We give ourselves away in generosity and service.

As apostles of Jesus, we want to pour ourselves out as an offering to God.
We seek to be generous with our time, talents, energy and financial resources, to be the good news of Jesus Christ in the world.

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
I Timothy 6:18

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Dear St. Luke’s Friend,

New buildings are cool, but they aren’t our mission. Our mission is to live out our faith in love, to share the good news and be the good news. Buildings give us a platform and a launch pad to accomplish that mission, but nobody comes to know the love of Jesus because of a building. It is the people and ministries of St. Luke’s that are God’s instruments. With your help, this year’s generosity campaign, The Rich in Heart, will make those ministries happen in 2017.

We have had a wonderful year in 2016; please look at some of the steps forward that came to pass because you gave this year.  We have some important goals for 2017 as well:

I am asking you to prayerfully consider how you might give yourself away in generosity and service to support the mission of St. Luke’s. I ask that you try to grow in your generosity and service, as a part of your spiritual growth in living our inside-out habits. Your generosity and service will return to you and others many blessings. As you are generous with that which God has given you, you will find that you become abundantly and exceedingly rich – rich in heart. Jesus makes his home in your heart, and “Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever!”  (Psalm 112:3)

In Christ,

Tom Pace

palmerswebphotoDear Church Family,

We are so very grateful to serve as the chairs of the 2017 St. Luke’s Generosity Campaign. Throughout our lives we have felt incredibly blessed. Looking back on our adult lives we realize that both our best and worst of times have been celebrated and soothed through relationships we have made at St. Luke’s. We are secure in knowing we don’t walk alone and truly feel that we are “the rich in heart” and hope you do too.

With the generosity that we receive from the Lord comes great responsibility both as individuals and as God’s church. For it is only through our fervent prayers, selfless service, and generous financial gifts that we are able to reach out into our world to be God’s hands. We have built the buildings, and now through our generous gifts we must fulfill our mission to bring God’s Word and work into our community and across the globe.

We hope you will join us and participate in the church wide study The Genius of Generosity by Chip Ingram. Ingram reminds us to “enjoy God’s generosity to you…then share it with others.” Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be GENEROUS and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” A life that is Rich in Heart.

Please pray daily for our church as we plan and dream toward 2017 and beyond.

Mike and Tamyra Palmer

Charis, Generosity 2017

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As Christians, we understand that everything we have is a gift entrusted to us to use for God’s glory. The Bible teaches us to give in proportion to the material blessings God has given us. God’s desire is for us to grow spiritually as    Christians and in our giving. The tithe is the  biblical standard for giving. Tithing is giving the first fruits (first tenth or 10% of our income) to God. When we give the church the first 10% of our income, we put God first in   our lives.

  1. Find your total annual income.
  2. Find the monthly amount you are currently giving.
  3. Compare your current giving to the “tithe” for your income level.
  4. Prayerfully consider increasing your giving by 1 or 2% to move towards the tithe.
  5. Is you are not currently giving, consider starting at 1% of 2% and increasing over time.

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Giving is a part of our worship, but giving must come from your heart to be an offering pleasing to God. Your financial decision is between you and the Lord. We ask that you pray through these prayers to help you discern God’s will for your 2017 financial commitment.

Day One:  
Today, think about what a giving God we have. Everything in your life is a gift from God and we are called to be good stewards of these gifts. Give thanks to God in prayer for your many blessings.

Day Two:
Today, focus on the many amazing ministries at St. Luke’s. Think about the lives of children, students and adults we bring closer to Jesus through these ministries. Give thanks to God for all God is doing at St. Luke’s through our many programs.

Day Three:
Today, think about the joy you receive serving within a ministry at St. Luke’s. Everyone has a role in accomplishing the Lord’s mission and what a gift it is to give oneself away in generosity and service. Thank God for the opportunity to serve our church and the world.

Day Four:  
Today, think about your current giving level and prayerfully consider increasing your gift. A proportional giving chart is included. Give thanks to God for all God has given you and for the strength to step out in faith and give more.

Day Five:
Today, as you complete your pledge card, ask God for wisdom and guidance. Trust the joy that will come as you once again give yourself away in generosity and service to our church. Thank God for this opportunity     to give.

Make a Pledge

Make a Pledge

Making a pledge brings intentionality to our giving and develops the discipline of generosity as a priority in our lives.
Through our giving, we acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from God.

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.  2 Corinthians 9:11

Make a Pledge

Give a Gift

God desires us to be generous and to experience joy that comes from a life of generosity.
Through our giving, we invest in and accomplish God’s mission to bless others.

Now as you excel in everything…see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7

Give a Gift

Your gift to the church operating budget supports the ministries of St. Luke’s, including the facilities and staff needed to accomplish this.

