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A note from Pastor Andy More Than a Dream

Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a French prisoner whose life is transformed by the power of grace. As the story begins, Valjean is sentenced to a 19 year prison term for the crime of stealing bread. While in prison, he becomes a hardened and embittered convict filled with hatred and violence. When Valjean is finally released, he is forced to wander homeless for days because no one would give a convicted felon like him a room or a job. In great despair and seemingly with no hope, a kindly bishop had mercy on Valjean and opened his home to give him warm shelter and a home-cooked meal. That night Valjean lay still and plotted in his much too comfortable bed until the bishop and his sister had fallen asleep. He got up from his bed, went to the kitchen cupboard, stole the family silver, and went away into the darkness from whence he had come. The next day three policemen knocked on the bishop’s door. They had Valjean in their custody as they had caught him fleeing the area with the bishop’s silverware in his possession. The officers were more than ready to put Valjean in chains for the rest of his life. The bishop’s response that day would shock and change Valjean forever: “So here you are!” he cried to Valjean. “I’m delighted to see you. Had you forgotten that I gave you the candlesticks as well? They’re silver like the rest and worth a good 200 francs. Did you forget to take them?” Jean Valjean’s eyes had widened as he heard the bishop’s words. He was now staring at the old man with an expression of profound disbelief.

now trembling. “Do not forget,” said the bishop, “do not ever forget that you have promised me to use the money to make yourself and honest man.” Philip Yancey makes the following observation on the effect of this encounter on Valjean’s life: The power of the bishop’s act, defying every human instinct for revenge, changed Jean Valjean’s life forever. A naked encounter with forgiveness---especially since he had never repented---melted the granite defenses of his soul. He kept the candlesticks as a precious memento of grace and dedicated himself from then on to helping others in need. The power of grace in Jean Valjean’s life cannot be denied, and yet one wonders if the author of Les Miserables ever knew of such grace or only dreamed of it. Victor Hugo is one of the most prolific and renowned authors of all time, whos heart obviously longed for such grace even while his life seemingly turned elsewhere. As we finish out our journey of grace in 2015, be encouraged for the grace of Jesus Christ, the unearned, unconditional love of God for you, is more than just a dream, it is a promise made real. Spend some time in this month of Thanksgiving reflecting on how truly amazing the grace of God really is and remember always that grace means that there is nothing you can do to make God love you anymore and nothing you can do to make God love you any less. He just loves you, period, exclamation point.!

After the policeman went away, the bishop gave the candlesticks to Faljean who was

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Vida Abundante Vida Abundante UMC goes forward! During this month we connected with a new family which we are visiting and supporting, trying to make them feel they are not alone. Two other families got into our ESL classes and were accepted into our supporting community. Our little multinational congregation continues growing in number. Some of them are interested in being part of our membership and serving or helping others. We are seeing some challenges emerging also, but God has been working on these tough prayer requests. People have received healing, jobs, opportunities, small progress in family and personal life, God´s care, and others. In such ways they are recognizing God’s intervention and their faith is refreshing, getting strong or being born. We hear many personal testimonies every Sunday confirming this. The presence of God has been our teaching for this month to keep our differences under Jesus’s focus and not under any particular culture. There are many differences among us, and we are working hard to put Jesus as our basis of Vida Abundante UMC. In this moment about 30 persons are attending our service and we expect more will be involved next month. We included a special time for teaching and prayer for our children, and we are planning to do something similar with our youth. Next month we are going to use instruments in our service too. Social media provides us not only new contacts but ability to know each other better, saving time in building relationships. We also encourage and keep our people informed with social Media and weekly phone calls. I am very thankful to God with every single day He allows me to live and see how His promises can be seen and possible to reach. I am thankful to my St Luke’s family because they are always available to encourage, help and support me. ~Pastor Jorge~

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A note from Pastor Matt Be Prepared!!

