Open hearts. Open Minds. Open doors.


Family Fitness Update!

“Hello church family!

Chances are that by now, you have heard about our new Family Fitness Class with athletic trainer Phil Loesch.  I have heard several folks express interest in this class and I wanted to make it easy for you to decide to try this class! Joshua and I have gone to the first four classes and they have been great!


On Monday, July 20, and on Monday ONLY, we can offer this deal, in two parts:

1. Bring a new friend to class, and you both pay only $2 each instead of $3 each!

2. Bring the whole family for just $5, instead of $10!

You must arrive before 5:30. Once class starts, regular pricing resumes.


I hope to see you all for class!!”

Submitted by Karen Bruening, Health and Wellness Coordinator

Contact Karen at if you have questions or for more details!


Communion Class for Children to start on July 29!

Pastor Larry is offering a communion class for children in rising Grades 3 – 6 to be held on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks, running July 29 – September 2. (Updated 7-23-15 2:06 p.m.)

This class will teach children about communion in a way that is fun and on their level, and will give participants an opportunity to get to know the pastor.


Please register, by clicking on the link below, by Monday, July 27, so that we can determine interest.

Tentative class time is 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

To register for Communion Class:


Youth Ministries Seeking Stackable Washer/Dryer

“… the youth are looking for a stackable washer and dryer for the youth center.  This washer/dryer would be available for all St.  Luke Ministries to include the preschool and kitchen crew….”   Please contact Mark Taylor, Youth Director at  or text or call 850-554-5440 if you are able to help out with this need.

Youth Hosting Fellowship Time on Sunday,  July 26

The St. Luke Youth will be hosting Fellowship Time on Sunday, July 26th!   This will be a full breakfast!   So come to the Fellowship Hall hungry at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 26th and enjoy a tasty feast hosted by the St. Luke Youth.


Altar Flower Opportunities for August 2015

-Sunday, August 9th  - TWO arrangements available

-Sunday, August 16th -  ONE arrangement available

-Sunday, August 23rd  - TWO arrangements available

-Sunday, August 30th -  ONE arrangements available


Ensley School Supplies Needed and Help Needed


“We have to pack the book bags a week early this year.  The last day to bring in school supplies is Sunday, Aug. 2.  Monday, Aug. 3, 5:00 PM, load supplies on the bus at Woodard’s, 9635 Quail Hollow Blvd., then finish loading supplies at St. Luke UMC, Room 8.  Tuesday, Aug. 4, 9:00 AM, unload bus at Ensley and set up school supplies.  Wednesday, Aug. 5, 9:00, pack the back packs at Ensley in the Library.  Friday, Aug. 14, 9:00 AM, assign back packs and deliver to the classrooms.” (Submitted by Bob and Peggy Woodard, Ensley Business Partner Coordinators)


Back to School!

It is that time of year again!!  School starts August 17 and as a  Partner in Education School with Ensley Elementary, St. Luke provides school supplies for families who cannot afford to buy them.  Attached is the school supply list for the 2015-2016 school year. Click on this link to view:

If you wish to contribute money instead of supplies, please make your check payable to SLUMC and mark for Ensley School Supplies and we will gladly do the shopping for you.

If you make a purchase at Office Depot, ask them to credit Ensley Elementary School (#70023419) and the school will receive a 5% credit.


Please also continue saving “Box Tops for Education” over the summer.

The last day to bring in school supplies is Sunday, August 2.

Watch for “back to school” sales  and purchase items on the attached list.   There is always a great need for book bags, so watch for sales on these, too!  Drop boxes are located in the Gathering Area and in Room 8 to place your donations.


Thank you for your generosity and God Bless each of you.


Bob and Peggy Woodard

Ensley Business Partner Coordinators


Altar Flowers

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!




Prayer “Baby” Blankets  

We need prayer blankets for babies!  These blankets will be given to Safe Harbor on August 16th.   So get out your sewing supplies, crochet and/or knitting tools!   You may drop off your finished baby blankets in the church office before August 16th (during office hours Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 4:30 PM).   If you have any questions about the Safe Harbor baby blanket project, please contact Jill Hale, Prayer Shawl Ministry Coordinator, at 968-2391 or .  Thank you.


Boy Scout Troop 415 Scrap Metal Drive

“The scrap metal drive will be on July 25, 2015 from 7-9 am at the STAR Complex (674 East 9 Mile Road).  We will take anything metal: old lawn equipment, chairs, tables, car batteries, aluminum cans, old pots & pans, air conditioners, sheet metal, pipe, fencing, appliances, computer consoles, printers, electronics, wire, etc.  No TVs or monitors, please.

Early drop-offs will be accepted on Friday, July 24th after 12 noon.  I will be asking for scouts to come that afternoon to help sort metal/dis-assemble pieces so we can get the best price for the scrap.”   Alex Webster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 415

If you have any questions, please contact  Alex Webster at or cell phone (850)-261-5349.


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!


2 Corinthians 9 :11- You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

The "I can"'s are traveling around from one Sunday school class to another.  In the past two weeks, it has visited the Wesley Memorial, Sharing and Caring and Diana's classes.  We collected $48.65 from your generosity. Thank you for your support.

Victoria Barnett


A word from Your Missions Committee

The Tip of the Spear”

Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to Me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.”   Mt28:18-19 (NIV)

This first part of the Great Commission makes it pretty clear that we are to go out into the world in mission.  Whether local or distant, the people of Christ are to spread the good news of our Savior to everyone.   Missions to those who do not yet know Christ is the tip of the churches spear.  In short, it is the point.  It’s not all we do as a church, but all we do is intended to facilitate the spreading of the Gospel.  How are you involved in the Mission of St. Luke?  Maybe it’s time we took a close look.


God Bless,

Rev, Dr. Dan Nigolian

Co-Chair of the St. Luke Missions Committee

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



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 24-  Little Red Wagon

Friday, July 31-  Fireproof

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



5th Annual St. Luke Women’s Conference

Saturday, October 10, 2015

9:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Unravelling God’s Generous Spirit

Information:  Irene A. Patti, 380.3085 or

Open to Women of All Generations





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.


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: 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:


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.

-The 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


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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