1 01, 2017

At Every Stopping Place

2017-03-28T14:55:29-05:00January 1st, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Meredith Mohr The words are written on a colorful piece of paper stuck to my bathroom mirror, where I read them every day. “It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.” These are wise words by Elisabeth Elliot—a missionary, a firm but gentle teacher, a true Jesus woman, and after I’ve read and re-read her books, a real friend. With an old year quietly falling in line behind a new year, it’s a habit to drift towards thoughts of [...]

25 12, 2016

God’s Re-Gifted Presence

2017-03-28T14:55:31-05:00December 25th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Laurie Noteboom God is with us – Emmanuel. Last night we celebrated the arrival of Emmanuel, the coming of God to earth in the form of an innocent child. God’s re-gifted presence. A baby who grew into a man who would teach, heal and love our world. God’s re-gifted presence. A promise, spoken by this man, that even after his death on a Friday, he would remain Emmanuel. He would be with us always. God’s re-gifted presence. Obedience to a direction, given to the most loyal disciple, that a church be built so God’s word could spread. [...]

18 12, 2016

The Unfolding of Today’s Christmas Festival

2017-03-28T14:55:34-05:00December 18th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Sid Davis As I sat at the table on my annual January study trip to New York earlier this year, I learned the woman seated next to me was, among other things, an Irish fiddler. The power of that folk music has always moved me, and when combined with sacred text, it becomes even more of a force. Despite today’s festival being 11 months away, that’s all I needed for wheels to turn. What if the opening was centered around the art of fiddling? (How lucky could we be to find that Denise Tarrant, our concertmaster of [...]

11 12, 2016

Joyful Expectation

2017-03-28T14:55:37-05:00December 11th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by Suzi Pitts I’ve spent time behind the line at Kanakuk summer camp waiting to see our son after 26 days at camp. He’d never been away from us for anything close to a month and I am trying to be cool as I wait for the counselors to drop the rope and allow our entrance. How I have been waiting for this moment. We chat distractedly with the other parents, and finally, they drop the rope. We all walk in, then fast walk, and eventually stop caring about being cool and jog towards our kid. The hugs [...]

4 12, 2016

Let There Be Peace on Earth

2017-03-28T14:55:41-05:00December 4th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

 by Dr. Linda Christians When I was in the sixth grade the choir teacher, Mrs. Williams, taught us the song, “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” She said she had chosen this song because we were all God’s children and we had a part in making this world a place of peace and harmony.  Though we were learning other songs for the upcoming concert, it seemed as though she couldn’t get enough of us singing “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” She emphasized that she wanted us to look into the eyes of the audience when we sang, [...]

27 11, 2016

Life With Father

2017-03-28T14:55:46-05:00November 27th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by: Wayne White“Casual agnostics” would be the way I remember my parents growing up. We did not go to church, matters of faith were not important or discussed, so baptism was something that never took place. My search for faith was a strange process. I knew I wanted a connection to God, but did not know the path. So I looked into Judaism, Buddhism, and Catholicism, all the while feeling this pull towards God. I was married in the Catholic Church, attended Mass and raised our daughter in that tradition, but as the pain of divorce and remarriage became [...]

20 11, 2016

Baby David

2017-03-28T14:55:49-05:00November 20th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by: Rev. David Horton  With Advent quickly approaching I am noticing more than usual the babies in our church. Babies and pregnant ladies seem to be around every corner at Gethsemane. New life is in abundance.One of the newborns is named David. I am partial to the name. David’s chubby cheeks are like flotation devices. He is the quietest little baby. He stays in worship with his family and he never utters a peep. He loves to be passed around during worship. During the opening hymn he’ll be with his mom, but during the sermon he’ll be in the arms [...]

13 11, 2016

I’m Sorry

2017-03-28T14:55:50-05:00November 13th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Saying sorry has always been easy for me, too easy in fact. I had no idea how often I threw the words “I’m sorry” around in such an inappropriate way until a beloved family member pointed it out. A few years ago, my great aunt, who truly is GREAT as well as being my grandmother’s much younger, much cooler sister, was visiting my family. She sat at the island in my kitchen watching the craziness of our lives in only the manner she can. After observing for a while, she asked me in her sage way, “Why do [...]

6 11, 2016

All Saints Day 2016

2017-03-28T14:55:55-05:00November 6th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

2016 All Saints We lovingly remember those who went before us, and pray a special blessing over their loved ones on this day of remembrance.   Gwendolyn Garrison Allen Nancy North Bell Jack Rutherford Brennan Selma D. Brown John Milton Buie Allen Edward Cairnes Bette Barcus Carpenter David Frank Chapman Evelyn Houstoun Chew Doreen Clemens James Conroy Davenport Rhetta Duty Davis William Francis Ellerbrock Susan Barrick Garver Patricia Lawson Gow James Henry Herring III Gerald James Heynen Magnus Hjalmarson Dona Gurtler Holland James Nicholas Holland Leonora Winkelmann Hueter Robert F. Hutchings Beulah Rae Markham Jarvis Janet Rothrock Johnson [...]

30 10, 2016

The Joy of Giving

2017-03-28T14:56:00-05:00October 30th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

by: Craig LaFollette I agreed to join the Generosity Committee, because I believe it is an extremely important part of the church. We certainly need our members to support St. Luke’s not only to keep the water and electricity on, but so we can continue to strengthen our ministries and impact the community and world for Christ. For me, generosity, giving and serving, is even more important on a personal level. Don’t get me wrong, though. Paying the bills is very important. However, getting personally involved, experiencing the looks of appreciation and gratitude from the needy and seeing [...]