Yes, that is the motto of the Boy Scouts, but also a directive to Christians. Recently I was talking with a group of people who invited me to discuss strategies to defend the church against the invading “anti-Christian” culture around us. For every “problem” they posed, such as dead traditions, irrelevant teachings, lack of commitment, homosexuality, money hungry ministries, hypocrisy, (just to name a few of the topics), I asked how they responded. More bluntly, “As a Christian, what do you say to someone who brings up the ‘problem’?” No one had an answer that was grounded in scripture. This is a giant problem in the Christian Church today, including ours. Historically, the world has looked to the church for answers to almost every problem. The church was the mainline basis of government, school and society. Today, the church is more on the sideline as the world tells us to get off of the playing field because the members of our team cannot respond appropriately. Again, this is a giant problem. Everyone needs a world-view which is coherent and offers hope for the world we live in. I believe the world is desperately looking to Christianity for the answers, but Christians are not versed in our own faith to respond. We are versed in the latest Twitter, Vine, Facebook, Instagram and Snap-Chat news and gossip. We are versed in the latest political campaign rhetoric. We are versed in the terminology and backgrounds of our hobbies, but we often get Noah and Moses confused on who built the Ark and who received the Ten Commandments. We can recite the names of the 7 dwarfs easier than the original 12 disciples. We all need a faith which pushes us back out into the world. The answer to this giant problem is placing God’s Holy Word in your heart. That will only happen if you read it. A coffee table devotional guide is not a substitute for reading your Bible. Devotionals are additions or supplements to help you in your daily Bible reading. GO today and buy you a good study Bible. Call me and I will meet you at a Christian bookstore and help you select one! Get a routine of scripture reading, prayer and reflection on a full passage of scripture. Read the Bible as it was intended to be read: as the Word of God. I pray that in the coming months of thanksgiving, advent and Christmas that we all jump head first into the book that gives us the answers because, “God will be found true, though every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4). 1 Peter 3:15-16 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. 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, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” Moving Mountains, one rock at a time, Pastor Matt Pastor Matt’s SW Wish List for Advent 2 Volunteers to write thank you cards to church guests (All of December) 4 Volunteers for Christmas Tree Fluffing Volunteers (November 23-27) 4 Volunteers for Christmas Decorators (November 30 – December 4) 4 Volunteers for Christmas Eve Decorators (December 20-23) 6 Volunteers for Christmas Eve Volunteers to Greet

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Music Ministry One thing that is neat about serving in the music ministry is that we get to enjoy the “spirit” of Christmas a bit longer than everyone else because we rehearse Christmas music way in advance. Having worked on some of the Christmas music just before writing this article, I was tempted to begin by wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas!” Instead, I’ve decided to share with you the theme of this year’s performance of Carols and Candles. The concert will explore the difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus. Our pastors have often reminded all of us about this distinction, and I thought that it would be good to reflect on this as the commercial industry begins its annual hostile takeover of one of the church’s most significant celebrations. We have to admit that our culture does a great job of luring us into some enjoyable seasonal distractions. Some of these distractions are harmless fun, but some are deceptively misleading, making it easy to forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. We have to deliberately keep Jesus at the center of the celebration to tell His story. Yet, what is truly frightening is that even when Jesus’ story is front and center, there will still be some who merely know about Jesus while never knowing Jesus. This is a tragedy that Jesus shares with us in Matthew 7:21- 23:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Jesus makes it clear that some who claim to know Him don’t actually know him. I’ve read commentaries from respected theologians who call this passage this most frightening passage in the Bible. Now, you might be thinking that this topic will put a damper on St. Luke’s start of the Christmas season. Don’t worry, Carols and Candles is in capable hands. In addition to the quality work our ensembles offer at our performances and to the snippets of humor that lightly season our shows, talented author Bear Mills will offer a carefully crafted narration that will take us on a special journey of faith to probe this topic. Please consider inviting friends and family to this year’s Carols and Candles. I really think that it will be a faith growing and faith building experience. The show is on December 6th at 6:00 in the Central Campus sanctuary. And, one last appeal to those who would enjoy offering music with the choir during Carols and Candles. There is still time to muster up the gusto to have a great time singing Christmas music with the choir. Remember, you just need to be able to carry a tune; you don’t have to read music. We provide a CD of the music and UPCOMING EVENTS there are several people in each section that read music and will 11/15 - Special Music help you learn your part. And, I’ve carefully selected music that will Presentation @ SW Allbe a pleasure to sing but won’t be difficult to learn. As a Seasonal Campus Thanksgiving Singer, you will just attend the first part of our weekly rehearsals on 12/6 - Carols & Candles Wednesday evenings. Here is what the rehearsals will look like: Performance @ Central -7:00 until 7:45- Christmas Music for Choir and Seasonal Singers 6:00 pm -7:45 until 8:30- Regular Choir rehearsal 12/11 - BellChoir Christmas Concert - McKenzie House 12/12 - St. Luke’s Singers Christmas Caroling AREAS TO SERVE AND GROW 12/13 - Radio Show @ SW Choirs, Orchestra, String Ensemble, Bells, Band, Sound Crew, 6:00 pm Media Crew, Librarians, Guitar Class, Drama

