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Sundays in the South Once again, St. Luke’s members and friends can attend their home church away from home, in the sunny climate of southwest Florida. Come worship at North Naples United Methodist Church in Naples, Florida on six Sundays at 11AM with other St. Luke’s folks.

This year’s dates are:

JANUARY 15

with Rev. Rob Fuquay (in conjunction with the Naples Habitat for Humanity work project)

JANUARY 22

with Rev. Marsha Hutchinson JANUARY 29

Many thanks to the staff and congregation of North Naples UMC for extending this hospitality to us year after year.

with Rev. David Williamson

See the articles on Sundays in the South and the Habitat for Humanity Florida work trips in the JanuaryMarch 2012 issue of St. Luke’s T.I.M.E. magazine, available at the church or online at www.stlukesumc.com/news&calendars/publications.

FEBRUARY 12

FEBRUARY 5

with Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson with Rev. Stan Abell FEBRUARY 19

with Dr. Linda McCoy (in conjunction with The Garden’s Habitat for Humanity work project)

JANUARY 2012

MONTHLY

COMMUNION Every Sunday morning, January 8-February 12

Now that the holidays are over, the world will be turning its attention to Indianapolis as we proudly host Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5, 2012. On January 8, we will launch our first sermon series of 2012, “The Greatest Game.” In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul writes, as he describes working toward having a fuller relationship with Jesus, “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” What are our goals in pursuing a more Christ-like existence? How do we play the “game” that we call life? Join us as we examine these and other life questions.

Seeing the Unseen St. Luke’s emphasis for 2012 will be to consider what it means to see the unseen. What is the unseen future God has for us? What are the possibilities? What are the tangible ways God would have us share His love that make an impact in people’s lives near and far? “Seeing the Unseen” will be our theme this year. When we ask, “Where would God have us go in the coming decade?” what do you see? Tomorrow’s reality will come from that! Stay tuned for more information on the opportunities we will have to learn and grow as we journey together in ministry everyday in 2012.


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 January through mid-February 2012. The deadlines for submitting announcements for the 2012 COMMUNION MONTHLY: January 9 for February issue (publishes 1/29) February 6 for March issue (publishes 2/26)

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 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.

Women’s Bible Study

This five-week class starts Wednesday, January 11, 6:30-8:30PM. Learn more about the church and how it works, get to know the clergy, church staff and volunteer leaders, and have fun getting acquainted with other members of the St. Luke’s family. The first night will be a progressive dinner tour. Register online at www.stlukesumc.com, or contact DeAnna at morand@stlukesumc.com or 317.846.3404. Cost for the five-week class is $25, and scholarships are available. Childcare is available upon request.

Wednesdays, January 4–April 11, 1-2PM in E105. “That’s What the Man Said: The Sayings of Jesus.” This is a study and devotional commentary on some of the most important words of Jesus, sayings that can guide and strengthen us as we attempt to live with purpose and meaning as Christians. Each page in the study offers commentary in one column, as well as exercises and guidance for reflection in another. Some chapter titles include: Violets Cracking the Rock; Living in our Second Childhood; The Poor You Always Have with You; The Difference Between Life and Death is More than a Tombstone; and, You Shall Be My Witness. The workbook is available in Oasis Bookstore. Class facilitator will be Chris Thornsberry, St. Luke’s Associate Director of Adult Ministries.


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Café Conversations Wednesdays, January 11–February 8, 9:3011AM in E105. The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem. What a way to begin the New Year! Join with others as we enhance our spiritual journey. Author and lead pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas, Adam Hamilton, brings scripture to life in his newest book. Walk the road to Bethlehem as we use video clips to show the many details not described in the scriptures. Hamilton shares details about the logistics, the terrain, the culture and the people of 1st century Palestine. This study will make us think, or at the least, reminds us of many little details that may seem insignificant, but are important to the overall story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, a baby who changed the world. Resource book is in Oasis Bookstore. Class facilitator is Dr. Marion Miller, Associate Pastor and Pastor of Later@St.Luke’s.

Our Evolving Faith Wednesdays, January 18–February 29 (skipping Ash Wednesday, 2/22), 7-8:30PM in E104. Pre-registration requested. It’s been said that we are all theologians in process. This series is an invitation to celebrate our personal spiritual journey, cultivate our own faith formation, and encourage others in their faith walk. It is also an opportunity to discuss “those” things that bother us; that we question and/or doubt. (“It is difficult to give our heart to something our head rejects,” writes Marcus Borg.) Facilitating these conversations will be St. Luke’s attendee, Paul Smith, utilizing the resources of Philip Gulley’s book, The Evolution of Faith, and Marcus Borg’s book, Speaking Christian (both books available in Oasis Bookstore).

