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A note from Pastor Andy Tattoos on the Heart I am reading a wonderful book right now by Gregory Boyle entitled Tattoos on the Heart. Boyle has spent the past 3 decades working with and ministering to gang members in Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. Over 20 years ago he founded Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. During his 30 years of ministry, he’s seen all kinds of tattoos, some of them quite beautiful and many of them quite profane. As I’ve been reading Boyle’s book, however, what’s become so obvious to me is that the most formative tattoos are not the ones that someone wears on the outside of their body but the ones that have been branded upon the inside of our hearts. Boyle’s book reminds me of one of Janey’s favorite books, You Are Special, by Max Lucado. She has read this book with our children, her school children, and now our grandchildren. Lucado’s book tells the story of Punchinello, the wooden Wemmick, who believes that he isn’t good enough because of what others say about him. No matter how hard Punchinello tried, no matter what he did, all the other Wemmicks stuck these dull grey stickers of criticism and judgment upon him. Punchinello had so many negative stickers weighing him down that he could barely move; so many dots stuck on him that he was embarrassed to even go out in public. Those stickers defined Punchinello just as surely as those internal tattoos of the heart defined the gang members that God had called Boyle to serve. In their hearts in L.A. and probably even in our hearts here in Lubbock, we have been labeled and accepted labels that have too readily stuck to our hearts. Such destructive labels which have their source not in God are labels such as: loser, clueless, worthless, inadequate, unacceptable, unlovable, selfish, weak, undesirable, unwanted, incompetent, jerk, useless.


Here the cry and prayer of a recent Christian song, Tell Me, released by the group Carrolton: Feel like I’m a nobody Wonder if I’ll ever amount to much Seems like no matter what I do It’s never gonna be good enough Should I just give up? Lord, I need to hear You speak You Tell me I am loved You Tell me I am known That You died for me, I am not alone You Tell me I’m Your child The one Your heart beats for I can find my strength, Knowing I am Yours You’ve always known what my heart needs

It’s clear to me that: •Satan is in the negative sticker business; God is in the healing of our identity business. •Satan seeks to discourage and destroy; God offers to rescue us and build us up. •Satan wants us paralyzed by our past; God wants us forgiven and free to fully live for forever! Labels matter if we let them. The voices or Voice we choose to listen to makes all the difference in our direction and destiny in life. Even Jesus, the only perfect human being there has ever been, even Jesus the one and only Son of God, even Jesus needed to hear God’s voice of absolute affirmation. As Jesus was being baptized (long before he’d ever accomplished anything in ministry, long before he’d ever healed the sick or fed the hungry or taught the masses or raised the dead), the heavens opened and God profoundly proclaimed:“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

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God tattooed Jesus’ heart right then and there. This is my boy! He belongs to me, and I belong to him. This is my much loved son and no thing or no one will ever stop me from loving him. This is my boy, and I am pleased with him. I don’t just love him; I like him! My pleasure, my favor is upon him now and always. As we begin this new school year together, it is clear to me that what we believe in our hearts is what will ultimately

shape and aim our lives. No matter how loud the voices of your world may get, let God’s voice stay primary. Let the unconditional affirmation he gave to Jesus be the foundational identity of your very life: 1. You belong to Him! 2. He loves you! 3. He is pleased with you as you give yourself to Him again and again in surrender

A note from Pastor Matt Are you ready to go back to…(NO! Just don’t say it!) I can hardly believe that there is only a few weeks of the summer left before the season turns to fall. It is time for a new routine. Where did summer go? What have I done? What have I accomplished? What can I do next? It seems we live our life this way 12 months out of the year. No matter what season, holiday, or month it is; time is always passing quicker than we want it to. Want to know how fast time is ticking by us? Well, Macy just had her 13th birthday. Yes, you heard me, “baby Macy’ is now 13. I have tears in my eyes even as I write; wondering where the time went. What have I done with her these past 13 years? What have I accomplished with her? What can I do with her next? If Macy is age 13, then Robin and I will be married 19 years in just a few weeks. When we married, all I thought about was, “Wow! We have the rest of our lives together.” Where did these past 19 years go? What have we done? What have we accomplished? What can we do next? If Macy is age 13, and Robin and I have been married almost 19 years, that means I am about to turn age 47... Seriously, where did the time go? What have I done? What have I accomplished? What can I do next? The reality of time is that we only have what is now. We should live our life urgently as if there is no tomorrow. I can honestly say I do not know how I can pack more into a single day. However, are my days filled with what really matters—things like affection