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Missions & Outreach The Juarez trip will be from the 26th of December to the 29th of December. The approximate cost per person is $130 (for room, food, and transportation). Fund-raising for the trip and lifting it up in prayer will be part of the congregation’s celebration of Advent. All ages are welcome (under 13 requires a parent) An excellent gift we can give in Jesus’ name to celebrate Christmas Orientation meeting will be on October 28th at 7:00pm at Central after the Masters Program Contact Robby Wiginton or Andy Hurst for more information. We are planning to gather and pack our Sumaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes on Sunday, November 8, during the Sunday School time. The shoebox intake week is not until Nov. 16th-23rd. The past few years we had 50 shoeboxes, I assume we will do that again this year. Below is a list of item that are acceptable and some that are not. Also remember to bring your favorite breakfast item to share as we will have some social time along with the shoebox packing. Please call me at 786-5169 with any questions. Thanks, Ray Copeland Families may pack shoeboxes for either a boy or a girl within three age ranges: 2-4, 5-9, and 1014. Samaritan’s Purse asks families to include a check for $7 for each box packed to help defray shipping costs. For people wanting to underwrite the cost of shipping boxes,contributions are gratefully received. The following list includes some gift ideas for your shoebox: Crayons Coloring books Flip flops T-shirts Ball Bar soap Bracelet Small Dolls Pencils & pens Pencil sharpener Duct tape Travel size games Deck of cards Hacky sack Harmonica Yo yo Hat

Glue sticks Scissors Small stuffed animal Pom poms Glitter Small crafting kit Post it notes Highlighters Small notebook Chalk Watercolor paint sets Play Doh Small etch a sketch Socks Back pack Plastic cup Straws

Scarf Jump rope Glowsticks Hard Candy - not chocolate (be sure to place in ziplog bag) Matchbox cars Finger puppets Silly putty Toothbrush Toothpaste Washcloth Wet wipes Travel pack of tissues Lip gloss Hair ties Band aids Hair brush

Do Not Include: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.

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Children’s Ministry Kids Live 5:30 - 7:00 pm Southwest Campus Pre-K 4 year olds through 5th grade students We’ve started a new semester of high energy games and activities, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes! Dinner will be served. During the month of November, we will be focusing on SERVICE during Children’s Worship and Kids LIVE. When we do acts of SERVICE, we lend a helping hand and help someone see how much God loves them.

Upcoming events November 1st & 8th- Christmas Shoeboxes will be sent home during Kids LIVE November 8th & 15th- Return Christmas Shoeboxes November 29th- Tree Trimming during Sunday school

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family! (No Kids LIVE)

December 6th- Enjoy Carols & Candles at Central with your family (No Kids LIVE) December 13th- End of Semester Kids LIVE Party (Details to come!) December 24th- Family Christmas Eve Service 4pm @ SW Campus

Save the Date Tree Trimming Brunch November 29th @ 9:30 at Both Campuses Bring a brunch items to share and come make ornaments and decorate the tree for Christmas!

Blessing of the Bibles We had the joy of giving out 20 Bibles to our 3rd grade students this year and the Bible class is in full swing on Sunday nights at the SW campus.

