St. Luke's Happenings
Reflection & News from Your Good Neighbor Church

Confession, Lament & Hope

I have had the privilege of writing many Happenings in the past 2 1/2 years and have truly been grateful for your long-suffering acceptance and support. There have been times when topics came easily, other times not but always somewhere in the week God seemed to reach down to give me a bit of inspiration. It is now 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening and I have just thrown away my latest attempt at writing something edifying, helpful and uplifting. It was not happening and thus my confession... I need a dose of Devine intervention now!

It is truly humbling to be confronted with one’s own feelings of inadequacy at a moment in time when everyone is in need of encouragement. While writing this week I tried unsuccessfully to keep my melancholy away from you, resulting from the painful observation our conflicted world. I watched words slung back and forth, fiercely inflicting pain while attacking another; I attempted denying reality while confronted with lost lives and loved ones who will go into the Holiday Season with overwhelming grief; I tried to repress an awareness of anxious fears that so many have in not knowing where their next house payment or meal will come from; and with darkness and cold upon us and winter looming, where will all the homeless find places of shelter while attempting to stay alive. Admittedly, this is not an edifying paragraph nor frankly is it even well-constructed... it is my hearts lament at this moment, and may be reflective of yours in some small degree. My question is where do I go... where do we go from here?

While writing the paragraph above, it came to mind that I should reread the beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-19 as I have just done. The beatitudes are challenging to unpack but I was reminded once again of my need for humility, to understand from where all my blessings originate and ultimately what truly matters... holding each-other up in the face of monumental challenges.

You may also wish to join me by reading Matthew 25:31-46 which I have personally just reread. This portion of Matthew makes me acutely aware of how I, as one individual, can make a difference. I may feel insignificant but with 2.6 billion Christians on our planet, we collectively can change our world. Jesus said by feeding the Hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the homeless, comforting the imprisoned, and visiting the sick, we are “doing the same to Him.”

The statement I am about to make may seem a bit contrived and lacking in credibility but I truly feel this late-night frustration has given me a tiny window into a roadmap for making my way forward... it’s called hope. While reading these scriptures (and others) I have read and heard many times, I was taken by the simplicity of my task... walk humbly, serve when presented opportunity, be grateful for blessings, and continually be aware that this is not our final stop on the journey. It also helps for me to be reminded, it is far more blessed to give than to receive. How quickly I forget to my own personal loss.

While struggling to write this week, I believe God fulfilled his promise given me in Romans 15:13. “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” May we all “... hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful,” Hebrews 10:23.

God’s hope, love and peace,

Paul Harshner

Sunday Worship Online

Our Sunday Worship Service continues to be available at 8:00am on the Website as well as Facebook and YouTube. Make sure to like and subscribe to receive notifications. We look forward to worshiping with you in spirit!

Spreading Hope in Uncertain Times

The St. Luke’s annual pledge drive is underway. Pledging and giving makes the ministry and outreach of St. Luke’s possible. Watch how St. Luke’s has been spreading hope for our youth when they need it most.

Live Stream Worship & Commitment Sunday Pledge Drive - Nov. 15

Tune November 15 when St. Luke’s live-streams our worship service. It will include live music and messages from Pastors along with videos of how St. Luke’s is serving during uncertain times and how you can support our ministry.
Wednesday Oasis

Our Wednesday evening Oasis worship services continue to be available Wednesdays at 6pm. This unique midweek service includes special reflections from members of the congregation, as well as music and prayer. You can join us on the website, Facebook and Youtube. We hope you are able to join us for more wonderful worship experiences!. 
Welcome and Readings for Sunday Online Services

We have been honored to have so many members of St. Luke’s be a part of our Online Services by doing the Welcome and readings each week. We are in need of more volunteers, and hope you might join in future services. This involves recording the welcome or reading on a phone/tablet and uploading to link on the church website by Wednesday evening.


With the the holiday season staring us down and the the pandemic end nowhere in sight, many of us will be looking more to online shopping over the next coming months. Without adding to your costs, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% from qualified purchase to St. Luke's anytime you make an amazon purchase through the St. Luke's AmazonSmile link.

Easily support St. Luke's with your regular holiday shopping!

We will meet via Zoom for our second Mini Course on Wednesday, Oct 28, Nov 4, and Nov 11. We know this schedule may not work for everyone, there will be a video available each Thursday morning on the Confirmation page of the web and app.

6th Grade: 4:30pm
7th Grade: 5:00pm
8th Grade: 6:30pm
9th Grade: 7:00pm
Altar Flowers

We love to have altar flowers for St. Luke's online worship services. This is a wonderful opportunity to remember a birthday, an anniversary or someone who has died. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. In the comment field, write what the occasion is and this will be included in the credits at the end the worship service you choose. Sign up here. Cost is $25 payable to St. Luke's Church online, by mail or drop off at the church office.
Children Youth and Family Updates

Middle School
There is a virtual youth group held each Wednesday at 7:30pm via Zoom. The link will be available on the Web and App.
High School
Virtual breakfast club meets each Tuesday at 8:00-8:45am. Grab your breakfast and join us via Zoom! The link will be available on the Web and App.
Sunday School
We have a “Sunday School at Home” bag with activities and learning materials for the next 5 weeks. You may pick it up on Wednesday, October 21 between 8:30am and 2:00pm. This rotation will focus on compassion. If you have any questions, contact Jay Kiel.
Wednesday Morning Runs!

*We will continue to meet rain, snow, or shine.*

8:00am- Middle School Youth
9:00am- High School Youth

Please meet in the parking lot at St. Luke’s each Wednesday. This is an opportunity for ALL paces and abilities. The routes will be set up in a way that we will be able to maintain physical distancing and also have sense of togetherness regardless of pace. This is an opportunity to find new ways to connect, this is not a race or a place of comparison. We will begin and end in a moment of prayer and conversation in the parking lot.
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