Welcome to St. Luke Union Church!
Sunday Worship Opportunities
All Are Welcome!
Education - Sunday 9:00 AM *Worship - Sunday 10:30 AM *
Fellowship - Sunday 11:30 AM
Contemporary Worship- One Sunday a month at 6:30pm (see more details below for specific dates)
*Childcare available September- May (year round, the nursery is always open for parents to use when needed)
We are an active, caring community proclaiming the Word of God. We seek to know God’s will as individuals and as a church, to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, to practice Christian discipleship, and to demonstrate Christ’s unconditional grace and love for all.
Men, come join us for a great breakfast at Shannon’s on April 4th at 7am, where we will enjoy good food and hear a word from the Lord before we start the day.
The Next Contemporary Service
Date: March 9th @ 6:30 pm
Kid’s Mission Challenge
From Now until Easter our kids are collecting pennies to buy a Camel from Heifer International for a community in need. Their challenge is to raise a Mile in length worth of pennies, which = 84,480 pennies. This amount will equal the price of the camel! As of March 3rd we have 197.85 dollars (this amount is estimated to be able to afford the back half of the camel…he he).
Bring your pennies kids. Lets buy a camel! We can do it!
Recently from Pastor Andy’s Blog
Isaiah 12:4 And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.
The one theolgical subsciption I receive on a bi-weekly basis is the Christian Century. One of its chief editors is Rev John Buchanan who is retired from 4th Presbyterian Church. This is a church located on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. I like this magazine because of their approach to discussions of theologoical issues, being that they seldem embrace the fringes of the Christian faith. I also feel this periodical does a pretty good job at reporting the news of most denominational churches in the USA, plus each edition has a joke.
One article in the February 19th issue, pointed out the large amount of Pastoral stunts that have taken place over the last several years. These stunts have been developed to draw attention to particular church issues or to correct some misconception of church doctrine. The latest stunt was conducted by Rev Ryan Bell, a California Pastor, who pledged that he would live as an athheist for a year to see what it’s like on the other side of belief. And while I find this stunt impossible for anyone of faith, the irony is that it may be easier than I think for people sitting in the pews and even some pastors. Other pastoral stunts have included a homeless Mormon Bishop who disguised himself as a vagrant and began to hang around the church. He wanted to see what the reactions would be from the congregants and as the prelude musc began, he walked into the chapel and began to deliver the message. Rev. Paul Wirth who pastored a church in Florida, saw the continued issue of conflict in the married people of the church so he charge the congregation to 30 days of sex with your spouse. He also partook in the experiment with his wife. Other pastoral stunts have included: Losing weight for the Lord, Living on Food Stamps, Pastor-in-a-Box, Rooftop Reverends, and my favorite from Oral Roberts in Tulsa OK, who said if he didn’t raise 8 million dollars to fund a hospital, God was coming to take his life.
With all these successful stunts that pastors are pulling off to right some injustice or to teach a lesson of faith, I too began to search for a method to build Christ’s church for the Kingdom of God. As a marketing and economics major from the University of Iowa these thoughts came pretty easily, especially has we look to expand our building. Perhaps we could install gaming machines in fellowship hall, develop a paid contract for Reginald, or even sell seats in the future ladies restroom.
Well no, I think the members of St Luke Union will be happy to know that there are no fund raising or theoligocal insight stunts planned by your pastor and here is why. None of these pastoral stunts had anything to do with Jesus Christ and the atoning sacrafice he made for each of God’s children. Promotion of the church must be done through the graces of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and be done in a way that builds relationship, proclaims God’s love, and pulls our faith from our hearts. The next stunt we do for the church is to proclaim Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
Welcome to Lent,