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Vol. 9 6325 West Main Street, Maryville, IL 62062

September September 2013 No. 9

A monthly chronicle to your home bringing you the news from St. Lukes United Methodist Church
Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers. Acts 12:24
Greetings StL Saints! It is the beginning of one of the most anticipated, exciting times of the year. No, I dont mean the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons, or the stretch run to the Fall Classic by the other StL (the Cardinals), though all three make September one of my favorite months. Im talking about the kickoff to the fall season at church. September is going to be exciting at St. Lukes! On September 7, we will be gathering at the church from 9 10:30 am, and doing a prayer walk around the parking lot and throughout the building focusing on worship, reconciliation, discipleship and witness. Im anticipating many guests worshipping God with us in September. We want to be ready offering them the same reconciliation and discipleship opportunities weve realized as Disciples of Jesus Christ who call St. Lukes home. So, the Prayer Walk is a form of worship that will prepare us to witness. Speaking of witness, from 11 am 1 pm, we will be at Drost Park for an H2Outreach. This means we will be setting up a table of water bottles, cookies, and some portable StL UMC info to give to any walkers, runners, and bikers along the trail. Personal invitations to come to church are the most powerful invitations, so the connections we make on that Saturday should be supplemented by each of us also inviting neighbors to St. Lukes as well. Thats a major emphasis for Grandparents Sunday, September 8. Grandparents are encouraged to invite grandchildren and grandchildren are encouraged to invite grandparents to worship at either 8 am or 1030 am and a fellowship meal at 12 pm thats a bit of an obvious angle. Yet, what if we went a bit further? Some dont have grandchildren or grandparents to invite or who would be able to attend for a variety of reasons. Yet, do we know of unchurched children in our area who would benefit from having a Christian grandparent-like mentor or of unchurched adults in our area who would appreciate an invitation from a church that values and has great ministry opportunities for children of God of all ages? Remember, a neighbor is more likely to move from first-time guest to second-time guest, and then from family member to Disciple of Jesus Christ when you and I we invite them! A sample of other September events: The church will be hosting a Five Practices for Fruitful Congregations seminar on Risk-Taking Mission and Service for area UMCs on Saturday, September 14. On Sunday, September 22, Mary and Wes Harris will offer an Information Session at 12 PM and 6 PM for Financial Peace University which is set to begin on Sunday September 29, at 6 pm. This class is intentionally meant for our whole Maryville-area community, so invite neighbors in need of more financial peace to come! Tuesday, September 24, from 6-8 pm is Tailgate Tuesday. Lets focus even more so on outreach and evangelism as we invite neighbors to join us that night. Its a great opportunity in general, and specifically, its an outstanding way to alert neighbors of our HUGE Fall Kickoff Sunday, September 29. That Sunday will include great worship and the revealing of a key 4-part, 4-month sermon series, the beginning of additional ministry opportunities including the introduction of exciting small groups for Jr. and Sr. High students, and the 3rd Annual St. Lukes Glory Open Golf Tournament (another fine Invite-a-Neighbor opportunity!). Did I mention September is going to be an exciting month at St. Lukes!? Throughout the area, state, country, and around the world the word of God will continue to spread in September and many will come to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior following as Disciples who go out to witness and make new Disciples. I cant wait to see how St. Lukes will take part in this awesome ministry! Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Will

The women of the Word (W.O.W) group will be celebrating September birthdays at Eckerts Restaurant in Belleville. We will leave at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, September 4 and return at 11:30 AM. All ladies are invited; please RSVP with Karen (696-9514) or by Monday, September 2. Youth group fall kick-off will begin Sunday, September 8 at 6:00 PM. We will meet for dinner and a movie in the church fellowship hall. Bring a friend and lets get started on a great year in Christ! Please mark your calendars for Safe Sanctuary training, everyone, 18 years and older, currently helping or who want to help with children and youth ministries must make one of these two meetings, Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 PM or Sunday, October 6 right after late service. The new school year always brings changes and it is the same with church. We are excited that our children will be included in the beginning part of our services starting September 22. Parents will pick up their children after Sunday school and take them to the sanctuary to experience family worship together. Joy Jumpers through second grade will be dismissed to Children church after the childrens message. Cribs for Christ will still be offered during the entire church time. Volunteers will continue to come and sit with the children during the Childrens message.

