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A NOTE FROM PASTOR ANDY Grace-filled Followers of Christ Paul's Magna Carta of grace as found in Ephesians 2.8-9: "'For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - - not by works, so that no one can boast." These beautiful and powerful verses come in the context of Ephesians 2:1-10 that gives us an even fuller view of the work of God's grace in our lives. We see in this passage that grace reaches out to us in the midst of our spiritual death and then offers us new life in Christ. We see that grace finds us in the pit of following after our own ways and then raises us up to be like Christ, and we see that grace meets us when we are without purpose and then transforms us into the very purposeful handiwork of Christ, Himself. This descriptive and grace filled passage concludes with a hopeful promise and definitive invitation for all of us who are recipients of God's grace: "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). This verse gives us five specific truths about all of us who are grace-filled followers of Christ. First, we gracefilled followers of Christ are no longer our own; we are His. Each year at our church we have a stewardship emphasis. For a few weeks each year we talk about how everything that we are and everything we have belongs to God and how God has given us access to His resources while we are here on this earth. Most of us, however, tend to live with an upside down stewardship. We tend to live like everything that we are and everything we have belongs to us and every now and then we let God have a window of access to our belongings. When God's grace finally gets us, this will never be the case, for we are HIS workmanship. Our material possessions, our creative minds, our physical strength, our spiritual gifts, our future, our all is not ours at all. For grace-filled followers of Christ, all that we are and all that we have belong to Him. Second, grace-filled followers of Christ are not mere accidents of nature but rather artwork of the Grand Artist. The teachings of strict Darwinism and "God is Dead" philosophies offer horribly pessimistic views of humanity. Too often, such ideology considered peripheral by many has moved to the mainstream of American culture. God is viewed as non-involved at best and non-existent at worst. Humanity, in such a paradigm, exists and lives by mere chance. Paul teaches instead that we are the craftsmanship, the creation, the artistry of God. The Psalmist says "God created us, He knit us and wove us together and we are fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:13-15). Paul specifically says we are "created in Christ Jesus." Paul tells us in Colossians 1:16 that all things were created through Jesus and for Jesus. lt is in and through Christ that we are both created and recreated in his grace. God made YOU! God never makes junk! You, my friend are not junk but rather His priceless and treasured creation. Third, grace-filled followers of Christ have a God-given purpose. Why are we here? Why are we on this earth anyway? Hedonism says you only go around once in life so go for the gusto. Hedonism says that my fulfillment is found in my pleasure. Humanism says that man humanity, is all that there is. Humanism says that my fulfillment is found whatever way I determine, that the buck starts and stops with me. Existentialism says that morality is subjective and ethics are situational. Existentialism says my fulfillment is found in doing what is right in my own eyes. Pragmatism says that anything goes as long as I'm not hurting someone else. Pragmatism says that my fulfillment is found in what works. Nihilism says that there is no such thing as meaning, so if it feels good, do it. Why not? Nihilism says my fulfilment can never be found because there is no such thing as fulfillment. But God has given us GRACE, which says that you and I have ultimate worth and significance to God. GRACE says that you and I have been made for a purpose, and that purpose is to do works of goodness, excellence and honor. I often wonder who has my attention - - the voice of this world or God's voice of Grace?

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Fourth, grace-filled followers of Christ are a part of God' s master plan. In this passage Paul is inviting us into a grace-filled reality that has been prepared for us since before the foundation of the world. He is echoing the Psalmist who says "When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139:16). God's grace is about accepting us and transforming us, but it is also about connecting us to that which is greater than we are. He has awesome plans and marvelous desires in store for us if we will but follow him and live in his grace. I know that many of us struggle with the tension between God's sovereignty and humanity's freedom, and that's OK. Don't let that tension stop you from trusting His plan and design for you. Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life and life abundantly" (John 10:10). Jeremiah 29.11 "For 1 know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Fifth, grace-filled followers of Christ are never found on the sidelines of life. They engage, they serve, they grow, and they make a difference in this world for Christ. Grace-filled followers understand that Christianity is not a spectator sport, but an all-play reality. In this season of Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for all the Grace-filled followers in our St. Luke’s family! I love and appreciate all of you!!

