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St. Petersburg, FL
Permit No. 5515
St. Luke's United Methodist Church
4444 Fifth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713-6299
9:00 Contemporary Worship
11:00 Traditional Worship
10:00 Bible School
“Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” The people of The United Methodist Church®
St. Luke's United Methodist Church
4444 5th Avenue North - St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Making God’s Love Known
Phone: (727) 321-1335 Fax: (727) 327-8693 emails: [email protected]
[email protected]
Lynn Batista, Pastor
Dr. Richard Neal, Pastor Emeritus
Barbara Snead, Director of Children’s Ministries
Maresi Brown, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries,
Bulletin Editor, Contemporary Worship Leader
Ginny Stewart, Pastor’s Secretary, Treasurer, Spirit Editor
Organist, Peggy BeVille
Tracy Torrance, Director of Music
Terry Schoenberg, Church Counselor
Custodian, Mike Prange
Laura Ward, Food Pantry Director
Missionaries and Ministries
• Rex Almquist, Southeast Asian Relief
• UM Cooperative Ministries, Gideons
Published monthly
November 2014
“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8
In our culture today, this may be the hardest and most neglected of the 10
Commandments. We do love God. We usually do not kill, steal, or commit adultery,
though we know it does happen. We may occasionally use the Lord’s name in vain, or
forget to honor our parents, make idols (we do love our “stuff”), lie about our neighbor,
or covet what others have or do. But slow down and spend time with God and rest and
enjoy the blessings of God? Hmmmm....
God calls us to a day each week when we stop from the extreme busyness of our
lives and dedicate that day to God. It is on that day that we worship, rest, and
remember the goodness of God. It is to be a day different than all the others. It is not
a day to catch up on chores or get ahead of work for our jobs. It is not even a day to have
church committee meetings. It is a day just to “be” and experience refreshment that
comes with spending time with God.
One of the best books I have read on sabbath is Sabbath: Finding Rest,
Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives” by Wayne Muller. He encourages us to use
sabbath as a day to enjoy the good things of our lives - family, friends, good food, play,
rest (naps included!), and creation. It is a day to do those things that bring us joy, thus
reminding us of God’s love and presence in our lives. For me, it means worship, Bible
study and prayer. But it also means enjoying being with friends and family, going to the
beach, working in my garden, watching a movie, reading a book for pleasure not work,
doing needlework and of course napping (not all of these on one day of course!!). It is
only when I slow down from the busyness of life that I can be refreshed, filled with God’s
love and blessed in order to do what God has called me to do in my life.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it to the beach in the morning - after
all, God is waiting for me!
Love, joy, and peace,
Pastor Lynn
Inside this edition:
Combined Worship 10:30 -Page 4
Hanging of the Greens -Page 4
Advent Bible Studies -Page 10
Fall Fest Memories -Page 13
November Prayer Focus -Page 15
St. Luke’s is a spiritually alive congregation committed to welcoming all generations and helping them become disciples of Jesus in their community and
the world.
