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2 10, 2016

Without Ceasing

2017-03-28T14:56:11-05:00October 2nd, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Without Ceasing

“Hey Ms Susie! I’m sorry for letting you down. Honestly…” I stared at the Facebook message again in disbelief and pure hope that it was Juan. It had been over a year since I had heard from him and I feared he was either locked up again, or worse, had been killed. “Is this Juan?” I wrote back. “I have been praying for you!!” “Yes, this is me… I’m still free… had a few bumps in the road… but I’m still behaving. I’m so sorry.” After a year in the Juvenile Detention Center and nine subsequent months in the [...]

11 09, 2016

Why I Hang Out (sort of) With the Kids

2017-03-28T14:56:21-05:00September 11th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Why I Hang Out (sort of) With the Kids

by Bruce Jameson A few years ago I decided to focus my efforts at St. Lukes on Student Ministries. I didn’t really have a plan, so I thought it’d be best to sit in the back of the room, listen, and watch until I figured out where my place would be. It turns out that sitting in the back of the room, listening and watching (along with going on mission trips) was the best place for me all along. Any good I can do comes from there. Now I’m an Adult Leader, a title I am proud to [...]

28 08, 2016

Finding a Beautiful Group

2017-03-28T14:56:27-05:00August 28th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on Finding a Beautiful Group

By Victoria Klinker About four years ago, my father Paul Gatlin was diagnosed with a brain disease called Frontal Temporal Degeneration. The lives of everyone in our family were drastically changed, but the bond of our family has only become stronger. Three years ago, my husband Matt and I were searching to find the perfect church family for our future together. Matt was raised Roman Catholic and I was a very active member of the UCC church. Together, we found St. Luke’s, and I also quickly found the United Methodist Women (UMW.) I established an instant bond with [...]

17 07, 2016

Look Around You: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for July 17, 2016

2017-03-28T14:56:49-05:00July 17th, 2016|All blogs, Inside-Out with Dr. Tom Pace|Comments Off on Look Around You: Inside-Out Habits with Dr. Tom Pace for July 17, 2016

We pray. We study the Bible. We make friends. We tell our stories. We give ourselves away in generosity and service. A PERSONAL PRAYER God of all that is wonderful and good and lovely and true, God who shows up in the midst of all of our darkness and pain, I walked through the rain forest last week with a guide who showed me a million wonderful things I would have missed on my own. I would have missed the marvelous leafcutter ants, who carry their tiny leaf cuttings into an ant colony underground, a village which [...]

24 01, 2016

We Make Friends!

2017-03-28T14:58:03-05:00January 24th, 2016|All blogs, We Tell Our Stories|Comments Off on We Make Friends!

When Deanna Wilson retired at 55, she and her husband Dick considered participating in Mainstreamers programs but thought they might be too young. Yet they kept seeing the St Luke’s bus at fun restaurants and reconsidered. “These people were so much older, and we didn’t really belong there, but we want to go to fun restaurants on the bus too!” And so began 21 years of fun with the senior adult program at St. Luke’s. They were indeed some of the youngest people onboard the bus, but sort of loved that! Mainstreamers programs provided them with excellent speakers and [...]