St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church 
 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75223 | 214.821.2970
a multigenerational, multicultural, multiethnic, mission-driven movement
Saturday  | 7th July |  2018

St. Luke Prayer Line   218.339.9798 , access code 75223#
Wednesdays and Fridays  @ 7:14 a.m.
Join the SLCUMC-100 Intercessors Facebook page for prayers
The prayer line is on Sabbath until July 31. The prayer line will resume August 1.
July 5, 2018
In coordination with the Trustees, beginning this Sunday, the following has been arranged to ensure maximum comfort in the sanctuary during worship celebration through August while we await required parts and service to our air conditioning systems:

  • Adjustment to time during the worship services have been made to ensure a full worship experience while limiting other factors that extend time.

  • Work to provide temporary air conditioning in the worship sanctuary has been scheduled next week that will remain in place until the long-term resolution of repair is completed in August.

Please plan to dress casual while appropriate for our worship celebration for the next several weeks. Thank you for your understanding as we address this important element of our worship setting.
St. Luke Welcomes
Rev. Troy M. Benton,Executive Pastor

Troy Mel Benton was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He was educated for a short time in the Cleveland Public School System, and the Shaker Heights School System. He graduated from Shaker High School in 1987.

Troy continued his education at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, he focused his attention on philosophy and religion, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion with an emphasis on African- American Religious Studies in 1992. While at Morehouse, Troy cultivated other talents and interest, performing as a member and officer in the world renowned Morehouse College Glee Club. In addition, Troy was also a founding member, and eventually president of the Xi Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity, in 1991. Troy also served in the Metropolitan Atlanta Big Brothers' program.

During his tenure at Morehouse, Troy received honors such as a Bishop James S. Thomas Scholar, and an NCJ- BMCR scholar. Troy was privileged to served for six consecutive summers various churches in the East Ohio U.M. Conference within the Bishop James S. Thomas Internship Program. Troy has also served as Administrative Assistant, Worship Leader, and Teacher for the Ministerial Recruitment Institute of that same conference.

Troy sensed his call to ordained ministry at age 13, and answered the call three years later during a Mother's Day service. Troy is a 1995 graduate of Garrett-Evangelical, obtaining a Master of Divinity degree, with an emphasis on the African-American church.

While attending Garrett, Troy served as Student Associate Pastor of Sherman U.M.C., in Evanston, IL, and Student Assistant Pastor at St. Mark U.M.C. in Chicago, IL. Troy was also named a Crusade Scholar of the United Methodist Church. Troy also served as the first Intern Coordinator for the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

Troy was ordained a deacon of the East Ohio Conference during the 1995 Annual Session, elder in full connection during its 1999 Annual Session. Troy has served as Senior Pastor of the East Glenville United Methodist, and The Master’s United Methodist churches in that conference. Troy is also a founder, and former leader of a new, innovative ministry for East Ohio named "Meeting Place Ministries", targeting young adults.

In addition, Troy served as chairperson for the Young Adult Division of the North Central Jurisdictional-Black Methodist for Church Renewal. Troy now serves as the Jurisdictional representative of this same organization.

In July 2000 Troy and family moved to the metropolitan Detroit area, and served as Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministries at Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan.

In March 2003, Troy launched and was named the Vision Leader and President of the National Coalition of Young Adult African-American Pastors. In the future, Troy hopes to author several works, including a work focusing on Howard Thurman & Mysticism with an emphasis on African-American Liberation and its' Theology.

In July 2003, Troy moved to his heartfelt home of Metropolitan Atlanta, and now served as the Associate Equipping Pastor of Ousley United Methodist Church in Lithonia, Georgia. In July 2004, Troy was granted a gift by his North Georgia Conference to launch and become Founding/Lead Pastor of a new church named, “I.S.A.I.A.H.” in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

In June 2009 Troy became the Lead Pastor of Flat Rock-Isaiah UMC in Lithonia, Georgia through a merger process that was engaged through the North Georgia Conference. Troy led this merged congregation through October 2010.In November 2010, Troy continued serving in ministry as the Lead Pastor of both the St. Luke & Bethlehem United Methodist Churches.

In 2011, Troy became the Associate Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, IL. Serving the largest and fastest growing United Methodist Church in the Midwest, Troy led the missional and connectional efforts of Christ Church.

Since July 2016, Troy was appointed to serve as Senior Pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Edwardsville, IL. Troy has also served in churches in Northern Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Georgia.

Troy maintains a busy speaking schedule nationally, and has begun steps in considering aother academic degree. Troy has begun writing articles and his first book, a long-term goal God has placed on his call and heart.

Troy is married to his college sweetheart and wonderful wife of 24 years Emma. Together they nurture their daughters Taylor and Autumn, and endeavor to serve God faithfully.
Tommye Young West Musical Artist
July 8, 2018 @ 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. CDs - $15
Anniversary Committee:
85th Commemorative Booklet
It's Here!!!

