2:30PM, E105 Books available in Oasis. Led by Terri Coe Jesus used food and mealtimes to build community and to teach about the Father, Son and Kingdom. Some of the numerous examples include the wedding at Cana, the call to Levi and to Zaccheus, the banquet parables, eating with Pharisees and also with persons of ill repute, the miraculous feedings with fish and bread. Table Fellowship will deal with the concepts of miracle meals, eucharist, hospitality, etiquette, clean and unclean, and others. This study will help participants experience and appreciate the eucharistic quality of daily life through meals with family, church and other communities and to invite people to God’s table.

CARE MINISTRIES Membership is Easy! The next Membership Class is Saturday, April 18, 9AM-12:30PM. Registration is encouraged and childcare is available upon request. Contact Sylvia at 846-3404 x343 or forbess@stlukesumc.com. Learn more about St. Luke’s and our United Methodist heritage from pastors and staff members.


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CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES, PRESCHOOL & PDO Lenten & Easter Happenings in the Children's Wing:

Vacation Church School Volunteer & Student Sign-Up

Early Childhood will reenact Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey for Palm Sunday, April 5. This special worship experience will begin in Robertson Chapel complete with a donkey, palms and costumes for every child. Please join us at 10 and 11:30AM.

It’s time for an extreme adventure with Camp Edge! VCS will take place June 22-26. Our theme of camping, extreme sports, and the idea that we can Experience God Everywhere is sure to capture every child’s attention. Parents can join the fun by volunteering. Adult sign up will be Sundays, April 19 and 26 in the East Passage. Students can be signed up with their parent volunteers in April, or alone on Sundays May 3, 10 and 17.

The Elementary Children can be seen in the Sanctuary celebrating the entry of Jesus on a donkey. Enjoy this special event at 9:30 and 11AM in the Sanctuary on April 5, Palm Sunday. Easter Sunday, April 12: Children in Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes will attend Sunday School as usual. Students in Kindergarten and older will attend Easter services in the Sanctuary with their families. Childcare is provided for children ages three and under. The children in the East Wing need your help! Easter is such a special celebration that it takes extra hands to care for the youngest family members attending. If you can help in childcare, contact Jane Bennett at bennettj@stlukesumc.com or call the volunteer line at 846-3404 x307. If you are able to help with Sunday School for Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten classes, contact Mary Hach at hachm@stlukesumc.com or 846-3404 x351. Thank you!

Neighborwoods Tree The Children's Ministry will be planting one tree in support of the Neighborwoods project the morning of April 25. Please contact Tara-Lynne Sinicki at 846-3404 x384 or sinickit@stlukesumc.com to RSVP that your family would like to participate.

Fifth Grade Schedule If you are a parent of a fifth grader, please mark the following dates on your calendar: • May 3: 5th grade recognition during children’s church • May 8: last 4/5 Fellowship for the school year • May 8: 5th grade overnight at the Lodge • May 8: parent meeting for 5th graders transitioning to the Lodge • May 17: 5th grade breakfast in the Parlor

Summer Parents’ Day Out and Preschool We still have a few spots left for the Summer Enrichment Program for children who have completed preschool but have not gone to kindergarten, and for summer Parents’ Day Out for children who are 17 months (by June 1, 2009) to three years of age. Summer Enrichment meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9AM-1PM. Dates are June 30, July 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30. Cost is $230. Parents’ Day Out meets on Thursdays 9AM-1PM. Dates are July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Cost is $118. For more information please contact Bobbi or Alison at 844-3399 or mainb@stlukesumc.com or strawmyera@stlukesumc.com.

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES Fox Hill Elementary / St. Luke’s Partnership With the closing of School 20 this spring, St. Luke’s has decided to partner with another school with many needs. The changing demographics in Washington Township show that Fox Hill Elementary School has a diverse student population, and that 65% of those students qualify for free or reduced lunch. With dwindling numbers of volunteers at the school and its nearby location, it is a perfect match for St. Luke's to form a partnership for the 2009-2010 school year.

If you would like to be on the leadership team to begin planning volunteer opportunities in the areas of event production, mentoring & tutoring, facilities and family support, please contact Julie Sommers Neuman at jsommersneuman@aol.com, or call Jayne Thorne at 846-3404.


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Construction Ministry

Fletcher Place Meals

St. Luke’s Construction Ministry focuses on building wheelchair ramps for special needs’ situations in the Indianapolis area. We partner with Second Presbyterian Church and work as a team each Saturday to design, build and assemble ramps. Referrals come from the Indiana Council on Aging, as well as other social service agencies. Priorities are given to handicapped clients who have no means of getting in and out of their homes. For more information, please contact Dave Boyer tbucket2@sbcglobal.net or 251-1094 or Tara Lineweaver at tgline@sbcglobal.net or 329-9189.

Breakfast dates are April 9, 14 and 17, and May 12, 14 and 15. Need donations of food, paper goods or cash to pay for these items. Call Norm Stuart at 293-3535 for more information or to volunteer. Dinner dates are April 20 and 22, and May 18 and 27. Need volunteers to cook, transport and serve or donate food items. See the bulletin board in the hall between Robertson Chapel and Oasis Bookstore to sign up, or call Sue Stuart at 293-3535 for more information.

ENDOWMENT There are great opportunities to learn about the St. Luke’s Endowment this spring. Discover how you can leave a longlasting legacy of faith that will have impact on several areas of ministry for years to come.

Endowment Coffee Breaks Members of the Endowment Committee will be available to answer questions about St. Luke’s Endowment and the many church programs it supports. Stop by the Parlor on Sundays April 19 and 26 between worship services to learn more.

Endowment Luncheon Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary Celebration of St. Luke’s Endowment on Sunday, May 3 at 12:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Our special guest speaker will be Rev. William G. Enright, Ph.D. Dr. Enright is Executive Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and former Senior Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. Dr. Enright will be discussing “Religious Giving During Uncertain Times” at the Endowment Luncheon. We will be also be announcing this year's Christian Life Scholarship recipients, as well as honoring founding members of the Endowment. The luncheon is free of charge, and everyone is welcome to attend. RSVP by April 28 to Erica Lampe at lampee@stlukesumc.com, or 846-3404 x470.

FELLOWSHIP Easter Egg Hunt The Annual St. Luke's Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 11, beginning promptly at 10AM. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased Sunday, April 4, in the East Passage, or at the door on the day of the hunt. Gathering is in the Great Hall, and the egg hunt is outside. In the event of heavy rain or snow, the hunt for eggs will be moved indoors.

Elderberries The next Elderberries pitch-in dinner will be held on Thursday, April 2 at 5PM in Fellowship Hall. After dinner the Shepherd Singers will entertain us. Please bring a dish to share, a $3 donation, and a friend! RSVP Adra at 253-4914 by March 29.


