WELCOME TO ADULT MINISTRIES

We don’t have to go through life alone—come as you are and grow with us! We all have something to share, and group life gives us the opportunity to get to know people, serve others and deepen our lives with God. Adult Ministries at St. Luke’s equips adults to deepen their lives with God and others—to experience life-changing transformation into the people God designed us to be.

“At a church like St. Luke’s, you can jump in and find a place to belong. Church isn’t just about following Jesus; it is about following Jesus with other people. It is about, as Paul says in Philippians, a ‘partnership in the gospel’—those friendships we make when we join in something, whether it be a Sunday school class or a small group or a mission trip or ministry team. In the end, it is almost always about relationships.” – Tom Pace, Senior Pastor

GROUP LIFE

St. Luke’s has a variety of small groups and classes through which people dig deeper and learn everything they can about God’s love. These range from groups of about 12 people who meet regularly to pray, study the Bible, and enjoy fellowship to in-depth studies focused on a wide variety of topics, including Bible study, theological studies, Christian living and spiritual growth. We also offer affinity groups through which you can make friends, tell your story, and give yourself away. For more information, please contact Kathy Neely at [email protected] or call her at 713-402-5139.

SCRIPTURE + SHARED

Scripture + Shared is a church-wide Bible Study ministry with materials written by St. Luke’s clergy launched every fall and spring for 6-10 weeks. The studies feature daily and weekly readings, as well as a video lesson. Our spring study, The Sermon on the Mount, begins the week of Sunday, March 1 through April 5.

You can access the current and archived studies by downloading the Scripture + Shared app or by clicking here.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

In a Sunday morning class you will find opportunities to enrich your Christian education, continue growing in your spiritual journey and develop friendships. Join in community on Sunday mornings to study, serve and journey together! Not sure which class to try? Stop by the Connection Desk on Sunday morning or contact Kathy Neely, at [email protected], for guidance. Classes expect new visitors every week, feel free to visit whenever you’re ready!


The Choice
– 10 a.m., ES306 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Young professionals, ages 22-29. The Choice is a ministry for recent college graduates and young professionals in their twenties (singles and couples). Through Sunday morning study, a weekday small group, quarterly service opportunities, and regular social events, we seek to make connections with fellow young adults as we grow in our relationships and faith. For more information or to be added to the email newsletter, please email [email protected].

Cornerstone – 9:45 a.m. ES301 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Newly married couples, ages 25-35. Join other recently married couples as you enter into this new stage of the journey together. This community takes an honest, faith based approach to living out your marriage in a way that glorifies God and brings joy to your new family. The class will also participate in service projects and social gatherings together.

 


Common Ground
– 9:45 a.m., ES311 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Parents of school-age children. This vibrant class builds strong relationships through regular social gatherings, service projects and spiritual growth through fellowship and worship together. Lessons involve a wide variety of topics and are often self-taught by class members. Social gatherings include both “adults only” and family friendly activities. Common Ground families also participate in service projects to support the Christian Community Service Center.

Families in Faith – 9:45 a.m., ES301 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Couples in their 30s and 40s, all with young children. Each week, this class dives deeper into the previous week’s sermon, discussing and exploring how it relates to our lives throughout the week. Frequent socials, service projects, and family-friendly events make up the life of Families in Faith.

Fellowship
– 9:45 a.m., EC222 (second floor, above Hines Baker room) Married couples in their 30s and 40s, parents of children of all ages. Members strive to grow in their faith through fellowship and sharing life experiences. This class follows biblically based studies designed to promote individual growth, build relationships and strengthen the family.

The Table 9:45 a.m., ES314 (third floor, Johnson Education Building). A Christ-centered community for couples and singles in their 30s and early 40s (many with young children) to grow in their faith. The lessons are discussion-based and alternate between Bible and life-application studies. Social gatherings and service projects with a focus on families and children will be offered regularly.

