June/July  2019

Seek  G od, S erve O thers,  S hare Life   
Sunday Worship at 10am!
IN THIS ISSUE
Upcoming Church Events
Welcome Visitors!
J oin 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, a "Pray Ground" for toddlers to enjoy during worship, and coffee and snacks are available in the Narthex. 
Remember, St. Luke church is a blessing to share !
Invite a friend to Sunday Services.



Weekly Recurring Events:
Sundays               10:00 am        Worship Service of Holy Communion
Mondays              5:15 pm         Jazzercise
Tuesdays              5:15 pm         Jazzercise
Wednesdays       10:00 am        Knitting in the Narthex
Thursdays            1:00 pm        Al Anon
      5:15 pm       Jazzercise
Fridays                 6:30 am        Men's Bible Study

Upcoming Events:
Please refer to the 
Church Calendar   on our webpage for further information 
about upcoming events

Sunday, June 2:
Blood Drive, 9am - 12:30pm in the CFC
Please pray for the Synod Assembly who is electing our new Bishop today.

A Message from Our Pastor
The Lord be with you, And also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Grateful is the title of our recent sermon series and in these sermons we were reminded that gratefulness and thanksgiving are part of the fabric of our worship. When we gather at St. Luke to receive Holy Communion, we are gathering in thanksgiving for gifts that God gives to us.
"Eucharist" is the Greek word for thanksgiving or gratitude. When we share the Eucharist, we are sharing gifts of thanksgiving. It is a feast of gratefulness. A time to lift our hearts and sing our thanks and praise.
As a church we are called to be a festive community dependent on gifts of abundance. Everything is a gift. Bread is a gift; wine is a gift; life and joy are gifts. No one can ever pay them back. God never withholds. All we can do is receive, and say thank you to the giver, and then pay it forward with humble service to others.
To receive gifts and to give thanks is the story of faith. All that we have comes from God. Eucharist is a free gift. Grace and favor are for all, to all, and to be shared with all.
Even though gratitude is the heart of faith, Christians seem to have a hard time living it and showing it. With all of the troubles in the world, it is important for us, as people of faith, to show our thankfulness, to live our generosity, to be full of grace and hope and love. As one person said, "We can go from practicing complaint, to practicing thanks." I think that is the kind of church we all want to be a part of together. It is so great to see our new "Gratitude Banner" at St. Luke, and I hope you will add a word of thanks to the banner.
Let us continue to give thanks at St. Luke, we are truly blessed,
Pastor Cliff
Please pray for the election of a new bishop for our Southeastern Synod. The election will take place May 31- June 2 at synod assembly in Chattanooga.
Worship Committee News
June and July Worship Schedule

June 2     Paul White preaching, Pastor at Synod Assembly
June 9     Pentecost - Communion (Wear RED!)
June 16   Father's Day!  First Sunday of Pentecost - Communion
June 23   Second Sunday of Pentecost - Communion
June 30   VBS Sunday!   Third Sunday of Pentecost - Communion

July 7       Paul White preaching, Fourth Sunday of Pentecost
July 14     Fifth Sunday of Pentecost - Communion
July 21     Sixth Sunday of Pentecost - Communion
July 28     Seventh Sunday of Pentecost - Communion


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Moving is more work than I remembered!  Downsizing is traumatic to start with so don't accumulate "stuff" you don't need because it finds you as you clean out those dark forgotten corners in your home!  And have Kleenex available when doing all the above because you find memories in the rubble!

It has been my honor and privilege to be a member of the St. Luke family.  I have been truly blessed with an outstanding committee of people who have true servant hearts.  We have been a collaborative team and each member has contributed their special gifts to make things come together for meaningful worship services.  I am grateful to leave the Worship team in good hands with Barbara Behrends and Kathy Fellenstein as co-chairpeople, Karen McCracken, Altar Guild and Edmund Ijumba, Council Representative. Thank you so much everyone!

As we enter our different seasons of life we hold fast to the promise of God's perfect plan for us.  We are off on yet another great adventure! I can't wait to see what is next!

Peace and blessings,
Pat Conway
(Pat and Gary will move to Georgia in a few weeks to be near family)


Our "Gratitude Banner "

Pastor Cliff's series of teaching on 
Grateful Living has come to a close, 
based on the book Grateful by 
Diana Butler Bass.  Here's our new
banner on what we are grateful for.  