A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATT Sick, Sleeping, Dead or Waiting for a Resurrection John 11

I have always found it interesting that John 11 starts out simply stating that Lazarus was sick. We find out quickly that he was more than just “sick.” John 11 goes on to read that Lazarus was, “very sick.” Later in the chapter Jesus says that Lazarus had, “fallen asleep,” which in reality meant that Lazarus in fact was no longer sick, but he was dead. This story has so many applications to our own lives in various was. It can apply to our spiritual life. It can apply to our earthy lives. It can apply to our goals, ambitions and dreams for our future. It can even apply to relationships. The climax of the story, however, focuses on one truth: No person and no thing is beyond the reach of Jesus Christ. The process of discovering where we fit into the story is really the most difficult part. How do we diagnose, identify and understand, the reality of our situation. Too many times we look at our sinfulness and think we are just a little sick, but in reality we are dying. We analyze our outward appearance and think we are doing alright, but if we were able to have diagnostic tests run on our heart, mind and soul, we would find out we are less than healthy. Maybe we even look at how comfortable and relaxed we have become in our place in the church, but the comfort is killing us. When we finally figure out everything is not so great, we often think we are so far gone we cannot be saved. That is a lie! Lazarus had been in the grave 4 days and yet Jesus was not concerned. No one is beyond the reach of Jesus! No situation is beyond the reach of Jesus! Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead and Jesus can resurrect our goals, ambitions and dreams for our future that align with Holy Spirit to glorify God the Father. How? We must believe Jesus has the power and we must pray for new life. It happened in the Old Testament, In the New Testament and it can happen in the current testament of our lives!! As a church we need to pray for revival, corporately and personally. What area of your life needs to be revived? What area of your life needs to die to make room for revival? As you diagnose your life, hear the prognosis, the outcome, over your life in the words of Jesus Christ from John 11:40, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” Moving Mountains, One Rock at a Time,

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VIDA ABUNDANTE THE CHALLENGE OF BEING FREE!

Since I left Cuba, my native country two years ago, I have been facing many challenges. I expected that the biggest one until now would be nothing else than freedom. Many details come to mind when thinking about freedom. “Be free” can be a very subjective personal perception, which makes people use it in different ways. People perceive freedom from different points of view. For instance, the Cuban Government relates freedom with people´s needs. If a person has easy access to health and education, a roof over his or her head, and food in the fridge, all of that while living in an independent country, then that citizen is really free. On the other hand, some other people relate freedom with several human faculties other than their basic needs. In other words, they will be free in the same way they may think, or talk, or make decisions without any impediment. If birds have wings, should they not be be free to flight? Freedom could also be understood as an individual or collective issue. This is a strong source of disagreement among people. While the first group only thinks in terms of their own rights, consequently leading them to despise rules, and anything representative of public order. While the other group will feel inclined to interpret freedom as a balance between rights and duties. Some think freedom is a right as fundamental as life itself. A right that has not been provided by any person, group, or even society. So, if this is truth, then nobody has the right to take that away from another person. And there is a third group, this one in particular has an intermediate position. Agreeing with the second in the matter than freedom is an inalienable right, but just up to the point where the freedom of other person could be affected, damaged or even lost because other person’s actions. Finally, people are divided about where should freedom really be. One group thinks freedom has no relation with anything outside the person, but with their own person. They are referring to how people could be censured by themselves. It could be through fears, ignorance, or because of overwhelming circumstances or feelings. This can happen even when society allows, creates, and offers opportunities to express yourself freely. One thing is real, no matter what you believe about what freedom is, responsibility in a free country will never diminish, no matter what we think about it or who you are! The challenge of living in freedom will demand us to keep growing ethically, morally, and spiritually in the same way our freedom continues to grow. If we don’t, that freedom will be stolen by the same people who do not accept that challenge! There are only two positions before this, you will either have a heart for freedom or for any kind of dictatorship! So, as Christ did in this earth, keep yourself “…increasing in wisdom, and in stature and in favor with God and man” Luke 2:52. Have you already accepted the challenge? Jorge Jorge

