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A NOTE FROM PASTOR ANDY An Important Time of Discernment By the time you get this newsletter the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church will have ruled on a watershed issue which will have profound impact on the future of the United Methodist Church. The issue on the docket for the Judicial Council this session is the legality of the election of Bishop Oliveto in the Western Jurisdiction. I should back up here and give a little context to what I am calling a watershed issue. For over four decades the United Methodist Church has been struggling with a host of issues that revolve around the primacy of scripture. When it comes to theology, morality, and values, how are we going to determine what we believe and how we live? Does our understanding of who God is and who He is calling us to be come from God’s Word or from the subjective, ever changing, standards of the surrounding culture? Of course, the embattled and tip of the ice berg issue that has gotten all of the attention for all of these years is the issue of homosexuality. Since 1972 the United Methodist Church has discussed this issue ad nauseam. We have consistently held to our Biblical foundations in spite of great resistance and protest by those within and without our church. Our Book of Discipline makes four very strong statements about this issue: 1. Homosexual persons are persons of sacred worth and value to God. 2. The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. 3. Self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church. 4. We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman. There are literally pages and papers and whole books that could be written on this topic, but for this article let me stay to the issue at hand which is the Judicial Council’s ruling on Bishop Oliveto’s election. On July 15, 2016 Reverend Karen Oliveto was elected a Bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who formerly served as Pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco, is married to Robin Ridenour, who is a deaconess in California-Nevada Conference. On the same day as Oliveto’s election, the South Central Jurisdiction (Our Jurisdiction) asked for the Judicial Council to issue a ruling on the legality of her election. Now this may seem a “no-brainer” to most of us, but please know their ruling on April 28th will be filled with all kinds of controversy. Two very important concerns: 1. Will the Judicial Council clearly uphold our current Church Discipline? 2. Is there any path way where United Methodists in one Jurisdiction can hold United Methodists from another Jurisdiction accountable? Having a principle or rule without accountability is like having a law without enforcement. It becomes null and void. Through the decades and especially in the last year, the United Methodist church has already experienced an exodus of members and churches over this issue, and leaving over this issue has the potential to become a mass exodus. Currently, there are multiple Annual Conferences and two whole Jurisdictions who have decided that they are not going to stay faithful to our current Book of Discipline. This last month, Lakeridge UMC held two all church meetings to discuss some of the potential ramifications and concerns of this issue. Lakeridge’s church leadership is deciding whether or not to join the Wesleyan Covenant Association which is a gathering of United Methodist members and churches who hold unswervingly to the primacy of scripture. Many see this connection of churches as being the forerunner to the formation of a new denomination that actually has fidelity to that which we say we believe. 2

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No matter how the Judicial Council rules, the Council of Bishops has called a special session of General Conference for 2019 to work on our path forward as a denomination. For better or for worse, we have reached an inevitable impasse as a denomination. The truth of the matter is that the Methodist Church is growing all around the world and even here in the U.S. where it has stayed faithful to proclaiming God’s Word and the Good news of Jesus. In many places we are healthy and growing, but also in many places we are divided and obviously sidetracked from the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. How does all of this affect us here at St. Luke’s? We have much to talk about and pray about in the near future. We will remain faithful to being a Christ-centered family of grace where any and all persons are welcome and wanted. We will stay committed to reaching, growing, and sending forth fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We will remain focused on communicating and offering God’s grace…the unconditional, unmerited love of God that accepts us wherever we are and takes us where we need to be. Grace does not ignore or deny sin, it seeks and has the power to transform sinners like you and me. We will maintain Biblical standards of truth in our understanding of who God is and who we are called to be. I encourage you to come and talk with us about any of the concerns this article has raised, and I especially encourage you to be praying for God to have His way in our church and through our church in the days to come.

A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATT Now What? We had great moments of worship during the Easter Holy Week. We saw many new faces that were looking for a place to worship and maybe even seeking answers to fulfill a need in their life. Some of those faces we will not see again for various reasons, so I have to ask myself as a Christian, “Now what do I do?” I think the answer is “Keep living for Jesus Christ every day.” By that I mean we need to be just as concerned with our daily living witness that displays who Jesus is, rather than only trying to get them to church. More and more people want to experience a better way of living. What could be more effective than you being the living example that leads them to eternal living by getting to know Jesus?! How can you begin this post-Easter effort? Walk next door and chat with your neighbors about their lives and be genuinely interested in them. Invite your friends, neighbors or family out to dinner and begin building a new, or renewed, relationship. Make it a routine to have coffee or lunch at the same place, around the same time every week. Then ask for a specific server who has attended to you in the past so you can talk with them. Remember people’s names that carry out your groceries and call them by name next time you see them at the grocery store. Why all the attention to bonding and getting to know people, because that is how Jesus functioned every day. He made a connection with the people who ultimately accepted His invitation into His Kingdom. N.T. Wright said, “The Bible isn’t there simply to be a reference point for people who want to look things up and be sure they got them right. It is there to equip people to carry out his {Jesus} purposes of the new covenant and new creation.” I believe we should all offer more opportunities for people to become a part of our family of faith rather just being invited to church. If we would do that, then maybe, just maybe, by next Christmas or next Easter, you will have built such a relationship with some person that when you finally invite them to worship God with us, they might just accept your invitation. And your invitation could ultimately lead them into God’s eternal Kingdom. If I said we needed to transform 1000 lives by Easter 2018, most of us would just dismiss the notion as crazy. But if every one of us who reads this article will focus on just one person, and let God perform the miracles, we will be amazed at what happens in 6 months or a year. Now, in the power of Christ, go begin to make a difference in just one person’s life! Moving Mountains, one rock at a time, St. Luke’s Lubbock JESUS 3


