St. Luke’s and Church of the Good Shepherd Announce Merger Approval

“To Create a New Parish…”


O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look
favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred
mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry
out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world
see and know that things which were being cast down are being
raised up, and things which had grown old are being made
new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection
by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus
Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity
of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer)


Dear Friends,


I write today to tell you of a significant moment in the life of our community of faith. At the March vestry meetings of St. Luke’s (March 14) and Church of the Good Shepherd (March 21), both vestries approved the recommendation to move forward with a merger of the parishes. I have included the text of the resolution that each vestry approved below. I invite you to read it that you might precisely understand the nature of the exciting opportunity that lies before us.


Resolution to Combine the Parishes of Church of the Good Shepherd and St. Luke’s

Whereas, the Vestry of Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Town and
Country, Missouri, and the Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Manchester,
Missouri, desire to combine with one another to create a new parish, as
described hereunder.


Be it resolved that worship services for the newly combined parish will take
place at Church of the Good Shepherd at a time and date to be determined.


Be it resolved that the parishes of Church of the Good Shepherd and St.
Luke’s will continue in their shared ministry, current worship services and
operations until such time and date that the move to the location of Church of
the Good Shepherd can effectively take place.


Be it resolved that upon approval of this resolution by both vestries, a
Transition Team comprised of members nominated by the vestry of each
church will manage details of combining the parishes.

Be it resolved that the St. Luke’s Preschool will continue to operate in its
present location at St. Luke’s Church through at least the 2023-24 school
year.


We, the members of this Vestry, are authorized to perform the acts to carry out
this resolution on behalf of this parish.


The opportunity God has given us to do a new thing is, in my estimation, nothing short of miraculous, one which, in time, may lead us to new expressions of missional engagement with the world around us. There are no limits to what we can do when we engage with one another and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit to create new forms of ministry, worship, and outreach. Therefore, I invite each of you to prayerfully ask God how you can be of service to this new venture “to create a new parish.”

I want to thank the lay leadership of both St. Luke’s and Church of the Good Shepherd for having the courage to see and embrace a new way forward for our partnership. I especially want to thank the members of the Discernment Team that worked during 2021, along with myself and our shepherd, the Rev. Daniel Pearson, through the process of discernment and vision that led us to this moment. Finally, I want to thank our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, and his staff for their ongoing partnership and guidance in this process.

As you might imagine, and many of you have already heard me say on more than one occasion, the real work is only just beginning. The merger of two parishes into one and the consequent creation of a whole new parish will not happen overnight. There will be challenges. There will be bumps in the road. Yet, I am convinced that God has called us to this holy undertaking and having called us, will provide all that we need to succeed, starting with the people of St. Luke’s and Good Shepherd, our greatest assets. You, each and every one of you, are invited by God to give yourself in service to this new venture. We need you and your gifts and abilities. I pray you will join me in accepting the invitation.

Faithfully Yours,

The Rev. C. Earl Mahan,
Rector

Holy Week 2022 Schedule

Join us for Holy Week services:

Palm Sunday
April 10 at 10:00 am


Maundy Thursday
April 14 at 7:00 pm
Joint Service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
444 Brightfield Trail, Ballwin


Good Friday
April 15 at 12:00 pm


Holy Saturday / Great Vigil of Easter
April 16 at 7:00 pm
Joint Service at
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
1166 S. Mason Road, Town & Country


Sunday of the Resurrection / Easter
April 17 at 10:00 am

St. Luke’s Order of Service: Virtual “Zoom” Worship

Adult Formation & Bible Study – 9:00 AM
Service – 10:00 AM

St. Luke’s is gathering “virtually” for worship using Zoom conferencing. To accompany the service, the Order of Service is available for download. Please click the link below to download and print your own copy, or follow along on your device.

Click here for a ZOOM link to Adult Formation / Bible Study
and this Sunday’s service.

Meeting ID: 826 9379 9164  Password: 326903
Phone number:  +1 312 626 6799

Season After Pentecost Order of Service 2020 revised Download

St. Louis County Enacts Stay-At-Home Order

The City and County of St. Louis will enact a “stay-at-home” order for the region beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While these times are challenging us as Christians to find ways to be the church and maintain our social distance simultaneously, we remain faithful as ever to answer that call.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, along with our worship partner at Church of the Good Shepherd will present weekly Morning Prayer by video during this time. You can also view service streamed each Sunday morning at 10 AM from the mother church of the Diocese of Missouri, Christ Church Cathedral. Additionally, St. Luke’s will share ways we can be the church as we learn of new opportunities to help our community meet various needs, such as making and donating protective medical masks and gowns through the crafting store, JoAnn Fabric.

If you know of any community efforts or community needs that need support, please don’t hesitate to share with us.

Diocese of Missouri Bishop Candidates Walkabout Videos Now Online

The Diocese of Missouri has published videos from the four walkabouts with the Bishop candidates, completed in early November. The videos are now available through the Diocesan website at the link below. All are encouraged to watch the videos to learn about the candidates and get a better understanding of who they are, and how they might lead the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri into a new era.

