St. Luke's Presbyterian Church
The Wednesday Word
July 13, 2016

July 17, 2016
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Rev. W. Scott Harbison 
Sunday School
Classes for all ages 
10:00 a.m.

Fellowship & Refreshments
11:00 a.m.
Head Usher 
Tom Rajan
Linda Wiley


Randall Bardin
Keaton Cooper
Killian   Cooper
Melissa Cooper
Catherine Jacoby
Ellis Jacoby
Pansy Meyer
Iris O'Dell



James Braly
The Belvin Family
Rev. Dr. Bill Wade
Liz Moreno
Michael Kuznicki
Ruth Heidelberger's father and mother
Gloria Reece
Del Kaufhold
Katie Gaspard
Melissa Cooper 
Anne Nicholson
Jonah, Bill Wade's  grandson.
Jayne Manry's sister, Patricia
Liz Bell Harding
Dot Cowan
Marge Biggs
Ann Dragoo  

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Rev. Harbison
Last night our session met and decided to begin a capital campaign to raise $20,000.  The purpose of this campaign is to cover major air conditioning repair and replacement that has hit us this summer. These repairs are vital to the continued ministry of St. Luke's, as we all know how uncomfortable Houston can be 90% of the year. Being a capital campaign, we ask that any gifts made to this effort be above and beyond the normal pledges that you generously give.

It is never easy asking for money, but I know how deep a love we all have for this congregation. It is my hope that you will pray about this important campaign and give as much as God calls you to give. 

This campaign will be an ongoing campaign for the next few months or until our goal is reached. We will also accept pledges towards the goal and will soon be setting up an online opportunity to give.
I know that we will  all work together to insure that the ministry of St. Luke's will continue and I trust that we will reach our goal and continue to be an important part of your life and the life of this community.  Thank you in advance for your support.

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Rev. Harbison's Summer Class meets tonight!
Pastor's Summer Class 2016
Rev. Harbison's Summer Class meets tonight at 6 p.m. The group covers different "question" topic each week. Class begins with a question-naire about the evening's topic which is the beginning of a lively conversation!

Young Adult Weekend September 16-18, 2016
E-Raced: Talking about race and racism when we've been taught to be "colorblind".
Gather at Mo-Ranch for a spiritually renewing weekend with thoughtful conversation, recreation, new friends and fun. Young Adult Weekend is a chance for adults ages 22-39 to recharge, relax, and get away for the weekend.
Keynote discussions will be led by The Rev. Carolyn Helsel, professor of homiletics at Austin Seminary. Carolyn who will  share her insight on how to help people talk about race and racism in ways that move the conversation further and helps root our dialogue in gratitude for the grace of God.

Annual Longfellow Teacher Luncheon August 19
Longfellow Luncheon 2015
For nine years St. Luke's has opened it's doors to Longfellow Elementary school (our across the street neighbor) for a teacher/staff luncheon to kick off the fall semester. We are pleased to be able to honor the teachers and staff and say thanks for everything they do for the children in their care during the school year. If you would like to help honor the teachers and support our Evangelism Committee in this project, you can volunteer to be a host or hostess at a table, serve food, set up or clean up or provide gift cards for the teachers. Call the church office or Marty Moore if you can help.

Support a child for CCSC's Back to School
Christian Community Service Center is expecting over 6,500 children to participate in their Back to School program this year. You can help a child begin a successful school year with a $45 donation which will supply a new school uniform/shoes and school supplies. You can make your donation at their website, or you can make your donation through St. Luke's. Simply make your check out to St. Luke's and write in the notation line "Back to School". We will make sure CCSC receives your gift.

Don't Miss This! 

1.  CCSC Back to School volunteer opportunities
     July 30; August 5 & 6   More information? Click HERE!
2.  Volunteer at Star of Hope and help with lunch service
     Sunday, July 17  (Sign up sheet in the Narthex)
3.  Longfellow Elementary Teacher Luncheon
     August 19 at noon 

A Closing Prayer

On days when we think God has nothing to do with work or family or the world:
The Book tells us of One who was a carpenter; who wandered the streets; who upset his family.
On days when we think the purpose of life is to make more money and fewer friends:
The Book speaks of a life of giving away of ourselves and finding a community as we do so.
On days aching with loneliness and empty of love and laughter:
The book draws us into the embrace of God's open heart. 
                                                                         by Thom M. Shuman, Bearers of Grace and Justice

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