Message From Our Council President
Greetings St. Luke Saints,

Welcome to Summer, when the world may slow down but not St. Luke. The YMCA is back sharing our facility again, our youth and their adult leaders will be off to serve at Service Over Self (SOS) in early June, Vacation Bible School will be near the end of June and we will Host Family Promise guests in July. And I hate to say after that Summer winds down quick - all except for the heat.

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all the new members at St. Luke, both youth and adults, and invite all St. Luke members to become involved with our varied ministries. Outside of Sunday morning Worship, there is no better way to experience the Love of Christ than joining your fellow Saints in service to others. No matter what your passion or talent there is a place for you to plug in at St. Luke. Somebody already doing your thing? Join them as I am sure they would love the help and fellowship. Don't see anything that fits you? Start a new ministry. You may be surprised at how many others share your passion. The bottom line is that St. Luke exists to seek God, serve others and share life together and we want every member to experience this to the fullest.

Peace and God's Blessings to all.

In His Service,
Jim Allay
  Spiritual Growth Ministry
Confirmation Class 2019






Congratulations!  Pastor Cliff, Scout Sowell, Eric Parish, Macie Mathers, Annalise Klobe, Claire Decent, Sam Dafoe, John Carkeet, Jennifer Wright, Sarah Klein


First Communion, May 12, 2019
We were so happy to have our newest little "Saints" join us at the Welcome Table on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th.
Those celebrating their First Holy Communion are Sophie Arendt, Keegan Carroll and William Smith-Olsen.


Baptism Celebrations

Charlotte Olivia Hemphill, April 21, 2019
Daughter of Parker and Heather LaPorte Hemphill, Godparents are Jodi and Tyrel Witcher.







Jaxon Lee Owens and Gemma Diane Sage, April 28,2019
Mom is Ashlee Nichole Sage and Donna Meili is their Godparent.





Micah Wesley Hopper, Luna Lousie Hopper, and Emrys Kimble Hopper, May 5, 2019
Proud parents are Josh and Rose Hopper, and Grant Pazderka and Amelia Santucci are their Godparents.







A Real Life need was met:    
A STEADY REMINDER OF GOD'S PRESENCE
    Mark and I had been married 26 years. Our sons were 18 and 20. We loved being parents, but with our younger son graduating high school, we were eagerly anticipating the empty nest and having more time for each other. In the fall, when our younger son started college, Mark began having stomach issues and back pain, which would linger for a few days and then disappear, only to reappear later. He also developed a cough. When his doctor ordered an MRI, the results were devastating-Stage IV pancreatic cancer, already in his liver and both lungs. Mark was only 53.
    Our lives were turned upside down. I suddenly found myself trying to provide emotional support to Mark and our sons during the worst experience any of us had ever endured. I wanted and needed to keep myself together to focus on caring for Mark, but I was emotionally drained-full of sadness and terrified of what the future held. I had always been a "take responsibility for everything myself " kind of person. However, I knew I couldn't do this alone. I talked to my pastor about it, and she suggested matching me with a Stephen Minister. I agreed, and less than two weeks after Mark was diagnosed, my Stephen Minister came for the first of her weekly visits. It's difficult to convey how important this Stephen Ministry relationship was for me. Our pastor was wonderful, and we had an amazing amount of support from many other people, but the time I spent with my Stephen Minister was the only time in the week when I could truly focus on my own needs. She was there just for me. My Stephen Minister let me know that, while she was very concerned for Mark, her role was to be my support-to listen and help me process what I was feeling and going through, without giving advice or telling me what to do. The consistency of our Stephen Ministry relationship was crucial in helping me cope.
    Mark's illness progressed rapidly-ten weeks of treatment, followed by six weeks of hospice, and then his passing. My needs changed as I went from being a wife to being a caregiver to being a grieving widow. The compassionate, consistent, and confidential support of my Stephen Minister was so important in helping me cope-and then begin to heal. Her weekly visits became an anchor in my life-something I could rely on when everything else was so uncertain. She was a steady reminder of God's presence, helping me know I was never alone.

