Worship Highlights

Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen

March 12, 2023

Worship In-Person and Online

 8:30 AM - with hymns

10:00 AM - with praise songs

Download Bulletins - 8:30 and 10:00


A Live stream of our services is on Facebook and YouTube

Go to facebook.com/stlukesbloomington or youtube.com/stlukesbloomington to view live streaming along with recorded worships.


1 Timothy 6:17-19

Matthew 22:1-14

Spring Ahead

March 12th

Reminder:  Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 AM. Please set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night and check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. See you at church!

Feed My Starving Children

Saturday, March 11, 2023 and

Friday, April 14th

Volunteer Spots are reserved for St. Luke's Lutheran at the Chanhassen Feed My Starving Children site.

If you are willing to join us, please contact Craig Brandt so your name can be added to our roster. Please invite your children and friends to give them an opportunity to help others. The sooner you can make a commitment, the sooner more spaces will be added for volunteers. **Drivers are needed. Please contact Craig if you can pick up other volunteers.

You can also sign up online:

Click here for March 11th at 11:30 AM (4 spots still open)

Click here for Aprli 14th at 7:00 PM

Your hands are essential in the fight against world hunger. Contact Craig Brandt at craigbrandt_9@msn.com, if you would like to volunteer.

Wednesday Lent Worship

Worship In-Person and Online

11:00 AM - Midday Worship (Stay for lunch)

 7:00 PM - Holden Evening Prayer


Psalm 25:16-20 

Matthew 8:28-34

Come early for Wednesday Night Live! Dinner at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Suggested donation $3.00, free for kindergarten or younger, $10.00 for a family of four or more. 

Education for All Ages: Children's Ministry, Confirmation, Adult Education, Preschool/Parent Ministry begins at 6:00 PM.

March 15th - Pizza

March 22nd - Sloppy Joes

March 29th - Pulled pork/corn dogs

Anniversary News

Pastor Richard H. Gerberding, St Luke’s founding and first pastor, wrote 50 years ago:

“I have many happy memories of my associations with these fine people. Several are connected with their cheerful assistance of getting me and my “flivver” out of snowbanks and mud holes in my calls and meetings. I almost got to look forward to such vicissitudes for the fun we had getting out of them. This was my first winter driving a car, and most of the roads then were unpaved and unplowed, much of it was a new experience. But the Oxboro people were good pals in every respect.”

*Block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites, Bloomington for the anniversary weekend, May 19-20 at the special price $130/night. Email Deb Krieg at

dlkrieg10516@gmail.com if interested.

Mark Your Calendars

Visiting Pastors

Pastor Bob Rusert, will be leading worship on Palm Sunday, April 2nd

Pastor Jan Melhoff will be leading worship on Mother’s Day, May 14th

Former member and now a Pastor, Teleen Saunders will lead worship on June 24.


Stewardship Thought

"The only investment I ever made which has paid consistently increasing the dividends is the money I have given to the Lord."  - James L. Kraft

Thank you!

Thank You Margaret Olson! The new red corsages for the Ushers are beautiful. Best way to thank Margaret is to wear one. Join an Usher Team. Contact: Kevin Schulz kcschulz@comcast.net

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Gospel of Matthew Reading Plans – 2023

Weekly Readers: By simple attending worship you will hear a majority of the Gospel. This includes Special Lent Worships.

Daily Readers: Read all 1,071 verses of Matthew. This is done by enjoying all the Worship Readings, plus additional readings Monday – Friday. This started on January 1 and will continue until April 16. Download Full Calendar

Gospel of Matthew Reading for the week

T: Mar. 10 – Matthew 19:1-15

F: Mar. 11 – Matthew 19:16-30

Mar. 12 – Sunday Worship. Matthew 22:1-14

M: Mar. 14 – Matthew 20:17-34

T: Mar. 15 – Matthew 21:18-27

W: Mar. 15 – Wed. Worship. Matthew 8:28-34

Th: Mar. 17 – Matthew 21:28-46

F: Mar. 18 – Matthew 22:15-22


Wednesday Night Study, 6-7 PM in the Great Room. Each week will stand on its own. Come as often as you are able. Contact: Mollee Erickson (molleelynn@gmail.com)

