Open hearts. Open Minds. Open doors.


Camp Happy Sands

In memory of Margie Bowne, the youth of St. Luke UMC will serve in the annual “Camp Happy Sands” mission, at the Big Lagoon State Park. This camp engaged last year, over 200 school children (ages 6-11) in some of God’s most wonderful gifts: the beach and Christian fellowship. What a wonderful opportunity for children to explore the beauty of our environment and experience the world outside the decay of poverty. Our commitment includes providing the day’s lunch, drinks, water, and a snack for the following day.

You’re invited to come and be a part of supporting our communities’ children with your prayers, your time, your gifts, and your smiles! Make this summer one to remember in the eyes of these children. We will be going to camp on Thursday, July 23, from 9-3 P.M

             Sign up with Beth Menah (478-4959) or Mark Taylor (554-5440) by July 19, so we can provide enough food for lunches. The cost for lunch is $3.00.


Camp Happy Sands 2015

Wish list in order of priority:

Good Beach Towels

 Bathing Suits: Girls -5t to 7/8 (completely out)

Sunscreen SPF 50 only (no sports spray please) (very low)

Gas Cards (Wal-mart/ Sams)

Lowes gift cards (for replacing boards on the board walk)

Magic Pony Beads (uv beads that change color in the sun)

Bag Stuffers– prizes (goggles, small stuffed animals, small craft kits from dollar store)

Children’s nature or animal books (for the kids to read in the vans)

Foam Crafting Sheets · Foam sea life stickers

CD’s (used or new) for crafting

Medium boogie boards      

Medium storage totes


Sunday, July 5

Scripture: John 14:26, 16:13, Romans 5:5

Sermon: "Celebrating Our Heritage" by Pastor Larry


Zumba News

I just wanted to let you know that there will NOT be Zumba® on Tuesday morning (7/7/15).

Traci Williamson


Holiday Office Closure -Friday, July 3rd

The Church Office will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.

“….As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we thank God for the freedom to worship. God bless us as we gather here.”  (from The NEWSLETTER Newsletter. July 2015


Welcome to our new Associate Pastor!

On July 1st, Don Abrams will officially begin his appointment as Associate Pastor of St. Luke UMC.   We are happy to welcome Don, his wife Tammy and their daughters, Gabby and Jade, to our St. Luke family.  Their first Sunday with us is July 5th.  Please be sure to make them feel welcome and wear your St. Luke name tag as that will be especially helpful in learning the names of our St. Luke family!

Welcome Reception!

“On Sunday, July 12th, we will hold a Welcome Reception for our newly appointed Associate Pastor, Don Abrams, his wife, Tammy and daughters, Gabrielle and Jade.  We will have cake and ice cream after the 8:00 and 11:00 services in the Fellowship Hall.  Please make plans to join us and extend Don and his family a warm St. Luke Welcome!”  Submitted by Lori Foxworth, SPRC Chairperson


Movie night

will resume on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

new location:  Room 2

Apologies for the technical difficulties on the showing of "Gifted Hands"....  Due to requests, it will be the next movie we see, so the new July schedule willl be:

Friday, July 10-  Gifted Hands

Friday, July 17-  McFarland

Friday, July 24-  Little Red Wagon

Friday, July 31-  Fireproof

Altar Flower Opportunities for July 2015

-Sunday, July 12 - TWO arrangements needed

-Sunday, July 19 - ONE arrangement needed

-Sunday, July 26 –ONE  arrangement needed


If you would like to purchase an arrangement in honor of or in memory of a friend, loved one or special occasion, please reply to Michele with your information  by clicking on the following link: Altar Flowers


Altar Flowers are $35.00 each and payment in advance of the date your flowers are to be placed on the altar is greatly appreciated.   Please also include in your e-mail the message you would like notated in the bulletin and if you plan to take your flowers after the last worship service or leave them to be delivered by the Altar Guild to sick, shut-ins or those in the hospital.   Thank you!

A note from the Endowment committee:

Who can spare some change to help pay off the mortgage on the new Sanctuary?  I know "I can!"  Please contribute whatever you "can" toward our goal.  Thank you for your support!


Coolers Needed for Youth Canoe Trips

“The Youth are in need of few YETI coolers for the canoe adventure the next  week.  If you have one they can borrow, please contact Mark Taylor at or call/text Mark at: 850-554-5440.