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UPCOMING EVENTS November 6th- Seeking His Face Prayer Service, 6:00pm @ Southwest 8th - All Day Prayer Service @ Central, 6:00am-6:00pm 13th - St. Luke's Singer's and Cherub Sing @ Southwest 13th - All Church Thanksgiving Lunch @ Southwest 24-25th - Church Offices Closed 27th - Tree Trimming @ Both Campuses

December 4th - St. Luke's Singer's and Cherub Sing @ Central 4th- Belize Info Meeting @ Noon, Central Fellowship Hall 4th- Carols and Candles @ Central 5th - Snack Packing @ 5:30, Southwest 11th -Night in Bethlehem @ 5:00pm, Southwest 17th - Radio Show @ 3:00pm, Central in Fellowship Hall 18th - Belize Info Meeting @ 6:00, SW Conference Room 22nd - Bells of Christmas @ Central 24th - Christmas Eve Services 12:00pm at Central / 6:00pm at Central / 11:00pm at Central /4:00pm at SW December 26th & 27th - Church Offices Closed

PRAYER SERVICES Please join us for our Seeking His Face Prayer service on Sunday November 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the Southwest campus. We will pray for our country, our military, law enforcement officers, our leaders, our children and families, and also for the election. If we have ever needed to be in prayer, now is the time.

We will have a Prayer Vigil on election day at the Central campus. On November 8, from 6:00am -6:00pm, You can pray at a specific time in the sanctuary, the prayer room, or at home. To sign up for a time online, check your inbox for a link Or you can call/text Cindy at 543-2556 We all know how important this election will be and how much our nation and our people need to seek God and His will. St. Luke’s Lubbock

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Visit stlukekids.com for a calendar of events and more! What we will be learning in November: In Children’s Worship, Kid’s Live, @ Grace Kids

M E M O RY V E R SE “Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.”

Romans 12:10, NIrV

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Samuel Anoints David 1 Samuel 16:1-13

BOTTOM LINE: Honor others by giving them a chance.

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David and Jonathan

1 Samuel 18:1-9; 19:1-7; 20:1-42

BOTTOM LINE: Honor others by putting them first.

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David and Mephibosheth 2 Samuel 9:1-13

BOTTOM LINE: Honor others by keeping your promises.

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David Dances Before God 2 Samuel 6:12b – 22a

BOTTOM LINE: Honor God by giving Him credit.

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Kid’s Live Dates November 6th November 13th November 20th

Grace Nights Dates November 2nd November 16th November 30th December 7th

A Night in Bethlehem Christmas Journey December 11th from 5:00 – 6:30 @ SW M E M O RY V E R SE Come as a family and discover Jesus in Bible-times Bethlehem! Families “Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” will interact with local shopkeepers and Mary and Joseph who share the Romans 12:10, NIrV Christmas story, and create unique keepsakes during this Christmas adventure. WEEK

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Samuel Anoints David 1 Samuel 16:1-13

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Family Revival January 22nd – 25th David and Jonathan Wes2Putnam be here 1 Samuel will 18:1-9; 19:1-7; 20:1-42 to bring the bible to life through story telling. ThereLINE: will be evening activities to get the kids involved as BOTTOM Honor others by they learn about the bible. putting them first. This will be a great experience for the whole Family! WEEK

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David and Mephibosheth 2 Samuel 9:1-13

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others by November Honor 13th @ 9:50 am St. Luke’s Singers & Cherub Choir War Up & Sing keeping your promises. @ All Church Thanksgiving *No Children’s Sunday School Classes at Central November 21st –David 26thDances Before God Happy Thanksgiving December 4th 6:006:12b pm– 22a Carols & Candles & Cookies @ Central 4 @2 Samuel BOTTOM LINE: December 11th @ 5:00 pm A Night In Bethlehem @ Southwest Honor God by December 12th – January 7th Merry Christmas and Happy New Year giving Him credit. January 22nd – 25th Family Revival – Kid Friendly – Mark your calendar & watch for more info WEEK

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RAGAMUFFIN STUDENTs The Importance of Practice

“No one cares what you know…”