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Euchre The next Euchre party will be Saturday, April 18 at 7PM in the Parlor. Please bring a snack to share. New players welcome! RSVP Adra at 253-4914 by April 16.

Passionate Peddling The St. Luke’s Bicycling Group (Passionate People Peddling) will have their first ride Saturday morning May 16. The rides will continue each Saturday until midOctober. The rides will focus on breakfast, fellowship, and a learning experience to improve your bicycle safety and enjoyment. Because we will be riding on streets you must be at least 18. You will need the following: a bicycle in safe working condition, a little money for breakfast and a helmet (no helmet, no ride for you). If you care to purchase a Passionate People Peddling bicycle jersey, they are available in the bookstore for a terrific price (excellent quality). Watch the church bulletin and the May Communion for details; or email rcmmcd@comcast.net to be on PPP email list.

GLOBAL HEALTH MINISTRIES HIV/AIDS Fundraiser

Global Health Commission

SPOTLIGHT 2009, which supports HIV prevention programs throughout Indiana, is Monday, April 20, 7:30PM at Clowes Memorial Hall. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Brenda Williams, Butler Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Children’s Choir and eleven other groups will perform in a fast moving program. For tickets contact Jerry Burkman, Global Health Commission Chair, at grajvb@comcast.net or stop by the table in the West Passage on March 29 or April 5. Tickets are $32.50, or $100 (which includes a magnificent reception and advance peek at the silent auction).

The Global Health Commission is a newly-formed group looking for visionary members to serve on a commission focused on domestic and global health issues. Contact Jerry Burkman at grajvb@comcast.net. First meeting is Thursday, May 7, 5:30PM in E105.

GREEN MINISTRIES

NeighborWoods—Sponsor and Plant a Tree

Green Gratitude Award The Green Ministry has noticed the determination of our youth to collect plastic and cans for recycling—their bins overflow. They get the Green Gratitude Award for April. Last summer Sara Andler worked hard to set up recycling areas and get the word out. Looks like it worked!!!

In partnership with NeighborWoods, a program of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., St. Luke’s will plant 100 sycamores and sweet gums on April 25 along the west side of the White River between New York and 10th Street. The NeighborWoods goal is for 100 organizations/businesses/ faith communities to come together, each planting 100 trees for a total of 10,000 trees. Tree sponsors will donate $100 per tree and assist with the planting on April 25. Sponsors unable to assist with the physical planting need not worry as we will have teams of volunteers available for planting. Indy Parks will maintain after we plant. Email or call Jim Mellowitz (jmellowitz@sbcglobal.net, 317-251-9245) with your name, phone, email, whether you want to buy a tree, help with planting, or both. As of March 10, 70 trees have been sponsored. Watch our “forest” grow on the wall outside of the main office.


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GRIEF MINISTRIES

HEALTH MINISTRIES

For information on any of the following groups, contact Rev. Marsha Hutchinson at 846-3404 x315 or hutchinsonm@stlukesumc.com.

Free Blood Pressure Screening

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Recent Loss of a Spouse

Stop by E105 on Sunday, April 19 from 9-11AM for a free blood pressure check. Remember to refrain from drinking caffeine or smoking at least 30 minutes prior to your check. There is no blood pressure screening in May.

A new group of men and women is meeting on Sundays for support and fellowship following the loss of a spouse.

AED/CPR Classes

HOPE is a ministry of support for those who have lost babies. You are invited to honor the memory of your baby or child by an engraved 3x5 plaque that will be placed in the HOPE Garden at St. Luke's.

Sign up for classes now! Training sessions will be held on April 18 in W125 from 8:30AM-Noon. There is no fee, but preregistration is mandatory as only six people can be accommodated per class. Each person or couple will need to purchase the book from Oasis Bookstore for $12. Call the church at 846-3404 to register.

Loss of Young Adult Child

Blood Drive Sunday!

New mom's group has formed and will meet monthly on 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings at 7PM.

It’s time again to lend an arm! Come to the Great Hall, April 19 from 8AM-noon. The Indiana Blood Center needs 550 units a day to supply the hospitals. Let’s keep up our record of helping! We can take advantage of this opportunity to give and help save lives.

HOPE Memorial Garden

Loss Due to Suicide If you are in need of support in the loss of a family member due to suicide, please call Rev. Hutchinson.

MUSIC MINISTRIES Fiddler on the Roof St. Luke's UMC and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck proudly present Fiddler on the Roof. Saturday, May 9, 7:30PM and Sunday, May 10, 4PM. Tickets: $18/adult, $10/child (ages 12 and under). Patron Tickets: $36/person. A limited number of Patron tickets are available for each performance. Includes reserved seating and program book listing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Indianapolis Interfaith Hunger Initiative, as well as the programs of St. Luke's and Beth-El Zedeck. Purchase tickets on Sunday mornings between services, or contact the Music Department at 846-3404 x338.

SINGLES MINISTRIES Palm Sunday Event April 5 is our Palm Sunday pitch-in lunch at 12:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Singles will provide the meat. If your last name begins with A-I, please bring a dessert; J-Q, a vegetable dish; R-Z, a salad. We look forward to sharing this day with our St. Luke’s Singles community.

Leah Circle Forgiveness can be transforming, both individually and collectively, and has the potential for opening our hearts to a sense of greater understanding. However, let's be honest... forgiveness is not always easy! Join us on Tuesday, April 21 at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center for “The Power of Forgiveness” with Rev. Marsha Hutchinson. We will explore why some people forgive, and others cannot, and how forgiveness relates to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The discussion will include powerful PBS video clips. For information, call Nancy at 255-1226. Leah Circle is a gathering of single, divorced, and widowed women of all ages.


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SOCIAL JUSTICE

SOWERS

Pedal for Peace Organization Meeting

Italian Gardens

How often is there a fun family event that can make a significant difference in the world? Here is one! Put September 12, (from noon to midnight) on your family calendar to ride your bikes (and tricycles and stationary bikes) as a part of a relay team to raise money for peaceful solutions in the world.

Our April program is a travelogue of Italian gardens. Sowers member Diane Rice traveled with master gardeners Ron and Linda Williams to Italy last spring. She visited many gardens not open to just everyone. Diane will share pictures and stories of her great adventure. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 22 from 7:30-9PM in the Parlor. There will be a special time from 7-7:30 for food and socializing. All are welcome.