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for others, exuberance about life, serenity? Have I developed follow through, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people? Do I find myself involved in loyal commitments and able to marshal and direct our energies wisely? To really accomplish these fruits of the spirit from Galatians, we have to be filled with grace and overflowing with grace. Make no mistake in thinking this is easy, because it is not. It is actually difficult at times and messy. I have many convictions, but I am called to offer Christ’s love to others. There are a great deal of people who are difficult to love and to forgive, but Jesus tells me I must. How do I speak the truth of Christ and still offer grace? The answer is: I am learning. Some moments are fantastic victories and others are absolute defeats. While I am learning, I am inviting you to learn with me. On September 11, 2016 we will begin figuring out that even though grace can be messy, it is a foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ and how He set us free to live an abundant life. No matter what your age, the status of your relationships, or what your failures or accomplishments might be, the messy grace of Jesus is for you, too. Moving Mountains – albeit, on rock at a time,

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Vida Abundante Let’s be Truly Free! We are not yet as free as God wants. The book of Judges gives us an example of what humankind could do when God takes away from slavery and offers to Israel the opportunity to build a model of His society. It is sad to read in the beginning of almost every chapter “And the people of Israel did what was evil…” Judges 2:11. They were encouraged by the nations whom were originals in the new land. Israel arrived the Promised Land already carrying their own law, the Ten Commandments. Law that carries freedom by itself, and freedom could be understood from two different ways. First, as absence of limits, or secondly, as the knowledge and the faculty to put as much limits on as it is needed for the better and highest benefits! Israel preferred the natural understanding of freedom instead God’s idea of it. That was the reason why God asked Joshua since the very beginning “The Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth...” Joshua 1:8 Every time Israel suffered the consequences of their evil deeds, God looked for a liberator to restore that freedom He had delivered them (Judges2:16). Gideon was one of those liberators. The strategies used by God to bring them that freedom back are very interesting. He took 90 % of Gideon’s warriors away from his original army and equipped them with trumpets, insider lights, and a breakable vessels. All of these “weapons” were used to represent spiritual weapons in the New Testament for the ministry of spiritual birth and development of the new society that really represents God, the Church! Let’s figure out how to be affected by those weapons and how to use them to show the kind of freedom that challenges us to look for the spiritual and heavenly society! Please, introduce me to every Spanish speaker you meet, I need to use my weapons!


Grace GROUPS GIVING SUNDAY NIGHTS BACK TO FAMILIES! Beginning September 11th 3:15 – 4:00 Guitar 1 Class @ Southwest Room 12 4:00 - 4:45 St. Luke’s Singers & Cherub Choir 4:00-5:30 Marriage Class 4:45 – 5:30 Youth Choir 4:45 – 6:00 Kid’s Live 5:00 – 7:00 Student Grace w4:00 – 6:00 Sunday Adult Grace Groups


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A NOTE FROM PASTOR SCOTT Diana and I are so grateful to be a part of the St. Luke’s family and we are deeply appreciative of the welcome we have received. We are excited to get to contribute to the work of God’s Kingdom in and through this congregation and to work alongside such great people. Let me share about some things we are hoping to do for the Fall. For College Students~ Hardcore Bible Study 8:00pm Tuesday Nights. We gather at the Latham home for an in-depth Bible study. This year we will study the Minor Prophets ~ the last twelve books of the Old Testament. They are “minor” not because they are the “B” team but because their messages were short and to the point. They are filled with messages from men, moved by God, who spoke to the social, political, cultural, and spiritual conditions of their day. Surprisingly, those same conditions are appearing in our time of history as well. Therefore the messages of these prophets speak directly to the unfolding events of our day. Come hear these ancient prophets speak to our current world. We gather at 8:00 (hot tea, coffee, & hot chocolate is served) and get started at 8:30 and stop at 9:30ish. Address is 5921 75th street. Hope you will come!

For Young Adults (ages 18 to 35ish~i-s-h) ~ Sunday Morning Class (Southwest Campus) 9:30am. We are probing, studying, and discussing the Gospel of Mark and the topic “Who is the real Jesus?” In Mark’s day people were beginning to re-invent Jesus for their own purposes. To counter this, Mark sat down and wrote, under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, a gospel to clearly relate the real Jesus. We have the same problem with Jesus today – there seems to be many different versions of Jesus and many of them contradictory. Who is the real Jesus? We are asking The Holy Spirit through Mark to talk to us about this. We would love to have you come and join the discussion.