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1 All Saints Sunday First Sunday Fellowship Covered Dish Lunch @ SW 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 12:30 PM Hands of Jesus Snack Packing @ SW 3:15 PM Guitar 1 Class @ SW Room 12 4:00 PM Youth Ensemble @ SW 4:45 PM Cherub Choir (Preschool Age)@ SW 4:45 PM St. Luke's Singers 1st -5th graders 5:00 PM The Gathering-Youth @ SW 5:30-7:00 pm 5:30 PM Grace Groups @ SW 5:30 PM Kids LIVE @ SW 6:00 PM Hispanic Worship Service @ Central in Fellowship Hall

2 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 8:30 AM PS Screenings/Pictures/Music Class Rm 13 9:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 4:30 PM Girls Scout Troup 6403 @ SW Rm 12 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13

3 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 8:30 AM PS Screenings/Pictures/Music Class Rm 13 9:00 AM Staff Meeting 9:30 AM United Methodist Women @ C 11:00 AM Worship Planning Meeting @ C 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:00 PM Girl Scout Troop 6437 SW Rm 12

4 5:45 AM Walking Through Wednesday Morning Men' 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible S 12:00 PM Carmichael's Gr 5:15 PM Masters of Grace 5:45 PM Cooper 9-10 Boy SW 6:00 PM Grace Night @ C 6:00 PM Masters of Grace 6:30 PM High School Figh Coffee 6:30 PM Premarital Couns

8 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 3:15 PM Guitar 1 Class @ SW Room 12 4:00 PM Youth Ensemble @ SW 4:00 PM Fellowship of Friends @ C in FH 4:45 PM Cherub Choir (Preschool Age)@ SW 4:45 PM St. Luke's Singers 1st -5th graders 5:00 PM The Gathering-Youth @ SW 5:30-7:00 pm 5:30 PM Grace Groups @ SW 5:30 PM Kids LIVE @ SW 6:00 PM Hispanic Worship Service @ Central in Fellowship Hall

9 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13

10 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 9:00 AM Staff Meeting 11:00 AM Worship Planning Meeting @ C 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:00 PM Girl Scout Troop 6437 SW Rm 12

11 5:45 AM Walking Through Wednesday Morning Men' 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible S 12:00 PM Carmichael's Gr 5:15 PM Masters of Grace 5:45 PM Cooper 9-10 Boy SW 6:00 PM Grace Night @ C 6:00 PM Masters of Grace 6:00 PM Orchestra Practic 6:30 PM High School Figh Coffee 6:30 PM Premarital Couns

15 All Church Thanksgving Lunch @ SW @ 12:00 St. Luke's Singers and Cherubs @ SW 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 3:15 PM Guitar 1 Class @ SW Room 12 4:00 PM Youth Ensemble @ SW 4:45 PM Cherub Choir (Preschool Age)@ SW 4:45 PM St. Luke's Singers 1st -5th graders 5:00 PM The Gathering-Youth @ SW 5:30-7:00 pm 5:30 PM Grace Groups @ SW 5:30 PM Kids LIVE @ SW 6:00 PM Hispanic Worship Service @ Central in Fellowship Hall

16 D's Pest Control @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 4:30 PM Girls Scout Troup 6403 @ SW Rm 12 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13

17 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 9:00 AM Staff Meeting 11:00 AM Worship Planning Meeting @ C 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:00 PM Missions Committee Meeting @ SW Conf RM 6:00 PM Girl Scout Troop 6437 SW Rm 12

18 Newsletter Deadline @ 5:0 5:45 AM Walking Through Wednesday Morning Men' 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible S 9:15 AM Children's Church 12:00 PM Carmichael's Gr 5:45 PM Cooper 9-10 Boy SW 6:00 PM Orchestra Practic 6:00 PM Church Conferen 6:30 PM High School Figh Coffee 6:30 PM Premarital Couns

22 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 3:15 PM Guitar 1 Class @ SW Room 12 4:00 PM Youth Ensemble @ SW 4:45 PM Cherub Choir (Preschool Age)@ SW 4:45 PM St. Luke's Singers 1st -5th graders 5:00 PM The Gathering-Youth @ SW 5:30-7:00 pm 5:30 PM Grace Groups @ SW 5:30 PM Kids LIVE @ SW 6:00 PM Hispanic Worship Service @ Central in Fellowship Hall 6:00 PM VAL Thanksgiving Celebration @ C in FH

