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7 02, 2020

My Small Group, by Jess Martin

2020-02-07T09:42:50-06:00February 7th, 2020|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on My Small Group, by Jess Martin

When I first began attending St. Luke’s after moving to Houston post-grad, I fell in love with the church and community spirit, but struggled to find my own personal connection amongst the many friendly faces. One Sunday, when I heard about the upcoming small group launch, my ears perked up, and I counted down the days until the launch. I was nervous, and had to remind myself that the whole group of women was just as new to the group as I was! Opening yourself up and learning to be vulnerable was tough those first few [...]

17 01, 2020

The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

2020-06-16T09:19:42-05:00January 17th, 2020|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Joy of Running, by Rob Dulaney

Nine years ago Dr. Pace mentioned in a sermon that two long-time St. Luke’s members, Bob Eury and Jack Browder, had run over 30 consecutive Houston marathons. (Jack holds the record for the most consecutive marathons run under 4 hours). At the time I remember thinking that running 26 miles was sheer insanity. I often told people that the only time I would run was if somebody was chasing me. However, inspired by those two men and many other runners, I decided to give running a try. I tried a half-mile at first, then built up to three [...]

13 01, 2020

Thank You for My Church, by Cindy Pierce

2020-01-23T09:39:56-06:00January 13th, 2020|75, All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Thank You for My Church, by Cindy Pierce

This note was given to the Pierces on the 50th anniversary of St. Luke's founding by their grandson Allen Pierce, age 6. In 1945, my mother and father-in-law, Betty R. Pierce (96) and the late George F. Pierce, Jr. were a young married couple in their twenties with a child and one on the way.  George’s uncle, Bishop A. Frank Smith, invited them to the organizational meetings for a “new church in the west of Houston." George said, “He wanted me to be involved in the beginning stages of this new church that he knew was going [...]

7 01, 2020

Memories of St. Luke’s – Jeff Hoover

2020-01-23T09:41:29-06:00January 7th, 2020|75, All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Memories of St. Luke’s – Jeff Hoover

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 [...]

2 01, 2020

The Impact St. Luke’s Has Had On My Life – Joanne Mueller

2020-01-23T13:31:31-06:00January 2nd, 2020|75, All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on The Impact St. Luke’s Has Had On My Life – Joanne Mueller

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 [...]

25 10, 2019

The Joy Class, by Bob DeLong

2019-10-25T10:39:31-05:00October 25th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|1 Comment

About a year ago, a request was made to the Genesis Class for help driving Joy Class members to and from Church. I am a Kids Hope and Houston reVision mentor but was looking for an additional service opportunity. I called the contact, Lisa Gossett, and learned that the Joy Class is a long-time Sunday School Class for special needs adults of the St. Luke’s family. Most of the class has been faithfully attending the 9:45 Traditional Service and then going to Sunday School for many years. Transportation has become a challenge because many of the class members [...]

26 09, 2019

It Started with a Small Group, By Amanda Kirkham

2019-09-26T17:02:00-05:00September 26th, 2019|We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on It Started with a Small Group, By Amanda Kirkham

I am currently a part-time student in my fourth semester (1st year) of seminary at Perkins School of Theology. I chose to answer a quiet calling into seminary with the support of my extended family at St. Luke's. After attending as a visitor to St. Luke's for a few months, I jumped in and signed up for Disciple Bible Study nearly a decade ago. I was introduced to a group of warm, inquisitive, and supportive people open to conversations about the Bible and its context in our lives today. I met many spiritual allies and mentors from this first Bible [...]

13 09, 2019

Why I Joined a Small Group, by Kelly Phelan

2019-09-13T09:26:12-05:00September 13th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Why I Joined a Small Group, by Kelly Phelan

When I was asked to write about my reasons for joining a small group, and what I have gotten out of the experience, I started to think about my journey at St. Luke’s. After an invitation from friends, I began my journey the weekend following Hurricane Harvey. Without that invitation, I would not have recognized how much I wanted to find a community in which my faith would grow and strengthen. I had been attending different churches throughout the Houston area for years, and not finding what I was looking for. I wanted a church community with [...]

6 09, 2019

Spending Time with the Llamas, By Caitlin Reynolds

2019-09-06T09:33:05-05:00September 6th, 2019|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Spending Time with the Llamas, By Caitlin Reynolds

Last year my husband Jamey and I were looking for a way to get involved with St. Luke’s, and we found the Children’s Ministry. We have two small children and thought that teaching Sunday school was the perfect way for our family to serve the church. We had the pleasure of teaching one of the two-year-old Sunday school classes, the Llama class, and enjoyed every minute of it. Jamey and I are happy to share our wonderful memories of the Llama class with our church family. One of our students welcomed her baby sister while she was in [...]

23 08, 2019

Do All The Good You Can, by Cindy Pierce

2019-08-26T10:31:08-05:00August 23rd, 2019|We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Do All The Good You Can, by Cindy Pierce

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” – John Wesley I saw this quote at the LIFT Study group my friend asked me to join. This was the first time I had been regularly at church in almost 11 years. Eleven years ago my husband, who has Parkinson’s, fell twice - both times caused traumatic brain injury. Overnight I went from an active [...]