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June 5th - 9th 9:00am - 12:00pm Central Campus

June 19th - 22nd 6:00pm - 8:00pm Southwest Campus

July 10th - 14th 9:00am - 12:00pm Central Campus St. Luke’s Lubbock

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A NOTE FROM PASTOR ANDY Ashram It is my hope that this summer you and your family will find time for and experience true and definitely needed physical, emotional, and spiritual renewal. I want to recommend one such opportunity for renewal in the paragraphs below: 75 years ago a movement was born under the leadership of renowned evangelist and missionary E. Stanley Jones. When Jones was serving in India, he became aware of a cultural tradition of India known as ASHRAM. Every year families and individuals by the millions would take an Ashram. The Sanskrit word literally means “away from.” So for a couple of weeks or more people would go away from work, away from their normal routines, away from home villages and they would attend an Ashram. So Dr. Jones started the Christian Ashram at Sat Tal for the purpose of offering Christ to the people of India. He used their “away from” methodology and filled it with Christian teaching. The Guru of the Christian Ashram is Jesus. The mantra repeated often during the Christian Ashram is “Jesus is Lord!” The Christian Ashram as opposed to the Hindu Ashram was committed to all walls falling down; no caste system, no hierarchy, no denominations, no titles. E. Stanley Jones preached that all ground is level at the foot of the cross. So at the Ashram everybody was simply known as Brother or Sister. Brother Stanley led this movement in India with great success and then brought it to the United States 75 years ago. The Christian Ashram became a place where persons of all ages encountered the presence of the Living Christ, a place where lives were transformed, a place where people were loved and healed by Jesus. The Texas Christian Ashram has been going on for over 60 years and is a multi-generational retreat that feels like VBS, church camp, family reunion, and family vacation all rolled into one. The Texas Christian Ashram will be held July 22-27 at the beautiful Lake Palestine Retreat Center. Here is what is printed in their Mission Statement: What is a Christian Ashram? It is a disciplined Christian experience held in a retreat setting for the purpose of deeper spiritual growth which makes God more real in daily living. The Ashram provides a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and a move toward the grace and presence of Jesus Christ. What can I expect at a Christian Ashram? Morning Watch At 7:00 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday, A time of reflection, witnessing, and teaching will be held to start the day. Open Heart Saturday afternoon participants open their hearts to the group, expressing needs and sharing blessings. This time lays the groundwork for the closeness and bonding of our time together. Bible Hour A time for an in-depth Bible study led by a qualified teacher of the week. Evangelistic Sermons Stir the soul and rekindle the fire of our faith. Christian Ashram evangelists are dynamic, bold and relevant in their proclamation. Healing and Wholeness Wednesday Night all participants are given the opportunity to receive physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. 2

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Overflowing Heart A time during the retreat when those who have been blessed during the Christian Ashram are given the opportunity to share what God has done in their lives. 24-Hour Prayer Vigil From the start, participants will volunteer to pray in one-hour blocks inside the prayer vigil for the Ashram, its members and oneself. Work hour "Labor of Love" After lunch, we join together in a time of fun and labor to help beautify the camp or some other act of Christian service. Lawyer and construction worker shed our worldly titles to join together in Kingdom service. If you would like more information about the Texas Christian Ashram, just go to their website at www.texaschristianashram.org or give me a call. The Ashram has been very pivotal in my own spiritual journey.

