Announcements for October 22, 2017

Bell Choir.  Bell Choir rehearsals have started back up for the 2017-2018 season. They are rehearsing Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. If you’re interested in joining the bell choir, contact Marie Pierce.

October Movie Night. Join us for a potluck and movie night on Oct. 27. The potluck begins at 5:45 p.m. and the movie at 7 p.m. Please bring a dish of food to pass and your table service for the potluck. Snacks will be available during the movie. If you cannot attend both the potluck and the movie, you are welcome at either one. This is one of our 50th anniversary celebration activities, and we hope you and your family will want to attend. Friends and neighbors are welcome, too!

Haunted Hallway. We will be doing Haunted Hallway on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are opportunities for everyone to help. If you have treats you would like to donate, please put it in the café. If you would rather donate money to defray the cost of decorating or purchase of cider or other supplies, please see Brenda Kemp. If you would like to dress up (or not) and stand in a doorway and pass out treats, see Brenda Kemp. If you have Halloween decorations you would like to donate, please see Brenda. Any other questions about where your talent can be used, please see Brenda Kemp or Gloria Gonzales

Church Conference . Mark your calendars! Sunday, November 12th is the annual Church Conference which will be held at Saginaw Ames UMC, located at 801 State St. Training begins at 2 p.m. with D.S. Rev. David Kim followed by the conference starting at 3 p.m.

Scrip Tip . There have been some changes regarding Darden Restaurant gift cards. Please talk to Joye Kramer or Julie Nelson if you have purchased them in the past. We have hundreds of other gift cards to choose from. Meijer $25 and Grampa Tony’s $10 cards are available on a cash (or check) and carry basis. Bay Animal Hospital also offers a 5% donation for your four-legged family members. See Joye Kramer or Julie Nelson with any questions.

Pub Theology, Pints & Parables, Hope & Hops . We’re not sure what we’re calling it yet – but it’s an open and honest conversation about things that matter at a Pub or Brewery. Join Rev. Stone for our first gathering at Tri-City Brewing Company on Thursday Nov 2 at 8 PM. Our discussion will be centered on a new book edited by Miguel A. De La Torre; Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Contributing writers acknowledge that the election of Donald Trump represents a confessional crisis for many people of faith.

Uninvited Study . In this deeply personal study Lysa TerKeurst reflects on our personal experiences from rejection to the perceived judgment of our peers. We will gather at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in the Cafe. Our facilitator for this study will be Brenda Scramlin.

Men’s Study . The men will be studying the Adam Hamilton series When Christians Get It Wrong. This study will help us gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith.

Breakfast Book Club.  Breakfast Book Club – Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. join in the discussion of ‘Here’s to Friends’ by Melody Carlson. Borrowed books should be returned to the Church’s library, so that others can read and enjoy.

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Announcements for October 15, 2017

October Movie Night. Join us for a potluck and movie night on Oct. 27. The potluck begins at 5:45 p.m. and the movie at 7 p.m. Please bring a dish of food to pass and your table service for the potluck. Snacks will be available during the movie. If you cannot attend both the potluck and the movie, you are welcome at either one. This is one of our 50th anniversary celebration activities, and we hope you and your family will want to attend. Friends and neighbors are welcome, too!

Haunted Hallway. We will be doing Haunted Hallway on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are opportunities for everyone to help. If you have treats you would like to donate, please put it in the café. If you would rather donate money to defray the cost of decorating or purchase of cider or other supplies, please see Brenda Kemp. If you would like to dress up (or not) and stand in a doorway and pass out treats, see Brenda Kemp. If you have Halloween decorations you would like to donate, please see Brenda. Any other questions about where your talent can be used, please see Brenda Kemp or Gloria Gonzales

Church Conference . Mark your calendars! Sunday, November 12th is the annual Church Conference which will be held at Saginaw Ames UMC, located at 801 State St. Training begins at 2 p.m. with D.S. Rev. David Kim followed by the conference starting at 3 p.m.

Scrip Tip . There have been some changes regarding Darden Restaurant gift cards. Please talk to Joye Kramer or Julie Nelson if you have purchased them in the past. We have hundreds of other gift cards to choose from. Meijer $25 and Grampa Tony’s $10 cards are available on a cash (or check) and carry basis. Bay Animal Hospital also offers a 5% donation for your four-legged family members. See Joye Kramer or Julie Nelson with any questions.

