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Interfaith Thanksgiving Services November 23-25 Give thanks for your blessings and take advantage of the opportunity to experience another house of worship in our community. Freewill offerings will be gratefully received for the Interfaith Hunger Initiative.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 7PM

• Islamic Society of North America (6555 S. 750 E., Plainfield) • Friedens United Church of Christ (8300 S. Meridian St.) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 7PM

• SS. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral (1347 N. Meridian St.) (6:30PM prelude music featuring Indianapolis children’s Choir, Laudis Cantores and the Choir of congregation Beth-El Zedeck

• First Baptist of Cumberland (116 S. Muessing St., Cumberland) WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 7PM

• First Baptist North Indianapolis (8600 N. College Ave.)

NOVEMBER 2009

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COMMUNION Inspiring Places, November 6-15 2010 ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN

During this year’s annual fund campaign, we will be challenged to think about the concept of having “enough,” and how we live our lives financially and spiritually in challenging times and in times of plenty. During November Dr. Millard will be preaching on the themes of The Joy of Simplicity, The Joy of Gratitude, The Joy of Generosity, and the Joy of Contentment. Please prayerfully consider during this period of time how God has blessed your life and how you would like to return the blessings through God’s work being done at St. Luke’s. Consecration Sunday is November 22. We invite the congregation to return their Gratitude Cards by this date as we give thanks to God for God’s generosity to us, and our ability to be generous in return. Join us for a free brunch given by the Stewardship Commission as a small token of our appreciation for your support of God’s work through St. Luke’s with your commitment of time, talent and treasure.

From Ordinary Space to Sacred Place What happens to transform your own backyard, a grocery store check-out line, a ball diamond or the corner of Meridian and Washington Streets into a memorable and treasured place? Five Central Indiana luminaries will share their personal stories of how an ordinary space was infused with special meaning for them. Singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer will tell her own experience and then intersperse her favorite songs about sacred spaces as WISH-TV co-anchor Deanna Dewberry, business leader Michael Maurer (honorary chair of 2009 festival), speaker and former WTHR news anchor Anne Ryder, and Marion County Superior Court Judge David Shaheed tell their personal stories. This evening of music and story will invite you into the 2009 Inspiring Places festival and spark your thinking and conversation about sacred places in your own life. Donations welcomed. St. Luke’s has the honor of being chosen to host the Opening and Closing Signature Event for this year’s Spirit and Place Festival. Please plan to attend and provide hospitality to all those from our central Indiana community who may be visiting St. Luke’s for the first time. Call 846-3404 or email brandtb@stlukesumc.com for more information.


St. Luke’s is an open

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

transforming the world

into a

compassionate, just, inclusive, Christ-like community. This issue lists upcoming events November through mid-December 2009. The deadlines for submitting announcements for the 2009 COMMUNION MONTHLY: November 9 for December issue (publishes 11/29) December 7 for January issue (publishes 12/27)

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.

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

SPECIAL EVENT

ADULT EDUCATION

All Saints Day Service

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.

Sunday, November 1 at 7PM in Fellowship Hall (new location). Rev. Marsha Hutchinson will be presiding.

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity This is a service honoring all the saints who have gone before us, especially those in our families, the congregation, and community. A memorial video will be shown with photographs, and names can be submitted for reading by all who attend the service.

TWO OPTIONS:

• Sundays, November 1-22, 11AM-Noon in the Parlor • Mondays, November 2-23, 7-8PM in E105 Pre-registration recommended. Based on the book by Rev. Adam Hamilton, this fourweek group study explores what the Bible teaches us about financial management. The study will be an opportunity to reflect deeper upon the themes in Dr. Kent Millard’s sermon series and Dr. Marion Miller’s Later@St. Luke’s services November 1-22. Haven’t you had “enough?” Get off the consumerism treadmill and find the joy and contentment that come with a simpler and more generous way of living! Reading the book is recommended, but not required, to participate in the study (available in the Oasis bookstore). Led by Tony Hunley.


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Women’s Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study Wednesdays, November 4-18, 1-2:30PM in E105 Prophets: Soul Catchers. From the Mysteries of the Bible series I, this five-part study profiles such prophets of the Old Testament as Elijah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah, Amos, Hosea and Isaiah. It examines their histories and prophecies, explores the social impact of their voices, and considers the accuracy of their predictions. Consideration will also be given to the role of the prophetic voice in the 21st century. Led by Marti Hunsucker. Wednesday, November 25: No Class Wednesdays, December 2-16: Christmas Carol Bible Study. This video-based, threeepisode Bible study features the classic Dickens' film in black and white. The three sections are: Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Past (lesson–regret); Ghost of Christmas Present (lesson–repentance); and Ghost of Christmas Future (lesson–salvation).

Jews and Christians in Candid Conversation: What We Should Know About Each Other Join with friends and members of each congregation as we learn about each other’s faith. In addition to four discussions on Wednesdays, October 28–November 18, we will also experience worship together at both sites. Contact DeAnna Moran at 846-3404 x367 or morand@stlukesumc.com. Led by Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and Dr. Kent Millard, Senior Pastor, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

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Café Conversations Wednesdays, November 4-18, 9:30-11AM in E105 It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado. If you want to shift into high gear with purpose, this is it: Life makes sense when we accept our place! Our pleasures, our problems, our gifts and talents...when they are all for the One who created us, we suddenly gain what we have been missing and find out what we have been seeking. Let Max Lucado show us how to make the shift of a lifetime. How to bump our life off self-center. How to be changed and experience the meaning-charged life we were meant to have. Led by Dr. Marion Miller.

Wednesday, November 4, 7-9PM, St. Luke’s UMC What Do We Believe About: Creation; The Messiah; Life after Death; Conversion and Proselytism; Law and Grace; God Wednesday, November 11, 7-9PM, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck (600 W. 70th Street, Indianapolis)

How We Worship and Celebrate: Shabbat; Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; Sukkot, Pesach, Shavuot; Hanukah . . . Sunday; Advent and Christmas; Lent and Easter; Pentecost. Wednesday, November 18, 7-9PM, St. Luke’s UMC Christians and Jews in Candid Conversation: What I want you to know about me, what I want to know about you.

Lunch with Kent

Modern Jews Engage the New Testament

Thursday, November 12, Noon-1:30PM, Johnson Room, Robertson Hall at Butler University Registration fee: $15 (includes lunch). Registration deadline: Friday, November 6. Contact DeAnna Moran at 846-3404 x367 or morand@stlukesumc.com.

