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Hymn Festival

Everyone is invited to the hymn festival, The Church’s Song Always in Reformation, on Monday, July 31 at  7:00 p.m. with guest musicians, David Cherwien and Mark Sedio, Organists.  One of the great accomplishments of the Reformation was to put the song of the Gospel as well as liturgical music back in the mouths of the people.  Join area church musicians in this culminating event of this summer’s Augsburg Fortress Music Clinic.


Pet Blessing Sunday

Bring your pet for a Pet Blessing on Sunday, July 9, after the 9:00 a.m. service.  All friendly pets are welcome on a leash or in a carrier, or you can bring a picture of your pet to be blessed. Pets that have passed away may also be remembered. In case of rain, the service will take place inside. Contact Melinda with questions.

For Families in July

Families are invited to come to one or all of the events planned for parents and children in June & July:  Sunday, June 25 – Walkabout at the 9:00 am service; Sunday, June 25 – Young Families – 12:00-3:30 – Picnic and Family Concert at Prospect Park, Park Ridge;  Monday, July 3 – St. Luke’s families and friends gather for BYO picnic and Fireworks at Maine East H.S. Fireworks begin at dusk. Sunday, July 9 – Walkabout at the 9:00 am service; Sunday, July 9 – Pet Blessing at 10:15 am, after worship, on the Prospect Ave. lawn; Thursday, July 20 – Informal worship service at 7:00 pm

Super Hero Camp

b4klogo2June 26-30, from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Join Bricks 4 Kidz for a week of building Super Heroes with LEGO Bricks. Explore all the cape crusaders and discover their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO bricks. At the end of the week, all SUPER HERO CAMPERS will go home with a custom mini figure! Please pack your camper a lunch and a nut free snack. All are Welcome! To Register Online

Reformation Music Sunday

For centuries Lutherans have been known as “the singing church.” Music, especially hymn singing, is an essential, vital element in our worship services. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we are thankful for the gifts of hymn writers such as Martin Luther, Philipp Nicolai, Paul Gerhardt, and others. On June 25 at 10:15 Come and explore some of these important hymns of the Reformation, led by Director of Music Anne Krentz Organ

Worship on Thursday

Informal Thursday Summer Worship Service – July 20 at 7:00 p.m. This informal service will feature guitar, piano and various instruments and will offer Holy Communion. The texts will be the same as the upcoming Sunday. Refreshments will be served afterward in the Atrium. All ages welcome. Hope to see you there!  Other Thursday worship opportunities to follow in July and August.

Help Feed Chicago

Join your friends to visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository on Saturday, June 24. Adults and youth age 14 and older will meet at St. Luke’s at 7:15 a.m. to carpool to the site in Chicago, returning around 12:30 p.m. We may be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities. Together we can help properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. Sign up on the bulletin board. For more information contact Dee Dee Kohlndorfer.

For Kids in June

Families are invited to come to one or all of the events planned for parents and children in June:
May 29 – Young families –10 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. at Cumberland Park to watch the Memorial Day parade and enjoy some outdoor fun. Bring outdoor toys and picnic lunch.
June 10 – Family Bike Ride – 1:00 p.m.– ?? Miami Woods in Morton Grove to walk or bike north on the North Branch Trail, as far as you wish. Bring water and snacks.
June 11 and 25 Walkabout for kids at 9:00 a.m. service
June 15 – 7:00 p.m. – Informal Thursday evening worship service
June 25
– Young Families – 12:00-3:30 p.m. – Picnic and Family Concert at Prospect Park, Park Ridge

Raise a Butterfly!

You can raise a butterfly! Free caterpillar kits are available for you, containing everything that you will need to raise your hungry caterpillar until it changes into a monarch butterfly. Your caterpillar takes 2-3 weeks to make the transformation and prepare for its journey of over 1,000 miles to its winter home in Mexico. Contact Iris Henderson  or 847-823-1828 to reserve your butterfly kit, or see Iris at St. Luke’s on Sundays (often in the nursery). Follow the Monarch migration HERE>

Summer Schedule

Get ready for Summer Sunday Worship – one service at 9:00 a.m. – Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend – Alternative Worship Experiences on several Thursday Nights during the summer. As summer approaches, many of the St. Luke’s family will have the opportunity for travel. Wherever you may be on a Sunday, there is a congregation that wants to welcome you to join them in worship.

Mens Clothing

The Open Arms Ministry in Logan Square is collecting men’s clothing (coats, shirts, sweaters, pants, shoes and socks in good condition) for their May clothing drive. It’s spring now and time to purge your closets! Bring your donations to St. Luke’s. Put the items in the labeled boxes in the Atrium before May 28.  The Social Ministry members will deliver the clothing on that day. Call Ken Schoy at 847-823-3957 for more details.

Life of the Beloved

The Spring Session of Wednesday Evening Bible Study begins on April 26 at 7 PM. Over four weeks, the book, Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen will be discussed. Please sign up in the Atrium and take home a book. The $10 book fee will be collected at the first meeting. All are welcome!