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Purdue Varsity Glee Club They’re baaack! The high energy young men of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club will return to St. Luke’s on Sunday, April 15 for a performance at 3PM in the Sanctuary. Under the direction of William E. Griffel, these young men provide an afternoon of beautiful music, as well as a lot of laughs. They often go out into the audience seeking a lady to serenade. Our own Ken Knowles, former Purdue Glee Club member, will host the event. The concert is sponsored by the St. Luke’s Stephen Ministry for the purpose of funding a benevolence program for church members. So often we forget that there are those in our own congregation who have been downsized, lost their homes and have other financial needs. Tickets $15/adults, $10/students) are available in the church office or at www.stlukesumc.com. To make a contribution to the benevolence fund, contact Mary Katherine Schnitz at schnitzm@stlukesumc.com or 846-3404 x365.

APRIL 2012

MONTHLY

COMMUNION Holy Week

APRIL 1:

Palm Sunday Dramatic Monologue “The Fisherman” at 8:15, 9:30 & 11AM

APRIL 2-6:

Breakfast Devotional Series 7:30-8:15AM, Parlor Join Kent Millard (MONDAY), Carver McGriff (TUESDAY), Linda McCoy (WEDNESDAY), Bishop Mike Coyner (THURSDAY) and Rob Fuquay (FRIDAY) for a light breakfast, scripture and a 15-minute devotional. Reservations are suggested; make them online at www.stlukesumc.com or call 846-3404 x367. Suggested donation of $5/day.

APRIL 5:

Holy Thursday Service 7PM, Robertson Chapel

APRIL 5-6:

Holy Week Prayer Vigil / Stations of the Cross 24 hours, 8PM-8PM. Sign up for individual prayer time by emailing morand@stlukesumc.com or by calling 317-846-3404 x367. See a complete schedule on page 7.

APRIL 6:

Good Friday Services Noon & 7PM, Sanctuary n Noon, THE GARDEN at Beef & Boards (9301 N. Michigan Rd.)

APRIL 8:

EASTER SUNDAY Sunrise Service 6:30AM, Robertson Chapel Worship Services 8, 9:30 & 11:15AM, Sanctuary* n 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15AM, THE GARDEN at Beef & Boards n 10:15AM, THE GARDEN at Oak Hill (5801 E. 116th St.) Later@St. Luke's 6PM, Robertson Chapel *Please note service time changes. Also, shuttle service available 7AM-1PM. Park at Springmill Elementary School (8250 Springmill Rd.) for free, easy rides to and from the front entrance of St. Luke’s.

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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 2012. The deadlines for submitting announcements for the 2012 COMMUNION MONTHLY: April 9 for May issue (publishes 4/29) May 7 for June issue (publishes 5/27)

COMMUNION MONTHLY:

a publication of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.846.3404 • www.stlukesumc.com A PDF version of this publication is available online. 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 is not required for participation. WELCOME TO ST. LUKE’S!

ALL-CHURCH

ADULT EDUCATION

Job Opening

To pre-register for a class, go to www.stlukesumc.com/getinvolved/classes, or contact DeAnna Moran at 846-3404 x367 or at morand@stlukesumc.com. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s is seeking a full-time Director of Outreach Ministries. The Director will be responsible for visioning, strategizing and growing an already successful program that includes community, world, health, education, hunger, social justice and inclusion ministries. A full job description may be found at www.stlukesumc.com. A resume and letter of interest may be sent to the attention of Julia Johnson, Executive Director of Ministries, at johnsonj@stlukesumc. com by April 13.

Become a Fan Are you on Facebook? If so, are you a fan of St. Luke’s? Become a fan today—simply log onto our website (www.stlukesumc.com) and click the link on our home page to get to our Facebook page. Then click the “Like” button—just one more way to stay connected to everything St. Luke’s. We love to hear from you there too, but ask that you limit your postings to church-related events and topics, please.

SPECIAL EVENT

Bridging the Faiths through the Arts: An Interfaith Miniversity with Religious Neighbors in Study & Community Wednesday, May 2, 9:30AM-4PM at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd. E. Dr., Indianapolis. Pre-registration required. Fee: $20, by April 1. $25, April 2-25. This day of interfaith study and conversation is co-hosted by St. Luke’s, Northminster Presbyterian Church, and the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. KP Singh, the morning keynoter, says that “the arts are the soul of culture and spirituality; they define and mirror our humanity, offer us a glimpse of the sacred in myriad reflections and interpretations. They capture our thoughts and imagination; transport our spirit to an exalted consciousness and higher realm.” Following Mr. Singh’s presentation and lunch, participants will have the opportunity to experience Klezmer music, participate in workshops, and end the day with an interfaith worship experience. For more information, contact Terri Coe, Director of Adult Ministries. Register online at www.stlukesumc.com (search “interfaith”), or contact DeAnna Moran at morand@stlukesumc.com or 317-846-3404 x367.


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Instruction for the Biblically Challenged Mondays, April 9–May 21 (skipping 4/23), 7-9PM in E107109. Pre-registration required; maximum class size: 60. Fee: $20. Childcare available upon request. 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! Led by St. Luke’s member Ken Knowles.

Conversation Café Wednesdays, April 11 through May 23, we will study The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill. This book reveals the critical change that made western civilization possible. Within the ancient religions and philosophies, life was seen as part of an endless cycle; time was like a wheel, spinning ceaselessly. Yet somehow, the ancient Jews began to see time differently. For them, time had a beginning and an end; it was a narrative whose triumphant conclusion would come in the future. From this insight came a new conception of men and women as individuals with unique destinies—and our hopeful belief in progress and the sense that tomorrow can be better than today. Both books available in Oasis. Facilitated by Dr. Marion Miller, St. Luke’s Associate Pastor.

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Women’s Bible Study Wednesdays, April 18–May 23, 1-2PM in E105. BOOK OF ROMANS Bible Study: It is difficult to overstate the importance of Romans in Christian tradition. Some of the great formers and reformers of church teaching were formed by their reading of Romans. The challenge of reading Romans is to learn to have our own interpretive conversation with the text itself, in spite of centuries of commentary on the text. Workbook is available in Oasis Bookstore. Study contents include: Orientation to Romans; The Righteousness of God and the Faith of Jesus; Abraham, Father of All; Christ, the New Adam; Sin, Law, and Grace; Divine Purpose and Human Responsibility; The Salvation of Israel and the Nations; Love and Humility Are the Making of God’s Kingdom. Led by Dr. Donald Griffith, retired United Methodist pastor.

Augustine: His Life, Philosophy, Theology, and Spirituality See information on this class under Spiritual Life Center, page 8.

Bible Study Interest Tables Sundays mornings, April 22 and 29, West Passage. We are in the process of developing the fall’s schedule for the Disciple Bible Study. Susan Fuquay will be at a table in the West Passage to gain input of those interested in participating in a class or willing to facilitate a class. Share your daytime/evening, day of the week availability. Not sure what the Disciple Bible study is about? Susan will be happy to highlight the various components of the study and share why she highly values this learning opportunity.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES The Track’s vision is to help children discover God’s love, celebrate families, live out the teachings of Jesus every day and share God’s love with others.

April at The Track Our virtue for April is HOPE. We're focusing on how we can have hope because of all that God has done. We have a chance every day to respond with hope to show that we trust God’s plan for the world. In all of our lives, there are times when we can only see one piece of what’s going on, and it can be hard to picture something good coming out of it. As we get ready to celebrate Easter, we’ll define HOPE as believing that something good can come out of something bad. We’ll look at five different Bible stories focusing on Jesus and some of the people who knew him best. Memory Verse for April: When we remember and believe that this month’s memory verse is true— “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” (JOHN 16:33b) —we’re not so caught off guard when things go wrong. We’re more able to see what God might be up to and believe that God wants what’s best for us in the end. Please help your child memorize this memory verse this month. They will have the opportunity each week to recite it for a prize!


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April at the Mini-Track

Summer Splash Is Coming July 23-27

The kids will be learning, "Jesus is my good friend." Their memory verse is "A friend loves at all times." (PROVERBS 17:17, NIV) If Pre-K kids are able to recite the memory verse to the Small Group Leader, they get a special sticker for their Pit Pass.

