Sts. Luke & James Lent Quiet Day: March 13
Save Saturday, March 13th for guided prayer and quiet, as well as reflection with your fellow parishioners. Come in and out during the day, joining us when you can, beginning at 10:00 am. A brief liturgy, music, reflection and meditation in the morning, will be followed by a mid-afternoon check-in, and end at 7:00 pm. A detailed agenda for the day will be in the next Epistle.
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As our Vestry works to finalize the 2021 budget, they need an accurate accounting of our expected revenue for the year. If you haven't completed a donation commitment form for this year, please do so now.
Re-Opening Talks Continue
At its meeting on Tuesday (February 23) your Staff talked at length about re-opening our church building for ministry. They took into consideration the facts that pandemic authorities are telling us that another wave of infections is likely on its way. As the staff weighs all of the appropriate information it is best that we continue to worship and meet online. But be assured that the discussion continues on a frequent and regular basis. And: if you can get a vaccine, take it!
Youth Formation Team Update
The Youth Formation Team met for the first time in 2021, with a Zoom meeting on February 6, 2021. Our focus was planning for family and youth ministry from Ash Wednesday to Easter. We decided to follow-up the Christmas season faith and activity bags with new bags for the Lent. Members of the team will be preparing materials, including Bible connections, art, music, movement, Godly Play and cooking activities for families to engage in for faith formation through the season. These bags will be delivered to 30 families from our congregation before Ash Wednesday. We enjoyed hearing each other’s stories of resurrection, and planning for children and youth from our varied talents and interests. Team Members: Sheila Foster, Liz Athorn, Fr. Larry Bussey, Rosemary Caspar, Danielle McCoy, Mary McKelvey, Rich Oswald, Louise Robinson, Karin Spencer.
During the current health emergency it will be especially important to be able to keep up on changes to activity times here at Sts. Luke & James. Please join our email list now!
(above) Our partners in Bonne Nouvelle, Haiti, send their Christmas greetings.
St. Luke's & St. James Have Consolidated!
On Sunday, June 7, 2020 the people of St. James on the Parkway and St. Luke's Episcopal voted to consolidate their congregations at 4557 Colfax Ave S in the current location of St. Luke's. You can read the full consolidation document here. We began worshiping together in July. Please join us for something new!
New Phone Number
We've had a lot of problems with our phone system. It badly needs an upgrade. We have a new phone number for a while. The number in the footer of our website, 612-524-9180, is the one you should be using until further notice. By the way, this is a mobile number so you can text us too.
We understand the importance of continuing to provide pastoral care and healing prayers for any in our community who are in need. If you have any pastoral needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rev Larry Bussey at 612-309-8896, or to Rev Morris Goodwin, or to Rev Gretchen Pickeral, email@example.com, 612-961-1154. We’ll be there for you.
Sunday Worship Available Online
We are continuing online worship at this time. At 9:30AM on Sunday mornings we will gather in a Zoom meeting to greet each other before the worship service (the Zoom link is available from our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by joining our email list). At 10AM our worship service begins on YouTube and is available here. Then, at approximately 10:45AM we will return to Zoom for announcements and coffee hour.
Adult Learning Hour (Adult Forum)
We continue with the Episcopal church's seven-part Way of Love series. More than a program or a curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It's a commitment to follow Jesus: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest. Today's focus is on learning: reflect on Scriptures each day, especially on Jesus’ life and teachings. A brief film clip will be followed by break-out sessions with discussion questions. Adult Forum (Zoom) is at 11:15 each Sunday morning, immediately after YouTube worship and virtual announcements and coffee. Forum ends at noon.
Compline (Evening Prayers): 7PM Daily
During our time of separation, several of us have wanted to pray together "face-to-face" in the service of Daily Compline from the Book of Common Prayer. We are meeting on-line at 7PM each night here:
All are welcome to participate in this service (you do NOT need to be a member of our congregation) from your phone, tablet, or computer. You will be given the opportunity to join with audio & video, audio only, or just observe. It's helpful to have the Compline service open in your Book of Common Prayer, or to view the service text on your computer.
