Blue Christmas Service, Dec. 16

What is a Blue Christmas Service?

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died, or it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrains on radio and television about the happiness of the season or about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost. The pain of death, loss of a job, distance of relatives, or just “feeling off” doesn’t always ring true with the joy we expect to feel.

We need the space and time to acknowledge our human feelings; we need to know that we are not alone. We also need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.  Join us for a different kind of service this year.  A service of quiet and songs, a service of hope and joy.  A service where we can express our discontent to God, and make room for the peace we need to hear this season.

All are invited to join us for a Blue Christmas Service, Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 5pm, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1200 Old Rixeyville Road.  Chaplain Liz Danielsen of Spiritual Care Support Ministries will be the guest preacher.  If you have any questions, please call Pastor Kate Costa at 540-825-8358.

Spiritual Care Support Ministries Tree Lighting

Spiritual Care Support Ministries Invites the Community to Celebrate Christmas with SCSM and a Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Warrenton, Va. – November 21 — Spiritual Care Support Ministries (SCSM) invites the community to join in a joyful Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 2 from 3 to 5 pm to honor personal heroes and the memory of loved ones. There will be inspiration, light refreshments, a time of remembering loved ones, special music by Lisa Coles and Rev. Robert Reynolds, and the reading of the Christmas Story by Chaplain Liz Danielsen. Rev. John Kuvakas from Warrenton Bible Fellowship, Rev. Jeff Light from Novum Baptist Church, and Pastor Bob Grant of the Fathers Way Church in Manassas will be participating in the service. Santa will be visiting and you may take pictures of your child with him. The event will be held at the Warrenton Community Center, 430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton, Virginia.

Work begins on “The Upper Room”

Some of our members have begun working on renovating the room at the entrance to the office area of our church. New carpet has already been installed- and now the floor boards are being painted and installed.

We look forward to having this room as a beautiful place for prayer and reflection in our building- stay posted for more details to come!

ELCA responds to Hurricane Sandy

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 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,

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Praying for those in the wake of Hurricane Sandy

God of renewing love, sustain those who are suffering amidst this storm. Walk with all whose lives are being impacted now and in the aftermath as they seek to rebuild following the disaster. Bring hope in the midst of despair. Grant patience and endurance to those who bring aid and assistance.  Assure all of your presence in this time. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Festival Day of St. Luke, the Evangelist

Happy St. Luke Day!  Today, October 18, is the commemoration of Luke, the Evangelist, for whom our congregation is named!Luke is known for being a faithful writer, physician, apostle and historian.  You can read more about this faithful servant at Wikipedia or here.

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to declare in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your church the same love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
When have you seen a “Saint Luke” moment of love or healing in our church?  Take a few moments today to call another person in our church and share!


Readings for Sunday, October 21, Mission Sunday:

Readings for Sunday, October 28, Reformation Sunday:

“God is in Control” Performance on July 14

Caroline Furnace Performing Arts Camp coming to a Church near you!

Campers and staff from Caroline Furnace will be presenting God is in Control (by Dan and Nan Allen) at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church on July 14 at 7:00 pm.  The musical, complete with songs, skits and dancing, is about God’s grace, promises to us, and his love for us. Campers arrive on Sunday and have 3 days to learn a whole entire production…and then the campers are on the road, including Culpeper!

For more information on Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp, please visit


Pastor Kate Costa on Virgina Living TV

Pastor Kate’s interview starts around the 30 minute mark.

Pastor Kate was recently on “It’s All Local” on Virginia Living TV.  Her interview starts just after the 30 minute mark.