Most of you can probably finish this sentence, but you’d be wrong. I was going to say “no one cares what you know, if you’re not living it yourself.” The definition of a disciple is someone who is making disciples, that make disciples. So once you have people you are pouring into spiritually that have learned themselves to pour into others (discipling), then you can say you are making actual disciples. The problem in most of our “ministries” these days is the buck stops with the ministers or the second level. But without the third level of disciples, we are merely making consumers; people who may really love Jesus, but church or ministry for them is just the place they go to receive. I believe much of this paradigm can be attributed to the western mindset that information = discipleship. The more we know the better disciple we are. This is why ordination means getting an educational degree, when much of the BEST pastors are uneducated people with great love. This is why our main form of discipleship in churches are often called “classes.” Information is great. If you have no information you never know what it is you’re following, which is what leads to cults. However, that is the most basic step in a discipleship process that includes much more. Jesus didn’t merely inform His followers of who He was and what He was going to do, He did it in front of them, He did it WITH them, and sent them out to do it themselves! His discipleship includes: •Information •Imitation •Implementation •Innovation It is for this reason on October 14-16 the Ragamuffin Students went to the mountains of Sacramento, NM for our annual Fall Retreat. Rather than follow the mold of having a musician and speaker to teach us more, we retreated! We met together in student-led groups, we sat in the silent & peace-giving presence of the Holy Spirit, we played together, and we relaxed. We PRACTICED imitating and implementing Jesus’ precedent of retreating FROM our busy world overloaded with information, and retreated TO the peace & trust of God’s Holy Presence. And it was a huge success. Let me encourage you to do the same. Merely knowing information about God, Jesus, the bible, or the early church can only get us so far. Let us be actual disciples and make every effort to practice being in Yahweh’s presence. Love you Church, Kurtis Vanderpool

Announcements November 13th Dinner - 5:30-6:30 @ 7711 Grover Ave RESONATE - 7:00-8:00 @ Overton Hotel Ballroom

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2 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible Stu 8:30 AM PS Hearing Screeni 5:15 PM Grace Meals @ Cen 6:00 PM Grace Kids and EPI 6:00 PM Grace Nights @ C in 6:00 PM Grace groups-"Maki 6:30 PM Confirmation Class @ 7:00 PM Choir Practice in Sa 7:00 PM Jorge's Basketball G 8:00 PM The Ology Group in

6 All Saints Sunday 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 @ SW Rm 12 3:15 PM Guitar 2 @ SW Student Room 4:00 PM Youth Choir @ SW Rm 12 4:00 PM Fellowship of Friends @ C in FH 4:00 PM Kids LIVE! @ SW Rm 7 4:00 PM Grace Group -"I see you and I hear you" @ SW Rm 10 4:00 PM Student Grace @ SW Youth Room 4:00 PM Sunday Grace Groups @ SW Rooms 11 and Conf Room 5:15 PM Cherub Choir and St. Luke's Singers @ SW Rm 1 and 12 6:00 PM "Seeking His Face" Prayer Service @ SW 6:00 pm 6:00 PM Vida Abundante Worship @ C in Fellowship Hall

7 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:00 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 4:00 PM Cooper West Creative Dramatics Group @ SW 4:30 PM Girl Scouts @ SW Rm 12 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 7:00 PM Bell Choir @ C in Sanctuary

8 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:00 AM Prayer Vigil 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 5:45 PM Carmichael BB @ SW 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

9 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible Stu 5:15 PM Grace Meals @ Cen 5:30 PM Charge Conference 6:00 PM Grace Kids and EPI 6:00 PM Grace Nights @ C in 6:00 PM Orchestra Practice @ 6:00 PM Grace groups-"Maki 6:30 PM Confirmation Class @ 7:00 PM Choir Practice in Sa 7:00 PM Jorge's Basketball G 8:00 PM The Ology Group in

13 All Church Thanksgiving Dinner Children's Choirs Sing @ SW 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Combined Worship @ SW 3:15 PM Guitar 1 @ SW Rm 12 3:15 PM Guitar 2 @ SW Student Room 4:00 PM Youth Choir @ SW Rm 12 4:00 PM Kids LIVE! @ SW Rm 7 4:00 PM Grace Group -"I see you and I hear you" @ SW Rm 10 4:00 PM Student Grace @ SW Youth Room 4:00 PM Sunday Grace Groups @ SW Rooms 11 and Conf Room 5:15 PM Cherub Choir and St. Luke's Singers @ SW Rm 1 and 12 6:00 PM Vida Abundante Worship @ C in Fellowship Hall 7:00 PM Resonate @ the Overton

