We sorry to report that the visit from former Pastor Mark Schoenhals has been cancelled due to Covid. We offer our prayers for recovery.
This Sunday Pastor Mark will hopefully join us via Zoom or we will watch a video of his sermon. This will also be available online. We hope that Pastor Schoenhals will be able to come for a visit later in our anniversary year.
** The following is a message from Pastor Mark that was supposed to be the blog for June 21st.
I am very excited to return to St. Luke's for a special Sunday, June 26, associated with your centennial anniversary celebration!
St. Luke's will always have a special place in my heart. I learned so much in my eleven years serving on staff; those were formative years in so many ways as I was exposed to so many different Senior Pastors in that time. We certainly had a lot of transition; and we were served by many dynamic leaders: Tania Haber, Hub Nelson, and Philip Formo, to name a few who made the strongest impact on me.
St. Luke's congregation also saw me through some challenging times in my own life. I remember when Tim Krieg reminded me once: Saint Luke was a physician. We are good at healing. I know I experienced healing and support from many members when I needed it. I know you have done that for many. I will always remember this congregation for its big hearted love. Maybe that describes St. Luke's in a nutshell.
I also have many funny memories of situations and conversations that I still remember and relate today to others who need a smile.
There is so much I learned at St. Luke's: I learned to canoe the Boundary Waters, and that…
· I will never be a snowboarder.
· an item can sit in the same spot or hang in your closet for a decade before you realize it.
· there is more grace available than you think.
· Jesus is faithful and sees us through lots of transitions
· children and youth are always a top priority.
· serving others in mission is one of the best things you can do.
· God's Word is a treasure and a transforming power.
· God meets us in the small hours of prayer.
· friendships are forever.
Thank you St. Luke's! See you in a few short weeks.
Pastor Mark Schoenhals