- If you'd like a Stephen Minister to walk with you in the trials of life, contact Pastor Cliff, Paul White, or Nancy Lendman



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

Social  Ministry  

Family Promise Hosting July 7 - July 14

On July 7 through July 14 we will be joined at St. Luke with our Family Promise guests.  These families, in transition from homelessness to obtaining stable, permanent housing, will call St. Luke home for this week.  Our hosting includes providing meals, sharing those meals with the families, spending the night and being available at the church on Saturday.  This ministry works!  Ending homelessness in Memphis is our responsibility and we have an opportunity to help in this endeavor by volunteering one of the many spots with our guests.  Please playfully consider  how you can make a difference in the life of a family in need!

Any questions should be directed to Jim Allay, Dan Oakley or Vikki Ernst.
Sign ups in the Narthex or Click here to volunteer:  


Oh Baby!  Diaper Shower
Help us shower our new and expecting moms with diapers and wipes! We will be collecting items for Kristen Ellsworth, Britta Hall, Beverly McGhee, Nicole Weiss (who just gave birth to Ryan Jane Oleartchick on May13th), and Amy Wright. There will be a table in the Narthex to collect all the items. We will split all of the diapers and wipes between the moms. All sizes of diapers are needed, not just newborn. They grow so fast! We will be collecting items the whole month of June


Food First Sunday 
Thank you everyone for your donations of food staples to our St. Luke Food Pantry.  We especially need vegetables, fruits, canned meats, and soups. The Food Pantry is always open to St. Luke members, but open to the general public on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 10am-Noon.


Blood Drive: Vitalant at St. Luke June 2nd, 
9:00am - 12:30pm in the CFC.

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 will be located on the  bulletin board outside the office starting May 12th. 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.
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Don't miss out on important information!
Children & Youth Ministry News
June 9th-15th- S.O.S.
- Our High School Youth will be serving at S.O.S. Service Over Self exists to glorify God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in underserved neighborhoods through home repair and leadership development.
June 24th-28th- VBS 
Get ready for an African adventure that engages the whole herd! Life is sometimes wild, but God is always good!
June 24th-28th, 9am-Noon, 4K-5th Grade
Go to  stlukememphis.org to register online or sign up in the Narthex at the  VBS display.
We are also looking for volunteers for Group or Station Leaders. Please contact Jennifer Wright ( jennifer@stlukememphis.org ) if you would like to volunteer. 

St. Luke Volunteer T-shirts-We are taking orders for our St. Luke Volunteer T-shirts! We wear these shirts during VBS, the Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk - R- Treat, serving at More Than A Meal, and other community outreach events. If you would like order a shirt, please click on the link below.
  ORDER T-SHIRT
You will choose your size and pay online. If we order at least 10 shirts as a group the estimated price will be around $20.14. The shirts will be delivered to the church. The order form will be open until June 5th. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Wright jennifer@stlukememphis.org
Summer With The Saints-
 Looking for something to do with your kids this summer? Want to stay connected to your church family too? Join St. Luke for our Summer With The Saints Meet Up Events. St. Luke will be at several different locations to meet up for some summer fun! No itinerary, no agenda, just time set aside for fun and fellowship together. This year we are changing it up and offering two weekend meet up events for those of you that work during the week! All outdoor events will be weather dependent (if it is raining we will not meet that day). Some of our events will be free, but one requires prior registration, and others require admission fees. Make sure you take advantage of the following free online offer: Free Pink Palace Summer Trial Membership.