Tuesday, November 17, 7PM, at Beth-el Zedeck To register, call Lisa Freeman at 251-9467 or visit www.JCCindy.org. Registration fee: $5

Join our senior pastor for a time of conversation and spiritual guidance as we discuss matters related to economics, generosity, simplicity, contentment and joy. Focus on these questions and more: How much is enough? How do we handle decreases in incomes? How do we prioritize our lives and resources? (Based on the November sermon series and the book Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton, available in Oasis Bookstore.)

Rabbi Michael Cook is a leader in the field of JewishChristian relations. He will offer a probing look at the dynamics of the New Testament as interfaith scripture. This evening promises fresh perspectives for all faiths. Led by Rabbi Michael Cook, the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati Campus.


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The First Christmas Wednesday, December 2-16, 9:30–11AM in E105 Join us for this short three-week series as we review how biblical accounts of the first Christmas can be placed in our faith journeys today. These stories are historical in context and then thoughtfully explore the meaning of the Gospel accounts of events surrounding the birth of Jesus. The results are new and bring powerful meanings to the Christmas stories for the modern ear. This will be a very informative, interesting, and enlightening discussion.

CARE MINISTRIES Care Committee

Seeking Drivers

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

Care Ministry is seeking drivers with a CDL to drive St. Luke’s members from a health care center to Sunday church services. Please contact Mary Katherine at 846-3404 x365 or schnitzm@stlukesumc.com if you can help once a month.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES Elementary Children's Church

Book Fair

At 9:30AM and 11AM all children grades 1-5 attend Children's Church for large-group worship time. Elementary Children's Church begins October 4. Children attending 9:30AM Sunday School will meet their teachers in Robertson Chapel for a short worship service and then will be escorted back to their classrooms for their lesson. Children attending 11AM Sunday School will meet and pick up in C123, then be escorted to their rotation activity. We will be celebrating World Wide Communion Sunday in Children's Church on Oct. 4.

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the Book Fair. St. Luke's Children's Commission will sponsor a book fair on Sunday, November 8 in the East Passage from 8:30AM-Noon.

Thanksgiving Celebrations Children in Early Childhood Sunday School classes will be celebrating Thanksgiving with the Five Kernels of Corn on November 18 during Early Childhood Music. The Elementary Thanksgiving Celebration will be November 22 during Children's Church.

Sunday Heroes Needed! Our young members need you! No super powers necessary (no biblical background either). Sunday school teachers for Early Childhood class are needed. Please contact Mary Hach at 846-3404 x351 or at hachm@stlukesumc.com.

Child Care Providers Wanted! Come and play in the East Wing with children from birth to age three. Please contact Jane Bennett at 846-3404 x307 or at bennettj@stlukesumc.com.

4/5 Fellowship If you’re in 4th or 5th grade, come join the fun! We meet once a month during the school year to create more opportunities to hang out, play and get to know your classmates. Activities include dinner, socializing and games at Luke’s Lodge—watch for details in Sunday School flyers. Our kickoff event is Friday, November 6 in Luke’s Lodge from 6:308:30PM. Registration required, $4 fee covers cost of pizza. Contact Judi Hosfeld at 569-8897 or judiandmark@att.net to register or to volunteer to help at the events. FUTURE EVENTS: December 11, weekend of January 10, February 5, March 5, and May 7.

Mitten Tree Children's Ministries will begin collecting hats, gloves, mittens, and other items for Christamore House on November 15- December 6. Donations can be placed on or under the Mitten Tree in the East Passageway. Please help keep the needy children in our community warm this winter.


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COMMUNITY MINISTRIES Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Opportunities

Fletcher Place Meals

St. Luke’s is participating in two Habitat home building projects this fall—one is in partnership with other UMC churches to build a new home, and the other is a remodeling project as a part of the interfaith House of Abraham build. Both houses are located in the 3000 block of N. Ralston Ave. Opportunities to volunteer will be on various dates in November. Contact the Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator, Beth Butcher, at 921-2121 x101 for available dates and times to volunteer and to sign up.

Breakfast dates are November 10, 12 and 20 and December 8, 10, 18 and 29. 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. Butler students and the Empty Nesters will handle St. Luke’s dates in October. Our next dinner dates are November 16 and 25, and December 21 and 23. For November 25, there is a need for seven cooked, sliced turkeys. Need volunteers to cook, transport and serve or donate food items. See hall bulletin board between Robertson Chapel and Oasis Bookstore to sign up, or call Marge Butler at 257-6130 for information.

Fox Hill Elementary School/St. Luke’s Partnership A huge "THANK YOU" to the 42 St. Luke’s volunteers who are coming each week to work with Fox Hill students in the classroom. The teachers and children are thrilled to have your help, and you are already making a difference! St. Luke's Community—Want to get involved? Below are many ways YOU can get involved with the Fox Hill and St. Luke's Partnership.

1. Fox Hill says Phooey to the Flu! Next time you are at the store, please pick up extra hand sanitizers or disinfectant wipes and drop them in the Fox Hill boxes at St. Luke's. 2. Calling all morning tutors. Tuesday mornings from 8-8:45 Fox Hill second graders are paired with a middle school student or adult volunteer for one-on-one reading at Peer Club. If you are interested, contact Sharon Wilkins at indywilks@att.net. 3. Calling all afternoon mentors. Each school day, more than 80 children stay from 2:30-6PM for After-School Achievers. This program works with students identified as needing extra help. If you would like to work one-on-one with a student on a regular basis, contact Wendy Sommers at wendysommers@comcast.net.

4. Encourage reading in the Media Center. Help is needed checking books in and out. Fox Hill’s busiest day is Thursdays, 8-9:30AM, but volunteers are welcome every day from 8-8:45AM and 11:45AM-12:30PM. Contact Wendy Sommers at wendysommers@comcast.net. 5.

If you would like to write birthday cards, thank you’s or notes of encouragement to Fox Hill’s wonderful staff, contact Julie Hunt at jhunt@msdwt.k12.in.us.

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Videographer needed: The St. Luke’s-Fox Hill team would like to create a video showing all of the partnership activities going on. If you are good with a video camera or just have some time to come and learn to aim and shoot, contact Julie Sommers Neuman at jsommersneuman@aol.com.

