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A Note from Pastor Jenn-May 27, 2021

Posted on May 27, 2021 at 9:05 am in .

Dear St. Lukers,

What a great Sunday we had on Pentecost, celebrating the work of the Holy Spirit to empower us all to be a part of Jesus’ message of love. Thanks to all who worked on our visuals in each venue – they were just beautiful. If you missed worship, below are a few photos. You can click here to watch the full services.

 

This past Sunday, we discontinued pre-registration for worship. We also lifted the mask requirement for those who are fully vaccinated. It was great to see so many St. Lukers back in worship and we look forward to more of you joining us throughout the summer.

We find ourselves in a liminal season – a season of transition where we are still serving our congregation in multiple ways on-campus and online. Thank you to those who completed our recent worship survey, your feedback is important, and we were able to glean several key themes from your responses:

  • Our data confirms that 9:15 a.m. has been our largest gatherings in worship at St. Luke’s and we have heard your desire for a 9:15 a.m. Traditional worship service. We are working on building the volunteer team (click here to express interest) and waiting for equipment to arrive that would allow us to simultaneously stream two worship services.
  • We also recognize the movement of children’s discipleship to spending time in worship with families is statistically proven to help children feel connected with church as young adults, but also the need for children to receive discipleship moments catered to their age and learning style. Being able to meet these two ideas with balance means that holding two styles of worship at 9:15 a.m. helps us reach more children and youth.   

In this summer season, as people are starting to return to campus, we will shift on-campus Traditional worship to 9:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary starting Sunday, June 6. On-campus Contemporary worship will also be offered at 9:15 a.m. in Founder’s Hall. We recognize this means adjustments of schedules, as we work to find the right groove for community, discipleship, and deeper engagement of a worshipping congregation that is diverse in its connection of style, time, and place. We appreciate your grace as we explore and discern our next chapters together.

Just a reminder, children are always welcome in worship at St. Luke’s and families can choose to worship with children 11 and under for the entire worship service or until they are dismissed for Worship Enrichment. Families may also drop off children for a full hour of children’s programming up to 10 minutes prior to the start of worship.

We will continue to stream a Contemporary worship service at 9:15 a.m. and a Traditional worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook LIVE.

As we move through the summer and monitor attendance and regularity it will help us make plans for the fall but before we get too far ahead…this weekend is filled with great holiday celebrations on our campus. We kick off the summer vacation with a Summer Splash for children and youth on Saturday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. (click here to register).

This Sunday morning is “Ask the Pastors Anything.” What started out more than 15 years ago with an easy Sunday during the summer is back and this week we have all 6 pastors to answer your theological, life, denominational, scriptural, and even just “what’s your favorite music” kind of questions.

You can send your questions ahead of Sunday to askthepastors@st.lukes.org or there will be cards to write down your questions in person on Sunday in each venue. We won’t get to all your questions, but we will try to answer as many as possible.

Sunday evening, we have a summer kick off to Theatre at St. Luke’s with Disney and Desserts (click here to register)! Join us in Founder’s Hall (note new location) at 6:30 p.m. for a “sweet” musical treat the whole family will enjoy followed by a dessert reception. Familiar faces and voices will perform your favorite Disney music and maybe you’ll even learn some new tunes led by our amazing musicians and singers from Theatre and Worship ministries. Don’t forget your Mickey ears!

If you missed our Tech Tour earlier this month and would still like to be a part of our Tech Team, or help us build our discipleship ministries for children, youth and adults, please let us know here. We need lots of help to continue offering transformational ministries both on-campus and online and we can’t do it without U!

Grace and peace, 

Jenn.

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