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22 09, 2017

Getting out of my Comfort Zone, by Bernice Houstoun

2017-09-22T09:13:06-05:00 September 22nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

As with most Sunday School classes, my class started looking for a service project — something where we could “give ourselves away in generosity and service.” You know, “The Inside-Out Habits”­—that is not just a slogan for St. Luke’s. Well, I guess it is, but it has become the mentality of the members of our church. Co-sponsoring a refugee family is a big commitment, especially for a class as small as ours. We did not want to fail in such an important endeavor. Since this was our first attempt, we asked if we could sponsor a family of [...]

22 09, 2017

It’s all about impact

2017-09-22T08:55:35-05:00 September 22nd, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERGod,You have asked us to give ourselves away, to “pour ourselves out like a drink offering.” You teach us that we are to lay down our lives for others, and we do that one day, one hour, one minute at a time. God I watch so many people pour themselves out for others. In the days after the storm, people worked tirelessly. But even in the days before the storm, in those “ordinary days,” I watch your people give of themselves for the work of your kingdom. Teaching classes. Making phone calls. Working in the woodshop. Planning and supporting events. Going to meetings. Organizing [...]

15 09, 2017

The Hands and Feet of Christ, by Rob Dulaney

2017-09-15T09:28:21-05:00 September 15th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

This past summer St. Luke’s sent a group to the Dominican Republic on a family mission trip. Our church has partnered with GO Ministries in the DR for several years because we respect their philosophy that “by working alongside local leaders in construction, sports, medical or children’s ministry, groups have the opportunity to teach and be taught more about the love of Christ.” Part of the vision of that trip, or any trip we take to the DR, is that we take home what we learn there, and can continue that kind of work in Houston. It is [...]

15 09, 2017

I want to be a body builder

2017-09-15T09:18:27-05:00 September 15th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

A PERSONAL PRAYERFather, Son, Holy Spirit…As Trinity, you are a family in and of yourself. You exist as a relationship, and you tell us that we were created to be in relationship with you and with one another. I want to do that well. I want to be a part of a healthy family, a thriving workplace, a strong neighborhood, a Spirit-filled church. I want to have loving and supportive friendships. But it isn’t easy, God. Sometimes, other people drive me crazy. They don’t always act the way I would want them to. And I confess that sometimes, I get drawn into [...]

8 09, 2017

Back to Houston, by Elizabeth Huff

2017-09-08T11:57:07-05:00 September 8th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

Houston holds a special place in my heart. It’s where my husband and I bought our first home; it’s where my daughter was born and I became a mother; it’s where I have the best kind of friends – those who are like family. So, when we moved from Houston to Louisiana in January 2017, I couldn’t bring myself to say a proper goodbye to a place that meant so much to me. As Hurricane Harvey poured over the Houston area for days, I knew that I shouldn’t just sit back and watch the devastation on every TV [...]

8 09, 2017

Rekindle your fire

2017-09-08T11:49:27-05:00 September 8th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Friends, It has been quite a week at St. Luke’s church. Volunteer mucking teams have been out helping families, both from St. Luke’s and our neighbors. Our student ministry was a huge part of that effort, as the youth made the week a “mission trip at home.” Red Cross volunteers continued to sleep in the Fellowship Hall at night, and our folks provided great hospitality. Countless volunteers provided meals and laundry service. The Sharpstown and Gulfton communities gathered at our Gethsemane campus each day for a free meal, provided by our folks in conjunction with our Connect Community [...]

1 09, 2017

Being the Church, by Rev. David Horton

2017-09-01T13:05:48-05:00 September 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|2 Comments

I didn’t know there was such a thing as the Houston Professional Firefighter’s Association, but now I do. The President of the Association called the main St. Luke’s number on Sunday morning and, because services were cancelled, had to leave a message. He was inside Station 51, which is next door to the Gethsemane Campus and one of the busiest stations in Houston on a normal day, but of course Sunday, August 27 was not a normal day. He said there were 20-25 people who had been evacuated from their Sharpstown and Gulfton homes and apartments by the [...]

1 09, 2017

Anxious To See You

2017-09-01T12:51:09-05:00 September 1st, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

St. Luke’s Family, Beginning today, we will have 250 Red Cross workers sleeping at the church for a few days. We will do our best to show them the spirit of love in our church and whole city. I am amazed at all that I see God doing right here in our midst. In the midst of such difficult times, the goodness that is at the center of each of us, the “image of God” in which every one of us is created, shines through. Christian or non-Christian, atheist or agnostic or just plain confused – all of us [...]

30 08, 2017

Overwhelmed

2017-08-30T16:16:21-05:00 August 30th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

For some, it is a literal term. Waters come pouring in and they can’t stop them. They watch the damage to home and possessions. Some wonder where they will live and, oh my, how they will pay for it. It's almost too much, as it seems the worst is over, and then the waters move from central city to the suburbs, with downstream flooding still in the future. It is just so much. For most, it is emotionally overwhelming. Some remain afraid of what is to come when the rivers continue to rise. For those of us without [...]

30 08, 2017

Update on Storm Response

2017-08-30T16:20:45-05:00 August 30th, 2017|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|0 Comments

Dear St. Luke’s family, I want you to know that we at St. Luke’s continue to pray for you, and strive to do whatever we can to be of help and support.  Let me share just a few components of what we are doing to respond to this crisis. 1)     We aim at helping one another. We are gathering the names and situations of those in need. Please send those to Dr. Linda Christians or any of our pastors or staff, and they will forward to Linda. Most importantly, just do it.  Our mission is to put our faith to work in [...]