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Together In Ministry Everyday: Tradition! This month, we continue our focus on the ways we relate to God and to each other through our study of different religious traditions. 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 coworkers. But we share a lot more in common than you might think. Look for the T.I.M.E. logo next to some Tradition! opportunities being offered this month. Some highlights include:

• Sermon Series. Dr. Millard continues his Tradition! sermons in May with “Our Protestant Heritage” on May 3, “Our Episcopal Heritage” on May 10, and “Our Methodist Heritage” on May 17. • “Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque Unites a Community.” See page 8 for more information on this inspiring film. • St. Luke’s Membership Class. Saturday, May 16. Learn about underlying beliefs and outward expressions of faith that make our church what it is. Discover the history of our United Methodist Church and find ways to contribute to and benefit from the St. Luke’s experience. See page 3 for registration details. • Confirmation. Sunday, May 17. This is a special service for the confirmands, their families, friends and mentors, and the entire congregation as we welcome the newest members of our faith.

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COMMUNION Fiddler on the Roof You know the songs, you know the story—isn’t it time to experience the magic of “Fiddler on the Roof” in a live performance? Don’t miss our upcoming production of this much-loved musical on Mother’s Day weekend. Performances are Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 10 at 4 PM in the St. Luke’s Sanctuary. This fully staged production with orchestra and a 40-member cast is the result of a special collaboration of St. Luke’s and Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. The cast features members from both congregations with Bob Schneider, a member of Beth-El Zedeck, as Tevye, and former St. Luke’s Associate Pastor Carolyn Scanlan as Golde (pictured above). Tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for children. A $36 Patron ticket includes reserved seating and a thank-you in the performance program. Tickets can be purchased from the Music Office during the week, in the West Passage on Sunday May 3, and at the door. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Hunger Initiative and other congregational ministries.

Rev. Joe Johnson and the Lawrence Ensemble SPECIAL GUEST

May 31, 6PM, Robertson Chapel Rev. Johnson (left) is a gifted preacher who combines his musical talents to bring God’s message of peace, hope, and love. He is an Associate Pastor at Lawrence United Methodist Church and is no stranger to St. Luke’s, having graced Later numerous times. Join the Later congregation for this special service.

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St. Luke’s is an open

community of Christians gathering to seek, celebrate, live and share the love of God for all creation. We envision being transformed by God and

transforming the world

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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: May 11 for June issue (publishes 5/31) June 15 for July issue (publishes 7/5)


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

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

All-Church Conference There will be an All-Church Conference (formerly the Church Council Meeting) on May 13, 7PM in the Parlor for election of officers and approval of the Lay Leadership Report.

ADULT EDUCATION To pre-register for a class, contact DeAnna Moran at 317-846-3404 x367 or Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s.

BOOK GROUPS—New members welcome!


Café Conversations

Instruction for the Biblically Challenged

Wednesdays, 9:30-11AM, E105 Books available in Oasis. Led by Dr. Marion Miller and Barbara Birdwell

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

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.”

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!

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Women’s Bible Study Wednesdays, April 15-May 13, 1-2:30PM, E105 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.

CARE MINISTRIES Membership is Easy!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES Vacation Church School Volunteer & Student Sign-Up 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. Student sign up takes place Sundays May 3, 10 and 17 in the East Passage.

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

St. Luke’s Parents Night Out 2009/2010 Parents Night Out is a co-op childcare program that runs from August thru July on the second Saturday night of every month from 5:30-9PM. Parents are obligated to watch children at the church two months of the year and are free to have “date nights” the other ten months. Children four months of age up thru 3rd grade are eligible to participate. Annual fee is only $25/family. Registration will take place on Sunday, May 17 from 9-9:30AM and 10:30-11AM in the East Passage. For more information, stop by our table on May 17 or contact Becky Bultinck at 585-1829, or Julie Dickson 818-9619, or email


The next Membership Class is Saturday, May 16, 9AM-12:30PM. Registration is encouraged and childcare is available upon request. Contact Sylvia at 846-3404 x343 or Learn more about St. Luke’s and our United Methodist heritage from pastors and staff members.

