Hello, St. Luke Saints!

Here is your weekly update.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
10am  Worship Service of 
Holy Communion

4nd Sunday of Easter 
First Holy Communion
Mother's Day

Cliff Bahlinger, Preaching
Sermon Series:  "Grateful"
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.  
         And you are welcome to spend time during worship in our Pray Ground                with your Toddlers!

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
Bike Ride Saturday, May 11  

Join Pastor Cliff in a bike ride to benefit the Church Health Center. Rides are 19, 36 or 63 miles. The bike ride will start and end at the Crosstown Concourse site of the Church Health Center. Register at memphishightailers.com

First Holy Communion 

Sunday, Sophie Josephine Arendt, Keegan Conrad Carroll, and William Stuart Smith-Olsen will receive their first sacrament of Holy Communion. Thank you to their parents who are faithful in giving their children instruction, and to Dale and Vikki Ernst for teaching them about communion.
Mother's Day Brunch

Please join us this Sunday, Mother's Day, in the CFC for a wonderful tea-themed brunch with floral gifts for mom! The whole family is invited to join in fun, food, and fellowship. 
Sunday, May 12

                     Happy Mother's Day                
9:00 am        Sunday School, all ages
10 :00 am       Worship Service of Holy  Communion                            First Communion
11:30 am      Mother's Day Tea/Brunch
Wednesday, May 15
10:00 am     Knitting in the Narthex
5:00 pm       WEB Meal
5:30 pm       Praise Team
6:30 pm       Confirmation Class
7:00 pm       Adult Choir                    
Sunday, May 19
                     Confirmation Service                
9:00 am        Sunday School, all ages
                     (Last Day of Sunday School til fall)
10 :00 am       Praise Service of Holy  Communion   11:30 am      Worship Committee Meeting
3:00 pm        More Than A Meal
St. Luke's Vision...

Seek God.  Serve Others.  Share Life.
Banner of Gratitude
Add your word of gratitude to our new banner beginning today!

Thank you Betty Blair and Priscilla Hughes for making the banner.  We are grateful to you!
"Grateful" by Diana Butler Bass

Pastor Cliff is exploring a series of teaching on being grateful . If gratitude is good, why is it so hard to do? In  Grateful , Diana Butler Bass untangles our conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks. Sunday Pr. Cliff will continue discussing "Habits of Gratitude."  We challenge you to pray four times a day this week, and have a handout Sunday that will assist you.
Next Saturday evening May 18, our Confirmands will celebrate with their families at a banquet, and be Confirmed by the church Sunday, May 19.
VBS registration now open!   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.

ROAR!  Life is Wild, God is Good!
Help Wanted
We are in need of several additional Good Stewards:
Altar Guild (see Karen McCracken)
Offering Counters, Monthly Scheduler (see Gary Conway)

Softball Teams are Forming
The Lutheran Church Softball is forming, and players are needed. Games are held on Sunday afternoons at Immanuel Lutheran in Bartlett. If you are interested helping to organize a St Luke team contact Pastor Cliff at  cliff@stlukememphis.org.
Senior Saints' Outing
Our next outing will be Thursday, May 23.  We will meet at the church at 10 AM and drive to the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art on South Main in Memphis.  As parking is a problem, we will car pool and, if we have enough participants will try for a van to help even more with the parking situation.  We will have lunch downtown at the Majestic Grill before coming  back to the church.  The museum cost is $5 for seniors. Please let Connie White or Sue Malone know if you plan on attending.
Church Picnic

Our annual Memorial Day Church Picnic will be held Sunday, May 26 after service in the Pavilion (or CFC in case of rain). 

This year, we invite car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts (or     someone you know who has one) to bring your special or classic vehicle to St. Luke for the Church Picnic! We will have a portion of the parking lot reserved, just come and park so we can enjoy.
Blood Drive
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.
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"!
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St. Luke Financial Snapshot 
through April 30, 2019
  Actual Budget
REVENUE (in Dollars) (in Dollars)
   Current Giving                 138,061                 140,000
   Other                    9,897                     4,398
Total Revenue                 147,598                 144,398
   Expenses                 149,103                 135,823
Surplus                  (1,145)                     8,575
   Total                  73,363  
   Designated Funds                  24,268  
Net Available                  49,095  
Balance at 1/1/2019                  83,381  
Balance at 4/30/2019                  59,346  
April Tithe                  45,037                  35,000

financial Calendar
This Week's Calendar - May
12 Sun.

9:00 am

10:00 am
11:30 am
Mother's Day
First Communion
Sunday School All Ages
Worship Service of Holy Communion
Tea/Brunch Mother's Day
13 Mon.
5:30 pm
7:00 pm
Executive Committee Meeting
Church Council Meeting
14 Tues. 10:00 am
12:00 pm
6:30 pm
Ladies Bible Study
Stephen Ministry Peer Supervision
Mutual Ministry Meeting
15 Wed.
10:00 am
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
Knitting in the Narthex
WEB Meal
Praise Team
Confirmation Class
Adult Choir
16 Thurs.
1:30 pm
6:00 pm
Ladies' Bible Study
Stephen Ministry Peer Supervision
17 Fri.
6:30 am
Men's Bible Study
18 Sat. 8:00 am
6:00 pm
Lawn Team - Blue
Confirmation Banquet
19 Sun.

9:00 am
10:00 am
11:30 am
3:00 pm
Confirmation Service
Last Day of Sunday School
Sunday School All Ages
Praise Service of Holy Communion  
Worship Comm. Meeting
More Than A Meal
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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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