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Rally Day

Don’t miss St. Luke’s Sunday School Opening Day, September 10 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in Henderson Hall for children age 3 through 6th grade. (Adults are also welcome!)  Register for Sunday School now! If you have any questions about the Sunday School program or if you would like to help in any way, please contact Melinda Hoiland.This year’s Sunday School theme is “Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly with Your God.”  Micah 6:8 

Lutheran Catholic Service

September 17 at 2:30 p.m. Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 at Mary Seat of Wisdom Roman Catholic Church, 920 Granville Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068 Presiders:  Bishop Wayne Miller and Bishop Frank Kane, Pastor Richard Johnson and Father Jerry Gunderson Readers and Musicians from both churches will participate in the service.  500 years of god’s Grace in Action!

Piano & Clarinet

All are invited to a recital of clarinet and piano music given by Anthony Dare and Ethan Mellema at St. Luke’s on Thursday, August 17th at 7:30PM. The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and there will be a reception following the recital in the Atrium. The recital will feature the music of Darius Milhaud, Malcolm Arnold, Béla Kovács, Dmitri Shostakovich, Felix Mendelssohn and Felix Draeseke. For more info contact  Ethan Mellema   (847) 602-4079

Open House

Sunday School Open House. Sunday August 27 at 10:15 a.m. Families, children, ages 3 years and up, teachers, newcomers and old friends; anyone who wants to come – all are invited to come learn more about the Sunday School program, meet teachers and check out the classrooms. Treats will be served.  Register for Sunday School and Choir programs now. Download the registration form and return it to Melinda or the church office.  Rally Day is September 10!

Deeply Woven Roots

Wednesday Adult Bible Study resumes September 20, at 7:00 p.m. This is team taught by Bob Douglass and Pastor Johnson, using the book Deeply Woven Roots: Creating a Positive Church Culture by Gary Gunderson.  As governmental involvement in alleviating social problems wanes, Gunderson argues, congregations are uniquely positioned to “feed the roots” that build and sustain community life. Their commitment can make the difference in addressing such problems as violence, substance abuse, housing, nutrition, and public health. His book shows why congregations matter, how religious commitment helps people transcend the individualism of today’s world,

1 Sunday 3 Hours

Just 1 [Sunday] and 3 [Hours] and DONE! If each of us volunteers for just one evening at Sunday Night Suppers, we would be staffed for the entire 9-month program! There are multiple opportunities to serve your community, with no preparation needed – just 3 hours – from 4 to 7 p.m. on a Sunday. You will be trained on the spot, meet some fun people, serve those who are hungry, and at 7:00 p.m. you are done! We need you in order to continue this vital ministry at St. Luke’s. Sign up online! 


Bat League

Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Camp returns August 7-11, 9:00 a.m. to Noon at St. Luke’s. It is not too late to register your school age child (KG through 4th grade). Call Katie Macios, 847-440-6365 today. Bat League: Heroes and Villians meets daily Monday through Friday, Click To Register>


Back to School

On Sunday, August 20, during the Children’s Message, we will bless all teachers, students and backpacks as the new school year begins. Children can bring backpacks, and any students, teachers, administrators and staff, whether in Sunday School, private or public school, will receive a blessing for the new year. There will also be a Walkabout for the children during worship.

Chair Yoga

Yoga can help with stiff joints, arthritis, inflammation, blood pressure, and stress relief? Chair yoga is designed for those who have difficulty getting up and down from the mat. Postures used in regular yoga class will be modified using a chair as a prop. Please join Dawn Christiansen on Thursdays from 11:00 -12:00 p.m., beginning September 7.  Each class is $5.00.

Yoga on the Lawn

Join us on August 12 as we start the day together greeting it with sunshine and sun salutations. Hopefully we will have another beautiful, sunny day. In case of rain, we will move to the gym. Join Dawn on August 12 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and bring your yoga mat, a beach towel and $5. Let’s have some more fun and laughter! See you on the mat!  Chair Yoga is coming in September!

Celtic Worship

Come on Thursday evening, August 3, at 7:00 p.m. for an informal worship service featuring the Academy of Irish Music Ensemble leading the music of the service. You won’t want to miss the upbeat and also very contemplative music they will share. Featured musicians are: Kiera Byrne – fiddle; Nicholas Peresin – tin whistle; Rich Chiuppi – flute; and Eric Hollander – viola. There will be Holy Communion, and the lessons will be the same as the upcoming Sunday. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served after the service in the Atrium

Family Picnic


Families with young children are invited to join other families with young children on Sunday, August 13, after church (10:15-1:00) for a picnic and playtime at the Prospect Park Splash Pad. Please contact Tricia Mohl, if you’re interested in coming.