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A NOTE FROM PASTOR ANDY Worship in Today’s Changing World In the Christian leadership circles that Matt and I travel in, we are often told the following statistic: “The average committed Christian attends worship 1.8 times per month.” This means that a church that averages 550 persons in worship in 2017 is the equivalent size to a church that averaged 1100 folks in 1980. So everyone in the church strategic planning business wants to come up with a new metric for evaluating church effectiveness. My head and heart have 3 quick responses to this kind of reasoning: 1. You keep using that word “committed” differently than I do; 2. I think you’re practicing funky math; and 3. However we choose to measure effectiveness is not nearly as important as how God does! I am very aware that our culture is changing, that how folks choose to engage or not engage with church is vastly different than a generation ago. I am also very aware that folks need Jesus more than ever before in our nation, our city, our church. Something’s gotta give, eventually gonna give, between the reality of our need and the reality of our current spiritual practice. One reality that is clear is that Jesus is calling all those who seek to truly follow him to fully worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) The spirit and truth worship that Jesus is calling us to is all about a real encounter and experience of the Living God. God is not concerned one iota with which pew gets warmed on any given Sunday, but it is His heart to show up to warm and transform our hearts each and every time we gather together in His name. Jesus says, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all persons unto me.” (John 12:32) In a nutshell that’s what we do every Sunday at St. Luke’s. Our purpose in all four of our worship services is to lift him up! As Jesus is lifted up, as we look to Him, Jesus becomes real and relevant to our lives. God is not calling us to show up at one of our campuses; He’s calling us to let His Spirit grow up within is. The spirit and truth worship that Jesus is calling us to is all about remembering who God is and who He is calling us to be. In worship we are reminded (or learn for the first-time) of His character. He is love and grace and truth and power and hope and protection and peace in the midst of the storm. We are broken and sinful and vulnerable and selfish and dependently in need. Isaiah 53:6 says, “All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way.” In worship our great need and God’s great love collide as we avail ourselves to His availability. Worship is not about merely talking about God; it’s about us coming to know God. Worship is what happens when we give ourselves, surrender ourselves to the One who made us, the One who died for us, and the One who longs to fill us with His Spirit. The spirit and truth worship that Jesus is calling us to is all about us hearing His voice, hearing His call upon our lives. Far too much of what is called worship nowadays is about scratching the itch of a given audience, about “making people feel good.” Honestly, I do believe and I do want worship to be a place that encourages us, that does make us feel better, but worship is more than goose bumps, more than warm fuzzies. Worship is about us taking the time, making the effort, to listen to His Spirit. Worship is about us letting God aim us forward into His desired future for our lives. Every time we come together as the family of Jesus in worship, Jesus exposes us to His purpose for our lives both personally and corporately. Jesus doesn’t just settle for moving within us in worship; he longs to work through us. Finally, the spirit and truth worship that Jesus is calling us to is all about enjoying God’s presence. As I have had the opportunity this Lent of being a part of our 24/7 prayer movement, I have been reading through the Psalms. The Psalms are honest and raw filled with all kinds of feelings and all kinds of strong convictions. One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God….Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” 2

