The New Year has begun after a great December. The birth of the Christ Child reminding us of our need to continue our efforts to bring the words of his birth and his love to everyone in this rapidly developing secular world and also how else we can serve our Lord. We don’t want to forget Christmas Eve with St. John’s choir members joining our choir. How truly we were blessed. With the New Year it reminds us of our commitment to serve the Lord in any way we can, modestly or generously, it is important.
In Psalm 32:8 God leaves us with these words: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. These are words for all of us. We have many things to be thankful for this past year: the completion of the Youth Outpost, the addition of Faith to work with the youth, the on-going blessing of the committees working diligently on all of their projects, the Leiyoole’s visit, and Pastor Bob’ 20th anniversary. In addition, we are especially blessed with the merger of St. John’s congregation and are looking forward to their time and talents.
We have just finished celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. Hopefully it was a wonderful time for you and everyone. We live in an area of great prosperity, and sometimes it is easy to forget just how fortunate we are. To those that helped putting together the luncheon for Pastor Bob & Amy a very special THANK YOU and also to those who gave to his honorarium. THANK YOU. We are so blesssed to have had their faithful dedication to St. Luke for 20 years.
With Christmas upon us and the birth of Our Savior, who taught us through his love and words to share, II Corinthians 9:7, teaches us: “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver”. This does not only mean monies, but as our young people have shown us through their unselfish example how to give cheerfully by asking for gifts and canned goods for the less fortunate. This was what made November so great. Now in December, they are again showing that love by putting together packages for the homeless. We have amazing young people in this congregation with great leaders in Andy and Faith and the families that help them. To all of them A BIG THANK YOU.
As we near Thanksgiving we have much to be thankful for. We have been blessed with Pastor Bob’s service to this congregation for the past twenty years. A luncheon will be held on November 19 to celebrate this special occasion. Please mark this date on your calendar.
This year we have experienced many disasters. Our Witness team has sent monies to Lutheran Disaster Response for the hurricanes and fire victims. Your prayers and any donations you personally would like to give are still needed. Disasters like these remind us that through tragedy we can become more compassionate and think beyond ourselves to help others. Pastor Bob’s sermon on October 8th helped us to remember what we, as Christians, are able to do. Proverbs 19:1 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done”.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
September was an especially exciting month at St. Luke. We had Rally Day which included, the dedication of the Youth Outpost in Pastor Bob’s name, the combined choirs of St. John and St. Luke singing and worshipping with us, our last summer picnic which raised $400 for Fish, and a bake sale. A big thank you to all those who helped preparing the final barbeque of the year, it was fantastic. We had a wonderful opportunity to visit with our missionaries, the Leiyoole’s, and hear of all the incredible work they are doing in Kenya. Again, we want to thank everyone that helped make the Leiyoole’s’ visit special.