May Sunday School Schedule

Please note these events taking place on Sunday mornings in the East Wing: • May 10: last Children’s Church • May 17: last Sunday School classes for kindergarten through 5th grade • May 24: Movie Sunday!

Sunday School SUMMER SCHEDULE begins May 31: 1. Movie rooms are available after the Children’s Moment in the Sanctuary at 9:30 and 11AM. Contact Dawn Bick to volunteer at 846-3404 x328. 2. Sunday School will be available for preschool and pre-kindergarten (ages 3 to kindergarten). Please contact Mary Hach to volunteer at 846-3404 x307.

3. Volunteers are needed to lead third and fourth graders in games and get-to-know-you activities. Contact Dawn Bick to volunteer at 846-3404 x328. 4. Fifth graders are encouraged to attend the Youth preview Sunday on May 31, and Movie Matters the remainder of the summer.

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COMMUNITY MINISTRIES School 20 Opportunities

Fox Hill Elementary/St. Luke’s Partnership

As we finish out the last month of our partnership with IPS School 20, there is a need for volunteers at the following events. All are welcome to participate!

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 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.

• We are supplying sweet (and non-sweet) treats for teachers. We need treats (to be dropped off at church on Sunday, 5/17/09) and someone to take them to School 20 on the morning of May 18. • Supervise students (4th grade) on a field trip on May 12 to the Indiana Transportation Museum, located in Noblesville from 10AM-1PM.

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, or call Jayne Thorne at 846-3404.

• Supervise students (grades K – 5) at Field Day on May 15 at Camp Belzer, located in Lawrence Township from 10AM-1:30PM.

Dress for Success Collection

• Supervise students at the Tiger Extravaganza (end-of-theyear carnival celebration) at School 20 on May 21 from 10AM-3PM (or any part of that time). • Supervise students on a Field Trip to the Zoo (grades K– 6) on May 26 from 9AM-2PM. • Indianapolis Public School is inviting all members of the St. Luke’s community to attend an Open House, celebrating the history and contribution of School 20, on Saturday, May 16, held at the school from 10AM-4PM. Those wanting to volunteer, or those with questions, can contact Julie Hunt at or at 872-6818.

Dress for Success provides career attire for low-income women who are getting back into the work force. The women's Thursday afternoon book club is holding a drive at the church on Sunday, May 31 to collect clothing and accessories for Dress for Success. They accept professional attire to include suits, dresses, skirts and blouses. They also accept blue and black dress shoes, brown, black and blue purses and jewelry. We will be accepting donations and providing receipts from 9-11AM on Sunday, May 31, and will accept donations without receipts until Friday, June 6. Questions? Contact Judy Sholly at 815-8318.

Fletcher Place Meals Breakfast dates are May 12, 14 and 15, and June 9, 11, 19 and 30. 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 May 18 and 27, and June 15 and 24. 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.

FELLOWSHIP 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 mid-October. 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). Email to be on the PPP email list.

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GREEN MINISTRIES Green Gratitude Award The Green Ministry is indebted to Don Weiser for his willingness to collect the paper in the new paper recycling containers in all the classrooms and cart it out to the Abitibi bins. Be sure to fill up those paper recycling boxes so Don will have something to collect. You can bring your newspapers, catalogs, junk mail and office paper from home to recycle in the big green and yellow Abitibi bins found at the east driveway of our campus.


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 First meeting is Thursday, May 7, 5:30PM in E105.

Green Ministry Work Day at Michaele Farm—

“Liquid Assets” is Green Ministry’s Summer Movie

SAVE THE DATE! Travel to Oldenburg, IN for a day of “doing what needs to be done” at the Sisters of St. Francis farm. Merging agriculture, education and spirituality, the sisters strive to live simply, see all creation as kin, use resources respectfully, strive for sustainability and share their gratitude and hospitality with all who come to visit and work. Saturday, June 20—carpooling from St. Luke’s at 7:30AM, return by 5:30PM. Registration required, no fee. Bring “green” sack lunch that can be recycled. Contact Karen Dietrick with questions (849-9877,

This documentary made by Penn State explores the history, engineering, and political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues. Our water infrastructure plays such an important part in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. We owe it to ourselves to know more. Allyson Pumphrey, who is on staff with the Mayor’s office, will be with us to share information about Indianapolis’s projects and answer questions. Friday, June 12, 7PM in Fellowship Hall. No registration or fee. Cosponsored by WFYI.



