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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.

Join us for a new adult study, just in time for Lent & Easter. “WHO is This MAN? The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable JESUS” On the eve of his crucifixion it seemed like Jesus’ influence on the world had ended. On the contrary, it had just begun. In this five-session video-based study, it is revealed how Jesus and Christianity came to make an inescapable influence on our world, and how you as a Christian can make an inescapable influence too. Classes begin at 11:15 AM on 2/16, 2/23, 3/15, 3/29, and 4/5. For more information, and to register, contact the church office at stluke654@aol.com.

First Communion 2019

The Ways of Love series is led by Diaconate Intern Renee Taylor. The 2020 series will begin on March 1st with a presentation on Alcoholism.

 

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 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 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.

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

The winter/spring books have been selected! Join us at 7:30 P.M. in the kitchen at St. Luke’s. 

All are welcome!

 

Wednesday, February 12

On Becoming Michelle

by Michelle Obama

Thursday, March 19

American Dirt

by Jeanine Cummins

Wednesday, April 22

Being Mortal

by Atul Gwande

Wednesday, May 20

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah

Wednesday, June 17

A Woman Is No Man

by Etaf Rum

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. 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

St. Luke’s has designated Sunday, March 22, 2020 as Migrant and Refugee Sunday. Look for the World Map in the Narthex, where we will be identifying all the different countries that St. Luke’s families have come from over the years. Where did your ancestors originate or were you an immigrant like me?

Join us in the Fellowship Hall at 11:15 AM to listen to Amy Robertson (pictured on right) from Hearts and Homes for Refugees. She will speak about the organization’s work in the Lower Hudson valley and her experiences living in Honduras and Lebanon which reinforced her commitment to help those feeling violence and persecution.

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 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
  • Hunger and Homelessness – January 26 at 11.15 am. A presentation by Walter Ritz, Executive Director of Hope Community Services in New Rochelle. All are welcome.

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.

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