Hello, St. Luke Saints!

Here is your weekly update.
Sunday, September 1 , 2019
Join a Sunday School Class

10am  Worship Service 
of  the Word

Jersey Day!
Twelfth  Sunday After Pentecost

Paul White, Preaching
This Week's Calendar  |  Financial  Information
Upcoming Events & Services

Welcome Visitors!
Join us each Sunday as we gather around Word & Sacrament. 
Stop by our visitors table for a free gift.  

We have a nursery for your young ones, and coffee is available in the Narthex.  
         We have a nursing room available if you need it.  And you are welcome to spend time during worship in our Pray Ground with your Toddlers!

Sunday School Classes Have Begun!

Adults and Children,
s ee list below for classes! 
Private Prayer Every Sunday

Sometimes it is good to be able to share our prayer concerns with another Christian. That's what the after-service Prayer Room (#111, next to the nursery) is all about. If you want to share a prayer concern for yourself or someone you love, there will be a Stephen Minister waiting for you! 

 Remember Christ said, 
     "For where two or three gather in my name, 
      there am I with  them."  
                                                                     Matt. 18:20
Our Daily Bread Devotionals

The September, October & November "Our Daily Bread" Devotionals are here.  Pick yours up Sunday!
Food First Sunday  

Thank you for bringing staples to our food pantry for the needy.  Items most needed are Cereal, Canned Soups, and Canned Fruit.  Thank you!
Vitalant Blood Drive - St. Luke
September 1, 9am - 12:30pm

Vitalant is the Memphis region's only non-profit volunteer blood center, dedicated to meeting the needs of patients, healthcare facilities, medical professionals and the community at large. Every year Vitalant supplies more than 100,000 units of blood and blood products for local patient transfusion.

The donation process only takes about 1 hour and takes place entirely at St. Luke. Each donation of whole blood can help as many as 3 recipients - all of them our neighbors.

A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board outside the office. However, I strongly recommend you sign up at clublifeblood.us. You can also complete your health questionnaire in advance the day of the drive at this website.

Don't forget you earn points with every donation that can be redeemed at clublifeblood.us; rewards include t-shirts, movie passes, and gift cards.

Please contact Jon Klein (jdklein18@gmail.com, 901-268-5478), the St. Luke Vitalant Coordinator, with any questions.
Jersey Day - Sept. 1

Wear a Jersey Sunday to support your favorite team! Football, soccer, basketball, whatever...see what other fans we have at St. Luke!

Sunday, September 1

                     Jersey Day
                     Food First Sunday
 9 :00 am      Vitalant Blood Drive
 9:00 am       Sunday School for All Ages                    
10:00 am      Worship Service of the Word 
                     Paul White Preaching
Wednesday Night Activities 

WEB Meal 5 - 6:30  pm in the CFC
Cherub Choir  - 6 - 6:55 pm - Children ages 4 through 3rd grade meet in Room 113 for fun and music!

Praise Team -  5:30 pm 
Do you play an instrument, beat a drum, or make a joyful noise?  See Jacob Allen about participating in the Praise Team.

Confirmation  6:30 pm

Adult Choir  - 7 pm - All ages are invited to participate in the adult choir!  Meet in the Sanctuary.
Service is Cancelled.  Come Serve!!!

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday, September 8. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. We have lots of opportunities to serve our neighbors; sign up on the sheets in the Narthex Sunday!

Activities Include:
Fletcher Creek Cleanup
Cookies to First Responders
Casseroles for the Homebound 
Manna Bags 
Member Care (yard clean up, etc.)
Youth Service Project
Cook & Setup for picnic
Letter writing to advocate for hunger, housing, prison reform, and immigration.

Grandparents Day Brunch 

The Evangelism Committee is hosting a Grandparents Day Brunch Wednesday, September 4, 11:30am-12:30pm. 
Sign up in the Narthex this weekend!
St. Luke's Vision...

