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St. Lukes United Methodist Church in Houston E-Bulletin
St. Lukes United Methodist Church

November, 2010


E-bulletin for November 3, 2010


Sunday, November 7, 2010 – All Saints Sunday

Westheimer Campus with Dr. Tom Pace preaching:
Traditional services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary
 Encounter Contemporary service at 8:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
 Improvisation service at 6 p.m. in the Chapel with Alison Young preaching

Sermon: Running in the Clouds, Fourth in the series Standing on the Promises
Hebrews 12:1-3

Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. on November 7. Don’t forget to “fall back” (set your clocks back one hour).

All Saints Sunday, the Chancel Choir, Early Music Ensemble and orchestra of St. Luke's will present Howard Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem in the Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

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Join St. Luke’s groups through social media.

Television Broadcast Schedule:

Worship service is broadcast on Channel 51/KNWS (Channel 2 on Comcast cable / 51 on U-Verse) at
11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Videos and podcasts of each week’s sermons are available on the website.

St. Luke’s Westheimer Campus now offers both an Induction Loop and an FM assisted hearing system in the Sanctuary and in the Parlor.

  • If you have a telecoil, there is no longer a need to use the hand-held FM receiver. 
  • For those who do not wear a hearing aid or do not have a telecoil, the hand-held FM receiver is still available with an ear-bud from the ushers on Sunday mornings. 

§      You may borrow an FM receiver from the Media department, 713-402-5079, or come by TV Control located next to the Rotunda.



Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Worship at the Gethsemane Campus:

       8:30 a.m. Blended Communion Service (English)

       9:45 a.m. Servicio en Español (Chapel)

      11 a.m. Traditional Worship with Justin Coleman preaching


Standing on the Promises – Stewardship 2011

You have kept your promise… with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it.

                        2 Chronicles 6:15

As we prepare for renewing our covenant with God, thank you to the many who have responded to the gift emphasis by returning your commitment cards.  If you have not done so, please prayerfully consider your gift for 2011 and mail it back in the envelope provided in your packet, place it in one of the boxes in the hallways on Sunday, or go on line to make a commitment. 

Sunday, November 14 will be rededication Sunday in all worship services.  Please plan to be a part of this special day as we celebrate together, acknowledging and accepting God’s abiding love and presence in our lives and committing ourselves to Him by STANDING ON THE PROMISES.

Watch Miriam Aguila’s personal story about St. Luke’s.


Seasonal Decorations for Advent

Your contribution to the Advent Flower Fund is a wonderful way to remember or honor your loved ones. Contributions are welcome in any amount and will be acknowledged in the Sunday Bulletin and in The Spire. To participate contact Gayle Eury ( at 713-402-5027 by Monday, December 6. 


Our Church Family

Our New Members:

We welcome Angie Russell, who transfers to St. Luke’s from another United Methodist church. She is an internal sales consultant for Invesco, Inc. Angie has a 1-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Yvonne “Libby”             Switzer.

Jerry Kahn and Tina Throckmorton unite with our congregation, he by profession of faith and baptism and she by transfer from another denomination. Jerry works in I.T. for Bg Us Services, Inc. and Tina is a homemaker and a member of the Chancel          Choir. Tina and Jerry are the parents of Tessa Throckmorton-Kahn, age 3, and Wyatt Throckmorton-Kahn, age 1.

Erik and Sandy Henry transfer to St. Luke’s from another United Methodist church. Sandy is an engineer/manager with ExxonMobil. She and Erik are the parents of Ethan, who is in the 6th grade and a member of the 2011 Confirmation Class, and Julie, age 8 and a 3rd grader.

Ashley Fields unites with St. Luke’s by profession of faith. She is an Advocacy Coordinator for Child Advocates, Inc.

Martha Fleischer joins St. Luke’s by transfer from another United Methodist church. She is a retired lawyer and professor of English and a member of St. Cecilia Choir and the Chancel Choir.

We welcome Joseph and Kristin Hodges, who unite with our congregation by profession of faith. Joseph is Operations Manager for Magentus Capital LLC. He and Kristin are the parents of Jonah Henry Hodges, age 1. 

Congratulations to:

Kirt and Tiffani Adams on the birth of their son, Weston Michael Adams, on October 27. Proud older brother and sister are Evan and Elise Adams. Proud grandparents are Stan and Stephani Bunting.

Robert and Carolyn Elliott on the birth of their daughter, Madalyn Marie-Claire Elliott, on October 28. Proud older brother and sister are D.J. and Tessa Elliott.

Our Sympathy to:

Jeannie Hearon on the death of her daughter, Nicole Jeanne Tague, on October 25.

Family and friends of Mae L. Turner, who died on October 26.

Jane Toole on the death of her mother, Helen Margaret Norris, on October 26.

Family and friends of Monene Miller, who died on October 31.