Operations

Building Fund

Capital Reserve Fund

Caring Ministries

Prayer Ministries

Children and Family Ministries

St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation

Friends of Music

Member Care

Nick Finnegan Counseling Center

Outreach/Missions

Pure Sound Youth Choir

The Story Houston

Student Ministries

Bennett Arts Endowment

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Make a lasting gift to honor or remember the life of another by making a donation to one of St. Luke’s established funds or ministry areas. An acknowledgement will be sent to the family of the deceased or the honoree on your behalf notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Sponsoring the altar flowers is a beautiful way to honor a loved one who has passed away, give thanks for God’s blessings, or celebrate a special life event, such as a birthday, baptism, or wedding anniversary. Gifts are acknowledged in the Sunday bulletin. You can donate altar flowers online or contact Gayle Eury by email or by phone, at 713-402-5027.

Ways to Give

Giving by bank draft is the most cost efficient method for the church and ensures that your gifts are received regularly. Click here to input EFT information. Or, call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 for assistance.

Make a one-time donation, pledge payment, or set up a recurring credit/debit card payment securely online by clicking here, or call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 for assistance.
Gifts of appreciated stock are another way to give to St. Luke’s. Please call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 to receive stock transfer instructions to provide your advisor.
Donors age 70½ or older can make charitable gifts to St. Luke’s directly from their traditional or Roth IRA accounts. The check must be sent directly from your IRA administrator payable to St. Luke’s UMC. Please call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 to receive transfer instructions to provide your administrator.

St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation

The Foundation supports programs and ministries

Gifts to the Foundation ensure financial resources for the church to continue its vitality and meet future ministry needs. The Board of Directors strives to keep the Foundation very donor friendly by offering many ways to give. Gifts can be made to perpetuate annual pledges, future property maintenance, endowed scholarships to support youth, music, or outreach, for example. Undesignated gifts provide resources for the foundation directors to use to meet future needs of the church.

The History

St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit organization created to support and enhance the programs and ministries of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church through gift planning.  Members with great vision and forethought wanted to ensure the physical and spiritual presence of St. Luke’s to future generations to support our mission of being a community gathered by Jesus to live out faith in love. Through the Foundation’s endowment and gift planning, members can leave a lasting legacy to impact others for Jesus Christ.  The Foundation supports scholarships and church ministries and programs, property and building maintenance, as well as giving members the opportunity to perpetuate their pledges through gift planning.

 

Fellowship of the Spire 

The Fellowship of the Spire’s long term vision is to create a group of St. Luke’s members who give thoughtful consideration to including St. Luke’s in their estate plans. When you make us aware that you have remembered St. Luke’s in your will or through a planned gift, the church includes you as a member of The Fellowshjp of the Spire. Your thoughtful gift can help ensure the great legacy of our church to continue the ministries of Jesus Christ to generations to come. If you would like to be part of continuing the success of the Foundation, please consider making a gift through one of the following:

  • Bequests
  • Real Estate
  • Memorials
  • Retirement Plan/IRA
  • Annuities
  • Life Insurance
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Appreciated Assets

For more information on ways to give to the Foundation, or to let us know that you have included the Foundation in your will or estate planning, please contact Sally Matthews at 713-402-5019.

 

The Foundation supports programs and ministries

Gifts to the Foundation ensure financial resources for the church to continue its vitality and meet future ministry needs. The Board of Directors strives to keep the Foundation very donor friendly by offering many ways to give. Gifts can be made to perpetuate annual pledges, future property maintenance, endowed scholarships to support youth, music, or outreach, for example. Undesignated gifts provide resources for the foundation directors to use to meet future needs of the church.

The Board of Directors

The St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is comprised of a nine person governing board, four of whom are elected by the Trustees of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and five of whom are elected by the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation.

2016 Board of Directors:

  • Lance Schuler, President
  • Morgan Copeland
  • Jimmy Erwin
  • Pat Houstoun
  • Steve Lufburrow
  • Matt Pacey
  • Jeff Rawson
  • Molly Ward
  • Carol Wood
The Fellowship of the Spire’s long term vision is to create a group of St. Luke’s members who give thoughtful consideration to including St. Luke’s in their estate plans. When you make us aware that you have remembered St. Luke’s in your will or through a planned gift, the church includes you as a member of The Fellowship of the Spire. Your thoughtful gift can help ensure the great legacy of our church to continue the ministries of Jesus Christ to generations to come. If you would like to be part of continuing the success of the Foundation, please consider making a gift through one of the following:

  • Bequests
  • Real Estate
  • Memorials
  • Retirement Plan/IRA
  • Annuities
  • Life Insurance
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Appreciated Assets

For more information on ways to give to the Foundation, or to let us know that you have included the Foundation in your will or estate planning, please contact Sally Matthews at 713-402-5019.

The Board of Directors

The St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. is comprised of a nine person governing board, four of whom are elected by the Trustees of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and five of whom are elected by the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation.

2016 Board of Directors:

  • Lance Schuler, President
  • Morgan Copeland
  • Jimmy Erwin
  • Pat Houstoun
  • Steve Lufburrow
  • Matt Pacey
  • Jeff Rawson
  • Molly Ward
  • Carol Wood
The following scholarships were established through St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation for St. Luke’s members and the children of members. Please note each scholarship has its own unique criteria and are awarded subject to funding availability. Scholarship Applications for 2017 will be available in January of 2017.

THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN’S FOUNDERS’ SCHOLARSHIP, established by the United Methodist Women of St. Luke’s on the occasion of the organization’s fortieth anniversary. The UMW Scholarship is given to seniors graduating from high school to aid students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. The scholarships honor the founders of the organization who gathered January 8, 1946, in the home of Mrs. Hines H. Baker (Thelma).

THE HINES H. BAKER BIBLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid students pursuing a full time Christian vocation. The class bears the name of a charter member of St. Luke’s, Hines H. Baker, who taught the class for a number of years and helped significantly with the founding of St. Luke’s Church.

 THE WOMEN’S BIBLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP aids students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university.  The Class organized while the church met at Lamar High School and the scholarship honors the founding parents of our church.

THE KENNETH AND JANE FORD SCHOLARSHIP was established for persons pursuing degrees from an accredited college or university in Texas.  The Fords were charter members of St. Luke’s.

THE JAMES W. MOORE SCHOLARSHIP was established in memory of Ruth Claridge, who with her husband, Elmond, taught the third grade Sunday School Class of St. Luke’s for over thirty years.  This scholarship aids students pursuing a full time Christian vocation.

THE JANE SHEFFIELD SCHOLARSHIP benefits students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university.  Jane Sheffield, a long-time member of St. Luke’s, was also the first woman to graduate from the University of Texas Law School.

THE ANN AND RANDY SMITH SCHOLARSHIP benefits students pursing a degree in special education from an accredited college or university.  The Adult Bible Study Class established this scholarship in honor of the Smiths, who provided leadership to the class since its inception.  The scholarship was established in 1997, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Adult Bible Study Class.

THE LEWIS WESLEY CUTRER SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university.  Special consideration will be given to those with financial need.  Mr. Cutrer, a former mayor of Houston, loved young people and believed in education.

UNITED METHODIST MEN’S SCHOLARSHIP, established by the St. Luke’s United Methodist Men, whose mission is to involve men in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and his church, aid persons pursuing a college degree and who are in need of financial assistance.

GRACE I. AND GLENN R. DAVIES SCHOLARSHIP was established to benefit students pursuing degrees from an accredited college or university. The Davies were long time members of St. Luke’s and their loved ones, in memory of Grace and Glenn, established this scholarship.

CELESTE TYBOR SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid single adults returning to an institution of higher education in the pursuit of a second career. Ms. Tybor was pursuing her second career when cancer cut her life short. Her many friends at St. Luke’s established this fund to honor her life and memory.

THE BENJAMIN VAUGHAN SCHOLARSHIP was established by Margaret and Emory Carl to aid students who are pursuing a career in the ordained ministry, church administration, religious education, church music, or any other full time career of service to the church. The scholarship was given in honor of Benny Vaughan, former Director of Program Ministries of St. Luke’s.

THE ELIZABETH DODGE SCHWAB SCHOLARSHIP was established to benefit a student pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. This scholarship was created in Elizabeth’s honor by her husband David and mother, Ethel Dodge, to ensure that deserving individuals receive all the support they can towards achieving their goals.

JOHN T. KING SCHOLARSHIP was established in honor of the Reverend King who served St. Luke’s with distinction as Minister of Program and Administration. The scholarship benefits students pursuing a degree from Perkins School of Theology. A separate application for this scholarship is available upon request.
Recognizing our 2016 Scholarship Recipients
In 2016, our Scholarship Committees awarded $6,850 in scholarships to 13 deserving students, thanks to the generosity of members and friends through endowment gifts. What a glorious way to impact students’ lives – to assist them as they pursue their educational goals and dreams.

 

THE JOHN T. KING SCHOLARSHIP

Alissa Lindsey 

THE GRACE I. AND GLENN R. DAVIES SCHOLARSHIP

Allison Elder

Richmond Keeling

Vanessa Keeling

Patrick Long-Quian

THE KENNETH AND JANE FORD SCHOLARSHIP

Hunter Reinertsen-Forehand

Jessica Shonbeck

Sarah Stafford

THE ELIZABETH DODGE SCHWAB SCHOLARSHIP

Yvette Ukwitegetse

THE ANN AND RANDY SMITH SCHOLARSHIP

Remy Velarde 

THE UNITED METHODIST MEN’S SCHOLARSHIP

Edward Thorn

THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN FOUNDERS’ SCHOLARSHIP

Penny Basa

Kayelee Ellis

Where your Money Goes

Finance Staff

Sally Matthews Executive Director of Finance and Administration
Teresa Robertson
Teresa Robertson Chief Financial Officer
Caroline Cron
Caroline Cron Senior Accountant
Bettina Hill
Bettina Hill Payables
Sonnya Mccormick
Sonya McCormick Payroll Accountant
Meredith Smouse
Meredith Smouse Assistant Director of Finance
Cindy Stafford
Cindy Stafford Contributions
Anona Karnaky
Anona Karnaky Administrative Assistant
Sally Gray
Sally Gray Director of Generosity