Pub Theology, Pints & Parables, Hope & Hops . We’re not sure what we’re calling it yet – but it’s an open and honest conversation about things that matter at a Pub or Brewery. Join Rev. Stone for our first gathering at Tri-City Brewing Company on Thursday Nov 2 at 8 PM. Our discussion will be centered on a new book edited by Miguel A. De La Torre; Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Contributing writers acknowledge that the election of Donald Trump represents a confessional crisis for many people of faith.

Coffee with the Pastor. Have you recently joined St. Luke’s or are you interested in becoming a member? Join Rev. Stone today following worship to learn about St. Luke’s and the United Methodist Church.

Uninvited Study . In this deeply personal study Lysa TerKeurst reflects on our personal experiences from rejection to the perceived judgment of our peers. We will gather at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in the Cafe. Our facilitator for this study will be Brenda Scramlin.

Men’s Study . The men will be studying the Adam Hamilton series When Christians Get It Wrong. This study will help us gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith.

A Note from the Family . The family of JoAn Bauer (who passed away September 28th) phoned to express regret at not including in her obituary her membership at St. Luke’s in the 1990’s. “Mom’s time at St. Luke’s was very important and fulfilling to her, including heading up the food pantry and the friendships made. Thank you for loving and accepting her and all of us so readily on our move to Essexville.”

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Announcements for October 8, 2017

Volunteers Needed. If anyone would be interested in volunteering to teach a community education class beginning in 2018, please contact Barb Bovee (989-980-9372). Classes will be held at St. Luke’s.

Breakfast Book Club.  Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. Join in the discussion of ‘Here’s to Friends’ by Melody Carlson. Borrowed books should be returned to the Church’s library, so that others can read and enjoy.

United Methodist Women. The next UMW meeting is on Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1. The program leader is Edythe Juve. Hostesses for this meeting are Jan Oswald and Judy Maillette. The nomination committee will be presenting a slate of officers for 2018. Please plan to attend this important meeting.

Year to Date Financial Report
(Jan.-Sept.)

Revenue: 138,343.00
Expenditures: 143,797.00
Difference: -5,454.00

Open Prayer. Tuesday evenings 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come connect with the source of wisdom, strength and grace. What a privilege and a necessity that we can speak with the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth! Come and turn down the noise and busyness of life and tune in to a conversation with God.

Scrip Tip. Please note effective immediately, Darden Restaurants gift cards will no longer be redeemable at Red Lobster locations. New Darden Restaurants gift cards are also available to order and are redeemable at the following locations: Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Yard House Restaurants, Seasons 52, and the newly-introduced Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. You may have previous Darden Restaurants gift cards with the Red Lobster logo on them. These are still redeemable at any of the restaurants shown on the card, including Red Lobster. In addition, we have hundreds of other gift cards to choose from. Meijer $25 and Grampa Tony’s $10 cards are available on a cash (or check) and carry basis. Bay Animal Hospital also offers a 5% donation for your four-legged family members. See Joye Kramer or Julie Nelson with any questions.

Uninvited Study.  In this deeply personal study Lysa TerKeurst reflects on our personal experiences from rejection to the perceived judgment of our peers.  We will gather at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in the Cafe.  Our facilitator for this study will be Brenda Scramlin.

Men’s Study . The men will be studying the Adam Hamilton series When Christians Get It Wrong. This study will help us gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith.

Mission Offering. On the last Sunday of each month, our Church School offering will be designated to a mission project. Last year, we designated our offerings to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. This year’s mission project will be designated by the Church School members.

Pastor Appreciation Day. Today is Pastor Appreciation Day. Please join us in the fellowship hall after worship that day to celebrate with Rev. Stone.

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Announcements for October 1, 2017

Pastor Appreciation Day.  Sunday, October 8th is Pastor Appreciation Day. Please join us in the fellowship hall after worship that day to celebrate with the
Stone family.

Volunteers Needed.  If anyone would be interested in volunteering to teach a community education class beginning in 2018, please contact Barb Bovee (989-980-9372).  Classes will be held at St. Luke’s.

Breakfast Book Club.  Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. join in the reading and discussion of ‘Here’s to Friends’ by Melody Carlson. Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives – together? The four Lindas learn that, even in their fifties, friends aren’t just for fun-they are a necessity! Books available to borrow in the Church library located in the north/south hallway.