A NOTE FROM PASTOR MATT Real or Virtual Life? Many people say they dream at night, but I dream vividly! I know that the best time for me to “hear” from God is in the wee hours of the night. In the last year I have been “hearing” from God with a common message, “You're always somewhere else.” This past week, I finally got a clear picture of the message in the middle of preaching on a Sunday morning. I realized that it is true that I am always physically present, but my mind is somewhere else. Then it struck me, I am always reading, studying, teaching and applying the Word of God, but I how often am I really present WITH God or with people? Recently the Holy Spirit has been revealing to me the many places I could have encountered God, but because I was distracted or disconnected in the moment, I missed Him. The Lord has still be working in me and through me, but I have been missing the deeper relationship He desires WITH me. My heart hurts at the possibility because the irony is that I highly value relationships. My whole life and ministry are based on relationships. They are one and the same. In the past few weeks I have been retraining my mind, literally, to disengage from tasks and tune-in to the moment at hand. I resist the constant temptation to check my e-mail, look at social media, and work on my lists. I was waiting on an appointment in an outer office and found myself closing my eyes to listen to a song playing in the background. While I was out of town on a personal retreat I ate with a total stranger and learned about this older man’s amazing life and got to share Jesus with him. What am I learning from the Lord through this lesson? Technology, television, and social media are great tools if we master them and not let them master us. We must, absolutely must, live a real life and not a virtual life. The world is losing the ability to interact on a personal. What is more important? Checking the Texas Ranger game score on your smart phone while at lunch with a friend or actually talking to your friend? Are you more concerned with the social media posts about someone else’s life or the life of your spouse or child who is sitting in the room with you? Do you skip inviting a guest at church to go eat lunch because it might take a little extra time and be a bit awkward? When it comes to sharing Jesus, my sermon on-line is a good tool, but my personal interaction with people, and your personal lifestories, are much more effective and life-changing. Reading a 5 minute devotional on your tablet is a great start to your day, but a 5 minute prayer with the living God is better. He actually talks back to you if you listen! There is a wonderful place for technology in each of our lives, but when the battery runs out or the electricity goes off, the living God is still there. Even more importantly, when our life battery runs out and our life goes out forever, the living God will be there. You might have had 1000 friends on Facebook, read the best screenshot devotionals, or maybe even had a streak of 10,000 on snap chat, but will you know Jesus when you see Him… in person?

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VIDA ABUNDANTE Are freedom and privacy the same thing? “…that they may be one, even as we are one” John 17.11 They are obviously not the same thing. We think freedom is the ability to do whatever we want. And it could be, if we lived alone. But how to live in freedom with others? Community changes that! Our idea of privacy doesn’t allow us to see the reality in which we live. Very soon we will try to push ourselves away from the rest of the group. It could be community, congregation or even family. The result will be not only loneliness, but also loss of relational abilities or intelligence to start and get into profound relationships. The pattern God always followed to make human society was the family even after Adam and Eve’s fall. The family led to a patriarchy, in which people must see themselves as relatives and this is so because they are! How could “privacy” be seen by that kind of society? Is “privacy” our opportunity to keep people away from who we really are? In this case, why would we do that? Is it fear? Is self-protection the hidden reason behind that social behavior? Will we protect ourselves from the people we are calling to make disciples or spiritual family? I know it could seem overwhelming but, it is still real. Of course we need physical privacy as God covered us in Eden’s garden. But is it the same with our soul? Is not God a Trinity? I mean, is not He a person and a community at the same time? He is where our image came from! Summer is almost here. It starts when schools finish and our family members will be at home. This is a dangerous time for the “privacy” concept. I encourage you to get out of the box and try to challenge your “safety” a little bit. It will be a wonderful opportunity to take our cross and face our calling to make disciples, which is impossible following those overwhelming “privacy” rules. If we have to confront people, let’s do it. If we need to be confronted let’s be humble! There is a loving way and motivation to do that also! Let’s start the time in the sun not only getting our bodies warm but also our hearts!

