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”.

Anyone going up to the choir loft should note, beside great lighting, there is now a metal strip on the bottom step to make your descent safer. The workday party was able to clear the wood pallets and cardboard from outside Kurtz Hall. We can now plan to finish the painting. If you haven’t noticed the new tile shelf in bar-b-que area – it is beautiful. The wood chip piles in the parking lot are gone, thanks to Boy Scout Troop 493. A thank you note has been sent to them.

A meeting with our Bishop, St. John members, and our Vision Committee was held on October 15th. St. John still has many details to be worked through before the merger can be completed, but the Synod is satisfied with the process so far.

On October 2, 2017 an agreement was signed with Gachina Landscape Management for a 12 station Irrigation Controller and landscaping for the Youth Outpost. Also an amended lease was signed with SCLC which included a rental price increase effective November 30, 2017.

Hopefully you have given prayerful consideration to the Stewardship Drive, not only monetarily but also your time and talents. We thank you all for your continued support of St. Luke. You are a blessing.