Saturday, March 31
2:00 PM Southwest
Saturday, March 31
6:00 PM 7715 Lynnhaven
Sunday April 1
Sunrise Sonrise Service
7:00 AM Southwest
Sunday, April 1
8:30 AM Central
Sunday, April 1
10:45 AM Central
Sunday, April 1
10:30 AM Southwest
A NOTE FROM PASTOR ANDY Holy Lent From now until Easter we are in the Season of Lent, but Lent is not just the passing of days or the counting of 40 days, Lent is where we move with God and allow God to move in us so that we will truly celebrate and experience His presence on Resurrection Day which is April 1st this year. Paul cries out in Philippians 3:10: “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection!”
This Lent I invite you to a Holy Lent. I invite you to set apart your days, to set apart yourself to the Lord in three key ways. First, if we are going to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, then we must let these days be days of preparation. Lent literally means spring, so let these days be days of spiritual spring cleaning. Let God’s Spirit come and get rid of all those things that stand in the way of you being who God wants you to be. Many of us in our tradition fast something during Lent. Maybe we give up sugar or soft drinks or maybe we give up social media or some TV program. How about we give up the places where we are resisting God? How about we give up our self-centeredness? How about we give up comparing ourselves with others? How about we give up talking about anyone ever again? The spiritual spring cleaning that God wants to do in us is not so much about changing our outsides it’s about him radically healing and transforming our heart. Second, if we are going to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, then we must let these days be days of prayer. In our 21 Days of prayer that over 200 of our church journeyed through, we learned that prayer is all about intimacy, that prayer is all about seeking God’s face, that prayer is all about us giving ourselves to Jesus so that we see what he sees, feel what he feels, and do what he calls us to do. This Lent, God is doing something in our city like never before. On Palm Sunday, March 25th, 50,000 Christians are going to gather together in Jones Stadium to pray. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” We need God to heal our land; we need a great awakening and move of His Spirit; we need Jesus! Third, if we are going to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection then we must worship him in spirit and truth. During this season of Lent, we are focusing on the Red Letters of Jesus---His words, His presence, His power. When we come together in worship one of our primary goals is to praise God, and God’s promise is that He inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3). James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” Every single Saturday or Sunday that we come together to worship Jesus, our desire will be to encounter Him. As we reach to Him and we allow Him to touch us, we will be made different. One of my favorite Lenten stories comes from my years in Louisiana. John Smith was the only Protestant to move into a large Catholic neighborhood in South Louisiana. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling a big juicy steak on his grill. Meanwhile, all of his neighbors were eating cold tuna fish for supper. This went on each Friday of Lent.
On the last Friday of Lent, the neighborhood men got together and decided that something had to be done about John. He was tempting them to eat meat every week, and they couldn't take it anymore. They decided to try and convert John to Catholicism. They went over and talked to him. John decided to join all of his neighbors and become a Catholic, which made them all very happy. They took him to church, and the priest sprinkled some water over him, and said: "You were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist, and now you are a Catholic!" The men were so relieved, now their biggest Lenten temptation was resolved. The next year's Lenten season rolled around. The first Friday of Lent came, and, just at supper time, when the neighborhood was settling down to their cold tuna fish dinner, the smell of steak cooking on a grill came wafting into their homes. The neighborhood men could not believe their noses! WHAT WAS GOING ON? They called each other up and decided to meet over in John's yard to see if he had forgotten it was the first Friday of Lent. The group arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with a small pitcher of water. He was sprinkling some water over his steak on the grill, saying: "You were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and now you are a fish!"
This Holy Lent Iâ€™m not convinced about a cow becoming a fish, but I am very convinced about you and me becoming who God wants us to be.