Memorial Plaques

Free Blood Pressure Screening

The HOPE Ministry, for families who have experienced an infant loss, is taking orders for personalized 3" by 5" individualized memorial plaques to become a part of the Memorial Garden along the west wall of St. Luke's. For cost and all other details, contact Rev. Marsha Hutchinson at, or 846-3404 x 315.

There is no blood pressure screening in May. The next screening is Sunday, June 14.

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MUSIC MINISTRIES New Song (a.k.a. Glitter Girls!) Holding Auditions

So Long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen…

New Song, St. Luke’s all-women’s choir, is looking for new members for its upcoming 2009-2010 season. Auditions will be Saturday, May 30 from 10AM-2PM in the Chancel Choir rehearsal room. Other audition times can be arranged if needed.

How do members of St. Luke’s Chancel Choir prepare for a long trip overseas? By singing, of course! Join the choir for a Farewell Concert on Sunday, June 14, at 4 PM, and hear the selections that singers will take with them to Austria and Hungary in the following days. The hour-long concert will feature favorites old and new arranged and written by American composers such as Aaron Copland, Alice Walker and Mack Wilberg. A freewill offering will go toward the costs of the concert and tour expenses.

New Song sings during Sunday services once a month and for special concerts sponsored by St. Luke’s Performing Arts. To schedule an audition, contact Cheryl West, Director, at 595-0638.

SINGLES MINISTRIES Leah Circle Attention single women. . . Do you ever feel like life comes at you like a tornado where everything seems out of whack? Perhaps you feel like you have been hit on the head, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz! Good news—out of the chaos and out of the storm comes new growth and organization! At times in our lives we need a good fairy of organization to wave her magic wand to give us faith in our belief to find our own way! Join Leah Circle on Tuesday, May 19 at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center for "Happy Rebirth-day: Coming home to yourself!" with Rev. Mary Rudy, D. Min. We’ll celebrate the miracle of rebirthday—the day when we allow the Inner Christ Being to be a part of our resurrected experience. Come join the fun and bring your "rebirth-day" wish! For additional information, call Nancy at 255-1226. Leah Circle is open to single, divorced, and widowed women of all ages.

SOCIAL JUSTICE Pedal for Peace Are you interested in a local event that will help promote peace in much-needed areas of our world? Do you enjoy biking either recreationally and/or for exercise? Come and join us as we Pedal for Peace at the Major Taylor Velodrome! This 12-hour team bike relay promises to be a worthwhile, memorable, and fun event for bikers of all levels. The date has changed. The new date for the event will be on October 17, 2009. So mark your calendars now! If you have questions, please call Maryjane Behforouz (317) 443-2632, or email

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


Spiritual Intuitive Awareness Group 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, May 5 & June 2, and fourth Tuesday, May 25, 6:15-8:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. No registration; $10/session.

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, May 5 & June 2, 7:15-8PM in the Spiritual Life Center.

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, May 6 & June 3, 6-6:30PM, N103/104 (enter door #8).

Drumming for Wholeness 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—May 27, 6:30-7:30PM in the Modular Building. No registration, donations appreciated.

Labyrinth Walking 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.

Daylily Labyrinth: A Peaceful Place to Walk & Pray Our permanent outdoor Daylily Labyrinth can be found by walking around Luke’s Lodge, going down the steps, crossing the little bridge and walking north into the neighborhood behind the church. It is available for walking during daylight hours.

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Daylily Labyrinth Maintenance Workers Needed

Our Daylily labyrinth is divided into 15 sections for summer maintenance. Would you like to adopt a section for weeding, spot mulching, trimming of leaves and pulling dead stalks? Did I mention enjoying the beauty of a summer morning surrounded by daylilies and butterflies? Contact Betty Brandt (, 846-3404x339).