Our Summer Splash theme for 2012 is SKY, where kids discover that everything is possible with God! SKY is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, touch, and even taste! Science-related gizmos, teambuilding games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the SKY activities that help faith flow into real life. Plus, we'll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!

Holy Week at The Track This month starts with excitement and fun as your children will have an opportunity to wave palm branches and shout “Hosanna” at the entry celebration in the Sanctuary on Palm Sunday. On Good Friday, help your children understand the events of Holy Week in a new way by bringing them to the Fellowship Hall to experience the Stations of the Cross during the hour set aside for families, 4-5PM. On Easter Sunday, we will not have Winner's Circle or Small Groups so that the children can worship with their family and celebrate the wonder of Easter day in the Sanctuary.

The Track: Now on Facebook and Twitter You can now "like" The Track on Facebook at St. Luke's UMC —The Track to get up-to-date information about everything happening in Children's Ministries. You can also follow The Track on Twitter@StLukesTrack, or text to 40404 and type “follow @stlukestrack” to receive tweets as text messages.

Such an awesome week requires lots of adult and youth volunteers. Volunteering for Summer Splash is fun and rewarding. There is nothing like seeing the face of a child discovering how much God loves them. To volunteer, please contact Amy Myhand (elementary) at myhanda@stlukesumc.com or Mary Hach (preschool) at hachm@stlukesumc.com. Registration will soon be available online and at The Track area on Sunday mornings...but mark your calendars NOW for July 23-27, 9AM- 12PM.

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES Fletcher Place Community Center Mark your calendars for April 22 for an afternoon of food, entertainment and a raffle at Culinary Collage at the Wheeler Arts Center in Fountain Square. Tickets are $20 and are available from Larry Paxton at 873-2415 or ldrpaxton@indy.rr.com, or Frank Neese at 632-6000 or indianasecurities@juno.com. All proceeds support Fletcher Place programs. See page 16 for this month’s breakfast and dinner schedule, along with other ongoing Fletcher Place needs.

FAMILY MINISTRIES Making Your Marriage Work Most people tell you the key to a great relationship is communication, communication, communication. But what if there's much more to a solid, "emotionally intelligent" relationship? What does it take to develop real intimacy, trust, and affection? Starting Sunday, April 15, Couples, Inc. will be offering a four-week study on John Gottman's classic work The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, led by Rev. David Williamson and Wendy Loker, LMFT. Come learn about the "Four Horsemen" that spell doom for a marriage; more importantly, come learn about the seven principles that fill a relationship with real and lasting joy. Open to all couples who want to want to grow in their relationship, class will be held on Sunday mornings at 11AM in the Parlor.


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FELLOWSHIP Elderberries The Elderberries next dinner program will be Thursday, April 5 at 5:30PM in the Parlor (note change of location). Our speaker will be Michelle Mayer, Director of Outreach Services, from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. She will deliver: "Don't Be a Victim" and "Scams and Identity Theft," consumer protection presentations from the Attorney General’s Office. Learn about scams and techniques used by frauds via phone and mail and the importance of protecting your personal information. There will be handouts providing instruction. The Elderberries dinner program for May will be Thursday, May 3, 5:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Our speaker will be

Suzanne Stanis, Director of Heritage Education from Indiana Landmarks. She will give a presentation on "Stories Buildings Tell." Have you heard the saying "If these walls could talk"? If you know how to look at a building, it will tell you many fascinating stores. Join us for a virtual tour of historic architecture. Learn to see details in buildings that give clues to the past and the people who occupied them. You'll never look at old buildings the same way again. As always, for both luncheons, we ask that you bring a dish to share. A minimum of $3/person donation is suggested. First-time visitors do not need to pay or bring a dish. Please make reservations with Adra Wheeler at 253-4914 or 846-3404.

GREEN MINISTRIES E-Waste Recycling Event St. Luke's will host a community electronic waste recycling event on Saturday, April 14, 9AM-1PM in the front parking lot. Please bring anything with a cord to be safely recycled by RecycleForce Inc. Indiana households, public schools, and small businesses are no longer able to mix unwanted computer monitors, computers, televisions, printers, computer peripherals (such as keyboards and mice), DVD players, video cassette recorders or fax machines with municipal waste that is intended for disposal at a landfill or intended for disposal by burning or incineration. This disposal prohibition can be found in Indiana Code 13-20.5. Everything with a cord must be recycled! For a complete list of what can be recycled at this event, go to www.stlukesumc.com. Tell your friends! Donations appreciated for tvs.

Residential Energy Audit Earns St. Luke’s $$$ Perhaps you received an invitation from your energy company to have an energy audit of your home. As part of a special incentive program, if you register for the audit through St. Luke’s Green Ministry, St. Luke’s will receive $25. You will get an audit and lots of freebies. There is no pressure to buy anything. Be sure to stop by the Green Ministry table in the West Passage on Earth Day, April 22 to fill out a form and start the process. Help the Green Ministry take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

Green Gratitude The Green ministry wishes to thank all of you who make their contributions to St. Luke’s through an automatic transfer to St. Luke’s from their online bank account. St. Luke’s doesn’t pay any fees and it is paperless! You can sign up online at www.stlukesumc.com/getinvolved/giving, or check with the Finance Office.

HEALTH MINISTRY Walking Through the Medicare Maze Medicare A, Medicare B, Medicare D, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement. What are they and how are they different from one another? How do I choose? When do I choose? If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you aren’t alone. It’s complicated! If you’d like to learn more about these plans and feel a little more comfortable as you try to decide what to do, please come to hear an unbiased overview. No specific insurance plans or carriers will be highlighted, and no one will try to sell you anything. This is an informational gathering. Your presenter is Jim Chesterfield, who became an employee benefits professional after 25 years of buying, implementing and managing benefit programs for companies in Central Indiana. Meets Wednesday, April 11, 7-8:30PM in E107/109; no registration or fee. Joint project of the Spiritual Life Center’s Healing Ministry and the Health Ministry.


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Blood Drive St. Luke’s quarterly Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, April 15, 7AM-1:30PM in the Great Hall. A big thank you to those 66 volunteers who donated at our January drive. That's 198 lives that you saved. Go to www.donorpoint.org to schedule your appointment or to create your personal profile after the first time you donate. For general info about blood, donations and the Indiana Blood Center, go to www.indianablood.org. Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good general health and present photo I.D. prior to donating. Donors who are 16 years old must have a signed "Indiana Blood Center Parental Consent Form," available at each blood drive and online.

MEMBERSHIP Become a Member St. Luke's encourages you to make a commitment to become part of our church family. Whether you've only started attending recently, or if you've been coming for years but never made your relationship with St. Luke's "official," we invite you to attend one of our Membership Coffees (tea, water and juice fans also welcome!). They are held the second Sunday of each month at 11AM in N101. Register online or by contacting Sylvia Forbes. Next date is May 6.

SINGLES MINISTRIES

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Connect4Lunch

Spring Fling

Connect4Lunch is a new community group starting at St. Luke’s for any single who would like to have lunch the first Monday of each month at 11:30AM (except holidays) at a local restaurant and enjoy conversation and laughs. Whether you’re retired, have the day off, or just want to take your lunch break with friends, come and dine with our Associate Director of Adult Ministries, Chris Thornsberry, and other St. Luke’s staff. Please RSVP, email Chris at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com. This month’s lunch: Monday, April 1 at Claddagh (3835 E. 96th St.).

Singles are invited to celebrate spring at our Spring Fling on April 14, 7-11PM at Luke’s Lodge (building behind the church). We'll have lots of fun, great food, karaoke, pool, ping pong, foosball, euchre, board games, Wii bowling, new movie on the big screen, food and so much more! Bring a pitch-in item or $5 at the door. SLS will provide drinks and some snacks. If you have questions, email Chris at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION Poverty Simulation A national anti-poverty program called “Circles” will be presenting a poverty simulation at St. Luke’s on Wednesday, April 18, 6-9PM in the Great Hall. This is a follow up to the Poverty 101 class held last fall and offers an opportunity to “do something.” Circles of support are a means of intentional informal support, comprised of an individual or a family in poverty who agrees to welcome “allies” (community volunteers who “make friends on purpose”) to support their dreams and goals. The allies can be anyone, with any level of resources, who genuinely want to help and learn in a mutually respectful, reciprocal relationship. For information about the national program, go to www.circlescampaign.org. Light snacks will be served at 5:30. There is no cost; limited to 80 participants. Register online at http://stlukespovertysimulation-auto.eventbrite.com/.