St. Luke’s Social Justice Commission is planning this year’s relay to raise funds for the Mar Elias College in Ibilin, Israel, which has just received certification from the Israeli Government. It is a world-class university promoting peace in the Middle East by educating Muslims, Jews, Christians and Druze together in an environment that builds understanding and mutual respect. This event will bring together a diversity of faiths, ages, and cultures that are committed to peace on earth. Our first organizational meeting is April 15 at 7PM at St. Luke’s. Please join us and start now creating your relay team by breaking the day into manageable segments. Contact pedalforpeaceindy@gmail.com for more information.

SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER To pre-register for a class, contact DeAnna Moran at 317-846-3404 x367 or morand@stlukesumc.com. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s

SPECIAL EVENTS

April 22 Earthday Worship Join Marsha Hutchinson and singer/songwriter Marcie Downing for a time of honoring and celebrating our planet Earth. Held in Luke’s Lodge where we can look out into the beauty of springtime, on Wednesday, April 22, 7-8PM.

Storyteller John McCutcheon John McCutcheon, one of the great American folk artists of our time, will perform “Politics, Love and Other Small Miracles.” He has won acclaim as an award-winning folk singer, musician and political gadfly, and in this performance he will be showcasing his talent as a consummate storyteller. His storytelling style has been compared to that of Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor. Presented by Storytelling Arts of Indiana in collaboration with St. Luke’s, Saturday, April 25, 7:30PM in Robertson Chapel. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. To order tickets or for more information, please call (317) 232-1637 or visit www.storytellingarts.org/store/category/Tickets.

“Overcoming” Cross Display in Art Exhibit Area During Holy Week visit our art exhibit area at the top to the stairs at the east end of the Narthex to experience the crosses made by members of the St. Luke’s community under the guidance of LorieLee Andrews. Even if you did not contribute a cross, the exhibit encourages you to meditate on what your own cross might look like. Crosses will be on display until April 26.

First Worldwide Labyrinth Day People from all over the world are invited to walk a labyrinth on Saturday, May 2, at 1PM (in your own time zone). Please join with others in the St. Luke’s community to walk our outdoor Daylily Labyrinth or our indoor labyrinth painted on the floor of N103/104. St. Luke’s member Ken Hollis also has an 84-foot grass labyrinth in his yard. Call Ken for directions (317) 7696327 and enjoy some peaceful time in the country. If you are unable to “walk” a labyrinth, there is a finger labyrinth in the Spiritual Life Center for your use.


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LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES

Spiritual Intuitive Awareness Group —Exploring the Inner Soul If you are exploring your imaginative skills and wish to deepen your ability to use intuition for discernment and to live in a God-centered state, find a safe place for discovery in this forum for learning and sharing. Led by Maria Celeste, first Tuesdays, April 7 & May 5, and fourth Tuesday, April 28, 6:15-8:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. No registration; $10/session.

Drumming for Wholeness —Exploring the Inner Soul Drumming is an ancient sacred practice that replicates your heartbeat. The hour will consist of both structured and unstructured time. Drums provided or bring your own. No prior experience necessary. Led by Dane McCullough, the 4th Wednesday of every month—April 22, 6:30-7:30PM in the Modular Building. No registration, donations appreciated.

Labyrinth Walking—Exploring the Inner Soul You might consider the labyrinth a huge prayer tool. It offers you the opportunity to slow down and focus by spending time in meditation/prayer. Our canvas labyrinth is put down in Fellowship Hall every Friday, 5-7PM. A host or hostess is available to answer questions and introduce you to this form of walking prayer. In addition, a permanent labyrinth is painted on the floor of N103/104 for your use anytime the room is not scheduled for other activities. Larry Shapiro plays for Good Friday Walk, 5-7PM, Fellowship Hall.

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

Celtic Contemplation Carol Dennis provides flute music and Marsha Hutchinson offers communion during this time for prayer, scripture, optional labyrinth walking and silence. First Wednesdays, April 1 & May 6, 6-6:30PM, N103/104 (enter door #8).

Universal Spiritual Teachings Class Facilitators: Carol and Ron Ernst Meets: Every Sunday, 11AM-noon, Spiritual Life Center No registration or fee. APRIL 5 – Elizabeth Kenney on Art Is My Spiritual Expression. What’s Yours? APRIL 12 – No meeting APRIL 19 – Amy Barr on Understanding Mandalas APRIL 26 – Annie Truesdell on God Speaks with You Everyday Speakers from St. Luke’s and the larger spiritual community offer an opportunity to listen to and dialogue about universal spiritual topics. The hour will start with 15-20 minutes of teaching, followed by facilitated discussion. Come to enrich your spiritual journey, meet like-minded people and discover new resources and ideas.

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Oneness Blessing The Oneness Blessing is not a faith or a religion, but rather a practice that may help people reach a deeper level of connectedness with their own faith. It is a practice that is spreading all over the world, and Chuck Reynolds and Irene Maher will be bringing it to St. Luke’s on the 1st Tuesdays of the month, April 7 & May 5, 7:15-8PM in the Spiritual Life Center. No registration; $10 donation appreciated.

Quilting Ministry Our highly successful Quilting Ministry has changed its meeting time to the 2nd Wednesday, April 8 & May 13, 2-6PM at Trish McComas’s home (471-8625). If you want to learn to quilt or add your talents to this ministry, call Trish.

St. Luke’s Writers’ Group Anyone interested in doing more writing and having support for his/her endeavors is welcome. 2nd Wednesday (April 8 & May 13), 7-8:30PM in E212. Contact Jacquie Reed (jreed46038@hotmail.com) or Laura Duvall (ldwactor@aol.com).

Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older For thousands of years, men and women elder sages were society’s wisdom keepers and played the special role of ensuring that tribal decisions took into consideration the welfare of future generations. Largely lost in our youth-orientated culture, the powerful voices of elder sages are desperately needed today. This workshop explores the potential for claiming your elder voice, introduces some tools for consciously developing the elder sage within and offers options for service to future generations. Expect lots of interaction and sharing of elder wisdom. SUGGESTED TEXT: From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Fridays, April 17May 1, 10AM-Noon in E105. Registration required, no fee. Taught by Paul Severance, founder of United Senior Action of Indiana.

Passion Mining—Digging for Your Deepest Desires Do you wake up most mornings unenthusiastic about what the day holds in store for you? You know you should be grateful for what you have, but you still feel dissatisfied with how your life is turning out—something is missing. You might be one of the four out of five Americans feeling unsatisfied, unhappy and unfulfilled—lacking a sense of purpose and direction. With three clear, simple exercises you can quickly identify your core passions. Once you are clear about your mission and purpose, you will be forced in a direction that will allow you to live a happier, more fulfilling life. This class was formerly known as “The Law of the Garbage Truck.” Taught by Jodi Stone on Saturday, May 2, 11AM-1PM in E107/109. $20 for pre-registration, $25 at the door.