Seek God.  Serve Others.  Share Life.
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GWOH T-Shirts are Here     

If you ordered a God's Work. Our Hands. T-shirt, they are here!
Pick yours up from the GWOH sign-up table in the Narthex.
They're pre-packaged with your name on them.

Don't forget to wear them Sunday Sept. 8!
Multi-Media Help Needed 

Our Multi-Media Team needs a few more volunteers to help create the slides used on Sunday mornings during worship.  It's pretty simple: take the script that's provided, make up slides, save the file!  Sometimes you'll create, other times you'll proof what someone else created.  The more people we have on the team, the fewer times per month you'll be asked to do one of the jobs.

Contact Bev McGhee (bmcghee@gmx.com) or Patti in the office (patti@stlukememphis.org) if you are interested.
Offering Counter Needed 

Are you good at counting money?  We need a few more offering counters to work on Monday mornings.  The more we have, the fewer times you'll need to volunteer.

Contact Patti in the office (patti@stlukememphis.org) if you are interested.
Friendship Sunday, September 15, 10am

"Treasures" Needed!

The annual SLY Yard Sale is Saturday, September 21.

We need your "trash" to sell to others as "treasures!"  Start collecting stuff now, and we'll accept donations as follows:

Wednesday 9/11, 4-7pm
Sunday 9/15 before & after service
Monday-Friday, 9/16-20, 4-7pm

Thank you!
Join a Choir!

SATB - musicians will know that this is the acronym for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass - the four parts of a traditional choir. I like to think of it as "Sagas, Adventures, Tribulations, and Blessings" (yes I use the Oxford comma and I'm proud of it ;-). Choir and Praise team will start their weekly Wednesday rehearsals on August 28th and I'd like to officially invite you to join us for all of our SATB's this season.

There's a famous quote of unknown origin "No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." If I were to make a New Year resolution, it would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord. We don't start over; but we begin again right where we are, making things better in our lives.

It may not be the traditional time for a New Year resolution but if you've ever thought that sharing your talents, whatever they may be, in the music ministry at St. Luke would enhance your spiritual journey we would LOVE to have you. If that means Adult Choir there's an easy way to get involved....just show up! We rehearse at 7pm Wednesdays in the sanctuary. If that means Praise Team just find me after any service and we'll figure out the best way to get you involved. And of course, the Cherub Choir is also a great experience for the younger members of our congregation - just see Jennifer Carkeet.

Here's to a great season of SATB's!

Thursday Women's Bible Study   

The Thursday Women's Bible Study group will start back up September 12th studying the book, The Twelve Disciples by Douglas Connelly. Please join us at 1:30 in the Narthex for the study of God's Word and great fellowship.
Ladies' Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Discover the God Who Cherishes You
Jennifer Rothschild has a story for you. It's about an unlikely couple, an unlikely courtship, and an affair. But the marriage didn't end, instead, a love story began. It is Hosea and Gomer's love story and it is your love story.

When you're looking for identity, God calls you His own.
When you feel enslaved, God frees you.
When you wander away, God brings you home.
No matter where you are, God sees who you are and loves you faithfully. His unfailing love changes everything.

Join us as we study Jennifer Rothschild's  7 session study of Hosea: Unfailing Love Changes Everything, on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30. 
The study began August 13, 2019, but it's not too late to join!
Community-Wide Read

MIFA is bringing the community together for four months to read, learn, and connect using Kathy Izard's inspirational book The Hundred Story Home-A Memoir about Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger. The book can be purchased at a 10% discount at Novel Bookstore on Perkins Extended.

     A Homelessness Here and Now forum will be held September 10, 6pm at Second Baptist Church. September 11 at noon, join other St. Luke Saints for a " Do Good, Love Well Luncheon " at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. 

Do Good, Love Well Luncheon
Our tables for MIFA's "Do Good, Love Well Luncheon" on Sept. 11 at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis are full. If you're interested we can put you on a waiting list-email Patti at patti@stlukememphis.org.