7. Lunch with a child: If you are interested in being a mentor, role model or just making a new friend—it’s as easy as lunch! Lunch is served in the Fox Hill Cafeteria every day from 10:30AM–Noon. If you would like to come by, contact Julie Sommers Neuman at jsommersneuman@aol.com to fill out a background check. Lunch is available for $5 or you can bring your own. 8. You can help Fox Hill when you shop at Marsh. To register your current Marsh Fresh Idea card, go to the Fox Hill website at www.fh.msdwt.k12.in.us. or email your name and Marsh card number to alisonfsmith@yahoo.com or call Alison Smith at 255-2869. Your purchases will go towards “Marsh Points” for Fox Hill to purchase paper and other needed school supplies and extras. 10. Market Day is available at Fox Hill, and proceeds from this monthly sale of food items benefit the Fox Hill Media Center. Lots of delicious items that go from freezer to your table. Go to www.marketday.com and register your account with Fox Hill. Don’t have email but would like to help? Call Jayne Thorne at 846-3404 or Julie Sommers Neuman at 253-5119.


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Breakfast with Santa

Emergency Preparedness Tips for November

Fresh Start of Indiana's 10th annual Breakfast with Santa will be held at St. Luke’s on Saturday, December 5 from 8:30-11AM. This fun family event has become a tradition for many St. Luke’s families! Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children (ages 12 and under). Tickets will be sold in the East Passage on Sundays, November 8, 15, 22 & 29. For more information, please call 541-1655.

The Emergency Preparedness Committee continues helpful hints in case of emergencies such as natural disasters or a flu pandemic. This month we are focusing on food and nonperishable items you would want to have on hand for an extended stay at home. Some of those items include: • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans and soups • Canned or jarred baby food and formula • Protein or fruit bars • Dry cereal or granola • Peanut butter or nuts • Dried fruit • Crackers • Canned juices • Bottled water • Other non-perishable items that are special for your family. Plus, if you have a pet, don’t forget pet food and water!

THE GARDEN Help The Garden Grow... Many, many thanks to Gardeners and St. Luke's folks for adding one quick click to their online shopping experience. So far in 2009, The Garden has earned $1275 in referral bonuses. Anytime you click through to Amazon.com from The Garden's website, The Garden gets up to a 7% referral bonus, without any additional cost to you! To participate go to www.thegardenonline.org and click on the Amazon logo to start shopping!

Garden Employment Connections The Garden Employment Connections (GEC) has a new web resource site that includes a calendar of meetings, job postings, resume writing tips and lots more. To get to the site begin at thegardenonline.org, click on "Getting Involved" and then "Garden Employment Connections" in the lefthand corner. The GEC meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6PM in C122.

GLOBAL HEALTH MINISTRIES Moving Forward by Giving Back 2010 Calendars You can never have too many calendars . . . and you can certainly never have too many calendars that can make a significant impact to so many organizations and the people they serve. The “Moving Forward by Giving Back” 2010 calendar is a useful tool that benefits 12 non-profit organizations, including The Power of One and the Indianapolis Interfaith Hunger Initiative. The calendars will be available for purchase in the West Passage on Sunday mornings in November before and after the 9:30 worship services, and during the week in the main office. Cost is $10–less than $1/month! Let every day of 2010 make a difference with the purchase of this calendar.

GREEN MINISTRIES Indiana Department of Natural Resources Award Betty Brandt and Jim Mellowitz, volunteer chair, received this award from the Forestry Division on October 14 on behalf of all those who sponsored trees and planted trees in our Green Ministry’s NeighborWoods project last spring. We were nominated by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Congratulations Green Ministry and St. Luke’s!


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Green Gratitude Award The Green Ministry applauds everyone who walked in the Greater Indianapolis CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 18. Keep on walking the other 364 days of the year!

Green Ministry Leadership Team Our ministry leadership team meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5:30-7PM in E213 and welcomes new people to the discussion. Contact Betty Brandt (brandb@stlukesumc.com, 846-3404) or just show up.

HEALTH MINISTRIES

Make Your Voice Heard – Learn to Lobby The Spiritual Life Center, Community Ministries, the Social Justice Committee and World Missions come together to bring Mark Scherer to St. Luke’s to teach us about the legislative process and how to communicate with our elected representatives. Mark is a lobbyist with years of experience talking with Indiana legislators. Learn to be an active part of our democracy. Thursday, November 19, 78:30PM in E107/109. No registration or fee.

Free Blood Pressure Screening Stop by E105 on Sunday, November 8 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.

LATER@ST. LUKE’S Faith and Family Worship at Later Later@St. Luke’s invites you to experience a worship service centered on “faith and family” in honor of All Saints Day. Revelations 14:13 says “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord … they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Together let’s thank God for the deeds and legacies of saints both known and unknown. This service will be held on Sunday, November 1 at 6PM in Robertson Chapel.

Second Year at Later with Dr. Marion Miller

Friendship Celebration Worship Service

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Marion Miller’s second year as the pastor of Later@St. Luke’s. In the midst of a big church, Later offers an intimate and inclusive setting that encourages the opportunity to worship God through innovative, dynamic and diverse expressions. Come worship and witness what God is doing in our midst on Sunday, November 15 at 6PM. Our special guest will be Pastor Joe Johnson (see right) and the Lawrence United Methodist Church Gospel Ensemble. This is a service you don’t want to miss!

Come and experience Later@St. Luke’s through this special worship service being held in honor of Friend’s Day. Bring a friend and you both will receive a Bible as a special gift during the service on Sunday, November 22 at 6PM in Robertson Chapel. After this unique worship experience, join us in Fellowship Hall for a Friendship Dinner that will be prepared especially for you and your friend. We hope to see you and your friend there!


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MEMBERSHIP Give Me an “M!” The next Membership Class is Saturday, November 7, 9AM-Noon. Registration is encouraged and childcare is available upon request. Please contact Sylvia at 846-3404 x343 or forbess@stlukesumc.com. Go from “attender” to “member,” no matter you long you’ve been coming to St. Luke’s.

MUSIC MINISTRIES Experience Surround Sound, St. Luke’s Style

Candlelight Christmas Concert—‘Sing for Joy!’

As part of the Spirit & Place “Public Conversation” event from 3:30-5:30PM on Sunday, November 15, the St. Luke’s Chancel Choir and Children’s Choirs will be joined by singers from eight local choirs and the Indianapolis Brass Choir in performing several polychoral anthems and songs. The mini concert follows an informal discussion between former four-term Indianapolis mayor Bill Hudnut and John Fetterman, the 39-year-old mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, about creating and re-creating inspiring places. Those attending this free event will be flanked on all four sides by singers and musicians for a unique experience that will illustrate one way this can be done. The event is free and open to the public. Don’t miss it!

