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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Holy Week Worship Schedule – 2019

Join us for worship during Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter and the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ. This year, we are excited to join our worship partners from Church of the Good Shepherd to offer joint worship services, including Maundy Thursday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,where the washing of the feet occurs, as well as Holy Saturday Easter Vigil hosted by Church of the Good Shepherd. Each location will host its own Good Friday service, as well as Easter Sunday service.

Additionally, St. Luke’s will host its annual free Easter Egg hunt for children of all ages. This event concludes a season long period of reflection and preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For more details about each day during Holy Week, visit our calendar for Holy Week events April 18-21.

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm (No Eucharist)
St. Luke’s – Preacher Pamela
COGS – Preacher Earl

Maundy Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Joint service at St. Luke’s, Preacher Deacon Dayna, Celebrant Earl,
Deacon at the Altar Pamela

Good Friday, April 19, 12:00 Noon
COGS – Preacher Pamela
St. Luke’s – Preacher Earl

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, April 20, 8:00 pm
Joint service at COGS, Celebrant Earl, Deacon Pamela

Easter Sunday, April 21, 10:00 am
St. Luke’s – Preacher Pamela, Celebrant Clive
COGS – Preacher Earl

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WELCOME PAMELA STUERKE

The parish partnership of St. Luke’s Church and Church of the Good Shepherd is pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr. Pamela Stuerke as our new part time clergy associate.  Pamela will be replacing Maria Evans who is concluding her time of service with us.  Maria’s last Sunday is Feb. 24th at St. Luke’s and March 3rd at Church of the Good Shepherd.  Pamela will be working with Father Earl and Rev. Maria over the next four Sundays, and will take her place in the clergy rotation between the two parishes, beginning March 10th.  Pamela is a transitional deacon, ordained this past December.  She is slated to be ordained to the priesthood in June.  As a transitional deacon, Pamela is not yet able to serve as Celebrant at the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Therefore, during the time between March and June, before her ordination to the priesthood, supply priests will be present with Pamela on Sundays.  She will preach and the supply priest will celebrate the Eucharist.  “Welcome, Pamela!”

“Hello, dear people of Good Shepherd and St. Luke’s. 

I’ll be joining you in ministry on a part-time basis, initially as a transitional deacon, and as a priest after ordination this summer.  I’ll also be continuing in my role as an accounting professor at UMSL.  Last August, I completed the Theological Formation Program in the Episcopal School for Ministry, and St. Mark’s in St. Louis Hills is the parish that has sponsored me for ordination.

I’m looking forward to meeting you over the next several weeks, and to getting to know you.”


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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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