The 85th Anniversary Commemorative Book will be distributed this Sunday after each Worship Celebration in room 211.
Stop by the table and pick up or purchase your copy $10
Get ready for St. Luke @ the Movies! On Wednesday, July 11 we will view Marshall and Wednesday, July 18 we will view Wonder Woman . Come out at 6:00 p.m. for food, film and fun! See you there!
Church Council convenes @ 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10 in the Fellowship Hall.
Please join the C-HOP, St.Luke prayer ministry for a "Prayer Connection Reception"   on Sunday July 15, after 8 and 11 worship celebration in Echols Chapel.  

The reception will provide a powerful opportunity for the Prayer Team to meet face to face with Prayer Line participants, The 100 Interssors  and anyone interested in prayer.  Come out and meet those who are standing in the gap and praying for you, our church, our nation and the world for this awesome time of connection, fellowship and prayer. Save the date, Sunday, July 15th after each worship celebration in Echols Chapel.

Velda M. Turnley
Pastor of Children and Family
St. Luke "Community" UMC

Project Transformation will host “Family Fun Night” at Warren UMC , 2801 Peabody, on Thursday, July 19th at 6pm . Come out for food, fun and fellowship! For more information contact Pastor Tayengo - or Linda White - .
St. Luke Community UMC 4:12 Youth Ministry Revival, GOD'S P.L.A.N. , July 25-29, 2018. The Block Party Kick Off is Wednesday, July 25 @ 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Arletha King at or Rev. Payton Parker at
P-SAM will be hosting a Deputy Registrar Training

In preparation of the November mid-term elections, it is critical that we make sure everyone who is eligible to vote in our community is registered! Please join us on Saturday, July 28th at 10 am to become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar for Dallas County.

To register for the event please sign up after church at the P-SAM table or email us at

We Do Justice
Community 2K18 Celebration

St Luke Community United Methodist Church annual Community event. Reaching out to the community with food, games, healthfair, Red Cross blood drive, schredder service, backpack giveaway, basketball, bouncehouses, water slide, dunking booth and loads of fun!

Sat, August 11, 2018 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
Samuell Grand
Recreation Center
6200 East Grand Aven ue
Dallas, TX 75223


will be onsite at the Community Celebration on August 11th 10 am -2pm
Download WHAT WE CAN SHRED in a Mobile Truck
Book Signing Event - N'Spirations Bookstore
Our N'Spirations Bookstore will be sponsoring a Book Signing Event on 
Sunday, August 19, 2018   after both 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services.This event welcomes all authors and musicians who would like to promote their work. There is a cost of $40.00 to participate in the event. 

Please contact Patricia Ray-Lipsey via email at  or come by 
The N'Sprirations Bookstore to pick up a copy of the registration form.The form will also be available on the church website.

Thank you for your support.
Harambee is moving to October 2018 . The date and location for Harambee 2018 have been changed from July at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX, to October in Houston, TX. The event will be held during our 2018 Annual Jurisdictional Meeting of BMCR . We arecurrently developing the details for Harambee 2.0 and will post the updated information our Harambee event website, Also watch for messages on our Harambee Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages.
Senior Adult Ministry Information

 Are you or someone you know looking for a job? Go by and pick up job resources in the foyer. Your next job could be just around the corner!
Community News
S.M.A.R.T. Program: MLK, Jr Library 
Saturday, July 14th; 12:30pm; MLK Library, 2922 MLK Blvd, 75215. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Science, Math, Art, Reading, and Technology. The Perot Museum Tech Truck will on site to engage youth in hands-on, maker-based science and arts experiences that foster creativity and confidence. Contact: 214-670-0344; .

Whoo…Loves to Camp? @MLK, Jr Recreation Center 
Thru August 17th; 7:30am – 5:30 pm; MLK Rec Center; 2901 Pennsylvania, 75215 . Kids ages 5 – 13 are eligible to participate in field trips, educational and fun activities, reading, fitness, and art. Lunch provided. Must have or secure a City Park & Rec Membership Card. Contact: 214-670-8363.
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St. Luke at The Movies part 1:
The Gospel According to Black Panther:
Acts 4:32 -37
Dr.Michael L. Bowie, Jr.,
Senior Pastor
Sunday Worship Service (sermon)
Available for purchase in the N'Spirations Bookstore
N'Spirations Bookstore items
Our vision : Guided by The Holy Spirit, and in the spirit of radical hospitality, we will transform lives by embracing, nurturing, and serving children, youth, adults, and families in our church and in our community. We will be advocates and prophetic voices in the community for all underserved and oppressed peoples, pursuing excellence in all we do.

Our mission : St. Luke is called to proclaim The Gospel, transform lives, and make disciples for Jesus Christ. 
Sunday Worship Celebrations
8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Nursery(new time)
7:45  a. m.-10:00 a.m. | 
10:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Sunday School: 
(Adult, Youth, & Children)
Office Hours
Sunday: closed
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday: closed
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Wednesdays @ 6:00 p.m. 

St Luke   Prayer Line
218.339.9798 , access code 75223#
Wednesdays and Fridays  @ 7:14 a.m. 
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