Calling All Youth!!!

Get first choice of volunteer positions! We still need about 10 more assistant crew leaders for VBS! Please sign up ASAP at



The St. Luke VBS Website is LIVE!

VBS 2015  Dates: July 13 – 17

Our 2015 Vacation Bible School, “Everest: Conquering Challenges With God’s Mighty Power,”

will be held July 13 – 17,

9 AM – 12 PM each day.

-VBS is for ages 4 – 5th grade (rising 6th graders)

Each day, kids participate in small groups, called Climbing Crews, and discover practical ways to hold on to God’s mighty power! Not only will they experience exciting Bible adventures but they’ll also watch for God in everyday life through something called God Sightings™. The kids will discover that God is active in our lives and that his fingerprints are everywhere!


Everest is filled with epic Bible-learning experiences kids will see, hear, touch, and even taste!   KidVid Cinema shares real stories of real kids who rely on God’s power to face life’s challenges! Plus, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats keep everyone on the move.

To register OR to volunteer, please visit our VBS website at:


Celebrating 30 Years!

We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of St. Luke this fall!  If you would like to be a part of the committee to  plan the celebration, please contact Kaye Angus, St. Luke Historian, at 474-0716 or



Summer Sunday School Teacher Needed for 4 Weeks


A teacher is urgently needed for the 2nd/3rd Grade 9:30 AM Sunday School class for June 28 & July 5.  All curriculum is provided.  Please contact Esther Felt at or see Rene’ Riley in Room 13 on Sunday morning.



Church Family “Friday” Movie Nights!


Join your St. Luke family and friends this summer for “Friday” Movie Night fun!

NEW Location: “Friday” Movie Nights will be held in Classroom 2

Time:  6:00 p.m.

"Admission Free!"

For more information or if you have questions about “Friday” Movie Nights contact Vicky Barnett at


Apologies for the technical difficulties on the showing of "Gifted Hands"....  Due to requests, it will be the next movie we see, so the new July schedule willl be:

Friday, July 10-  Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Friday, July 17-  McFarland

Friday, July 24-  Little Red Wagon

Friday, July 31-  Fireproof



Choir Notes!

Adult Choir Rehearsal Schedule for July below:

-July 1st at 6:00  p.m.  This is the only rehearsal for July!

If you have questions or would like more information on how you can become a part of the St. Luke Adult Choir for traditional worship, contact Mark Ashley, Music Director, at

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:1-2)




Daniel Plan Summer Sunday Schedule:

The Daniel Plan group will meet during the summer months on Sundays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the church Library.

If you would like to join us please email, text, or call me.  For more information about the study see the website:      Pam Levan,  or 850-712-4854.



United Methodist Women  the St. Luke UMW will NOT meet during the month of June,  but will resume in July with their meeting on July 16th.  If you have questions or would like more information about United Methodist Women,  please contact Faye Alvarez, UMW President, at or Pauline Cobb at



Son Seekers Emmaus Group will be taking a break during the summer months on their monthly meetings.   They will not meet during the months of June, July and August.  Meetings will resume in the fall (September).   If you have questions about participating in an Emmaus Walk or becoming a part of the Emmaus group, contact Vicky Barnett at



Casual Sundays June 7th – September 6th  On Sunday, June 7th  we entered our time of “Casual Sundays” dress!   For those who wish, this is an opportunity to wear cool, casual, comfortable clothing  to worship.  Our ministers, choir members and acolytes will put aside the formality of wearing robes to dress comfortably during “Casual Sundays” which began June 7th and concludes Sunday, September 6th.



Feed My Sheep” 2015 Ministry Opportunities Update!

Thanks to everyone who completed and submitted an Opportunities to Serve our Lord Ministry flyer as part of the recent “Feed My Sheep” ministry focus at St. Luke.  These flyers have been compiled and assimilated by our Stewardship Committee.   In the coming days, members of the Stewardship team will be contacting those individuals who submitted a “Feed My Sheep” ministry flyer and connecting them with the ministry area or areas where they have expressed interest.     If you did not complete and submit your ministry interest flyer, we encourage you to do so!    Extra copies are available in the church office or in the gathering area.  God bless you!