Sub Sandwich Sale. UMW Sub Sandwich Sale. Order your sub sandwiches for the BIG game between Michigan and Michigan State on Saturday, October 7. We are taking orders for 5 different varieties of 6 inch subs, including veggie, Italian, turkey, roast beef, all meats, and vegetarian option. Place your order before October 5 by calling Gloria
Gonzales at 989-717-2404 or by sending an email to [email protected]
Subs can be picked up at noon on Saturday, October 7 in time for the game. Cost of subs is $7.50 each or $12 for two. Make sure to get yours ordered.

Year to Date Financial Report

(Jan.-Sept.)
Revenue:        138,343.00
Expenditures:  143,797.00
Difference:         -5,454.00

Blessing of the Animals.  Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. This is an ecumenical endeavor for all denominations of pets. Bring your canine, cat or chameleon to St. Luke’s UMC for a special blessing of the animals’ service of worship. Service will be held on the lawn, weather permitting. All animals are welcome if accompanied by a
responsible human.

Uninvited Study. In this deeply personal study Lysa TerKeurst reflects on our personal
experiences from rejection to the perceived judgment of our peers. We will gather at 8:00 o’clock on Sunday morning in the Cafe. Our facilitator for this study will be Brenda Scramlin.

Mission Offering. Today the Church School offering will be designated to
UMCOR for hurricane disaster relief. On the first Sunday of each month, our Church School offering will be designated to a mission project. Last year, we designated our offerings to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. This year’s mission project will be designated by the Church  School members.

Men’s Study.  The men will be studying the Adam Hamilton series When Christians Get
It Wrong. This study will help us gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling

Hurricane Disaster Relief. If you would like to donate to the UMCOR Hurricane disaster relief, you may use the envelope in your pew. Please make your check out to St. Luke’s UMC and write UMCOR Advance #901670 in the memo line on your check
or write it on the envelope. UMCOR donations go directly to the needs of victims.

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Announcements for September 24, 2017

Church School Appreciation. September 24th is Church School Appreciation. The Church School teachers will be doing fellowship following the service. If you know a church school teacher, make sure to tell them thank you for the great job they are doing
teaching our young people as well as adults.

Pastor Appreciation Day.  Sunday, October 8th is Pastor Appreciation Day. Please join us in the fellowship hall after worship that day to celebrate with the
Stone family.

Food of Faith.  Volunteers Needed for Food of Faith | Free Hot Meal prep & service
Hosted by St. Luke’s UMC.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church 815 Grant St., Bay City MI
Date: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
To donate Time, Talent and / or Treasure toward this ministry,
contact Brenda Scramlin | 989-450-5814

Men’s Study. The men’s study will begin on Monday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. They
will be studying the Adam Hamilton series When Christians Get It Wrong. This study will help us gain a different way of understanding the issues that keep people away from Christianity and keep Christians from living a more compelling faith.

Mission Offering. On October 1 the Church School offering will be designated to
UMCOR for hurricane disaster relief. On the first Sunday of each month, our Church School offering will be designated to a mission project. Last year, we designated our offerings to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. This year’s mission project will be designated by the Church  School members.

5 Ways You Can Respond To Harvey & Irma

  1. Pray–Bathe in prayer those who have lost loved ones, homes and property, and for the first responders who are risking their own lives to get others to safety.
  2. Give-A donation to the United Methodist Committee of Relief UMCOR guarantees that 100% of your gift will go directly to disaster relief.
  3. Send-Recovery efforts will require Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits for weeks, months and years to come.
  4. Volunteer-Michigan Area Volunteers in Mission and our Disaster Response Team coordinators will send team information to district offices as soon as first responders have completed their rescue mission. Follow news.michiganumc.org for announcements or emails from your district office.
  5. Share-United Methodist respond best when we all work together. Please share this information with members of your church and community. Together, we can serve as the hands and feet of Jesus of Christ for those impacted by these terrible storms.

Houston Disaster Relief.  If you would like to donate to the UMCOR Houston disaster relief, you may use the envelope in your pew. Please write UMCOR Advance #901670 on your check or envelope. UMCOR donations go directly to the needs of victims.

Breakfast Book Club.  Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. join in the reading and discussion of ‘Here’s to Friends’ by Melody Carlson. Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives – together? The four Lindas learn that, even in their fifties, friends aren’t just for fun-they are a necessity! Books available to borrow in the Church library located in the north/south hallway.

Uninvited Study. In this deeply personal study Lysa TerKeurst reflects on our personal
experiences from rejection to the perceived judgment of our peers. We will gather at 8:00 o’clock on Sunday morning in the Cafe. Our facilitator for this study will be Brenda Scramlin.

