Book Club 2019
The book club meets monthly. Club members suggest the book for the month and rotate the facilitation of the group discussion. This gathering brings together members and friends with a common passion for reading, and to engage in fellowship.
“One book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many.”
The Spring books have been selected! Join us at 7:30 PM on Zoom.
March 27, Monday: LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY by Bonnie Garmus
April 19, Wednesday: THE STRANGER IN THE LIFEBOAT by Mitch Albom
May 17, Wednesday: BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers
June 21, Wednesday: MASTER, SLAVE, HUSBAND, WIFE by Ilyon Woo
Get the LINK by emailing : [email protected] or [email protected]
All are welcome!
Our Stewardship theme for 2023 is
Be Generous With your Lives!
“If I make you light-bearers…I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there… shine! … be generous with your lives.”
Matthew 5:15-16 (The Message)
Gratitude Brunch 2015
The Stewardship Committee evokes and promotes the expression of Christian faith in daily living in order to teach the Christian use of time, talent and financial resources, to share knowledge of the congregation’s ministries, and to lead our members to higher levels of giving for the Lord’s work.
The Property Committee sees to the proper maintenance and protection of all property of the congregation and takes care that all property is in good order.
Gratitude Brunch 2019
Honoring Cathy, Henry & Rosemarie for their many, many years of dedicated service to St. Luke’s and to our sextons for their devotion to caring for our beloved church for decades. We are so grateful for ALL you do!
In honor of or in memory of
a loved one.
Bricks will be added to our
Meditation Garden soon!
Adult education courses are scheduled throughout the year.
First Communion class, a Confirmation course, and New member welcomes are held as needed.
First Communion 2019
First Communion Celebration 2019
Ways of Love Speaker Series 2019
Caring for People With Dementia
Sunday School is every Sunday at 10:00 AM, following the local school year calendar. Pre-school begins at three years of age and students continue through high school. High school aged students often assist in teaching. In order to accommodate those who are unable to attend in person, weekly lessons, crafts and activities are emailed to all Sunday School families. For more information, contact Dawn at [email protected]
Children 3 years old and older are welcome. We have amazing teachers ready to share the good news with your children.
Sunday School Worship Service
Sunday School Promotions 2019
Christmas Pageant 2018
Christmas Party 2016
The Youth Group is open to young people in grades six through twelve.
The group supports church-based activities, events, and support social ministry activities, and participates in fun activities in the community.
Youth Group Servers at Holiday Boutique Café 2018
Youth collected over $1,900 for Lutheran World Hunger on Souper Bowl Sunday, 2020
Youth Group cooking for HOPE Community Services
Women’s Retreat at Koinonia Lutheran Retreat Center, Highland Falls, NY 2018
The Fellowship Committee plans and implements activities and events in order to strengthen our relationships with others and with God. Events include retreats, family game nights, hymn sings, international dinners, and much more. The Fellowship Committee also supports many events sponsored by other committees.
A Sampling of Events Include:
- Rally Day in September
- Our Annual Church Retreat Weekend at Koinonia, Hyland Lake, NY, every October
- St. Luke’s Annual Holiday Boutique & Spring Sale
- Christmas and Easter Pageants from the Sunday School
- Seasonal All-Parish Dinners
- A Women’s Retreat in the Spring
- …and More!
St. Luke’s 150th Church Anniversary Committee
The 150th Anniversary Committee will worked throughout 2019 in order to plan and implement activities and events to celebrate this milestone of St. Luke’s.
For over 150 years the German immigrant community that gave rise to St. Luke’s diversity today, has been at the heart of New Rochelle in service, care for the poor and the hurting, the hungry, and those in need, which includes all of us. Through ministries of Christian education, stewardship, evangelism, social ministry, worship, music, service and fellowship, we have ministered together.
Through three church buildings we as a people have shepherded together, worshipped together, ministered, consoled and comforted one anther and sand God’s praises and received God’s grace through Water, Word and Holy Communion.
Our year of celebrating 150 years culminates with a Celebration Mass at 10:00 am on October 6, 2019. Our new bishop, Bishop Paul Egensteiner presiding. The mass will be followed by a 150th Anniversary Luncheon Gala at Sergio’s Ristorante, Pelham, NY.
150th Anniversary Celebration Mass
Bishop Paul Egensteiner
The Gala Luncheon
Some of the Gala Committee Members
Pastor Damrow & Bishop Egensteiner
The Damrow’s & Egensteiner’s with Event Chair Dawn McEvoy
Pat, Jessica & Brian, Cheers to 150 years!
Bill & Renee
Oliva having fun celebrating with mom (Lisa) and grandma
A special cake for a special day!
Choir Director, Iryna with Secretary, Carla & her husband
Pastor honoring Carla for 30+ years of service to St. Luke’s
The Altar Guild sets the altar for communion and ensures the care of paraments, vestments, and other liturgical ware.
Worship & Music
The Worship and Music Committee oversees the recruiting and training of ushers, lectors, acolytes, communion assistants, and other servers, and the choirs. The committee assists in the planning of worship services, especially focusing on special services such as the annual Outdoor Worship, Christmas in July, Youth Sunday, Healing services, Forgiveness Sunday and more.
The Senior Choir rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:00AM.
Young people who love to sing are encouraged to speak to the pastor or organist,
as we revision our Youth Choir!
Junior Choir, Nov. 2019
Iryna Arbatska is the Organist and Choir Director at St. Luke’s. She is an accomplished classical pianist. Born in Ukraine, Iryna began playing piano and composing her own music at the age of six. By nine she was winning competitions and at 12 she was giving solo recitals in Greece, Italy, Germany, Australia and Russia. In her early teens she completed a four-state tour in the United States was the soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine on a tour of Austria, and did a recital in Volos, Greece, as part of its International Music Festival. Today, in addition to serving as Organist and Choir Director at St. Luke’s, she teaches piano at two schools and privately, has recorded two CD’s, and gives recitals.
Senior Choir, Christmas Eve 2018
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2018
Social Ministry, Outreach, & Evangelism
St. Luke’s Social Ministry is focused on partnering with HOPE Community Services, which runs a food pantry, soup kitchen, and other services in New Rochelle. HOPE helps low income residents maintain adequate nutrition and sustainability.
The committee also studies social concerns in order to bring information to the members for thoughtful Christian discussion of the facts and issues, as well as ways we can help.
The Evangelism Committee leads the members of the congregation to reach out to others to share the Gospel and introduce them to Christ’s Church.
St. Luke’s is also home to an Alcoholics Anonymous group and a Boy Scout troop.
Christ the King & Harvest Home Sunday Food Collection for HOPE Community Services
Christmas Caroling at The Wartburg Assisted Living, Mount Vernon, NY
A dedicated group of members gather each month to cook for at least 150 people in our community who would otherwise go to bed hungry. Even during a pandemic, the work of this dedicated team of cooks continues.
Members signing Christmas cards for Hope for children and families in detention centers
Walter Ritz, Executive Director of HOPE Community Services, presented to members in a packed Fellowship Hall.
Mr. Ritz discussed HOPE’s current programs, future vision, and current needs. Volunteers are always a great need! All are welcome to lend a hand.
Winter 2020 Activities
Hope for the Holidays – Christmas cards for familiesin detention centers
Thanksgiving Food Drive – drive through event
Winter Coat Drive – drive through event
Christmas Toy Drive – drive through event