United Methodist Women at St. Luke’s
Thanks to all who expressed interest in becoming members of United Methodist Women. We are asking for your
prayers for our organizational efforts for the next three months and hope that the year 2019 will find us worthy of this
important work. The next meetings of the United Methodist Women are Wednesday, November 14, at 10:30am and
7:00pm. Please attend whichever is most convenient for you. We will focus on Thanksgiving, thanking God by thinking
In a recent Newsweek article, Rev. John Edgar, pastor of the United Methodist Church for All People, located at
946 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH, and the work they are doing to revitalize the Nationwide Hospital area, was
featured. The Church sponsors a Free Store, which provides donated clothing and household items to low-income
families. Area United Methodist churches have been asked to help out this holiday season by providing donations of new
clothes and toys for children ages newborn to 12-years-old to the Free Store. A Christmas party will be held at the
Church for All People on December 22, where families will be invited to choose items from the donations.
Bins will be available for donations for the Church for All People Free Store at St. Luke’s until December 9, and
there will be a potluck dinner at St. Luke’s December 9, to recognize and celebrate the successful end of this event. Let us
help our neighbors in need by donating a new item of clothing or a toy for children newborn to 12-years-old. Watch for
information on this important event in upcoming bulletins.
Community Engagement Experience
St. Luke’s involvement with the Community Engagement Experience (CEE) has officially begun! This process
will guide the congregation into a fruitful partnership with our neighbors, helping us discern the work God is calling us to
do within and beyond the walls of our church. This is a quick update to share with you what has taken place so far, and
where we are headed in the weeks and months to come.
In September, we began with a Bible study on the Book of Acts. Together we engaged the scripture, praying and
opening ourselves to how the Spirit is already at work in our personal lives and in the congregation. We reflected on our
individual and communal gifts. From this study emerged a picture of a community already putting their gifts to work, and
hungry to see how we can even more fully engage our community as God’s sent people. Thank you to everyone who
participated in this study.
On Sunday, October 21, our CEE team met for a pre-training session with our guides from the West Ohio
Conference. Jody Clemens, Tom Clemens, and Ryan Sparks have stepped forward to serve as team leaders in this
venture, along with myself and Pastor Kevin. Our guides, John Girard, associate pastor at Worthington UMC, and
Therese Lehman, pastor at Prospect Street UMC, OH, prompted us to think more about how we relate with our
surrounding community. They gave us a fuller picture of what comes next. On Saturday, November 3, we will meet again
for a full-day training session with our guides and Community Engagement Coordinator, Rebecca Hug. This will prepare
us to set up a community conversation, where we actively listen to the current needs of the neighborhood surrounding St.
Luke’s. This conversation will guide us in creating relevant, achievable goals for outreach with our community.
I look forward to sharing future updates on our progress. If you have questions about CEE or want to know how
you can be more involved, do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to all of you who have
already committed your time and energy to this work. I am eager to see the gifts everyone brings to the ministry ahead.
World Aids Day Recognition
In recognition of World Aids Day, Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church is hosting a special service of
remembrance and healing on Friday, November 30, at 7:00 pm. The church is located at 2350 Indianola Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43202. There will be special music, a time of sharing, and of prayer. Please join Pastor Kevin and many
other people in our community for this opportunity to bear witness to our love for God and one another.