Wed. June 5th-   Shelby Farms Playground and Picnic 10:00am-12:00pm. Meet up to play and bring a picnic lunch.
Sat. June 22nd-  Memphis Zoo 10:00am. Adults $18, children (ages 2-11 $ 13,
Seniors (60+) $17, Parking $5. We will meet by the playground next to the Cat House restaurant.
Wed. July 17th- Pink Palace 10:00am-12:00pm (Don't forget to bring your passes if you  signed up for the free Summer Membership online.) Prices for Exhibits only $10 Child (3-12), $14 Senior (60+), $15 Adult (13-59), Children 2 and under FREE.
July 26th- Andy B's Bowling 6:30pm. $28.99 to bowl by the hour. Shoe rental is $3.19 per person. We will not be reserving lanes. Just show up and we will see how many people we have and how we can split up.
We will not be making reservations for any of our events, Please do not call any of the establishments to ask about a St. Luke event. For those that are able to participate, just show up at the publicized meeting time. An email will be sent out each week letting you know a specific meeting place. If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Wright ( jennifer@stlukememphis.org  or 870-7495). Let the summer fun begin!
Take Out Church
Take Out Church kits will be available in the Narthex beg inning  May  19th! Take Out Church is a way for your family  to bring your faith life with you on summer vacation. In this kit are ways that you can worship God, grow as disciples, and love your neighbors. Just as we do on Sunday mornings, you will have opportunities for laughter and fellowship, to praise God, pray, hear God's word, give thanks, and serve. Through it all we want you to take Jesus with you. Included in your kit will be a Flat Jesus. This summer, let's send Flat Jesus to every corner of the world! Let Flat Jesus be a reminder of Jesus's real presence in every place we find ourselves and as a fun reminder to help others encounter God. Take Flat Jesus with you on all of your summer adventures and take your picture with him. Share the pictures on our Facebook page (@StLukeMemphis) using the hashtag #StLukeELCAFlatJesus or email them to  jennifer@stlukememphis.org .

We will keep track of all the places Flat Jesus visits on our map on the SLY bulletin board. 

Have fun, be safe, and take church with you this summer! 

We will have kits available for families with children ages 2-4th grade. We will also have activities to pass out for our SLY groups and adults!
Financial News


Cick our QR code to give via text:     


You may also give online through
Simply Giving. 





St. Luke Financial Snapshot - the May report will be in the "This Week" 
on June 6. 

Parish Talk

What a great year we had with these little "Saints"!! 

The Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade class had perfect attendance on the last day of Sunday school!  Way to go parents!!
Front Row: William Smith-Olsen, Sophie Arendt, Naomi Wright, Edie Banks, Keegan Carroll, Jackson Feuerborn
Back Row: Olivia Smith-Olsen, Colin Mattison, Andrew Edmonds





Senior Saints News
St. Luke's Senior Saints ( and Pastor Cliff ) made an excursion to see the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art in Memphis; followed by lunch at the Majestic.  A great time was has by all!











         




  Welcome Ryan! 
                 Ryan Jane Oleartchick          
 
 Born May 13, 2019     (7lb. 11oz)           
 Mother; Nicole Weiss 
 Father; Ryan Oleartchick 
 Sister;  Madelyn 

Congratulations!
Mom and Dad on a beautiful little girl!







Dear Faith-Based Leader,
Now older adults and people living with a disability who need reliable transportation can get to easy, accurate, detailed information with 901RideChoice. Powered by Innovate Memphis and sponsored by
the City of Memphis and MATA, 901RideChoice is a free phone service that provides callers, who may often depend on family or friends for transportation, with information about local ride options to help regain their independence.
Included with this letter are marketing communications materials to inform your congregation and ministries about 901RideChoice to provide them with an additional layer of support to further improve their lives. Please make sure you have received the following via the Dropbox link:

Digital marketing toolkit, which includes sample social media posts and bulletin announcementsand
screen graphics
Infographic Card - Information for internal team and clients
FAQs - Detailed questions and answers about the initiative
Info Cards - Business card-sized for distribution to clients

 
We're excited about this free service to help Memphians learn more out the transportation options available to them. As you continue your ministry, we hope that these materials will help inform your members and encourage them to call 901RideChoice at (901) 743-3901.
Feel free to reach out to Courtney McNeal at cmcneal@innovatememphis if you have any questions or concerns or would like printed materials.
Regards, Justin Entzminger Executive Director Innovate Memphis Powered by Innovate Memphis www.innovatememphis.com
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YMCA Summer Camp
St. Luke will once again host the YMCA summer camp this summer.  Click HERE for a schedule and details about the "STEAM" camp taking place this year!


Picnic Organizing Stars
Kelsey and Bonnie!


MEMORIAL DAY PICNIC!
Many thanks to the picnic team, including Thrivent, for giving us ice cream to top off this outdoor celebration.  This was a lot of work, and we're grateful for the hard-working folks that made this event so perfect!





MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
The Fellowship Committee outdid themselves with the Mother's Day Brunch.  The turnout was great, the decor beautiful, the food delicious, and the flowers divine.  Thank you so much!  Many hope this will become an annual event!




















WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

We have seven new families who joined the Saint Luke Saints on May 5.  Here's a little information about them.

The Carrolls
Todd and Charity are originally from Wisconsin. Todd has been in the Navy since 1998, spending most of his career in Lemoore, CA. He enjoys golf and exercise. He and Charity moved to Lakeland in the summer of 2017; he is a Placement Officer at NSA Mid-South in Millington. Charity is Group Director at Bausch Health, and enjoys volunteering and children's activities at church when she's not busy with their children or playing sports, reading or traveling. Keegan is in first grade at Lakeland Elementary and Riley will start Kindergarten this fall. Both kids enjoy soccer, t-ball/baseball,   skiing, swimming and reading.
 
 
The Ellsworths
Carl and Kristen are joining from Anacortes, WA where they lived for about 12 years. Carl is from Columbia, SC and Kristen from Gaithersburg, MD. He's a Naval Aviator and flew/flies the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler. Kristen was a Prowler Naval Flight Officer then went into recruiting and is now serving in the Naval Reserves when not a stay-at-home mom. Their son, Carl III, is a joy and a workout and most certainly more well known at St. Luke than they are! They have travelled the world on deployments but nothing compares to the adventure of raising Little Carl. They are happy to be members of St. Luke and are grateful for our warm reception.

The Honeycutts
Len and Mary Ann moved from Owatonna, MN. He was born in Rockwell NC and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. Mary Ann is from New York City, and is a retired teacher. Len retired in 2017 from consumer & commercial credit work for 40+ years. They have a son and daughter, 3 grandsons and one granddaughter. With Len's background in finance, he's been a church treasurer and   involved with ushering and communion, as well as property. He likes golfing and yardwork. Mary Ann enjoys hiking with Len, gardening, crafts, and has been involved with children's ministry and the altar guild.

 
The Hoppers
Josh is a native Memphian and is an arborist for Urban Forestry. Rose was born in Detroit and relishes being a stay-at-home mom, enjoying cooking, cleaning, gardening, and painting. When Josh isn't busy with their three kids, he enjoys crafts. Luna (4), Emrys (1 ½ ), and Micah (9 mos.) were all baptized at St. Luke last week during the Reception of New Members. We are so happy you are here!
 


Ann Ludder
Ann joins us from Hot Springs, AR, having been born in Long   Island, NY. She's a retired nurse and lives with her daughter   Donna Lee. Ann and her late husband Grant have two daughters and a son. She's transferring her membership from Community of Joy ELCA in Hot Springs. Welcome Ann!
 

The Curlers
Jeff and Cindy Curler and their son Jon, along with granddaughter Everleigh Emanus are joining us from Epiphany Lutheran in     Collierville. Jeff was born into a military family and works in the hardware business.  He and Cindy have a daughter Jaclyn (Everleigh's mom) and son Jon.  Cindy is retired from teaching special ed, and worked for the IL Dept. of Employment Security. She has been heavily involved in VBS, teaching Sunday school, church council, etc. She enjoys 3D printing, volunteering with the Girl Scouts, and spoiling her granddaughter Everleigh!  Jon was previously on council as youth rep. We are delighted they have joined our family at St. Luke.
 

Sharon Burrows
Sharon is joining St. Luke by Affirmation of Faith, having attended Christ United Methodist Church. She was widowed in 2017. Sharon was baptized, celebrated First Communion and Confirmation at Holy Emmanuel Lutheran in Minneapolis, MN and is ready to get involved at St. Luke! 


TIDBITS OF THE WEEK - MAY 26
Donate! Next Sunday will be our blood drive, from 9-12:30, so please eat a hearty breakfast and help others by this donation. Thank you!

Oh, Baby! St. Luke is hosting a baby shower for the new saints that will be marching in. Please purchase diapers of every size and baby wipes.

Volunteer T-Shirts are available for purchase on line. We will be sporting these whenever we do community service, so the world will know that we are grateful for our neighbors.

Up in the air, junior birdperson! Our own Grace Summers has soloed in the helicopter, on her way toward getting her license. She's half way there and we're so very proud of her!