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SOWERS Sowers’ Meetings

SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER

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The Sowers of St. Luke’s invite any interested gardeners or naturalists to attend their meetings. On Thursday, April 12 at 7PM in the Parlor, our speaker, Amanda Smith, the Superintendent of Education from Hamilton County Parks, will present information on the Folklore of Native Indiana plants.

To pre-register for a class, go to www.stlukesumc.com/getinvolved/classes, or contact DeAnna Moran at 317-846-3404 x367 or morand@stlukesumc.com. Oasis = Oasis Bookstore and Gift Shop located inside St. Luke’s. Ongoing classes listed in the Extra Section. The Spiritual Life Center programs are open to all interested people without regard to their faith or religion.

SPECIAL EVENT

ALL CHURCH

Celebrating Celtic Spirituality with J. Philip Newell –

Enriched Holy Week Prayer Vigil/ Stations of the Cross

J. Philip Newell is an internationally known theologian/ writer who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and has a base at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico here in the US. His writings speak into the heart of the quest for new beginnings in our individual lives and in the larger world. He combines the Celtic love for all creation with a deep desire for interfaith understanding and appreciation. He is on the road teaching and preaching most of the year (see speaking schedule at www.salvaterravision.org) and preached the 2011 Christmas Day sermon on Day 1 Radio, heard by 500,000 listeners around the world.

Again in 2012 our Holy Thursday –Good Friday Prayer Vigil has been extended to include an opportunity to walk the Stations of the Cross. Each station represents an event along Jesus' path on Holy Thursday to Easter (devotional guide provided). In addition, the 24-hour Prayer Vigil will be enriched with scheduled times for chanting, meditation, family labyrinth walking and drumming. Thursday, April 5, 8PM–Good Friday, April 6, 8PM. Sign up for individual prayer time (morand@stlukesumc.com, 317-846-3404x367). Silent Prayer space available in the Prayer Chapel and Spiritual Life Center.

He will be at St. Luke’s on Friday, May 18, 7-8:30PM in Robertson Chapel ($15 at the door) to speak on Celtic Spirituality. On Saturday, May 19 he will lead an all-day workshop, 9AM4PM, based on his most recent book A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth and the Human Soul. Location of the workshop is Christian Theological Seminary, 100 W. 42nd St, Indianapolis. Registration is required, fee is $60. Look for registration information and a reading list at www.stlukesumc.com (search “Newell”). He will also be preaching at all three morning services at St. Luke’s on Sunday, May 20. This event is co-sponsored by the Spiritual Life Center, The Garden and Christian Theological Seminary.

HOLY THURSDAY, April 5 8PM, Fellowship Hall: Guided Meditation on the Stations of the Cross/Open Labyrinth Walk GOOD FRIDAY, April 6 (Fellowship Hall unless noted)

8:30-9:30AM: Guided Meditation on the Stations of the Cross/Open Labyrinth Walk 10-11AM: Open Labyrinth Walk

11-11:45AM: Open Labyrinth Walk with live music

1-2PM, Spiritual Life Center: Meditation with Merri Leffel 2-4PM: Open Labyrinth Walk

4-5PM: Labyrinth Walk/Stations of the Cross for Families 5-6PM: Drumming with Dane McCullough

6-7PM: Taize Chanting and Silent Meditation with Chuck Goehring


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Holy Week Breakfast Devotional Series Walk through Holy Week this year in a new way by starting your day with a community devotional time. Join Kent Millard (Monday), Carver McGriff (Tuesday), Linda McCoy (Wednesday), Bishop Mike Coyner (Thursday) and Rob Fuquay (Friday) for a light breakfast, scripture and a 15minute devotional. Monday, April 2-Friday, April 6, 7:308:15AM in the Parlor. Reservations are suggested, go to www.stlukesumc.com or call 846-3404 x367. There is a suggested donation of $5/day.

BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Yoga for Stress

HEALING MINISTRY

Ending with a 15-minute guided deep relaxation, this class will help you gain balance, strength and flexibility in your body and peace and calm in your mind. All levels are welcome to join. A great way to start your day. Mondays, 7:308:45AM and 9:30-10:45AM, and Thursdays, 8:30-9:45AM, all classes in N101/102. Current class ends week of April 23. NEXT CLASSES: Mondays, May 7–June 25 (omit May 28), fee $84, and Thursdays, May 10-June 28, fee $96. Join anytime. Walk-ins/$15. Register and pay online, www.stlukesumc.com.

Pilgrimage Healing Process Training

Chair Yoga

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 846-3404 x442 to schedule a healing session appointment. Contact Betty Brandt at brandtb@stlukesumc.com or 846-3404 x339, to express interest or ask questions. Saturday, April 14, 8:30AM-4PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Training team led by Sandy Clark. Registration required with a $50 deposit by April 9. Total fee: $150 (includes training manual, DVD and lunch).

A free introduction to Chair Yoga will be available on Monday, April 9, 11:15AM in N101/103 for those of you who are unable to get up and down off the floor, who sit at a computer for many hours or sit in a wheelchair. The benefits of yoga can be yours in this 45-minute Chair Yoga class. Learn breathing and stretching, relaxation and focusing techniques. Everything can be learned and done within your range of motion and comfort. Instructor Marsha Pappas is one of our regular Yoga instructors and has experience in this style too. NEW CLASS: Mondays, May 7-June 25 (omit 5/28), 11:15AM-Noon, N101/102. Registration suggested, fee $84 or $15 walk-in.

WORKSHOPS, CLASSES & RETREATS

Walking Through the Medicare Maze

Augustine: His Life, Philosophy, Theology, & Spirituality

See information under Health Ministries on page 5.

Augustine is probably the most important non-Biblical character or writer in the history of Christianity. His philosophy and doctrines have shaped the nature of Roman Catholicism, most of traditional Protestantism, and even much of Western culture and thought. This course will describe Augustine‘s life, the world in which he lived, his early pagan background, his Christian Platonic philosophy, and finally his role as Church Father. We will discuss his major doctrines, including Grace, Free Will, the Trinity, Original Sin, and Predestination. We will also explore a very original idea of Augustine—the interaction of God with the soul and the Inner Self. The four sessions will consist of a lecture, sometimes supported by audiovisual material from an expert in this field, and lots of discussion time. Some handout material will be provided. Suggested reading: Augustine’s Confessions. Taught by Dr. Michael Condit. Thursdays, May 3-24, Noon-1:30PM, Spiritual Life Center. Registration required, no fee. Co-sponsored by the SLC and Adult Education.

SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS STUDIO 3 ART MINISTRY SPECIAL PROGRAM

Scratchings Natalie Mitchell will lead us in discovering how to use an Xacto blade or art knife to uncover beauty on the scratchboard. We will revisit ideas studied in March’s Drawing workshop. Studio 3 will provide scratchboards for registered participants. Bring your knife, a picture you would like to use as inspiration, and a brightly colored, hard-cooked Easter egg. Thursday, April 12, 10AM-3PM in C122. Studio 3 will provide a light luncheon. Contact Linda Etherton at j.etherton1@juno.com with questions or to reserve your spot.


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UNITED METHODIST MEN Men's Softball Our first game is April 15. We play the next 10 Sundays at 6PM at Midwest Sports Complex. We would love to have you join us! What do you think? Can you give us a try? Contact Nate Montgomery: 340-7114 or n8withan8@gmail.com.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN UMW Reading Group We will be meeting on Monday, April 23 from 7-8:30PM in the Parlor to discuss If You Lived Here I Would Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska by Heather Lende. Heather is a local columnist in Haines, Alaska, a barely accessible town. We'll get a glimpse into the lives of folks in this tiny town and have a chance to talk about living in community. If you have book recommendations for our upcoming meetings, please bring them with you to the meeting, or send them ahead of time to Jennifer Todd at jtoddosu@aol.com. Newcomers are always welcome—and childcare is available if requested one week in advance. For information, please contact Jennifer Todd.