Gary Greenamoyer on the death of his father, Robert Francis “Bob” Greenamoyer, on November 1.

 The Sacrament of Baptism was received by:

Lillian Hazel McEnany, daughter of Michael Stewart McEnany and Mary Dawn Henson McEnan, on October 31.

Campbell Jane Pacey, daughter of Matthew Ryan Pacey and Chelsea Allen Pacey, on October 31.


Save the Date

November is Adoption Awareness Month. Join us to pray daily for adopted children, children waiting to be adopted, and all those involved in their care. You may sign up to receive the prayers by email each day of November or access them on our website. To sign up, please contact Amy Bezecny at 713-402-5134.

November 7, Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. on November 7. Don’t forget to “fall back” (set your clocks back one hour).

November 7, All Saints Sunday, the Chancel Choir, Early Music Ensemble and orchestra of St. Luke's UMC will present Howard Goodall's Eternal Light: A Requiem in the Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

November 13, Gethsemane Community Health Fair offers flu shots, cholesterol tests, blood pressure checks, informative discussions on topics such as nutrition, breast and prostate cancers, and more in Canterbury Hall from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Gethsemane Community Health Fair is being coordinated by St. Luke’s member Preston Boyer of Boy Scout Troop 55 as his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

November 14 – Rededication Sunday

  • In all worship services the congregation will celebrate together as we rededicate ourselves, acknowledging and accepting God’s abiding love and presence in our lives and committing ourselves to Him by STANDING ON THE PROMISES.
  • Grammy Award nominee Rev. Cynthia Wilson returns to St. Luke's as the featured guest musician at all three traditional morning services in the Sanctuary (8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m.) and also at the Improvisation Jazz Service at 6 p.m. in the Chapel.
  • Thanksgiving Sharing The congregation is asked to bring non-perishable food items to church for Christian Community Service Center’s ( CCSC) food pantries. Collection boxes will be in Gethsemane Chapel foyer, and a truck will be in the Westheimer courtyard porte cochere.

November 18, Spirit of Adoption Support Group will have its monthly meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel. Rev. Amy Bezecny will lead discussion of Simplicity Parenting by John Payne and Lisa Ross. RSVP to Amy at 713-402-5134. Childcare is available by calling 713-402-5054.
(two-day advance reservation please)

November 19, Friday Night Dance featuring Jon Norman and "That Country Band," 7-10:30 p.m. $15 at the door includes a light supper. For reservations and information, please contact Mary Lynn Faulk.

November 26, Bless Friday, come for a covered dish lunch at the Gethsemane Campus and prepare “blessing bags” to be distributed to the homeless we meet on street corners. The gathering time will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations are appreciated. Contact Mireya Ottaviano.


Opportunities to Serve and Share

Contact Connecting Ministries at 713-402-5015

Opportunities at Westheimer Campus - Contact Cecie Turlington at 713-402-5153 for more information or to sign up!

  • November 6, Volunteer training for PM Pals, a kids’ night out program for children with special needs and their siblings. Come help us give these parents a night off! Training is in the Children's Chapel (B121) at 10 a.m.
  • Apron Ministry - Set up for church events and bake cookies.
  • Receptionists are needed at the church office on Fridays and Sundays.
  • Shirley’s Angels are needed to put sermon notes cards in the pew pockets on Friday afternoons.
  • Communion bread bakers and servers are needed.
  • Ushers are needed in all services.
  • St. Luke’s Needlepoint Guild is being formed to make stoles and altar cloths for our church.  If you are a beginner or advanced stitcher, we need your help. Please contact Kathryn Riddles at 281-745-0954 for information. All materials will be provided.

Opportunities in the Community

·         KIDS HOPE USA is seeking mentors for at-risk elementary school students attending HISD’s Sutton Elementary for the 2010-11 school year. To be a friend for one hour a week contact Marci Pampe, St. Luke’s KHUSA Sutton Director, at 713-357-4466.

·       Houston Food Bank: Natural disasters and the economic downturn have created a greater need for volunteers (ages 8 and up) to pack boxes and assist with food drives and special events. Register at

Opportunities to Share

·   November 14, Thanksgiving Sharing – Bring non-perishable food items to church for CCSC food pantries. Collection boxes will be in Gethsemane Chapel foyer, and a truck will be in the Westheimer courtyard porte cochere.

More opportunities are available online.



Activities for Children and their Parents
Information: 713-402-5044

Register through November 5 for UCAL Basketball. The season begins in November (ends in February). Second grade through high school, same sex teams. Contact Kim Burnett at 713-402-5108.

Tuesdays, New playgroup for all ages meets from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Blanton Building/playground weekly for indoor/outdoor fun and fellowship with other St. Luke's families and friends. The group is free and open to all with no reservations necessary. Contact Hadley Cogan at 713-852-7401.