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The Psalmist found a joy in worshipping God that is available to us all. How would you complete the following sentence? Worship is ________. What goes in that blank for you? Boring. Long. Irrelevant. A waste of time. Wouldn’t it be great if we really were able to put: Worship is JOY! If we want the spirit and truth worship that Jesus is calling us to, there are 3 choices we have to make: First, we need to choose to see worship as a spiritual discipline not as a dessert buffet. In Acts 2:42 the very first Christians very first spiritual practice was that they devoted themselves to scripture, fellowship, WORSHIP, and prayer. Nowadays, worship is a consumer sport where we have let our own tastes and preferences have priority. Worship is not about us getting what we want but rather giving our lives to Christ. Second, we need to choose to see worship as something that is essential to our spiritual health. Just like food, water, and oxygen are essential to our physical well-being. Our worship of Jesus is a MUST if we are to be spiritually alive. Third, we need to choose to see worship as something that can be intentionally built in, scheduled in, to your life and your week in a variety of ways. Back in the day there were blue laws which meant that there was nothing happening on Sunday mornings except church. Those days are long gone, and Sunday is just another day for most families. So how can we partner with you and your family to help make sure you experience the power and presence, grace and love, of Jesus in worship each and every week? Mondays at 6pm, Thursdays at Noon, Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 6pm. When we worship is not the issue, but if we worship truly matters! The first commandment is that we shall have no other gods before Him. We all are called to find a way of putting Jesus first. Worship doesn’t have to be the gathering of hundreds; Jesus said, “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am.” (Matthew 18:20) Whatever it takes for the worship of Jesus to become primary in our lives and in our church, LET’S DO IT!

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A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATT During our 40 days of prayer I have been doing some reading about prayer and most recently in Mark 14:32-42. This is where Jesus goes into the garden to pray before he is betrayed by Judas and he asks Peter, James and John to go along with him. He tells them to “keep watch” while he goes and prays. They fall asleep. Jesus is disappointed in them. He tells them again to “keep watch” while He goes and prays. Again, they fell asleep. Jesus is disappointed and tells them to “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” They were to pray that they would not fall into temptation. Jesus prayed and persevered. The disciples did not, and they failed because they fell asleep, again and Jesus called them out on it. I have decided that here we find Jesus more emotionally distraught that ever before. He has faced the storm on the Sea of Galilee, totally composed. Demons opposed Him, Satan tempted Him, religious leaders taunted Him, but He maintained composure. But here in the Garden, Jesus throws Himself to the ground in prayer and the disciples fell asleep. Jesus woke them up the third time and told them His betrayer was coming, but in many ways the betrayal had already begun. These three disciples betrayed Jesus just like I betray Jesus when I disregard Him and do not pray as I should. As we come to the end of Lent -- this season of self-examination and repentance -- we find Jesus confronting the disciples about the depth of their commitment to a relationship with Him. They perceived they had a good relationship with the Messiah, but when He actually needed them the most, they were just like all the rest of us. They were all for Him, as long as they were getting something. They thought it was just fine to be with Him while he was teaching them, feeding them, performing miracles for them, giving them a good feeling. But let Him ask them to do something as simple as pray with Him -- stand by Him in his darkest hour -- comfort Him when He was hurting -- and suddenly they were too tired. I wonder how much sleep we are losing just to be with Jesus? We need to see Jesus as our Lord and Savior and desire to just be with Him instead of seeing Him as the customer service center in heaven, answering our calls for help only when we need Him. We need Jesus as a savior and not just a solution.

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VIDA ABUNDANTE “The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand”

I still remember my first time in the USA, the very first time I (putted a) set foot (on) in the Miami Airport. I had never seen people from so many countries in the same place before, only (on) in films. I was in the middle of hundreds of people for almost two hours and I didn’t care about time. I felt like I was in(to) a film. Many colors, ways of dressing(s), languages, and nobody seemed to realize that! Everybody was in line, absolutely normal, except for me! That day (I) completely changed (completely) my vision about the world, and by extension, what the Kingdom of God could be. My purpose in the USA was to participate in the Walk to Emmaus program and be trained to take that program to Cuba, and it was fabulous in very particular way, but that first moment at the airport blew my mind up for the rest of my life. It gave me a new and wide perspective about everything. If this happened to me at the Airport, what could happen to Jews when Jesus told them: “the Kingdom of heaven is at hand”? Next April 8th 6PM, at St Luke’s SW Campus, we will try a new understanding about God’s Kingdom when Hispanic/Latino, White, and Afro-American believers will work as a unique body, accomplishing the Great Commission, in leading several Hispanic/Latino generations to Christ, baptizing and receiving them as new members of the UMC. I can’t wait to see what Christ, using this multicultural opportunity, will do in me showing his way to build the heavenly Kingdom! Hopefully we will see that soon together!

