My family growing up was guilty of not attending church in the summer. I did attend summer Bible camp which had 10 worships in a week, that’s just one less worship than summer Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. In college for five summers I worked at a Bible Camp which was 10 weeks, thus it added up to 100 worships – I was good for almost two years!
As you know it doesn’t work that way. Worship is a time of praise, renewal, and relationships; love God and love your neighbor as yourself in Jesus name. When I would return to worship after being away, I realized how much I missed it. I hope the same is true for you. Worship is one of the core values, simply what every Christian should do, “Day by day, as [the disciples] spent much time together in the temple…praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47
Here at St. Luke’s we continue both worship times, Children’s Church and Jubilee year round. With live streaming worship, it’s important to have strong voices sitting in the Choir area on Sundays during the 8:30 AM worships. You do not have to be a Choir member to share your voice. The Bells will play at least once during the summer.
Know that summer worship is important to church growth. On average the same number of visitors will attend a church June, July, and August, as do September through May, minus Christmas and Easter. If you meet a visitor before worship, help them follow the order of worship. Fill out your welcome card, in doing so someone visiting is more likely to do so as well. Please introduce yourself to those you do not know. Ask their name. Invite them to enjoy a drink and treat following worship. Introduce them to other members. Pray for them during the week. Look for them if they return and welcome them back by name. Remember it is a godly act to know another’s name (Isaiah 43:1c).
One of the best ways to attend worship is by volunteering. Being scheduled helps motivate you to attend. Thank you to all who lead worship – Ushers, Sound, Video, Cameras, Assisting Ministers, Lectors, Greeters, Welcome Desk, Communion Assistants, Treat Host and Bakers, Dishwashing Team, Tellers, Prayground and Children’s Church Leaders. That’s over 25 people every Sunday. If interested in helping out simply contact the email@example.com 952-881-5801.
And then there are all the other activities…
The Spring Celebration, Wednesday, May 25 is the last night of Wednesday Night Live and the Kick-Off to St. Luke's Summer Calendar. A congregational event of Service making 300 sandwiches for the Sandwich Man, renamed 363 Ministries. He delivers 2,000 sandwiches 363 nights per year, only taking Christmas and Easter off. We will celebrate our service with a cook-out including hotdogs, s’mores and more…
Julie Klein’s Retirement Celebration, Sunday, June 5 after each worship.
Blood Drive, Thursday, June 9, 1-7 PM. You must schedule an appointment: call 1-800-RED CROSS and enter SL or click here to sign up online. Questions contact the church office.
Visual Evangelism, every Monday and Wednesday The group meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 until 12:00. (not on 5/30) Come earlier or later, whatever works best for you. An hour put in by you is an hour less for someone else. There are no rules. You can work on anything that fits your talents. Contact Mark Dunham firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Wednesday Night Campfire Worship, June 15. We gather at Atonement Lutheran Church fire ring in the back. It starts with a light meal followed by a campfire style worship; still determining other summer Wednesday worships.
High School Mission Trip to the BWCA - June 19-25. Open to all 8th-12th Grade students. Younger students are invited with a parent/guardian. Adults always welcome. Cost $350. Only 6 spots remaining. Scholarships Available.
Pastor Mark Schoenhals who served St. Luke’s from 1998-2009 will return to preach at both worships on Sunday, June 26 as one of our 100th Anniversary Celebrations. More info coming.
Vacation Bible School - June 27-30. Children 3 years old - 5th Grade are led by 6th–12th Grade Students and Adults. It is the best week of the summer. Click here to register for VBS. Click here to sign up to volunteer to help with VBS.
Camp Wapo is Full with 11 students attending.
Blessing of the Animals and Backpacks is Sunday, August 28.
God’s Work Our Hands is Sunday, September 11.
Rally Sunday the Choir Returns, September 18.
And we will end the summer with an Adult Sailing Trip around the Apostle Islands – September 23-25.
Look forward to seeing you in the weeks and months ahead – whether in person or online for worship or one of the many other opportunities. Remember…
“The one who gathers in summer is wise.” Proverbs 10:5a