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Living a High Self-Esteem Lifestyle

HEALING MINISTRY

Self-esteem enhances every facet of your life. It enhances your work, family relationships, your performance and productivity, your mental health and happiness, your physical health and well being. This workshop will help you to: (1) identify signs/symptoms of low self-esteem, (2) understand what self-esteem is and isn't, (3) discover the effect of needs and values on self-esteem, (4) learn ways to boost your selfesteem, and (5) improve the quality of all your relationships. Taught by Jodi Stone on Saturday, May 2, 2-4PM in E107/109. $20 for pre-registration, $25 at the door.

Godsign II Spend time strengthening your skills to better understand how God communicates with you everyday. Open to all those who have participated in GodSign I. Taught by Annie Truesdell, Wednesdays, May 6 & 13, 7-9PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration required, fee: $50.

Pilgrimage Healing Process Training If you feel called to bring the healing power of God’s love to others, you may be interested in being trained in the Pilgrimage Healing Process, a hands-on-healing modality. The training includes background of the Process, learning the steps, being both receiver and giver and a discussion of your roles as healer. Experiencing a healing session in preparation for the training is required. Call 846-3404x442 to schedule a healing session appointment. Contact Betty Brandt, brandtb@stlukesumc.com, 846-3404x339, to express interest or ask questions. Training takes place Saturday, April 18, 8:30AM-4PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration required with a $50 deposit by April 13. Total fee of$150 includes training manual, DVD and lunch.

body ~ mind ~ spirit Ongoing Integral Hatha Daytime Yoga

Ongoing Qigong Classes

7 or 8-week sessions began Monday, March 9-April 27 (omit 4/20), 7:30 & 9:30AM; fee is $84, and Thursdays, March 12-April 30 (8:30AM) in Luke’s Lodge, upstairs; fee is $96, Walk-ins/$15 for either session. Registration suggested, taught by Marsha Pappas. Classes continue May 11.

Qigong (Chee-Gung) is an amazing set of gentle exercises similar to Tai Chi which help to enhance and maintain one’s overall health. It is a self-healing practice used to recover from illness, relieve stress, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation and reduce chronic pain. Thursdays, 10:30-11:30AM in Luke’s Lodge, upstairs. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30PM, N103/104. No class on 1st Wednesday, May 6. No registration; $10/session. Taught by Amy Barr.

“Pay What You Can” Happy Yoga This yoga class is open to all, regardless of your finances or yoga experience. Come to class and find your strength and happiness through poses, breath and meditation. Taught by Robin Howard. Mondays, 5:30-6:30PM in N104/104. No registration or fee; donations appreciated. Bring a mat AND blanket. No class April 20.

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 website, www.indianapolisaikikai.org. Adult classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-9PM, Saturdays, 810AM. Classes for children ages 6-15, Saturdays, 9:4510:30AM. All classes in N103/104.

UNITED METHODIST MEN Men's Softball

UMM Annual Meeting/Celebration

Men's softball will be starting up again soon, and we are looking for some able-bodied players with gloves and hearts to join the squad. We will play each Sunday afternoon from late March to mid-September. Playing every week is encouraged, but not required. Last season we doubled our win total, and we hope to improve again this year! Let us know how you can help us with an email to n8withan8@yahoo.com, or call Nate Montgomery at 340-7115.

The St. Luke's United Methodist Men will hold their Annual Meeting/Celebration on Tuesday, April 14 from 7-8:30PM in Fellowship Hall. This is an open meeting to all people in the church to see and celebrate what UMM has done, and to support their continued ministry.


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Financial Peace University at St. Luke's! Developed and taught by bestselling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace University is a biblically based, video-driven small group study that empowers and teaches families to beat debt, build wealth, and give like never before. It is for everyone... from the financially distressed to the financially secure. Over 650,000 individuals and families have attended FPU! The 13-week program will begin Wednesday, April 15 (Tax Day!) at 7PM in E107/109, and

will run weekly through July 8. Child care will be provided at no cost to participants. The FPU Membership Kit is $100 per couple, or individual, if single. Previews of the program will also be offered on March 29 and April 5 at 10:30AM in the Parlor. For information or to register, contact Kimberly Blum at 913-7170 or kimberly_blum@hotmail.com.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN UMW Reading Group "CAPTIVATING." - USA Today; "ENDEARING." Seattle Times; "GRIPPING." - Boston Globe; Join us in April to share your thoughts on the national bestselling book, Here If You Need Me, A True Story, by Kate Braestrup. Kate shares her journey from grief to faith to happiness in the wake of her husband's death. Her story is dramatic, funny and deeply moving—the kind of book you read and wish you could discuss with others—and now you can! We will meet on Monday, April 20 from 7-8:30PM in the Conference Room in the main office. New members are welcome! For information contact Jennifer Todd at jtoddosu@aol.com.

UMW Rummage Sale

or Friday. Youth are welcome after school, and can count the time as community service hours. Join your friends to shop the Members’ Sale from 6-8PM on Friday, or shop the public sale form 8AM-4PM on Saturday. Want to try your hand at customer service? Workers and cashiers are needed from 5:45-8:15PM on Friday, and 7:45AM-4:15PM on Saturday. Assistance would also be appreciated for cleanup between 4-6PM Saturday. To work during the sale on Friday or Saturday, sign up in the Great Hall on April 22 and 23. Ask for Marsha, Janice or Barb.

April 22-25, 2009 Clean out your closets for a good cause – the St. Luke’s UMW spring rummage sale! Drop-off items at the church from 8AM6PM on Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23, and until Noon only on Friday, April 24. Please be sure your items are clean and in good condition. Want first pick at all the great stuff? Just show up to work a few hours between 8AM and 5PM on Wednesday, Thursday,

Proceeds from the rummage sale are used to grant funding requests from missions such as the Kissey Clinic in Sierra Leone, Neema House in Kenya, Fletcher Place Fresh Start in Indianapolis, and St. Luke’s children’s ministries. Unsold items are distributed to various missions that UMW supports. ALSO: Looking for a few good men with trucks and a strong back to contribute a couple of hours to United Methodist Women on April 23 and/or April 24. Please contact Janice Walker at 317-457-9664 for details.

UMW CIRCLE MEETINGS

Eve Circle Spring is here and Eve Circle is blooming! We are sowing seeds of friendship this month! On Tuesday, April 7, we will meet at Marquette Manor, located at 86th and Township Line Road, at 10AM to greet and meet residents. We will bring our children to this meeting and bring some spring cheer to our friends there! On Tuesday April 20, join us in the Parlor at 9:30 for coffee and treats before we get down and dirty caring for creation out in the labrinyth! If you would like more information about Eve Circle and upcoming events, please contact Heather Hilbert at evecircle@yahoo.com. For free childcare during meetings, please contact Jessica Mason at evecirclechildcare@yahoo.com. We hope you and your little ones can join us this month as we spring into spring!


