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3 08, 2020

What St. Luke’s Taught Me by Gene Graham

2020-08-03T10:36:45-05:00August 3rd, 2020|75, All blogs|0 Comments

I joined St. Luke’s in 1983, when I moved back to Houston from New York City to continue my career in oil and gas finance and banking.  I am profoundly grateful for the life-changing, spiritual-awakening opportunities St. Luke’s has offered me and for the many life-long friendships that have grown out of the St. Luke’s family. My early life at St. Luke’s developed along two parallel tracks: administrative and teaching. In the late 1980’s, I was excited to join the church’s finance committee.  That first committee assignment began a long period of service on the finance and executive committees.  The [...]

24 07, 2020

July 24: The Last Episode by Rev. David Horton, Pastor at the Gethsemane campus

2020-07-24T09:15:06-05:00July 24th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on July 24: The Last Episode by Rev. David Horton, Pastor at the Gethsemane campus

1 Peter 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” Reflection: I was a 26-year-old straight, married man when I finished Gilmore Girls. Yes, that Gilmore Girls, the early 2000’s sitcom. My wife said she loved the show and Netflix was coming out with a long-awaited follow-up season, and we have a rule in my home that [...]

20 07, 2020

Our Church is My Foundation by Steve Lufburrow

2020-07-27T16:58:30-05:00July 20th, 2020|75, All blogs|Comments Off on Our Church is My Foundation by Steve Lufburrow

I had the privilege of growing up at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.  My family moved to Houston in 1965 when I was 6 years old.  My father was a Methodist Minister who had taken the job as President of Goodwill Houston through a special appointment from the Bishop, so finding the right church was important.  I have so many memories of those early days and all make me smile.  The only time we took a break from St Luke’s is when we moved from Afton Oaks to Kingwood and my dad volunteered to start [...]

14 07, 2020

Being in the SL “family” By Carol Mohrman

2020-07-14T09:59:22-05:00July 14th, 2020|75, All blogs|Comments Off on Being in the SL “family” By Carol Mohrman

My St. Luke’s story goes back 65 years to August 21, 1955, the day I was baptized by Rev. Durwood Fleming in what is now Fellowship Hall (the original “temporary” Sanctuary). Of course, I have no memory of that day, but every time I am in Fellowship Hall, I think about how this was the spot where my SL journey began. My parents Ray and Camille Simpson were not founding members; they hadn’t even met yet in 1945, and didn’t marry until 1948. Because the SL congregation was still [...]

6 07, 2020

July 6: Renewed Daily By Mike Mosby, Children’s Ministries Children’s Church Coordinator

2020-07-06T07:25:37-05:00July 6th, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on July 6: Renewed Daily By Mike Mosby, Children’s Ministries Children’s Church Coordinator

Isaiah 43:18-19 18 “Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland. Reflection: I am a morning person. I love being the first one up. The quiet newness of the morning makes me feel closer to God. Most mornings it is just me and God. I can reflect with God on the day before as I make plans for the current day. I feel renewed by these morning reflections with God [...]

3 07, 2020

July 3: Found It!, by Rev. David Horton, Lead Pastor at Gethsemane

2020-07-03T23:22:17-05:00July 3rd, 2020|All blogs, Daily Devotionals|Comments Off on July 3: Found It!, by Rev. David Horton, Lead Pastor at Gethsemane

Luke 15:8-10 8 ‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’ Reflection: There are things you lose but you don’t feel the pain of losing it. Pennies and paperclips go here. [...]

29 06, 2020

Grateful Every Day by Laurie Kereluk

2020-06-29T14:19:30-05:00June 29th, 2020|75|Comments Off on Grateful Every Day by Laurie Kereluk

My husband, Tom, and I were married in the chapel of St. Luke’s on June 25, 1977. We met in March 1975 at a St. Patrick’s Day party shortly after I moved to Houston from my small hometown of Sidney, Ohio. The week after I moved here, I received a call from my great-aunt, Ann Castle an active member of St. Luke’s inviting me to attend church with her.  I came the following Sunday and was particularly excited after hearing the choir. I met Bob and Barbara Bennett after the service and I joined the Chancel Choir the very [...]

23 06, 2020

From Hiding in the Corners to Coffee with the Pastor by Babs and Ed Smith

2020-06-23T13:57:50-05:00June 23rd, 2020|75|1 Comment

We have had the JOY of knowing each of the senior ministers of SLUMC and each has had a positive influence on our faith journey. Our family of four joined SLUMC in the summer of 1963, having moved to Houston from Oklahoma City where we were actively involved in our small Nichols Hills Methodist Church. I recall saying to our children’s director that our logical church choice would be SLUMC, as we had bought a home on Bellmeade. I vividly recall moaning to her, “But it’s so big!”  Her comment was “the bigger the church the more corners there are [...]