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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

6 03, 2020

Not Far From Home by Jim Roman

2020-03-06T10:51:33-06:00March 6th, 2020|75|Comments Off on Not Far From Home by Jim Roman

It's no secret to those close to me that I don't like to venture far from home when I don't have to. So when I made the move all by myself from suburban Moorestown, NJ to Houston, TX, it was a big deal. I had just finished graduate school and accepted a full-time position as organist and worship coordinator of a large, Houston-area church. Not long after moving here, my now-wife Grace and I got engaged and she moved to Houston to be with me. We got married a year later and things were going pretty well. However, just a [...]

6 03, 2020

Mission Trips By Bobbie Wisecup

2020-03-06T10:45:42-06:00March 6th, 2020|75|Comments Off on Mission Trips By Bobbie Wisecup

I have been involved in the life of the church since May of 1959, most notably in our woodshop and as an outreach volunteer on mission trips. Starting in 1986 with a trip to Jamaica, I have been on 24 St. Luke’s sponsored mission trips in a variety of countries over almost 30 years. My professional training as a nurse was utilized during many of the trips, but I was called into service to do anything that needed doing like installing siding, carrying wheelbarrows of rocks and painting. One thing that was immediately apparent anywhere we traveled was that though [...]