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News 2017-05-25T15:37:14-05:00

Board of Stewards Meeting

May 24, 2017

Fellowship Hall Proposed Renovation

The Fellowship Hall Building Study Committee has been working collaboratively over the past several months.  The committee is comprised of leaders from St Luke’s Executive Committee, staff, clergy, volunteers, Encounter band, Building Committee as well as Design, Acoustical, Audi/Video/Lighting, and construction consultants.

Our goal has been to bring forth a design that not only takes into account the interior of Fellowship Hall, but beyond that, includes the infrastructure and acoustical needs of a space that will be a multipurpose room that could welcome and host events, meetings, receptions, performances, small groups, Children’s Ministry events, as well transform into a worship space for Encounter on Sundays.

This space was St Luke’s first sanctuary, and over the years the room has been modified into Fellowship Hall, which was renovated back in the 80’s.  It has always been our committee’s commitment to honor the space and allow it to come to life for the purpose of growing the Kingdom, while remaining true to St Luke’s Georgian style, heritage and architecture.

Our focus has taken into account the past, present and future of Fellowship Hall.  The specific areas included in the design components are; ceiling, back wall, proscenium wall, stage, side walls, refurbished floors, upgrade mechanical, electrical, fire alarm, wood work, audio, visual and lighting.

The renderings pictured here will help you see the space and look beyond.

We look forward to hearing from you and any questions that you may have. Contact Larry Moore at lmoore@stlukesmethodisy.org

Long Range Planning Committee Aims at Ambitious Goals

St. Luke’s Long Range Planning Committee has been at work seeking God’s preferred future for St. Luke’s ministry.  The committee has established eight initiatives as part of our vision for the next five years.  By the end of 2023, St Luke’s will:

  • Overhaul systems for hospitality, engagement, and leadership development
  • Expand strategic communications for traditional worship and all of St. Luke’s ministries
  • Enlarge St. Luke’s outreach ministry, including our work in the Gethsemane parish
  • Grow the Story Houston as an integral part of St. Luke’s mission
  • Strengthen and grow our Encounter worship community
  • Build a strong financial foundation for growing ministries
  • Improve technology, including a new church management system
  • Restructure our governance for more doing and less reporting

Specific strategies are being developed for each of these initiatives, along with objectives and ministry owners.  The plan will be presented at a Church Conference on June 25 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome!  If you have questions or comments, please contact committee co-chairs Kristin Tillman ktillman@greenwoodking.com or Nick Erwin nicklerwin@gmail.com.

New Governance Structure Proposed

As part of the plan for the next five years, the Structure sub-committee of the Long Range is proposing a new governance structure for St. Luke’s.  The purpose of the change is to move more people into ministries of “doing” on teams, and fewer people on committees, whose primary function is simply oversight.  The specific recommendations are that St. Luke’s:

  • Replace our current Board of Stewards with two all church conferences each year, for the purpose of communications.
  • Create a new Church Council with 17 members, serving the same function as our current Executive Committee.
  • Create an Executive Committee of seven officers of the Church Council.
  • Reduce standing committees to 4- Lay Leadership, Human Resources, Finance & Operations and Advancement; all have 9 members
  • Merge Audit Committee into Finance & Operations; merge Executive Nominating into Lay Leadership
  • Replace Discipleship, Worship and Outreach Commissions with enhanced participation in ministry teams
  • Involve representatives from all worship communities in governance bodies.

The committee believes that these changes, consistent with United Methodist Book of Discipline, along with specific charters for each of our committees, will make volunteering at St. Luke’s far more productive, and increase volunteer participation across the whole life of the church.  If you would like to talk more about this new structure, please contact structure subcommittee chair Vicki Keiser vkeiser@swbell.net.

Church Conference 

Wednesday, November 16 | 6:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall

The entire congregation is invited to attend this annual meeting led by District Superintendent Rev. Andy Noel. We will submit annual reports to the Conference and select church leaders for 2017.

 

Updated Parking Map

The grand opening of our three new buildings is Sunday, October 16, 2016. This marks the end of construction projects on our Westheimer Campus. The parking garage to be shared by St. Luke’s and St. John’s School is under construction and completion date is early 2017. Attached is an  updated map with parking and entrance information.

 

UMCOR relief for Hurricane Matthew

hurricanematthew680Hurricane Matthew has wrought tremendous devastation throughout Haiti and the southeastern United States. Because this storm has both domestic and international implications, we are encouraging people to donate to UMCOR disaster advances as they see fit. UMCOR divides their assistance domestically and internationally with separate advance numbers for each one. You may send your checks directly to UMCOR as indicated below. Please be sure to clearly mark the check for UMCOR Advance, indicate whether it is intended for domestic or international relief, and include the appropriate advance number. If you have any questions please contact Denise Snider at snider@stlukesmethodist.org. Remember, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to disaster survivors.

Select advance number for national or international relief here.

UMCOR Domestic Disaster Advance #901670

UMCOR International Disaster Advance #982450

Construction and Parking Update – September 16, 2016

Student Ministries are in their new building and The Story Houston is worshipping in their building this week. The Johnson Building is coming together and we are getting excited about our Grand Opening on October 16!
While waiting for completion of our garage, parking at St. Luke’s is a challenge, yet good options are available. Please join us in our commitment to attend church regularly during this transition time. We will save the South Parking Lot for seniors, those with mobility issues and families with young children who must be age 5 to ride the shuttle.
Plenty of additional parking is available with continuous shuttle service from:
•  The Briar Club garage, 2603 Timmons Lane, 3rd and 4th floors
•  St. John’s lot at Buffalo Speedway and Westheimer
See parking map here.

Building Update – September 2016

So much excitement as What if. . . becomes What is! The Student Ministries building is buzzing with activity weekdays and on Sundays with small groups, worship and fun. The Story Houston has it’s inaugural worship service scheduled for September 18 at 9:30 and 11:05 and their grand opening on September 25. The Johnson Family will also gather on September 25 to dedicate and pray over the Education Building, and we will ALL cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening Celebration on October 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Parking and a Parking Deck- September 2016

As school starts, our attendance is increasing and parking spaces are harder to find. Make it easy on yourself and park on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Briar Club garage, 2603 Timmons Lane. We’ll have continuous door-to-door chauffeured shuttles to the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary doors, and will be ready to take you back following the services. See you on the shuttle! The much-awaited new parking deck is scheduled to open in mid-February (thanks to the rainy summer.) See current parking map here.

August 20, 2016
Louisiana Flood Relief

Our sisters and brothers in Louisiana have called on us for help.
Thirteen people have died, 8,400 people are in shelters, and 40,000 homes have been damaged in the floods there, particularly in the area around Baton Rouge.

What can you do to help?

1.   Pray for our brothers and sisters who are struggling.
2.  Make a financial gift. You can make it payable to St. Luke’s (make sure and designate it for Louisiana Flood Relief ) or give online. 100% will go directly to this work.
3.  Bring packages of diapers to St. Luke’s this week, or next Sunday. This is a significant need for those living in shelters.
4.  Join us on our work day on September 10, 9:30 a.m. to make “flood buckets” which contain supplies to clean up damaged homes. To register, contact Denise Snider (713-402-5034.)
5.  Join us on a work trip to help clean out houses. A group will travel to Baton Rouge on Thursday, August 2, 2016. Contact Denise Snider (info above) now to express your interest.