Short Takes
The Men's Bible Study will begin the Fall session on Wednesday, September 4. The Bible Study meets every two weeks, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. This session we will be using the Ray Vander Laan Holy Land series The Ministry of Jesus. There is no cost for this series; all men are invited. Please contact John Ashbrook (314-374-8919) or Denny Vollmar (345-9911) with any questions. On September, 14, St. Lukes is hosting the third of five Fruitful Congregations workshops, with a focus on Risk Taking Mission. St. Lukes will be represented by people (Rachel ONeill, ). We will be evaluating our current disciplemaking system and creating ways to strengthen our process. Thank you to Helping Hands for providing hospitality to those attending the workshop. The Monday Night Womens Bible Study will be starting back on September, 16 from 7:00 8:30 PM at Karen Phelps home. Terri Green will be facilitating this twelve week session on Twelve Women of the Bible based on teachings from Lysa Terkeurst, Elsia Morgan, Jeanne Stevens, Amena Brown, Naomi Zacharias, & Jonalyn Fincher. Join us as we learn about the triumphs and failures of Mary Magdalene, Rebekah, Hanna, and nine other women and learn how to apply biblical lessons to your own modern-day struggles; live through their failures and successes; draw near to God in a world filled with trials Please call the office (3459911) to register.

From Our Director Worship Arts

Hey Church Family! Wow! What an amazing first few weeks this has been! Being welcomed into my new church "home" with such warm smiles, friendly introductions, and kind, encouraging words has been such a blessing. I can't wait to meet each of you personally (Let's grab coffee and chat sometime!), but in the meantime, I'd love to share with you a little about myself. I grew up in the small, central Illinois town of Carrollton, and I have been singing for as long as I could make noise. In eighth grade, I received my first guitar as a Christmas gift, and the rest is history for me. In 2004, I began traveling with Harvest Ministry Teams based out of Troy, Illinois. Since then, I have been playing music vocationally in churches and recreationally in various music sideprojects. Currently, I play in a band, creatively titled "Jeff Allen Band." You can check us out at My wife, Brittani, and I were married in 2010 and live in Belleville, Illinois with our two cats. We love to ride our motorcycle, go to Busch Stadium (Go Cards!), and play music together. Brittani is a full time hair stylist and also works as the Family Ministry Coordinator at The Gathering United Methodist Church's multisite in Clayton, Missouri. Nearly a decade of serving God's people has given me an appreciation for the local church and all she has for her local community. I am excited to see what God has in store for all of us at St. Luke's and pray that God continues to grow St. Luke's as a vibrant, Spirit-filled, body of worshipers. Let's change the world together! Jeff Allen

Mission News
Our August/September Mission Focus is school supplies for A. J. Williams School in Liberia. This school is the one we helped build and then dedicate on our two mission trips to Liberia. Please place your items in the barrel in the narthex . Please remember to include teacher supplies: chalk, chalkboard erasers, red pens, room dcor in the barrel. Im sure they would appreciate it. We are still collecting new Bibles, fabric, sewing kits, sewing scissors, childrens books, reading glasses, new shoes, and new clothing items that are appropriate for Liberia. We ask that you do not put in any food items as they are not shippable in the barrels we will be using. The collection will continue until the barrels are full. You will find our Barrels of Love in the narthex and the fellowship hall. Our Yearly Mission Focus is the Maryville Food Pantry. There is still time to pick up a brown bag in the narthex and fill it with the items listed. Remember to check the expiration date; it needs to be after November 2013. The United Methodist Men are hosting a work trip to the Midwest Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois on Saturday, September 21. We will leave from St. Luke's at 7:30 AM and expect to return about 2:00, stopping for lunch on the way home. At the MMDC, we will be organizing disaster-relief supplies and preparing shipments. Tours of the facility will be available. This trip is open to adults, youth over 16, and supervised younger people. For more information, and to sign up, contact Del Tegtmeier (344-8830) or John Ashbrook (314-374-8919).

Every Week at St. Lukes

Sunday 7:30 AM Prayer Time 8:00 AM Worship (Traditional) 9:15 AM Sunday School 10:30 AM Worship (Contemporary) 4:30 PM Hands Held High 6:00 PM Youth Group Monday 5:30 PM Low-Impact Aerobics 7:00 PM Ladies Bible Study (16, 23, 30) Tuesday 8:30 AM Low-Impact Aerobics 10:00 AM Staff Meeting Wednesday 9:30 AM W.O.W. Bible Study (11, 18, 25) 6:00 PM Praise Team Study & Rehearsal 6:00 PM Senior High Girls Bible Study (4, 18) 6:15 PM Handbells 7:00 PM Mens Bible Study (4, 18) 7:30 PM Prayer and Share Thursday 5:30 PM Low-Impact Aerobics Friday 8:30 AM Low-Impact

Our Church Family

Pray for healing for...Jim Boyd, George Cowgill, Gail Dye, John Fagala, Terri Green, Larry Gulledge, Patti Hahs, Ken Hartung, Charmaine Recklein, Charmaine Shadwick, JoAnn Spencer. Pray for comfort for Jill Kircher, on the death of her mother, Sally Lay, who passed away July 24. Andrea Miller, on the death of her grandmother, Charlotte Cates, who passed away July 30.