Breakfast with United Methodist Women Ladies of St. Luke’s! You are invited to meet with other members of UMW for breakfast on Saturday, April 14, 9AM. We would like to start meeting one Saturday a month just to chat and possibly discuss a timely topic of your choice. We will meet at Hotcakes Emporium, 8555 Ditch Road. The phone number there is 254-5993. No reservations necessary. We will just meet and enjoy breakfast together. Breakfast is reasonably priced. If you have questions, please call Sandra Pirkle at 317-733-4183.

UMW Spring Tea Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and elegance at the home of Mrs. Sharon Terry in the Village of West Clay on Saturday, April 21, 2–4PM. View Sharon’s collection of vintage fashions while enjoying savories and sweets with a spot of tea. RSVP by April 10 to Jessica Mason jsmason@indy.rr.com or 317-566-0896. Free childcare is available by emailing chamberlaink@stlukesumc.com by April 10. Wearing your favorite vintage clothing or hat is encouraged.

UMW Spring Rummage Sale: April 25-28 Start your spring cleaning and save items to contribute to the St. Luke's UMW Rummage Sale. Donate items in clean, good condition. Come shop and give an item new life. DROP OFF ALL DONATIONS (large and small) at the Great Hall Wednesday, April 25-Thursday, April 26, 8AM-6PM, Friday, April 27, 8AM-Noon. SHOP THE MEMBERS' SALE Friday, April 27, 6-8PM, or the PUBLIC SALE on Saturday, April 28, 8AM-3PM. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Wednesday-Friday, 8AM-6PM for sorting and set up. Bring a dish Thursday morning for our Volunteer Pitch-in Luncheon in the Parlor from 11AMNoon. Food sign up at http://www.mysignup.com/stlukesrummagesaleluncheon. Cashiers and workers are needed on Sale days. Friday night, 5:45-8:15PM, and Saturday, 7:45AM-3PM. Be a part of the clean-up crew Saturday 34:30PM. Youth volunteers are welcome, and can count the time as community service hours. Sign up for a two-hour shift at http://www.mysignup.com/stlukesrummagesale.

Rummage sale proceeds benefit local and national Missions, St. Luke's Children's Ministries, and our UMW. Unsold items are distributed to charities. Questions, contact Regan Summers, Betsy Amirhamzeh, & Carly Roudebush at stlukesrummagesale@gmail.com. UMW CIRCLE MEETINGS

Eve Circle Eve Circle invites all mothers with young children to unite with other mothers through support, faith, missions, fun and socializing. On April 3, the week of spring break, we will have a playdate. There is no childcare available, but it's still a good time to let the kids play, get out of the house, and socialize with the other moms. Tuesday, April 17, we will focus on the Green Ministry. ••• Eve Circle is a UMW group of mothers with young children that meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month (with a few exceptions) from 9:30-11:30 AM in the Parlor. Free childcare is available by contacting evecirclechildcare@yahoo.com. For information regarding Eve Circle, contact co-chairs Beth EdwardsGoff and Allison Flickinger at evecircle@yahoo.com.


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Mary Magdalene Circle

Sarah Circle

Mary Magdalene will meet in the Spiritual Life Center on Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8PM. A light snack will be served. Larry Paxton, Fletcher Place Community Ministry Chair, will be sharing experiences and providing information about Fletcher Place. Our St. Luke’s UMW has been privileged to help fund Fletcher Place Community Center, Preschool, food services and Christmas projects. Mary Magdalene Circle is open to all women of St. Luke’s. If you have any questions, contact co-chairs Jolynne Wilhoit at 403-2462, wilhoitj@businessfurnitureindy.com, or Lori Chambers, 696-5965 or lochambers@sbcglobal.net.

Sarah Circle will meet Monday, April 16, in the Parlor at 1PM. Since spring is around the corner our program is about Wildflowers, with Margaret Matthews presenting. Questions? Please call Pat Amrhien at 841-3873.

New Life Circle Join us on Tuesday, April 17, at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center for “Women Who Changed Their World.” We're familiar with women of the Bible such as Eve, Sarah, Ruth, and Mary, but what about Miriam, Rahab, Priscilla, or Lydia? They, too, influenced families and friends, and can teach us ways we can make a difference in life situations. Join Director of Adult Ministries, Terri Coe, for a study of Biblical women who were courageous, generous, and community leaders. For more information, call Nancy at 255-1226 or Cathy at 334-7821. New Life Circle is a gathering of single, divorced, and widowed women of all ages.

White Cross Guild White Cross Guild provides volunteers to participate in activities supporting Methodist Hospital. Meets at Methodist Medical Plaza, 151 Pennsylvania Parkway (103rd/Meridian) in the first floor community room. They meet the 2nd Monday of each month from 9AM-2PM (next meeting: April 9) to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). Contact Marguerite Moehn (873-1956) or Barb Querry (879-0543).

WORLD MISSIONS "Tree of Life" - Rosebud, SD Native American Family Work Project Kids Club and Construction June 24 - 30 LEADER: Kathie Clemenz, 317-845-5655, kkclemenz@sbcglobal.net COST: $300 (+transportation) On this mission trip, you will be working with the Lakota Tribe and living on the reservation where the Lakota Indians will teach us about their native cooking, traditional regalia (clothing) for pow-wows and Lakota ceremonial events, games, spirituality, including a sweat lodge education and experience. Kids Club includes fun educational activities which teach life skills and team building. There will be a construction project that might be to improve a community building, or help a family in need. Recommended age of children is seven years old and up. Limited to 30 team members.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Chatham, IL Packing, sewing and organizing for disasters and third-world countries September 9-12 LEADER: Marge Butler, 257-6130, Bobbutler2@comcast.net COST: $145 (+ transportation) MMDC is a distribution center for all of the U.S. and closely associated with Indiana, Illinois and Ohio with disaster relief. With the recent tornado disaster, MMDC is supplying Health Kits and Cleaning Buckets to Indiana and Ohio. We invite you to join a team that will organize and pack disaster relief items for continued support of this disaster and future disaster needs.


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YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY Missio Dei Outreach Projects Jesus knew that in order to connect with people and share the message of God’s love that he had to be willing to serve them. Missio Dei projects give you the opportunity to share Jesus’ message by serving others in greater Indianapolis. We have an opportunity to serve alongside Second Helpings by delivering food from Trader Joe’s to the House Church of God on Keystone Ave. The church will distribute the food to people in their neighborhood who are in need. We need 3-4 individuals willing to pick up food from Trader Joe’s and deliver it to House Church of God on Saturday, April 21 at 9AM. If you are interested please email Chris Thornsberry at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com.

Sunday Small Group Opportunity Our Young Adult Community is in the process of determining if we want to offer a weekly small group opportunity on Sundays. If you’d be interested in a group geared toward young adults in their 20s/30s that will cover the Bible and faith/spiritual conversations, please fill out our survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J9GHC57. You’ll find a 30second survey that will help us determine if there is a desire to have a small group meet on Sundays. Thanks!

Blue Like Jazz: The Movie & Dinner at Five Guys Blue Like Jazz was an inspirational novel that we just finished reading in our small group. For those of you who have been unable to join our small group or are just joining our young adult community, now it's time for the movie! On Saturday, April 21, join us for the showing of "Blue Like Jazz," followed by dinner at Five Guys (E. 82nd St.) Theater and time TBA. If you have any questions or to RSVP, contact Kim McClain at kirmccla@gmail.com. There will also be a Facebook invite that goes out closer to the event.

Stay Connected We send out our email the first week of each month that includes information about everything we’re doing for that particular month. From small groups to fellowships to mission projects, it’s all in one place. If you’d like to receive our monthly email, contact Chris Thornsberry at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com. Also, find us on Facebook at St. Luke’s UMC-Young Adult Community.

