Hello, St. Luke Saints!

Here is your weekly update.
Sunday, August 11 , 2019
Sunday School Kickoff!

10am  Worship Service 
of  Holy Communion

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Seven Marks of Ministry:
Reads and Relates

Cliff Bahlinger, Preaching
This Week's Calendar  |  Financial  Information
Upcoming Events & Services
Baptism of Rowan Linton

Sunday, August 4, 2019 we celebrated the Holy Baptism of Rowan Christopher Linton!  Rowan was born July 19.  Proud parents are Adam Linton and Vanessa Frumau.

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!

Sunday School Kickoff / Install Sunday School Teachers
It is time for our new Sunday School year to begin! Join us for Sunday School Kickoff (Rally Day) Sunday to find out about all of our Sunday School classes.  You will meet your teachers, find out where your classrooms are, and see all of your friends from last year.  We will meet in the sanctuary at 9am and dismiss all classes individually, so that you can follow your teacher to your room. All classes will officially begin on August 18th. 
See list below for classes! 
God's Work. Our Hands. T-Shirts for Sale

Time to order your GWOH T-Shirts! Just $10 each; if we order 10 or more, they'll print our St. Luke name on the back! See the order sheet in the Narthex, and please pay when you order. Shirts will arrive before God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday, Sept. 8.

Worship Committee Meeting, Sunday, 11:30am

A Worship Committee Meeting will be held on Sunday, August 11 immediately following the service. We will be planning the fall worship services and even getting ideas for a Christmas program. We will also review summer worship and choose a new worship setting for the fall. All are invited to join the worship and Committee and offer ideas and suggestions. 
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
Sermon Series - Seven Marks of Ministry

Sunday through August 25, Pastor Cliff is preaching a series on our Seven Marks of Ministry, detailing each one. 
Sunday we will study Reads and Relates.

Sunday, August 11
 9:00 am             Sunday School KickOff - Install Sunday                                School Teachers                          
10 :00 am             Worship  Service of Holy Communion
                               (Jacob Allen Returns)
11:30 am           Worship Committee Meeting                          
Sunday, August 18

 9:00 am       Sunday School for All Ages                    
10:00 am      Worship Service of Holy Communion  
3:00 pm        More Than A Meal
St. Luke's Vision...

Seek God.  Serve Others.  Share Life.
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Seven Marks of Ministry 

Colossians 2:6-7 (NCV) 6 As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in him. 7 Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.
  • Pray daily.
  • Worship Weekly.
  • Read the Bible daily.
  • Serve at and beyond my congregation.
  • Relate with others to encourage spiritual growth.
  • Give to God a tithe (10%) and beyond of financial gifts that God gives me.
  • Commit to spiritual leadership and personal integrity.
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 call 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 begins August 13, 2019
Senior SLY Mission Jamaica Trip
Summer 2020
Mission Jamaica

Our next 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.
Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:30-31

Summer 2020 our Sr. SLY will have an amazing opportunity to attend a week long mission trip in Jamaica. This is a vacation with purpose! Mission Jamaica provides a way for us to love and serve our neighbor as Jesus taught us through his love and service to others.

The Mission Jamaica trip combines a service project with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home, yet far enough away to immerse into another culture for a week.

Who: This trip will be for Sr. SLY who will be currently in high school or attending their Freshman or Sophomore year of college.

What: We will work the first 4 days we are in Jamaica (Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sat.)
We will most likely be working at Westhaven Children's Home but could potentially be at a different Mission Jamaica location throughout the week. This portion of the trip is customized for us by the Mission Jamaica office.