Reading the Bible for Life Sundays, January 22–March 18, 11AM-Noon in E213. Preregistration required. The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years by at least 39 different authors. Its 66 books include a variety of literary types. Yet in spite of its diversity, the Bible is unified by one story—God’s persistent love for God’s people and God’s passionate desire to redeem them as God’s own. This study will help participants grasp this grand story of Scripture. Learn how the various books of the Bible fit together to communicate God's redemptive message. Listen to the thoughts of some of today’s biblical scholars. Discover new skills for listening to, understanding and responding to God's Word. Workbook is available in Oasis. Led by Chris Thornsberry, Associate Director of Adult Ministries.

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Having “Those” Conversations Wednesdays, February 8 & 15, 6:30-8PM in N101102. Pre-registration helpful. Contact Rev. Marsha Hutchinson at 317-846-3404 x315. Sometimes we avoid having "those conversations" with loved ones and dear friends about end-of-life choices. Taking control of these choices and documenting them in advance can be a huge comfort to those we leave behind. Having a group discussion about living fully and dying well is a beginning and can actually relieve the dread of death details. Join Rev. Marsha Hutchinson for discussion regarding the difference between living wills, medical power of attorney and a DNR order. What is hospice and palliative care? What if I want to stay at home? What if I can't speak for myself? Discuss ways to help clergy and family by doing some of your own funeral planning.

What Do You Mean? Sundays, February 26-March 6, 11AM-Noon, Parlor. You say it every Sunday you are in church. But what do you mean by the words you say when you recite the Creed in unison with others? Join Dr. Adolf Hansen and others in a class that will assist you in your search for a deeper and fuller meaning. Reserve a seat in the class by registering at www.stlukesumc.com/ministries&programs/adult, or with DeAnna Moran at morand@stlukesumc.com or call 8463404 x367.

A Faith of Your Own: Naming What You Really Believe Mondays, February 27–March 26, 7-8:30PM in E107-109. Pre-registration recommended. Contact DeAnna Moran at morand@stlukesumc.com or 317-846-3404 x367. What we believe evolves in response to insights into the Bible, to questions or doubts we face, to changes in life circumstances, or to things that happen in the larger world. This class is designed to help participants define and articulate their personal beliefs in a consistent way. The class will be led by Dr. Ron Allen, Professor of Preaching/New Testament, Christian Theological Seminary. Dr. Allen will outline the most common ways a certain topic is understood in the Bible. He will identify the ways the church has interpreted the topic as well as introduce contemporary perspectives on each topic. His book, A Faith of Your Own, can be purchased in Oasis.

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NEW TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES—2012—SPONSORED BY ST. LUKE’S ADULT EDUCATION

France Join former St. Luke’s senior pastor (1967-1993) and WWII veteran Dr. E. Carver McGriff this September on a trip of a lifetime to visit the coast of Normandy, France. Relive the D-Day experience through the eyes and stories of one who was there as a young soldier. Visit the beaches and the memorial museums at Utah and Omaha Beaches. See the incredible story of the temporary docks built at Arromanche. Visit the American and German cemeteries, with a special trip to Mont Ste. Michele. The nine day/eight night trip will include five nights in Bayeux, France and three nights in Paris.

Holy Land Our most recent former senior pastor, Dr. Kent Millard, will lead a trip to the Holy Land in October 2012. Visit the historical and holy sites of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Wall at Jericho, the Dead Sea and the fortress at Masada. Have communion in the Garden of Gethsemane, and visit the sites that many believe were the Upper Room and the Tomb of Jesus. The eight-day trip will include airfare, hotels and all transportation throughout Israel. Dr. Millard will share his perspective as a teacher throughout the trip. For more information about either of these trips and to make sure your name is on the list, contact Bob Zehr at zehrb@stlukesumc.com.

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.

January at The Track This month’s virtue is Self-Control: Choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do. The memory verse is: “My dear brothers and sisters, pay attention to what I say. Everyone should be quick to listen. But they should be slow to speak. They should be slow to get angry.” JAMES 1:19, NIV. This month, we will think about how: (1) We can display self-control as a response to God; (2) God empowers us with self-control to respond wisely; and (3) God uses self-control in us to influence our families, friends, and neighbors. Remember: A virtue is something God does in us to change the world around us. Elementary students will share in communion on January 29 at 9:30 and 11AM. Parents are welcome to join their children for this special service. Please contact Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson if you have questions, at williamsonj@ stlukesumc.com. Want to sleep in? If you would like to get a few extra zzz's, then come to Winner's Circle at 11:00! K-5 students meet in Robertson Chapel on Sunday morning for a worship experience shaped just for them. After we are done with Winner's Circle we go to E106 for small group, where we learn more about the Bible lesson of the day, the memory verse and the virtue. See you at 11!

January at the Mini-Track The kids will be learning “Jesus wants to be my friend forever.” Their memory verse is “With God all things are possible.” MATTHEW 19:26. 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.

Save the Date! The 2012 Summer Splash will take place July 23-27 from 9AM-12:15PM. Please note this is a change from the normal June dates. We are excited to be able to welcome our non-traditional calendar students.