50th Anniversary. Watch your bulletin and newsletter for future activities celebrating our fiftieth anniversary!

Flags.  If you have an American Flag which is worn, faded, or torn, see Gerry Decker and he will dispose of it properly for you.

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Announcements for September 17, 2017

Received in Baptism Today.  Braxson Clark DeShano, son of Justin and Stacey DeShano. Braxson was born May 31, 2017. His Godparents are Bryan Smith and Kyleene Nelson.

5 Ways You Can Respond To Harvey & Irma

  1. Pray–Bathe in prayer those who have lost loved ones, homes and property, and for the first responders who are risking their own lives to get others to safety.
  2. Give-A donation to the United Methodist Committee of Relief UMCOR guarantees that 100% of your gift will go directly to disaster relief.
  3. Send-Recovery efforts will require Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits for weeks, months and years to come.
  4. Volunteer-Michigan Area Volunteers in Mission and our Disaster Response Team coordinators will send team information to district offices as soon as first responders have completed their rescue mission. Follow news.michiganumc.org for announcements or emails from your district office.
  5. Share-United Methodist respond best when we all work together. Please share this information with members of your church and community. Together, we can serve as the hands and feet of Jesus of Christ for those impacted by these terrible storms.

Houston Disaster Relief.  If you would like to donate to the UMCOR Houston disaster relief, you may use the envelope in your pew. Please write UMCOR Advance #901670 on your check or envelope. UMCOR donations go directly to the needs of victims.

 

Breakfast Book Club.  Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. join in the reading and discussion of ‘Here’s to Friends’ by Melody Carlson. Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives – together? The four Lindas learn that, even in their fifties, friends aren’t just for fun-they are a necessity! Books available to borrow in the Church library located in the north/south hallway.

Food of Faith.  Volunteers Needed for Food of Faith | Free Hot Meal prep & service
Hosted by St. Luke’s UMC.
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church 815 Grant St., Bay City MI
Date: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
To donate Time, Talent and / or Treasure toward this ministry, contact Brenda Scramlin | 989-450-5814

Uninvited Study.  The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.  In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.  Classes will meet beginning Sunday, September 17 at 8:00 a.m. or at 6:00 p.m. Leader will be Brenda Scramlin. If you have any questions you can contact Brenda Scramlin or Gloria Gonzales.

50th Anniversary. Watch your bulletin and newsletter for future activities celebrating our fiftieth anniversary!

Flags.  If you have an American Flag which is worn, faded, or torn, see Gerry Decker and he will dispose of it properly for you.

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Announcements for September 10, 2017

Houston Disaster Relief.   If you would like to donate to the UMCOR Houston disaster relief, you may use the envelope in your pew. Please write UMCOR Advance #901670 on your check or envelope. UMCOR donations go directly to the needs of victims.

5 Ways You Can Respond To Harvey & Irma

  1. Pray–Bathe in prayer those who have lost loved ones, homes and property, and for the first responders who are risking their own lives to get others to safety.
  2. Give-A donation to the United Methodist Committee of Relief UMCOR guarantees that 100% of your gift will go directly to disaster relief.
  3. Send-Recovery efforts will require Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits for weeks, months and years to come.
  4. Volunteer-Michigan Area Volunteers in Mission and our Disaster Response Team coordinators will send team information to district offices as soon as first responders have completed their rescue mission. Follow news.michiganumc.org for announcements or emails from your district office.
  5. Share-United Methodist respond best when we all work together. Please share this information with members of your church and community. Together, we can serve as the hands and feet of Jesus of Christ for those impacted by these terrible storms.

College Students.   If you have a child or grandchild attending college this year, please let us know their address so St. Luke’s can keep in touch with them. Contact Bev Walker (989) 893-9671 or Barb Bovee (989) 980-9372.

Open Prayer. Turn down the noise and the busyness of life, and tune in to a conversation with God. Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Office Hours.  Watch the church website for changes in office hours and days office will be closed.

Breakfast Book Club.  Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. join in the reading and discussion of ‘Here’s to Friends’ by Melody Carlson. Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives – together? The four Lindas learn that, even in their fifties, friends aren’t just for fun-they are a necessity! Books available to borrow in the Church library located in the north/south hallway.

United Methodist Women. UMW Potluck on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. We will be meeting in fellowship hall to discuss the survey results over supper. Please bring your favorite dish to pass and your table service. Hope to see everyone there.