Grace Groups For Married, and Soon-To-Be Married, Young and Old 1. Wednesday nights at 6:00pm at the Central campus. “Making Our Marriages Stronger” is our topic. Marriage is God’s invention and if it is to work the way it is suppose to, it must be done His way. Any other way is asking for trouble. We will focus discussion on the basic relationship principles God created to make every marriage strong and fulfilling as He intended. The class stops at 7:30pm but you are welcome to stay and visit for a short time afterwards. Each meeting’s discussion builds somewhat on the previous week’s content. Therefore to get the most from this material plan to attend as many meetings as possible. Start date is Wednesday, September 7th (room T.B.A.) and will continue for ten weeks ending on November 16th with a “Thankful-I-survivedthis-class” party. 2. Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm at the Southwest campus. “I See You and I Hear You” is our title. As husband and wife, what is it like to talk to each other? Does most of your marital communications move you and your spouse closer to oneness and intimacy or somewhere else? Effective couple communication has been dissected in thousands of books and articles but it remains the number one marriage problem. We will focus discussion on some basic communication styles rooted in personality types and learn (or relearn) some basic communication skills. The class stops at 5:30 but you are welcome to stay and visit for a short time afterwards. Each meeting’s discussion builds somewhat on the previous week’s content. Therefore to get the most from this material plan to attend as many meetings as possible. Start date is September 11th (room TBA.) and will continue for ten weeks ending on November 13th with a “Thankful-I-survived-this-class” party.

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Children’s Ministry Visit for a calendar of events and more! Finis Nabors donated toward the new Kid Check In System in memory of his late wife Lola Nabors. Join us at August 21st at 9:45 in the Children’s hallway for a time of prayer of thanksgiving for Finis and Lola and their dedication to protecting our future generation.

Promotion Sunday – August 21st

Breakfast for children and families @ SW & C during the Sunday School hour. Honoring the Nabors - Central at 9:45 Backpack Blessing during Worship Services. August 28th – Kid’s Live Family Event – 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Talent Show for all ages!

Sign Up to show us your favorite talent. Email or text Tessa or D’Lea with the following information: Who is performing, What are you performing, About how long is your performance Bring your favorite movie snack to share. Come and join us at the Southwest Campus for an afternoon of fun, fellowship, and laughter. There will be secret judges and a prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. September 11th 3rd Graders will receive bibles during the worship service. September 18th Bible Class during Kid’s Live starts for 3rd – 5th grade.

School Starts September 6! We are ready for an amazing school year. Our mission is to love on God’s little children while helping them grow spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, socially and creatively. Our certified teachers instruct children in our bible curriculum and core knowledge curriculum in a center based environment including daily music instruction.

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Children’s Ministry FAMILY CAMP

September 3rd – 5th @ Ceta Canyon Quality Family Fellowship and FUN! Great for the whole family! Each Family is assigned their own cabin. Activities include: Worship – Celebrate our God, Inspirational Family Time, Giant Double Water Slide, Archery, Jumping Pillow, Swimming, Hiking, Free Time, Fishing and much more! Family of 3 – $275 Family of 4 -$331 Family over 4 -$331 (plus meal costs for additional members)

Kids for Christ – After-school program for Maedgen kids

Last year our after-school program was Beach Club and we met at the school once a week to teach kids about God. We had over 100 kids enrolled and averaged about 80 – 90 kids a week. But with the limited space that the school can provide we decided to move the program to our church. Kids for Christ September 15 - December 8 Thursday 3:20 – 5:00 Central, Fellowship Hall Maedgen Students Grades 3rd - 5th

We hope to have just as many kids this year if not more. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. We are looking for people that are interested in spreading the word of God to the next generation. Volunteers will lead a small group of children to 4 different rotations. The more volunteers we have the smaller the groups can be. Our goal is to have 5-6 kids in each group. Volunteers Needed: 16 Small Group Leaders 2 Worship Leaders 1 Story Leader 2 Snack People (Prepare and hand out) 1 Bible Quest helper Contact D’Lea Jordan at or 797-4393. St. Luke’s Lubbock

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Appreciation Notes Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers. We enjoyed them for several weeks. I am so proud we belong to St. Luke’s Church the people have been so good to us Thank you so much, Howard & Madeleine Griffin Dear Friends @ U.M.C, Thank you so very much for such a loving, caring group of women. Thank you for the missions donation in Carolyn’s memory and for the prayers, well wishes and all you did. You are my family too. God Bless, Wanda June and Family

Music Ministry As the summer comes to a close, I would like to thank again all of the people who helped to make Summer Music Camp a great success. As with any other large event at St. Luke’s, it takes the participation of many people to provide a spiritually enriching experience for both children and adults. The allegory of The Lifesaving Station proved to be a great reminder that the church needs to be careful not to be blown off course by deceptive winds. I pray that we all heed this lesson and chart a steady course this fall to “reach, grow and send forth full-devoted followers of Christ.” The Music Ministry would love to be a place where you can invest and grow any musical gift that God has given you. Please feel free to speak with me about this. Also, remember that there are ways to serve in the Music Ministry that don’t directly involve music. Look below for an area to serve. Please include the Music Ministry in your prayers as the fall semester begins. We want to grow our ensembles in number and want to continue to provide spiritually enriching music during worship and special events.