14 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 8:30 AM PS-Parent-Teacher Conferences 9:00 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 4:00 PM Cooper West Creative Dramatics Group @ SW 6:15 PM PS/PDO/ASC Committee @ SW Room 12 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 7:00 PM Bell Choir @ C in Sanctuary

15 Newsletter Deadline 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 8:30 AM PS-Parent-Teacher Conferences 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 5:30 PM Finance Committee @ C 5:30 Rm 7 5:45 PM Carmichael BB @ SW 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

16 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible Stu 9:15 AM Children's Church-S 6:00 PM Grace Kids and EPI 6:00 PM Grace Nights @ C in 6:00 PM Orchestra Practice @ 6:00 PM Grace groups-"Maki 6:30 PM Confirmation Class @ 7:00 PM Choir Practice in Sa 7:00 PM Jorge's Basketball G 8:00 PM The Ology Group in

20 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 @ SW Rm 12 3:15 PM Guitar 2 @ SW Student Room 4:00 PM Youth Choir @ SW Rm 12 4:00 PM Kids LIVE! @ SW Rm 7 4:00 PM Student Grace @ SW Youth Room 4:00 PM Sunday Grace Groups @ SW Rooms 11 and Conf Room 5:15 PM Cherub Choir and St. Luke's Singers @ SW Rm 1 and 12 6:00 PM VAL Thanksgiving Celebration @ C 6:00 PM Vida Abundante Worship @ C in Fellowship Hall

21 LCISD Prof Dev LISD & LCISD Thanksgiving Holiday 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:00 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 11:00 AM Newsletter Volunteers Room 7 Central 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 7:00 PM Bell Choir @ C in Sanctuary

22 LCISD Prof Dev 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 5:45 PM Carmichael BB @ SW 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

23 FISD Thanksgiving Holiday 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible Stu 6:00 PM Grace Kids and EPI 6:00 PM Grace Nights @ C in 6:00 PM Orchestra Practice @ 7:00 PM Choir Practice in Sa 7:00 PM Jorge's Basketball G

27 Children's Choirs Sing @ C First Sunday of Advent Tree Trimming Duirng Sunday School Hour 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 4:00 PM Kids LIVE! @ SW Rm 7 4:00 PM Student Grace @ SW Youth Room All Childrens' Choirs @ Central 6:00 PM Vida Abundante Worship @ C in Fellowship Hall

28 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:00 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 4:00 PM Cooper West Creative Dramatics Group @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 7:00 PM Bell Choir @ C in Sanctuary

29 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 5:45 PM Carmichael BB @ SW 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

30 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 7:30 AM Table Talk Bible Stu 6:00 PM Grace Kids and EPI 6:00 PM Grace Nights @ C in 6:00 PM Orchestra Practice @ 6:30 PM St Luke's Singers @ 6:30 PM Confirmation Class @ 7:00 PM Choir Practice in Sa 7:00 PM Jorge's Basketball G

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12 TTU @ OSU 10:00 AM Praise Band Rehearsal @ Central

17 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 9:15 AM Children's Church-Sanctuary 3:30 PM Kids for Christ @ C 6:30 PM Trustees Meeting @ C 6:30 pm Room 7 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13

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19 TTU @ Iowa State 10:00 AM Praise Band Rehearsal @ Central

24 Thanksgiving - Offices Closed 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW

25 Thanksgiving - Offices Closed TTU vs Baylor in Arlington 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW

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5 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 5:30 AM Hands of Jesus - Snack Packing @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:00 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 9:15 AM PS Christmas Program Rehearsals in Sanctuary 4:00 PM Cooper West Creative Dramatics Group @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 7:00 PM Bell Choir @ C in Sanctuary

6 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 9:00 AM United Methodist Women @ C Room 34 9:15 AM PS Christmas Program Rehearsals in Sanctuary 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

7 5:15 AM P31 Fitne 7:30 AM Table Talk C House 9:15 AM PS Christm Rehearsals in Sanc 6:00 PM Grace Kid 6:00 PM Grace Nig 6:30 PM Confirmat 7:00 PM Choir Chr 7:00 PM Jorge's Ba SW