 


Covenant
– 9:45 a.m., EC228 (second floor, above the Choir Room) Couples and singles, primarily ages 60s to 70s, who study the Bible, alternating from Old to New Testament, in an open forum format. The teacher provides background information, followed by reading and discussion, usually covering one chapter per week. Individual insights are valued and the class learns from each other, gaining an even deeper understanding of the truths of the Bible and how they apply to us today. The class goes to lunch together several Sundays a year, has an Annual Christmas party, and also participates in programs and special Bible Studies sponsored by St. Luke’s.

Friendship – 9:45 a.m., EC224 (second floor, above Commons) All ages, couples or singles. A small, engaging class for all ages. Discussions center on Bible and Faith-in-Life topics in a round-table setting, gathering frequently for social and service events.

Gene Decker Study – 9:45 a.m., EN205/206 (second floor, above the Rotunda) Couples and singles, predominantly in their late 50s -70s. A caring and socially active class, we enjoy thought provoking lessons on a wide range of topics including the intersections of Bible study, theology, and current issues. Frequent social gatherings, service projects, and an annual sojourn to the Hill Country provide additional opportunities for deepening relationships. Visitors are encouraged to come by and enjoy fellowship, coffee, and donuts each Sunday morning.

Genesis – 9:45 a.m., EN207 (second floor, above the Rotunda) Mostly couples, ages 50s through 70s. Faith issues relating to life experiences and Bible studies in a lecture/discussion format are taught by a mix of other teachers and leaders from the church. Regular social and service projects are emphasized.

Good Will – 9:45 a.m., Rotunda (first floor, between Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall) All ages, couples and singles. This large group studies Bible and Faith-in-Life topics in a lecture format, taught by Richard Ethun and visiting teachers. The class sponsors regular social and service events, especially partnering with Kids Meals and Texas Medical Center’s Hospitality Apartments.

Randy Smith Bible Study – 9:45 a.m., Parlor (first floor, northwest corner, near Fellowship Hall) Couples and singles, ages 50 to 85. This large class meets in a caring atmosphere for Biblical study. Often marked by spirited discussions, the lessons are led by Hank Coleman and Jim Henderson.

Sojourners – 10 a.m., EN208 (second floor, above the Rotunda) Couples and singles of all ages. Study of the Bible and faith issues in daily living presented by Phil Murray in an interactive discussion/lecture format. Service projects include serving meals for at-risk children at the Gethsemane campus. Regular lunch outings and social activities opportunities.


Charles Wesley
– 9:45 a.m., Choir Room Open to all adults. This class, in a concentrated 30-minute format, focuses on Biblical and theological topics.  The class was created primarily to serve members of the chancel choir and is taught by Don Brynes. Along with the choir, the class has “adopted” a refugee family through InterFaith Ministries.

Foundations – 9:45 a.m., ES308 (third floor, Johnson Education Building). This class is for all ages. Many of the attendees have children involved in Student Ministries at St. Luke’s. Did you grow up hearing about the Bible, but aren’t sure how the whole story fits together?  We are taking a  journey through the whole of the Bible, discovering the overarching themes, and diving into particular texts. Even though we started in the fall, each class is a stand alone learning environment. So don’t worry that you’re coming in “midstream” (though if you’re in the midstream industry, we have those people attending too!). The class includes a brief lecture most often given by William Vanderbloemen, lively Q&A, and a great place for you to find community at St. Luke’s. It’s a new, growing group, so we are all learning each other and the text as well.  Foundations is led by William and Adrienne Vanderbloemen.

Joy Class – 10:45 a.m., EN115 (first floor, next to Rotunda) Adults with special needs. Jesus, Others, Yourself is the focus of this class featuring Bible lessons, music, and prayer in an environment conscious of those with special needs. For more information, please contact Lisa Gossett.