-Jorge

Check out our Geofilter on Snapchat at the Easter Eggstravaganza on April 15th, 1:00pm at Southwest!

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RAGAMUFFIN STUDENTs The Fire Within is a two night event designed for students and parents to begin a discussion about what it means to pursue our God-given design in relationships. It is a Biblical, practical, & scientific look at attraction, dating, love, & marriage. It will help give us the tools and perspectives necessary to rediscover and redeem the purpose for which we were created

*This event is for students AND parents* April 19 & 20 @ Aldersgate Church Meet @ Central for rides

MS One Way (7th - 9th) June 12-16 HS One Way (10th - 12th) June 19-23 WhosWeR (4th - 6th) July 17-21

SUMMER CAMP IS HERE!

Nothing is better than Summer Camp at One Way to get away from daily life, make great friends, and most importantly encounter the God of radical love for you. If you want to meet Him face to face and have the time of your life doing it sign up now for camps at Ceta Canyon. *Sign up forms are posted outside student rooms* *Camps are based on grade entering in the Fall of 2017*

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY *Don’t forget to check the St. Luke’s Kids website for updates and more info: stlukeskids.com.*

Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendar

April 9th – Easter Journey – 4:30 – 6:30 pm @ Central April 15th - Easter Eggtravaganza – 1:00 – 2:30 pm @ Southwest April 22nd - 23rd - St. Luke's Singers Choir Trip April 30th - St Luke's Singer Sing @ Central May 7th – Church Picnic @ SW – No Kids Live May 14th – Mother’s Day – No Kids Live May 21st - Children's Choirs sing @ SW May 21st - Kids Live Family Event June 5th - 9th - VBS @ Central June 19th - 23rd - Sports Camp @ SW July 10th - 14th - Music Camp @ Central

Kid’s Live Dates

April 2nd April 23rd April 30 May 21st – Kid’s Live Family Event

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One-Way – grade 4-6 June 26-30, 2017 (D'Lea will attend) *Lil’ Ceta #2 (2nd thru 3rd grade) July 12-14, 2017 Whoz-We-R – grade 4-6 July 17-21, 2017 (Matt will attend) *Lil’ Ceta # 3 (2nd thru 3rd grade) July 31- Aug 2nd, 2017 *Lil Ceta Camps are 3 days and 2 nights. Sponsored by Ceta Canyon Camp Fees by Apr. 15 After Apr. 15 New Dawn $275 $290 One Way 7-9 $275 $290 One Way 10-12 $275 $290 One Way 4-6 $265 $280 Camp Nova 7-12 $275 $290 Whoz-We-R 4-6 $265 $280 Lil’ Ceta (3 days 2 nights) $158 $168

April 15th – 1:00 – 2:30 pm @ Southwest Come take your picture with the Easter Bunny, make crafts, and participate in an Easter Egg hunt.

Road to Resurrection (Easter Journey) - April 9th 4:30 – 6:30 pm @ Central This is a Family Easter Event. This Easter Season, take your family on an unforgettable journey. During this amazing event, families travel the path Jesus journeyed. They will taste the Passover meal, visit Barabbas in his jail cell, hear a Roman soldier’s remorse, and join in other powerful experiences. After your journey, stay for a snack supper and fellowship.