Late-Night Connection Group: Wednesdays at 9:00 PM
Wednesday Late night, 9:00 PM mid-week conversation, support, and prayer group. What keeps you up at night? A once a week opportunity to process your week in conversation and prayer in order to make it to our Sunday moment. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 934 5082 5748
Photo: We're meeting together online every week and more!
Each month we publish a newsletter that will help you get to know us, our people, our passions, and our opportunities for engagement. Please take a look at one of our recent editions.
We will occasionally post written copies of weekly sermons here, less often when our worship is available online.
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During our separation we continue to maintain our building and to pay our staff. If your practice has been to make donations to Sts. Luke & James via the offering plate on Sundays, we urge you to consider making your donations online. Many of our parishioners have found it easiest to set up electronic funds transfers (EFT) by contacting our office. However, we welcome donations via credit card as well. Just use the button below to donate now.
We began as an Episcopal church school over 100 years ago, several years before we became a worshiping parish. Children and youth have been a major priority for us ever since. At Sts. Luke & James, our children feel welcome as important members of the parish. They connect with the Bible stories each Sunday through active lessons, as well as participate in worship. We are a home where young people can feel safe to ask the big questions and experience wonder and joy in God’s Creation and at church.
We recently surveyed our congregation, and “Children” made the Top 4 gifts list of our community. What sets us apart is that our kids interact with everyone. During services, events or coffee hours, you will often see Sts. Luke & James' kids cheerfully helping out, and that our young people are engaged with caring “uncles, aunts, and grandparents” in this community of Christ.
Children are welcome at the table during Communion.
Loving child care is provided—birth up to age five—when families want it, and they are welcome to stay in the service. When children fidget and make noise, parents may also get distracted. However, the rest of us are smiling, knowing that children are vitally present in our community.
Sunday school lessons are based on Gospel readings that are read in the service, and families are given tools to continue to share the readings during the rest of the week.
Children—age three to ten—experience “Godly Play.” In each session, the children first get their bodies ready, then enter into the Bible story, then are given time to wonder, move and respond to the story.
We can’t guarantee that it will be easy to wake your young people up on Sundays, but we can say confidently that they will feel welcome and won’t regret having walked through the door.
Youth in middle school and high school are given leadership opportunities. They can teach lessons with adult mentors. Like all of us, when youth teach other kids, they learn it more deeply themselves. They can also help direct the pageants, serve as lectors and acolytes, sing with the choir, play instruments, direct outreach projects, plan mission trips, take photographs for communications, lead as day camp counselors, and serve on the vestry.
When meeting as a youth group, teens explore what it means to be Christian (Episcopalian in particular) in our world of many faiths and lack of faith. Activities and discussions with respectful listening give our young adults more experience, peers, mentors and tools to reach with faith beyond St. Luke’s. How does our Christian identity play out in our decisions in the real world?
Young adults who choose to become confirmed in the Episcopal Church participate in a series of classes to give them the knowledge to make a more informed decision. We encourage this at or after age 16.
Most importantly, youth at Sts. Luke & James know that they will always have a church family with caring, supportive people to whom they can turn as they take the next steps through life; that the door is always open to them, even after graduation.
Adult Faith Formation
We provide Christian education for adults as well as children. We offer reading groups, seminars, workshops and other opportunities throughout the year. Learn more about church history, about the presence of God in our lives today and in the future, and how we all grow in our faith journey, though they may be very different from each other.
After Sunday Worship
We offer a lively discussion group each Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. service. This group discusses topics related to theology, spiritual practices or the history of religion among other topics. The members of the Sunday group select the themes to be explored.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Education for Ministry or EfM, is a theological education program for lay adults. This course of study was developed by the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The participants study the Bible, church history and theology, while learning to engage in theological reflection. Although the course consists of four years, participants commit to only one year at a time.
Our EfM groups meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. from September through May. New members are accepted into the group each September.
Community of Hope
The Community of Hope is a 15-week class, offered by Sts. Luke & Jame and St. John’s – Linden Hills, whose goal is to broaden participants’ understanding of pastoral ministry and to cultivate a culture of pastoral care within congregations. The class runs from September through early January.