October 2019 Newsletter

The Lamplighter

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

October                                                                             2019


Thank you for your shared ministry and work to be the church in this time. As the season turns cooler, I invite you to contemplate the shifts in the rhythm of the days, and to notice the colors of the trees, the grasses, even the sky—signs of God’s creative diversity. And, as we move forward in faith, I invite you to participate in the activities listed in this month’s newsletter and to share your God-given gifts in this holy space.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Russell Makant




Oct. 9 *Seniors Group Trip (8:30 AM)

           *Potluck and Bible Study (6:30 PM)

Oct. 12 *Fall Festival

Oct. 13 *Homecoming

Oct. 20 October Newsletter info DEADLINE

Oct. 21 Church Council meeting (6:30 PM)

Oct. 27 *Free movie (5 PM)



*See Notes for More Information




Seniors Group News

On Wednesday, October 9, the seniors will be traveling west to Shatley Springs for a wonderful breakfast and visit to their gift shop. For those who haven’t visited the Frescos in the area before, they are just a short trip away if you wish to see them. On the way home we can also visit the apple houses in Wilkesboro and Taylorsville. This will be the last of our summer trips for the year.


Educational Opportunities

There will be a potluck meal and Bible study beginning at 6:30 PM October 9 and the second Wednesday of each month for the remainder of the year. Following the meal we will watch a short video from the “Noomba” series and discuss it and the Bible connections drawn from it. This is an informal discussion around Bible and faith. Elementary and younger aged children will watch a Veggie Tales episode, read and discuss the related Bible verses, and do a craft or activity.


Free Movie

The Next Movie Night is scheduled for October 27 at 5 PM. This includes a potluck meal. We gather, get food, and watch the movie as we eat. After the movie we have a brief discussion to connect it with our faith life and with scripture. It is free.


Community Day

Our Community Day is Saturday, October 12. How can you help? For baked goods for the bake sale, contact Cathy Keller, Brenda Sluder or Linda Keller. To donate the use of outdoor games, contact David Keller or Nick or Heather Huffman. To donate the use of an easy-up tent, contact Bert Cline. For monetary donations, contact Joyce Baker. Donations of canned drinks, bottled water, or individual packs of chips or cookies may be left in the kitchen. We will continue to collect underwear (K-5th grade sizes), new children’s shoes, and various sizes of diapers until the day of the festival. We will also need volunteers to help set up on the day of the event and to help keep it going during the day. We will appreciate anything you can do.


Community Day

All Are Welcome!!!

October 12, 2019 8:00-1:00








Speakers (“History of Railroading in Catawba County”, “Estate Planning”)



Pink Fire Truck                                 EMS

Bass Smith Funeral Home               Catawba County DSS

National Railroad Historical Society-Alexander Chapter

Catawba Valley Medical Center        Sipe’s Orchard Home

Women's Resource Center                Bloodmobile Bus

Catawba County Sheriff's Dept          Carolina Caring

Trinity Village                                      Hickory CCM

Catawba Valley Behavioral Health      Family Services



Homecoming Sunday

Homecoming Sunday is October 13. Worship is at 10:30 AM. A covered dish lunch will follow in the Fellowship Center. Our guest preacher will be Rev. Rick Carter. Make plans to attend and invite friends and former members as well.


Youth Event

Youth Quake, an event for you in grades 3-5, is scheduled for October 19 at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Hickory. If anyone is interested, please contact Joyce Hefner or Mindy Makant for more information.


Thanksgiving Service

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 PM. Numerous ELCA Lutheran congregations and others are coming together for a community Thanksgiving Service at Grace Chapel on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. More details to come.


Craft/Quilting Class

Be sure to watch the bulletin and you email for the date and time of the next Craft/Quilting Class.


Social Ministry News

Upcoming projects (beginning in November) will be Salvation Army Christmas stockings and fruit baskets for shut-ins.


Training Event

Racial Equality Training will be held Saturday, October 12 from 9AM-4PMat St. Andrew’s Lutheran. This training engages participants in a conversation about systems of inequity that produce disadvantage for people of color in the U.S. Facilitators will share experiences and histories that will enlighten, equip, and inspire individuals to seek greater unity and diversity in the church and their daily lives. For more information on this training session, contact Pastor Makant.




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

10/10 - Deanna Reid                                10/10 - Lauren Hale

10/13 - Barry Kanipe                               10/13 - Mark Sigmon

10/28 - Dawn Taylor



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



Serving This Month (October)

Ushers – Nick Huffman, Nikki Huffman

Reader– Linda Keller

Communion Assistant – Heather Huffman

Prayer Assistant – Nick Huffman

Greeter – Janie Dellinger

Offering Counters – Dot Hawn, Anita Huffman

Flowers – 10/6 – Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Hefner; 10/13 – OPEN;

10/20 – Mr. & Mrs. Lonnie Collins; 10/27 – Mr. & Mrs. John Bumgarner








Bucket Money

The money taken up in the buckets during this quarter (October-December) will be for Lily Pad Haven.



Remember in Your Prayers

Those among us who are:

Serving in the military

Are homebound or are in nursing facilities

Sick or chronically ill

Nearing death or have recently passed away


Dealing with drug or alcohol addiction and their families

Victims of violence or hate

Disaster victims

The Church Council and all groups in the congregation

Prayer Partners: The Children’s Advocacy Center, St. Stephens Volunteer Fire Department, Sipe’s Orchard Home, St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Organization


We will pray for individuals in our weekly worship and our personal prayer life.