Open hearts. Open Minds. Open doors.


Photo by J. R. ScottPainted Lady Butterfly (vanessa cardui).

Happy Easter!

Altar Guild

The next meeting date for Altar Guild is Monday, September 14th at 9:00.  We will not be meeting in May, June, July and August.


SPLASH Schedule for April & May!


April 22 – SPLASH!

April 29 – SPLASH!

May 6 – SPLASH!


May 15 – SPLASH end of year party or lock-in (Location TBA)


Children's Choir Update


May 10 – No children’s choir (Mother’s Day)

May 17 – Dress Rehearsal, 3:30 – 5:30 PM (no supper provided this time, please pick up at 5:30)

May 20 – Performance, 6 PM



In “Here for the Gold” a group of local kids write and produce a web streaming live show to spread the message of what is really important in life. Instead of worldly materials like “cash in your pocket” or the latest “i-thing,” they focus on the truths from the parables of Jesus, such as building a firm foundation, forgiving others, loving their neighbors and letting their light shine to glorify God. When CG, a lovable but clueless animated character, hijacks their show, the kids do their best to explain to him that the treasure they're talking about can't be dug out of a mine and isn't buried under the sea. Will CG get the message before the finale?

DRESS REHEARSAL – May 17, 3:30 – 5:30 PM
PERFORMANCE DATE – May 20, 6:00 PM         

For more information, email Esther at



-WHO:  Target Group:  College/Career

-What:  New Contemporary Worship Service: “IGNITE!”

-When:  Sunday nights beginning Sunday, April 12, 2015

-Time:  8:15 p.m.

-Location:  St. Luke UMC Youth Center

-For more information about the service contact:  Mike Cobb at or Mark Taylor at


Tee Ball

“We would like to invite (challenge) the church members to come and support these little sluggers.  There is 12 children (5 non-members) on our team that need to be cheered on!   Great way to show team spirit and church love!   See flyer below.

Thanks,  Traci Williamson.” See schedule below.  (Submitted by Traci Williamson)

United Methodist Women (UMW)



UMW Plant, Bake and Gift Sale - May 17

The  St. Luke United Methodist Women will be hosting a “Plant, Bake and Gift Sale” on Sunday, May 17th  from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon on the stage area in the Fellowship Hall. What a great way to purchase a beautiful plant, tasty treat or great gift item for someone special or even for yourself! All proceeds will go to support UMW missions. Save the date: Sunday, May 17th! On behalf of the UMW, thank you for your continued support.

If you would like to help by donating plants, baked goods or gift items for this sale, please contact Pauline Cobb at 850-968-3276.

Again, the date is Sunday, May 17th!  On behalf of the UMW, thank you for your continued support.

If you have questions about UMW or would like more information, please contact Faye Alvarez, UMW President,  at  or 850-937-2773.  Thank you.



Saturday, April 18th from 11am to 10 pm, join the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event at Tate High School.  There will be food, games, music and lots of fun.  Most of all, we will Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back.  You can check out the website at

We hope you will join us.  Also, we ask for your prayers and encouragement for this event.  Any questions, see Darlene Henderson or Lori Foxworth.

Sunday Night Small Group -“The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life”

Our Sunday night small group is going to be starting “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life” Study this week with an introductory session.  We meet on Sunday nights in the Church Library from 7:00 – 8:00.  Many of us meet at 6:30 in the fellowship hall to eat dinner with the youth. (Chef Diane will prepare a special menu for this class!) 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.

"Red, White, & Blue" Lunch Bunch Meets April 16th

The "Red, White, & Blue" Lunch Bunch meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke UMC in Room 2 of the Education Building.

“Bring a “brown bag” lunch & drink and enjoy lunchtime fellowship.  The next meeting date is April 16.  The "Lunch Bunch" consists of St. Luke military veterans, active-duty military personnel, military-history buffs, and anyone wishing to honor those at St. Luke who have helped to ensure America's freedom.  All are welcome to attend the lunch.   For more information, contact Mack Wilkerson at:  850-968-2057 or


Spring Family Camp Weekend at Blue Lake Camp!

Join other St. Luke families at Family Camp!   This great family get-a-way weekend will be packed with good food, family fun, fellowship with new friends, exciting activities, and memories that you just can't get anywhere else.

​When: April 17 - 19, 2015 (St. Luke ball teams will not play this weekend)

​Who: Families of all shapes and sizes

How much: * Lodging: $55 per room/per night (with a maximum of 5 per room) OR

                RV full hook ups: $15 per night (Call Blue Lake for this option at 334-222-5407. Space is limited.)

                            * Meals/Activity Fee (per person):

                                      Age 0-3 = Free

                                      Age 4-10 = $31                                                            

        Age 11+ = $44.50


*The deadline for registering for Spring Family Camp has been extended to Wednesday, April 8.


Registration form must be either faxed, mailed or emailed with payment info.  Click this link to download the registration form:

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.”


New WNT Study

“The Book of Revelation is just that…a ‘revelation’ of our coming King Jesus given to his ‘beloved’ disciple, John, while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos. Within his revelation are 7 letters to 7 prominent churches from John’s era.