Mark your calendars now, and call your friends and families! The Candlelight Christmas Concert is at 7:30PM on Friday, December 4, and at 4PM on Saturday, December 5 in the Sanctuary. Most of St. Luke’s Music Department will be on hand, including children’s choirs, orchestra and handbell ringers.

Call for Video Submissions 2009 Candlelight Christmas Concerts Video artists, photographers, image jockeys, and other creative types are invited to submit short (3- or 6-minute) original works set to pre-selected music for consideration to be featured at this year’s Candlelight Christmas Concerts (12/4 & 12/5), bringing a new layer of artistic expression to these musical gatherings. The two selected pieces, “The Dream Isaiah Saw” and “Appalachian Carol,” will be accompanied by live musical performances by the St. Luke’s Chancel Choir and the St. Luke’s Orchestra during the two December concert performances. Submissions are to be in DVD formatting, and can involve sequencing photographic images and/or texts or original digital video compositions, which will be integrated into MediaShout projected presentation at the concerts. November 16 submission deadline. For more information, contact the Music Ministry Office, or e-mail Mark Squire at squirem@stlukesumc.com.

This year’s free concert takes its inspiration from another central figure in the Christmas story: Mary. The program and selections reflect the words and spirit of her song that begins with “My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Nearly 300 musicians, ranging in age from 7 to 87, will present anthems and well-loved carols conveying the messages of joy, blessing, mercy and peace. Special guest artists will also join the St. Luke’s musical family to add a special note to the interpretation of some of the selections. The concert will include great traditional carols, movements from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Franck’s Panis Angelicus, and new settings of “Magnificat” and “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” all which will make our journey with Mary a meaningful way to begin the season. The concerts are free and open to the public; a free-will offering will be received to defray concert expenses.

There’s No Such Thing As Too Much (good) Christmas Music Metro Ministries, the mission and program arm of all Indianapolis Methodist churches, will sponsor a Christmas event at 3PM on Sunday, December 13, at Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 E. 29th St. Metro Ministries supports several community centers, including Fletcher Place and Brightwood. Donations from this event, at which our Chancel Choir is the featured musical ensemble, will support programs at these centers. Admission: $8, and the full ticket price will go toward Metro Ministries for Mission and Ministry projects in 2010.


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OASIS BOOKSTORE & GIFT SHOP Can we be one of your three? Maybe you have heard of the 3/50 Project, Saving the Brick and Mortars Our Nation Is Built On. If not, please let us introduce you to this grassroots effort to save the small retailer. If you have never taken the time to stop into your own church gift shop, please let this be the year. It's an exciting time for Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop, and we treasure our customers. Because we have so many loyal customers we must always keep things fresh. Our selection mirrors what you might find in specialty shops, galleries, and the finest gift and decorative shops in the country, but our markup will be lower. We know this because our customers tell us all the time and in this economy, we are proud to keep this tradition going. Our mission, always, is to serve and create funding for St Luke's missions—and we have fun doing both. Think about which three independent businesses you'd miss most if they were gone. Stop in and pick up a flyer about the 3/50 project and discover how you can help save your local economy. You might just get excited and want to keep coming back. We pray that this will be a blessed Thanksgiving for all our St. Luke's Families.

SINGLES MINISTRIES Thanksgiving Day Service Project

New Life Circle (formerly Leah Circle)

Sign up for this annual project in the West Passage. Service Project on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 SINGLES ONLY Volunteer Sign-up dates: October 14-31 Public Volunteer Sign-up dates: November 1-25

Attention single women. . . Do you ever feel stuck in the cocoon phase of life where you can’t see your true beauty? Are you ready to break out of your dark cocoon and transform into a life full of color and joy? Join friends new and old at New Life Circle on Tuesday, November 17 at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center for “The Butterfly Executive: Writing My New Story Through the Miracle of Self Care!” The beautiful butterfly (the symbol for New Life Circle) was once very different in appearance. Deep within was an "executive" that knew how to guide the creature to its greatest beauty. She had to listen to her inner guidance and direct her own path. Rev. Mary Rudy, inspirational speaker and author, will teach us to trust our instinct and recognize the Holy Spirit’s unique blueprint that guides us to a life of fulfillment. For additional information, call Nancy at 255-1226 or Cathy at 334-7821. New Life Circle welcomes single, divorced, and widowed women of all ages.

Thanksgiving Pitch-in Lunch Sunday, November 22, 12:30-2PM in Fellowship Hall. If your last name starts with: A - K: Veggie/Starch L - R: Salad S - Z: Dessert St. Luke's Singles will provide turkey, rolls and drinks.

Buy Tickets Now for Singles New Year's Eve Bash If you thought the Omni Event was awesome, then you're going to love this event! "A Brand New Day!" New Year's Eve Bash sponsored by St. Luke's Singles December 31, 2009, 7PM-1AM, the Garrison Restaurant at Ft. Harrison State Park. Featuring five-star dinner buffet, dancing, games and giveaways. Admission is $25/person; limit four tickets/ person. St. Luke’s Singles advance ticket sales on 10/28 and 11/4. Tickets can be purchased at our Wednesday night events. Tickets go on sale to the public starting Nov. 5. Cash and check only (no out-of-state checks). No ticket sales at the door. Childcare will not be provided. There are no discounts for multiple ticket purchases. Attire for the evening is dress casual (please no shorts).

Jubilees (50+)... There’s a New Group in Town! St. Luke's Singles Jubilee group exists to celebrate the life of the young-at-heart single. Whether you’re working or retired, you are welcome to be a part of the wonderful things that are happening at St. Luke's Singles. This group is made up of working and retired Singles who continue to enjoy and celebrate life to the fullest! Find out more, go to http://www.meetup.com/St-Lukes-Singles-Jubilees-50.


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SPECIAL EVENT

ST. LUKE’S HOSTS SPIRIT AND PLACE OPENING AND CLOSING EVENTS We are thrilled to be hosting three events for inspiring places, the 2009 Spirit and Place Festival. Go to www.spiritandplace.org or pick up a festival magazine at the Information Desk in the Narthex to find out about all the exciting events happening all over town between November 6-15, 2009.

OPENING SIGNATURE EVENT

Ordinary Space to Sacred Place Friday, November 6, 7-8:30PM in the Sanctuary See cover for details.

MID-FESTIVAL EVENT

People Make the Place Sunday, November 8, 2-4PM, N101/102 Sponsored by PFLAG and St. Luke’s UMC Shared stories and experiences, as well as art by young people from Indiana Youth Group, transform a simple classroom into a wonderfully diverse community of unconditional support, security, and acceptance. Reverend Barbara Child, Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, will lead a discussion to explore how people, more than spaces, inspire place. Presented by Indianapolis PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Indiana Youth Group, and St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Questions? Call 317-545-7034 or e-mail info@indypflag.org.