-Jorge

Vida Abundante Vacation Bible School June 28th - June 30th

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MUSIC MINISTRY The music ministry took a short hiatus from the newsletter during March and April. Many of you are probably curious about the success of the Pancake Supper and the Choir trip. Through the hard work and cooperative spirit of people involved in both events, I am pleased to say I have only wonderful things to report. The Methodist Men expertly operated another successful Pancake Supper! All 250 people who feasted on delicious pancakes and mouth-watering bacon enjoyed a great meal. The men raised $2,720 for the St. Luke’s Singers choir trip, which helped the kids and parents enjoy a fully funded trip to Ft. Worth Davis United Methodist Church. If there is any church who could rival our Methodist Men in providing food, it would be Fort Davis UMC. They generously provided every meal for our choir, parents and instrumentalists. The 23 children were in top form as they offered a full program of music during the morning worship service. They were accompanied by an instrumental ensemble comprised of a violin, a flute, orchestral bells, piano, percussion and guitar. Our new family at Ft. Davis UMC experienced the same blessings we receive from our children and instrumentalists: beautiful, uplifting music praising God and encouraging the church to greater levels of devotion and fellowship. All this was possible through God’s grace and the investment of parents, Methodist Men and other adults who have a heart for service. Many thanks to everyone for a wonderful trip! Shortly after the choir trip, I was contacted by a colleague in Abilene who is responsible for planning worship services at the annual conference. After a short conversation, he invited the St. Luke’s Singers and the instrumentalists to offer their choir trip music as part of a conference worship service on June 8th. This is a great honor and a wonderful opportunity for our musicians to share their ministry with extended church family at the annual conference. Please keep us all in your prayers as we share our music with our extended Methodist family. The Youth Ensemble finally offered their music two weeks ago after a challenging chess-like coordination of schedules. We have busy and talented youth who leave town to compete in academic, music and art related competitions. It’s thrilling to have such talent available, but frustrating to find a date when they are available! Yet, it was worth the wait when they offered their music on May 21st. Remember to give an encouraging word the youth when you see them. On a more general note, the adult choir, orchestra, soloists and keyboardists have continued to adorn our worship services with delightful music week to week. All of you are always generous with appreciative applause and encouraging words. The music ministry is grateful for your support and prayers as we strive to honor God and enrich our worship experiences. Finally, Music Camp 2017 will be July 10-14 and 16. The musical will be “Bible Boot Camp,” which is a musical about the importance of being rooted in God’s Word. This is a very important message for children and adults alike, as many church leaders and theologians see the church in a crisis of Biblical illiteracy. Please spread the word about Music Camp so many people hear this important message. And, as always, our musical are FUN! Registration is Online through our church website: www.egrace.us.

Laughter for the Soul:

A pastor is walking down the street one day when he notices a small boy trying to use the doorbell on a house across the street. However, the boy is very small and the doorbell is too high for him to reach. After watching the boy’s efforts for some time, the pastor walks across the street up to the little fellow and rings the doorbell. Kneeling down next to the child, the pastor smiles and asks, "And now what, my little man?" To which the boy replies, "Run!"

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Calendar in Advance:

•June 8- St. Luke’s Singers sing at Annual Conference •July 10-14 &16- Music Camp- entering 1st through entering 6th

Areas to Serve in the Music Ministry

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

RAGAMUFFIN STUDENTS June 5-9: Serve as VBS leaders June 12-16: One Way 7-9 Camp June 17-18: Serve with All-Church Backyard Mission June 19-23: One Way 10-12 Camp June 25: Pool Party @ Birchfields (8101 CR 6910) July 10-14: Serve as Music Camp leaders July 16: Music Camp Performance August 20: Buffalo Springs Lake Day - 9:30 @ Central July Summer Grace: Sunday Nights 5:00-7:00 @ Southwest August Summer Grace: Sunday Nights 5:00-7:00 @ Morelocks' (8802 Richmond Ave)

2017 Summer Calendar May 2017 S 7 14 21 28

M 1 8 15 22 29

T 2 9 16 23 30

W 3 10 17 24 31

T 4 11 18 25

F 5 12 19 26

June 2017 S 6 13 20 27

3: Fight Club 6:30-8:00pm @ Central Basement

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T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1

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

July 2017 S 2 9 16 23 30

M 3 10 17 24 31

T 4 11 18 25

W 5 12 19 26

T 6 13 20 27

F 7 14 21 28

August 2017 S 8 15 22 29

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T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

