21 06, 2019

Welcome to Our New Members, by Rebecca Alsup

2019-06-21T09:30:24-05:00June 21st, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Welcome to Our New Members, by Rebecca Alsup

Click edit button to change this text. One of the best aspects of my role in Connecting Ministries is getting to know the people who join St. Luke’s and hearing their stories. I love to learn about their hopes for membership and what has led them here. Below are some of the things our newest members have shared over the past few months: “We wanted to find a church family.  We recently had our first child, and I’d like her to have a solid foundation, as I did growing up.” “I want to raise my son in a [...]

21 06, 2019

All In, Baby

2019-06-21T09:02:59-05:00June 21st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on All In, Baby

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, There are times I think I have it figured out. Things make sense. If I do A, then B will happen. And since I want B to happen, I will do A. I can move down the road confidently toward my goals and my preferred future. But there are other times when I am not sure what I should do. Things don't seem to make sense. Doing A doesn't lead to B like I thought it would. I feel confused, conflicted, uncertain. These are times that I fall on my knees and turn to [...]

7 06, 2019

Choices

2019-06-07T09:59:32-05:00June 7th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Choices

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, Today, I will make lots of choices, and I need your help. In every moment, and in every opportunity, I pray that... I will choose joy over anxiety and fear. I will choose compassion over apathy and self-centeredness. I will choose positivity over cynicism. I will choose action over complacency. I will choose growth over stagnation. I am not at the mercy of my circumstances, God. I can choose how to respond to whatever comes my way. So today, God, I will let your light shine, and will not put it under a bushel. Like a candle [...]

31 05, 2019

VBS Week, by Laurie Noteboom and Jennifer McCormick

2019-05-31T09:15:37-05:00May 31st, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on VBS Week, by Laurie Noteboom and Jennifer McCormick

It is almost VBS week – our favorite week of the year! The church will soon fill with adult and teenage volunteers who will decorate classrooms, organize supplies, practice skits and songs, line up at the copy machine to multiply coloring pages and word finds, and everything else required to have this campus ready for the little ones' arrival on Monday morning. This is our 13th year volunteering at VBS, so we know the routine and over time we’ve seen the themes of camping, beach party, superheroes and outer space repeat. We’ve clapped and sung along with all [...]

31 05, 2019

Use me, God. Or not.

2019-05-31T08:46:22-05:00May 31st, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Use me, God. Or not.

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, why have you blessed me so much? Why have you poured so much goodness into my life - great friends, more than enough food and provision, a wonderful family, a marvelous church? I hear that I am "blessed to be a blessing." Am I doing that, God? Am I accomplishing the purposes you have for me? Am I doing all that you want me to do with the life you have given me? I am comforted, God, when I read the stories of the people in the Bible. Boy, do they make mistakes. I am often embarrassed for them, even [...]

24 05, 2019

Some things we won’t forget

2019-05-24T08:46:08-05:00May 24th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Some things we won’t forget

Our inside-out habits: We pray and worship. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, In the movies, the soldiers get shot and killed, and the plot just moves on. And, I guess in the real world, that happens too. The world just moves on forward without those who are lost. Except, of course, for the loved ones of those who gave their lives for country or cause. Those families will never be the same. They will move [...]

22 05, 2019

Remembering

2019-05-22T15:14:30-05:00May 22nd, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Remembering

Sometimes you scratch your head and ask yourself, “Where do I begin? What can I remember?”  This story begins with my wanting to talk with a World War Two veteran.  I have read countless books on the subject, so I was hoping for a first-hand account to be able to share with my kids someday.  I wanted to hear the vets story, what they remember, what they felt during and after the war. I met Louis Gammons through contacts at St. Luke’s.  I tell you without exaggeration; a busier and more active man doesn’t exist, at any age, [...]

17 05, 2019

The Joneses

2019-05-17T09:09:43-05:00May 17th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on The Joneses

A PERSONAL PRAYER God of love, There is a worm that lives in my heart. Most of the time, I think he must be sleeping. But sometimes, he wakes up and begins to eat away at all the good feelings inside. The worm has a name - envy. When the worm is at work, I compare myself to others and spend my energy wishing I was as good as they seem to be. I wish I had the gifts and talents they have, the success they have achieved, the friendships they enjoy, the courage they seem to muster, the discipline they appear [...]

10 05, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day, by Gena Blanchard

2019-05-10T09:04:38-05:00May 10th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Happy Mother’s Day, by Gena Blanchard

Ken and I talked about children before we got married and agreed if the other decided they wanted children we would have them, but we didn’t feel strongly about it either way. We checked in with each other from time to time and never got the itch. We had nieces and nephews on both sides of our families so we had lots of children in our lives and I got to help mother most of them. We have been Auntie and Uncle to all of the kids and their friends. Hailey is our great niece on my side [...]

10 05, 2019

Together with Mom

2019-05-10T08:56:53-05:00May 10th, 2019|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Together with Mom

A PERSONAL PRAYER God, I am so grateful to have lots of moms in my life - my own mom, the marvelous mom of my children, the amazing moms of my grandchildren, the spiritual moms who have shared their faith with me along my journey and who still pray for me and for my family, and the loving and caring moms in our congregation who like to "mother me." These are all people who have chosen to give themselves away, investing themselves in my life, sharing a piece of their lives with me. I am so grateful to [...]