CLOSING EVENT

14th Annual Public Conversation featuring Bill Hudnut and John Fetterman Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:30-5:30PM in the Sanctuary A free event - no tickets required! John Fetterman, the tattooed mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and Bill Hudnut, the venerated mayor of Indianapolis from 1976-1991, join Indiana author and moderator Scott Russell Sanders in the 14th annual Public Conversation. Spearheading community development in very different cities and in very different times, these two entrepreneurial public servants will share how to create and re-create inspiring places. Eavesdrop on their conversation, participate in the audience Q&A, and enjoy the concluding performance, organized by our own Mark Squire. Multiple university, congregational, and community choirs, as well as the Indianapolis Brass Choir, will join forces in a sonic exploration of space. Highlighting polychoral repertoire in various styles, this “surround sound” experience will feature spatially separate choirs as well as images of the sacred places that inspired the compositions.

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. Fall class sign-up in West Passage on Sunday, August 23, 9AM-12:15PM.

PRAYER & MEDITATION

Indoor Friday Labyrinth Walk Returns

Developing Skills for Meditation

As the holidays approach, make space in your busy schedule for a time of meditation and prayer on our indoor canvas labyrinth. Every Friday, 5-7PM in Fellowship Hall. Candles, meditative music, as well as a host/hostess available to answer questions. Here is the perfect way to end your work week and begin your weekend - walking prayer.

If you have always wanted to learn to meditate but aren’t sure how to begin, here is the class for you. Learn a simple, holistic way to quiet your heart, calm your mind and listen deeply. You will receive great benefits by giving 1020 minutes a day to this discipline. Bring a blanket. Three Mondays, November 2-16, 1-2:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration required, limited to 12, no fee. Taught by Barbara Burke, Ed.D.


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Spiritual Intuitive Awareness Group

Celtic Contemplation

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, November 3 and December 1, and fourth Tuesday, November 24, 6:15-8:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. No registration; $10/session.

Carol Dennis provides flute music and Marsha Hutchinson offers communion during this time for prayer, scripture, optional labyrinth walking and silence. First Wednesdays, November 4 & December 2, 6-6:30PM, N103/104 (enter door #8).

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; Irene Maher will be bringing it to St. Luke’s on the 1st Tuesdays of the month, November 3 and December 1, 7:15-8PM in the Spiritual Life Center.

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—November 25, 6:30-7:30PM in the Modular Building. No registration, donations appreciated.

HEALING MINISTRY

Appointments for Sunday Healing Sessions

Walking Through the Medicare Maze

The St. Luke’s Healing Ministry has expanded appointment times to include 11AM on the first Sunday of each month and Wednesday afternoons. Anyone seeking emotional, spiritual and/or physical healing is welcome. No charge (donations appreciated). Call 846-3404 x442 and leave your name and number for an appointment on Sundays, November 1 and December 6, or Tuesday afternoon/evening, Wednesday afternoon, or Friday morning/afternoon. Your call will be promptly returned.

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

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. Saturday, November 21, 8:30AM-4PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration required with a $50 deposit by November 13. Total fee is $150 (includes training manual, DVD and lunch).

WORKSHOPS, CLASSES & RETREATS

Intent Heals Journal Workshop The powerful practices of intention, presence and journaling will be explored in this workshop that illuminates the gifts of prayer. Discover the benefits of living with an open and generous heart and how to use the Intents Heals journal. Originating in Nepal, these beautiful handmade journals offer a daily practice for gratitude, forgiveness and contemplation. Thursday, November 5, 7-9PM in E107/109. Fee: $18 and journal: $12.

Balance Matters: Exploring the Circle of Your Life Do you find yourself meeting yourself coming and going? Are you running out of time to do what is most important to you? Is it difficult to set and keep priorities? Discover ways to keep balance and harmony in 12 major aspects of life: work, play, finances, diet, exercise, spirit, life purpose, relationships, stress mastery, health care, environment, self-esteem. In four short weeks you will realize that Balance Matters! Led my Rev. Cyndi Alte, Certified Life Coach, 4 Tuesdays, November 17–December 8, 6:30-9PM in W120 (Conference Room). Registration required; fee $100.


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Conquering Stress – Just in Time for the Holidays!

Conversation About Religion, Meaning, Ethics & Ideas

Dr. Brenda Lyon presents a series of five sessions where you will learn what causes stress in your life, along with the skills to prevent or eliminate it. Look at common feelings— overload/exhaustion, frustration, anxiety/fear, chronic anger and unjustified guilt. Preventing holiday stress will be a special focus. Five Mondays, November 9-December 7, 78:30PM in E213. Registration required (limit 15); fee $100 paid at the first session. Attendance at all five sessions is ideal as each session builds on the previous one.

Where can you find discussion about religion in America, the wisdom of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, the effect of torture on democracies, how TV shows are modern-day parables? These topics and many more are discussed every Sunday morning in the Spiritual Life Center, 9:30-10:30AM. The time together is based on the American Public Media show “Speaking of Faith” (www.speakingoffaith.org). Meet new people, learn about current trends and ideas and energize yourself for the week to come. Led by Betty Brandt.

A Protestant Befriends Mary Learn about the many legends that surround the mother of Christ. Who was Mary and what does she say to us today? What does the Magnificat (known as the Song of Mary) reveal about Mary's walk with God? Experience art meditation using various artists’ portrayals of Mary. Begin to think about what parts of yourself are awaiting birth. Thursday, December 10, 7-9PM in the Parlor. Taught by Jacquie Reed. Registration required, no fee.

SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS

Quilting Ministry Our highly successful Quilting Ministry has changed its meeting time to the 2nd Wednesday, November 11 and December 9, 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.

Needlecrafters St. Luke’s Needlecrafters will meet Tuesday, November 10, 78PM in C122 to crochet and knit scarves, hats, children’s sweaters and blankets, toys and dishcloths for people in need. Contact Edie Huffman (228-0496).

What Is a Prayer Shawl Ministry? Prayer shawls are given to those needing to be wrapped in God’s healing love. They are knitted or crocheted in rectangular or triangular shapes with donated yarn by prayerful volunteers who like to knit or crochet and love the fellowship of working together. If you are not a knitter, you could be a part of this ministry by donating yarn or money to purchase yarn. You could also join in the fellowship and help with non-knitting tasks like fringing and tagging. The evening group is led by Edie Huffman (228-0496). The daytime group led by Donna Cripe (228-9365) meets every Tuesday, 1-3PM in W120.