1st & 3rd Tuesday night, 7 PM. at St. Luke’s. Come for a session or the whole series:

March 21 – Jesus the Teacher

April 4 – Jesus the Messiah

April 18 – Follow Jesus Today

Individual Study, Follow the daily reading plan. You choose time and place. There are Serendipity Bibles available in the St. Luke’s Library next to the Great Room. It provides questions and insights to deepen your study. Another alternative is to listen to it online, just 2 minutes a day: https://youtu.be/mgUWg3ZY_C8


office@stlukesbloomington.org  952-881-5801  

rob@stlukesbloomington.org  952-881-5801 ext. 103                                              

Cribbage is Back!

Join us for a one-day cribbage challenge on Sunday, March 26th at 11:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall. 

All levels of players are invited to participate. This is a friendly game where we help one another. Standard cribbage rules will be used. Pairings, and number of matches per game, will be determined once sign-ups close at 10:00 a.m. on March 26th. 

To register, either email: papabear6537@gmail.com in advance, or sign up prior to

10:00 a.m. on March 26th in the fellowship hall.

Mission Quilters Group

Time to start another quilting journey.

Join us from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Beginning in February they will meet the second and fourth Saturday of each month, in the sewing room and the great room.

Saturday, March 11th.

For more information: call Janet Lyson at 952-884-9475 or Diane Anderson for sewing at 952-888-4538.

Property Care

Tuesdays at 9:00 AM

We will be meeting on Tuesday mornings at 9:00. The end time will be flexible. Projects will include going through and cleaning/organizing storage areas, replacing ceiling tiles and paint touch up for a few. All are welcome!

Join the Snow Shoveling Team

"Many hands make light work"

Winter time is snow time. Snow time is shoveling time. Looking for volunteers needed to help keep the sidewalks clean. We are looking for people that could commit to a certain day of the week that they could help if needed (i.e. can you help every Tuesday morning or evening if it snows) or those that could be on call as needed. Contact Marc Dunham to sign up 952-715-2819.

VBS Registration

Join us for an exciting week of VBS June 19th - 22nd from 9:00 AM to Noon for 3 years old through 5th grade. 

Click here to register for VBS.

Click here to sign up to volunteer to help with VBS. 

Altar Flowers

If you would like to order altar flowers for 2023, the cost is $40.00. Please sign up on the Altar Flower board in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact Bette Gamboni at 952-888-8317 or bjgfree2010@gmail.com.

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Prayer Requests

This Week

We continue to hold our family members and friends in prayer. We appreciate any updates you can provide

-Prayers for Jim Peavey for healing from a recent surgery for cancer and for upcoming chemo treatments to go smoothly and successfully.

-Pray of the family of Marty Erickson who died on Saturday, the 4th of long term cancer. -Janet & Roger Lyson

-Continued prayers for my friend, Debbie, who has been placed in a medically induced coma after requiring intubation as a result viral pneumonia and Covid. -Nancy Hudson

Continued prayers:

-Prayers for Ashley & Misha on the death of their grandmother.-Pam Trutnau

-Continue healing for Pamela Trutnau and Mary Kitzmann.

-Friend of Pam Trutnau, Doug Larson, as he goes through his end of life journey.

-Prayers for Bonnie Hollenack for healing and comfort & for Ann Ostby & her baby, along with Marion Paulson going through challenges and losses with dementia.-Pam Trutnau

-Prayers for Jerry Kline who is nearing the end of his life, dealing with Alzheimer's, lymphoma, cardiac & other challenges.-Craig Brandt

-Thanks for card & gift. Things are getting better, but continued prayers are welcome. -Laura Hurd

-Prayers for our family as a dear friend (like a grandpa) is at the end of his life.-Britt Halaas

-Prayers for a quick recovery from a fall on the ice and a car accident. - Carolyn Olsen

-Prayers for Tom Swirtz recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. CAT scan revealed cancer is confined to his pancreas so only Stage 2, Chemo has begun. Chemo has NOT been effective, but will continue while he consults with Mayo Clinic for alternative treatments. - Craig Brandt

-Prayers for Larry Nelson as he recovers from hip replacement surgery.