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.

Prayer Shawl Ministry and Needlecrafters

If you are called to share your knitting or crocheting talents with others, come to the Conference Room (W120) on Tuesday, May 12, 7-8PM; June 9, C122, 7-8PM, for fellowship and helpful tips. Contact Edie Huffman for more information at, 2280496.

Quilting Ministry

Our highly successful Quilting Ministry has changed its meeting time to the 2nd Wednesday, May 13 & June 10, 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 (May 13 & June 10), 7-8:30PM in E212. Contact Jacquie Reed ( or Laura Duvall (

Studio 3 Art Retreat for May: BYO Still Life

Artist Glenna Heath and Studio 3 invite you to join us for a Spark Plug session featuring the “how-tos” of creating a great Still Life. Glenna asks we plan ahead and bring our own items to create individual paintings. Things to consider: have items of different heights, differing values, and either a monochromatic or complementary color scheme. Bring your camera, sketch pad and paints and come prepared to learn and experiment in your choice of medium. Call Glenna Heath 2984873 or e-mail Linda Etherton with any questions. Thursday, May 14, 10AM-4PM in C122.

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“Talking Through Walls” is Spiritual Cinema Movie for May

Studio 3 Art Retreat for June: Plein Aire Adventure

What if you were denied the right to practice your religion? “Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community” takes viewers into the life and struggle of Zia Rahman, a determined but ailing man, who sets out to build a mosque in his suburban community. Against the backdrop of post 9/11 fears that threaten to scuttle the project, a coalition forms that includes a Catholic Priest, two Rabbis and a Buddhist, who join Zia to support his efforts. There’s power in their union and they ultimately succeed in helping to get the mosque built, revealing the best of American ideals at one of the most difficult times in American history. Friday, May 15, 78PM in Fellowship Hall. No registration or fee.

Sheridan Glen Farm is the setting for Studio 3’s day outdoors in the nearby countryside. Rain or shine, we will paint or sketch the historic barn, farm animals and berry patch. If you would like to join in this experience, please call Marti Hunsucker 317-758-0746 or e-mail Linda Etherton at We will meet in C122, and some car pooling will be available. Thursday June 11, 10AM-4PM.

body ~ mind ~ spirit Ongoing Integral Hatha Daytime Yoga

Ongoing Qigong Classes

7 or 8-week sessions began Monday, May 11-June 29 (omit 5/25), 7:30 & 9:30AM; fee is $84, and Thursdays, May 14- July 2 (8:30AM) in Luke’s Lodge, upstairs; fee is $96, Walk-ins/$15 for either session. Registration suggested, taught by Marsha Pappas.

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.

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, 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.


Unite 2 Fight Against Prostate Cancer!

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, or call Nate Montgomery at 340-7115.

Did you know that 1 in 6 men will develop prostate cancer this year? But, if detected early, the survival rate is 99%. Join us on July 11, 2009 for the Little Red Door Cancer Agency's 5K competitive/non-competitive race to raise awareness and local funds for prostate cancer. Last year LRD raised over $92,000.00. This year they hope to double that number and with your help they can. Email Jami Graves @ for additional information and to register. This one's for the guys!

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN UMW Reading Group "The world needs this book ..." - Library Journal

May will bring us together to talk about faith, and we are excited to use The Faith Club, A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding, by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner as our starting point. It is the story of three mothers who got together to write a picture book for their children that would highlight the connections between their religions. They discovered in the process that they held misunderstandings regarding each others' faith traditions—this began their journey of discovery and discussion. Their book has inspired the formation of Faith Clubs around the country—and we can learn much from our struggles to have open dialog (about ourselves and about others!) Our invitation is open to all women at St. Luke's—we will meet on Monday, May 18 from 7-8:30PM in Kent Millard's office. For more information, please contact Jennifer Todd at



"Brimming with passion and conviction... this is essential reading for anyone interested in interfaith dialog" – Booklist