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CHILDREN’S PRESCHOOL & PDO Weekday Preschool & Parents’ Day Out Registration • RETURNING FAMILIES REGISTRATION: January 3-20, 2012 • CHURCH FAMILY REGISTRATION: February 6, 2012 in the East Passage, 9:30-10:30AM • COMMUNITY FAMILY REGISTRATION: February 6, 2012 in the East Passage, 10:30AM-12PM

For information regarding openings for the current school year or to register for the 201213 school year, please call 844-3399 or contact Bobbi at main-jackson@stlukesumc.com or Alison at strawmyera@stlukesumc.com.

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 9/1/12 to enroll for the 2012-13 school year.

Parents’ Day Out Classes (9 AM-1 PM) 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 ten months old by 9/1/12 to enroll for the 2012-13 school year.

FAMILY MINISTRIES Impact 2011: Parenting with Purpose Join us on February 25 from 9AM-4:30PM for a conference for parents. You will have the opportunity to learn from the keynote speaker, Carey Nieuwhof, author of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. The conference will also offer two break-out sessions with workshops on teens and technology, raising siblings who love each other, parenting children with special needs, raising unique kids, and being the spiritual leader at home. Registration is $30/person. Please register at www.stlukesumc.com/impact. We are looking forward to a great day! Questions? Contact Jamalyn Peigh Williamson at williamsonj@stlukesumc.com or 846-3404 x384, or Shannon Kellogg at scurtiskellog@yahoo.com, or email thetrack@stlukesumc.com.

GREEN MINISTRIES Electronic Waste Event St. Luke's will host a community electronic waste recycling event on Saturday, January 7, 9AM-1PM at door #7. You may bring anything with a cord to be safely recycled by RecycleForce, Inc. Also bring Styrofoam packing (not peanuts). 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 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.


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More Than Four Tons The yellow and green Abitibi paper collection bins located at the east driveway of our campus are emptied twice a month. If we weigh in at over four tons a month, the Green Ministry earns a considerable amount of money to use on projects. Less than four tons earns a very small amount of money. Here is a simple way for you to help the environment and the Green Ministry—bring your newspapers, catalogs, junk mail and office paper (no corrugated board or cereal boxes). FYI—the blue recycling bins located in the NE corner of the back parking lot are for internal use only. Please do not bring your recycling from home to these bins.

Green Gratitude Award The Green Ministry wishes to thank Amy Barnes for her willingness to serve as the Chair of the Care for Creation Committee at the Conference level. Amy is working on bringing Green Ministries to all the Methodist Churches in the State of Indiana. If you have friends or family attending another Indiana Methodist Church and those people are interested in caring for creation, please contact Amy (amybarnescoach@gmail.com).

HEALTH MINISTRY Blood Drive The Colts are donating a Colts football that is laser signed by Jeff Saturday to each person who donates blood at St. Luke’s UMC on Sunday, January 8, 7AM-1PM in W125. You can pre-schedule a specific appointment time online at www.donorpoint.org, or you can drop in that day to donate without an appointment. Remember to: 1) Bring a picture ID 2) Bring list of your medications 3) Hydrate the day before and the day of your donation. 4) Eat a healthy, iron-rich breakfast. 5) 16 year olds may donate with a signed Parental Consent Form, available at the Blood Drive. 6) Not sure if you’re eligible to donate? Go to www.indianablood.org, click the eligibility tab and e-mail your question, or the Indiana Blood Center staff can answer your questions at the Blood Drive.

Race Relations Sunday Later@St. Luke’s will be hosting its Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 15 at 6PM in Robertson Chapel. Please invite your friends and neighbors to this service in support of race relations and reconciliation. Later@St. Luke’s is a BOLD NEW THING! It’s a dynamic and innovative multicultural worship service that is open to everyone. Imagine a place where God is seen and heard through expressions of movement, media and music—come worship at Later@St. Luke’s on Sunday evenings at 6PM in Robertson Chapel. Hear contemporary Christian, gospel and jazz music featuring the Later Band and Vocals, along with a challenging and thought-provoking message. Holy Communion is served every Sunday, along with light refreshments before and after the worship service.

Mission Possible Kids MP Kids kicks off its second semester for the 2011-12 school year on January 15. Don’t forget that we now meet the 3rd Sunday of each month in conjunction with Family Fun Night. A light dinner is served at 5PM, and then we are on a mission from God from 5:30-7PM in Fellowship Hall. If you are in grades 1 thru 5, please join us. The program empowers kids to change the world and our local communities through helping others. It is a hands-on program that gets kids excited about missions at an early age— such as supporting U.S. troops and making gifts for kids in need. Parents are encouraged to volunteer at least once during the year. Future dates are February 19 and March 18. For more information, please contact our MPK Headquarters at mpk@stlukesumc.com.


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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 February 5.

MUSIC MINISTRIES St. Olaf Choir Concert If the ensemble of voices on Sunday mornings elates and inspires you, then you do not want to miss this special concert presented by one of the nation’s premier choral groups. The St. Olaf Choir, under the direction of Anton Armstrong, will perform at St. Luke’s on Monday, January 30 at 7:30PM. The choir celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, so we can expect a marvelous and uplifting evening with these talented singers. An informative video presentation on the history of the choir will be shown at 6:30PM, and is included in the price of the ticket. Tickets are $30/adults, $15/students. Order tickets through the St. Olaf College website at http://stolaftickets.universitytickets.com. Click on “St. Olaf Choir 2012 Tour” and choose the Indianapolis performance.