YOUTH MINISTRIES Register for any event at www.stlukesumc.com/youth. OUR MISSION: To welcome all youth and families into loving, Christ-centered

relationships where they can get in tune with God's amazing love and be empowered to transform the world!

Jr. High April Activities APRIL 28-29: Spring Retreat for Jr. High & Confirmation. Travel to Bradford Woods for one night about an hour south of St. Luke's. We'll focus on the theme of "dark to light" and how our spiritual gifts can be a light in a dark world. Cost is $95. Register with a $40 dep. by 3/25. Check-in is at the Lodge at 7:30AM on April 28 and we plan to return to the Lodge around 5pm on April 29. Sign up online. YOUTH MISSION TRIPS June 23-29, 2012: SENIOR HIGH Mission Trip to New Orleans Cost is $550. We will be stopping at the National Civil Rights Museum and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Students will learn about the American Civil Rights movement. July 15-21, 2012: JR. HIGH Mission Trip to Eastern Tennessee Cost is $500/student. We will travel to the YouthWorks site in Newport, TN. Our students will be serving alongside local residents as we minister through Kids Club and home projects.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL 23: Sr. High Service Project Serve dinner to people in need Monday evening. Watch website and contact Stephanie Eft for details. MAY 5: Confirmation Dinner, 5-7PM MAY 6: Confirmation Service MAY 20: 5th Grade Breakfast to welcome 5th Graders into the Youth Ministry, 9:30-10:30AM JUNE 5: King’s Island Trip for Junior & Senior High Students!

The cost for this trip is only $40 and includes admission into the park and transportation. Meet at the church at 7:30AM to check in, we plan to leave by 8AM and return by midnight. Sign up online.


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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.

Sunday Worship Services with Rev. Rob Fuquay 8:15, 9:30 & 11AM, Sanctuary • Communion is served the first Sunday of the month at all three services and is available to all persons. • St. Luke’s Orchestra plays the third Sunday of the month. • Baptisms take place the third, fourth and fifth Sundays of every month. Parents must attend an orientation class in order to sign their child up for baptism. See www.stlukesumc.com/resoucecenter for details.

IN GENERAL:

Family Fuel, First Sunday of every month at 10:45AM in

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:

Robertson Chapel A fun, interactive worship service for elementary-aged children and their families to experience together. Led by Revs. David & Jamalyn Peigh Williamson.

I NEED

CONTACT

Adult Class Registration

DeAnna Moran

Childcare Needs for Meetings/Events (charges may apply)

Kristi Chamberlain

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

Sylvia Forbes

Reserve a Room/Request A/V

Beth Lammers or Carol Helmus

Weddings/Special Event Coordination

Carol Helmus

Baptisms

Kristi Chamberlain

Pledge Balance/Information

Finance Office

Oasis Bookstore

Sharon Holyoak

Taizé, Third Sundays of the month, 5-5:45PM by the baptismal font in the Sanctuary with musical community and Rev. Marsha Hutchinson. A service of peace and candlelight with silence, scriptures, prayer, and beautiful music. Later@St. Luke’s, Sundays, 6PM in Robertson Chapel with Dr. Marion Miller. Come hear contemporary Christian, gospel and jazz music featuring the Later Band and Vocals, along with a challenging, thought-provoking message. Holy Communion served every Sunday. The Garden is an off-site satellite ministry of St. Luke’s providing non-traditional worship in a comfortable, casual setting. Dr. Linda McCoy, Pastor. The Garden at Beef & Boards: 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15AM every Sunday; music provided by The Good Earth Band. The Garden at Oak Hill: 10:15AM every Sunday; music provided by The Oak Hill Band. Rev. Stan Abell, Campus Pastor. Beginning 4/15, services will be held at 9:30 & 10:30AM.

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:

10AM - 2PM SUNDAYS 9AM - 1PM

TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS


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ADULT EDUCATION & SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER New participants welcome!

A Listening Heart: Bible Study for Women with Young Children

New Earth Community

2nd and 4th Mondays, 7-9PM in, E212. Childcare is available upon request. New members always welcome. For information, contact Alison Staley at staleya@comcast.net.

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.

Flo Hardy Bible Study

Ongoing Meditation Group

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

Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome to join in 1/2 hour discussion followed by 1/2 hour of Christian meditation. You will find support for your practice, new ideas and a community of others who welcome silence. Led by Merri Leffel, Mondays, 6:30-7:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. No fee or registration.

Tuesday Afternoon Women's Spiritual Book Study 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.

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 in E107/109. Discuss current events or the latest book of interest you have read. For more information, call Bob Waeltz at 872-0895.

Pastors’ Book Study Wednesdays, 10-11:30AM in the Parlor. Book discussions are led by a rotating group of pastors and leaders within the church. Each book selected is with the goal of interactive and insightful discussion about how faith is lived out and experienced in our lives. The current book discussion is being led by Rev. Rob Fuquay. The book is Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller. We welcome you to our fellowship to enjoy this relaxed format, stimulating conversation and thoughtprovoking 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, Chris Thornsberry and several other St. Luke’s lay members.

Thursday Afternoon Book Study Thursdays, 1-2:30PM, Parlor. Join this group to read and discuss a diverse selection of materials. APRIL BOOK: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. MAY BOOK: Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn. The group also enjoys lunches, watching movies, field trips and celebrating birthdays. Class facilitator is Phyllis Bybee. For information, please contact Sylvia Forbes at 846-3404 or forbess@stlukesumc.com.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Tuesdays, 1-3PM in W120. Prayerful volunteers who like to knit or crochet and love the fellowship of working together make prayer shawls for those needing to be wrapped in God’s healing love. New knitters welcome. Contact Helen Vriesman at 317-849-9417 or hrvaintree@yahoo.com.

Studio 3 Art Ministry for Artists & Dabblers Anyone interested in building an art community at St. Luke’s is welcome to come spend the day (or a portion of the day) with other artists. Bring your favorite medium and plan to go out for lunch. Occasional field trips and pitch-ins too. Every Thursday, 9AM-4PM in C122. For information, contact Karen Porter at porter.joe@sbcglobal.net.

Crochet Guild If you are interested in learning to crochet or enriching your crocheting experience, please come meet with other enthusiasts. Expect special charity projects and fellowship. Every 1st Saturday, 10AM-Noon in E107/109. No registration. For more information contact Edie Huffman, at johnediehuffman@hotmail.com, or 228-0496.

SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES

Conversations Around the Scripture Sundays, 9:30–10:30AM in E105. All are welcome to join the discussion as we learn lessons of faith that can be applied to everyday living. This year we will study the Gospel of Luke and its companion writing, Acts. Class members lead discussions based upon material (workbook and DVD presentations) created by Dr. James “Mickey” Efird, Professor Emeritus, Duke Divinity School. For more information, contact Mollie and Brian Earnhart at 317-873-2406. Workbooks may be purchased in Oasis Bookstore.


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Empty-Nesters Sundays (except holidays), 9:30-10:30AM in the Parlor. Read, watch, and discuss contemporary and traditional books and videos, as well as some Bible study. We gather regularly 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 Sunday morning couples class where we discuss our lives and our families, and in January we will discuss Revelation with Dr. Adolf Hansen. Join us January 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 930AM in E213. Contact Nathan or Paula Montgomery for more information call 317-340-7115, or email n8withan8@gmail.com.

Ongoing “Being” Discussion Religion, Meaning, Ethics & Ideas Every Sunday morning at 7AM on FM90/1, Krista Tippett interviews spiritual leaders. A community of “Being” (formerly “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.onbeing.org. Led by Betty Brandt.

New Perspectives on Sunday Morning Sundays, 11AM-Noon in E105. This class explores the work of religious scholars who are giving voice to reimagining the essence of Christianity. Bring your questions about the church, religion and faith to this non-judgmental conversation in search of alternative answers and paths to experiences of the Holy. Scott Severns and Bruce Roberts, Leaders.

PRAYER & MEDITATION

Open Labyrinth Walk Walking a labyrinth is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Come wanting a tool to help you slow down, focus, pray/meditate and listen for the still, small voice of the Divine. The path is unicursal- there is only one entrance/exit. Just stay on the path and you will reach the center. Reverse your steps on your journey out. The walk takes about 20-30 minutes. Every Friday, 5-7PM in Fellowship Hall or N103/104. No registration or fee.