Open Arms – 9:45 a.m., EC220 (second floor, above Hines Baker room) Couples or singles, ages 40’s to 80’s. A very friendly class with a Bible-based curriculum taught by Joel Mohrman and Steve McCarthy, with lots of discussion. The class is open to adults, ages 40+, married or single, and enjoys a variety of social events and service opportunities. Come learn with us and have fun!

YOUNG ADULTS

Twice monthly on Sundays | March 1, 15, 29 | 5 – 7:30 p.m. | Room EC230
Join us as for an exciting journey to spiritual discovery! We are currently studying the book The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. Contact Justin Bair at [email protected] or register at stlukesmethodist.org/group-life.

REGISTER HERE


The Choice
– 10 a.m., ES306 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Recently graduated from college and young professionals, ages 22-29. The Choice is a ministry for recent college graduates and young professionals in their twenties (singles and couples). Through Sunday morning study, a weekday small group, quarterly service opportunities, and regular social events, we seek to make connections with fellow young adults as we grow in our relationships and faith. For more   information or to be added to the email newsletter, please email [email protected].


Cornerstone
– 9:45 a.m. ES301 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Newly married couples, ages 25-35. Join other recently married couples as you enter into this new stage of the journey together. This community takes an honest, faith based approach to living out your marriage in a way that glorifies God and brings joy to your new family. The class will also participate in service projects and social gatherings together. Contact Rev. Thomas Harper for more information.


Epworth League for Young Adults
Tuesdays │ 6:30-8 p.m.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Student Ministries Building
The Epworth League is a city-wide ministry for 18-to-35-year-olds to provide community, foster discipleship, and equip leaders to love their neighbors and serve the Kingdom of God through local United Methodist churches. Each Tuesday gathering consists of dinner, a speaker, worship, and some time for discussion and fellowship. Learn more at https://www.famhoustontx.org/epworthleaguehtx

SENIOR ADULTS

Senior Adult Ministries at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is dedicated to creating opportunities for fellowship through meaningful programs and activities for active adults aged 60+. Activities are open to church members and community friends.

For more information contact Mary Schuler, Coordinator of Intergenerational and Senior Adult Ministries, at 713-402-5008.

WOMEN


Friday, October 23 │ 6-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 24 │ 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Featuring Keynote Speaker and New York Times Bestselling Author, Melanie Shankle
Calling all women!  Mark your calendars for REVIVE, our 2020 Women’s Retreat, featuring Keynote Speaker and New York Times Bestselling Author, Melanie Shankle.  Melanie started The Big Mama Blog in 2006 and is the author of several books including Sparkly Green Earrings, Church of the Small Things, and Everyday Holy. Bring your tribe to this retreat and get filled up with The Holy Spirit through inspirational discussions, interactive workshops, a market with local vendors, and the three F’s — food, fun, and fellowship.

REGISTER HERE


Women of the Word

Women of the Word (W.O.W.) events will be held several times a year to help women rejuvenate their souls, get excited about the Word and all that God has to offer, and be empowered as they return to their daily routines.



Click here for Women’s Groups

MEN

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall | January 22 through April 1
Struggles and Victories: Lessons from the Life of the Prophet Elijah
Led by Dr. Tom Pace
Men’s Life encourages men to be their best. We invite men of all ages to join Dr. Tom Pace for teaching, a light breakfast, and round-table discussion about real-life issues and life-approaches related to men.

Click here to register.

 


Sundays, November 17-February 9, 6:30-8 p.m. |
Activity Center Gym
Open to all men of all ages! Play is no-cost, come-as-you-can. Contact Michael Lutter at [email protected] if interested. No RSVP needed.

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Adult Ministries Staff

Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears
Director of Adult Ministries and Pastor of Contemporary Worship
Rev. Michelle Manuel
Associate Director of Adult Ministries
Mary Schuler
Coordinator of Intergenerational and Senior Adult Ministries
Kathy Neely
Kathy Neely
Adult Ministries Program Associate
Louise McEvoy
Women's Ministry Coordinator