2: Summer Grace @ Southwest Campus

6: Summer Grace @ the Morelocks 8802 Richmond

12-16: One Way 7-9 Camp

9: Summer Grace @ Southwest Campus

13: Summer Grace @ the Morelocks 8802 Richmond

10: Fight Club

18: NO Programs – Camp Training

11-14: Music Camp

14: Mothers’ Day – - No Grace Night

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

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

16: Music Camp Performance @ Central Campus

17: Fight Club Party

25: Pool Party @ the Birchfields - 8101 CR 6910

23: Summer Grace @ Southwest Campus

7: Church Picnic - No Grace Night

21: Senior Sunday 21: Summer Grace 28: End of School Party

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

5-9: Vacation Bible School @ C 11: NO Programs – Camp Training

Contact us: Kurtis Vanderpool – Student Pastor 806-790-5469 RagamuffinStudents@gmail.com Website: RagamuffinStudents.org Facebook: RagamuffinSM Twitter: RagamuffinSM Instagram: RagamuffinStudents

30: Summer Grace @ Southwest Campus

27: Summer Grace @ the Morelocks 8802 Richmond 30: Block Party @ Central 9/10: Fall Parent Meeting @ Southwest following Church *Fall programs begin Sept. 3rd*

July Summer Grace 5:00-7:00pm @ St. Luke’s Southwest 5805 98th St.

August Summer Grace 5:00-7:00pm @ the Morelock’s Home 8802 Richmond Ave

* 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

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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.*

Hello St. Luke’s Church Family! I am so excited that the Lord has called me to serve as your Children’s Ministry Director. The Lord is sweet and faithful and I am excited to see what He has in store for our church. I can not wait to get to know all the kids and their families but also I want to tell you a little bit about myself. I grew up in Dallas, Texas with my Mom and a little dog named Lilly. I studied Children’s Ministry at Christ For The Nations Institute where I met the love of my life Zach Nolan. We got engaged last May and we are getting married in October of this year. We love to try new restaurants, watch movies, and enjoy outdoor adventures. Zach and I both have several years of experience working with kids and youth. I have a passion for teaching kids about the gospel and helping them form their own relationship with the Lord. I want them to know what the Lord says about them is more powerful than what the world might say they are. We are so excited to be here and to join our new church family! Blessings, Alli Petty

2017 Fall Schedule Starting September 10TH 3:30 - 4:15 Guitar 4:15 - 445 Youth Ensemble 4:45 - 5:30 St. Luke's Singers 5:30 - 6:30 Kids Live 5:00 - 6:30 Youth 7:00 Vida Abundante

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Summer Music Camp 2017 will feature the musical “Bible Boot Camp,” a musical about what it means to be rooted in the Word of God. Dan and Kristen arrive a week late to Bible Boot Camp, full of questions. Sgt. Readmore Scripture, General Rockin’ Doctrine and the senior cadets answer their questions in humorous and insightful ways. The musical will be accompanied by a live band. Each day during snack time, there will be Educational Events ,where kids learn about music from talented guest musicians. For children entering 1st grade through entering 6th grade July 10th - July 14th, 9am to 12pm (Friday until 1pm) Snack provided each day. Lunch served on Friday. Musical Performance on Sunday, July 16st at 6pm followed by Ice Cream Social (More information? Contact Dr. Andy Coward, 797-4393, acoward@stlukeslubbock.org)

Imagine a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God. Join us for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School! Register your kids today or sign up to volunteer as a leader or helper.