Spring Concert Choir St. Luke’s Chancel Choir is now recruiting guest singers for the upcoming Lenten concert in March. If you’ve missed singing with a joy-filled, supportive musical community, be a part of our choir family, if only for a short time–it’s commitment with a small “c.” Weekly evening rehearsals begin Thursday, February 9. Questions? Contact Carol Tully at 566-0762 or tully95@earthlink.net, or Mark Squire, Director of Music Ministries, at 846-3404 x334 or squirem@stlukesumc.com.

SINGLES MINISTRIES

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Understanding Your Relationship Type

Taking Responsibility for Your Life Workshop

Are you anxious, avoidant, or insecure? Knowing your attachment style can help one learn to navigate the sometimes confusing territory of dating and relationships. Studying the book Attached by Levine and Heller, we will explore our individual attachment styles and how they affect our patterns, mate choices, and communication abilities in love and partnership. Six-week class, beginning January 31-March 13 (skip 2/14), from 6-7:15PM in E213. Cost is $90 including book ($75 if you buy your book separately). Class is taught by psychotherapist Sarah Nevin, MA. For information or questions, contact Sarah at 317439-6854 or sarahnevin@mac.com. Register online under Singles Ministry Classes, or with DeAnna Moran at morand@stlukesumc.com. Registration required.

Every Wednesday in the Spiritual Life Center, 7:30-8:30PM. Responsibilities. We all have them. But we don’t all take them as seriously as we ought to. Wouldn’t it be great if we all took responsibility for the things we are responsible for? It’s time to stop finger-pointing and excuse-making and to remove the “ir” in “irresponsibility.” In this four-session, video-based study, we’ll journey together and see how to take authentic responsibility for the things in life. Cost of class is $10 and includes a workbook. Pre-registration is required. Register online on our singles class page or with DeAnna Moran at morand@ stlukesumc.com or 846-3404. Class led by Chris Thornsberry, Associate Director of Adult Ministries.


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SPIRITUAL LIFE CENTER 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.

PRAYER AND MEDITATION

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, 10:3011:30AM in Luke’s Lodge, upstairs. No registration; cost is $10/session.

Making a Difference in 2012 How can you use your unique set of God-given gifts and talents to make a difference in your life and the world? What are your spiritual gifts and talents? What is your mission, right now, this month, this year? How do you reconcile what you most desire with what you feel God is calling you to do? Join facilitator Amy Barnes, Creativity and Relationship Coach and CTS graduate, for this meaningful, interactive workshop. Saturday, January 21, 9AM-Noon in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration suggested, donations appreciated. Questions? Contact Amy Barnes at 317-2577544 or amy@courageous-creativity.com.

WORKSHOPS, CLASSES & RETREATS

An Introduction to Spirituality “Spirituality” is a term that describes many different experiences in many different religious traditions. It is not about creeds or doctrines or specific theological arguments. Rather, the term usually refers to an individual seeking God through personal experience. Even though Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all considered “religions of the Book,” there are strong spiritual and mystical traditions in all three. Join Dr. Michael Condit in examining the role of spirituality in Christianity and other religions now and over the course of history. Some reading will be suggested. Thursdays, January 12-March 1 (omit 2/16), Noon-1:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration required, no fee.

Zumba Party – Back by Popular Demand! The amazing 23-year-old Argentinean Zumba teacher, Matias (Macc) Arellano, and his talented Venezuelan wife, professional dancer Sally Arellano, will bring the contagiously exuberant energy of Zumba back to the St. Luke's community. Everyone over age 12 is welcome. Drinks provided; bring a healthy snack to share. Friday, January 27, 78:30PM in Fellowship Hall. Fee: $11, registration suggested.

Heaven! Retreat and group leader Merri Leffel, MS, has been interested in and study focused upon the formation of her understanding of Heaven for several years. Is Heaven a place? A state of consciousness, in this life as well as the next? Her most recent study was an in-depth C. S. Lewis seminar at Oxbridge UK with conservative Christian Randy Alcorn. She brings to you her Christian interest in this mystery and the studies by Christian theologians and people of other faiths. Bring your own sources to share or just listen. You may leave more confused, but hopefully also more curious. Monday, January 9, 1-2:30PM or 5-6:30PM in the Spiritual Life Center. Registration required; fee is $10.

SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS

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.

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY

Sacred Morocco and Traditional Healing If you are interested in learning more about a trip to Morocco in late April/early May 2012, come to an informational meeting on Sunday, January 8 at 12:15PM in the Parlor. Here is an opportunity to learn more about a Muslim country’s art, sacred sites and ancient traditions. Twelveday trip costing approximately $3880 includes flight from Indianapolis, most meals and accommodations. Itinerary includes Casablanca, Fes, three nights in the desert, Ouarzazate and Marrakech. Tour arrangements by Moroccan Caravan. Details will be confirmed at this meeting. If you are interested but unable to attend the meeting, contact Betty Brandt at brandtb@stlukesumc.com, 317-846-3404 x339.


