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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Come for a great breakfast, fellowship, and a devotion on: June 5th @ 7am – Shannon’s Restaurant.
VBS is Coming!
This year we are trying a new model of VBS. It’s centered around a Marketplace atmosphere. We hope you will join us on June 14th-18th @ 5pm-8pm (dinner is at 5pm). Our VBS is Free! You can sign up on the link at the very top of the page for participants and volunteers. Children who are 4 years old to 11 years old (entering preschool-5th grade) can participate. Entering 6th grade and older can volunteer. Come experience Nazareth when Jesus was a Kid!
The Next Contemporary Service…
Date: on break for the summer
Recently from Pastor Andy’s Blog
Psalm 92:1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!
Each year as a part of my terms of call I am allowed 2 weeks study leave. This time is prescribed to be used for educational purposes or even for a time of sabbatical away from the ministerial setting. While I was working through my doctorate using the allowed study leave was not difficult. I actually transferred two of my vacation weeks to allow for adequate time to complete the program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In the year 2014, I found use for 3 days of study leave to attend a seminar on stewardship. This year I have found myself stuck as to how I should utilize my allowed study leave. There is a good higher level ministerial education program in Nebraska in June, but timing is not good. I continually receive information for pastoral conferences in different parts of the country, and have even explored pulpit exchanges from different countries. I have also struggled with the idea of a ministry sabbatical. To me, I always find a need or desire to be doing something for the betterment of the church and to accomplish some given task. There is so much to do for the building of the kingdom of God and to take time off would only seem to delay what we have been called to do.
In my effort and struggle to determine what type of study leave I should engage in, I have come to a few insights. The first is that the word sabbatical comes from the word Sabbath and literally means one in seven. In the creation story, found in Genesis 1, God created the heavens, earth and all that was with them in six days; on the seventh day God rested. It is our Christian practice to observe Sunday as a day of worship in celebration of the resurrection.
The second thing I have come to understand is that sabbatical (study leave) is not time away from God; it is actually a time to spend with Christ seeking the wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a time to become refreshed and energized to the tasks placed in our lives. It is a time to be renewed in the vocational call in one’s life.
I am yet to deter-mine where I will be during the time the church has given me for a prescribed sabbatical, but I have come to a clear understanding of whom I will be spending it with. I will look to use the time less as a function to accomplish and more as an opportunity for spiritual growth.
2 Peter 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.