“Drum On” Circle All are invited to experience an hour of drumming every 4th Wednesday. Next meeting Wednesday, April 25. Led by Dane McCullough, Modular Building, 6:307:30PM. Drums are provided or bring your own. No experience necessary. Donations appreciated.

BODY / MIND / SPIRIT

“Pay What You Can” Happy Yoga Open to all, regardless of your finances or yoga experience. Find your strength and happiness through poses, breath and meditation. Taught by Robin Howard. Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:30PM in N103/104. No registration or fee; donations appreciated. Bring a mat AND blanket.

Yoga for Stress See page 8 for details.

Kundalini Yoga Kundalini Yoga combines mantra, motion and posture to create an individual experience of the Infinite. Bring a blanket or mat. Beginners welcome. Taught by Karla Becker, Wednesdays, March 14-April 18, 5:30-6:30PM in N103/104. 6 sessions/$60 or walk-ins/$15. Register and pay at www.stlukesumc.com or call DeAnna 846-3404x367.

Meditation in Motion Some people find sitting meditation difficult. Here is an opportunity to meditate and be in motion too. Enhance your overall health, relieve stress, recover from illness, lower blood pressure, increase blood circulation and reduce chronic pain. Taught by Amy Barr. Thursdays, 10:30-11:30AM in Luke’s Lodge, upstairs. No registration; cost is $10/session.

Aikido Training This discipline uses martial training as a means of character development rather than fighting prowess. Open to men and women. Come observe a class, or email through the Web site at www.indianapolisaikikai.org. Adult classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-9PM, Saturdays, 8-10AM. All classes in N103/104.

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

CARE MINISTRIES Chronic Pain Support Group Monday, April 16, 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.


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Diabetes Support Group

Family Fuel—April 1

Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8PM in E212. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, April 3. This is a laidback, easygoing group open to learning and sharing through exercise, diet and prayer. Contact Debbie Allen Wagner at 796-2189 for information on regular meeting times.

If you are seeking an opportunity to be able to worship with your children, come to Family Fuel on the first Sunday morning of each month at 10:45AM in Robertson Chapel. This worship service is geared for kids, with a shared faith experience with their parents. If you would like to get involved with the behind the scenes of Family Fuel, we are looking for stage managers, hospitality team members and set–up/tear-down helpers. Please email familyfuel@stlukesumc.com to join the team.

Family Support Group Wednesdays at 6:30PM, April 11 and May 9 in the Conference Room. The group offers emotional and spiritual support for families who have a member abusing drugs or alcohol.

Elementary Kids Check-In Procedure

Meets April 19 and the 3rd Monday of every month, 6:30-8PM in the Conference Room. For parents who have a child with a physical, mental or emotional disability. Register for childcare by contacting Sylvia Forbes. Leaders: Kevin & Hillary McCarley, 850-1637.

We have a new check-in process for your elementary children this year. When you bring your child(ren) to Robertson Chapel for Winner’s Circle, you will need to check them in and share who will pick them up from their Small Group classroom. Please look for your child's class sign for quick check-in. After worship, you will need to show some kind of ID to pick up your child. If you have a pager for younger children you can give us the pager number and use that instead. We are not trying to make life difficult but ensure that all children are safe and have a great experience on Sunday morning. Any questions can be directed to Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at williamsonj@stlukesumc.com. Thank you!

Caring and Sharing

Family Fellowship Night

Caring and Sharing meets every Tuesday 7-8PM in C122. This is a casual get together for people of any 12-step program who wish to grow spiritually. Contact Chuck and Kathy Miller at 871-4501.

The third Sunday of every month is hereby decreed Family Fellowship Night at St. Luke’s! Join other families of our church at 5PM for a pizza dinner, followed by “Mission Possible Kids” for elementary-aged children, and parenting study groups for adults (childcare will be provided for children aged kindergarten and under). Come connect with other families and take time with other parents to reflect on the challenges and joys of parenthood.

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

Jesse’s Street

Stephen Ministry Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry designed to support someone in time of crisis or difficulty. Stephen Ministers are trained to be good listeners. They are non-judgmental friends. If you would like to speak to a Stephen Minister or would like more information about the program, contact Mary Katherine Schnitz at 846-3404 or schnitzm@stlukesumc. com, or see the St. Luke's website under "Member Care."

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

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES The Track Registration Have you registered your children for Sunday morning small groups? You can register them online at www.stlukesumc. com/children/sundaymorning. If you have questions, email us at thetrack@stlukesumc.com.

PRESCHOOL & PDO Preschool Classes (9 AM-1PM) for three- to five-year-olds are offered in a safe and nurturing Christian environment. All teachers are experienced, qualified, well-trained and strive to maintain strong relationships with the children and their families. Preschool offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum where children may grow socially, creatively, emotionally, cognitively and physically. Children must be three years old by September 1, 2012 to enroll for the 2012-13 school year.

Parents’ Day Out Classes (9AM-1PM) are offered for children ages 10 months to three years. PDO was established to provide parents of young children time for themselves on a regular basis. Children participate in structured play in a safe and nurturing Christian environment one, two or three days per week. Opportunities are provided for children to learn beginning social skills while having fun. Children must be 10 months old by September 1, 2012 to enroll for the 2012-13 school year.


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CHILDREN’S MUSIC Vocal and handbell groups are available for children of various ages. At least one Children’s Music group sings the second Sunday of each month in the Sanctuary at the 9:30 and 11AM services. All groups sing at various services and programs throughout the year, including the St. Luke’s Christmas Concert, the 3PM Christmas Eve Service, Palm Sunday and outreach programs. For information, contact Debra Nethercott, Children’s Music Director, at nethercottd@stlukesumc.com or 846-3404 x329, or visit www.stlukesumc.com. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – 2011/2012 All rehearsals are in E208 and/or E207, 2nd floor.

Genesis Rehearses Sundays, 8:50-9:20AM Ages 4 & 5 (4 by 9/1/11) Movement and music activities including ringing bells, playing rhythm instruments and singing sacred songs.

Elementary Music Program Rehearses Sundays, 10:25–11:15AM Rehearsals will not interfere with Family Fuel Grades K-5 Activities of this group include singing, movement and an instrumental program: Orff instruments and choir chimes. MUSICAL ASSISTANT: Gay Talbert

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES Fletcher Place Community Center Breakfast dates are April 10, 12, 20 & 24 and May 8, 10, 18, 22 and 29. Need donations of food, paper goods or cash to pay for these items. Contact Joe Kenny at 7050489 or jgkenny@att.net for information or to volunteer. Dinner dates are April 16 & 25 and May 21 & 23. Need volunteers to donate food items, cook and especially to transport and serve. See bulletin board in the hall between Robertson Chapel and Oasis Bookstore to sign up, or call Kay Horton at 253-9833 for more information. Requests for food at Fletcher Place have increased significantly. The food pantry needs donations of dried beans, rice and salsa. Bulk quantities are acceptable and appreciated. These can be placed in the drop boxes in the West Passage. If you would prefer to make a cash donation, please put Fletcher Place Food Pantry on the memo line. Volunteers are also needed in the thrift store, food pantry and GED preparation. Contact Larry Paxton at 873-2415 or ldpaxton@indy.rr.com, or Karen Mann at Fletcher Place, 636-3466 x4 or Karen@fletcherplacecc.org to volunteer.

Fox Hill Elementary School Partnership

Rehearses Tuesdays, 7:15-8PM Grades 6-8. Interested high school students should see Miss Deb for information. An outstanding group of youth singers who participate regularly in worship services in the St. Luke’s Sanctuary.

We continue to have many volunteer opportunities at Fox Hill Elementary School. Please contact Tom Lange at tom.c.lange@gmail.com for information if interested. Help by tutoring students during class time or during the “After School Achievers” program. Other opportunities are “Peer Club”—a specific focus on reading with students on Tuesdays from 8-8:45AM or Lunch Bunch.

The Choristers

Outreach, Inc.

