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Centered in Song

On February 3, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s. The Center for Congregational Song presents a workshop. Participants will learn what the Center for Congregational Song has to offer, including their ground-breaking Resource Connection Tool. Other topics will include “breaking through the traditional/contemporary divide,” “Breaking Down The Walls: Congregational Song as Catechesis for Spiritual Seeker,” and a concluding song festival. More information and to register HERE>

Dealing with Fear

At the Adult Forum on January 21, Pastor Elizabeth Palmer will lead a discussion about fear, rooted in three new books: Elaine Tyler May’s Fortress America (a social history of how fear has shaped our culture since World War II), Abigail Marsh’s The Fear Factor (an account of psychological studies that show how fear shapes our interactions with each other on a personal level), and Methodist minister Adam Hamilton’s forthcoming inspirational book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.

Welcome Our Refugees

St. Luke’s expects to receive a refugee family in February 2018. With an additional $5,000 in donations we expect to be able to fully complete the family co-sponsorships. To make your contribution please visit the RefugeeOne site. If you prefer, you may make your contribution on St. Luke’s “Give Online” site.  If you are interested in volunteering to help, to welcome, or to visit; or if you have questions about this outreach effort please contact LaDonna Taylor at stlukesrefugeeone@gmail.com.

A Grace Disguised

Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study. The book for this series is entitled A Grace Disguised: How the Soul Grows through Loss. Beginning Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.  Copies of the book can be found in the atrium.  The cost of the book is $10.00.

Chipotle

Tuesday, January 9th, from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, eat at CHIPOTLE, 119 South Northwest Highway in Park Ridge for supper and mention the St. Luke’s Youth Group.  50% of all dine-in or carry out customer’s orders will go to fund the trip to the National Youth Gathering in Houston.  Average Chipotle fundraisers bring in $1000 for every 200 meals ordered!  Don’t miss this opportunity to buy a tasty, quick supper at Chipotle. Invite your friends, neighbors, or anyone who likes burritos, tacos, taco salad or quesadillas!  Mention the St. Luke’s Youth Group fundraiser to the cashier! Download the flyer HERE>

Yoga for All

Have you heard that yoga can help with stiff joints, arthritis, inflammation, blood pressure, and stress relief? Chair Yoga on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. is designed for those who have difficulty getting up and down from the mat.  Regular Yoga class meets on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Each class is $5.00. Bring a yoga mat and beach towel. Join Dawn Christiansen; you will be glad you did.

Celebrate the Epiphany

epiphanyCome to St. Luke’s on the 12th day of Christmas, Saturday, January 6, which is the day of the Epiphany, to celebrate with a bonfire, carol singing, blessing of the church, hot chocolate and treats. Festivities begin outside at 6:30 p.m., then we’ll move inside for the blessing. We will also share blessings for your own home in the new year. All ages are welcome!

Longest Night

longestnight2Thursday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. A quiet service of candlelight, singing, and prayer as we approach the darkest and longest night of the year, the winter solstice. The soft glow of candles, the lights of the Christmas trees, and the songs of hope and peace will combine to make this service an oasis of hope and comfort. Give yourself the gift of time and reflection.

Decorate the Cookies

Families with young children are invited to gather Saturday, December 16 from 4:00 -7:00 p.m. for cookie decorating, pizza and a Christmas movie. Bring your own cookies and decorating supplies. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Contact Jeff Mohl if you plan to attend so enough pizza can be ordered.

Chilling & Building

b4klogo2December 28, 9:00-12:00 and January 4, 9:00-12:00.  As the snowflakes fall, don’t let your child’s curiosity and creativity freeze up! Ignite their desire to learn with the fun and exciting model plans offered at Bricks 4 Kidz®! With these STEM-based programs taught using LEGO® Bricks, they think it’s fun, you know it’s educational! More Information> Invite your friends! All are Welcome! To Register Online