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Mary Magdalene Circle

White Cross Guild

Brought back by request, Eunice Toroni will again present a program on Other Women of the Bible at our April meeting. This meeting will be held at the home of Jane Roberts on April 8, at 7PM. Guests are always welcome as well as new members. For further information, call Margaret Funk at 845-1833, or Elizabeth Keller at 594-9544.

White Cross Guild provides volunteers to participate in activities supporting Methodist Hospital. Meets at Methodist Medical Plaza, 151 Pennsylvania Parkway (103rd and Meridian) in the first floor community room. They meet the 2nd Monday of each month from 9AM-2PM (next meeting: April 13) to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). They also meet the 4th Tuesday of each month (next meeting: April 28) from 1-3PM to stuff and sew heart pillows for patients who have had heart or lung surgery. Contact Marguerite Moehn (873-1956) or Barb Querry (879-0543).

Sarah Circle Welcome all ladies of faith, fun and wisdom. We invite you to join Sarah Circle on Monday, April 20, at 1PM in the Parlor. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship, devotion and delicious refreshments. Our program this month will be a presentation by Mary Vinkemulder of Avon, Indiana. She will be talking about her handcrafted dolls. She will have some dolls on display and also to sell. We look forward to seeing you at Sarah Circle. We will continue to bring in a few items to share about ourselves.

WORLD MISSIONS UPCOMING WORK TRIPS

United Methodist Children's Home

Johns Island, South Carolina

Versailles, Kentucky Building maintenance / renovation / humanitarian May 4-8 Leader: Al Dalton, 849-7736, AlDalton@iquest.net Costs: $150 (+transportation)

Habitat for Humanity October 11-16 (to be confirmed) Leader: Carter Jerman, 575-8575, cjerman@fisco.biz Costs: $250 (+ transportation)

Native American Family Work Project

D'Iberville, Mississippi November 2-6 Leader: Al Dalton, 849-7736, AlDalton@iquest.net Costs: $100 (+ transportation)

Tree of Life, Rosebud, South Dakota Building and Vacation Bible School June 14-20 Leader: Kathie Clemenz, 845-5655, kkclemenz@sbcglobal.net Costs: $250 (+transportation)

Hurricane Katrina Rebuild

Hurricane Ike Rebuild Port Arthur, Texas November 2-6 Leader: Al Dalton, 849-7736, AlDalton@iquest.net Costs: $100 (+ transportation)

Jeremie, Haiti John Wesley School Building / humanitarian November 21-28 Leader: Dave Duba, 339-2481, Energized1@aol.com Costs: $1,200


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YOUTH MINISTRIES Youth Lenten Offerings

Senior High Spring Mystery Retreat

All youth are invited to join us on Sunday nights from 5:308PM to explore how we can experience God in new ways by using our senses! Check the list of offerings below for more information on weekly themes:

The Sr. High Spring Retreat is set for April 24-26. Join St. Luke's Sr. High Youth for a time of rest and connection and spiritual growth. This year's spring retreat will be MYSTERY themed—so you won't find out where you're going or what sort of adventure you may be in for until you get on the bus! (Don't worry parents, we'll make sure you have all the necessary information!). Check the website for more information and registration forms. Contact Kathleen with any questions at headingtonk@stlukesumc.com.

• SUNDAY, MARCH 29 - Creativity/Intuition • SUNDAY, APRIL 5 - Holy Week • SUNDAY, APRIL 12 - NO YOUTH GROUP

Volunteers for Easter Egg Hunt This year the St. Luke’s youth will help the young’ins of the church make special Easter memories with the St. Luke’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11. If you are interested in helping us out that morning, please contact Matt at peytonm@stlukesumc.com.

Easter Sunrise Service Youth are needed to help play music, read scriptures, and be a part of our annual sunrise service happening on April 12, at 6:30AM. A rehearsal will be held on April 11. Contact Kathleen if you're interested in participating at headingtonk@stlukesumc.com.

No Youth Group

Junior High Retreat: Identity Join us for an exciting weekend where we will be able to get away from our busy lives and grow closer to God. We will be driving up to Pine Creek Camp, located just west of Lafayette on May 1-3. During this retreat we will be looking at questions of identity, including what does it mean to not only be a Christian, but also a unique creation of God. More information and our new online registration can be found at www.stlukesumcblog.com/jhretreat. Total cost of the retreat is $95, but we don't want the cost to keep any interested youth from coming on this great spiritual weekend. Scholarships are available; if you need more information please contact Matt Peyton at peytonm@stlukesumc.com.

There will be NO youth group on Easter Sunday, April 12, so youth have time to celebrate with their families.

Photo Scavenger Hunt Get to know your friends and community better as we join together for a photo scavenger hunt from 3-8 PM on Sunday, April 19, beginning and ending at Luke's Lodge. Parents and youth will drive groups around to find the scavenger hunt items before we meet back at Luke's Lodge to share the results! Contact Kathleen for more information at headingtonk@stlukesumc.com, or check the website to sign up!

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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 @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

CONTACT

Adult Class Registration

DeAnna Moran

Childcare Needs for Meetings/Events (charges may apply)

Kristi Chamberlain

Member Care/Death/ Mary Katherine Schnitz Stephen Ministry Request/Hospitalization

WORSHIP Sunday Worship Services 8:15, 9:30 & 11AM, Sanctuary with Dr. Kent Millard • 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 fourth Sunday of every month.

Taizé, a contemplative service incorporating chants, silence, scripture and spoken prayer, 5PM every third Sunday of the month in the Sanctuary. Celtic Contemplation, Carol Dennis provides flute music for this 1/2 hour of prayer, scripture and silence. Come for a quiet moment in your busy day. Every 1st Wednesday 6-6:30PM in N103/104.

Later@St. Luke’s, a casual, dynamic and innovative experience open to everyone. 6PM every Sunday in Robertson Chapel with Dr. Marion Miller, Pastor. Communion is served weekly. Classes and care for children also provided. The Garden is an off-site satellite ministry of

Membership/Births/Address/ Phone Change

Sylvia Forbes

Reserve a Room/Request A/V

Beth Lammers or Carol Helmus

Weddings/Special Event Coordination

Carol Helmus

Baptisms

Bobbi Main-Jackson

Pledge Balance/Information

Jan Emmons

Oasis Bookstore

Sharon Holyoak

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: 10:15AM every Sunday; music provided by The Oak Hill Band. Rev. Stan Abell, Campus Pastor.