And, speaking of proud, Thomas Summers won a poster contest!

Many thanks to the picnic team, including Thrivent, for giving us ice cream to top off this outdoor celebration. This was a lot of work, and we're grateful for the hard-working folks that made this event so perfect!

Cliff Notes: Luke 19: 1-10
We are continuing the exploration of the many aspects of gratitude. We are to make gratitude a daily habit for it is the basis of a good life. We also know a grateful heart creates a blessed community. God gives gifts to all people ( for God makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Matt 5:45) and we are grateful for them, naturally, but we, in turn, must pass them on. Gifts are given without the expectation of return; they are pro bono: for the sake of the greater good. We do something because it is the right thing to do, which is the core of gratitude. Zacchaeus was a Jew, living under Roman control, a tax collector who did his job for the emperor ( quid pro quo, this for that), but he was transformed by Jesus to love his neighbors for the good of the community. He was invited to the table where all were invited and he was free! We are stewards of God's good gifts. We are blessed to be a blessing - to "pay it forward." Think about treating a first responder or a military person to a free coffee, when you're in Starbucks, next time.

Lawn Schedule

         2019 Lawn 
      Team Schedule
ELCA News
I think most of us enjoy history and feel like we know the basic history of our country. I also count myself as a bit of a history buff, and enjoy learning about our southern history. Our Southeastern Synod sponsored a day, in Montgomery, AL., at the new "Legacy Museum, From Slavery to Mass Incarceration." This museum was an eye opener for me. It gave a detailed history of African Americans in America. While most of us are familiar with the horrors of slavery, what is not often known, is that the prison system in our country became the new slavery system after slavery was abolished. I was shocked to learn that African American men could be arrested in Alabama for just standing on a street corner. Once arrested they were forced to work in the north Alabama coal mines with no wages paid. Today, we learned that people of color or six times more likely to be charged and given a longer sentence than a white person. It easy to see that today, reforming sentencing guidelines and prisons is needed in our country.
A second museum we visited is an outdoor museum, "The National Memorial for Peace and Justice." This is the nation's first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, and people terrorized by lynching. This large open air museum educates us on the terrorism of lynching in our country. Large metal rectangle boxes hang from the ceiling, and on each is the name of a county and those lynched in that county until 1950. The hope is that as we remember and learn; we can hope and work for a better and more just country. We can demand a more just legal system, and we can have the courage to speak and protect those who are unjustly persecuted in our county.
As people of faith, we believe that God is on the side of the vulnerable. We believe that God is God of justice, mercy and forgiveness. While we cannot stop what happened in the past, we can learn from it, and educate ourselves on the legacy of these past sins.
I highly recommend the book, "Just Mercy" by Brian Stevens. Mr. Stevens is a Harvard educated lawyer working to bring prison reform and sentencing reform to Alabama.  I would love to have a discussion of the book this summer during the Sunday School hour. Please join me.
Pastor Cliff
Other ELCA News

Follow the link to the May issue of Seeds Monthly Strive for justice and peace  for articles such as  

" A 60-day journey toward justice in a culture of gun violence."

Good Stewards

June/July  Good Stewards 
Click  HERE 
for the May Good Stewards Schedule.

The Good Stewards schedule is also found on our church website under Calendar and Events from the "Get Involved" icon.

Are you having trouble with Planning Center? 