Rehearses Tuesdays, 6:30-7:15PM Grades 3-8 (treble voices). A select group of singers, by audition only. Interested high school students should see Miss Deb for information.

Our mission statement is short and simple: "Equipping and empowering homeless teens and young adults to exit street life.” For information, contact Jackie Reed at 332-6550 or jsrmolar@sbcglobal.net, or check out our website at www.outreachindiana.org.

Crescendo!

Voice for Life Meets Tuesdays, 6-6:30PM This is a program of instruction for music theory, ear training, music history, church history and overall musical training. Participants can earn RSCM ribbons and medals. The program is open to any singer who participates in the Tuesday evening program—Crescendo! and The Choristers ADDITIONAL MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES Please contact Miss Deb directly to request an opportunity to play if a position becomes available.

Handbell Choirs Grades 3+ Meets Sundays, 11:15AM-Noon

Refugee Assistance Ministry The Refugee Assistance Ministry helps the refugees who live in the Nora area become adjusted to life in America. The refugees, who were forced from their homes and lived in refugee camps for years, have been granted new lives in the United States. For the first few months, they are helped by refugee resettlement agencies. But after that, it is up to church groups and other volunteers to help the refugees become settled, learn English and grow accustomed to our culture. Their needs are many and varied, and the need for volunteers is great. Please check the website, or contact Cathy Kennedy 317-418-5869, jaycathy@aol.com, for more information or to volunteer.


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Construction Ministries/SAWS

H.U.G.S. Dinner Out

SAWs stands for Servants At Work, and last year we built 89 ramps for handicapped individuals who were trapped in their homes due to lack of egress. We need volunteers in telephone interviewing of potential clients, website data entry, basic accounting services and, of course, building and installing ramps (we can supply the tools). Our volunteers vary from those who just come for one or two Saturday builds a year to those who volunteer most weeks during our building season, either at the Thursday pre-fab session or the actual onsite build on Saturdays. Please contact Paul Snyder, Construction Ministry, psnyder1@indy.rr. com or 695-0585.

Sunday afternoons can feel lonely for those who have lost a spouse. Come anytime for Sunday dinner out (4PM) with others in the group. Locations announced weekly at the Sunday HUGS group (McAllister's, Paradise, etc.).

FELLOWSHIP Elderberries Euchre The Elderberries Euchre party will be Saturday, April 21 at 7PM in the Parlor. Please bring a snack to share. Contact Adra Wheeler at 253-4914 or 846-3404 with questions.

ReachOut ReachOut is a diverse and inclusive group within the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church community offering spiritual support and encouragement to GLBT persons. We strive to lead a life of service to others, achieve Christian maturity, and educate ourselves in matters of faith. Social and recreational activities are provided to promote an atmosphere where friendships can develop and a sense of acceptance and wholeness may be experienced. All are welcome. If you have questions about ReachOut, contact Mary Katherine Schnitz at schnitzm@stlukesumc.com.

Grief Ministry Mentors If you have had a loss in your life and are not ready for group support, having a Grief Ministry mentor, a supportive friend, could help. A mentor might be just a phone friend or someone to enjoy a lunch. For information about becoming a mentor or being matched with a mentor, email Rev. Marsha Hutchinson at hutchinsonm@stlukesumc.com, Susan Whittleton at jwhittleto@ aol.com, or Becky Moody at jbmoody@prodigy.net.

HOPE For any couple or single parent who has lost a baby to miscarriage, fetal demise, stillbirth, or early infant death due to genetic issues, S.I.D.S, or any other. Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center. For more information call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson, 846-3404 x315.

H.O.P.E. Memorial Garden A memorial garden located on the west side of St. Luke's for any perinatal or infant loss. Plaques may be ordered by families to be engraved in memorial and mounted on brick garden wall. For information contact Rev. Marsha Hutchinson (846-3404 x315) or Marci & Jim Harenberg (705-0771).

Dad's Group For any father who has lost a young adult child to illness, accident, suicide, or other. The Dad's group meets every Tuesday at 7AM for light breakfast at the Hilton Indianapolis North Hotel, 8181 N. Shadeland, and Thursdays at 7AM at Denny's at I-65 / Greenwood Exit. NEW GROUP—Loss

GREEN MINISTRY Green Ministry Leadership Team Our ministry leadership team meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is April 11, 5:30-7PM in E213 and welcomes new people to the discussion. Contact Sharon Chambers at sharon.chambers39@comcast.net or 317-5787502, or just show up.

of a Family Member

Sundays, 12:30-1:30 in the Parlor. This meeting will present an overview of grief and loss. Following the meeting, smaller groups for future grief support will be determined. All are welcome. Call Rev. Marsha Hutchinson for a reservation, 846-3404 x315.

HEALTH MINISTRIES GRIEF MINISTRIES H.U.G.S (Healing Under Group Support) This on-going group led by Rev. Marsha Hutchinson is for anyone who has lost a spouse or significant life partner. The group meets every Sunday in the Parlor at 2PM for fellowship, sharing and learning about the grief journey.

Blood Pressure Screening Stop by C110 on Sunday, April 15 (date change due to Easter), 9-11AM for a free blood pressure screening. Please refrain from smoking or caffeine thirty minutes prior to your screening. Sponsored the second Sunday of every month by St. Luke’s Health Ministries.


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LATER@ST. LUKE’S Mission Possible Kids Later@St. Luke’s is buzzing on third Sunday evenings with “special agents” in lime green T-shirts, while parents engage in a Family Fellowship discussion. The evening begins with a light family meal served at 5PM. Parents meet separately as kids in grades 1-5 go on a mission from God. Mission Possible Kids is a hands-on program that gets children excited about missions at an early age. Join us Sunday, May 20, 5-7PM in Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact us at mpk@ stlukesumc.com.

Hispanic Ministry Team The Hispanic Ministry Team is gaining momentum! WE NEED YOU! If you speak Spanish and would like to serve as an Interpreter in one of our targeted ministry areas, we need you. If you are a Cultural Diversity Facilitator, we need you. If you have experience working with Immigration issues, we need you. Please contact Dr. Marion Miller for more information at millerm@stlukesumc.com.

MUSIC MINISTRIES CHANCEL CHOIR, rehearses Thursdays 7:30-9PM in E200. New members welcomed periodically throughout the season. Contact Member Chair Carol Tully at tully95@earthlink.net or Director Mark Squire at squirem@stlukesumc.com. JOYFUL SOUND, rehearses Thursdays 6:30-7:30PM in E208, singing 8:15AM service twice a month. Contact Director Charles Manning at manningc@stlukesumc.com. TAIZE MUSICAL COMMUNITY. Small vocal and instrumental ensemble serving at monthly Taize service (5-5:45PM), rehearses one hour before each service. Contact Music Director Mark Squire at squirem@ stlukesumc.com. ST. LUKE'S ORCHESTRA. Under the direction of Bob Zehr, the Orchestra plays the third Sunday of every month at all three morning Sanctuary services, September through June. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:159PM. Contact Margaret Spilker at msspilker@aol.com for more information. WESLEYAN RINGERS. Advanced ringers rehearse weekly on Wednesday, 6:30–8PM. Contact Director Mike Keller at mkeller147@aol.com, for information.

JOYFUL RHYTHMS. An intergenerational handbell ensemble with flair! Rehearses Mondays, 6-7:15PM. For more information, contact Director Marsha Coyner at coynerm@ stlukesumc.com.

SINGLES Singles Sunday Morning Gathering Join us each Sunday morning at 11AM in E107/109 for our Singles small group, The Gathering. Singles 40 and up meet together to learn more about the scripture, study spiritual books, share stories, and journey through life together. Led by Sandy Harlan, Associate Director of Clergy Services for the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Sunday Lunch Bunch Every Sunday, 12:30PM. Feel free to join us at these locations on the below dates for some fun, food, and fantastic times! APRIL 1: Palm Sunday Pitch-In, Fellowship Hall APRIL 8: MCL (86th St.) APRIL 15: Noodles & Co. (The Pyramids) APRIL 22: Panera Bread (Glendale) APRIL 29: McAlister’s Deli (N. Meridian & 96th)

Sunday Night Singles Dance Join us Sunday evenings at 6PM for our singles dances at The Atrium, located at 3143 E. Thompson Rd. Cost: $10/person (incl. snacks). Also, each month join us for our theme dance. For information or to purchase your advance ticket advance, go to www.indysingles.com.