St. Luke’s Writers’ Group Anyone interested in doing more writing and having support for his/her endeavors is welcome. 2nd Wednesday (November 11 and December 9), 7-8:30PM in E212. Contact Jacquie Reed (jreed46038@hotmail.com) or Laura Duvall (ldwactor@aol.com).

Studio 3 Art Ministry for Artists and Dabblers Come meet others who are interested in sharing spiritual and artistic interests while building an art community at St. Luke’s. Bring your favorite medium and spend the morning working, sharing and laughing. Thursday mornings 9AM-Noon in C122. For questions or info, call Glenna Heath (2984873) or e-mail Linda Etherton at j.etherton1@ juno.com.

Studio 3 Art Ministry for November Christmas Card Making Learn some readily accessible "tricks" in design and stamping. Each participant will leave with several cards ready to send or give, and will be exposed to ideas useful in the larger format pieces of collage and books. Contact Glenna Heath at 298-4873 or pleinair007@gmail.com for a suggested materials list. If you have supplies (card stock, decorative papers, stamping materials), bring them. If not, come anyway and someone will share. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Thursday, November 12, 9AM-3PM in C122.


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body ~ mind ~ spirit Ongoing Integral Hatha Daytime Yoga

Ongoing Qigong Classes

Sessions begin Monday, November 16-December 14, 7:30 & 9:30AM; and Thursdays, November 19-December 17 (no class 11/26), 8:30AM in Luke’s Lodge, upstairs. Walk-ins/$15 for either session. Registration suggested, taught by Marsha Pappas. Classes continue in January.

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. 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 and Thursdays, 5:306:30PM in N103/104. No registration or fee; donations appreciated. Bring a mat AND blanket. No class Sept. 7.

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, 8-10AM. Classes for children ages 6-15, Saturdays, 9:4510:30AM. All classes in N103/104. No class Sept. 7.

UNITED METHODIST MEN

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

Men’s Breakfasts

Collecting Donations for Fletcher Place Christmas

All men are invited to the United Methodist Men’s monthly breakfast on Saturday, November 7 and December 5 at 8AM. We offer a hearty breakfast, fellowship, sharing and an interesting program. Our speaker for November in Fellowship Hall will be Rich Potterf, St. Luke’s Director of Building and Grounds. He will share his experiences in Zimbabwe this fall digging wells and installing water purification systems. His passion and his story are powerful.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Women are collecting donations for the Fletcher Place Christmas Shopping Program now through Monday, November 30, although cash donations will be accepted through Christmas. This program serves up to 300 needy families with low/no income. All donations must be NEW AND UNWRAPPED. Clothing and gifts for children of all ages are needed, but the area of most need is teen boys. Parent gifts are also needed, including blankets and items for the home and bath. Need ideas? Pick up a shopping list at the Information Desk. Donations can be placed in the wooden collection bins in the West Passage. Eve Circle will be delivering the items on Tuesday, December 1. If you wish to make a cash donation, please make your check payable to St. Luke’s UMC with Fletcher Place Christmas in the memo line. Please contact Kerri Lemming at 595-8545 or kdlemming@comcast.net with any questions about this program. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving to these families in need this holiday season.

The December program will be in the Parlor. Our speaker will be Chuck Goehring; he will lead us in a fascinating program on the story of our church organ and will demonstrate the versatility and quality of the instrument. Please call Peter Johnson at 848-7149 to RSVP for both the November and December breakfasts. This will assist in planning and allow for the correct amount of food.

Go Nuts for Brightwood! Beginning November 22, St. Luke's UMW will host its annual nut sale, with proceeds benefitting Brightwood Community Center on Indianapolis' east side. These one pound packages of fresh-roasted nuts make great hostess gifts for the holidays; there will also be raw nuts for baking. Check out the selection in the West Passage.


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UMW Reading Group

Mary Magdalene

This month we will be sharing our thoughts on two books written by or about people who know they are dying. Both books have been raised up as being extraordinary encouragement for all as we travel in our journey of life. Please join us on Monday, November 22 from 7-8:30PM in the Parlor as we discuss The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, and Mrs. Hunter's Happy Death: Lessons on Living from People Preparing to Die by John Fanestil. Newcomers are welcome! For information, contact Jennifer Todd at jtoddosu@aol.com.

Mary Magdalene Circle will meet on November 11 at 7PM at the home of Adra Wheeler. Dr. Meg Frazer will be our guest along with members of White Cross Guild who will be demonstrating their project. Please join us for a informative evening. New members are always welcome to this diverse group of women who meet for fellowship, and projects that benefit women and children. For further information contract Adra at 253-4914.

2009 Holiday Bazaar This year's UMW Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 14, 9AM-4PM. Grab a friend and spend some time shopping. There are always hundreds of beautiful items for sale at this wildly popular event - items like jewelry, clothing, holiday decorations, wooden toys, furniture, ceramics and artwork, as well as food and baked goods. And best of all—admission is free! VOLUNTEERS needed: SET-UP—Friday, November 13, 9AM-

6PM; EVENT—Saturday, November 14, 7AM-5PM. If you would like to help, contact Sue Nearpass at 846-6302.

UMW CIRCLE MEETINGS

Eve Circle Kickoff Eve Circle invites all mothers with young children to unite through support, faith, missions, fun and socializing. On Tuesday, November 3, 9:30AM-Noon we will be going offsite to help out in the classrooms of Fox Hill Elementary. We will meet again on Tuesday November 10, 9:30-11:30AM in the Great Hall Kitchen for Bake Day. We will be making goodies to sell at the Christmas Bazaar to raise money for UMW missions. Then join us on Tuesday, November 17, 9:30-11:30AM in the Parlor to make Christmas Decorations. ••• Eve Circle is a UMW group of mothers with young children that meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9:30-11:30AM in the Parlor. Free childcare is available by contacting evecirclechildcare@yahoo.com. For information regarding Eve Circle, contact Heather Hilbert or Betsy Amirhamzeh at evecircle@yahoo.com.

Sarah Circle Welcome all ladies of faith, fun and wisdom! We invite you and a friend to join Sarah Circle on Monday, November 16 at 1PM in the Parlor. Enjoy a time of fellowship, devotion, special program and delicious refreshments. The program for November is Keeping Indiana Green "Sustain Indiana." This interesting program is presented through the Public Works Department and impacts everyone, so be sure to attend. Contact Sandra Pirkle at mpirkle@indy.rr.com with questions.