Eve Circle

Sarah Circle

Eve Circle, the circle for mothers will young mothers, will gather to wrap up their 2008-09 year this month! On May 5, Heather Hilbert will be sharing some ideas about how to find more balance in the roles of mother, wife, woman and friend, based on experiences and a great book she has used herself, titled Finding the Me in Mommy by Lisa Whelchel. On May 19, we will host a pitch-in brunch in the Parlor and begin looking toward the upcoming missions, speakers and more going into 2010! We will also be swapping books that day, so if you have a book you've enjoyed and wouldn't mind loaning it for the summer, bring it with you!

Welcome all ladies of faith, fun and wisdom! We invite you to join Sarah Circle on Monday, May 18, at 1PM in Fellowship Hall. This is our last meeting until September, and we will be ending our year with a pitch-in lunch. So please bring a favorite dish to share with the women of Sarah Circle and their guests. Even if you have been unable to attend our meetings this past year, please come and enjoy a time of fellowship, devotion, and delicious food. It has been a great year for the women of Sarah Circle. Our circle has served refreshments and light lunches for many funerals held here at St. Luke’s and have contributed to other service projects. Our programs have been diverse, entertaining, and enjoyed by all. This month’s meeting will be a great time to come and meet the women of Sarah Circle, and we look forward to seeing you. If you have questions, please contact Sandra Pirkle 733-4183.

We would love for you to join us and learn more about our group! We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month September-May from 9:30-11:30AM in the Parlor. Childcare is free and reservations can be made by contacting Jessica Mason at For more information about Eve Circle, please contact Heather Hilbert at Happy Spring!

Mary Magdalene Circle Ladies, come join us for our Mary Magdalene Circle meeting at the home of Mary Alice Curtis that will be held at 7PM on May 13. Our program is yet in the planning stages but will focus on using your creativity, possibly with new kitchen skills to be demonstrated. New members are always welcome. For further information, call Margaret Funk at 8451833 or Elizabeth Keller at 594-9544.

White Cross Guild

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: May 11) to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). They also meet the 4th Tuesday of each month (next meeting: May 26) 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).

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Native American Family Work Project Tree of Life, Rosebud, South Dakota Building and Vacation Bible School June 14-20 Leader: Kathie Clemenz, 845-5655, Costs: $250 (+transportation)

Johns Island, South Carolina Habitat for Humanity October 11-16 (to be confirmed) Leader: Carter Jerman, 575-8575, Costs: $250 (+ transportation)

Hurricane Katrina Rebuild D'Iberville, Mississippi November 9-13 (changed from 11/2-6) Leader: Al Dalton, 849-7736, Costs: $100 (+ transportation)

Hurricane Ike Rebuild Port Arthur, Texas November 9-13 (changed from 11/2-6) Leader: Al Dalton, 849-7736, Costs: $100 (+ transportation)

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

YOUTH MINISTRIES 30-Hour Famine All youth (grades 6-12) are invited to participate in the 30hour famine on Friday, May 15 - Saturday May, 16 at Luke's Lodge. This juice-fasting experience is designed to educate participants on hunger issues in the world while they experience the spiritual discipline of fasting. Participants will join together for mutual support, prayer, worship, and educational programs over the span of the 30 hours. Other fasting options are available for those who cannot fast for medical reasons but would like to have the spiritual experience. Registration forms, along with more information, are available at Questions? Contact Rev. Brian Durand.

Senior Recognition Let's celebrate the incredible blessings of our St. Luke's seniors! On Sunday, May 17 from 5:30-8PM at Luke's Lodge, we will be lifting up the seniors who have been a part of our youth ministry community. Share your favorite senior memories and blessings as we prepare our seniors for their adventures ahead.

Year-End Celebration! It's hard to believe another year has almost passed at Luke's Lodge! Join us on Sunday, May 31 from 5:30-8PM at Luke's Lodge for a celebration to say "goodbye" to the year, and "helloooo, summer!" Bring your friends for an evening of food, fellowship and worship!