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UNITED METHODIST MEN Men's Breakfast

Financial Peace University

CALLING ALL MEN—Need help fulfilling a New Year’s reso-

St. Luke’s United Methodist Men will once again be sponsoring Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes beginning in February 2012. Classes will meet once a week for 13 weeks, and study such topics as saving, budgeting, debt reduction, insurance and investing. The average family attending FPU pays off $5300 in debt and saves $2700 during the 91-day program. You don’t have to be in financial trouble to benefit from this course.

lution? Come to the Men’s Monthly Breakfast in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, January 7 at 8AM. Our presentation topic will be “St. Luke’s Men’s Leadership: As Iron Sharpens Iron, So One Man Sharpens Another.” Come learn about the Men’s group, its vision, and ways YOU can get involved at St. Luke’s in 2012. A perfect opportunity to connect and enjoy fellowship. Plus, a hearty breakfast will be served! Need more information or want to RSVP? Call Chris Bailey at 317-306-8491. Make it happen in 2012!

Theology Unplugged Theology Unplugged is a place for men to gather and share about life and faith in a more relaxed atmosphere. Join us the third Wednesday of the month at the Rusty Bucket—86th and Old Town Lane (east of Ditch Rd.). All men welcome.

The class will begin on Tuesdays, February 7 at 7PM. Look for registration opportunities and class previews in January. There is a cost of $100/family for materials and lifetime membership. Contact Jason Bick at 317-845-9747 or Jason.bick@att.net with questions.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN How About a Ladies Day Out? United Methodist Women are planning a day just for you to take a little time out for yourself to RELAX, REJOICE, and REFLECT. Saturday, January 14, 2012, 9AM-4:30PM in Luke’s Lodge. Cost is $15. Sign up on Sundays, January 1 and 8 in the West Passage. Our day (even if it is snowing) will include a warm, cozy lunch, cutting out and possibly sewing pillowcase dresses as one of our mission projects, a ten minute shoulder/neck massage, a time of sharing, discussion of relevant topics, and meeting new women in the church. There will be a fun video to which all women can relate, and a time of meditation. What could be a better way to start the New Year? Call Sandra Pirkle (733-4183) for general and registration information.

UMW Reading Group Our book selection for January will be Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. The selection is lengthy but comes highly recommended by all who have read it. Verghese states that his ambition in writing the novel was to "tell a great story, an old-fashioned, truth-telling story." Major themes include love and betrayal, forgiveness and self-sacrifice, and the inextricable union of life and death. We'll meet on Monday, January 23 from 7-8:30PM in the Parlor. Childcare is available upon request. Newcomers are always welcome. For information contact Jennifer Todd at jtoddosu@aol.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. Tuesday, January 3 we will start the year with a “white elephant” gift exchange and work to clean up the children’s library. Also, please bring new or gently used SMALL toys for children ages infant to five years old. We will donate them to a Well Baby Clinic in Sierra Leone. Tuesday, January 17 we will host a guest speaker raising awareness about human trafficking, a frightening subject we should all be educated about, especially as events like the Super Bowl come to our city . ••• 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 9:3011:30 AM in the Parlor. Free childcare is available by contacting evecirclechildcare@yahoo.com. For more information regarding Eve Circle, contact co-chairs Beth Edwards-Goff and Allison Flickinger at evecircle@yahoo.com.


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Mary Magdalene Circle

Sarah Circle

Mary Magdalene Circle will meet in the Spiritual Life Center on Wednesday, January 11, 6:30-8PM (please note new earlier start time). Karen Porter will be helping us make Valentine cards to send to homeless teenagers served by Outreach, Inc. Jackie Reed will also be joining us to educate us on the missions of Outreach, Inc., an organization that reaches out with the love of Christ to help homeless and runaway youth find a safer and more stable life. Guests are welcome to join our members for this meeting. If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs Jolynne Wilhoit at 403-2462, wilhoitj@businessfurnitureindy.com or Lori Chambers 696-5965, lochambers@sbcglobal.net.

As a Circle, we help support the United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon, Indiana . . . this month we will meet on January 17 at 1PM in the Parlor to make Valentine Bags for their party in February. We will need pre-wrapped candy for the bags. Hope to see you there! Any questions, please call Pat Amrhien at 841-3873.

New Life Circle Attention single women… ring in the New Year with New Life Circle! We will gather on Tuesday, January 17 at 7PM in the Spiritual Life Center for “Beyond Bethlehem.” Join us for an exciting evening where we name and claim our hopes and wishes for the coming year. Come make heart revelations and celebrate a new beginning for 2012. You won’t want to miss this evening of fun, faith, fellowship and community. For additional information, contact 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: January 9) to prepare gauze squares used in surgery (bring your lunch). Contact Marguerite Moehn (873-1956) or Barb Querry (879-0543).

YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY Night at The Movies

Interested in a Small Group?

CASTLETON AMC

Are you interested in joining a young adult small group that meets bi-weekly in homes? If so, please contact Chris Thornsberry at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com to set up a time to talk about your interest and how you can get involved.

Brenner at Perkins (Breakfast for Dinner). Saturday, January 21, movie & show time, TBA. Join us for a movie and dinner afterwards. We’ll be announcing via email and Facebook what movie and the time as we get closer to the date. Afterwards, we’ll head over to Perkins (hooray for latenight breakfast food!) for some Brenner (Breakfast for Dinner). RSVP on Facebook or email Chris at thornsberryc@stlukesumc.com to let us know you’re coming.

Lunch Crew at Le Peeps (Across from Keystone Fashion Mall). Sunday, January 29, 12:30PM. Join other young adults as we gather for lunch on the 29th at Le Peeps. 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

Find us on Facebook at “St. Luke’s UMC-Young Adult Community” for updates, information and connecting with other young adults. Or, to sign up for our monthly email, contact Chris Thornsberry at thornsberryc@ stlukesumc.com.

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.”


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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!

Pizzas for Super Bowl Sunday! Pizza on Super Bowl Sunday is a given, so relax and let St. Luke’s Youth prepare your cheese, sausage, pepperoni, sausage and pepperoni, or supreme (pepperoni, green peppers, onions and mushrooms) handmade pizzas! Stop by the tables in the East and West Passages on January 8, 15, 22 & 29 to sample and order your pizzas, then simply pick them up after the service you attend on the morning of February 5. All of these 14-inch pizzas are $10; cash or checks payable to St. Luke’s UMC with “youth pizzas” on the memo line are gratefully accepted. Proceeds help St. Luke's youth pay for retreats, mission trips and other activities.

JANUARY ACTIVITIES

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

Winter Kick Off

Sr. High Winter Ski Retreat in Kalamazoo, Michigan, February 17-19. This is one of our students' favorite events of the year! Cabins, campfires in the snow, and skiing! We will be staying at Pretty Lake Vacation Camp in Kalamazoo, Michigan in winterized/heated cabins. On Saturday, we will go skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing at Timber Ridge Ski Lodge close by. The weekend is packed with snow activities, cards, games, fellowship, worship... it's gonna be great!

Sunday, January 8, 6-8PM. Dinner provided. Kick-off the new semester with games, music, and fellowship at the youth group Winter Kick Off! This is our way of celebrating our return to normal meeting times after the Christmas break. Friends are welcome, and we hope to see you all there!

MLK Day of Service Monday, January 16. This is a great opportunity to join IUPUI and the Indianapolis community in a day committed to community service in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will meet at the Lodge at 7:15AM, travel to a work site downtown, and do community service projects. Cost is $5 to help cover the cost of gas. Also, make sure you pack a sack lunch! Watch for sign ups on the St. Luke’s youth page on the church website. All Jr. High and Sr. High students (grades 6-12) and adult volunteers are welcome to join us.

NOTES:

We will meet at the Lodge at 5:30PM sharp on Friday, February 17 and return in the evening on Sunday, February 19. Total cost will be $113 for snow tubing, $131 for skiing, $141 for snowboarding. Sign up online at the Sr. High web page.


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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: 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

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.

Family Fuel, First Sunday of every month at 10:45AM in Robertson Chapel (meets January 8, not January 1) A fun, interactive worship service for elementary-aged children and their families to experience together. Led by Revs. David & Jamalyn Peigh Williamson. 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.

Membership/Births/Address/ Phone Change

Sylvia Forbes

Reserve a Room/Request A/V

Beth Lammers or Carol Helmus

The Garden is an off-site satellite ministry of

Weddings/Special Event Coordination

Carol Helmus

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

Baptisms

Bobbi Main-Jackson

Pledge Balance/Information

Finance Office

Oasis Bookstore

Sharon Holyoak

The Garden at Beef & Boards: 8:15, 9:15 & 10:15AM every Sunday; music provided by The Good Earth Band. The Garden at Oak Hill: 10:15AM every Sunday; music provided by The Oak Hill Band. Rev. Stan Abell, Campus Pastor.

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

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

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 at Shapiro’s. 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. In January, we will read When Christians Get it Wrong, by Adam Hamilton. Each book selected is with the goal of interactive and insightful discussion about how faith is lived out and experienced in our lives on a regular basis. We always welcome you to our fellowship to enjoy this relaxed format, stimulating conversation and thoughtprovoking topics.

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 Donna Cripe at 317-627-9026 or at drcripe@att.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

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.

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. Conversations are engaging and filled with practical experiences. This year we will study the Gospel of Luke and its companion writing, Acts. Who are we in Christ? How do we take what we learn and act upon it? 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 317-8732406. Workbooks may be purchased in Oasis Bookstore.