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: November 9) to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). They also meet the 4th Tuesday of each month (next meeting: November 24) from 13PM 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).

WORLD MISSIONS Join a Team to Sierra Leone You are invited to join one of three Medical Continuing Education Teams organized to serve in Sierra Leone next year. They will leave January 9, 23, or April 10, 2010, to serve for two weeks each. You would work with hospital and clinic staffs to improve health care services at The United Methodist General Hospital at Kissy in Freetown, Mercy Hospital in Bo and a small clinic at Taiama, a rural village up country. Participants are needed in disciplines such as ultra-sound technology, medical records, medicine, dentistry, nutrition, building and equipment maintenance, finance, management and other allied health disciplines. The cost is $3100. For information, e-mail Marilyn Griffith at griffithmarilyn@aol.com. Include your phone number to begin the interview process.


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YOUTH MINISTRIES Welcoming all youth and families into loving, Christ-centered relationships where they can get in tune with God's amazing love and be empowered to transform the world! For information or event registration stop by Luke’s Lodge (the youth building on the NE corner of the church parking lot), visit blog.stlukesumcyouth.com, or contact: Kevin Davis, Director of Youth Ministry: davisk@stlukesumc.com Kathleen Headington, Senior High, 9th -12th: headingtonk@stlukesumc.com Matt Peyton, Junior High, 6th – 8th: peytonm@stlukesumc.com

November Parent Connection: Fireside Chat with Kevin Davis Sunday, November 8, 6–8PM in N101-102 Once a month, parents of 6th–12th grade students have the opportunity to connect for fellowship, food and time to share and learn about the blessings and challenges of parenting teens. Kevin Davis, St. Luke's new Director of Youth Ministry, will host a Fireside Chat for parents this month to discuss teen culture, issues of concern for parents of teens, and the role parents play in helping their children grow in spiritual maturity.

2010 Informational Summer Workcamp Meeting Sunday, November 8, 11AM-Noon, Luke's Lodge Each summer St. Luke's Youth Ministries is able to provide life-changing trips for youth and adults to serve throughout the country and the world, and this summer is no exception! Join us for a brief informational meeting to get more information, ask questions, and secure your spot for the 2010 summer workcamps.

Mark Your Calendar for December • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, Sr. High Progressive Dinner • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, Confirmation • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, Jr. High Progressive Dinner

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The following is a listing of essential info and on-going classes/events.

WORSHIP

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:

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.

I NEED

CONTACT

Adult Class Registration

DeAnna Moran

Later@St. Luke’s, a casual, dynamic and

Childcare Needs for Meetings/Events (charges may apply)

Kristi Chamberlain

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

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.

Membership/Births/Address/ Phone Change

Sylvia Forbes

The Garden is an off-site satellite ministry of

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

10AM - 4PM 9AM - 1PM

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ADULT EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER New participants welcome!

A Listening Heart: Bible Study for Women with Young Children

Thursday Afternoon Book Study

2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-9PM in, E212. Childcare is available upon request. This Bible study focuses on inspiring stories of the Old and New Testaments. We encourage making time for scripture reading, digging deeper into our faith and reflecting on what we have learned. This study is both challenging, but “beginner” friendly. New members always welcome. For info, contact Ann Smith, 569-1359 or carmelsmith@yahoo.com, or Kari Miller, 873-8606 or kkmiller01@sbcglobal.net.

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.

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

New Beginnings Sundays, Sept.-May (except holidays), 9:30-10:30AM in E213. A self-led couples class that meets weekly and discusses a variety of topics. We have regular social gatherings as well! For more information, contact Nathan or Paula Montgomery at n8withan8@yahoo.com, or 340-7115.

Flo Hardy Bible Study 1st & 3rd Mondays, 9AM in the Spiritual Life Center. Join others in coffee, prayer, reading and discussion of selected Biblical texts...just like we did in the "good ole days!" (with occasional “non good ole days” videos). Led by Rev. Marsha Hutchinson.

Tuesday Afternoon Women's Spiritual Book Study This group focuses 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.

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 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.

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.

Kent Millard’s Book Study 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.

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

CARE MINISTRIES Chronic Pain Support Group Monday, November 16, 6, 6-7:30PM in 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.

Diabetes Support Group November 3 and December 8. Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 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.


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Family Support Group

Parents' Day Out

Wednesdays, November 11 and December 9, 6:30PM, Main Office Conference Room. The group offers emotional and spiritual support for families who have a member abusing drugs or alcohol.

Classes (9AM-1PM) offered for children ages ten months (by (9/1/09) to three years. PDO was established to provide parents of young children time for themselves on a regular basis. Children participate in structured play in a safe and nurturing Christian environment one, two or three days per week. Opportunities are provided for children to learn beginning social skills while having fun.

Adult ADD Support Group Thursday, November 2, 7PM in W125: “Time Management” with Sandy Maynard. Tuesday, November 24, 7PM in W125. St. Luke’s offers support for adults with ADD. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. For information call Mary Katherine at 846-3404 x365.

CHILDREN’S MUSIC CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES Sunday School Children are always welcome to join Sunday School throughout the year. Pick up and return registration forms outside the Education Office. Greeters are available near door 16 and in Robertson Chapel (at 9:30AM) to place your child in a class on Sunday morning.

Early Childhood Music September-May. Preschool, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students can attend this bi-monthly worship experience with their classes during the 9:30 and 11AM services. Children learn, sing, pray and celebrate special holidays.

Children’s Commission Become a member of Commission on Children’s Ministry (“COCM”). We brainstorm and staff events such as Palm Sunday Reenactment, Mother’s Day Flowers and more. Contact Janet Miller at 846-3404 x327 or millerj@stlukesumc.com to express an interest. We meet on the fourth Tuesdays at 6:30PM.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 2009–10, all rehearsals are in E208, 2nd floor. To register for any of the Children’s Music programs, go to www.stlukesumc.com, click “Music” then “Children’s Choirs.” For information, contact Debra Nethercott, Director of Children’s Music at 846-3404 x329 or nethercottd@stlukesumc.com.

Genesis Rehearses Sunday 8:50–9:20AM Ages 4, 5, & kindergarten (age 4 by 9/1/09) Movement and music activities including ringing bells, playing rhythm instruments and singing sacred songs.