11 Third Sunday of Advent 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 3:00 PM John Wesley Sunday School Party @ C in FH 5:00 PM A Night in Bethlehem @ SW 6:00 PM Vida Abundante Worship @ C in Fellowship Hall 7:00 PM Resonate @ the Overton

12 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:00 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am PS Storm Drills 4:00 PM Cooper West Creative Dramatics Group @ SW 6:00 PM Staff Christmas Party 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 7:00 PM Bell Choir @ C in Sanctuary

13 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C PS Storm Drills 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 5:30 PM Finance Committee @ SW 5:30 Conf Room 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

14 5:15 AM P31 Fitne 7:30 AM Table Talk C House 6:00 PM Grace Kid 6:00 PM Grace Nig 6:00 PM Orchestra pm 6:30 PM Ragamuff @C 7:00 PM Choir Prac 7:00 PM Jorge's Ba SW

18 Fourth Sunday of Advent 8:30 AM Worship @ C 9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship @ SW 10:45 AM Worship @ C 4:00 PM Student Grace @ SW Youth Room 6:00 PM Belize Mission Trip Info Meeting @ SW 6:00 PM Vida Abundante Worship @ C in Fellowship Hall

19 LISD & FISD Christmas Holiday 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 9:00 AM Monday Morning Prayer @ SW 9:00 am 4:00 PM Cooper West Creative Dramatics Group @ SW 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 7:00 PM Bell Choir @ C in Sanctuary

20 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

21 5:15 AM P31 Fitne 7:30 AM Table Talk C House 6:00 PM Orchestra pm 7:00 PM Choir Prac 7:00 PM Jorge's Ba SW

25 LCISD Christmas Break 10:30 AM Christmas Worship Service @C 10:30 AM Christmas Worship Service @ SW 6:00 PM VAL Christmas Celebration @C

26 Christmas Holiday - Offices Closed LCISD Christmas Break 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 8:30 AM Monday Morning Prayer Group @ C Room 6 6:30 PM Prayer Warriors @ SW

27 Christmas Holiday - Offices Closed LCISD Christmas Break 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:30 AM United Methodist Men @ 6:30 am in FH @ C 10:00 AM Staff Meeting 8:00 PM College Bible Study @ 5921 75th

28 LCISD Christmas B 5:15 AM P31 Fitne 7:30 AM Table Talk C House 7:00 PM Choir Prac 7:00 PM Jorge's Ba SW

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3 10:00 AM Dress Rehearsal for Carols and Candles @ C 10:00 AM Praise Band Rehearsal @ Central 10:00 AM Hurst Family Christmas @ SW

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15 Christmas Food Vouchers ess @ SW k Bible Study Andy 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 3:30 PM Kids for Christ @ C 6:30 PM Trustees @ SW Room 12 ds and EPIC @ C 6:30 PM ESL Classes @ C Room 13 ghts @ C in FH a Practice @ C 6:00

16 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW 6:00 PM Radio Show Rehearsal@ C in FH

17 10:00 AM Praise Band Rehearsal @ Central 10:00 AM St. Luke's Singers Caroling Party 3:00 PM Radio Show @ C in FH

23 LCISD Christmas Break 5:15 AM P31 Fitness @ SW

24 LCISD Christmas Break 10:00 AM Praise Band Rehearsal @ Central 12:00 PM Christmas Eve Service @ C 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Service @ SW 6:00 PM Christmas Eve Service @ C 11:00 PM Christmas Eve Service @ C

