- Advent At St. Luke
- Advent begins on November 30. Please join us for all the special events we celebrate on the way to the manger.
Worship, Peace, Fellowship, Wine and Cheese
Advent Quiet Evening
Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Take an hour to remember what the season is all about.
We will worship by candlelight, sing some songs, read scripture, and share the Lord's Supper. Wine and cheese follow in Schlack Hall.
Sunday, December 14
At St. Luke, we want to create sacred space for people living through dark times.
On Sunday, December 4, we will hold a gentle, reflective service that welcomes all people and holds out healing and hope. There will be a time to light a candle in memory of a person, relationship or time in our life that we are grieving.
Join us for a time of comfort and rest in the sanctuary, followed by light refreshments.
Sunday, December 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Join us for this traditional Swedish Celebration of Light during the gloom of winter.
Details are on the Worship Page
- Focus on Lutheran Settlement House
- On December 7, the St Luke Endowment and Social Ministry Teams welcome Kelly Davis, executive director of the Lutheran Settlement House to an Adult Forum during the Education Hour. LSH is located at 1340 Frankford Ave in lower-North-Philadelphia, where it provides free, high quality programs and services to individuals and families in adult literacy, GED preparation, ESL, bilingual domestic violence education and services to homeless persons and seniors.
LSH is the recipient of the 2014 outreach allocation from our Endowment funds. The grant supports two LSH programs:
Click on "learn more" for information on these LSH Ministries.
- Teens4Good - Intergenerational Urban Farming Program
- STAR (Students Talking About Relationships)
- Holiday Food Drive
- During the month of November, we will collect non-perishable food and cleaning items for our local food pantry. Laundry Soap, Dish soap, Mayonnaise, Honey, Cereal, Oatmeal, Granola bars are the kinds of items in short supply right now. We'll also be receiving offerings to provide cash support to the Great Valley Food Cupboard. Click HERE for the details, on our Social Ministry Page.
- Gifts of Hope
- The Gifts of Hope booth returns to the Narthex before and after each service to offer three levels of giving to local and global charities to fit everyone on your Christmas list.
For those new to the Gifts of Hope program, here is how it works.
- You select charities from the list to suit your gift recipient. Your giving via this program goes on your St. Luke giving record. (Order blanks and booklets will be available on the website and in the Narthex.)
- An “Angel” at the Narthex booth during Advent gives you a Christmas card to give to your gift recipient with an insert describing a typical item that the charity you selected provides.
- You give/mail the card to your gift recipient.
- Giving This Season
- We celebrate God's gift to us by caring for others. There are lots of opportunities for our holiday spending, giving and celebrating to help God’s work around the world.
Here are several of our current projects:
- We're collecting food for the Great Valley Food Cupboard. See "Holiday Food Drive" on this page.
- The Saint Luke Chili CookOff will benefit the Food Cupboard as well. Sunday, December 14 at noon. We’ll showcase the cooking talents of the congregation while contributing to the elimination of hunger right in our area. Attendees will vote for the best chili by making monetary donations to benefit the Great Valley Food Cupboard during the tasting time.
- Gifts of Hope is our Alternative Gift Program. See the article with the angel, above.
- Adopt-A Family at Lutheran Settlement House's Shelia Brown Shelter. Family names and wish lists are posted in the Narthex. Sign-up for a family on the poster and pick-up a corresponding envelop with gift details. Unwrapped, tagged gifts need to be dropped off at the church office by Sunday, December 7. We'll hear more about LSH's ministry at a forum during the Education Hour on Sunday, the 7th.
- Our traditional GIVING TREE stands ready and waiting in the Narthex for your gifts of new hats, gloves, mitten, scarves, and socks for elementary age children AND teens. All items will be given to The Jane Addams Place, an emergency homeless shelter in Philadelphia for mothers with children.