30 06, 2017

VBS Part 2: Reaching Out with Shoes that Grow

2017-06-30T08:53:03-05:00June 30th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

With child-like faith and a natural compassion, VBS goers saw a need, understood how to meet it, and did something. Some even set up lemonade stands to raise money for other kids’ shoes – kids they will never meet. Through their generosity, the kids raised $7,665 that helped purchase 511 pairs of shoes.  While I could fill a BIG book with all the ways I heard, saw and experienced our children, teens and adult leaders growing in God’s super hero powers throughout our VBS week, there was a poignant experience I wish to share. At the end of [...]

23 06, 2017

VBS Part 1: Hero Central = God-Centered

2017-06-23T09:16:50-05:00June 23rd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

What do you get when you add 204 teen volunteers, 50 adult volunteers, 600 campers and 2 crazy New Zealanders? VBS 2017! St. Luke’s became Hero Central, and friendly welcomers ushered each new and returning family to our first campus-wide VBS including the new Johnson Building. We launched right in with spirited singing at the first big group time with The Lads in Fellowship Hall. Teen helpers from Westheimer and Gethsemane served each day and increased the “cool factor” as they assisted in all activities. The VBS teachers raved about the teen helpers: “We LOVE our teen helpers! [...]

22 06, 2017

A Complete Community

2017-06-22T09:52:11-05:00June 22nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

St. Luke’s Gethsemane is nestled in the midst of the Gulfton community that has been selected as one of the Mayor’s “Complete Communities.” This neighborhood, with its first generation immigrants and refugees, is considered to be one of the most diverse in the city of Houston. The Mayor’s "Complete Communities" is a pilot program designed to revitalize under-resourced areas while allowing residents to stay in their neighborhoods. This is exciting news and something that has been needed for a very long time. The initiative will work towards creating “complete” communities: neighborhoods that are safe, affordable, and healthy; have [...]

16 06, 2017

Dear Caroline

2017-06-16T09:11:16-05:00June 16th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Dear Caroline, Today you’re the size of a small pumpkin, like the ones you, your mom, and I will paint funny faces on and put on the doorstep the day before Halloween. We’ll have a good time, the four of us. Yes, I’m counting the cat. Today is also Father’s Day. I guess this is my first Father’s Day as a father. You should know I have mixed feelings about this, because it means your arrival is coming within the month, and I’m not ready. Sure, we have all the gadgets and carriers to bring you home, and your [...]

15 06, 2017

Six Different Angles

2017-06-15T09:16:25-05:00June 15th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Children’s Ministries' purpose is to build a spiritual foundation in each child that will last a lifetime. The two most important components of the Sunday School hour are building faith-filled relationships with the children and sharing the Bible story. The Children’s Ministry team writes our own curriculum and uses a variety of activities to bring clarity to the scripture and strengthen its impact on children's lives. ••• "My hope and prayer is that this will be a place that they will remember fondly as they grow older. I know that I will." – Jill Young, 5th grade Sunday [...]

9 06, 2017

In for Testing

2017-06-09T10:35:34-05:00June 9th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

It’s never easy to hear, “We are going to need to do a biopsy of that lesion on your spine,” but it happened to me. Alarm bells rang in my head as I tried to stay positive having been told that the doctors were only “ruling out” the scary diagnoses. Instructions to report to the oncology wing of the hospital only reinforced the fear that had engulfed me. While I knew that God was with me, my husband beside me, and mom on the way from Houston, the trembles of anxiety were real. When she arrived the day [...]

6 06, 2017

What will they take with them?

2017-06-06T16:45:35-05:00June 6th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

A few Sundays ago, St. Luke's confirmed 70 students. It has been amazing to journey with these young people and their families over the past three years. But what is next for them? In four short years these students will graduate and likely leave St. Luke's.  The question for us is "what will they take with them?" Our hope is for them to leave with a rich love for Christ and an eagerness to serve. Wherever they live in five years, we want them to be prepared to plug into a new community of faith. So how do [...]

2 06, 2017

Burning and Yearning: The Pentecost Through the Cross and Flame

2017-06-02T10:13:26-05:00June 2nd, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Here’s a familiar symbol: the Cross and Flame emblem, a powerful reminder of who and Whose we are as United Methodists. The history and significance of the Cross and Flame emblem are as rich and diverse as The United Methodist Church. The insignia’s birth quickly followed the union of two denominations in 1968: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church. It is rich in meaning and relates The United Methodist church to God through Christ (the cross) and the Holy Spirit (the flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the [...]

26 05, 2017

Where Two or Three are Gathered

2017-05-26T09:45:17-05:00May 26th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

Eclectic lights burn bright over colorful chairs in a lawn that was once empty. There is laughter and conversation. A mid-century church parlor is transformed with the smells of coffee and fresh pastries as people sit at new laptops and sound out unfamiliar words. Across the room, a couple of students are studying for the GED. In these spaces, community is happening and hope is alive. The Gethsemane campus has taken two existing spaces and transformed them into new gathering areas for young adults in the Sharpstown and Gulfton neighborhoods. Amy Kelley, Gethsemane’s Director of Family Ministries, said [...]

26 05, 2017

Breaking the Chains of Guilt

2017-05-26T08:52:18-05:00May 26th, 2017|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|0 Comments

The Bible I received in my early adolescence sits on my desk. I often use it as a point of reference when I need to quickly look up a verse or two. Recently, I opened it up to Romans for some extra context for my daily devotional, but instead of a closer look into Paul’s letter I got a look into the Christian I was between the ages of 12 and 18. Reading the notes I wrote and the verses I highlighted years ago was much like going through an old photo album and finding your most awkward [...]