Our Church Family
Scripture Readers
Nov 02 11:00 Charlie BeVille
Nov 09 11:00 Sunny Roberts
Nov 16 11:00 Kathy DeHaven
Nov 23 11:00 Steve Colbert
Nov 30 11:00 Marie Brown
Delores Frederick 10/01/14
Allen Duffy 10/20/14
Recently Hospitalized
Office Volunteer
Nov 02 11:00 Freda Jones
Nov 09 11:00 Lisa Duffy
Nov 1611:00 Freda Jones
Nov 23 11:00 Florence Kennedy
Nov 30 11:00 Donna Mortensen
Lynn Whitney
Terry Schoenberg
Buck Roberts
Bill Bozeman
Lee Montgomery
November 2nd Fall Back
Nov 02 11:00 Frank Galloway, Charlie
BeVille, George Leonard, Jeff
Nov 09 11:00 Harriett Swartzmiller,
Chrissy Corbett, Charlie BeVille,
Nov 16 11:00 Charlie BeVille, Gene
DeHaven, Rodney Cassaway,
Ether Horsley
Nov 23 11:00 Fred & Judy Bunnell,
Steve & Rosemary Reynolds
Nov 30 11:00 Frank Galloway, Charlie
BeVille, George Leonard, Jeff
Our Gifts
Amount received 10/05/14 5,871.00
Amount received 10/12/14 5,219.50
Amount received 10/19/14 3,921.00
Amount received 10/26/14 5,965.00
Year to Date Income $229,873.86
2nd Mile Gifts YTD $ 3,920.00
Year to Date Budget $ 248,759.90
November Prayer Focus
Gia Silva 11/01
Fred Wagner 11/08
John Kaleel 11/09
Sara Helgesen 11/10
Tracy Torrance 11/11
Gene Purdum 11/12
Mariella Stevens 11/12
Pat Lupiani 11/16
Donna Bargar 11/19
Geni Poole 11/21
Nova Swan 11/22
Jenny Leggette 11/26
Maresi Brown 11/28
Laura Ward 11/28
Kathryn Sweatt 11/29
Scott Hutchinson 11/30
Prayer Focus: Victims of violence,
especially terrorism; Those in west
Africa struggling with ebola and
for all those providing medical care
and in research to find a cure;
Christ’s Universal Church that all
may be a witness to Christ’s love
and grace; ministries and witness
of St. Luke’s UMC.
Gifts Received in Memory
Milton Reid: Gladys Reid
Gene Lansford: Donna Steele
Mark Your Calendar:
November 03
6:00pm Charge Conference
November 04
Election Day
November 09
Veteran’s Sunday/Children’s Sabbath
November 30
10:30 Combined Service “Hanging of the Greens”
UM Men’s Luncheon and Tasting Fair
December 07
11:00 Cantata
5:30 Children’s Christmas Program & Dinner
December 12/13 6:30-9:00 Live Nativity
December 21
5:00 Longest Night Service
December 24
6:30 Music / 7:00 Christmas Eve Service
December 31
7:00 Watch Night Service / Food & Games Until Midnight
Wednesday Night Live
Wednesday Supper
The Wednesday Night Live Supper and activities 5:30 pm. Supper is by donation
at the table. Classes are available for TreeHouse children ages K through 5th grade;
tweens, youth, young adults, and adults.
The Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study at 6:15 p.m., after the WNL supper, is Barbara
Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark as our guide to exploring the dark places
on our spiritual journey. The next Advent study will be “Under Wraps” by Jessica
LaGrone of Woodlands United Methodist Church in Woodlands, Texas. The four
sessions focus on the revelation of God in Jesus Christ as Expectant, Dangerous,
Jealous, and Faithful. The text, which is supplemented with weekly DVD presentations,
is available now at $10.00 per copy from Pastor Rick.
Food Pantry Ministry
Praise God for the help our church giving for so many people. We should all be so proud
of St. Luke’s commitment to feeding nutritious and tasty meals to our community.
The pantry has been feeding approximately 135 families each Monday which last month
equaled 1490 individuals. That’s almost 200 more people for the month than usual. The
only thing usual about our pantry now is that it is growing very quickly.
The prayer ministry is up and running at the pantry. People that come to receive food
on Monday are receiving more than just food...they have opportunity for prayer and
much more. It’s so nice to have church members mingling with our community and just
Because we are growing so quickly our need for industrial refrigerators and freezers
are great. We are working hard to collect enough food during the week to feed all these
people and we need to be able to store it safely. We are continually in need of funds for
food. I am pricing refrigerators & freezers for more answers for the future. Please pray
about this issue for the future.
Have a blessed month and be proud of what you have accomplished here at St. Luke’s
with the Food Pantry. Thank you. Laura Ward, Food Pantry Director
Please come and celebrate “ALL Children” on Sunday November 9th at the 9:00 and
11:00 Services! This is an annual celebration of children! The children will take part in
the services.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and we think St Luke’s is a wonderful “village”
to help bring up children who are eager to learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, there are children in this world who suffer. They don’t have enough food
to eat, clean water to drink, a bed to sleep in, a home to call their own and maybe no one
to really love them. At Vacation Bible School we were able to help quite a few children
- over 100 - have clean drinking water to drink. We take things for granted and are so
blessed! But the reality is we have children right here in St. Petersburg who fall under
some of the things I mentioned above. No child should go hungry or thirsty and all should
have a bed to sleep in and shelter from the elements. We have a long way to go but we
can start right here in St. Petersburg. I think St. Luke’s does a great job in helping
children. Could we do more - of course - but what we are doing IS making a difference!