S U P P O R T I N G T H E M I N I S T R I E S O F S T. L U K E ’ S U M C

Inspirational Gifts, Jewelry & Books Conveniently located inside St. Luke’s UMC Sharon Holyoak, Manager Gift Registry Available

OASIS HOURS: TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY SUNDAY

9AM - 1PM

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ADULT EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER New participants welcome!

A Listening Heart:

Kent Millard’s Book Study

A Bible Study for Women with Young Children

Wednesdays, 10-11:30AM in the Spiritual Life Center. Join this group for a time of prayer and fellowship as well as the sharing of insights from the reading of books on various topics.

2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-9PM in, E212. Childcare is available upon request. This is a Bible study focusing on the inspiring stories of the Old and New Testaments that encourages making time for scripture reading, digging deeper into our faith and reflecting on what we have learned. This study challenges us, but definitely is friendly for “beginners.” New members are welcome any time. For more info, contact Ann Smith, 569-1359 or carmelsmith@yahoo.com, or Kari Miller, 8738606 or kkmiller01@sbcglobal.net.

Empty Nesters Every Sunday (except holidays), 9:30-10:30AM, E107/109. Class members read/watch and discuss a variety of contemporary and traditional books and videos. They also gather once a month for social activities. For more information, contact Ann Townsend at 842-0464.

New Beginnings Every Sunday (except holidays), 9:30–10:30AM, E213. This class is for couples looking to further their spiritual journey. Class members also enjoy various social events. For more info, contact Nathan Montgomery at n8withan8@yahoo.com or 569-1228.

Old Fashioned Bible Study 1st and 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.

Tuesday Afternoon Women's Spiritual Book Study This interesting group of women focus on non-fiction books with spiritual themes every Tuesday afternoon, 1-2:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Contact JoAnne Waeltz, 872-0895, jwaeltz@comcast.net.

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 brandtb@stlukesumc.com.

George Vickery Men’s Discussion Group Wednesdays, 8AM at Shapiro’s. Discuss current events or the latest book of interest you have read. For more information, call Bob Waeltz at 872-0895.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30AM, The Forum at The Crossing. An off-site senior adult Bible Study. Led by Terri Coe, Kay Daly, Bill Johnson, Mary Katherine Schnitz and Chris Thornsberry.

Thursday Afternoon Book Study Group Thursdays, 1-2:30PM, Parlor. Enjoy this mid-day opportunity to gather for conversation on topics of interest and concern. While it is a reading group, from time to time the women can be found having lunch together! For more information, contact Sylvia Forbes at (317) 846-3404. Led by Phyllis Bybee.

Mothers of Young Children Book Club 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30AM, E105. Participants in this group read approximately one piece of current fiction or non-fiction per month. Childcare is available upon request for $5 per family. For book list, to request childcare, or for info contact Dawn Pasquale at dawn_pasquale@yahoo.com.

New Earth Community Thursdays, 7-8:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. This evening book study discusses innovative and challenging spiritual books. Contact JoAnne Waeltz, 872-0895, jwaeltz@comcast.net, for current title.

Ongoing “Speaking of Faith” Discussion Every Sunday morning at 7AM on FM90/1, Krista Tippett interviews fascinating spiritual leaders. A community of “Speaking of Faith” fans meets at 9:30AM in the Spiritual Life Center to discuss that morning’s program. The show is available on the prior Thursday at www.speakingoffaith.org.

Ongoing Meditation Group 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.


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CARE MINISTRIES

Sunday Morning Childcare

Diabetes Support Group

Childcare is provided by volunteers for newborns through age 2. A pager system is utilized for parents’ added ease of mind.

April 7 and May 5, 7-8PM, E213 This is a laidback, easy-going group open to learning and sharing through exercise, diet and prayer. Contact Debbie Allen at 796-2189.

Not Alone April 14 and May 12, 7PM, E103 For spouses and ex-spouses of gays.

Family Support Group

Children’s Church At 9:30 and 11AM all children grades 1-5 attend Children’s Church for large-group worship time. Children report to Robertson Chapel at 9:30 and Children’s Chapel (C123) at 11AM. After Children’s Church, children will return to their classrooms with their teachers.

Early Childhood Music

April 8 and May 13, 6:30PM, Main Office Conference Room The group offers emotional and spiritual support for families who have a member abusing drugs or alcohol.

September-May, preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students attend this bi-monthly worship experience with their classes during the 9:30 and 11:00 services. Children learn, sing, pray and celebrate special holidays as a church family.

Jesse’s Street

Sunday Morning Caregivers

April 20, 6:30PM, Parlor For parents who have a child with a physical, mental or emotional disability. Register for childcare by calling Sylvia at 846-3404 x343.

Come play with the children on Sunday mornings! If you have that “inner child” in you that is wanting to come and play, join our children in childcare (ages birth-2 years). You can “play” one or more Sundays a month. You do not need to be member or a parent to volunteer. For more information or to volunteer for any of the following opportunities, contact Janelle Hatfield at 846-2745x330 or hatfieldj@stlukesumc.com.

Neuropathy Support Group April 20, 6-7:30PM, N101/102 This is 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.frazer@pfizer.com.

Adult ADD Support Group

CHILDREN’S CHOIRS

April 2 and May 7, 7PM, W125 Support for adults with ADD. APRIL: Disorganized Mind, Nancy Ratey. MAY: Steps for ADHD Business Success, David Giwerc. Also meets the 4th Tuesday of each month (April 28). For more info call Mary Katherine at 846-3404 x365.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 2008-09. ALL rehearsals are in E208. For more information, contact Debra Nethercott at 846-3404, nethercottd@stlukesumc.com. To register, go to the children’s choir website and register online www.stlukescc.com.

Genesis Sundays 8:50–9:20AM, Ages 4, 5, & kindergarten

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES School Year Sunday School Sunday School is offered to children age 3 (by 9/1/08) through grade 5. Preschool students (age 3-Kdg) will report directly to their classrooms. Elementary students (grades 1-5) report to Children’s Church and then go to their classrooms for small group time and dismissal. All children need to be registered. Forms may be found in the Education Office or on our website, www.stlukesumc.com. Please fill out a form and return it to the Education Office. Contact Dawn Bick at bickd@stlukesumc.com or 846-3404 x328.