Students entering Pre-k (4 years old) Through entering sixth Grade

Students and Volunteers can register online at egrace.us St. Luke’s Lubbock

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FINANCIAL UPDATE Actual April $121,751 $98,521 $23,231

Income Expense Surplus/(Deficit)

Actual YTD $454,571 $405,793 $48,778

ACTUAL APRIL

Expense, $405,793 Surplus, $48,778

Surplus, $23,231

Expense, $98,521

Income, $121,751

Income, $454,571

ST. LUKE'S 2017 INCOME & EXPENSE

ACTUAL YTD

Debt Free Current Building Debt Original Building Debt

0

31,573 2,000,000

BUILDING DEBT REDUCTION MAY 2017

2,000,000

Original Building Debt Current Building Debt 31,573

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Debt Free

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UPCOMING EVENTS June 5-9th - VBS @ Central, 9:00am-12:00pm June 11th - Pizza with the Pastors June 12th- One Way 7-9 Camp @ Ceta Canyon June 18th - SW Children's Pastor Reception June 19th One Way 10-12 Camp @ Ceta Canyon June 21st - Sports Camp @ SW, 6:00pm June 23rd- Family Event @ SW July 5th - M&M Lunch, 11:30 @ Central July 11-14th- Music Camp @ Central, 9:00am July 12- Lil Ceta 2 July 17th- Whoz-We-R-4-6 @ Ceta Canyon

Family Event, Under the Stars @ SW June 23RD Enjoy food & fellowship then bring your tent and Camp-out under the stars

August 2nd - Shepherd Lunch August 16th- Newsletter Deadline August 27th - 40 Days of Prayer August 27th - Family Event August 30th- Block Party @ Central, 5:30-7:00pm September 8th -10th - Men's Retreat September 10th - Grace Nights 3:30 - 4:15 Guitar 4:15 - 445 Youth Ensemble 4:45- 5:30 St. Luke's Singers 5:30 - 6:30 Kids Live 5:00- 6:30 Youth 7:00 Vida Abundante September 22nd- 24th - Renewal Conference

Needed:

Neck Ties for Camp by July 14th

Please bring them by the Church Office Old or New bring em’ by!

October 1st - Stewardship Campaign October 11th - M&M Lunch, 11:30 @ Central October 13th - 15th Youth Fall Retreat October 31st - Trunk or Treat @ SW November 23rd & 24th Office closed for Thanksgiving December 3rd - Tree Trimming December 3rd - Advent December 10th - Christmas Musical December 16th - Radio Show December 17th - Night in Bethlehem December 25th & 26th - Office Closed for Christmas

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Coming June 2017

This summer come and journey with us as we delve into the life of one of history’s greatest leaders, King David. He was “a man after God’s own heart,” but he was far from perfect. This real life follower of God had many ups and downs, many triumphs and many disappointments. David experienced great worldly success and tragic moral failure. He knew the reality of deep doubt and the power that comes from tremendous confidence in God. Through it all David kept raising his voice, his hurts, his praises, his questions to the Living God. The Book of Psalms is full of his honest and authentic outpourings to the Lord. We have much to learn from how David excelled and failed in life always turning and returning to the God who created him, called him, and loved him. St. Luke’s Lubbock

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CONTACT CHILDREN’S PASTOR Central - D’Lea Jordan Southwest- Alli Petty

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

STUDENT PASTOR Kurtis Vanderpool 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

CENTRAL & SOUTHWEST MINISTRY ASSISTANT Burgundy Hahn

ORGANIST Karen Dawson

PARISH NURSE Linda McMurry

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

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

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DIRECTOR OF PRESCHOOL Keri Jiou DIRECTOR OF PARENTS DAY OUT Vicki Davidson 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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Summer Camp Dates

One Way, 7th-9th - June 12th - 16th One Way, 10th-12th - June 19th - June 23rd One Way. 4th-6th - June 26th - 30th Whoz-We-R, 4th-6th - July 17th - 21st Lil Ceta 3, 2nd & 3rd - July 31st - Aug 2nd VBS - June 5th - 9th VBS Worship Service - June 11th @ 10:45 Sports & Fine Arts Camp - June 19th - 22nd Family Cookout, Under The Stars @ SW - June 23rd Music Camp - July 10th - 14th Listen toPerformance our Sermons Online egrace.us Music Camp & Ice Cream Social-at July 16th @ 6:00 16

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