-Prayers for my brother who is fighting an infection which is keeping him from getting a necessary surgery.-Donna Tabat

-Healing and protection for my daughter who suffered a concussion. -Samuel Howell

-Prayers for the people and rescue crews in Syria and Turkey. Pray that the weather eases and those still needing rescue will be able to survive until they are rescued. Pray the Holy Spirit moves mightily on the people and families suffering from loss, pain and fear bringing peace and repentance.-Nancy Hudson

-Healing prayers for my nephew, Andrew, recovering from surgery.-Judy Ludwigson

-Prayers for my brother, Gary, as he continues with his chemo and immunotherapy.-Judy Ludwigson

-Prayers for my friend Kelly recently diagnosed with cancer. -Becky Olson

-Prayers for comfort and peace for the family of Amy who died suddenly.-Janet Lyson

-Prayers for Gary's cousin, Sherri, who has been recently diagnosed with AML (leukemia).- Gary & Laurie Blanchard

-Continued healing prayers for a family member who is recovering from lung cancer surgery.-Dick & Judy Sandeen

-Pray for my sister-in-law, Candy Johnson. Her cancer has returned.-Helen (Smacky) Schillinger

-Pray for Gloria's son, Mark, and great-grandson, Arthur, both suffering with cancer.- Janet & Roger Lyson

-Prayers for healing and recovery for alcoholics, both those who admit they have a problem and those who don't. -Craig Brandt

-Pray for my friend and co-worker that she will be able to keep her job and for her 19-year-old daughter who is living on the street.- Carolyn Olson

-Prayers for my nephew who feels he is being called to be an Episcopal priest. He is currently serving as a deacon.- Jane Ekerberg

-Continued prayers for Christopher, Judy Ludwigson's nephew who has been deployed for a year.

-Prayers for families with parents who need to transition from independent living to assisted living and memory care - Craig Brandt

-Prayers for care givers who must suffer the vitriol of parents whose memory can't keep up the changes in their lives - Craig Brandt

-Please pray for peace in my personal life, work life and the world. Also, for a personal physical issue and safe travels on the roads and water - Julie Schroeder

-Prayers for my parents to continue positive health and live a long life. - Alfred

-Prayers for the people Liberia who live in such harsh conditions. May God bless their lands, families and communities. - Alfred

-Prayers for my mother, Natsy, may she find healing and wholeness.- David Roudebush

-Prayers for our neighbor and friend, Peggy, who suffered a stroke. - Judy Ludwigson

-Prayers for strength and balance for my son, Michael. - Rita Minsaas

-My back is stable because of the prayers and my exercise regime! - Jane Ekerberg 

-Prayers for continued healing and renewed health for both Tom and me. Tom has a hard time breathing and goes to rehab for that. Ongoing prayers for health and medications that will help me with my pain management. - Jackie Wakely

Ongoing prayers…

-Prayers for people who suffer from mental illness and depression.

-Prayers for the fallen world and for the unbelievers to come to know Christ.

-Prayers for peace in heart, mind and soul for our leaders, our country and the world to come together in kindness, joyfulness, open mindedness and love, especially in Ukraine.

-Prayers for the poor and homeless.

-Prayerfully remember friends and family of those who have committed suicide. Acknowledge the pain that they felt and the pain they have left behind.

-Prayers for grandparents raising their grandchildren. Give them strength and insight to the needs of these children.

-Prayers for those lost, the weak, the arrogant, and all of us sinners to find and follow the wonderful gift we were given through Jesus.

-Prayers for healing for the sick especially those with Covid as the pandemic continues.

-Prayers for our deployed service men and women. 

-Prayers for those incarcerated in jail and prison to heal from past and find new life.

-Prayers for those uncertain in their faith to open their heart to the Lord.

-Prayers of thanksgiving for our wonderful congregation, for families and children to coming to St. Luke's in abundance and may all of the things we do (large and small) make the world a more loving and beautiful place.

To submit a prayer request, please contact the office: 952-881-5801 or office@stlukesbloomington.org.


St. Luke's Lutheran Church

1701 W Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, 55431

952.881.5801 or stlukesbloomington.org

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Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

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