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Register now! TUITION: $210 + A MONTH + SIBLING DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE SCHOOL DISTRICTS: LUBBOCK-COOPER, LUBBOCK, FRENSHIP ISD PICK UP FOR: COOPER CENTRAL, COOPER WEST, HONEY, PRESTON-SMITH ELEMENTARY AND NEARBY SCHOOLS

ST. LUKE’S SOUTHWEST 5805 98TH ST. LUBBOCK, TX 79424 806-790-9664 BRENDA@STLUKESLUBBOCK.ORG

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APRIL CALENDER

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Rates

$540 a month -- $486 a month for sibling $100 Registration and Activity Fee

Devotional Once A Week - - Kid Friendly Fun Activities

Weekly Field Trips Service Projects Letters and Care Packages to Soldiers Canned Food Drive - - Activity Packs for Children’s Hospital

Adventure Park, Gattis Pizza, Main Event, Science Spectrum, South Plains Lanes and more…

Please contact the After School Director for registration and/or questions at brenda@stlukeslubbock.org or at (806) 790-9664.

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FINANCIAL UPDATE Debt Free Current Building Debt Original Building Debt

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72,789 2,000,000

BUILDING DEBT REDUCTION MARCH 2017

2,000,000

Original Building Debt Current Building Debt 72,789

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Debt Free Actual February $97,465 $97,109 $355

Income Expense Surplus/(Deficit)

Actual YTD $233,743 $196,310 $37,433

ACTUAL FEBRUARY

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Expense, $196,310 Surplus, $37,433

Surplus, $355

Expense, $97,109

Income, $97,465

Income, $233,743

ST. LUKE'S 2017 INCOME & EXPENSE

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Holy Week Events

St. Luke’s Lubbock would like to invite you to attend our special Holy Week activities for all ages between April 9th and April 16th. St. Luke’s has two campuses to serve the Lubbock area, Central campus at 45th and Memphis and our Southwest campus at 98th and Frankford. Sunday, April 9th – Palm Sunday 8:30 am Traditional Service @ Central 10:30 am Contemporary Service @ Southwest 10:45 am Experiential Service @ Central 7:00 pm Spanish Speaking Service @ Southwest Easter Journey, 4:30-6:00pm @ Central You’ll step back in time and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to his death and resurrection. Along the way, you’ll encounter people who’ve met Jesus and become part of an incredible experience. After the Journey, enjoy a delicious meal and fellowship with fellow travelers. Monday, April 10 – Brown Bag Lunch*, 12:15 – 12:45 pm @ Central Tuesday, April 11 – Brown Bag Lunch*, 12:15-12:45 pm @ Central Messiah in the Passover Service, 7:00 pm @ Central Messiah in the Passover is an exciting demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, conducted by Chosen People Ministries. Wednesday, April 12 - Brown Bag Lunch*, 12:15 – 12:45 pm @ Central Grace Night, 5:15 – 7 pm @ Central A meal of Double Dave’s Pizza will be served from 5:15 – 6 pm (cost is $5 per person, or $20 per family). After the meal, there are classes for adults, students, children and nursery for infants and toddlers. Thursday, April 13 - Brown Bag Lunch*, 12:15 – 12:45 pm @ Central Maundy Thursday Service, 7 pm @ Central Friday, April 14 – Brown Bag Lunch*, 12:15 – 12:45 pm @ Central Good Friday Service, 7 pm @ Southwest Saturday, April 15 – Easter Eggstravaganza, 1:00-2:30pm @ Southwest We will be hunting for eggs, playing games and visiting with the Easter bunny, so bring your camera! Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday 7:15 am Easter Sunrise Service @ Southwest 8:30 am Traditional Service @ Central 10:30 am Contemporary Service @ Southwest 10:45 am Experiential Service @ Central 7:00 pm Spanish Speaking Service @ Southwest *Bring a lunch from home, or a to-go order and enjoy devotional and fellowship as we walk through the last week of Jesus’ life during your lunch hour.

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UPCOMING EVENTS April 8th- Connect with Jesus @ Central April 8th - Trustee Wokday @ Central April 9th- Palm Sunday April 9th - Easter Journey, 4:30-6:30pm @ Central April 9th - Vida Abundanted moves to 6:30pm @ SW April 13th- Messiah in the Passover 7pm @ Central April 14th- Good Friday Service 7pm @ SW April 15th - Easter Extravaganza @ SW April 16th - Easter Sunday April 19th - Fire Within- Student Event @ Aldersgate UMC April 19th- Newsletter Deadline April 22- 23rd - Choir Trip April 30th- Dessert with the Pastors April 30th - Choir Trip Concert

TIME CHANGE!