Tuesdays, Bible Study for Mothers of Young Children, led by Julie Ellerbrock, meets in B230 from 9:15-10:30 a.m. For childcare reservations, please contact Christy Dulaney at 713-402-5054.

Wednesdays, God and Girlfriends study group led by Laurie Noteboom is reading and discussing Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels. The group meets from 12-1 p.m. in R22.


St. Luke’s Center for Counseling and Life Enrichment                                     
Information: 713-402-5046

LOOKING FOR A JOB? Career Decisions Workshop on Thursdays: Schedule available online.

If you or someone you know is suffering from overwhelming emotional stress and could use some support, please contact St. Luke’s Center for Counseling and Life Enrichment, (2719 Joanel across Edloe from St. Luke’s campus).


Fine Arts                

Rotunda Gallery Artist of the Month for November is Joe Eason, jeweler.

Poet's Corners feature "The Oxen" by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).


Activities for Men                

Through November 17, Men's Life IV: Wild Man to Wise Man, led by Dr. Tom Pace, meets Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Registration online.

Through November 21, Men's Life II: Ten Ways to Win at Work (and at Life in General), led by Ron Schutz on Sundays from 4:55-5:55 p.m. Registration online.



Small Groups for Fall                

The Rule of Benedict, an eight-week study led by pastoral intern Sari Frey, will take place on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in R23. The first class met on November 2, but newcomers can still register online or call Kathy Neely at 713-402-5139. The book The Rule of Benedict by Joan Chittister, O.S.B. will be available for purchase ($15) for participants.

Thursdays through November 11, Go With Grace (As you encounter the complexities of life), a Bible study for Women led by Dr. Linda Christians, meets from 7-8:15 a.m. Registration and more information available online.

Justin’s Book Study is reading Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert's Search for Spiritual Community by Enuma Okoro. The group meets at 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Gethsemane Campus. Contact Justin Coleman by email to sign up.


Activities for Sr. Adults                         
Information: 713-402-5008

November 11, Mainstreamer Day programs beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Celebration of Veterans Day with stories and mementos, music and special message. Buffet lunch at noon. Call Kathy at 713-402-5139 for reservations.

November 17, Silver Circle meets for games at 9:30 a.m. and lunch at noon on the Gethsemane Campus. RSVP to Betsy Evans at 218-565-0348. 

November 18, Mainstreamer Day Trip: Docent tour of Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum at Baylor College of Medicine; lunch at Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Grill. Call Kathy at 713-402-5139 for reservations.


Sunday School Classes

Through November 21, the New Beginnings class will study Chasing Daylight: a study on the life of Jonathan. Pastor Erwin McManus calls us to risk everything for a life of genuine purpose--to step out in faith to become movers and shakers rather than moaners and slackers. The class meets at 9:45 a.m. in B227.

Recently formed Sunday School classes:

·         Three Strands class is for engaged and recently married couples in their mid-20s to early 30s. Beginning October 31, this class will meet at 9:40 a.m. in Room 101 of the Crossroads Building, which is across West Alabama from the St. Luke's fields. Beyond Sunday mornings, Three Strands will have opportunities to worship, socialize and serve together.

·         A class for recent college graduates meets in the Blanton Building at 9:45 a.m.

Contact Adult Ministries at 713-402-5139 for more information.


Activities for Women                           
Information: 713-402-5086

November 8, 22 and 29, UMW Games Group will meet in R24 at 10 a.m. to play Mah Jongg.


November 8, UMW welcomes Charlotte Newton, a member of the First United Methodist Church, who will share insights on the Sudan and its current tumultuous situation at 10 a.m. in the Friendship Beacon Sunday School room on the Gethsemane Campus. RSVP to Shirley Boyer at 713-774- 4071.


November 11, UMW Night Circle will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lagenia Clark. Charlotte Newton, past president of the Texas Conference UMW, will present The Beauty and Courage of Sudan. Contact Pat Deckert at 713-334-6848.

Through November 16, Tuesday Night Sisters will study Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Resource Room (B154). For information, contact Krista Heide at 713-398-2668.

Thursdays through November 11, Go With Grace Bible study for Women, led by Dr. Linda Christians, meets from 7-8:15 a.m. Registration and more information available online.


Activities for Youth

Information: 713-402-5092

November 7:
        Cross Dedication service
for confirmands is at 12:15 p.m. in the Youth Chapel.

        Awaken, service for all youth, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Meet in the Youth Loft and bring $5 for snack.

A complete list of youth activities can be found online.


Read The Spire Online

The Spire, now published bi-weekly, is available for online viewing.  If you are currently receiving The Spire by mail and would enjoy viewing The Spire online instead, please send a message to Sally Penning. This helps the church save in printing expenses.


To subscribe to a mailed copy of The Cross Connection, contact Thelma Jones at the conference office. United Methodist Reporter national subscriptions are available on the UM Portal.


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