St. Luke’s at the VA Synod Assembly

Our wonderful delegation of adult voting members at the 26th Annual Virginia Synod Assembly. Thank you, Bobbie, Corey, and Pastor Kate for representing us well!

Kimberly and Tori, unfortunately not in this picture, served as our great youth delegates.

Thanks be to God for our church at work!

ELCA responds to Hurricane Sandy

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Video message from Bishop HansonDear sisters and brothers in Christ,

God’s word of promise is given to all who are facing uncertainty, damage and disruption following Hurricane Sandy and its subsequent storms.

That word of promise is Christ is with you always. With Paul we can say, “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26)

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we remain in prayer, responding generously and working tirelessly to rebuild lives, congregations and communities.

We are not doing this work alone. Through ELCA Disaster Response, we are joining with our congregations, affiliates and other partners in our shared commitment to restore communities. As we have shown in past disasters, we stay until the work is done. That is the ELCA’s commitment.

Please continue to respond with prayers, generous gifts of time and money, and the commitment to a sustaining presence. Visit ELCA Disaster Response at www.ELCA.org/disaster for updates, downloadable bulletin inserts, worship resources and ways to make contributions online.

Thank you for your prayers and generosity as we respond together and do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

In God’s grace,
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The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

St. Luke’s Youth at 7th Day

Three St. Luke’s Youth and one adult advisor attended 7th Day on March 3-4 in Lynchburg, VA.  This excellent event for 5th and 6th graders is led by the Virginia Synod of the ELCA, and the youth had a blast!  They are already planning to go again!

The theme for this year was: “Be Humble…Be Exalted…Be in God’s ‘Hood.”  Check out the great images below.

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Pictures from Winter Celebration 2012

6 St. Luke’s Youth and 1 adviser enjoyed a great weekend at Winter Celebration, a Virgina Synod ELCA youth event.  Over 375 youth and leaders from all over the state participated at Eagle Eyrie Camp in Lynchburg, VA.  The weekend was reinvigorating, full of faith, and surpassed expectations!

The theme was “Called to Peace” based on Colossians 3:15

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

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Christmas Message from Presiding Bishop Hanson

Bishop Mark Hanson has shared an uplifting and encouraging Christmas message with Lutheran congregations all over the country.

We are a church that believes Jesus is God’s “Yes” to us. Our lives can be a “Yes” to others.  Click below to view the video on the ELCA website.

Chrismas Message 2011