IMPORTANT!!! Youth Ministry Commission Meeting All parents are invited to this important Youth Ministry Commission meeting, Sunday, May 17, from 3-5PM in Luke's Lodge. We'll be discussing the upcoming staff transition, planning how we support youth ministry at St. Luke's for the 2009-2010 school year, and celebrating our youth. Please join us!

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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

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


Adult Class Registration

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 St. Luke’s providing non-traditional worship in a comfortable, casual setting. Dr. Linda McCoy, Pastor.

Membership/Births/Address/ Phone Change

Sylvia Forbes

Reserve a Room/Request A/V

Beth Lammers or Carol Helmus

Weddings/Special Event Coordination

Carol Helmus


Bobbi Main-Jackson

Pledge Balance/Information

Jan Emmons

Oasis Bookstore

Sharon Holyoak

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


10AM - 4PM 9AM - 1PM


Oasis is the place to find the perfect Mother’s Day, confirmation and graduation gift. Stop in to see our wide variety of jewelry, books, home décor, keepsakes and so much more!

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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, or Kari Miller, 8738606 or

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 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,

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, 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

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,, 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

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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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.

May 5 and June 2, 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 May 12 and June 9, 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

May 13 and June 10, 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

May 18, 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 Jane Bennett at 846-2745 x307 or

Neuropathy Support Group May 18, 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

Adult ADD Support Group


May 7, 7PM, W125 Support for adults with ADD. MAY: Steps for ADHD Business Success, David Giwerc. Also meets the 4th Tuesday of each month (May 26). 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, To register, go to the children’s choir website and register online

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


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

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, Please fill out a form and return it to the Education Office. Contact Dawn Bick at or 846-3404 x328.

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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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.

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 for more information.

SINGLES Singles Sunday School Class

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

Dad’s Grief Group for Young Adult Loss 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.

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. We are studying the series “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. PART I: FROM DEADNESS TO DANCING MAY 3: When the Spirit’s Wind Blows MAY 10: Your Resurrection

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.

Part II: DEEPENING YOUR SPIRITUAL PASSION MAY 17: Are you hungry? MAY 24: Are you asking? MAY 31: Are you drawing near? JUNE 7: Are you paying the price? JUNE 14: Are you enduring?

Recent Loss of a Spouse

Sunday Lunch Bunch

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

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!

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

3: On The Border (Castleton) 10: The Aristocrat (Broad Ripple) 17: Ruby Tuesdays (Michigan Rd.) 24: McAllister’s (Meridian) 31: MCL (86th St.)

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



Singles Wednesday Nights

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.

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

Loss Due to Suicide

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.

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Fuel – 20s/30s: Faith Discussion Class


Wednesdays, 6:30-8PM, Spiritual Life Center. 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

Tuesdays, 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 an effective way to improve communication and leadership skills. Guests can attend for free. For more information, call Cathy Baker at 334-7821, or visit

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: or contact Jodi at

UNITED METHODIST MEN Monthly Men’s Fellowship

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

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 (May 20) at 8:30PM. Smee's is located on the NW corner of 86th and Ditch. Contact Matt Roop at, or 538-5931 if you intend to make it.

Adventure Club

Monthly Men’s Breakfast

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

All St. Luke's men are invited to the Monthly Men's Breakfast. The next breakfast will be held at 8AM on June 6. Come at 7:45 AM for fellowship before the breakfast. Please, it is important to RSVP to Peter Johnson at 848-7149 or This will assist him with food planning.

Primetime Movie Night & Dinner

1st Friday dinner, May 1, 6:30-6:45PM. Brickyard Crossing Restaurant (4400 W 16th St., Indianapolis). RSVPs required. Dinner prices range from $7.95-$18.95 Saturday, May 2nd - IMS Centennial Era Balloon Festival. Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis). Free event. Bring lawn chair & cooler with sodas and chips. Gates open at 6PM, free concert, hot air balloon will inflate and evening ends with fireworks at 9PM.

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



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


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.

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.

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• 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.

Remix 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.


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.



Monthly Communion: May 2009

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