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Issachar the Shepherd

Sunday, December 22, 2013

ST. LUKE’S SERVICES: 8:15, 9:30 & 11:00AM, Sanctuary THE GARDEN at Beef & Boards Theatre: 8:15, 9:15 and 10:15AM, Dr. Linda McCoy, Pastor ENTRY.POINT at OAK HILL: 10:30AM, Rev. Stan Abell, Pastor CONTEMPLATIVE TAIZÉ SERVICE: No December service. Next Taizé service will be Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 5PM in the Sanctuary. LATER@ST. LUKE’S: 6:00PM, Robertson Chapel, Dr. Marion Miller, Pastor


Welcome! We’re glad you’re here and hope you feel the presence of God in this worship service. If this is your first visit, please stop at our Welcome Center for a special gift, and join us in Fellowship Hall for refreshments following each service. We look forward to having you worship with us again.

Who We Are

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.

OUR Clergy

Rev. Rob Fuquay, Senior Pastor Dr. Marion Miller, Pastor of Later@St. Luke’s Rev. David Williamson, Pastor of Family & Children’s Ministries Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson, Pastor of Outreach Ministries Rev. Kim King, Pastor of Congregational Care

Prayer Concerns

Submit prayer concerns in writing by placing a pew card in the offering plate or via the “Need a Prayer” link on our web site. Our Wednesday prayer group will pray on your behalf. Our Prayer Chapel, located beside the main entrance by the large cross, is available during church hours. Pastors will be available for prayer following each service this morning.

Today in Worship Sunday, December 22, 2013 8:15, 9:30 and 11:00AM Rev. Rob Fuquay Dr. Marion Miller Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson Sermon Title: Issachar the Shepherd Scripture: Luke 2:8-15 Music provided by: Charles Manning, Assistant Director of Music Ministries/Organist Advent Flute Choir; Carol Dennis, Director Chancel Choir; Mark Squire, Director of Music Ministries New Song; Cheryl West, Director The altar flowers are given in loving memory of Mark Siegel from the Siegel family. Condolences to: Scott & Amie Pratt on the death of her father James Schurig Cheryl Carden on the death of her father Paul Carden Friends and family of Dick Goss Mark, Taylor and Ryan Lampe on the death of wife and mother Erica Lampe Friends and family of Dorothy Metzger Jack & Becky Barber on the death of her brother Randy Salyer Congratulations to: Jason & Kelli Jacobs on the birth of their daughter Kathryn Marie Matt & Meredith Sharp and Ron & Pam Houck on the birth of daughter and granddaughter Rory Ellis Sharp Joe & Kerry Bieschke and Dan & Bonnie McMenamin on the birth of daughter and granddaughter Abigail Marianne Bieschke


Outreach Opportunities (For more details or to register to serve these or any events go to www.stlukesumc.com/outreach)

Upcoming Mission Trips: Fondwa, Haiti • February 24-March 1 $900 + plane ticket. Shake off the winter blahs with a heart-warming trip to Fondwa, Haiti with Pastor Dave Williamson. Alternative Spring Break Trip: Spencer, West Virginia March 23-29 and April 6-12 Cost: $150 + transportation. Enjoy a week in the Appalachian mountains serving at Spring Heights UMC Camp about 6 hours from Indianapolis. The trip would be ideal for families with elementary aged kids through high school. Native American Family Work Project: Rosebud, SD June 15-21 COST: $350 + transportation. Join us as we work and live on the reservation with the Lakota Indians. This is a great family adventure; however, we do recommend the age of children be seven years and older. Registration deadline is February 15. English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes January 22-March 19 • Fellowship Hall • 6-8PM St. Luke’s will offer ESL classes for our neighbors once a week. We will begin with a meal for the entire family (adult students and their children) before transitioning to the class. While parents are learning English, children will receive homework tutoring and enjoy recreation. We are expecting 150 people each week and have many opportunities for volunteer servants. To be a part of this weekly ministry, sign up online or contact Julie Sommers Neuman at jsommersneuman@gmail.com. You may also make a financial donation toward the cost of weekly meals. 2013 End-of-Year Giving Guide In the pew racks, you’ll find an End-of-Year Giving Guide outlining ways in which you can contribute to specific projects or initiatives underway at St. Luke’s and around the globe. Choose a project that you feel led to support and make a tax-deductible donation in 2013. Be sure to indicate the name of the project you’d like to support on your check.

Announcements


News and Events WORSHIP 24/7: Watch live broadcasts on www. stlukesumc.com/worship/watch. Purchase worship videos on CD or DVD at www.stlukesumc.com/worship/ sermonarchives, or stop by the Welcome Center to order. Listen to or download sermons on our web site. Find sermon video links by following us on Twitter@stlukesumcindy or liking us on our Facebook page. COMMUNION AVAILABLE EVERY SUNDAY: Communion is offered in the Sanctuary on the first Sunday of each month. The elements are consecrated every Sunday and made available in the Prayer Chapel from 9:15AM-12:30PM. Please enter in silence. PARENTS: Childcare and Sunday School are provided for newborn through 5th grade children. Visit the Information Center in the East Wing to find a classroom. Nursing mothers are always welcome! If you prefer, ask an usher for room E126 where we have rocking chairs and live streaming of the worship service for your comfort.

Holiday Hours for St. Luke’s The building will be closed Wed. Dec. 25, Sat. Dec. 28, & Wed. Jan. 1. The building will be open 8:30AM-5PM Dec. 26, 27, & 30 and will close at 8PM Dec. 31. Adult Ministries–New Class Offerings for 2014 Are you interested in growing in faith, experiencing fellowship with others, or learning more about the Bible? Adult Ministries is sponsoring many different classes and events this year. This is just a small sampling of all the opportunities available: •• Why? •• Introduction to Discipleship •• Trusting God for Everything Check out the latest issue of Communion magazine or stop by the Adult Ministries table in the West Passage for the complete listing. New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk Tuesday, December 31 • 6-8PM • Fellowship Hall Observe the New Year with a time of reflection and gratitude. Opportunities for special prayers, music and lots of candles will help you take some quiet time to remember and reflect. New Contemporary Service St. Luke’s is expanding its family of worship styles to include a contemporary service in Spring 2014! This new service will be held on Sunday mornings in the main sanctuary and will feature relevant messages by our senior pastor, Rev. Rob Fuquay, along with amazing musical talent and a more relaxed, interactive environment. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date as announcements become available, we invite you to join the Facebook group, “St. Luke’s New Service Participants.” For information about how you can support the new service launch, contact Amy Myhand at myhanda@stlukesumc.com.

Junior High and High School students gather in Luke’s Lodge (in the Northeast corner of the parking lot) every Sunday at 9:30 and 11AM and 6PM. 100 West 86th Street Indianapolis IN 317-846-3404 www.stlukesumc.com

For information on all classes and events, pick up a copy of Communion magazine, visit our web site or subscribe to our e-newsletters. Access an electronic version of Communion using your smartphone here:

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