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Thank you for visiting St. Luke Lutheran Church online. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, we are thankful you are visiting us.
Who are we? What is important to us? Consider our mission of "Making and Maturing Disciples for Ministry and Mission." Each of the words has importance to us.
With a passion and obedience to the command Jesus gave us to reach the lost for Him, we dedicate ourselves to "Making and Maturing Disciples for Ministry and Mission" through Devotion to the Word, Support of Families, and Developing Meaningful and Lasting Relationships.
With God's help and grace, St. Luke has a vision for becoming a church He wants us to be --- the church that was modeled in Acts, Chapter Two. To this end, we are devoted to the following:
Living and maturing in the Word of God.
Developing meaningful and lasting relationships with each other--not phony, not fake, not shallow relationships--meaningful and lasting.
Caring for one another in small groups of Caring Communities.
Making the unbeliever the primary target, of making the unchurched who may believe but who are disconnected from the Church the primary mission. Nothing is more important than that--not even the members who are already here.
Strengthening the family of today, in whatever definition family might be, in the will and in the love of God.
In keeping with the vision of the Acts 2 church, at St. Luke one would hope and expect to find people who are:
More than members--they are disciples, and they understand the difference. They do more than just work for the church, they are in the ministry of the church.
More concerned about the people who are being developed than about the programs being produced or the traditions being served.
Consistent in displaying real, genuine, honest-to-goodness love in action--not just talk--where they display sincerity in faith (nothing fake about it), and where you sense joy and celebration in worship--not just going through the motions.
St. Luke is church and school that is traditional but timely, confessional but courageous. St. Luke is a church after God's own heart. We invite you to be a purposeful part of this vision.
Barry J. Keurulainen
St. Luke is a member congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The word synod comes from two Greek words: syn meaning "a meeting or assembly," and hodos, meaning a"way or journey." We describe ourselves as congregations "walking together," because our congregations all confess and practice the same teachings of God's Word. As a Synod we combine our strengths and resources to do things that individual congregations can't do. We send missionaries to other countries, maintain colleges and seminaries, provide loan funds for building churches, and operate a health and retirement system for full-time church workers.
We are people of the Bible. The Bible is our Sacred Scriptures, the Word of God. We treasure God's Word because it teaches us about eternal life through Jesus Christ. The Word is Gospel ("good news") because it assures us of God's love and faithfulness. It inspires us to tell others. It moves us to help people in need. . . (learn more about the Bible).
We are a teaching church. Because God's Word is so important, we emphasize Christian nurture. We offer Sunday school for children, youth, and adults and other Bible study classes and ministries to help people of all ages learn and apply the Word in their daily lives.
Our Missouri Synod congregations operate the largest Protestant school system in the United States. We have 1,000 preschools and day-care centers, 998 elementary schools, and 64 high schools.
Our 10 colleges prepare professional church workers and offer Christian training for Christian laity. Two seminaries provide education beyond the bachelor level to prepare pastors of our congregations.