Thank you so much for your support for our children and for those in our community.
Come and hear what we’ve been doing and what we are going to do! We hope to see all
of you helping us to celebrate God’s children!
Join us each Sunday for Worship at 9:00 and Sunday School at 10:00. Climb up to our
TreeHouse on Wednesdays at 5:30 to 7:30!
I am the Lord your God. I am holding your hand, so don’t be afraid. Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
A Disciple Bible Study led by Helen
Sweatt, called Disciple IV, Under the
Tree of Life Sunday at 4:00 p.m. The
course comes with a workbook of daily
readings in preparation for the 90
minute group session class held in the
Joy Corner. The books are available
from Helen Sweatt.
There will be NO last Sunday luncheon in November, or December
due to other functions. The luncheon will resume in January.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women’s Annual Conference is in Lakeland on Sat., November
15. Contact Helen Sweatt or Lee Montgomery if you are going.
United Methodist Women’s Leadership Meeting is Sat. November 8th at 8:30 AM.
All United Methodist Women are invited. New officers and a budget for 2015 will
be decided and activities planned at this meeting. Come and make your wishes
The United Methodist Women’s Annual Christmas party for all is scheduled for
December 6th at Lee Montgomery’s condo. Starts at noon; bring pot luck dish;
games and music. Car pooling from the church for those who need a ride.
’t Forget to check out the United Methodist W
bulletin board in fellowship hall
Friendship Circle: T
uesday,, November 11, 10:00 am
Inspirations Circle: T
uesday,, November 11, 6:15 pm.
A meal is provided.
“Do not worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7
Fall Fest
Barb’s Branches
by Barb Snead
It’s November 2014!
The weather is starting to get really nice!! Can’t wait to open my windows and let the
breezes come into my house. It’s also a good time to be outside.
Well, as usual, we have a lot going on this month. Our Children’s Sabbath is coming
up! Once that is over we will start concentrating on our Christmas program!! Lots to
do, but we will make it through this very busy time!!!
We are also be celebrating Thanksgiving this month! We will be talking about things
that all of you are thankful for and how we can “give back” for all the blessings God
gives us each and every day!
Here are some important dates for you to remember - post this on your refrigerator!
NOVEMBER 9....................CHILDREN’S SABBATH.........9:00 AND 11:00 SERVICES
November 2, 9,16,23,30............................................................. Sunday School ——10:00
November 5, 12, 19........................................................ WNL & TreeHouse 5:30 - 7:30
November 27..................................................................................... Happy Thanksgiving!
December 7th.......................................................... Children’s Program—— 5:30 Dinner
December 24............................... Christmas Eve Service..6:30 service - music at 6:00
What is so important about kissing?
Kissing was a form of greeting used in the Ancient Western Mediterranean,
generally between men or between women. It is still used in some churches.
Although in modern times, mouth kissing has given way to cheek to cheek kisses.
The deliberate mentions of greeting one another with a holy kiss may have been
to take back the greeting from Judas, who had betrayed Jesus with a kiss.
Instead of an intimacy of betrayal, a kiss can once more identify one to another
as fellow believers, no matter Jew or Gentile. A holy kiss could be a faith statement
on the part of the people involved. The acceptance of Gentile and Jews into one
another’s communities was being fought about during these times of early
Christianity. When a Jew greeted a Gentile with a kiss, one made a statement
about where you stood on the issue. Jews who wished the following of Jesus to
remain “Jewish” did not break the law by touching an unclean Gentile.
So even though Paul buries his “kisses” in his farewells, as if they were just another
greeting. For Paul this holy kiss was one way to show alliance to his ministry to the
gentiles. A subversive poke at those who would “divide” this early movement of
”Say hello to each other with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ say hello to you.