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MUSIC MINISTRY It is nice to be seated in my chair at home writing this newsletter article and not having to think or be bothered, at least momentarily, about the awful presidential campaign that has occupied our country for the last year. Ugh! It is my pleasure to inform you of the activities and opportunities related to our wonderful music ministry. First, let me emphasize the most enjoyable part of serving in the music ministry: the people. The music ministry is blessed with people who have a heart for service, a soul for music, and a belly for laughter. That’s right! We have fun, and if laughter is medicine for the body and soul, then you’ll surely get your weekly allowance in the music ministry. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then a rehearsal a week keeps the doctor at arm’s reach (it almost rhymes). I would like to repeat two invitations to service in the music ministry that I mentioned last month. First, consider being a Seasonal Singer. A Seasonal Singer is one who sings with the choir at special events. The commitment is to rehearse with the choir from October until the end of November and to perform in Carols and Candles on December 4th. We rehearse Christmas music at the beginning of Wednesday rehearsals, from 7:00 until 7:40. Don’t miss the opportunity of being a Seasonal Singer. You’ll be showered with appreciation by the choir and enjoy singing Christmas music. You are also welcome to inquire about our other ensembles: Bellchoir, Orchestra and Praise Band. Second, if you are looking to serve in the music ministry in a non-musical way, please consider being in the Technical Crew. We have several openings in both services at the Central Campus. It is important to fill each spot in order to have a reliable rotation that keeps the services running smoothly. You can be on the Sound Crew (which operates the soundboard) or the Media Crew (which operates the slideshow). While these are vital jobs during worship, they are not difficult and we will make sure that you are fully trained. Look at the chart below for openings.

8:30 Service

Sound Fred Wagner

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10:45 Service

Media Sam Kennedy Andrew Kennedy

Dale Wiginon

Mike McMurry

Ben Hayes

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Sound ???? Bryce Yancey ???? Darren Jones

Media Leslie Garrison Leslie Garrison Elaina Thomas ????

Please remember that Carols and Candles is on Sunday, December 4th at 6:00pm in the Central Campus sanctuary. There will be two new features this year. First, Maedgen students who participate in our after school program, Kids for Christ (led by D’lea Jordan) will sing two pieces alongside our children’s choir. This is a wonderful way to connect with families in our neighborhood. Second, we will have a “Cookie, Coffee and Cocoa” social after the program. It will be held in fellowship hall and will offer us an opportune time to develop relationships with visitors and guests. Please mark your calendars and pray for the event. Finally, I’d like to remind all of you that St. Luke’s needs ushers and greeters at both the 8:30 service and 10:45 service (especially the 8:30 service). One vital aspect of church growth is to show effective hospitality to visitors, and the most important ingredient is people. Visitors will slip though the cracks of poor hospitality if there aren’t enough greeters or ushers. Also, the prime time for hospitality is the first 10 minutes after the service, when visitors have experienced worship and have formulated questions about St. Luke’s. We tend to dart off to Sunday school or to lunch and leave visitors in the wake. Please consider being an usher, greeter and/ or information desk worker. We will have training sessions in November in order to equip you with great tools for effective hospitality. Please contact me if you feel called to serve in this area. 12 Giving St. Luke’s Lubbock


Joke of the month: How many conductors does it take to change a light bulb? No one knows because no one was watching!! Areas to Serve and Grow Choirs, Orchestra, String Ensemble, Bells, Band, Sound Crew, Media Crew, Librarians, Guitar Class, Drama

Fall Semester in the Music Ministry: 12/4- Carols and Candles Performance- 6:00 @ the Central Campus Sanctuary 12/15- BellChoir Christmas Concert @ McKenzie House 12/ 17- St. Luke’s Singers Caroling/ Lunch/ Movie 12/17- Radio Show- 6:00 @ Central Campus Fellowship Hall

FINANCIAL UPDATE Amount Paid 1,787,985 Remaining Debt 212,015 Original Building Debt 2,000,000

AC TUAL SEP TEMBER

St. Luke’s Lubbock

Expense, $904,238

F I N I SH THE R A CE

SEPTEMB ER 2 0 1 6 Amount Paid Remaining Debt

212,015

1,787,985

Deficit, ($47,590)

Expense, $101,750

Deficit ($14,203)

Income, $87,547

Income, $856,648

S T. LU KE' S 2 0 1 6 I N COME & EX PEN S E

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CONTACT SENIOR PASTOR Dr. Andy Hurst ASSOCIATE PASTOR/ LEAD PASTOR SOUTHWEST Rev. Matt Wolfington MILLENNIAL & YOUNG ADULT MINISTER Rev. Scott Latham

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

CENTRAL & SOUTHWEST MINISTRY ASSISTANT Burgundy Hahn

ORGANIST Karen Dawson

PARISH NURSE Linda McMurry

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St. Luke’s Lubbock

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DIRECTOR Brenda Cruz

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