St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
The Wednesday Word
August 30, 2015


August 26, 2015
22nd Sunday
 in Ordinary Time


Rev. W. Scott Harbison

Sunday School
9:00 a.m. 

Classes for all ages 

10:00 a.m.

Refreshments & Fellowship
11:00 a.m.


Head Usher for August
Brian Heins

Cassie Harbison 


Time for Young Disciples
Rev. W. Scott Harbison




Randall Bardin
Wesley Bias
Keaton Cooper
Killian Cooper
Melissa Cooper
Catherine Jacoby
Ellis Jacoby
Iris O'Dell



Fifi Roberts
Debbie Harbison
Eloise Avina
Carol Kershaw
John White
Katie Gaspard
Mike Arcos
Ann Keyes
Melissa Cooper 
Anne Nicholson
Jonah, Bill Wade's  grandson.
Jayne Manry's sister, Patricia
Liz Bell Harding
Dot Cowan
Marge Biggs
David Shell 

Jewel Molten
Ann Dragoo  



Art Biggs
Rosalie Woodworth 


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Rev. Harbison
September is upon us and that means a new year. I know you are thinking that I've lost it. It's not January! It's not even the first Sunday in December which starts the Christian year.  How can you be saying it's a new year?

In the 60's and 70's it was determined that Sunday School would follow the school calendar year. It made sense, as during the summer most ministers at that time took a month to 2 months off and attendance dwindled as much as 75% percent.  Once school returned and the pastors came back from their mini sabbatical, a Rally Day was held which signified a start to the new Sunday School year. So, indeed it is a new year!

We are going to hold Rally Day on September 20 and welcome everyone back to Sunday School.  When I say everyone, I really mean everyone.  If you are not a participant in Sunday School, please plan on attending to check out what we have to offer. If there's enough interest we will increase our classes on Sunday to represent different we need your input. Breakfast will be provided so please wake up a little extra early on September 20 and let's move forward in sharing God's love to everyone. 

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A Recap of Longfellow Teacher Luncheon
More than 90 teachers and staff members from HISD's Longfellow Elementary walked across the street for lunch at St. Luke's last Friday. Marvin played piano as everyone gathered in the sanctuary and teachers sang the school's fight song he composed several years ago. Rev. Harbison greeted everyone and proceeded to hand out gift cards to those who answered some simple and silly questions. Lunch was served afterward of brisket, salads, and beans. Table centerpieces consisted of school supplies, which our guests were happy to take back to their classrooms.
For the last eight years St. Luke's has provided the Longfellow staff with lunch and opportunity for fellowship on their last day of in-service before school begins. We all enjoy this time together and the opportunity for St. Luke's to let the Longfellow staff know that we appreciate all they do for the children in their care. 

Thanks to the Evangelism Committee and all those who hosted a table at lunch, provided gift cards, school supplies, and food for lunch. Special thanks to Alan Lucas who smoked the briskets for lunch.

New Youth Bell Ensemble 
Because of interest from our recent confirmation class, we will be forming a youth bell ensemble within the next few months. The plan is to meet twice a month immediately after worship for 30 minute rehearsals.  Our youth will be learning on Choir Chimes, which are beginning handbell musical instruments. 
Our goal is to play a praise song by Thanksgiving and a carol during the Christmas season. 
Parents with children 8 or above, please contact Marvin Gaspard for more information,  We are looking forward to beginning rehearsals in October!

Merry Christmas!
Following worship this Sunday, August 30, we invite you to join us for Christmas cookies and cake honoring our August birthdays. Once you've enjoyed refreshments, please join us in the session room to help us create a "master plan" for our Live Nativity on December 9. If you have been involved in previous live nativities and/or would like to learn more about this year's event, please join us as we kick-off our 2015 plans. 

Don't Miss This! 
1. Rally Day with breakfast
    Sunday, September 20 @ 9:00 a.m.

2. World Communion
    Sunday, October 4 @ 10:00 a.m.

3. Jazz Communion II
   Sunday, October 18 @ 10:00 a.m.



A Closing Prayer    


God, we know you have called us to be your people and that you love us with an everlasting love. We thank you that you guide us through all of life. But God, life can sometimes be very discouraging. We do not always recognize your presence or accept your power. We often wallow in discouragement and doubt, weakening our ability to live as your people in the world. Help us trust you more fully, for the sake of Christ. Amen. 

                                                               by Susan R. Tomlinson, from Let Us Pray


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