Singles Ballroom Dance Lessons Join our dance instructor, Olga Cansino, as you learn all the moves you’ll need to dance the night away. Registration for this class can be made by emailing DeAnna Moran at morand@stlukesumc.com, attending the first night of class, or sign up online on the Singles Ministry page. No pro-rated classes. Pay online in advance or with check/cash the night of class. No childcare provided. Every Monday in April, all levels $35/person INTERMEDIATE: 6:30PM, East Passage—Swing BEGINNER: 7:30PM, East Passage—Tango

Toastmasters Tuesdays, 7-8:30PM in E105. For more than 84 years Toastmasters International has offered effective ways to improve communication and leadership skills. Guests attend for free. For more information, please call Cathy Baker at 334-7821, or visit www.stlukes-singlestoastmasters.org.


W W W. S T L U K E S U M C . C O M

Singles Mid-Week Bible Study Join us every Wednesday night in C110 from 6-7PM for our Singles Mid-Week Bible Study. We'll be walking through the Bible together via interactive study, conversation, worship and fellowship. Make sure to bring your Bible, or if you don't have a Bible we'll provide one for you. All are welcome to join! Class led by Chris Thornsberry, Associate Director of Adult Ministries. Childcare available. For info, email Chris at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com.

Singles Wednesday Activities All activites are in the Parlor at 7:30PM (childcare provided) and have a $3 admission fee, excluding Dinner Night Out. Dinner Night Out is for adults 18+, individuals responsible for cost of own dinner.

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UNITED METHODIST MEN Men’s Breakfast United Methodist Men invite all men to attend the regular monthly breakfast, held the first Saturday of each month at 8AM in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and interesting program. This month’s date: April 7. RSVP to Chris Bailey at 317306-8491.

Theology Unplugged A place for men to gather and share about life and faith in a relaxed atmosphere. Next meeting is Wednesday, April 18 at 8:30PM at the Rusty Bucket (86th / Old Town Ln.). Contact Matt Roop at mkroop66@gmail.com or 317-692-1865.

APRIL 4: Dinner Night Out, Sahm’s Café

(3685 Priority Way South Dr.) APRIL 11: Movie Night Pitch-In, Parlor APRIL 18: Citizens for Global Solutions w/Mike Oles, Parlor APRIL 25: Taking Responsibility For Your Life, Part II

(The Disproportionate Life), Parlor

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

Hiking Group Every Saturday morning at Eagle Creek (weather permitting), singles meet to hike at 10AM in the parking lot at 56th and Reed Road across from the Colts Training Center. No experience necessary, just a love of the outdoors. Hosted by David Kincaid. For more information, please email David at davidm-kincaid@excite.com.

YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY Interested in a Small Group? Are you interested in joining a young adult small group that meets bi-weekly in homes? If so, contact Chris Thornsberry at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com to talk about your interest and see how you can get involved.

College-Age Ministry & Facebook Group If you are college age and would like to connect with others in this group, or keep up to date, check out our Facebook group, “St. Lukes UMC - College Students.”

Lunch Crew Join other young adults as we gather for lunch on Sunday, April 29 at 12:30PM at Steak ‘n Shake (86th/Westfield). Whether you’re just getting out of church or out of bed, we’ll have some great food and good conversations. For more information, email Chris at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com.

SPORTS St. Luke's Men's Basketball Open Gym For adult basketball enthusiasts (16+) who are looking to play friendly pick-up games on Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30PM in the Great Hall. Weekly emails are sent out to confirm players for the week. Please contact Chris Lemming at 595-8545 or email chris.lemming@anthem.com for more information.

Volleyball This coed sport plays on Monday evenings in the Great Hall September-April. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome. Play is competitive but friendly—no spiking or over-hand serves. For more information contact Brent Scott at 875-9382 or brentsco@comcast.net. Cost is $23/player.

YOUTH MINISTRIES We invite students 6th-12th grade to join us on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights. We offer a wide range of environments to connect with students. For information or event registration, stop by Luke's Lodge (the youth building in the NE corner of church parking lot), visit www.stlukesumc.com/ ministries/youth, or contact: Kevin Davis, Director of Youth Ministry davisk@stlukesumc.com; 846-3404 x326 Stephanie Eft, Associate Director of Youth Ministry efts@stlukesumc.com; 846-3404 x369 Ryan McGee, Associate Director of Youth Ministry mcgeer@stlukesumc.com; 846-3404 x346


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

Wake Up at the Big House

Sundays, 9:30-10:30AM at the Lodge. WIRED is our time for students in 6th-8th grade to connect to each other and to God. We want all students to feel welcome and encourage them to bring their friends! The mornings will introduce the day's topic focus around large group time, big music, teaching and fun.

9:30-10:30AM in N103/104 in the main church building. This second Sr. High option will begin the fall meeting in the Lodge Café, then will split off to dig deeper into faith discus-sions about character, leadership and discipleship. Students who are hungry for further discussion are encouraged to give this group a shot and share their thoughts, ideas and questions.

APRIL 1: Pause—When we pause, we are able to hear God APRIL 8: EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE ONLY, 6:30AM APRIL 15: What’s Your Question? We need the safety

of asking honest questions. APRIL 22: Brunch APRIL 29: Picture Perfect—God has placed you in your

Discussion Topics: APRIL 1: Romans—Part 1 APRIL 8: EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE ONLY, 6:30AM APRIL 15: Romans—Part 2 APRIL 22: Romans—Part 3 APRIL 29: Romans—Part 4

family, so find the good in the midst of messiness.

Live! at the Lodge Sundays, 6-7:30PM at the Lodge. AMPED is the Sunday evening time for students 6th-8th grade and the focus is around small groups. In the morning, students get introduced to the topic and connected at WIRED. Then in the evening, students dig into the topic even more within their small groups. Students experience a time of games in our activities, music, a short teaching, and small groups based on gender and grade. APRIL 1 & 8: NO YOUTH GROUP—Spring Break & Easter APRIL 15: Join us for a meal and connection APRIL 22: The Power of Compassion APRIL 29: NO AMPED, Jr. High Spring Retreat

Confirmation Ministry Weekly Confirmation Teachings: APRIL 1: No Confirmation—Spring Break APRIL 8: Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30AM APRIL 15: Stump Your Leaders—Q & A APRIL 22: End of the Year Brunch APRIL 28-29: Confirmation Retreat MAY 5: Confirmation Rehearsal & Dinner, 5-7PM MAY 6: Confirmation Service Confirmation Online—Our Confirmation ministry is covers the entire school year. Because we know students are crazy busy at times, we have made it possible for students to make up their lessons online. Go to www.stlukesumc.com and check out Confirmation. WEEKLY SR.HIGH OFFERINGS (9-12th grade)

Wake Up with Starbucks at the Lodge 9:30-10:30AM in the Lodge Cafe (upstairs). This Sunday morning group always has fresh-brewed coffee, donuts and great discussion about hot topics and how our faith applies to them. All high school students, regardless of where they are on their faith journeys, are welcome to come to this honest and open discussion group.

Sunday nights, 6-7:30PM. This is our Sunday evening youth group meeting for Sr. High students. LIVE! at the Lodge program is a big-group style meeting with plenty of opportunities to meet other students, engage in activities based on your interests, and break down lessons and topics for everyday life application. Our hope is that students will experience a broad variety of meaningful and applicable topics and Bible truths from freshman year to graduation day. We hope to grow in faith and relationships with one another while maintaining an open, welcoming and inviting atmosphere where all students can engage questions about faith and life with one another. Discussion and Lesson Topics: APRIL 1 & 8: NO YOUTH GROUP—Spring Break & Easter APRIL 15: Ephesians—Part 1 APRIL 22: Ephesians—Part 2 APRIL 29: Ephesians—Part 3

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Monthly Communion: April 2012

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