Each walkabout contains questions that are similar, and questions that are unique to that event, so if time permits, you are encouraged to watch all of the videos.

Watch videos

Stop The Bleed Community Preparedness Event

Gun violence is a hot topic in our nation. Nobody likes to hear about mass-shootings, regardless of where we stand on the issue of gun legislation. As the Episcopal Church continues to speak out against gun violence, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has long looked for ways we can help our local community through conversation and providing mental help resources. In addition to vocalizing our concerns, we wish to look for ways to empower our community. In reality, our gun culture will take some time to change. In the meantime, what more can we do?

On Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30 PM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in partnership with West County EMS & Fire, will host a training event in which the community is invited to participate. “Stop the Bleed” is a nation-wide program aimed at empowering and equipping civilians with life-saving skills to help stop life-threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency situation.

Unfortunately, the world as we know it is plagued with tragedies, more and more of which are associated with schools. The number one cause of preventable death during these tragedies is hemorrhage, specifically extremity/limb bleeds. With community support, we can be better prepared to respond if an unspeakable tragedy occurred.

Description of Course

The course will be led by West County EMS & Fire personnel and takes approximately 45 minutes. It includes a small PowerPoint Lecture, aimed at teaching easily remembered tasks to treat a life-threatening bleed, and hands on training to practice the learned skills. At the end of the course certificates will be given to all attendees. As a district we highly recommend this course to all adults that frequent places of gathering, they will be the first to encounter a preventable death, meaning someone with a life-threatening bleed who could survive if treated immediately and who otherwise might not survive till first responders arrive. By September of 2019 there were already 283 reported incidents where this program could have changed the outcome for some, at least 66 of these incidents occurred on school grounds.

Being situated in a community with several schools and churches, we feel this is a necessity for our community. We hope you will join us in preparing our community to assist in emergency response.

The event is free to attend. While it is geared toward adults, truly any age that is capable to assist can participate and learn the skills. Registration is required and can be done so by calling or emailing the church office at 636-227-1227 or ‘stlukesmo @ sbcglobal.net.’ Any questions may be directed to these sources as well. Childcare will be available for the first 10 children who need it. Please indicate your full name, age, how many registrants will be attending, and contact details when registering. Coffee, snacks and other refreshments will be available.

To learn more about the “Stop the Bleed” initiative, visit www.stopthebleed.org.

Animal Blessing & Treat Stand

Pet Blessing St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Manchester, MO

St. Luke’s will offer animal blessings on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 AM to 11 AM. The community is invited to bring their pets on a leash or in an enclosure, a beloved stuffed animal, or photos or mementos anytime between this hour to receive a blessing. Blessings in memorial are also available for pets lovingly remembered.

Treats for pets and their humans will also be available for donations. Proceeds benefit the St. Louis Pet Rescue Network.

Ordination of Rev. Dr. Pamela Stuerke

St. Luke’s invites everyone to attend the ordination of Rev. Dr. Pamela Stuerke, our transitional Deacon, on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 PM at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. Join us as we celebrate along with other members from the Diocese of MO in welcoming Rev. Stuerke and several others into the priesthood and mark this special moment in their lives’ callings.

Christ Church Cathedral

1210 Locust Street

St. Louis, MO, 63103

St. Luke’s hosts events for National Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health screening

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s encouraging to see that more conversations are being had about mental and emotional health, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. Acknowledging that these illnesses are real problems that need to be addressed and developing a better understanding of those who suffer are huge steps in our society. Just as important is raising awareness about resources for those who provide support to someone who may be suffering from a mental illness. St. Luke’s is participating in this dialogue by hosting several events for the community, in partnership with Care and Counseling:

On Sunday, May 19th, special guest Rev. Amy Bertschausen from Care and Counseling will deliver the sermon for the 10 AM service. The sermon will be delivered through the lens of mental health and illness.

Following the May 19th service from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM will be a special discussion, also led by Rev. Bertschausen. The topic, “What To Say When You Don’t Know What To Say,” will aim to ease the pressure of having “the right thing to say” when confronted by someone who may be suffering. We aren’t all counselors or therapists, but we can still play an important role in helping those in need on their path to mental wellness. This informational session is designed to equip attendees with simple tools to do just that.

Additionally, on Wednesday, May 29th from 9 AM-12 PM and 1 PM-4 PM, St. Luke’s will host a free day of mental health screenings in partnership with Care and Counseling. Each appointment is confidential and is approximately 30 minutes in length. Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment for themselves, or someone they know who may benefit from a screening may do so by visiting the Care and Counseling website, or by calling Care and Counseling at 314-878-4340.

St. Luke’s invites the public to join us for any or all of these free events. Though May is Mental Health Month, we want our community members to know that St. Luke’s is available every day of the year as a resource for assistance. Mental and emotional health are things we should discuss and celebrate every day. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you, or someone you know is in need of help.

Additional resources:

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

CHADS Coalition:
https://www.chadscoalition.org/

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