Elementary Music Program Sundays 10:25–11:15AM

The Choristers (By audition only, rehearsals TBA) Tuesdays 6–7:15PM, Grades 3 high school (treble voices) Crescendo! Tuesdays 7:15-8PM, Grades 6 – high school


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FELLOWSHIP Basketball St. Luke's Men's Basketball Open Gym. For adult basketball enthusiasts (16+) who are looking to play competitive pickup games on Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30PM in the Great Hall. Weekly emails are sent out to confirm players for the week. No weekly commitments required, but looking for regular attendees. Please contact Steve Coyner at 590-0235 or email stevecoyner@hotmail.com for more information.

GRIEF MINISTRIES

SINGLES Singles Sunday School Class Every Sunday, 11AM–Noon, E107/109. Join us every Sunday for a wonderful walk through the Bible and many other biblical resources. Singles of all ages and stages of life come together for a wonderful time of spiritual growth. APRIL 5: Where’s Your Jerusalem? APRIL 12: The Invisible 12th

We will be starting a new series entitled “Dry Bones Dancing: Resurrecting Your Spiritual Passion” by Tony Evans. Want to know more about how to come up out of your “valleys” in life? Need a refreshing new start? Join us as we discover how you can be encouraged and lifted up to a higher place in life.

Dad’s Grief Group for Young Adult Loss

PART I: FROM DEADNESS TO DANCING APRIL 19: Down in the Valley APRIL 26: There’s a Reason for This MAY 3: When the Spirit’s Wind Blows MAY 10: Your Resurrection

Meets Tuesday mornings for breakfast at 7AM at the Hilton Indianapolis North Hotel, 8181 N. Shadeland Ave. For info call Dr. Adolf Hansen, 846-3404 x450.

Sunday Lunch Bunch

(H.U.G.S.)—Healing Under Grief Support. Find yourself needing fellowship and support on your journey following the loss of a loved one?

Mom’s Grief Group for Young Adult Loss For info call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson, 846-3404 x315. New group forming.

Spousal Loss Discussion Group Meets every Sunday, 2-4PM. All are welcome, for recent loss or losses of the past. Call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson for details at 846-3404 x315.

HOPE For pregnancy loss or loss of a baby. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7PM, Spiritual Life Center. Call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson, 846-3404 x315 or Jim & Marci Harenberg, 705-0771.

HUGS Fellowship Dinner Meets fourth Sunday of every month, 4:30-6PM. For anyone who has experienced the loss of a spouse, recently or in the past. Call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson, 846-3404 x315.

Footprints An opportunity for lay people who would like to become a caring resource to someone who is recently bereaved. For information call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson, 846-3404 x 315.

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Every Sunday, 12:30PM, join us! Every Sunday we pick a different local restaurant to eat at after church service and Sunday school. Feel free to join us at these locations on the below dates for some fun, food, and fantastic times! APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL

5: Palm Sunday Pitch-in (Fellowship 12: Champps @ Keystone 19: Famous Dave’s (Michigan Road) 26: Mark Pi’s (Nora)

Hall)

Singles Wednesday Nights Every Wednesday evening, singles gather for a time of fun and fellowship. We’ll be meeting in the Fellowship Hall and the Parlor starting at 7:15PM for a time of Coffee and Conversation. Our programs start at 8PM, unless otherwise communicated. Then from 9-9:30PM we have a time of enjoying some great snacks and chatting again. Afterwards, we eat at a local restaurant. As always, a $3 donation to help offset the cost of this evening is appreciated! Feel free to call our Singles Info Line at 317/846-4826 for all program information or contact Linda at mcglothlinl@stlukesumc.com.

Fuel – 20s/30s: Faith Discussion Class Wednesdays, 6:30-8PM, E105. An opportunity to see how your faith connects with your life, local and global issues. Ask questions and grow in community, learning together what it means to be a Christian today through discussion, Bible study, books, and movies. Contact Chris Thornsberry at 846-3404 x332 thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com.


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30's/40's and Young at Heart (50’s) Meet new and interesting people with similar interests. We welcome all singles whether never married, separated, divorced or widowed. This group are proactive with their social life and are interested in getting out, having fun, meeting new people and making new friendships. For information regarding this group, meeting times and locations, check out our meet-up website at: http://singles.meetup.com/2220/ or contact Jodi at JodiStone@aol.com. Movie Night, “The Ugly Truth” at St. Luke’s UMC APRIL 17, 7:15PM: Indians Baseball Game

SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER Prayer Shawl Ministry and Needlecrafters If you are called to share your knitting or crocheting talents with others, please come to the Conference Room (W120) on Tuesday, April 14, 7-8PM For fellowship and helpful tips. Contact Edie Huffman for more information – johnediehuffman@hotmail.com, 228-0496.

APRIL 3, 7PM:

Primetime Movie Night & Dinner Second Saturdays of every month, meet at the Landmark Theater at Keystone in the front lobby table area. We’ll choose a movie to watch and then have dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. For information, contact Sharyn at scowanfeuer@aol.com.

Adventure Club Come join us for some of our wonderful events. Singles of all ages are welcome to attend any of these events. For more information, contact JoAnn Fishburn at jfis@netzero.net. 1st Friday dinner at 6:30PM, Red Lobster, 6410 E. 82nd. RSVP with Joan; jfis@netzero.org APRIL 18-19: WFMS “Country Music Expo” Indiana State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $20 APRIL 23: Movie Night at IMAX APRIL 3:

Volleyball Volleyball meets every Friday at 6:30PM, and every Sunday at 2:30PM in the Great Hall. The cost to play is $2. For info, email Tim Adams at timmytown@msn.com.

Hiking Saturdays, 10AM at Eagle Creek Park. Meet outside the park at W. 56th and Reed Rd. and walk in together. Cost is $2/time or $20/yearly pass. Hike approx. 4 miles. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. No children under age 12. No pets.

Toastmasters Meets every Tuesday, 7-8:30PM, in N101/102. Survey after survey shows that presentation skills are crucial to success in the workplace. Toastmasters International has been around for more than 84 years and offers a proven—and enjoyable—way to improve communication and leadership skills. Guests can attend for free. For information, call Ken Oguss at (317) 938-8743 or email info@stlukessinglestoastmasters.org.

UNITED METHODIST MEN Monthly Men’s Fellowship It's Smee's time once again. Come out for a relaxing evening of food, drinks, and fellowship with the men of St. Luke's. No script or agenda. Just an opportunity to meet new friends, or catch up with old ones. We'll be meeting on the third Wednesday of the month (April 15) at 8:30PM. Smee's is located on the NW corner of 86th and Ditch. Contact Matt Roop at mroop@capcityfence.com, or 538-5931 if you intend to make it.