In Christ, Andy


Areas to Serve Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s Choirs, Orchestra, Bells, Praise Band, Sound Crew, Media Crew, Guitar Ensemble

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New Confirmation Class!

Confirmation is getting a makeover! All 6th graders and any who haven’t been through confirmation are invited to our new Confirmation Fight Club! Starting August 31st we will meet every Wednesday evening, 6:30-8:00 in the Central Basement to eat, play, and laugh our way through the basics of Christianity. DO NOT miss out this semester! Topics to be covered include:

Resonate is a monthly worship & teaching designed for students from to worship with the people they “do life” with. They will learn, grow, and worship Jesus together, then take what they have seen and heard to influence those around them. “If something you heard RESONATES with you, share it with someone else.” We will gather in homes for dinner and community, then go to RESONATE together.


Who is God: The Holy Trinity Our Condition & Need Jesus’ Call & Our Response How to Live the Christian Life The Fruits of the Spirit

Weekly Programs


September 11 October 2 November 13 December 11

Student GRACE Groups start September 4th – 5:00-7:00pm at Southwest

Dinner 5:30-6:30 @ church member homes followed by Resonate 7:00-8:30 @ Overton Hotel Ballroom Pickup will be 8:30 @ the Overton

Fight Clubs begin August 31st 6:30-8:00pm @ Central Basement St. Luke’s Lubbock

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Upcoming events August

20th - Back to School Pool Party @ Preston Manor, 11:00AM 21st - Promotion Sunday, Honor the Nabors, Brunch & Blessing Backpacks 24th - Block Party @ Central, 5:30PM 28th- Family Night @ Southwest, 4:00-6:00PM 31st- Grace Nights & Fight Clubs resume


1st- Great Commission Fellowship begins @ Central Fellowship Hall 3rd-5th- Family Camp @ Ceta Canyon 5th- Office Closed for Labor Day 15th- Kids for Christ begins 22-23rd- Vida Abundante Event 30th- October 2nd- Mens Retreat


12th - Grace Night Dinners starts @ Central, 5:15PM 16th - Family Night @ Corn Maize 23rd - St. Luke’s Singer’s and Cherub Sing

All Church Men’s Retreat St. Luke’s is joining with Lakeridge, Aldersgate, First Methodist and several other churches in our area for a men’s retreat September 30 – October 2nd at Plains Baptist Assembly south of Floydada. We will play together, laugh together, learn together, and grow together in Christ. Cost for the retreat is $75. Our keynote speaker is Mike Schafer and our theme is Unleashing a Man’s Heart A man and his heart…that’s usually a very short (and awkward) conversation! Women want to know what’s in there, men don’t go there fearful of what they might find. Yet God says our lives are a direct reflection of what’s going on in our hearts. If men are going to be radical followers of Jesus, we have to understand what a deep heart for God looks like. We will take a journey together into the world of a man’s heart, discovering what makes us tick, what holds us back, and what will set us free for great things for God. Topics: • A Man’s Heart…Going Where No Man Has Gone Before But Lots of Women Have Tried • Good Soil…Cultivating a Heart Where the Deep Things of God Grow • Divide & Conquer…How Satan Takes Down a Man’s Heart • Hearts on Fire…An Army of Men Who Will Change the World

As the water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. Proverbs 27:19 12

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Special Children’s Ministry Gift

A special gift has been given to St. Luke’s in honor of Lola Nabors by her husband Finus and her family. Lola served on our church staff for 22 years as Financial Secretary. She and Finus spent over five decades loving and serving the Lord, His church, and each other here at St. Luke’s UMC. Lola went to her heavenly home, January 20, 2016. This memorial gift was used to purchase a new children’s security system that allows the safe check in and check out of our children for children’s ministries at both campuses. Lola always loved children and especially offering children the love of Christ. We would like to invite all of our church family to help honor Lola and her family on Sunday, August 21st in our 8:30 service followed by an open house and reception of our Children’s Ministry area featuring our new security system.

Financial Update ST. LU KE' S 2 0 1 6 I N COME & EX PEN SE


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Expense, $709,798 Deficit, ($25,490)

Surplus, $12,595

Actual YTD $684,309 $709,798 ($25,490)

Income, $107,263

Actual July Income $107,263 Expense $94, 667 Surplus/(Deficit) $12,595

Expense, $94,667

Income, $684,309

$260,680 left till the the finish line!


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