On February 23, 1923, the charter was signed and a fifth congregation began to serve the area. St. Luke’s English Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oxboro became the first Lutheran church in a community that today has fifteen Lutheran congregations.
Through the years many things have changed except for one thing Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. This is the promise – we celebrate the past, live our mission in the present, with an enduring hope for the future.
As Congregational President Susan Sartell was asked during her introduction to the congregation on Sunday, what are your goals, hopes and dreams for the coming year? Below are Susan's comments:
What choices do I really have here? We have a 100th celebration of the founding of this church coming up. The count down begins this April. This will take a lot of our time, attention, our energy and our volunteers, etc. But as I thought more about it, the fact that we are looking backward and remembering all the good things that went on here, it gives us a great opportunity to launch ourselves into the future. We need to look at all that has gone on here -- all the programs and ministries and think about what is working well for us today; What needs to be improved? What can we enrich? How do we address the needs of our congregation and our community in the future? I think this is a big job for the council to do, and I know that they are up for it!
We ask everyone here for your input, your support and most of all for your prayers. We need all of you to help us stay on the road that was set out for us by the first St. Luke's Lutheran congregation in Bloomington. Be sure to talk to council members about your ideas and thoughts.
If you are interested in being a part of the Anniversary Team, please contact Barb Roberts at email@example.com or Deb Krieg at firstname.lastname@example.org. A monthly calendar of celebration events will be shared in the near future. Hope you will join in on the Celebration!