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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.

Coming in Fall, 2021 Adult Education Program is Sacred Pathways – Nine Ways to Connect With God. Further details to follow in early Fall.

First Communion 2019

The Ways of Love series is led by Deacon Renee Taylor will resume when it is safe to gather again.

 

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.

BUY A BRICK

In honor of or in memory of

a loved one.

Bricks will be added to our

Meditation Garden in 

Summer, 2020

Meditation

Garden

Our Stewardship theme for 2020-2021 is Generosity – Journey with Jesus
Matthew 6:25-33 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Jesus comes to us in the midst of our fears and announces— “Do not worry! God has provided for all of
your needs!” What does it mean for us to live in relationship with Jesus? How might our daily
discipleship help us to live more simply, trusting in God’s abundance?

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

Currently, Sunday School is a virtual program, in order to keep our children and our teachers safe. Weekly lessons, crafts and activities are emailed to all Sunday School families. For more information, contact Dawn at mmcevoy33@aol.com.

Typically, 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.

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

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 collected over $1,900 for Lutheran World Hunger on Souper Bowl Sunday, 2020

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. To join email stluke654@aol.com.

“One book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many.”
Martin Luther

The spring books have been selected! Join us at 7:30 PM on Zoom. 

All are welcome!

 

Summer, 2021 – The Book club is reading Laurie Frankel’s This Is How It Always Is, a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

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 2021 Events Include:

  • Rally Day! September 12
  • Our Annual Church Retreat Weekend, Koinonia, Hyland Lake, NY – October 15-17
  • St. Luke’s Annual Holiday Boutique & Rummage Sale will be returning this year! Stay tuned for the date.

Social Ministry and Outreach

The Social Ministry Committee extends Christian compassion and helpfulness to those in need in our community. 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. For more information about HOPE Community Services, visit their website.  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

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

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

Christmas Eve

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