Name Tags!

If you need a St. Luke name tag (i.e. you currently do not have one or have misplaced yours) please reply by clicking on the following link or sign up on the sheet located in the gathering area: Tag  Be sure to list your name as you would like for it to appear on the name tag or sign up on one of the sheets located in the gathering area.  Thanks, Michele.



Notes from Health and Wellness:


There will be no more Monday night yoga, as our wonderful instructor Tammy Urbansky is in the process of moving to Georgia to start the next chapter of her life! I have thanked her  for all that she has done here for us, and lets all add her and her family to our prayers, that this transition goes smoothly for them!

Stay tuned for Monday night happenings, we will be filling this slot with many different fitness experiences!


Wednesday morning yoga in the choir room continues, with Dave. Those of you that go to this class may remember him from the few times he subbed for Tammy in recent weeks.

Tuesday morning Zumba classes continue but will not meet this week!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at or to text/call me at 850-293-8284!


Thanks for your time,

Karen Bruening

Health and Wellness Coordinator


Nursery Volunteers Needed!

Nursery volunteers are needed for the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services.  Look for the sign-up sheet outside the nursery!


Farewell and Welcome Receptions in our Pensacola District

To: Churches of the Pensacola District

From: The Pensacola District Committee on Superintendency


Please share this invitation with your congregation, thank you!

Welcome Reception Dr. Timothy Trent
To welcome Dr. Timothy Trent as our new District Superintendent, we will have two receptions at two locations in the district.
-The first reception will be at Cokesbury UMC: July 19, 3-4 p.m. in the Atrium.
-The second reception will be at Crosspoint UMC South Crestview campus: July 26, 3-4 p.m. in the Café.
Reservations are not required.
For more information contact Rev. Daniel Randall at or 251-234-1122.


Summer Fun!

The Summer Fun Program is ran by the St. Luke Preschool and is for children ages 1 through  5th grade.( Summer Fun will run from June 8th – August 7th . The program is Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m. each day, with extended care available from 8:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. for an additional fee. The cost is $80 per week; you may sign up and pay for individual weeks  at a time. The elementary age children participate in local field trips.

For more information, call Jeanette Lascell at 477-9299 or email her at
SEE the St. Luke Preschool web page at



Nursery Volunteers Needed!

Nursery volunteers are needed for the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services.  Look for the sign-up sheet outside the nursery!



News from the Columbarium Committee:

“We are pleased to announce that the expansion on St. Luke's Columbarium will soon be complete.  There are only a few reservations remaining for the original center section, so we are happy there are 70 new niches available in the expansion. For those who would like to reserve a niche, please talk to a Columbarium member, or call the church office for more information.  Many thanks to Pat Rommes and Aaron Beasley for the construction work, and to Joy Beasley for the assistance with the new design and all the paperwork.  It has been wonderful working with such dedicated people. Jeannine Barnett.”

Staff Parish Relation Committee

Members available on the 2015 Leadership Directory in the Narthex


SPRC Duties (excerpted from the 2012 UMC Book of Discipline)
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) exists to assist the pastors and staff in assessing their gifts and setting priorities for leadership and service.  Their duties include:
1.       To encourage, strengthen, nurture, support, and respect the pastors and staff and their families.
2.       To promote unity in the church.
3.       To confer with and counsel the pastors and staff on matters pertaining to the effectiveness of ministry and relationships with the congregation.
4.       To confer with, consult, and counsel the pastors and staff on matters pertaining to priorities in the use of their gifts and skills.
5.       To assist in identifying continuing education needs for the pastors and staff.
6.       To develop and approve job descriptions for the staff.
7.       To recommend to the church council, after consultation with the pastor, the professional and other staff positions needed to carry out the work of the church.
8.       To hire, evaluate, promote, retire and dismiss staff personnel who are not subject to episcopal appointment as ordained clergy.




You Can Help By....



Boy Scout Troop 415 Recycles!!  - Details on the Boy Scout page -

Recipes Needed for New Cookbook:

The Peru Mission team is currently collecting recipes for a new St. Luke cookbook. Recipes can be placed in the “Recipe Collection Box” which will be located in the Fellowship Hall. You may also e-mail your recipe to Diane at


"For the word of God is living and active." (Hebrews 4:12a)


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