St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
The Wednesday Word
September 16, 2015


September 20, 2015
25th Sunday
 in Ordinary Time


Rev. W. Scott Harbison

Sunday School
Today is RALLY DAY!
Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. 
Learn about new classes! 

10:00 a.m.

Refreshments & Fellowship
11:00 a.m.


Head Usher for September
Linda Wiley

Tony DeFalco


Time for Young Disciple
Cal now to volunteer!



Art Biggs
Eddie Crowell
Katelyn Harbison
Lilly Hurysz
Mary Ann Jones
Beth Stanaland



For the family and friends of Rosalie Woodworth. Rosalie passed away September 19. A graveside service was held September 22 in Victoria, Texas. 
Mary Ann Jones
Killian Cooper
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


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Mark 9:37

Rev. Harbison
When was the last time you made a difference in the life of a child? When was the last time you listened intently to what a child had to say? Have you ever stopped to help a child who has fallen or is crying?
Jesus is pretty clear. A life of faith includes the lives of children. We are told that if we welcome children, we welcome Jesus.  But do we really welcome children? Or, are they distractions to our busy lives?
To welcome requires action. It means you reach out, arms open. It means you listen, really listen, not pretend to listen. It means you are always ready to heal and love those you welcome. This is the Christian definition of welcome.
If you can't remember the last time you touched a child's life, it's been too long. If you can't hear God in the laughter of a child, your ears need to be opened. If you cannot see Christ in a smile missing two front teeth, you need to re-examine your relationship with God. Let us in our own lives truly welcome children, loving them, respecting them, hearing them as Christ calls us to do.

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dinner club
Dinner Club is Back!   
If you haven't been a part of our Dinner Club gatherings before, you are missing out! It's an opportunity to get to know folks a little better around a table of good food and conversation.  We will meet at Hunan's, 3835 Bellaire Blvd. at 6:30 p.m. September 21. Hunan's is a favorite Sunday lunch spot for many people here at St. Luke's. Hope to see you there!

Rally Day Kicks off Sunday School
September 20
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the Cookie Room and learn more about our Church School programs this coming Sunday, September 20. 

Adult Sunday School: "How Jesus Became God" - Great Courses. Lessons. Class discussions are facilitated by Patti Ernst and Beth Stanaland.

Youth-Fifth Grade+: The class will study Bible texts from the Serendipity Bible. Class members also participate in social events and volunteer opportunities in and out of class. The class is led by Pastor Harbison.

Pre-K to 4th Grade:One Room Classroom/Deep Blue. The class provides a brilliant and relaxed format for your child to learn more about faith. Teachers: Steve Hurysz, Karen Mayer, and Don Mims.

Nursery: Quality nursery services are provided during Sunday school through the end of Worship Service (9-11 AM) each Sunday.  


Grow, Gather and Give! 2015
A Night in Napa
Benefitting Christian Community Service Center
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6 p.m.
ccsc grow gather give

A casual, twilight garden party, featuring live music; wine & beer tastings, Napa inspired lite bites, silent auction; and a wine pull. Make your reservations NOW! The event is $40 or with VIP Event $80. (VIP event begins at 5 p.m.)  Visit the CCSC website to learn more about opportunities for sponsorship and donations.

Women of the Word - WOW
Join the women of St. Luke's at 5:30 p.m. tonight for WOW. The class meets weekly at St. Luke's for dinner, Bible study, and fellowship. For more information or if you need a ride, contact Laura Smith  at 281.381.5706 or by email at .

Volunteers go to Star of Hope September 20
Sunday after worship our volunteers will go to the Star of Hope to help with lunch service at the Transitional Living Center. If you would like more information about this service opportunity speak to Rev. Harbison or David Elledge, a frequent volunteer to SOH. You can pick up a copy of the SOH Volunteer Guidelines in the narthex on Sunday. Instructions are in the Guidelines to register as a first time volunteer.

Don't Miss This! 

1. Rally Day and breakfast to kick off the new Sunday School year
    Sunday, September 20 @ 9:00 a.m.

2. Dinner Club at Hunan's
    Monday, September 21 @ 6:30 p.m

3. Pot Luck Lunch at St. Luke's
    Sunday, September 27, after worship

4. Jazz Communion
    October 18 at 10:00 a.m.




A Closing Prayer    


When it seems that no one will listen, 
we find you at our side, leaning over to catch every
faltering, stumbling, fearful word spilling from our hearts.
When it seems that the world rushes past us,
leaving us behind, we find you waiting just ahead of us,
ready to light the way into the future you have prepared.
When we worry about yesterday and all the tomorrows to come,
You gather us up in your arms, gently rocking us in your hope.

God in Community, Holy in One,
continue to touch us with your peace. Amen. 

                                                        from Where the Broken Gather, Thom M. Shuman

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