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Church Health Tour 

St. Luke Saints are off again!

The next St. Luke Saints excursion will be Tuesday, Sept. 24th. We
will be touring the Church Health Center at the new facilities at the
Crosstown Concourse. We will meet at the church to carpool. The tour
is to begin at 10:30. After the tour we will have lunch at a Crosstown

You don't have to be a senior {High School or age-wise!} to join us.
Just have some free time that day!

The St. Luke Knitters will be taking the prayer shawls and infant kits
they have been working on to the center that day.
Tailgate Party!   

We are planning our annual St. Luke football tailgate to a Memphis Tigers football game on Thursday evening, September 26, slated for a tentative 7 PM kickoff.  We will tailgate at Toby Park beginning at 4 pm.  Tickets are projected to be $20 plus a $5 T-Shirt commemorating the game against NAVY. 

A signup sheet will be available in the lobby on Sunday Sept 1, 8 and 15.  Please contact Burk Renner (240.0284) if you have any questions.  Payment for tickets & shirts must be made in advance no later than Sept. 15.  Three (3) Tiger season schedule posters are available for the first signups.

Habitat for Humanity Fall Build

Mark your calendars for Sept. 28 and Oct. 19, 7:30am-1pm, to help build a house!  Signup in the Narthex.

Tidbits of the Week -  August 28!

Touchdown! See Eric McKinney about getting in on the action with the football fantasy league.
                                                Wednesday Evening Activities
Hungry! Join us for supper, this Wednesday, for food, fellowship, and fun from 5-6:30. Yum!
Praise Team practice: 5:30
Cherub Choir (ages 4-3 rd grade): 6-6:55
Confirmation Patents' meeting: 6:30
Adult Choir: 7pm
                                                Other Activities
Blood Drive: next Sunday at church, from 9-12:30.
Jersey Day is next Sunday! Wear a shirt supporting your favorite team or an organization you support.
Grandparents' Day Brunch: Sign up for this fun meal, on Wed, Sept. 4 th, 11:30-12:30
Come Serve! God's Work, Our Hands Sunday will be Sunday, Sept 8 th, beginning at 9am.
Do Good, Love Well Luncheon is celebrating MIFA on Sept 11 th, at noon. See Pastor Cliff for details.
Friendship Sunday is Sept 15 th, so invite friends and neighbors to St. Luke. This will be a special service for our "Come as you are" visitors.
Cliff Notes
Luke 13: 10-17
Sunday was our last in a series of sermons about our Seven Marks of Ministry. We are in a season of growth, nurturing faith and discipleship. Our seventh mark is spiritual leadership and personal integrity. We need to live in faith out in the world, in all areas of our lives, Monday through Saturday, then celebrate with worship on Sunday. There have been scandals in churches for a long time; leaders fail to show leadership and integrity. It's difficult to stand up to this, being exposed to the world. Any day, any time is a day to heal, to do the right thing. We can choose to devote ourselves to do good works, based on love (1 Timothy 1:12). People notice when we do the right things. God's grace encourages us and we can work together as a church, to follow Jesus. There is help here! Stephen Ministers are always available and willing to listen. It's always the right time to do the right thing!
Kroger Community Rewards   

Our Second Quarter 2019 (May 1 - July 31) rewards from Kroger come to $45.65 in Donations!

20 St. Luke Households support St. Luke through their shopping at Kroger.  Thank you!

It's easy to sign up with your Kroger Rewards Card. 
Click this Link and follow the prompts!
Amazon Smile Donation

We received $21.84 
in donations from AmazonSmile for the second quarter 
(April 1 - June 30)!

It's easy to have a percentage of your Amazon purchases come to St. Luke.
Simply log into your account using smile.amazon.com.
Select St. Luke in Cordova to be the recipient of the donations!
Remember to shop at smile.amazon.com
Mission Jamaica 2020
Mission Jamaica

Our next adult trip to Mission Jamaica is February 8-15, 2020, costing approximately $1600 plus airfare. Please prayerfully consider joining our St. Luke Missionaries on this trip! See Pastor Cliff.
Facilities Maintenance Log 
We have a log book available in the office for you to note any maintenance needs you come across in the church!