Elementary Music Program—Grades 1-5 Rehearses Sunday 10:25–11:15AM Any child who attends the 11AM Sunday School/ Worship Service will be dismissed at 11AM. All other participants will be dismissed at 11:15AM. Activities of this group include singing, movement and an instrumental program: Orff instruments and choir chimes. Crescendo!—Grades 6-8 Rehearses Tuesday 7:15–8PM An outstanding group of youth singers who participate regularly in worship services in the Sanctuary.

The Choristers—Grades 3-8 PRESCHOOL & PARENTS' DAY OUT Registration Information: For info regarding openings for the current school year or general information call 844-3399 or contact Bobbi at main-jackson@stlukesumc.com or Alison at strawmyera@stlukesumc.com.

Preschool Classes (9AM-1PM) for three-year-old (by 9/1/09) to five-year-old children are offered in a safe and nurturing Christian environment. All teachers are experienced, qualified, well-trained and strive to maintain strong relationships with the children and their families. Preschool offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum where children may grow socially, creatively, emotionally, cognitively, and physically.

Rehearses Tuesday 6:30–7:15PM A select group of treble voices; by audition only.

Voice for Life Meets Tuesday, 6–6:30PM A program for music theory, ear training and overall musician training. Participants can earn RSCM ribbons and medals. Open to any singer participating in Crescendo! or The Choristers.

ADDITIONAL MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES These groups are directed by volunteers and are in addition to the instrumental opportunities offered at 10:25AM on Sunday morning. Participants must also be members of one of the above listed groups.


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Handbell Choir— Grades 3+ Rehearses Sunday 11:15AM-Noon (Start Date TBA) Ms. Donita Murphy-Sims, Director Orff Ensemble— Grades 3+ Rehearses Sunday 11:15AM-Noon (Start Date TBA) Mrs. Gay Talbert, Director

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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.

FELLOWSHIP Basketball St. Luke's Men's Basketball Open Gym. For adult basketball enthusiasts (16+) who are looking to play competitive pick-up 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.

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. We are currently studying Tim Keller’s book The Prodigal God. This is a six-week DVD/discussion group exploring the parable of the prodigal son.

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. NEW! Second location/ day: Thursdays, 7AM at Bob Evans (I-65/Southport Rd. exit).

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. ••• We are now taking orders for family name plaques to be placed in the HOPE Memorial Garden.

Mom's Group following the Loss of a Young Adult Child This group is meeting monthly on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:30PM. Call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson for more information at 846-3404 x315.

HUGS Group (for fellowship and support following the loss of a husband, wife or significant other) Meets Sundays, 2-4PM in the Parlor. All are welcome, for recent loss or those of the past. The group goes out for light supper following the meeting (optional). Call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson for details at 846-3404 x315.

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

1—The Two Lost Sons 8—The Elder Brother 15—The True Elder Brother 22—The Feast of the Father

We’ll be starting a new series based on the book Pagan Christianity by George Barna and Frank Viola. NOVEMBER 29—Traditions

and Structures

Sunday Lunch Bunch 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! NOVEMBER 1—Noodles and Company at the Pyramids NOVEMBER 8—McAlister’s on N. Meridian NOVEMBER 15—Moe and Johnny’s on College Ave. NOVEMBER 22—Singles Thanksgiving Pitch-in NOVEMBER 29—Famous Dave’s on Michigan Rd.

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.


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Fuel – 20s/30s: Faith Discussion Class

YOUTH MINISTRIES

Wednesdays, 6:30-8PM, Spiritual Life Center. An opportunity to see how your faith connects with your life. Grow in community, learning together what it means to be a Christian today through discussion, Bible study, books, and movies. Contact Chris Thornsberry at 8463404 x332 or thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com.

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 blog.stlukesumcyouth.com.

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER NOVEMBER NOVEMBER

4—The True Elder Brother 11—The Feast of the Father 18—Fuel Feast/Discussion (Pitch-in dinner) 25—NO MEETING.

30's/40's and Young at Heart (50’s) We welcome all singles whether never married, separated, divorced or widowed. This group is proactive and interested in getting out, having fun, and meeting new people. For information go to: http://singles.meetup. com/2220/ or contact Contact Chris Thornsberry at 846-3404 x332 or thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com.

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

NOTE! There will be no morning our evening meetings on Thanksgiving weekend, November 29 for Jr. High or Sr. High Sunday offerings—including Confirmation. WEEKLY JR.HIGH OFFERINGS (6-8th grade)

Unplugged Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Luke’s Lodge. Our exciting Junior High Sunday morning program gives youth the opportunity to worship together and then break out into smaller groups to discuss faith topics and grow as a community.

Remix Sundays, 6-8PM, Luke’s Lodge. Join other Junior High youth on Sunday evenings to share in food and fellowship through sports, games, spiritual growth activities, and vibrant, energetic worship.

Confirmation Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Luke's Ludge

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/Reed Rd. and walk in together. Cost is $2/time or $20/yearly pass. Hike is approx. 4 miles, bring water. No children under age 12. No pets.

Toastmasters Tuesdays, 7-8:30PM in N101/102. For more than 84 years Toastmasters International has offered effective ways to improve communication and leadership skills. Guests attend for free. For info, call Cathy Baker at 334-7821, or visit www.stlukessinglestoastmasters.org.

NOVEMBER 1—I Belong to the Church ACTS 2:46 NOVEMBER 8—Is God Really Listening? HEBREWS 4:16 NOVEMBER 15—Dealing with Temptation? 1 COR. 10:13 NOVEMBER 22—Panel Discussion NOVEMBER 29—No Class; Thanksgiving holiday

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

Wake Up at Starbucks Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM, Starbucks at Willow Lake. (2800 W 86th St.) 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. Meet leaders at Starbucks, or if you want a ride, be at Luke’s Lodge by 9:15AM and we’ll have you back to the church at 10:30AM.

LIVE! At the Lodge

UNITED METHODIST MEN Monthly Men’s Fellowship Come out for a relaxing evening of food, drinks, and fellowship with the men of St. Luke's. No script or agenda. Meet new friends, or catch up with old ones. Every third Wednesday of the month (November 18) at 8:30PM, Smee’s Place, 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.

Sundays, 6-8PM, Luke’s Lodge. Senior High youth meet on Sunday evenings for dinner, sports, games, and fellowship. Join us for worship led by our live youth band, Lightswitch, followed by awesome weekly small group discussions with friends and leaders. ••• November 115: Faith Questions. The more we learn and grow in our faith, the more questions we all tend to have. What is faith? Who is God? Why is being a Christian so tough sometimes? We'll use the questions youth asked during our kickoff in August as a foundation for this series. Invite your friends to begin the discussion!


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