Church School.  Our Church School starts today. Classes begin at 11 a.m. following Fellowship.

Uninvited Study.  The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.

In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.

In this study we will delve to biblical depths, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, in order to:

  • Release the desire to fall apart or control the actions of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process their hurt.
  • Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady their soul and restore their confidence.
  • Overcome the two core fears that feed our insecurities by understanding the secret of belonging.
  • Stop feeling left out and start believing that “set apart” does not mean “set aside.”
    End the cycle of perceived rejection by refusing to turn a small incident into a full blown issue.

Classes will meet beginning Sunday, September 17 at 8:00 a.m. or at 6:00 p.m. Leader will be Brenda Scramlin. If you have any questions you can contact Brenda Scramlin or Gloria Gonzales.

50th Anniversary. Watch your bulletin and newsletter for future activities celebrating our fiftieth anniversary!

Flags.  If you have an American Flag which is worn, faded, or torn, see Gerry Decker and he will dispose of it properly for you.

Announcements for September 3, 2017

Golf Outing.  Saturday, September 22, 2017. Gather at Swan Valley UMC for a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. The Shotgun will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Swan Valley Golf Course, which is located next door to the church. Cost is $60 per person, this includes the breakfast, nine holes green fee, cart and prizes. For information contact Rev. Rob Richards at 989-781-0860 or 989-751-5818.

Open Prayer.  Turn down the noise and the busyness of life, and tune in to a conversation with God. Tuesdays 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Breakfast Book Club. Saturday, October 28th at 10:00 a.m. join in the reading and discussion of ‘Here’s to Friends’ by Melody Carlson. Is there room in one little hometown for four very different Lindas to reinvent their lives – together? The four Lindas learn, that even in their fifties, friends aren’t just for fun-they are a necessity!

Tuesday Taizé
Join Rev. Stone the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. for a contemplative service of candle (lava) light, scripture, prayer, song, and silence. We will be starting Tuesday Taizé again on September 5, 2017, hope to see you there.

Food Share Table. With all the fresh produce emerging please consider sharing your bounty with the Food Share table. Located just outside the main entrance to the fellowship hall, this is a place for anyone who is able to “share what you have, and take what you need.”

Women’s Study.   Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Like Less, a study for women led by Brenda Scramlin will begin on Sunday, September 17 at 8:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. check the newsletter for more information.

Houston Disaster Relief.  If you would like to donate to the UMCOR Houston disaster relief, you may use the envelope in your pew. Please write UMCOR Advance #901670 on your check or envelope. UMCOR donations go directly to the needs of victims.

College Students.  If you have a child or grandchild attending college this year, please let us know their address, so St. Luke’s can keep in touch with them. Contact Bev Walker (989) 893-9671 or Barb Bovee (989) 980-9372.

Office Hours.  Watch the church website for changes in office house, and day’s office will be closed.

Attention Third Graders.  If your child will be starting school this year in third grade, please contact the office. We want to present third graders with their Bible on September 10th during the worship service.

Mark Your Calendar.   Church School will return on Sunday, September 10 at 11 a.m. There are classes for everyone from preschool to adult. Look for more information in the newsletter.

Church School Teachers. There will be a meeting of all church school teachers and alternate teachers on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m.

Blessing of the Backpacks.  We will be doing a Blessing of the Backpacks in the worship service on September 10. All students, elementary through college, can bring their backpack to church that day to be blessed.

50th Anniversary. Watch your bulletin and newsletter for future activities celebrating our fiftieth anniversary!

Flags.  If you have an American Flag which is worn, faded, or torn, see Gerry Decker and he will dispose of it properly for you.

Announcements for August 27, 2017

Golf Outing.  Saturday, September 22, 2017. Gather at Swan Valley UMC for a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. The Shotgun will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Swan Valley Golf Course, which is located next door to the church. Cost is $60 per person, this includes the breakfast, nine holes green fee, cart and prizes. For information contact Rev. Rob Richards at 989-781-0860 or 989-751-5818.

 

Open Prayer.  Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. (Mark 1:35)
Open Prayer – Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. What a special time this has become! Come to a time of diligent, purposeful prayer. Stay for as little or as long as you like. Pray in private, or with your Church family. Devotional handouts are provided to supplement your personal prayers. All are welcome!

Tuesday Taizé
Join Rev. Stone the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. for a contemplative service of candle (lava) light, scripture, prayer, song, and silence. We will be starting Tuesday Taizé again on September 5, 2017, hope to see you there.

