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 you 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 8-10 weeks. The studies feature daily and weekly readings, as well as a video lesson. You can access the material 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., ES314 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Recently graduated from college and young professionals, ages 22-27. The Choice class is a gathering of recent graduates and young adults who are building a foundation of faith together through Sunday morning study, small groups, regular social events, and service opportunities.

Cornerstone – 9:45 a.m. ES308 (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.

Three Strands – 9:45 a.m., ES311 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Married couples in their 30s, many with young children. A Christ-centered community where couples can grow in their faith together. Lessons cover a variety of relevant topics, with lots of group discussion. Three Strands also has quarterly small groups available, frequent social outings, and engages in quarterly service projects, with a focus on families and children.

The Hub – 9:45 a.m., ES313 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Couples in their 30’s, many with children. A small class where it’s easy to encourage and be encouraged by others. There is a new topic each week so you can come anytime! Frequent social gatherings are also a part of the class experience.

 

The Crossing – 9:45 a.m. ES306 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Ages 30-40. Beginning June 14-July 29 and ongoing beginning September 9. A new group for those ready to discuss the deeper questions about God, the church, and our culture as a whole. We will discuss the importance of being open about asking hard questions and searching for answers together. If you are single, married, divorced, a good Christian, a bad Christian, or not even a Christian, come join us for fellowship and holy conversation.

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.

Compass – 9:45 a.m., ES309 (third floor, Johnson Education Building) Singles and couples in their 30s, many with young children. The Compass class explores a variety of studies that explore the biblical message and how to apply it to daily life. The class sponsors regular social and service events, including volunteering at the Texas Medical Center’s Hospitality Apartments.

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.

Common Ground – 9:45 a.m., EC220 (second floor, above Hines Baker room) 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.

Journey2Gether – 10 a.m.,  EC104 (first floor, across from the Hines Baker Room) Singles, ages 40-60 (with or without children). Journey2Gether meets for fellowship and a discussion-based bible study. With frequent lunch outings, service projects and socials, there are plenty of opportunities for you to fit in!

 

Horizons – 9:45 a.m., EC221 (second floor, above Hines Baker room) Couples and singles in their 40s through 60s. Horizons features relevant Faith-in-Life topics and Bible study. Topics include relationships, marriage, children, and everyday issues. The class engages in a family retreat, social events throughout the year, and service projects.

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 Steve Lufburrow, Mark Hawkins, and a mix of other teachers and leaders from the church. Regular social and service projects are emphasized.

Sojourners – 9:45 a.m., EN208 (second floor, above the Rotunda) Single adults (some couples) over 55. Bible study and faith issues in daily living are presented by Phil Murray in a lecture/ interactive discussion format. Regular social and service opportunities are scheduled, including Kids Meals.

Gene Decker Study – 9:45 a.m., EN205/206 (second floor, above the Rotunda) Couples and singles, ages 55 and up. A large, socially active class that engages thought provoking lessons are presented each week by class members and guest teachers on a wide range of spiritual topics. Monthly social gatherings, service projects, and an annual retreat help members enrich one another’s lives.

Covenant – 9:45 a.m., EN209 (second floor, above the Rotunda) Couples and singles, primarily ages 60s – 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.

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.

Pastors’ Sunday School Class – Sundays during Lent, beginning March 10, 9:55 am – 10:45 am, Fellowship Hall. If you’ve been interested in Sunday school, but your schedule would only allow you to attend every now and then and you’ve found it hard to commit, we’d love for you to check out the new Pastor’s Sunday School Class! This is a large lecture-oriented class that is open to all adults. It is primarily taught by Rev. Thomas Harper and Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears. During this season of Lent, we’ll take a dive into the Bible and study the narrative of scripture from Genesis to Revelation. So whether you want to attend the class regularly, you can only attend occasionally, or you’ve never attended Sunday School, come join us!

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.

Bible Discovery – 9:45 a.m., EN204 (second floor, above Rotunda) All ages, couples and singles. Using a stimulating interactive format and featuring a mix of class discussion and lecture, this class takes on in-depth Bible topics taught by Jack and Fran Steele.

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.

Open Arms – 9:45 a.m., EC223 (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!

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.

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.

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

On the first Saturday in November, women of all ages gather for A Beautiful Creation Retreat. The day includes creative workshops and worship. Breakfast and lunch are provided as well as childcare.

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The UMW is a community of women whose purpose is to know God, develop supportive relationships, and promote the global ministries of the United Methodist church.There are many opportunities to become a part of this active group. Membership is intergenerational and open to women of all ages and stages of life.

MEN

Men’s Life: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall | January 23-April 10
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.

Spring 2019 – One Anothering

The phrase “one another” is used more than 100 times in the New Testament. Love one another. Honor one another. Welcome one another. The early church did not grow because the members stood on the street corner and passed out tracts. The early church grew because it was clear something amazing was happening in the midst of that band of believers. The people loved one another, treating each other in a way that demonstrated to the whole world that following Jesus Christ can truly make a difference in one’s life. The Spring Semester of Men’s Life will take a look at all the ways the New Testament teaches us to “one another” those with whom we work and play. We invite men of all ages to join Dr. Tom Pace for teaching, a light breakfast and round-table discussion.

Click here to see the notes and recordings of previous sessions.

 

Men’s Pick-Up Basketball Open Gym | Saturdays, February 16-October 26, 9-11 a.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

Katie Montgomery Mears
Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears
Director of Adult Ministries and Pastor of Encounter Contemporary Worship
Rev. Thomas Harper
Rev. Thomas Harper
Pastor of Small Groups
Mary Schuler
Coordinator of Intergenerational and Senior Adult Ministries
Kathy Neely
Kathy Neely
Adult Ministries Program Associate