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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Ways of Love Speaker Series 2019
Caring for People With Dementia
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 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
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 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.”
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.
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
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
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. The Youth Choir rehearses Sunday’s after worship at 11:30AM. Come audition for our Christmas choir and share the joy of singing together. Christmas choir rehearses Sunday mornings at 9:00AM and Wednesday evenings in Advent at 8:00PM.
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