CONNECT WITH JESUS Hermosas imĂĄgenes del reciente evento del Movimiento Hispano/Latino de la conferencia de NWTX, Connect with Jesus, donde hubo 52 bautismos, 2 confirmaciones de bautismo y 58 presentaciones de nuevos miembros de la Iglesia Metodista Unida. A Dios toda la gloria!!! Nuestros agradecimientos a todos los que se involucraron en este proyecto. Beautiful images of the recent Hispanic / Latino Movement event at the NWTX Connect with Jesus conference where there were 52 baptisms, 2 baptismal confirmations and 58 presentations of new members of the United Methodist Church. To God all the glory !!! Our thanks to all who were involved in this project.

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Contact us: Kurtis Vanderpool – Student Pastor 806-790-5469 RagamuffinStudents@gmail.com

25: Pool Party @ the Birchfields - 8101 CR 6910

19-23: One Way 10-12 Camp 19-22: Sports Camp @ Southwest

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16: Music Camp Performance @ Central Campus

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5:00-7:00pm @ the Morelock’s Home

August Summer Grace

*Fall programs begin Sept. 3rd*

9/10: Fall Parent Meeting @ Southwest following Church

30: Block Party @ Central

27: Summer Grace @ the Morelocks 8802 Richmond

20: Buffalo Springs Lake Day 09:30 – 3:30 Meet @ Central

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August 2017 Look for our special summer events including: July Volunteer @ Music Camp

* This calendar is subject to change. We will do what we can to promptly notify you of changes. For updated info, sign up for our text reminders * Text RAGAMUFFIN to 81010

GRACE Night Fight Clubs Special Student Events Church-wide events No Student Programs

28: End of School Party

21: Senior Sunday 21: Summer Grace

17: Fight Club Party

14: Mothers’ Day – - No Grace Night

10: Fight Club

7: Church Picnic - No Grace Night

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June 2017

“Connecting students to a God and community who radically loves them”

June One Way Camps

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2017 Summer Calendar

RAGAMUFFIN STUDENTS Go Online to download our comprehensive Summer Calendar with plenty of opportunities to play, connect, grow, and serve together this summer! August Ragamuffin Lake Day

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

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)

Upcoming Events – Mark your Calendar 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

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*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

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FINANCIAL UPDATE

ACTUAL MARCH

Surplus, $25,548

Expense, $307,272

Income, $332,820 Deficit, ($11,885)

Expense, $110,962

Income, $99,077

ST. LUKE'S 2017 INCOME & EXPENSE

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Debt Free Current Building Debt Original Building Debt

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BUILDING DEBT REDUCTION APRIL 2017

2,000,000

Original Building Debt Current Building Debt 52,496

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UPCOMING EVENTS May 7th - Church Picnic @ Noon, SW May 13th - Women’s Brunch @ SW May 13th - Bell Choir Concert @ Carillon May 14th - Mother's day May 20th - Vida Abundante Women’s Conference @ SW May 21st - Graduating Senior Sunday May 22nd- Summer Newsletter Deadline May 29th - Offices Closed for Memorial Day

Need Prayer?

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

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

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

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. 12

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ST. LUKE’S 2017 LADIES’ SPRING BRUNCH

Community Wide Fundraiser in Support of Women’s Protective Services

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 9:30AM - 12:00 PM St. Luke’s Southwest | 5805 98th Street

This Year’s Theme is

Zoo animals

Table Ticket Price (for 8) - $240.00 Individual Ticket Price: $35.00 ea For questions or more information contact: Tina Lyon 806.773.0246 or Vicki Jobe 806.778.4824

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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 VIDA ABUNDANTE HISPANIC PASTOR Rev. Jorge Jorge

MEDIA COORDINATOR Breanna Harrison BUSINESS MANAGER Florence Ann McVay CENTRAL MINISTRY ASSISTANT Shalan Inmon

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

Socialize with us!

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

@stlukeslubbock

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

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

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DIRECTOR OF PARENTS DAY OUT Vicki Davidson

PARISH NURSE Linda McMurry

Worship Opportunities

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DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL Keri Jiou

CENTRAL & SOUTHWEST MINISTRY ASSISTANT Burgundy Hahn

ORGANIST Karen Dawson

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

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR Brenda Cruz

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

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Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - NOON

Visit us Online www.stlukeslubbock.org E-mail sl@stlukeslubbock.org

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