St. Luke launched and celebrated “Christ the Servant Sunday” this morning, sharing in a multigenerational service project in worship. We made over 2,000 sandwiches to be handed out to the hungry by Minneapolis’ “sandwich man,” Allan Law. They were all handed out that very night.
St. Luke is one of a handful of Twin Cities faith communities joined together in a Sacred Solidarity Network to dismantle white supremacy in our lives and communities.
We celebrate and welcome the eight new members who joined St. Luke with our fall new members class! We are a new and changed church every time people join our community.
At St. Luke, we celebrate the artists among us. An exciting new exhibit, Marilyn Summers Cool: A Life in Art, now graces our entryway, garden court, and sanctuary.
A long-time St. Luke member, Marilyn Summers Cool was born an artist. She has worked hard all of her life to carve out a space for that artist to thrive – inspiring, mentoring, and teaching along the way. Driven to create, Marilyn strained against the limits of ordinary life. A painter, sculptor, and printmaker for more than fifty years, Marilyn understands the spiritual power of art.
St. Luke commissioned the large painting near the sanctuary doors to honor our experience as a sanctuary church. Prints and paintings on loan from congregation members will be on display through December.
Women caring for one another was the theme for the St. Luke women’s retreat on the weekend at Clearwater Forest. Eleven women gathered in Eagle Lodge for good conversation, deepening friendships, purse exchanges, wine, chocolate, manicures, and massages. What a joy!
Ten St. Luke women went to the Pine Ridge Reservation for the fiftieth time in the last quarter century to join with Native American women to create quilts and other household items. Why do they do it, year after year? Cecy Faster says, “because many of the women on the reservation are my friends. I look forward to seeing them again.”
From St. Luke member and ruling elder, Judy Gregg:
“I put my foot down on Line 3 last Saturday. As I stood on it, I thought about what was flowing under my foot…through treaty territory, carrying the dirtiest, most carbon intensive fuel on the planet threatening our lakes, rivers and wildlife. On Sunday, at the headwaters of the Mississippi, led by indigenous men and women, we people of many faiths blessed these life-giving waters and pledged to protect them for current and future generations. If you want to “put your foot down on Line 3”, call governor Dayton’s administration today and urge him to stand with the Anishinaabe people, the water and our climate, and stop Line 3: 651-201-3400”
St. Luke Presbyterian Church has a strong interest in updating our state laws concerning gun reform. In March more than a dozen St. Luke members participated in the March for Our Lives at the state Capitol. On April 18th a dozen St. luke members attended the Moms Demand Action training and lobby day at the Capitol. We have encouraged people to make their voices heard by contacting their legislators.
A strong action that can be taken before the mid-term elections is to go to the League of Women Voters website, lwv.org, enter your zip code in the “Find your league” space, and access your local league where you can find dates to volunteer to help with voter registration and find candidate forums. We all can make a difference.