Westhaven Children's Home- West Haven is a home for 80+ children and young adults with varying degrees of disabilities. Volunteers have served at Westhaven since 1995 providing care and interaction with the children
and improving the overall conditions of the home. Teams going to Westhaven
can also serve at Copse Basic School. Copse Basic School is a
Preschool up to Kindergarten, daycare, and child development center.
What We Do- Westhaven has opportunities to serve on construction projects, sewing, laundry, caring for the residents, assisting the staff and helping at the on-site school.
Every evening there is devotional time with rest and reflection provided by our own team. This is a chance for us to have praise and worship, bible study, ice breakers, prayer, etc.
The last two days of our trip will then be spent sight seeing in the area. On Sunday we will worship with a local church. In years past we had the opportunity to go out on a catamaran in Montego Bay and we will visit Dunn's River and walk the falls and have a traditional Jamaican meal for dinner before heading out on Tuesday.
When: The dates of our trip will be June 9th - 16th (Tuesday-Tuesday). At this point we have reserved 15 spots (that includes youth and chaperones). I know it is very early but we need to have a tentative head count within the next couple of weeks. Please let me know no later than August 13th if your youth is interested in participating in this trip so we can finalize our week and deposit schedule.

Where: Our team will be housed at the YWAM (Youth with a Mission) facilities in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Cost: Unfortunately until our flights are booked I can not give a definite cost of the trip. The cost of the trip last time we went was $1402 per person. This price included flight, housing, transportation, food, and excursions. Jeff Peterson from the Mission Jamaica office has someone looking into flights, and they will try to get us the cheapest flights possible. As soon as I hear a final cost I will let everyone know. St. Luke will try to help subsidize the cost of the trip as much as possible. The church will contribute 1/3 of the cost, we will attempt to help fundraise 1/3 of the cost for each participant, which only leaves 1/3 for each participant to pay. We can always help subsidize costs as much as possible for anyone with concerns or special circumstances. As soon as we know the number of people attending I will receive information about when deposits are due.

Please let Jennifer Wright know no later than August 13th if your youth is interested in going on this trip.
If you have questions please email me at  jennifer@stlukememphis.org.

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 and Cherub Choir begin

Wednesday Night Activities - Begin August 28th (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

WEB Meal - 5 - 6:30pm in the CFC 

Cherub Choir - 6 - 6:55pm - Children ages 4 through 3rd grade meet in Room 113 for fun and music!

Adult Choir  - 7pm - All ages are invited to participate in the adult choir!  Meet in the Sanctuary.

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

More Than A Meal - August 18

The August date for More Than A Meal is the 18th. Dave and Susie are once again coordinating the meal,

which will be pizza cooked by Costco. Volunteers are welcome and should arrive at Grace St Luke's Episcopal Church 1720 Peabody Avenue at 3:00 p.m. This is a vital ministry to many in the Memphis area. (If you haven't read the book the pastor has told us about, The One Hundred Story Home, you should! It will show you how very important a simple meal can be!)
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 will be located on the bulletin board outside the office starting August 11th. 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.

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. Tickets are $50 each. Plan to join Pastor Cliff at the luncheon.

Do Good, Love Well Luncheon
MIFA's Golden Gala will be September 11 at noon. St. Luke has reserved 10 tickets to the "Do Good, Love Well Luncheon" at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis. Kathy Izard will be speaking. Donations of $50 per ticket are accepted but not required. Sign up in the Narthex to attend!

Habitat for Humanity Fall Build

Mark your calendars for Sept. 28 and Oct. 19, 7:30am-1pm, to help build a house!  More information and signups to come.

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Save the Date!

The Evangelism Committee is hosting a Grandparents Day Brunch on Wednesday, September 4, 11:30am-12:30pm. More information and sign-ups to come!

ELCA News 

Click HERE to see the latest ELCA news!
Mission Jamaica 2020
Mission Jamaica

Our next 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"!
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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

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This Week's Calendar - August
10 Sat.
8:00 am
Lawn Team - Green
11 Sun.
9:00 am
10:00 am
11:30 am
Sunday School Kick Off / Install Sunday School Teachers
orship Service of Holy Communion
Worship Committee Meeting
13 Tue.
10:00 am
12:00 pm
Ladies Bible Study
Stephen Ministry Peer Supervision
14 Wed. 10:00 am
4:00 pm
Knitting in the Narthex
Shady Oaks School Board Meeting
15 Thur. 8:00 am
1:00 pm
St. John's Community Services Training
16 Fri.
6:30 am
8:00 am
Men's Bible Study
St. John's Community Services Training
17 Sat. 8:00 am
Lawn Team - Brown
18 Sun.
9:00 am
10:00 am
3:00 pm
Sunday School for All Ages
Worship Service of Holy Communion
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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