16 08, 2019

Where I Am Meant to Be, by Samuel Montano

2019-08-16T09:31:14-05:00August 16th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

I grew up in St. Luke’s, but I only knew two people. Eventually, as I got involved in Sunday Sing (Thanks, Jane Long!) and later in Student Ministries and Pure Sound, I began to make more and more friends. These friendships helped me through some rough times. I had started to become resentful toward God and believed He didn't care about me at all. I started to harden my heart toward Him, and then I spoke up about it to my friends. They showed me God truly does love me. They stuck by me and loved me until [...]

19 07, 2019

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, by Ed Smith

2019-07-19T09:40:43-05:00July 19th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, by Ed Smith

April 1963 The ad in Aviation Week indicated a need for experienced engineers at NASA’s newly-minted Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. At this time I was employed by the FAA as an engineering test pilot and engineer in Oklahoma City. With my advanced aerospace engineering degree and experience as a jet-qualified large multi-engine aircraft pilot, I had hoped to be engaged in the new US Supersonic Transport program. However that program was beset upon with both technical and political improbabilities. I had also applied for a research pilot job opening at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland [...]

12 07, 2019

Theatre Kids, by Tina Throckmorton

2019-07-12T10:16:12-05:00July 12th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Theatre Kids, by Tina Throckmorton

St. Luke’s is committed to children, and St. Luke’s is committed to theatre, music and fine arts. When all these elements combine, my heart SINGS.    Our 11:00 congregation this morning will be treated to a selection from “Life of the Party,” our 7th annual Children’s Music Ministries’ summer musical. This 30-minute production was performed on Friday night by a great group of 35 first through fifth graders after only a week of rehearsals. Julie Osterman, Noralyn Carpenter, Megan Kessler and I are very proud of them! It has been my immense privilege to be involved in many [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

12 04, 2019

Small Acts of Great Love, by Rachel Fisher

2019-04-12T09:50:52-05:00April 12th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Small Acts of Great Love, by Rachel Fisher

A recent study from The Society for Human Resource Management found that "94 percent of millennials want to use their skills to benefit a cause” and “57 percent wish that there were more company-wide service days.” As someone of that generation, I can attest that the pressure to “make a difference” is tremendous. We all want to do great things that create a better world. Unfortunately, I do not have superpowers. Nor do I have Bill and Melinda Gates’ bank account. But what I do have...are doughnuts. In St. Luke’s 40 Daily Acts of Grace and Mercy: A [...]

29 03, 2019

Bible Buddies, by Sydney Collie and Madeline Beem

2019-03-29T09:28:42-05:00March 29th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Bible Buddies, by Sydney Collie and Madeline Beem

Madeline and I both joined the St. Luke’s staff family in the summer of 2018. It is the first time both of us have worked on a church staff. We confess that we thought the need for daily time with Jesus would be less than before, but we were wrong! When Pastor Katie suggested to all of the St. Luke’s staff that we pick a Bible buddy for the Lenten season, Maddie and I decided to get together once a week to study the Word. We have experienced life-change already. One of the things we have discussed is [...]

22 03, 2019

Sheila’s Story, by Pat Witherspoon-Hall

2019-03-22T09:10:01-05:00March 22nd, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Sheila’s Story, by Pat Witherspoon-Hall

“Sheila” found Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) in early 2019 through a local church, where she had initially turned for help in her time of need. The hard-working 34-year-old mother of two children—ages 10 and 1—had recently moved to Houston from another state to flee domestic abuse. Sheila was working as a healthcare assistant but had no local support system to rely upon. In recent weeks, her homeless family had been living in their car. The church and CCSC worked together to help stabilize Sheila’s family and find safe housing. On a few occasions in the subsequent weeks, [...]