My name is Faith Peters and I am the new Youth Activities Coordinator! I have lived in Mountain View most of my life and my family has been a part of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Los Altos for the past 20 years. I have been very involved at Immanuel, working at VBS, attending youth group and interning with the church during my first summer after college. In recent news, I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2017 with a degree in Biological Sciences and I am currently taking nursing school prerequisites at Foothill College in order to apply to nursing schools within the next year or two. From my past experience and involvement with Immanuel, the youth director, Danny Dye, got me in touch with Pastor Bob and I am very grateful for this opportunity. All the youth I have met have been great and they have expressed great interest in having more youth activities. In the coming months, I am very excited to get a youth group started in which middle school and high school youth can come together and reconnect and have fun after a week apart. Many of the youth have told me how much they enjoy multi-church events, so we are in the planning stages for some amazing events with churches in the area! Another great idea I’ve gotten from the youth is an after school study group, so we’ll see where the year takes us and what other ideas we can come up with. I want to keep the youth excited and involved so that youth group and church can be for them what it was for me. I am very excited and privileged to be working with the St. Luke youth and I cannot wait for the year ahead!
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and let you in on some of the plans coming up this fall for the children ages 0-5th grade at St. Luke! I have been working with children for going on 15 years now. I have experience from working in elementary as well as preschool, nannying, and for the last 2 years being a mom. I have experience working in the classroom, in administration and with parent education.
For the last few years I have been asking God to help me find a way that I could work in ministry as well as with children and families. I feel like this position as Children’s Ministry Director is God’s answer to my prayers and His true calling for me! This fall we will be changing what is currently the nursery at the back of the church to a Parent and Child room for families with small children who might not be ready to drop them off yet, but also might need somewhere to take their children during service. We will be moving the children age 12 months- 5 years down to the Amazing Creations Preschool (ACP) campus for more space and time to explore God’s word!
Summer camp is coming to an end and we are gearing up for the new school year! W e had a very successful VBS this year, with the kids talking about how they can be a Hero for God, repeating the Bible verses and singing the songs. We always love joining the big kids for the opening show each day as well. Many of the kids were so excited to share what they learned that they couldn’t wait to tell their moms and dads!
Amazing Creations Preschool gets money back from Farm Fresh to You! If you regularly get fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to your home, please add ACP10 to the coupon code area and the preschool will receive 10% of you purchase back! This helps us provide healthy snacks to the kids each month.
Most of our classes are already full for the 2017 school year! We have a couple spots lef t in our pre-k classroom. Please be praying for the new school year and all the children that we are blessed to share God’s love with.
In my first newsletter in June I mentioned that the congregation could come to me to give me information or ask questions. I was so pleased to have someone ask that my report give information as to what is happening at St. Luke. This month I will gladly comply with that request.
The Council reports are posted on the bulletin board in Kurtz Hall monthly. Be sure to look at the report to see what your Council is doing. If you have any questions, please ask me or one of the council members to clarify.
In June our Amazing Creations Preschool found that a window had been broken, probably by kids playing with a ball who were on our property after hours. The window has been fixed. In order to ensure that the campus is properly protected from any further vandalism the council is proceeding to install a camera system, lights, and gate locks which will include the new Outpost. When all of the particulars are in place the congregation will be notified. Also, our dumpster is being used by outsiders as a dumping ground so the lights and signs should help in alleviating that problem.
A few weeks ago I told a story in a sermon about one of our preschool teachers. I think it bears repeating. We have many wonderful teachers in our Amazing Creations Preschool. They are from all over the world and God has brought each one to the school with a purpose. Miss Meena was one of those special teachers and has been a part of the ACP team for many years.
She recently moved away but she left a gift with us in the form of a story of God’s intervention. But, first, let me share some observations about Meena. She was a strong but loving disciplinarian. Children in her care were given clear instructions and firm guidance and they responded well. She participated in chapel services with a kind of holy attention to God’s presence. It seemed that the story of Jesus was new for her, as it is for a number of our teachers, but she soaked up those stories of Jesus like a sponge.