Brothers and sisters, I urge you to watch out for people who create divisions and
problems against the teaching that you learned. Keep away from them. People
like that aren’t serving the Lord. They are serving their own feelings. They deceive
the hearts of innocent people with smooth talk and flattery. The news of your
obedience has reached everybody, so I’m happy for you. But I want you to be wise
about what’s good, and innocent about what’s evil.” Romans 16:16-19
Methodist Church Foundation T
Rhodes Logan, Vice President for Development
COME ON UP...........................THE LADDER IS WAITING.......................
Be still and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10
The “Drive-Thru Christmas Story Continues” is approaching quickly - a little
more than a month from now, the committees are working very hard to make
sure we are ready. We need your help in telling your neighbors and friends. If you
have not spoken with Jill Burdick or she has not tracked you down yet to be a cast
member, please contact Jill at 560-7027 or Mariella Stevens at 686-8952. The
Nativity cannot continue without your much needed participation and commitment. Also if you would like to help with advertising, signs or props, please contact
The Nativity is scheduled for two nights, Friday, December 12 and Saturday,
December 13 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Dress rehearsal will take place Thursday,
December 11th at 7:00 P.M. This will be a full dress rehearsal. Pictures will be taken
during dress rehearsal. Look for the Nativity board during Sunday worship for
more information. We are looking forward to our continued focus on reaching out
to the community spreading the word of our Savior and rejoicing in fellowship with
each other.
Combined W
orship 10:30
Hanging of the Green’s &
UM Men’s Fundraising Lunch
November 30 following the combined worship service of “Hanging of the Greens,” at 10:30 a.m. come
enjoy the “Galloway Goulash” (by donation at the table) to help
support the UM Men’s Feed the Homeless program. The men feed
the homeless twice a month using the proceeds from this event.
TAKE OUT containers are available for those who need them. The
lunch will be followed by the “
Tasting Fair
Bring your favorite Christmas treats & desserts to share.
Check Out What’s in the Library!
Cradle to Grave
Eleanor Kuhns
Will Rees is adjusting to life on his Maine farm in 1797, but he
hungers for freedom of the road, and his chance to travel
comes sooner than he expects. Lydia has received a letter
from her friend Mouse, a soft-spoken gentle woman who lives
in the Shaker community in Mount Unity, NY. To Lydia’s and
Rees’ astonishment, she’s in trouble with the law. She
kidnapped five children, claiming that their mother, Maggie
Whitney, is unfit to care for them.
Rees and Lydia set out for New York, where they sadly conclude that Mouse
is right and the children would be better off with her, but there’s nothing they
can do legally. Before they return home that receive startling news: Maggie
has been murdered...and Mouse is the prime suspect.
Rees and Lydia stay to care for the children and prove Mouse did not kill Maggie.
Elearnor Kuhns won the 2011 Minotar Books/Mystery Writers of America First
Crime Novel Competition. She lives in New York, received her master’s in
Library Science from Columbia University, and is currently the Assistant
Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York.
This is a fast reading exciting mystery novel. Large Print.
Thank you to Gene and Kathy DeHaven for the wonderful fish fry. They fished from
their boat; cleaned; froze; then battered and fried them all in peanut oil! We all
enjoyed the fish and the fishy stories! Thank you from the congregation and Family
Youth Group
Help Decorate our Church for Christmas
If you would like to give a Poinsettia in memory or in honor of
someone, please fill out the form below and turn it in to the church
office with your check.
Given By _________________________________________
In Memory of_________________________________________________
In Honor of___________________________________________________
______ will pick up my plant______ I will leave my plant for a shut-in.
Plants are $15 each. The deadline for ordering plants is Dec 14th.
You may pick your plant up after the Christmas Eve service on Dec 24th.
Advent Bible Studies
Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton.
We will look at Jesus’ life through Mary’s eyes. We will begin this study
on Thursday Nov. 13th at both 11 am and 6 pm. The Men’s Bible Study
will begin it on Saturday, Nov. 15th.