23 LCISD Student Holiday 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 8:30 AM Parent Orientations/Conferences 9:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13

24 LCISD Student Holiday 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 8:30 AM Parent Orientations/Conferences 9:00 AM Staff Meeting 11:00 AM Worship Planning Meeting @ C 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW

25 LISD,LCISD,FISD Thanks 5:45 AM Walking Through Wednesday Morning Men' 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible S 11:30 AM Newsletter Volu 12:00 PM Carmichael's Gr 5:45 PM Cooper 9-10 Boy SW 6:00 PM Orchestra Practic 6:30 PM High School Figh Coffee

29 First Sunday of Advent 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 3:15 PM Guitar 1 Class @ SW Room 12 4:00 PM Youth Ensemble @ SW 4:45 PM Cherub Choir (Preschool Age)@ SW 4:45 PM St. Luke's Singers 1st -5th graders 5:00 PM The Gathering-Youth @ SW 5:30-7:00 pm 5:30 PM Grace Groups @ SW 5:30 PM Kids LIVE @ SW 6:00 PM Hispanic Worship Service @ Central in Fellowship Hall

30 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 4:30 PM Girls Scout Troup 6403 @ SW Rm 12 5:30 PM Titans Basketball @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13

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GRACE Nights Sunday Nights @ Southwest

Grace for Kids & Youth Kids Live (Ages 4-years to 5th Grade) and Ragmuffin youth meet from 5:30 - 7:00 - Dinner is provided Contact Tessa Armes or Kurtis Vanderpool for more information. Grace for Colllege College students are invited to Andy Hurst’s home for food and fellowship. Grace for Adults Pastor Matt will lead a group discussing GRACE that will meet in the fountain area. The Sessums will lead an open-talk, devotional-based study in room 11. Both groups are open to any and everyone and invite you to join at any time during the semester. * The Houys and The Waters also have Grace Groups that meet on Sunday nights.

Wednesday Nights @ Central

Grace for Kids Ages 4-years to 3rd Grade are invited for games and activities. Contact D’Lea Jordan for info. Grace for 4th and 5th Graders EPIC is our pre-teen ministry for 4th and 5th graders, giving them a unique place to belong and grow. This group is facilitated by Paul Thomas. Grace for Youth “Fight Nights” for Middle School 6:00 - 7:30 @ Central Basement “Fight Night” for High School 6:30 - 8 @ Undergrounds Coffee (34th and Indiana) Grace for Adults Pastor Andy will lead a group discussing GRACE that will meet in fellowship hall.

GRACE Groups

Contact Church Office 797-4393, Andy Hurst 445-1280, or visit egrace.us for details ***Our current eight week women’s study is “Red Hot Faith”.

Sunday Ferguson (women)

Monday Ehlers (couples or singles) Tuesday Methodist Men United Methodist Women (monthly)

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Wednesday Smith (men) Coward (men) Birchfield (walking group) Carmichael (women)***

Thursday Hurst (International Students) Baldree (men)

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Upcoming Events November 1 - All Saints Celebration November 1 - Time Change November 1 - Southwest Fellowship Covered Dish Lunch @ Southwest, 12:30 pm November 8 - Fellowship of Friends @ Central, 4:00 pm November 15 - All Church Thanksgiving Lunch @ Southwest, noon November 18 - December/January Newsletter Deadline November 18 - Church Conference & Meal @ Central, 6:00 pm November 22 - Vida Abundante Thanksgiving Dinner @ Central November 26-27 - Church Offices Closed November 29 - Tree Trimming December 6 - Southwest Fellowship Covered Dish Lunches @ Southwest, 12:30 pm December 6 - Carols & Candles Performance @ Central, 6:00 pm December 11 - BellChoir Christmas Concert - McKenzie House, 6:00 pm December 12 - St. Luke’s Singers Christmas Caroling December 13 - Radio Show @ Southwest, 6:00 pm December 13 - Kids Live Christmas Party December 20 - Blue Christmas December 22 - Bells of Christmas @ Central, 6:00 pm December 23 - Christmas Service @ Vintage Township, 6:00 pm December 24-25 - Church Offices Closed December 24 - Christmas Eve Service @ Central, Noon December 24 - Christmas Eve Service for Children @ Southwest, 4:00 pm December 24 - Christmas Eve Service @ Central, 6:00 pm December 24 - Christmas Eve Service @ Southwest, 6:00 pm December 24 - Vida Abundante Christmas Eve Service @ Central Fellowship Hall, 6:00 pm December 24 - Christmas Eve Service @ Central, 11:00 pm December 25 - Christmas Day

