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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Come to the Table Bible study progresses

The St. Luke’s “Come To The Table” event, which launched in September, continues to progress nicely. Each month we’ve chosen contemporary Christian songs with specific themes intended to re-enforce a particular scripture reading and Bible study. Each month’s song and lesson has built on previous Bible studies.

The first session used the song “Come To The Table,” by Sidewalk Prophets to emphasize that all are invited to a place beside Jesus at His holy table, and become heirs in His eternal kingdom. The scripture reading was from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. In October, we used the song “The Well,” by Casting Crowns. This song invites everyone to accept the gift of salvation through the living water that Christ offers. The scripture reading was John 4:4-14 and Exodus Exodus 7:1-7. We discussed the times when Jesus offered the living water to both the Hebrews walking through the desert, and the woman at the well. The lesson here is that we all thirst for a water that only He can provide: the living water. Our November session examined the song “I Am New,” by Jason Gray, which tells us that once Christ gives us the living water, we are now made new and need to use the talents given to us by God to proclaim the good news of Christ. The scripture reading was from Romans chapter 7:4-7. Now that Jesus has completed His work on earth, we must come to faith in Him in order to be made new.

Appropriately for our December session, we had a Christmas theme. The song was “Joseph’s Lullaby,” by MercyMe, which is a lovely song that humanizes Jesus. It is easy for us to forget that Jesus started out as a human child who had very basic human needs: he cried, he soiled himself, he got hungry, he needed Mary and Joseph to care for him. He needed to be taught all the things that only a father can teach his son…how to be a man and respect each person and respect the fact that God loves them too. Joseph prays to God that for just a short time, he can be the earthly father of Jesus, and teach Him those things that earthly fathers need to teach their sons. The scripture reading was from Matthew 1:18-25, the nativity story describing Joseph’s struggle to accept Mary’s pregnancy and what it meant. After a dream, he accepts that Mary is the chosen vessel through which the savior of the world will be delivered.

Music can pierce the heart in a way that simple words cannot. Using the music to proclaim a message that is originated through biblical stories helps some to draw closer to Christ because it touches their hearts differently. Music can also transcend generations. There are so many songs that proclaim the good news of Christ to children and adults alike. Using music to deliver the message is important to Come To The Table. God is speaking through many mediums. If we can use music as one of those mediums to enforce the message through biblical study, then in the end, we are all that much closer to understanding the Good News of Christ’s promise of salvation by His sacrifice on the cross. As we look forward to 2019, we will continue along a path that tells the good news of the new and old testaments through the powers of music. We invite all to attend our next Come to the Table event on January 16th at 6 PM.

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St. Luke’s Fall CommUNITY Festival and Family Races

St. Luke’s will host its second annual Fall CommUNITY Festival this year on *Saturday, October 13, from 12 PM – 3 PM. New this year will be our first-ever Family Races, a relay-style race where family teams of two (2) will have an opportunity to compete for a chance to win a prize. Each family may enter one (1) team, and teams will compete according to the age of the youngest member. Races will be held by age-group which are as follows: 5-7, 8-11, 12-15, and adult. Entrants aged 16 or older are invited to compete in the adult category, or may accompany a younger team member in the youngest member’s age bracket.

*Please visit our website, Facebook or call 636-386-5634 for any weather-related updates if necessary.

To enter the race, please register online, or call Julie Nguyen at 636-386-5634.

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Come To The Table: Accepting the Invitation

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church introduced a unique event designed to be a relaxing, family friendly Christian learning experience. Come to the Table is a scripture based bible study revolving around Christian Contemporary music. With dinner provided, the evening offers a laid back setting for the family to relax, enjoy a meal, and also feed the spirit with a short bible study, and open discussion.

Our first event was held on Wednesday evening, September 12th, and featured the Sidewalk Prophets song “Come To The Table”. We reflected on the song, relaying it to the scripture passage 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 14-21. The song urges us to be ambassadors of Christ through reconciliation. Christ offers all people under heaven to share a place at the table with Him, no matter the circumstances, or situations we are in. And, He offers this reconciliation unconditionally. Christ died for us on the cross in order that we can be reconciled to the Father. He hopes we accept the invitation.

The lesson emphasized the part of the song where it teaches us about Grace. The song says, “We all start on the outside…the outside looking in. This is where Grace begins.” We all need the Grace God offers through Christ’s sacrifice, and there is no better metaphor for representing this than a table. God wants us to accept the invitation offered through Grace by coming to the table with all others under Heaven and sit beside Jesus. By accepting the invitation, we essentially extend reconciliation to those with whom we share the table. People of all backgrounds, and with every human circumstance come to the table with us, and we enter into a communal relationship with them…loving them as ourselves. And, we become Christ’s ambassadors of reconciliation through this communal relationship. Our discussion at “the table” was a true reflection of this lesson, as we touched on everything from the differences between Judaism and Christianity, to whether cats and dogs get to go to Heaven. While different ages, races, gender and opinions were represented, all accepted the invitation to commune, converse, and to hear the Word of the Lord.