Food Share Table. With all the fresh produce emerging please consider sharing your bounty with the Food Share table. Located just outside the main entrance to the fellowship hall, this is a place for anyone who is able to “share what you have, and take what you need.”

Women’s Study.   Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Like Less, a study for women led by Brenda Scramlin will begin on Sunday, September 17 at 8:00 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. check the newsletter for more information.

Attention Third Graders.  If your child will be starting school this year in third grade, please contact the office. We want to present third graders with their Bible on September 10th during the worship service.

Mark Your Calendar.   Church School will return on Sunday, September 10 at 11 a.m. There are classes for everyone from preschool to adult. Look for more information in the newsletter.

Church School Teachers. There will be a meeting of all church school teachers and alternate teachers on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30 p.m.

Blessing of the Backpacks.  We will be doing a Blessing of the Backpacks in the worship service on September 10. All students, elementary through college, can bring their backpack to church that day to be blessed.

50th Anniversary. Watch your bulletin and newsletter for future activities celebrating our fiftieth anniversary!

Flags.  If you have an American Flag which is worn, faded, or torn, see Gerry Decker and he will dispose of it properly for you.

Announcements for August 20, 2017

Golf Outing.  Saturday, September 22, 2017. Gather at Swan Valley UMC for a continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. The Shotgun will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Swan Valley Golf Course, which is located next door to the church. Cost is $60 per person, this includes the breakfast, nine holes green fee, cart and prizes. For information contact Rev. Rob Richards at 989-781-0860 or 989-751-5818.

Church School Teachers. We are looking for volunteers for Church School teachers. You can choose to cover one Sunday a month or be the lead teacher every Sunday. If you have any questions or for more information, speak with Gloria Gonzales.  (email:[email protected])

Loons Family Fun Day!  25 days until the Loons Family Fun Day! It’s getting closer! There are still opportunities open for volunteers to lead children and youth games, crafts or activities, be a runner or greet on August 26th!  You can choose to work the whole afternoon, 2:30 – 6:30 or you can choose shift A (2:30 – 4:30) or shift B (4:30 – 6:30). The game starts at 7 pm, so you have lots of time to enjoy both!  Please reply to Tina Karnath, from the district main office, with what times you can serve and your shirt size.  All volunteers get a free shirt!   Please consider helping out as this event will be heavily attended by everyone attending the game, not just our churches. We need all hands on deck!
Tina Karnath, Saginaw Bay District Ministry and Education Facilitator
phone: (989) 793-8838
email: [email protected]
Event details: http://loons2017.talltailspress.com/

Back-to-School VBS.  Saturday, August 26, 2017.  9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Preschool – 5th Grade.  Stories, crafts, snacks and a special backpack blessing.  Sign up by August 14th, at https://form.jotform.us/stlukesumc/back-to-school-vbs-registration,  in the fellowship hall, email [email protected], or call 989-893-8031.

Bible Study.  Thursday night at 6:30pm called, “Bless To Me.” It is based on Beth Richardson’s book, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings. This study will take place at Smith Park in Essexville (in the pavilion behind the City Hall), weather permitting, and will include discussion and writing prompts for your personal journaling experience.  Notebooks provided, writings need not be shared. The studies will cover topics such as Blessing Prayers, Finding God in the Ordinary, Seasons: Journeying Through the Year, Special Moments, Heart Prayers, The Struggling Times, and Celebrating God’s Presence. We encourage you to join us. See Gloria Gonzales for more information. (email:[email protected]).  Last one is August 24, 2017.

Open Prayer.  Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer. (Mark 1:35)
Open Prayer – Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. What a special time this has become! Come to a time of diligent, purposeful prayer. Stay for as little or as long as you like. Pray in private, or with your Church family. Devotional handouts are provided to supplement your personal prayers. All are welcome!

Food Share Table. With all the fresh produce emerging please consider sharing your bounty with the Food Share table. Located just outside the main entrance to the fellowship hall, this is a place for anyone who is able to “share what you have, and take what you need.”

Tuesday Taizé
Join Rev. Stone the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. for a contemplative service of candle (lava) light, scripture, prayer, song, and silence. We will be starting Tuesday Taizé again on September 5, 2017, hope to see you there.

50th Anniversary. Watch your bulletin and newsletter for future activities celebrating our fiftieth anniversary!

Flags.  If you have an American Flag which is worn, faded, or torn, see Gerry Decker and he will dispose of it properly for you.