If you would like to provide altar flowers in memory of or in honor
of someone, come to or call the church office, choose a date,
service time and, sign our flower calendar for the flowers. We will
highlight your gift in the church bulletin for the date selected. You
may take the flowers after the service or leave them to be
delivered to shut-ins. Altar vases are $20, side vases are $15.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
4444 5th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713 (727) 321-1335
[email protected]
a message from maresi:
We hope you found this year’s Youth Sunday service
to be meaningful. Over the next months I’d like to share with
you the series of readings the youth shared during the services. All of the readings come from Echo The Story, В© 2014
Dreams are the intersection of the
actual and imagined. They are rooted in
the world around us, but they take place in
our subconscious minds. When we are
awakened from a dream, sometimes we
are left grasping for details and wondering
what it might mean.
The Bible is a book that requires our
imagination. It is like a dream whose details are sometimes fuzzy, inviting us to
imagine its story - every sight, smell, and
The Bible gives us a glimpse of
God’s dream for the world... awakening us
to a new reality, showing us how we might
join with God in bringing hope and healing
to the world.
November 2014
Youth Events
Tweens/Youth Group
Feed The Homeless
Youth at the Rock
Tweens/Youth Group
Cardboard Box Tent City
Tweens/ Youth Group
Feed The Homeless
All Saints Sunday
Worship 9:00 & 11:00
10:00 Sunday School
4:00 Disciple Class
Veteran’s Sunday
Children’s Sabbath
Worship 9:00 & 11:00
10:00 Sunday School
4:00 Disciple Class
Food Collection
Worship 9:00 & 11:00
10:00 Sunday School
2-5 Sweet Addelines
4:00 Disciple Class
Thanksgiving Sunday
Worship 9:00 & 11:00
10:00 Sunday School
12:00 Decorating
4:00 Disciple Class
Children’s Home 30
Worship 10:30
9:30 Sunday School
11:30 Men’s Luncheon
Tasting Fair
4:00 Disciple Class
8:30 Prayer Time
5:00-6:30 Food
5:00-7:00 Karate
6:00 Charge
7:00 Scouts
8:30 Prayer Time10
1:00 Parkinsons
5:00-6:30 Food
5:00-7:00 Karate
6:00 Staff Parish
7:00 Scouts
8:30 Prayer Time
5:00-6:30 Food
5:00-7:00 Karate
6:00 Trustees
7:00 Scouts
8:30 Prayer Time
1:00 Parkinsons
5:00-6:30 Food
5:00-7:00 Karate
7:00 Scouts
Election Day
Veteran’s Day
10:00 Friendship
6:15 Inspirations
6:00 Finance
10:30 Al-Anon
4:30 Prayer Group
5:30 WNL Supper/class
5:30 TreeHouse
5:30 Youth/Tweens
7:00 Choir
10:30 Al-Anon
4:30 Prayer Group
5:30 WNL Supper/class
5:30 Youth & Tweens
5:30 TreeHouse
7:00 Choir
10:30 Al-Anon
4:30 Prayer Group
5:30 WNL Supper/class
5:30 Youth & Tweens
5:30 TreeHouse
7:00 Choir
Offiice Closed
10:30 Al-Anon
11:00 Bible Study
4:30/6:15 Feed Homeless
5:00-7:00 Karate
6:00 Bible Study
6:30 Brownies
7:00 Venture Crew
11:00 Bible Study
5:00-7:00 Karate
6:00 Bible Study
7:00 Task Force
7:00 Venture Crew
11:00 Bible Study
5:00-7:00 Karate
6:00 Bible Study
6:30 Brownies
7:00 Venture Crew
Happy Thanksgiving!
4:30/6:15 Feed Homeless
6:00-9:00 Youth at
The Rock
7:30 Men’s Break. 1
10:00 Band Practice
Turn clocks back 1 hr
10:00 Band Practice 8
1:00 AA Workshop
Youth to Cardboard Tent City
Spirit Mailing
6:00 Cartoons
6:30 Free Movie
“Muppets Most
8:30 Men’s Bible Study
10:00 Band Practice
8:30 Men’s Bible
1:00 Band Practice
8:30 Men’s Bible Study
Office Closed
8:00-10:00 Open Mic 10:00 Band Practice