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St. Lukes UInited Methodist E-News
St. Lukes United Methodist

November, 2010


E-bulletin for November 10, 2010


Sunday, November 14, 2010 – Rededication Sunday

Westheimer Campus with Dr. Tom Pace preaching:
Traditional services at 8:30*, 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary
*There will be no Holy Communion at the 8:30 a.m. service.
Holy communion will be available at noon in the Chapel.
 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

This 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.

Sermon: There Comes a Time, Fifth in the series Standing on the Promises
Hebrews 12:1-3

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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 14, 2010 – Rededication Sunday

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  personal stories about what St. Luke’s means to members.


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:

Ted and E’von Owen unite with St. Luke’s by transfer from another denomination. Ted is Executive Vice-President and C.F.O of Team, Inc.

Congratulations to:

Lauren Kristine Gronberg and Garyt Lance Walker, who were united in marriage on November 6.

Amy Rebecca Smith and William Robinson Wagner, who were united in marriage on November 6.

Our Sympathy to:

Dave and Lagenia Clark and Jared, Justin, and Lexi Clark on the death of Dave’s brother-in-law, Sumpter M. Embrey III, on November 3.

Phil, Roberta, and Bailey Murray on the death of Phil’s mother, Vernice Murray, on November 4.

Are you or a loved one facing surgery or hospitalization?  A crucial aspect of St. Luke's Caring Ministry is the prayers we have with members prior to surgeries and during hospitalizations. Please contact Karen Smith at 713- 402-5086 and let us be there for you.


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 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 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.

December 5, Life Together Class and Dinner led by Dr. Tom Pace is an opportunity to meet staff members and clergy and learn more about membership at St. Luke’s. The class meets from 4-7 p.m. in the Hines Baker Room. To attend, Contact Mary Alaniz at 713-402-5015.


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!

  • Apron Ministry - Set up for church events and bake cookies.
  • Receptionists are needed at the church office on Fridays and Sundays.
  • Connection Center consultants needed for 30 minutes on Sunday mornings
  • 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 at the Gethsemane Campus

·         November 21, CCSC Jingle Bell Express Toy/Book Drive – bring a new, unwrapped book or toy for children in need ages newborn to 15 to the Gethsemane Chapel foyer boxes. For more information, please contact Ashley,

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.

·   November 21, is the first day for Angel Tree sign up. Be a “Santa’s Helper” and/or sponsor families in need by selecting a family on Sundays, November 21, 28, and December 5 in the Sanctuary hallway. Help at Breakfast with Santa at Misíon Milby on Saturday, December 11.  Please contact Lynda at 713-402-5155 or



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

Beginning January 4, 2011 St. Luke's After School Care will be adding River Oaks Elementary School to our pick-up list. Contact ASC at 713-402-5075 or online at

Tuesdays, 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                

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 on Tuesdays 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 and 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. This class meets 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 23, The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet from 1-2 p.m. in the Chapel Parlor. Instruction is available for beginners.


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


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.

December 6, The UMW Book Club will meet at The Egg and I (in Meyerland) for brunch at 10 a.m. and to plan for the slate of books to read in 2011.


Activities for Youth

Information: 713-402-5092

November 14, No MYF

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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