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Learning

Education

Adult education courses are scheduled several times a year for a series of four to ten weeks depending on the topic and curriculum. One First Communion class is held annually and a Confirmation course is held every other year. New member classes are held as needed.

Come join us for a 6-week small group study that will explore the nature of scripture and the ancient, time-tested practice of lectio divina. We will focus on our daily experience of God and our growing capacity to respond to grace with gratitude, trust, love, and self-offering. Classes begin in November. For more information, and to register, contact the church office at stluke654@aol.com.

First Communion 2019

The 2019 Ways of Love series is led by Diaconate Intern Renee Taylor. The series will culminate  on October 13th with a presentation on Suicide Prevention, led by Gregg Loomis from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFPS). The presentation, titled “Talk Saves Lives” will teach us about the risks and warning signs of suicide.

The Fall 2019 Adult Education Program will begin on November 10th. This six-session course will take you back in time and explain how original audiences understood Jesus’ parables, and how they continue to challenge and provoke us today.

First Communion Celebration 2019

Confirmation 2019

Ways of Love Speaker Series 2019 

Caring for People With Dementia

Stewardship

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.

Our fall 2019 stewardship campaign theme is God’s Work, Our Hands

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:30-32)

Gratitude Brunch 2019

Honoring Cathy, Henry & Rosemarie for their many, many years of dedicated service to St. Luke’s and to our sexton’s for their devotion to caring for our beloved church for decades. We are so grateful for ALL you do!

Sunday School

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 the younger students.

Rally Day is Sept. 8, 2019. Children 3 years old and older are welcome. We have amazing teachers ready to share the good news with your children. After service on Sunday the 8th all children and their families are welcome and encouraged to join us upstairs for a continental brunch. Take some time to speak to our teachers, meet your child’s classmates and make some new friends.

Sunday School Worship Service

Sunday School Promotions 2019

Christmas Pageant 2018

Christmas Party 2016

Youth Group

The Youth Group is open to children 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.

The Youth Group members prepare meals for Hope Community Services twice a year, cooking for about 150 community members in need. They set up for monthly events, and work as servers at the Café at the annual Holiday Boutique and Spring Sale. They also serve as worship leaders during our annual Youth Sunday in January and collect donations for Lutheran World Hunger on SouperBowl Sunday. 

Youth Group Servers at Holiday Boutique Café 2018

Youth collect donations for Lutheran World Hunger on Souper Bowl Sunday, 2019

Youth Group cooking for HOPE Community Services

Book Club

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.”
Martin Luther

Our November book is The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams. The book club will meet on Wednesday, November 20th, at 7:30 P.M. All are welcome to join.

 

On October 23rd the Book Club discussed Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah and had a lively and engaging discussion on the themes of female strength and solidarity during hard times, and the strength of love and the lasting bonds of family.

On November 20th the Book Club will discuss The Unwinding of the Miracle, by Julie Yip-Williams. This is the story of her live, told with humor and bracing honesty, which gives the reader a lasting legacy and one final miracle: an incomparable guide to living vividly by facing hard truths consciously.

Hospitality

Evangelism

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. This committee devotes itself to deepening spiritual life and to periodically studying the congregation in the context of our surrounding community.

Card from a local college student who worshiped at St. Luke’s during the school year

Fellowship

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.

Fall 2019 Events Include:

  • Our Annual Church Retreat Weekend, October 18 -20 – Eddy Farm, Sparrowbush, NY
  • St. Luke’s Annual Holiday Boutique & Rummage Sale, November 2nd
  • Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre’s production of “An American in Paris,” November 3rd

Social Ministry and Outreach

The Social Ministry Committee extends Christian compassion and helpfulness to those in need in our community. This is primarily, but not exclusively accomplished through our relationship with HOPE Community Services. 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.

St. Luke’s is also home to two Alcoholics Anonymous groups 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

Winter 2019 Activities

  • Hope for the Holidays – Christmas cards for children in detention centers – Nov. 10 & 17
  • Buy a Bird, Feed a Family – Thanksgiving Turkey Drive – through Nov. 17th
  • Winter Coat Drive – Through Nov. 17th
  • Christmas Toy Drive – Through Dec. 13th
  • Reverse Advent Calendar – add an item to a box for Hope Community Services collection

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

Worship

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild sets the altar for communion and ensures the care of paraments, vestments, and other liturgical ware.

Easter Sunday

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.

Junior Choir, Nov. 2019

Senior Choir, Christmas Eve 2018

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2018