The scope of the study will cover Revelation chapters 1—3 and ends April 29th.  We intend to look at the context, imagery, and message of each letter, drawing out wisdom and discernment for the living Body of Christ today.

If you would like to join us, please contact the church office or sign up by emailing Pastor Mike:”


LAST KNO (Kids Night Out)



What:  Cooking, Games, Movies, Fun!

When:  Friday, April 24, 6 – 11 PM

Who:  Ages 6 weeks – 11 years

Where:  St. Luke Fellowship Hall & Playground

Why:  To have fun AND raise money for Peru Missions!

Cost:  $25 for first child, $40 for 2 siblings, $50 for 3 siblings, $60 for 4 siblings

Included:  Supper & Snack


Have a BLAST playing outside, watching a movie, and MORE!  Kids Night Out is being provided and supervised by the St. Luke Peru Mission Team, and all proceeds will go to Peru Missions.


To register, contact Esther at 477-3145, or at  to hold your spot.  Payment is due the night of the event.


Marriage Enrichment Workshop at St. Luke:   Saturday, April 25th

Presented by Pastor Mike Cobb, the workshop is designed around strategies that make our marriages better:  mindfulness, communication, emotional/psychological/spiritual safety, mutual empowerment, wholeness and remembering the covenant.  You don’t have to currently be facing problems to participate!!  See details below!


Date:  Saturday, April 25th

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  St. Luke UMC

RSVP:  Please RSVP to Pastor Mike at so that he may know you are attending!

-Lunch will be provided!

-Please note that a nursery may be provided for this workshop if there is a need.  To confirm your nursery needs, contact Lisa Mabrie, Nursery Coordinator, at


Youth Drama Team Presentation "#HighSchoolProbs"


On April 26th in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m., our Youth Drama team will present  #HighSchoolProbs, a play written by Darlene Henderson and performed by our youth drama students.   #HighSchoolProbs takes a look at real life issues and situations that high students face daily.

Because of the mature content of this presentation, it is recommended for 6th grade and up.  A nursery will be provided for children in 5th grade and under. Thank you.


Summer Fun 

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.



Summer Camp Registration is Open!

QUEST! * June 29 - July 1*

Completed Grades 2 – 5

Join us for a very exciting, yet shorter, Blue Lake Summer Camp experience!  Enjoy all of your favorite camp activities in three amazingly fun-filled days.  St. Luke will provide transportation to and from camp, and Esther Felt will chaperone.  Cost is $202, and Blue Lake will accept registrations until June 15, or until the camp is full.  To register, go to




The St. Luke VBS Website is LIVE!

July 13 – 17, 2015

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.

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:



Peru Team News!

Thank you for your support during the Global Missions Campaign!!

Update: All of the 500 pairs of Nike shoes requested by the children of Santa Rosita have been purchased by another local congregation!!  Praise God!  The monetary donations received during the Global Missions Campaign will be used to purchase building supplies, Bibles, and possibly some technology for the library.

During the past year, Peru team members have catered 4 weddings, 1 rehearsal dinner, multiple sports team banquets, meals for Team Effort, mission lunches, sold dressing at Thanksgiving, and worked at Kids Night Out to raise money for their individual trips.  If you would like to have the Peru team cater an event, please contact Diane Fitzpatrick, Peru Team Leader, at

Please begin to pray for the team, who will be traveling June 13 – 21, 2015.

Thank you for your support!


The 2015 St. Luke Peru Team



The 2015 Ecuador Mission Team needs your support!

This will be our 15th year to travel to South America. Trip dates are June 20 – 28, 2015. The trip cost is approximately $1400 for St. Luke members who participate
in fundraisers.

Our reason for going to South America is to take care of a group of children and some adults who are disadvantaged and potentially, sick or dying without our help. We do this by medical examinations, treatments, and distribution of medications. For example, we routinely treat for parasitic diseases, which are rampant. We also distribute vitamins that are in our normal diet but are deficient in this group of kids. This year we will treat about 600 kids and some adults.

Over the past 14 years, we have treated nearly 8,000 patients. The last three years we have added a dental hygienist who, with a sonic unit, will clean the teeth of about 75 children/adults  a day, which may save some children’s permanent teeth. A major spin-off of the medical program is spreading the Word of the Lord to the children and parents. We conduct Bible School for all kids seen by the medical team.

The St. Luke Ecuador Mission Team is dedicated to promoting the well-being, and ministering to the impoverished people of Ecuador. Thank you, St. Luke,  for the many years of support, with your prayers, and monetary donations.

Interested in joining the Ecuador Mission Team?    The main quality needed for a mission team member is a desire to help these kids. Although we need health care professionals, anyone who has that Christian desire is needed regardless of any skills. We have never seen a person fail to find a useful and rewarding job if he/she has that desire.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Jay or Leta Crittenden, Team Leaders, at (850) 477-2662 (home) or  email us at

The Ecuador Mission Team

See our page at:


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)