More Short Takes...

To celebrate Grandparents Day, September 8, the Childrens Ministry team will be hosting a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall after the 10:30 service and providing a special treat for those Grandparents in attendance. If you have questions about any event, or if you are interested in joining the Childrens Ministry Team, Rachel ONeill, Missy Flick, Shellie Lee, and Monica Pfeffer would be happy to answer your questions.

Financial Peace University

Nine week class begins Sunday, September 29 at 6:00 PM at the church. Information and Sign-Up Sessions at the church: Sunday, September 22 at 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM. For more information please contact Mary Harris Cell : 618-8063751 or You can also sign up directly via the Dave Ramsey website: (Click on "find a class" and then enter "62062" for the zip code. You can sign up online via the link under St. Luke's UMC.)

The United Methodist Men is hosting a Community Mens Breakfast on Saturday, October 19 at 8:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall at St. Lukes. Breakfast will be served, Mark Mestemacher , with Ceres Consulting, will be speaking. The event is open to all men in the Maryville area. For information contact Del Tegtmeier (344-8830).

September Celebrations
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Caylee Norrad Tom Beck Doug DeRosier Payton Zawada Megan Davis Scott Phelps Koty Davis Beth Weeks William Flick Charles Dye Josie Kircher 18 19 21 22 23 25 26 27 29 30 Gail Dye Garrett Lee Becky Dean George Cowgill Danny Gulledge Marc Mayhew Don Sexton Chris Green Clint Jones Jake Moore, Ann Hale Rich Gonterman John Ashbrook Kevin Flaugher

3 4 7 28 Kort & Laurel Juenger Don & Doris Sexton Walt & Diane Frazer Bob & Dorothy Verbeck

September Special
3 10:00 AM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 9:15 AM 6:00 PM 4:00 PM 12:00 PM 6:00 PM 10 12 14 14 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 7:30 AM 9:30 AM Staff Meeting Missions Ministry Team Trustees Meeting W.O.W. Bible Study- Eckerts for September Birthdays Sr. Hi Girls Bible Study F.I.T.S. vs Young Adults Potluck & Game Night Grandparent Day Luncheon Youth Group Fall Kick Off Supper and Movie Staff Meeting Ad Board Meeting Please note change in date United Methodist Men At Red Apple Fruitful Congregation Risk Taking Mission 16 17 7:00 PM 10:00 AM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 12:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 PM 6:00 PM 29 6:00 PM 1:00 PM 7:00 PM Womens Bible Study at Karen Phelps Staff Meeting Safe Sanctuary Training Helping Hands Christian Ed Ministry Team Sr Hi Girls Bible Study Cub Scouts Financial Peace Information Sessions Ladies Bible Study at Karen Phelps Staff Meeting Tailgate Tuesday Fall Kick for Church Financial Peace University 3rd Annual Glory Open Gulf Tourney Womens Bible Study at Karen Phelps

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OFFICE HOURS Monday Thursday 9:00 AM 4:00 PM Closed Friday Staff Pastor Will Jeff Allen Terri Green Karen Vollmar Office Hours 9:30 AM-4:00 PM 1:00 PM-4:00 PM 1:00 PM-8:30 PM 9:30 AM-4:00 PM 9:00 AM-3:00 PM 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Days Mon-Thu
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St. Lukes United Methodist Church 6325 West Main Street Maryville, IL 62062 (618) 345-9911

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Facts & Figures DATE July 28 Aug 4 Aug 11 Aug 18 Aug 25 Aug 25 Attendance: 8:00 AM 10:30 AM 68 67 53 67 59 Puppets 142 136 144 155 155 7:00 PM TOTAL 210 213 197 222 214 155 SS 91 96 95 96 103

Who We Are At St. Lukes

Mission Statement (what we do and why we exist): We are loving, growing, and serving disciples of Jesus Christ. Vision Statement (what we will become): We seek to become a church that grows in love for Christ through vibrant worship and meaningful discipleship which prepares us to serve one another and the world, all for the glory of God. St. Lukes Values (what guides our actions): As the Body of Christ, the actions of St. Lukes United Methodist Church reflect:

Finance Report: "How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people." Psalm 116:12-14

Giving to Budget: Expenses:

206,654.64 206,135.06

The truth and authority of the Bible Gods love for the world The understanding that all are sinners in need of Gods grace Gods promise of salvation through Jesus Christ The power of prayer The joy of growing, giving, and serving both personally and collectively