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 below for more specific info)
*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.
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Recently from Pastor Andy’s Blog
One of my cynical pastimes is looking at politicians of the local, state, and federal governments and poking fun at how they patronize their constituents. They do this by communicating that they understand the issues we face and that any laws they pass are in our best interests. The reality being they serve those who speak the loudest, contribute the most money and share closest to their own consciences. In other words, politicians bless those who give to their causes. The type of giving persons do for political reasons has a name, it is called “consumer giving.” Consumer giving is the giving of time and money for the purpose of paying for what you get. If you want someone to vote a certain way you pay to convince them.
Consumer giving from a church’s perspective is when people give only when they attend worship and an offering is taken. This is much like persons attending movies, because they pay for the experience and the quality of the movie being shown. Unfortunately, this type of giving to churches is on the rise because of the lack of understanding of the importance of tithing in the generation that is coming of age. The knowledge of consumer giving has drawn churches to become as entertaining as possible and to share a word that circles around the prosperities of life. It also is the reason many churches are leaving denominations because they don’t like a particular vote or feel they have no effect on popular agenda items.
Another method for motivating people to share wealth is guilt. This method is a strong arm method to encourage people into giving based on a cause and effect way of thinking. Perhaps you have heard pastors use this technique when explaining an underfunded mission project, “Well, if we don’t get another $5,000 the orphans and widows won’t have heat this winter.” The problem with this approach to giving is it must take place from a stance of authority and control, perhaps even keeping someone from a God-given gift such as baptism or communion.
So why do we give and share with St. Luke Union Church? We give because we are blessed. We give to say thank you for being my Lord and Savior and coming to earth to live, die and rise to glory for each one of us. We give a little because God gave so much. We give generously because of the gift of Christ and being saved by grace through faith, to do good works. In a few months we will begin a capital campaign for our future building project where we are hoping to raise some $750,000 for a 1 million dollar project. In October, we will begin our annual campaign to fund the 2015 budget. Sandi and I will be examining and praying about our ability to raise our $70 per week pledge, and because of the know-ledge of our blessing I am certain we will be shown the way.
We give because we are blessed.
Peace, Pastor Andy