The Elders serve as an extension of the pastoral office. Their primary role is one of care. They assist pastors in worship and in theological discussion, help teach bible classes, assist in making home or hospital visits, and are open ears to our congregation and their needs and opinions.

 

Rick Darragh
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What promise from Jesus has made an impact on your life?
In Matthew 28:20, part of the Great Commission passage, Jesus says to his disciples “… I am with you always to the end of the age”. That promise is not new to us and it is meant for us as Jesus’ church and for us as individuals. For me personally, the promise of Jesus being with me has meant different things for different times in life. During hard times like the death of a friend or family member, knowing that Jesus is with me brings comfort or encouragement.   During joyful times, like the birth of a grandchild, knowing that Jesus is with us as a family causes me to rejoice in his personal love and care for us.   Recently, the promise that Jesus is with me has taken on a slightly different twist. I have begun to realize that Jesus is actively bringing people into a relationship with himself through me. As part of his mission, Jesus takes me with Him into the world as I go about my daily life. When I interact with the people I meet, whether at work or in the neighborhood, Jesus is using that everyday relationship for his purpose. The response that Jesus is shaping in me is to recognize His presence in that relationship.  He is asking me to make room for the relationships He is bringing me into and, without guilt or pressure, simply relate to people in a normal and human way. It is a subtle change, but it changes how I relate to those I come in contact with, how I greet the neighbor, or how I interact with the waiter at a restaurant. I am beginning to see these normal interactions with others in a new light. These everyday relationships are a way for Jesus to touch people around me, a way for me to join Jesus on his mission.

Mike Hasey
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Where have I seen Jesus at work in St Luke lately?
I have seen Jesus show up in numerous places around St. Luke. I have seen him at work in the home groups and in my home group in particular, in the way that we interact and care for each other. Being part of the visioning process that we are undertaking, I have seen Jesus show up there.  People on the team are able to talk openly and honestly and we are all invested in seeing Jesus will be done, not our own. I have seen Jesus show up in my own family. I have seen him at work in the lives of my older sons, in their interactions with others and in my discussions with them and as we pray together. I have seen his hand in the lives of my younger children, as I try to point them to Jesus, and they point me to him as well. I have seen Jesus at work in my own life. He is shaping how I view and relate to others, especially those I might not know very well. In short, I see Jesus being active all over the place, in quiet but numerous ways.

Austin Thomason
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Tell a story of how you have seen the kingdom show up in a meaningful way this fall.
I recently moved a couch for the Heins. I simply threw it into my truck on my way over to their house for a meeting. No big deal. One phone call and it was arranged. The phone conversation lasted about 30 seconds. The woman from whom she had bought the couch was floored. “Just one phone call and it’s done?” she said to Jen. “How do you even do that?” This woman couldn’t believe that it was so quick and easy finish a job like this. Her reaction confused me. I’m so used to our community at St. Luke that it was unbelievable for me that one phone call couldn’t solve a problem. Such a simple witness showed a stranger about the type of community that she didn’t even know existed. The community we’ve come to rely on. This story made me stop and think about what God has built at our church. The people, the resources, the love and care we show for one another. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. No big deal? Indeed.

Jon Bahr
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What is the most important step Jesus has asked you to take in your faith walk in the last 6 months?
Recently, I accepted a position with a new employer. For the first time in almost 11 years, I will not be employed within the LCMS. As a lifelong Lutheran, and the son of church workers, I did not imagine that my career might take me outside our denomination. However, throughout the process of deliberation, prayer and consideration, it became clear that God was speaking into our life and asking us (our family) to take this step in faith, and to follow where He was leading. While scary, it is also exciting to be outside of my personal comfort zone, and more reliant than ever on His direction and leading as I seek to serve Him.

Sean Egmon
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What is the most important step Jesus has asked you to take in your faith walk in the last 6 months?
I’m amazed and encouraged at the ways that Jesus has changed all of us at St Luke. I see a vision and a direction that continues to gain momentum. I see people willing to set aside things that might divide for things that contribute to that common vision. I see people sharing, loving and living life together in new ways. The desire to investigate the question of “what is Jesus doing in my life” has brought on a different approach to even the mundane things in life.  Jesus is working in our hearts and minds and making us into the church He wants us to be. If we can continue seeking Him in all that we do, say, think and feel, we will continue to reach those we come in contact with. We get closer to focusing, like the early church, on those living in community around us. Jesus is at work on us and around us in little ways as well as sometimes in big ways. Sometimes we’re lucky to get a glimpse of what He is doing. Other times our faith along with our brothers and sisters in Christ keep us encouraged to continue on the journey. I’m thankful for the ways that Jesus has used St Luke to help me grow and encourage me in my journey.

Ben Meyers
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Where have I seen Jesus at work in St Luke?
I’ve seen and felt the presence of Jesus through the interaction with His followers: Namely the members of my home group.

In our home group I see Jesus working in us as we have encouraging conversations about how to reach out to those around us; new people in the church or simply those in our neighborhoods and workplaces. Also in the willingness to depend on each other and pray for each other’s specific needs. This experience of being together, not alone, has really helped me see that Jesus is right here with us, using us to spread his love and care.

Ken Pingel
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Where have you seen Jesus at work in St. Luke lately?
I see Jesus at work at St. Luke in the growing attendance, the new faces and increasing number of young couples and young children at our services. I joined St. Luke with Sue in 1990, as a newly married couple. We have seen many changes at St. Luke over 26 years. Our children have grown up at St. Luke. I am so encouraged, and grateful, to see new members who have a heart for the Lord and are making a commitment to their faith and their families to seek the Lord here. The Lord has brought our Congregation to a place of promise and peace. Our Pastors are bringing inspired content to our worship and small group studies and strengthening our faith daily. Amen.

Karl Rose
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Where have I seen Jesus at work in St. Luke lately?
I see Jesus at work in our congregation in the love that comes forth from the people to one another and to those coming in to “check us out.” I see the grandfather who worked all night but through the love of Christ, brings his grandsons here in the morning. I see the fathers, who not that long ago were playing Risk and Chess in my family room and now are ministering the love of Christ to their families, serving at the Lord’s Table and working toward the further stability and outreach of our Congregation. I see a Congregation welcoming the neighborhood around us to come and join us and I see a willingness to serve those less fortunate, homeless, etc. I feel truly blessed to serve in this Congregation.

RonRon McCarty
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Where have I seen Jesus at work in St. Luke lately?
The past 12 or so weeks have been very thought provoking. The Vibrant worship series has had Jesus showing up in ways I hadn’t given much thought to in the past. Every banner illustrates ways that Jesus is connected to our everyday lives. Worship services, home groups, Sunday great room class and personal bible study have helped me see Jesus at work all around us in a variety of ways. I am looking forward to our continued walk with Jesus at St. Luke, in our homes, and in our neighborhoods.

 

You can learn more about how we are organized to join Jesus on His mission by reading this blog or watching the video below.


The congregation annually elects members of our Board of Elders.

Please keep these members in your prayers as they seek to serve Jesus by serving you.