Come to the Table offers families a relaxed environment, where they can come and be served, and not be burdened with cooking and cleaning. Designed to serve the community, we want to be ambassadors of Christ, with a heart of compassion, understanding, and a welcoming spirit. We want to feed both the body and the spirit through dinner and scripture using contemporary Christian music.

So please accept our invitation to come spend an evening with us. That Sin and Shame that you brought with you, you can leave them at the door, and let Mercy draw you near. The event will be hosted once monthly. God’s love is unending, and He gives it to us freely each and every day. We need to turn that around and share that love with our neighbors. We can offer a meal and friendship to the community, allowing us to reflect the light of Christ to the world. Help us to reflect that light as often as you can by becoming an ambassador just like we hope to become. Stay tuned for more information on the next Come to the Table event!

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St. Luke’s Hosts “Come To The Table” Community Event

St. Luke’s invites all our friends and neighbors to gather with us on Wednesday evening, September 12 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Allow us to prepare dinner so you may enjoy time with your family, neighbors and new friends. After dinner, stick around as we explore the Bible through contemporary Christian music and conversation. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit the event details for more information.

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Life Line Screenings Health Screening Registration

St. Luke’s will once again host a public health screening with Life Line Screenings on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Last year’s event was so successful, and we received such positive feedback from the community. The screening is open to all residents in the area, and registration is required. Life Line Screening offers 5 health screenings at a reduced rate, which include:

  • Carotid artery/plaque screening
  • Heart rhythm screening
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Peripheral arterial disease screening
  • Osteoporosis risk assessment

The cost for ALL 5 screenings is $139. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the screenings, so residents are advised to check with your insurance provider. Screenings are painless and non-invasive and results are provided via mail in approximately 21 days. For more information, or to register, please do one of the following:

  1. Call toll-free at 1-866-229-0469
  2. Visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle
  3. Text: the word “circle” to 797979
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Red Cross Blood Drive April 21

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host a blood drive for the Red Cross on Saturday, April 21st from 9 AM – 2 PM. A few slots are still available for sign-up. Anyone who is eligible and interested in participating may sign up to donate blood by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting the Red Cross website at the link below and search for St. Luke’s drive using the zip code ‘63021’ and using the advanced search option date filter for April 21st.

 

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Holy Week Worship at St. Luke’s

Welcome Spring with St. Luke’s as we observe Christ’s final week on earth during Holy Week beginning March 25-March 31; and as we celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 1. All worship services and events are open to the public and are free.

Holy Week worship services are designed to allow worshipers to explore Christ’s final week as he prepared himself for the ultimate sacrifice. Worshipers will find the experience thoughtful, humbling, and moving. It is a good reminder for us of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. The week of services concludes with a celebration on Easter Sunday, including Easter service followed by a reception and free Egg Hunt open to children of all ages.

 

Holy Week Worship Schedule:

Sunday, March 25, 10AM – The Sunday of the Passion: PALM SUNDAY

Wednesday, March 28, 7PM – Stations of the Cross

Thursday, March 29, 7PM – Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 29, 9PM – Friday, March 30, 12PM – Altar of Repose

Friday, March 30, 12PM – Good Friday Liturgy

Saturday, March 31, 7:30PM – Easter Vigil followed by Fellowship in the Parish Hall

Sunday, April 1, 10AM – Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1, 11:30AM – Free Easter Egg Hunt – all children welcomed!

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UPDATE: Magdalene St. Louis Director To Visit St. Luke’s

 

*****UPDATE: This event is postponed until further notice. Instead, please join us on Feb. 18th for an Unplugged session featuring fun games for the family*****

 

 

Rev. Hope (Hopie) Welles Jernagan will visit St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 18, 2018. In addition to delivering the sermon during the 10:00 A.M. worship service, she will also be the featured guest speaker at St. Luke’s Third Sundays Unplugged following service at 11:30 A.M. Rev. Hope will talk about the important work Magdalene St. Louis does for abused women and girls in our local area, as well as share ideas on ways to participate in this important ministry.

Third Sundays Unplugged is a new ministry at St. Luke’s that invites all, regardless of faith or spiritual background, to strengthen community by engaging with one another in real life, as human beings and not as digital beings. The sessions focus on meaningful conversations and fun activities that lift spirits and bring joy to participants’ lives. The event is free, and light snacks and beverages, as well as childcare will be provided.

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