Thursday Afternoon Book Study

Empty-Nesters

Thursdays, 1-2:30PM, Parlor. Join this afternoon group to read and discuss a diverse selection of reading materials. JANUARY BOOK: The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis. FEBRUARY BOOK: Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See. The group also enjoys lunches, watching movies, taking field trips and celebrating birthdays together. Class facilitator is Phyllis Bybee. For more information, please contact Sylvia Forbes at 846-3404 or forbess@stlukesumc.com.

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.

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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

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.

Religion, Meaning, Ethics & Ideas

Ongoing Integral Hatha Daytime Yoga

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.

Mondays, January 9-February 20, omit 1/16 ($72), 7:30 & 9:30AM; and Thursdays, January 12-February 23 ($84), 8:30AM in N101/102. Walk-ins/$15 for either session. Registration suggested, taught by Marsha Pappas. Classes continue on March 5 & 8.

New Perspectives on Sunday Morning

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, January 11-February 15, 5:306:30PM in N103/104. 6 sessions/$60 or walk-ins/$15. Register and pay at www.stlukesumc.com or call DeAnna 846-3404x367.

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. There are no rules or special words, no dogma that you have to know or agree with. 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. There are no tricks or dead ends. 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 and is a wonderful way to find peace at the end of a busy week. Every Friday, 5-7PM in Fellowship Hall or N103/104. No registration or fee.

“Drum On” Circle Live with Vibrancy, Rhythm and Passion. All are invited to experience an hour of drumming every 4th Wednesday. Next meeting Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Led by Dane McCullough, Modular Building, 6:307:30PM. Drums are provided or bring your own. No experience necessary. Donations appreciated.

Kundalini Yoga

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, February 20, 6-7:30PM in Parlor. (No January meeting.) 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—January 8

Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7-8PM, E213. NEXT MEETINGS: No January meeting, future meetings TBA. This is a laidback, easy-going group open to learning and sharing through exercise, diet and prayer. Contact Debbie Allen Wagner at 796-2189.

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, January 11 and February 8 in the Conference Room. The group offers emotional and spiritual support for families who have a member abusing drugs or alcohol.

Adult ADD Support Group Third Thursday, January 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 Meets January 23 and the 3rd Monday of every month, 6:308PM in the Parlor. 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.

Elementary Kids Check-In Procedure 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 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.

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 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 begins 9/18 Ages 4 & 5 (4 by 9/1/11) Movement and music activities including ringing bells, playing rhythm instruments and singing sacred songs.

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.

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


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Crescendo! 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.

The Choristers 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.

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

COMMUNICATIONS Become a Fan Are you on Facebook? If so, are you a fan of St. Luke’s? Become a fan today—simply log onto our website (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.

COMMUNITY MINISTRIES Fletcher Place Community Center Breakfast dates are January 10, 12, 20, 24 & 31 and February 9, 14, 17 & 28. Need donations of food, paper goods or cash to pay for these items. Contact Joe Kenny at 705-0489 or jgkenny@att.net for information or to volunteer. Dinner dates are January 25 and February 20 & 22. 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. Food pantry donations of dried beans, rice and canned salsa are needed and appreciated. Bulk quantities are acceptable. These can be placed in the drop boxes in the West Passage. Volunteers are also needed in the thrift store, food pantry and GED preparation. Contact Larry Paxton at ldrpaxton@indy.rr.com or 873-2415, or contact Karen Mann at Fletcher Place, 636-3466 x4 or Karen@fletcherplacecc.org or to volunteer.

Fox Hill Elementary School Partnership 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. Another opportunity is “Peer Club”—a specific focus on reading with students on Tuesdays from 8-8:45AM.

Outreach, Inc. 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.

Refugee Assistance Ministry Help us help our Nora neighbors. Volunteer in any of the following areas (1) tutoring in English skills at First Baptist Church (Nora) to all ages on Mondays 67:15PM, or to adults on Saturdays, 9:30-11AM; (2) assisting in the Nora afterschool program that runs M-Th from 3:15-5PM. The time commitment is flexible. To volunteer or for information, contact Cathy Kennedy at 418-5960 or JayCathy@aol.com.


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FAMILY MINISTRIES

GRIEF MINISTRIES

Family Fellowship Night

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it: if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” I CORINTHIANS 12:26 Grief is a journey that needs attention; it cannot go away without some hard work. Some people find being with a group of people who "get it" to be life-changing and life-saving in a positive way. Spending time with others in a group can even bring laughter and new friendships. You are invited to come once, or many times, to any group and see if the support of others can bring you comfort.

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.

H.U.G.S (Healing Under Group Support)

FELLOWSHIP

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.

Elderberries Euchre

H.U.G.S. Dinner Out

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

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, Jason's, Paradise, etc.).

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 Matt Fleck at mattjfleck@gmail.com.

GREEN MINISTRY Green Ministry Leadership Team Our ministry leadership team meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is January 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.

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 further 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.


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HEALTH MINISTRIES Blood Pressure Screening Stop by C110 on Sunday, January 8, 9-11AM for a free blood pressure screening. Please refrain from smoking or caffeine thirty minutes prior to your screening. Sponsored the second Sunday of every month by St. Luke’s Health Ministries.