June/ July Birthdays   


Madeline Wright
1-Jun

Tim Wright
1-Jul
Michael Miller
2-Jun

Jerry Sitko
1-Jul
Andrea Thompson
7-Jun

Spencer Mitchell
1-Jul
Divine Irakoze Vyukadukseng
9-Jun

Gasirida Gushima
1-Jul
Dan Bolkcom
9-Jun

Anita Schroer
3-Jul
Paul Fritsche
12-Jun

Carl Ellsworth
3-Jul
Megan Mathers
12-Jun

Luna Hopper
3-Jul
Jacob Rankin
14-Jun

Kaylee Bacon
3-Jul
John Carkeet
14-Jun

Parker Clayton
9-Jul
Jan Wentz
18-Jun

Andrew Apple
9-Jul
Steve Cackler
18-Jun

Trevor Sitko
9-Jul
Annika Thompson
21-Jun

Theresa Graham
11-Jul
Estella Sengimana
22-Jun

T.C. Bacon
11-Jul
Hayley Tidwell
22-Jun

Isaka Ndayisenga
12-Jul
Kaylee Nichols
22-Jun

Paul White
12-Jul
Parker Davis
23-Jun

Gloria Carkeet
13-Jul
Shirley Fritsche
25-Jun

Jodi Witcher
14-Jul
Danny Graham
26-Jun

Jaxon Owens
15-Jul
Cindy Wright
26-Jun

Jennifer Carkeet
17-Jul
Brent Phillips
26-Jun

Yvonne Spillars
17-Jul
Delaney Phillips
26-Jun

Analove Vyukaduksenge
18-Jul
David Mitchell
27-Jun

Dorothy Steen
18-Jul
Debi Erickson
28-Jun

Betty Blair
19-Jul
Elizabeth Millican
28-Jun

Lorelei Klobe
19-Jul
Adam Williamson
28-Jun

Zach Lorenz
19-Jul



Tyler Phillips
20-Jul



Max Wright
20-Jul



Maggie Carkeet
20-Jul



Amy Kliman
21-Jul



Laura Phillips
21-Jul



Rachael Lorenz
21-Jul



Daphne Arendt
22-Jul



Parker Hemphill
23-Jul



Grace Steadman
23-Jul



Patsy Sharp
23-Jul



Sheri Davis
26-Jul



Lauren Chandler
28-Jul



Jesse Light
29-Jul



Anja Bacon
30-Jul



Bridgette Decent
30-Jul



Zack Corpus
30-Jul



Lisa Bahlinger
31-Jul



June/July Anniversaries

Larry & Anita Schroer           6/1/2012
Ken & Kay Dunkley              6/5/1965
Gene & Deb Miltner              6/6/1972
Andrew & Hannah Apple       6/9/2014
Marcin & Becky Arendt         6/16/2002
Ed & Paula Cooley                6/17/1967
Rob & Cathy Dafoe               6/17/1995
Tyrel & Jodi Witcher             6/20/2015
David & Cindy Wright           6/21/1975
Andy & Kim Mathers             6/24/1989
Kurt & Barbara Stavely         6/25/1966
Lauren & Jennifer Chandler   6/26/1999
Mike & Carol Rankin             6/27/1992
Brent & Laura Phillips           6/27/1992
Jon & Sarah Klein                 6/28/2014
Paul & Connie White             7/14/1973
Steve & Nancy Cackler          7/20/1985
Paul Malanga & Julie Anderson-Malanga 7/20/2006
June/July Calendar
 
May 31 - June 2

Southeastern Synod Assembly
Election of New Bishop
2 Sun 9am - 12:30pm Blood Drive - Vitalant
5 Wed. 10:00 am Summer With the Saints, Shelby Farms Playground and Picnic
June 9 - 15
S.O.S. Youth Mission
9 Sun
11:15am
Day of Pentecost - Wear Red
Social Media/Multi Media Meeting
10 Mon 5:30 pm
7:00 pm
Exec. Comm Meeting
Church Council Meeting
11 Tue 12:00 pm
6:30 pm
Stephen Ministry Peer Supervision
Mutual Ministry Meeting
16 Sun.
3:00 pm
Father's Day
More Than A Meal
20 Thur 6:00 pm Stephen Min. Peer Supervision
22 Sat 10:00 am Summer With the Saints - Memphis Zoo
23 Sun 11:15 am Set Up for VBS
June 24-28 9am-12pm
Vacation Bible School
25 Tues 10am-12pm Food Pantry Open
30 Sun
VBS Sunday
July 4
Independence Day - Office Closed
July 7 -14
Family Promise Hosting
17 Wed. 10:00 am Summer With the Saints - Pink Palace Museum
21 Sun 3:00 pm More Than A Meal
23 Tues 10am-12pm Food Pantry Open
25 Thur 4-6pm YMCA/St. Luke Cookout
26 Fri 6:30pm Summer With the Saints - Andy B's Bowling

 
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stluke@stlukememphis.org    Pastor Cliff
jennifer@stlukememphis.org  Jennifer Wright
jacobgallen@gmail.com          Jacob Allen
patti@stlukememphis.org       Patti Calvert
 
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