A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATT Another Opportunity for Jesus and St. Luke’s Coming to southwest Lubbock is a new “retirement” community aimed at people that are age 55 and older. It is advertised to have 98 apartments with a club house, fitness facilities, courtyard, theater, and more. What they do not advertise is the faith community that is directly across the street named St. Luke’s Southwest. Our family of faith has a wonderful opportunity to interact with nearly 200 new people (plus all of the staff) that will look directly at our church every day! Last month I wrote about reaching a segment of Lubbock that are between the ages of 15 to 29. While they are the largest population of Lubbock, they are not the only population that matters. I think the Kingdom of God would suffer without the experience, wisdom, and seasoned choices of any older generation. In fact, each generation needs the other generation to continue to live as Christ calls us to live by reaching out and making disciples. I do not think it is by chance that we have this opportunity to reach out to a very specific population of people, but we must ask God how to successfully accomplish reaching this new mission field. The new community is set to open in September, 2018 and leading up to that time I am going to gather a team of people who can brainstorm ways to immediately invite and impact the lives of these new residents in our neighborhood. I am going to be calling upon many of you who are in this age group and living these same lives right now, as well as people who have already lived through this time and can offer hindsight that might help others. I also want to invite people who are approaching this age in life to find out the hopes and dreams that we can address to lead people into our faith community. We need to answer questions such as: What activities can we offer? What other worship times and styles can we address? What grace groups can we form to make them feel welcome? What needs are we equipped to address? What ways can we partner with this community? These are just a few questions and I know there are many more. I have already contacted the management company to see if they will participate in offering us ideas to interact with the residents. We have a great opportunity and I do not want us to miss it. Again, this is not a coincidence that God has placed us in Southwest Lubbock. It is not a coincidence that we are once again positioned to impact numerous lives for Jesus Christ. In fact, I do not think it is a coincidence that the name of the new retirement community is “The Providence.” Providence is defined as, “God providing protective or spiritual care…” with, “timely preparation for future eventualities.” My hope and my prayer is that this definition is true for not just us at St. Luke’s Lubbock, but also the people who are about to move in across the street! With His providence, let us all dare greatly for the Kingdom of God
Moving Mountains, Matt
VIDA ABUNDANTE Checking our Living Timeline So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalms 90.12 On Saturday February 24 Vida Abundante celebrated our 3rd anniversary. I can hardly believe three years have already gone. It looks like time goes twice as fast here than any other place I have been before. But it is not the objective truth because time runs the same in every place all over the entire world. In fact, it's the way I subjectively perceive things happen around me. It does not only happen with time but with the growing children of my family or those around me, etc. Fear is the first natural emotion rising inside me because it seems like life has been going on without me. But in my case, it has not been true. My journal reminds me all the details, people, and momentums that I didn't miss. They just led me to think, feel and act differently. These changes, and especially a number of them have been for me the strongest signs of a meaningful time lived. Other teachings learned from my lifetime record was to take care of my heart from the first emotions. They will be welcome and free to be expressed as soon as they are approved by the Holy Spirit who also lives in me. I couldn't imagine myself alone figuring out the way of life and dealing with these situations. Thankfully God comes to us as a father and is available to keep our heart, life, and relationships protected from any emotions, even and especially ours deepest and dangerous ones which never absent. This has been, with Vida Abundante's celebration, my personal celebration as well! Because to celebrate is another way to be sure we are living, and living well!
The Wesley Foundation Thanks St. Lukeâ€™s for their generosity towards their missions trip to Haiti!
