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 next [...]
There are a lot of things that are very different at St. Luke’s today compared to when I received my third grade Bible. Some things, however, will never change. I was in the third grade in 1955 when I received my Bible. The bookplate on the inside is signed by Durwood Fleming who was the senior pastor at the time. Today, third graders receive their Bibles in front of the congregation. In 1955, I recall that they were just passed out one day in Sunday School with none of the fanfare that surrounds them now. There was not a special [...]
On January 4, 2015, we walked into St. Luke’s as members who had just lost their twins at 25 weeks. We were lost souls and didn't know what to do next. The grief was raw, but that day we felt God was showing us a sign we needed to go to church. During the service we opened our hymnals and sang, This is a Day of New Beginnings. Then I knew I was in the right place at the right time. We didn't always sign in when we went to church, but that day we did sign in and left [...]
When I was asked to share a story in worship, I really thought it would be an easy task to think of one because so many of my stories come from here. I was baptized here, confirmed here, I sang in Pure Sound, my husband and I were married here and we are now raising our 2 children here. But milestones are not a story...
The Randy Smith Bible Class was formed in 1972 by Wm. Randolph Smith, his wife, Ann Pickett Smith, Clyde and Jody Jackson, Faerie Marston and Miriam S. Slemmons after they had attended a retreat at Laity Lodge, established by the Howard E. Butt Foundation on the Frio River north of Leakey, Texas. Dr. J. Kenneth Shamblin, St. Luke’s Senior Pastor at the time, was concerned about a layperson teaching the Bible, but graciously consented to the class’ founding and Randy as its first teacher. Randy’s father was Bishop A. Frank Smith, but Randy had chosen to become an [...]
Although my memory isn’t especially clear on this, this clipping from an early 1954 Houston Chronicle article shows that my sister, my cousin, and I (among others age 6) “took attendance honors” for the Carol Choir of St. Luke’s. Eighteen months later, my family moved away from Houston. My next St. Luke’s memory was in 1965 while visiting Rice University as a college option. My family sat in the balcony and I was in awe of the amazing church service. The choir procession and the music really caught my attention. I also remember being unable to figure out [...]
You can’t imagine the impact St. Luke’s has had on my life. Sixty-six years ago, when Carl and I came to St. Luke’s with our infant son in 1954, I was 23 years old, and St. Luke’s was a neighborhood church. Friends of ours were members and invited us to the church. We loved it and stayed. I dove right in and taught kindergarten Sunday School, and Jan and Debbie Agee were two of my students. I sang in the Chancel Choir for years when Bob Bennett was the Choirmaster. I grew in my faith and my knowledge [...]
A PERSONAL PRAYER Gift giving, generous God, Today, I choose gratitude. Yes, in my mind other things pop up. I complain. I judge others. I get anxious about the future, or even about the present. But today I choose not to let them linger, but instead to douse them with gratitude and turn my thoughts to giving thanks. Life is all a gift, and I am thankful to be allowed to live it. I am especially thankful to be a part of a church family in which gratitude is both spoken and acted out. I feel the vibe when I [...]