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.
Join us for…
All sorts of classes, activities, and opportunities to share the love of Christ are starting the week of Sept. 13th, 2015! To see specific activities, check out the Google calendar on the right of the home page.
A New Sunday Morning Class!
Special Note: Please bring $8.00 a book to the first class. Thanks!
All Men are Invited to the…
Come for a great breakfast, fellowship, and a devotion on: Friday, Sept. 4th @7am-Shannon’s Restaurant
The Next Contemporary Service…
Date: TBA soon!
Recently from Pastor Andy’s Blog
A few years ago the Advocate Heath System data base was hacked and it was suggested that several hundred thousand people may have been exposed to internet identity thieves. At that time employees and patients were given an opportunity to sign up for a service capable of identity theft protection at no cost. At the time Sandi and I took advantage of this free offer and eventually personally continued the service when the free period expired. This last month I was alerted by my monitoring service that an examination of my credit history had been requested. Upon investigation I discovered that an individual who now lives in the apartment where my family and I lived when we first moved to Bloomington had used my identity to purchase two phones and a service plan. What I felt from the gaining of this knowledge was that I had been violated, a victim of what the perpetrators thought of as a faceless crime. I was lucky because I was quickly notified of someone trying to use my identity. I was not lucky in the amount of work it took to normalize my credit and place further safeguards to keep this from happening again.
Tremendous pressure needed to be placed upon Verizon Wireless to act and coordinate with the Bloomington Police Department. I also needed to have additional conversations and safe-guards placed upon my bank and credit cards. So in today’s world and we as Christians the question arises, “what is the right way to react and approach the criminals in our society?” What we typically approached as the correct way to react to crime is actually dictated more in our neighborhood culture and less by what a just society governed under a system of laws actually does. In the more social and economically depressed areas of our community if a crime is committed many individuals will see and have knowledge of the crime, but when asked to participate in an investigation or give valuable information there is often silence. Much of this silence is because of the fear of retribution and as a result many crimes go unsolved. In the hours following the Boston Marathon bombing, police obtained grainy photos of who they suspected may have planted and detonated these bombs.
A call went out for the public’s help in identifying two individuals and within a few hours so much information was offered that the two criminals began to run. Within a few hours one was captured and the other mortally wounded. The difference in the solving of crime and bringing criminals to justice is not solely the work of our police department; it is the cooperation and willingness of witnesses and those who wish to keep our community safe. I have filed a discrepancy report with Verizon Wireless, who sold phones to someone using my identity. I have filed a police report and offered to help them in any way possible, and I will remain vigilant to see justice is served. Will I forgive? I hope so. Will I do every-thing possible to keep this from happening again? Yes I will. But the one thing I will not be is scared to do what is right and stand against those who can some how justify a personal violation of another kind of God. Let’s stand as a community and uphold the culture and society we claim to be so vital to the American way.