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES February’s curriculum has pushed me to take a deep look at my own life. The main thing the kids have learned is to be kind to everyone. This is so hard especially when someone is not kind to us, it is hard to be kind back. With everything that is going on in our world today, I believe this is the root of the problem with today’s society. We are so focused on ourselves. Our world is all about INSTANT selfgratification. People’s actions show that they are not thinking, “What can I do for you?” but instead they are thinking, “What can you do for me?” As Christians it is our job to show and teach kindness. It’s not a gun problem or a mental health problem. IT IS A HEART PROBLEM. We as a society don’t show love and kindness to others anymore. Yes these two issues need to be address but no matter what we do to address these issues the problem is not going to get better until we all learn to show love to others and teach others the importance of showing love. Next month we are talking all about Peace and these lessons couldn’t have come at a better time. We are defining Peace as proving you care more about each other than winning an argument. We will learn to prove we care more about others by letting go of “what’s fair,” by walking away from a fight, and by being a part of the solution. We will also learn that we can make peace with others because God made peace with us. What is God calling you to do to help change the Heart problem in our world? If we look at it is a world problem, me against the world, it can be extremely overwhelming. But if we all work together and each do our small part we can make a difference to the world. Blessings,
February 25th – St. Luke’s Singers & Cherubs Sing @ SW March 2nd – Family Frenzy 6 – 8 pm @ SW March 11th – No Choir practice or Kids Live! – ENJOY YOUR SPRING BREAK March 25th – PRAY AT THE JONES – St. Luke’s Singers will practice @ Central, No Kids Live or Cherub Practice
March 31st – 1:00 pm – Easter Egg Hunt @ Central 2 - 4 pm – Easter Eggstravaganza @ SW April 1st – Happy Resurrection Day (No Choir Practice or Kids Live) April 20th – Family Frenzy 6 – 8 pm @ Central May 6th – All Church Picnic @ SW after services May 20th – Kids Live Family Event
June 4th – 8th – VBS 9am – Noon @ Central June 23rd – Family Frenzy Overnight 8 pm – 7 am (Girls Slumber Party @ Central, Boys Camp-In @ SW) *June 25th – 29th – One Way 4-6 Camp @ Ceta July 9th – 13th – Sports Camp 6 – 8 pm @ SW *July 16th – 20th – Whoz We R Camp (4th – 6th Grade) @ Ceta July 23rd – 27th – Music Camp – 9am – Noon @ Central *July 30th – Aug 1st – Lil’ Ceta 3 @ Ceta *Half Scholarships available for all Ceta camps.
Contact D’Lea or Alli for a copy of the Spring & Summer St. Luke’s Kids Calendars. Check out our website: stlukeskids.com, or get added to our Children’s Ministries Facebook page. Also sign up for Remind101 by downloading the app and joining our class: @stlukekids.
Coming In March: theme:
We sorted conversation hearts by what they said. We made Kindness paperclip bracelets. We unscrambled the memory verse. We made Golden playdough to help us remember the Golden Rule aka Memory verse.
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MUSIC MINISTRY What a wild weather ride we’ve been experiencing as we slowly travel from winter into spring. As I write this newsletter article, it is 75 degrees outside with a light cloud cover. Great weather! The forecast for the upcoming events in the music ministry are just as pleasant. I’ll share information about some of them below. The Pancake Supper is on Saturday, March 3th from 5:30pm until 7:00pm in the Central Campus Fellowship Hall. Put it on your calendar! This is the major fundraiser for the St. Luke’s Singers’ choir trip, and the kids have been selling tickets on Sunday mornings before and after worship. The tickets are $5 a piece, and the kids will accept cash or check. Many, many thanks in advance to the Methodist Men, who generously host the event. They may need some more volunteers this year. If you are interested in helping, please contact me. The location of the St. Luke’s Singers’ choir trip is Amarillo, Texas, and the host church will be St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. We have been to Amarillo before, but not to St. Stephen’s and we are looking forward to it. They have a thriving children’s ministry and music ministry like we do and they are eager to host us. The St. Luke’s Singers are busy preparing music each Sunday afternoon and are counting the days until they get on the bus! Please keep the choir trip in your prayers. Pray that all of the kids are in good health and available to go on the trip. Pray that everyone on the trip experiences God’s transforming presence. Summer Music Camp is scheduled in late July this year: July 23-27, 29. Mark your calendars! We are working on a brand new musical, one that will introduce young people to the field of Christian apologetics. The term “apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia which means to give a defense. Christian apologetics seeks to give a defense of the faith, as instructed in 1 Peter 3:15. “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Through a fun and engaging story and memorable music, kids will learn about this important topic in church life. Please keep us in prayer as we work on this new musical! f you know of someone who is not plugged in at St. Luke’s, please mention that the Music Ministry is a place to get plugged in. Our groups are a welcoming and friendly place to serve. Please pass on my contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 797-4393. Laughter for the Soul: A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?" "Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago." "Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?" "Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made you just a little while ago." Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, "God's getting better at it, isn't he?" Calendar in Advance: February 25- Children sing at SW 10:30 service March 3- Pancake Supper- 5:30 until 7:00, Central Campus Fellowship Hall April 14-15- St. Luke’s Singer’s Choir Trip to Amarillo, TX April 22- St. Luke’s Singers sing at Central Campus July 23-27, 29- Summer Music Camp Areas to Serve in the Music Ministry Adult Choir, Youth Ensemble, Children’s Choirs, Orchestra, Bells, Praise Band, Sound Crew, Media Crew
RAGAMUFFINS Good Christians vs. Jesus Lovers February 16-18 our Ragamuffin Students and Ragamuffin Student Leaders participated in our annual event known as Encounter. It was an incredible weekend where over 200 students and 50+ adult leaders from 10 different churches came together for one purpose: To Encounter Jesus. And encounter Him they did. Now it's your turn. The older I get and the more I come to know people and our God, the more convinced I am that there is one things that separates fakers from makers, talkers from walkers, "Good Christians" from "Jesus Lovers." I am convinced what sets Jesus Lovers apart is a lifestyle of consistent encounters with the living, breathing, active God of Jesus. Good Christians follow the rules. They dress appropriately, attend church, and live morally. Some of them even get involved in some form of leadership. But they so often get caught up in a new form a Pharisaism. No, I don't mean the judgmental condemnation of people who don't live like them (though that happens too). The Pharisaism of which I speak is much more palatable. Much like the Pharisees of the New Testament, Good Christians get caught up in routine, in tradition, and in living out the expectations of their religious culture. They begin their life of faith by an encounter with God, and in seeking to live for Him they eventually forget that living FOR Him is a distant second to living life and faith WITH Him. Jesus Lovers however, they are different. They may be slower to live out their faith in a tangible way and they may never settle into Christian traditions or expectations, but they have a firm grasp on the real goal of faith: to dwell in the presence of God, to remain always connected to the vine. Unlike the church of Laodicea, who consistently strive to "do what's right" and to "stand for the truth," Jesus Lovers have NOT forgotten their first love: simply Jesus. As our students and student leaders come down from their spiritual high, as they start to settle back into the routine and expectations of daily life, I have a challenge for you, their community. Let me challenge you to remind them that life is not about one encounter with Christ. Nor is it about three or four annual encounters through big events like church camp or fall retreat. Let me challenge you to remind them that true Jesus Lovers encounter God continuously. They encounter Him by giving Him space in their schedule and in their spirit to move, breath, speak, and change them, and they do this every day, every hour, every minute. Let me challenge you to remind them of this by doing it yourself. They learn far more from what we do than from what we say. So what do you say, church? Will you join me in setting an example for our young believers? Will you show them what it looks like to Encounter Jesus daily? What will you be for them: a Good Christian or a Jesus Lover? With Love, Kurtis
OUTREACH MINISTRY Dear Brothers & Sisters, I Just want to give you all a big “Thank You” for your prayers and generous financial support from all the guys of KAIROS#38. Our weekend of 11/9 –12/2017 was very rewarding to all; the Team and the 42 prisoners to who we were sent to minister to. At lest twelve made a profession of faith in Christ by the end of the weekend and all 42 returned the following Saturday for further training in the Christian faith. We can be certain there will be more transformations as we continue our Prayer & Share groups and Bible studies at the prison in the weeks to follow. Again, “Thank You” for all your very generous donations and prayers. I couldn’t work in this ministry as a volunteer without your support. In His Love, Larry Gaumond
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HOLY WEEK LUNCHES Central Fellowship Hall March 26—30 12pm Everyone is invited to come and join us for lunch Monday – Friday of Holy Week. These are brown bag lunches which means you bring your own lunch of your own choosing. We will have tea and water available each day for drinks. If the Lord leads you to bring a group dessert, we won’t get in His way! Since our teaching focus this Lent is on the “Red Letters of Jesus,” we will dedicate our Holy Week Lunches to “Red Letters from the Cross.” Each day we will zoom in on one of Jesus’ sayings from the cross. The goal of these luncheons is to keep all of us focused on Jesus as we remember what He did for us that last week, indeed last hours, of his life.
*$132,000 of year end surplus was moved to ministry and facility reserves for 2018.
6:30 pm Hispanic Service
February 18th—April 29th 5pm—7pm 5:00 P.M.—7:00 P.M. St. Luke’s Southwest Campus Register Now: www.daveramsey.com
Published on Feb 27, 2018