Ragamuffin Youth All Church Family Ski-Trip March 12-15

Glenwood Springs, CO at Sunlight Mountain 3 Nights, 2 Days Skiiing & Rentals $210-Adults • $205-Students • $200-Children, • $100-Non-Skiers If interested, speak to Kurtis or Tessa or email kvanderpool@stlukeslubbock.org.

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Announcements Staff Birthdays

Veronica Orosco (Nov. 5) Kurtis Vanderpool (Nov. 28)

First Sunday Lunch at Southwest Campus Sunday, November 1 You are invited to bring a covered dish to share and stay after service for food, fun and fellowship.

Hands of Jesus Snack Packs Sunday, Nov, 1 Southwest @ 12:30 pm

Welcome D’Lea Welcome D’Lea to the St. Luke’s UMC staff! D’Lea Jordan is our new Childrens Pastor at the Central Campus. D’Lea was raised in Tahoka. She has resided in Lubbock for the past 6 years. She graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently working on her Masters in Counseling. She has worked as a Conservatorship worker for the Department of Family and Protective Services for the past 7 years. D’Lea and her husband, Jamar, have been married for almost 10 years and have four sons, Coleman, Bentley, Branson and Zhander. They have been members of St. Luke’s for 4 years. They have activly volunteered with the children’s program teaching Sunday School and the Cherub Chior. When you see her in the hall give her a handshake or a hug and welcome her to our staff family!

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Financial Update Building Debt Reduction September 2015

Actual for September $94,401 $102,765 ($8,364)

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Finish the Race 2016 Six years ago our church birthed and built a second location at 98th and Frankford that has been responsible for reaching hundreds of new families, thousands of children, and had an untold impact for Christ all across Lubbock. In January of 2010 our indebtedness on this facility was just under $2 million. In May of 2012 our debt was $1,4 million as we began a church wide campaign called “Free to Serve.” Hundreds of families took part in this three year program and praise God, as of October 2015, our indebtedness dipped below $500,000. God has accomplished so much through all of you who have sacrificially and continually given to get our church family to a place where we truly are “Free to Serve.” Each year, we spend just under $100,000 from our church budget in making building payments. Our prayer and our hope is that these funds can be used and invested in life change not just debt reduction in the near future. Over the next three months, our Finance Team will be introducing a “Finish the Race” campaign where we do what it takes to completely erase our debt. Members of our church family will be asked to make an 18 month commitment to “finish the race” that we began years ago. St. Luke’s Lubbock

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NoteS Dear Church Family, Many heartfelt thanks for the many prayers the last couple of months - as the blood tests, biopsy, and surgery revealed there was no cancer and the cyst disappeared - prayed away, of course. Also I have healed quickly and am already back to work a little over three weeks later. It is such a comfort to have the fervent, effective prayers of fellow believers! Thank you again, and God bless all of you, In the love of Christ, Monica Kennedy

You’re Invited Marissa Merritt Southwest’s Cellist

Cello Recital Saturday, November 14th noon TTU Hemmle Recital Hall

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CHILDREN’S PASTOR Central - D’Lea Jordan Southwest - Tessa Armes

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR Kelcee Linnenkugel

STUDENT PASTOR Kurtis Vanderpool

DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL Mrs. K

MEDIA COORDINATOR Reba Underwood

DIRECTOR OF PARENTS DAY OUT Vicki Davidson

BUSINESS MANAGER Florence Ann McVay CENTRAL MINISTRY ASSISTANT Shalan Inmon

PRAISE & WORSHIP LEADER Southwest - Ashleigh Brewer

CENTRAL & SOUTHWEST MINISTRY ASSISTANT Nancy Cook

ORGANIST Karen Dawson

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

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

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