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The Newsletter of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Conover NC

October                                                                2018

MCj02421570000[1]FROM THE PASTOR

Summertime has drawn to a close, the routines of school, work, and other patterns of our days and weeks come back to the center of our lives—sometimes from necessity and sometimes from pure habit. I invite you to think about your habits. Habits flow in a pattern of cue, routine, reward. A mouse in a scientist’s laboratory maze hears a bell or a click as the door for the maze is opened. The mouse runs through the maze. The mouse gets the chocolate. The cue is the click. The routine is running the maze. The reward is the chocolate. Interestingly, science shows us that the little mouse brain quits even “thinking” about the maze after a while. (You can read about this in Charles Duhigg’s 2014 book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.) We humans are not that different. Cue. Routine. Reward. Think of being on auto-pilot mode in various aspects of our lives; or, think of the chocolate chip cookies every afternoon, the bowl of ice-cream at night. Click. Run. Eat. It’s called the habit loop.

The habit loop can lead us down slippery slopes or be used in our lives for good. It doesn’t take long to form bad habits, and they can be broken! Healthier habits (mental, physical, spiritual ones) can be formed. Again, I invite you to think about your habits. Specifically (you probably guessed this was coming), the habit of worship. Is worship a habit for you? Or is it simply one choice among a list of choices? St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (3:27, NRSV). Some other translations render it “… have put on Christ.” The connotation is much the same. A “habit”— the religious clothing a monk or nun may wear—is a symbol of vocational calling. A habit can actually be used for any profession’s dress attire. For us, as disciples of Jesus, Christ is our habit—“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” He is our habit—is it more like a favorite pair of blue jeans or like that never worn sweater in the back of the closet?

Worship is a habit! If we want to help speak to the world around us, worship is the place Jesus calls us to be so that we may be formed, feed, and clothed in him, “until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13, NRSV).

The Psalms invite us, “Come, let us worship the Lord.” The Lord calls us! I leave you with that powerful proclamation of perseverance from the writer of Hebrews: “Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence [faith] …Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:19, 23-25, NRSV).

Grace and Peace to you all.

Pastor Russell Makant


Oct. 10	*Seniors to Shatley Springs (9AM)
Oct. 13	*Workday (9AM)
Oct. 14	*Homecoming
Oct. 15 	  Council Meeting (6:30 PM)
Oct. 20	  Movie Night (5:30 PM)
  November Newsletter info DEADLINE
Oct. 27	*Trunk or Treat (6 PM)
Oct. 28	  Reformation Sunday
*See Notes for More Information















Social Ministry News

The Social Ministry Team will continue through the month of October to collect personal toiletry items for patients at Catawba Hospice House. Items such as: small plastic combs, baby wipes, disposable razors, deodorant, and travel size toothpaste.


Seniors Group News

The October activity for the Seniors Group will be a trip to Shatley Springs for breakfast on Wednesday, October 10. We will be meeting at the church at 8:45 AM and will be leaving by 9. After breakfast we hope to visit the Cheese Factory in West Jefferson and the apple houses in Wilkes and Alexander Counties. Reservations must be made by Sunday, October 7. Hope to see you all there.



Homecoming Sunday is Sunday, October 14., Pastor Russell will present the message. There will be a covered dish dinner in the fellowship center following worship. Make plans to attend and be sure to invite friends and former members to this celebration.



There will be a workday on Saturday, October 13 beginning at 9AM to prepare the church and grounds for the Homecoming celebration. Please make plans to assist – The more we have, the sooner the work is finished.


FREE Movie Night

There will be another free movie night Saturday, October 20 at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Center. We will have a potluck prior to the film. All are welcome and encouraged to invite friends to join us as a way of reaching out to the community.


Youth News

The Youth will host a Trunk or Treat Saturday, October 27 from 6-8 PM and are looking for your assistance. They are hoping for at least 20 cars to sign up and will need people to work games. They are looking for candy donations (you can begin bringing them in any time), 20 square hay bales, 2 round hay bales, hula hoops and large pumpkins. All donations will be appreciated.

Sunday School Assistants

If you love to work with children and would like to volunteer in helping with a short craft (15 min) on Sunday mornings, Contact Joyce Hefner.


10/4 - Violet Deal 10/9 - Carol Allen

10/10 - Lauren Hale 10/13 - Barry Kanipe

10/13 - Mark Sigmon 10/28 - Dawn Taylor


MEMBERS anniversaries THIS MONTH

10/23 - Donald & Mary Keller 10/30 - Jerry & Linda Shook


Serving This Month (October)

Ushers – John Bumgarner, Gary Deal, Haleigh Kanipe, Tanner Kanipe

Reader & Communion Assistant– Linda Keller

Offering Counters – Tami Hefner, Joyce Hefner

Flowers – 10/7-10/14- OPEN; 10/21- Mr. & Mrs. John Bumgarner, 10/28- OPEN


Bucket Money

The money taken up in the buckets during this quarter (October-December) will be donated to The Humane Society of Catawba County.