Health Ministry Recruits If you’re an RN looking for an easy way to give back to the community, join our rotation for once-a-month BP screenings. Volunteer 3-4 times a year and meet some wonderful people! Consider taking part in health ministry emails for input in creating a community of healing individuals empowered to take care of themselves. We are health professionals, caregivers and care receivers concerned about health and committed to seeing the healing ministry of the church carried out. We meet in person three times a year for great food and fellowship. Questions? Contact Natalie Manges at nmanges@iquest.net.

LATER@ST. LUKE’S Mission Possible Kids Later@St. Luke’s is buzzing with “special agents” in lime green T-shirts who represent a program called Mission Possible Kids. The program empowers kids (grades 1-5) to change the world and our local communities through helping others. It is a hands-on program that gets kids excited about missions at an early age. Join us the third Sunday of every month from the third Sunday of every month 5-7PM in Fellowship Hall. For information, contact our MPK Headquarters at mpk@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 (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. This class is 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! JANUARY 1: NO LUNCH JANUARY 8: The Rusty Bucket (86th St.) JANUARY 15: Le Peeps (Across from Fashion Mall) JANUARY 22: Chipotle (86th St., by Marsh) JANUARY 29: Outback (86th and Michigan)

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


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Singles Ballroom Dance Lessons

New Life Circle

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 today or with check/cash the night of class. No childcare provided.

This group of single, divorced and widowed women of all ages meets one evening a month for a time of fellowship and informative, fun programs! See information about New Life Circle in the United Methodist Women section.

Mondays, January 9, 23 & 30, all levels $30/person INTERMEDIATE DANCE CLASS: 6:30PM, Fellowship Hall BEGINNER DANCE CLASS: 7:30PM, Fellowship Hall

Toastmasters

SPORTS St. Luke's Men's Basketball Open Gym

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 more information, please call Cathy Baker at 3347821, or visit www.stlukes-singlestoastmasters.org.

For adult basketball enthusiasts (16+) who are looking to play friendly pick-up games on Thursday nights from 7:309:30PM 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.

Singles Mid-Week Bible Study

Volleyball

Ever need a spiritual pick-me-up halfway through the week? Or maybe you'd just like to know more about the Bible and how it applies to your everyday life. 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.

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.

Singles Wednesday Activities

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.

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. JANUARY 4: Relationships with Dawn Kozarian JANUARY 11: Movie Night Pitch-in JANUARY 18: Dinner Night Out at Perkins

YOUTH MINISTRIES 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:

Volleyball

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

Volleyball meets every Wednesday at 6:30PM, and Friday at 6:30PM in the Great Hall. The cost to play is $23. For info, email Tim Adams at timmytown@msn.com.

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

(82nd / Allisonville Rd.) JANUARY 25: Singles Open House

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.

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, big teaching and big fun. JANUARY 1: NO YOUTH, New Year’s Day JANUARY 8: Morning Kick-Off


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JANUARY 15: Babel: TECHNOLOGY JANUARY 22: Babel: MY PROFILE JANUARY 29: Babel: SOCIAL NETWORK

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. JANUARY 1: NO YOUTH, New Year’s Day JANUARY 8: Evening Kick-Off

Confirmation Ministry Weekly Confirmation Teachings: JANUARY 1: NO CONFIRMATION, New Year’s Day JANUARY 8: Parent Meeting at The Lodge & Students activity at The Lodge JANUARY 15: Explanation of Gifts JANUARY 22: What does all of this mean? JANUARY 29: The Story (Part II) 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.

sons 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. Each week's meeting includes: ● An icebreaker-type activity to get things started as a group ● Worship with our live youth band ● A short message from an adult leader or student volunteer ● Application points for breakout discussion and activity groups ● Closing time together as a group for prayer and sendoff ● Plenty of hangout/welcoming/gathering time Our hope is that through large group games and activities balanced with small group discussions, students will be able to meet one another and develop significant friendships with one another and mentoring relationships with adult leaders. Activities we do throughout the year include art, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, coffee and music, skits, etc. Students of all interests and personalities are welcome. YOUTH MISSION TRIPS

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.

Wake Up at the Big House 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.

Live! at the Lodge 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 les-

June 23-29, 2012: SENIOR HIGH Mission Trip to New Orleans This experience is open to all incoming 9-12th grade students and the graduating high school class of 2012. 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 and how far our nation still has to go in racial and cultural reconciliation. Sign up on the St. Luke’s UMC website. July 15-21, 2012: JR. HIGH Mission Trip to Eastern Tennessee Open to incoming 7-9th grade students. Cost is $500/student. We will travel to the YouthWorks site in Newport, TN. The region is known for camping in the Smoky Mountains, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and the traditional Bluegrass music. Unfortunately, the town's remote location provides little job opportunity for residents, many of whom struggle with unemployment and poverty. Our students will be serving alongside the local residents as we minister through Kids Club and home improvement projects.

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Monthly Communion: January 2012

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