TEMPLE FITNESS ABC Workout: M-W-F 8:30-9:00am Walking Through The Bible: Wed 9:00am Location: St. Luke's Southwest

Questions? Call Debbie Birchfield at 806-239-5528 or contact Church Office

May 7th- Church Picnic @ Noon, SW May13th - Bell Choir Concert @ Carillon May 14th - Mother's day May 21st- Senior Sunday May 22nd- Newsletter Deadline June 5-9th - VBS @ Central, 9:00am-12:00pm June 12th- One Way 7-9 Camp @ Ceta Canyon June 19th One Way 10-12 Camp @ Ceta Canyon June 21st - Sports Camp @ SW, 6:00pm July 11-14th- Music Camp @ Central, 9:00am July 12- Lil Ceta 2 July 17th- Whoz-We-R-4-6 @ Ceta Canyon

Need Prayer?

Visit egrace.us to submit a Prayer Request during the week!

August 16th- Newsletter Deadline August 30th- Block Party @ Central, 5:30-7:00pm

Sexual Purity is a class on human sexuality for fifth grade students. April 2nd, 23rd, 30th and May 7th- 4:00-5:15pm

• Is based on Scripture. • Affirms growth and change as part of God’s plan. • Recognizes and celebrates sexuality as a good gift from God. • Gives guidelines for lifelong loving relationships, first with God, then with others. • Examines the characteristics of intimacy, relationally and physically. • Challenges all to make careful decisions. • Celebrates God’s love and forgiveness. 16

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APPRECIATION NOTES Food Bank Ministry Outreach: We had 24 volunteers of all ages that packed 548 food boxes and hundreds of bags of corn and blueberries thanks to everyone who helped and thank to Karen Carruth for her organization

Thank you for being there, in our time & need. Thanks to the staff for our noon meal. The place mates were unexpected (so nice) The sound system for our music and the CD’s. The person in charge of our bulletins. St. Luke’s is great to have as a church family!

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CONTACT SENIOR PASTOR Dr. Andy Hurst

CHILDREN’S PASTOR Central - D’Lea Jordan

ASSOCIATE PASTOR/ LEAD PASTOR SOUTHWEST Rev. Matt Wolfington

STUDENT PASTOR Kurtis Vanderpool

MILLENNIAL & YOUNG ADULT MINISTER Rev. Scott Latham

MEDIA COORDINATOR Breanna Harrison BUSINESS MANAGER Florence Ann McVay

VIDA ABUNDANTE HISPANIC PASTOR Rev. Jorge Jorge

CENTRAL MINISTRY ASSISTANT Shalan Inmon

MINISTER OF MUSIC Dr. Andy Coward PRAISE & WORSHIP LEADER Southwest - Ashleigh Brewer

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MAINTENANCE/CUSTODIAL SUPERVISOR Stephen Sessums CUSTODIANS Veronica Orosco Joe Ortiz SECURITY Frank Anderson

Central 3708 45th Street Lubbock, TX 79413 797-4393 [phone] 797-4395 [fax]

Southwest 806

9:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Service

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DIRECTOR OF PARENTS DAY OUT Vicki Davidson

PARISH NURSE Linda McMurry

Worship Opportunities

8:30 am Traditional Service 9:30 am Sunday School 10:45 am Experiential Service 6:00 pm Hispanic Service

DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL Keri Jiou

CENTRAL & SOUTHWEST MINISTRY ASSISTANT Burgundy Hahn

ORGANIST Karen Dawson

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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR Brenda Cruz

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Southwest 5805 98th Street Lubbock, TX 79424 771-0555 [phone] 797-4395 [fax]

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - NOON

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