In Mac's mailbox (our Sexton) is a binder called
"Facilities Maintenance Log".  Inside you can write what the issue is, where it is, who reported it and the date.  Mac will check to see if there are needs he should attend to, and note when they are completed.

Thanks for helping keep St. Luke "spiffy"!
Sunday School Opportunities

2's and 3's                            Room#109            Donna Meili
                                           (Nursery)                Aaron Tidwell

 Pre-K 4's and K 5's                Room #113           Amy Wright
                                                               Michelle Feuerborn
                                                                     Carol Mattison

1st &  2nd grades                 Room #111         Vikki & Dale Ernst

3rd & 4th grades                 Room #145         Terri & Richard                                                               Williamson

5th & 6th grades                 Room #154          Priscilla Hughes
                                                                    Jesse Feuerborn

7th & 8th grades                 Room #142          Jim Allay
                                                                    Mary Ann Honeycutt                

Senior High Youth 
9th - 12th grade                         Youth Room              Jennifer  & Paul Wright

Women of Faith                            Room #152              Jennifer Carkeet
The Women of Faith class will be studying Seamless by Angie Smith. Seamless  covers the people, places and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Participants will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of God's Word. 
Seamless  helps replace insecurity that holds participants back with clarity and helping them move forward with confidence in their understanding of Scripture.
The Hundred Story Home           Room # 135              Pastor Cliff
Pastor's class will be part of MIFA's Community wide read of  The Hundred Story Home,  A memoir about finding faith in ourselves and something bigger, by Kathy Izard. Books are available for purchase in the St Luke narthex for $10. Kathy Izard of Charlotte, NC, explores the reality of homelessness and how she became an advocate for the homeless and mentally ill. The author will speak in Memphis on September 10 and 11. MIFA will sponsor a luncheon on 9/11, you can sign up to attend in the St. Luke narthex. 

Men of Faith                              Room #137 Choir Room         Carl Ellsworth 
                                                                                                   & Tim Wright

Real Faith For Real Life           Room # 106/108                     Connie White
   Real Faith For Real Life will be studying the Book of Romans 

August 28th - W.E.B. Meals, Confirmation, and Choirs begin

financial Financial News
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St. Luke Financial Snapshot 
through July 31, 2019
  Actual Budget
REVENUE (in Dollars) (in Dollars)
   Current Giving                232,538                 245,000
   Other                  14,841                   13,927
Total Revenue                247,379                 258,927
   Expenses                231,669                 260,930
Surplus                  15,710                  (2,003)
   Total                  78,227  
   Designated Funds                  20,644  
Net Available                  57,583  
Balance at 1/1/2019                  83,381  
Balance at 6/30/2019                  54,152  
June Tithe                  33,593                  35,000

financial Calendar
This Week's Calendar - September
Aug. 31 Sat.
8:00 am
Lawn Team - Gold
Sept 1 Sun.

9:00 am
9:00 am
10:00 am
Jersey Day!
Food First Sunday
Blood Drive - Vitalant
Sunday School for All Ages
Worship Service of the Word
2 Mon
Labor Day - Office Closed
3 Tue.
10:00 am
Ladies Bible Study
4 Wed. 10:00 am
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
Knitting in the Narthex
Grandparents' Day Brunch
WEB Meal
Praise Team
Cherub Choir
Confirmation Class
Adult Choir
6 Fri.
6:30 am
Men's Bible Study
7 Sat. 8:00 am
Lawn Team - Blue
8 Sun.
9:00 am
12:00 pm
God's work. Our hands. Sunday!
GWOH Commissioning Service
Community Picnic Lunch
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Patti Calvert
Church Administrator

Jennifer Wright
Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries

Jacob Allen
Music Director

Pastor Cliff Bahlinger


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