Monthly Men’s Breakfast All St. Luke's men are invited to the Monthly Men's Breakfast. The next two breakfasts will be held at 8AM on April 4 and May 2. Our presenters for these breakfasts will be: •

Solomon Nyanhongo will be the featured speaker at the April 4 breakfast. Solomon's topic will be "A Day in Gweru, Zimbabwe." He is the headmaster of a school as well as a teacher. He will share his story about his quest for clean water and food and why he came to Indianapolis. He will bring an ingenious water purification system, and also share what he learned at the Echo agricultural project in North Ft. Myers, Florida.

• Travis DiNicola on Saturday, May 2 in Fellowship Hall. He will speak about Making Indianapolis 100% Literate. Come at 7:45 AM for fellowship before the breakfast. Please, it is important to RSVP to Peter Johnson at 848-7149 or johnsonpeterm@yahoo.com. This will assist him with food planning.


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YOUTH MINISTRIES For more information, contact Kathleen Headington at headingtonk@stlukesumc.com or stop by Luke’s Lodge (the youth building on the NE corner of the church parking lot) or visit www.stlukesumcyouth.com.

WEEKLY JR.HIGH OFFERINGS (6-8th grade)

Unplugged Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Luke’s Lodge. Our exciting Jr. High Sunday morning program gives youth the opportunity to choose from different options designed to meet their interests. CURRENT OPTIONS: • Pictures of God. From best friend to team captain, this series will look at a variety of ways that we can describe God. For guys and girls. • Diving Deeper. If you’re looking for a place to talk about some of the deeper questions of faith, this is the place for you. For girls. • Getting into the Game. There are no Davids or Goliaths in this class that combines games and competitions with Bible knowledge. For guys. • How Great Thou Art! Led by Lorie Lee Andrews, will explore new ways to think about God through art. For guys and girls.

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WEEKLY SR.HIGH OFFERINGS (9-12th grade)

Wake Up at Starbucks Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Starbucks at Willow Lake. Experience Sunday mornings in a fresh, new way. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a comfy chair and join friends and leaders for discussions about the relevance of our faith in today’s society. Parents can drop off their youth by 9:15AM and transportation will return youth to the church by 10:30AM.

LIVE! At the Lodge Sundays, 5:30–8PM, Luke’s Lodge. Meet on Sunday evenings for dinner, sports, games and fellowship. Join friends and leaders for small group discussions and worship led by a youth band. Registration is encouraged to be sure you are on the mailing list.

Senior High Small Group Bible Studies Connect to a Christ-centered community where you can dig deep into scripture, ask questions and continually develop your faith while deepening relationships with other Senior High youth. Groups will meet weekly at homes, coffee houses and other various locations this fall. If you have a small group of friends and would like a leader, of if you would like to host a small group, contact Kathleen.

Wednesdays – Luke’s Lodge Brandt Lounge, 6–8PM. Senior high are invited to participate in this small group Bible study each week.

Sundays, 5:30-8PM, Jr. High Room, Luke’s Lodge. Join other Jr. High youth on Sunday evenings to share in food and fellowship through sports, games, spiritual growth activities and vibrant worship.

OASIS BOOKSTORE & GIFTSHOP This April you'll be doing your own rain dance when you step out in style with umbrellas from the delightful collection at Galleria Enterprise. Choose from names like Degas "Ballet Lesson," Van Gogh "Cafe Terrace," Monet "Poppy Field" or a more contemporary style that features New York, Paris and Venice, just to name a few. We continue to GO GREEN with recycled handbags from Malia Designs, which was formed to increase economic opportunities for women in developing countries. Malia's mission also aims to help victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a $10 billion illegal trade affecting almost one million people a year. One way to counteract this global issue is to increase access to economic opportunity in the most affected areas. One of our favorite devotionals this season is called "Jesus Calling." It's a little book with a brief reading for each day, but it is written to speak directly to you with words that give you the hope and love you need to start or end your day.

In these difficult times, we hold our loved ones even closer and keep our faith strong. Sometimes it helps to have symbols of that faith, hope and love. Take a minute this month to look at our beautiful marcasite crosses and lockets, they may be just what you need to keep the focus. OASIS HOURS: TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY SUNDAY

9AM - 1PM

10AM - 4PM


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Midweek Lenten Service These midweek services offer you an opportunity to hear a different passage read each week with ample time for silence and reflection. Make this Lent a time to grow closer to God as you set aside time in your busy day. Every Wednesday in Lent, March 4-April 8, Noon-12:30PM in Robertson Chapel.

“Who Do You Say That I Am?” A Holy Week Reading of the Gospel of Mark

Mark’s telling of “the good news of Jesus Christ” was likely the first written. Through stark, spare language and a somewhat gloomy (or perhaps realistic) portrayal of the disciples, his narration of Christ’s life and ministry takes on a powerful urgency. Mark’s gospel is challenging and sometimes disturbing as it calls us to answer for ourselves the ultimate question of the identity of Jesus of Nazareth. As part of your Holy Week journey, come hear the good news read, from start to finish without commentary, just as the book’s original audience would have. Wednesday, April 8, 7PM in the Parlor. Readers are Terry Corman, St. Luke’s member, and Matt Peyton, St. Luke’s Associate Director of Junior High Youth.

A Taste of Passover: Experiencing a Seder Meal

The Seder is a special meal filled with ritual to remind the Jews of the significance of the week-long Passover celebration. It can last for hours. Our observance, however, will be an abbreviated experience, highlighting the history and significance of the holiday while sampling the foods included in the meal. Individuals of all ages will enjoy the festive program and will learn about the time God “passed over” the homes of the Egyptian enslaved Israelites—leading to their release and freedom. Thursday, April 9 at 6PM in Fellowship Hall. Registration is helpful; donations will be gratefully accepted.

Sign Up for Holy Week Prayer Vigil Every year the Spiritual Life Center sponsors a Prayer Vigil beginning at 8PM on Holy Thursday, April 9 and ending at Noon on Good Friday, April 10. You may sign up for an hour or 1/2 hour time slot by contacting DeAnna at 846-3404x367, morand@stlukesumc.com. Please come to the Spiritual Life Center at the scheduled time, sign in and use the Prayer Chapel, the Spiritual Life Center and the labyrinth in Fellowship Hall for your prayer time. You might be alone or with others. Rich Wisman will be in the building all night to escort you to your car and help in any way.

LENT + EASTER

HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE April 9, 7PM, Robertson Chapel

GOOD FRIDAY Service of Darkness April 10, Noon and 7PM, Sanctuary

EASTER Sunday, April 12 Celebration Services 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15AM (please note time changes)

Shuttle service available from Springmill Elementary School

Later @ St. Luke’s, 6PM

The Garden GOOD FRIDAY, Noon at Beef & Boards EASTER SUNDAY 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15AM at Beef & Boards 10:15AM at Oak Hill Mansion


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