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Rooted in God's Word, Serving in God's World 

September 4 - 12, 2021
This Week at St. Luke
Fifteenth Weekend After Pentecost: Sept. 4 & 5

Saturday, September 4
5 PM In-Person Worship service. The service will be based on the "Now the Feast and Celebration Liturgy," by Marty Haugen 
5 PM Live-streamed worship service at
Sunday, September 5
8:15 AM In-Person Worship service
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service

Monday, September 6
Labor Day
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your Holy Name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.   - Book of Common Prayer
In observance of Labor Day, St. Luke Lutheran church office and preschool closed.

Tuesday, September 7
2:30 PM Staff meeting
Worship, Music & the Arts meeting moved to Sept. 14
Wednesday, September 8
10 AM Finance Comm. meeting on Zoom
7-8:30 PM Choir Rehearsal - Choir Loft
Thursday, September 9
2 PM
Lamplighters meeting on Zoom
7 PM Preschool Comm. meeting on Zoom
Friday, September 10
9:30 AM
Church Women United on Zoom
Sixteenth Weekend After Pentecost: Sept. 11 & 12
Jim Class starts at all services.
James 1: Listening and Doing

Saturday, September 11
8 AM - Noon God's Work. Our Hands. Opportunities to serve at Habitat for Humanity, HopeWorks, and Luther House at UNM
5 PM In-Person Worship service. The service will be based on the "Now the Feast and Celebration Liturgy," by Marty Haugen 
5 PM Live-streamed worship service at
Sunday, September 12
8:15 AM In-Person Worship service
9:15 AM Adult Forum: Topic: Judaism (continued from last session in 2020) - in the Zuni room
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service

The Nursery is available for parents with their infants and small children.

Welcome and Connections (goldenrod sheet bulletin insert) - Please fill out and place in basket at church. Please make sure to check the worship service you attend. Thank you.
Given New CDC COVID Guidelines (on July 27, 2021) and the most recent NM DoH Public Health Order (August 17, 2021), the St. Luke Council has put forward the following guidelines for our worship practices
1) Wearing of masks is required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status; 2) Singing is optional for all. We institute these changes with the recognition that things are moving quickly and we are trying to be responsible and responsive, with a bias towards caution.   ---The St. Luke Council and Pastors
Please click HERE for the September Horizon newsletter
Paper copies are also available at church.
Sanctuary Candle
Given by Joyce Mills, in memory V. L. Morris and Gene Mills.

The altar flower arrangement for Sept. 11-12 is available for offering. Donation: $35

*** Click HERE for this weekend's bulletin. ***

St. Luke Lutheran Church

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fifteenth Saturday After Pentecost

September 4, 2021

5:00 PM

(In Person and E-worship) 

Image credit: Br. Robert Lentz The Syrophoenician Woman

“Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
– Mark7:28b

St Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Menaul Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87112
505-299-2621 Email:

Find our Livestream online, Saturdays at 5:00 PM:
Recorded services can be found on our website.
Recorded sermons can be found on YouTube at StLukeABQ.

Bucket of Change       
Your donation in September will go to Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) which is the only health care organization in central New Mexico dedicated to providing critical services to over 7,000 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness.  AHCH addresses health-related causes to homelessness and makes it possible for people to find solutions to end their homelessness.
You may place your offerings for the BUCKET OF CHANGE in the bucket at church, send gifts directly to St. Luke via mail or contribute via our online giving resources on our church website

Thank you for your gift of $968.64 that was sent to ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response (August Bucket of Change).


Thursday, September 9
(2nd Thursday)
2 PM, on Zoom
We will continue our discussion of "Paul, Apostle to All the Nations," by Stephen J. Binz, chapters 19-24. Shirley Smith will be the leader. All St. Luke women are invited.
For more information call Gayle Carleton at 505-559-3012 or at 
Church Women United
Human Rights Day Celebration
Friday, September 10
9:30 AM on Zoom
Speaker: The Rev. Shelley Repp, Executive Director of the NM Dream Center, an Albuquerque based nonprofit that provides social services at no cost to the unserved and marginalized: youth experiencing homelessness, survivors of human trafficking, trafficked children, and trafficked immigrants. If you would like more information on attending, please talk to BettyAnne Arner, Betty Begeal, or Gayle Carleton. To participate, contact CWU coordinator Marilyn Stoops at 505.265.8358 or at
Women's GATHER Bible Study for Fall 2021

Powered by wind and breath
A Bible study written by The Rev. Sara Olson-Smith
Session 1: Holy Spirit: Revealer and resource will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 AM via Zoom. Session 2: Breath of God: Reviver and reformer will be held, hopefully, in person on Saturday, Oct. 16, 9:30 AM, in the Fellowship Hall. 
A copy of the Sept./Oct. 2021 GATHER magazine is available by the worship bulletins for you to look at. Please do not take it home; leave it for the next person. Thank you. For more information, contact Bev Berardinelli at

Jim Class - How to Live Well

A journey through the letter of James in the Bible
Sermon Series at all worship services on September 11 - October 10
James is a form of literature similar to what the Hebrews call "wisdom literature" - very practical, established, and tested wisdom. Jim class theme schedule is as follows:
Sept. 11-12: James 1: Listening and Doing
Sept. 18-19: James 2: No Favorites
Sept. 25-26: James 3: Taming the Tongue
Oct. 2-3: James 3 & 4: Two Kinds of Wisdom
Oct. 9-10: James 5: Patience through Prayer and Correction

Mid-Week Bible Study
Letter of James in the Bible
Wednesdays, starting September 15
Possible times to attend: 8 AM or Noon, via Zoom
* Bible Study: digging into the Bible text
* Brief presentation and discussions
* Perhaps some articles from Pastor Wayne

For more information on the Jim Class Sermon Series and the Mid-Week Letter of James in the Bible class, please contact Pastor Wayne at

God’s work.  Our hands.
Saturday, September 11
8 AM -12 Noon
Three Locations:
(Click HERE for more information)
Habitat for Humanity: Neighborhood Revitalization Project, 
201 General Patch St. NE 87123
Register to volunteer at:
HopeWorks: Casa de Phoenix
640 Alcazar SE 87108
Luther House
University of New Mexico Campus, 1805 Las Lomas Rd NE 87106 

For All Sites:
* It is strongly suggested that you wear a hat, work boots/shoes, and old clothing that you do not mind destroying.
* Take water and snacks. See each section for tools needed if any. 
* It is absolutely mandatory that you are prepared to comply with mask directives at the job site. Bring your mask and be prepared to wear it if you are indoors. If you are not vaccinated it is my understanding that you need to wear the mask outdoors as well.  Individuals that are not compliant with the mask mandate at the individual job site will be asked to leave the site. 
* Youth that are under 16 may work with parents at Luther House and Hope Works. It is suggested that youth be no younger than 12-13 and ready to work. 
Yes, it will be hot and yes, you will get dirty!  But it will be fun … promise. 
Adult Forum
Course: Introduction to Judaism continues
Sundays, starting September 12
9:15 AM, in the Zuni room
First session: Refresher on the 3000 year history of Jewish people and religion.
Then, we will continue with The World to Come: What do Jews believe about the afterlife? We will have video lectures by Prof. Shai Cherry and class discussion. Please join us. For more information, contact Susan Alexis at or David Follstaedt at
Calling all kids!  It's time for 

Salt & Spark
Wednesdays, starting September 15
4:45 - 5:30 PM, on Zoom

Lesson Focus in September:
Sept. 15: Creation: God's creation is all around us (Genesis 1:1-2:4a)
Sept. 22: Noah's Ark: God saved Noah & the animals and promised never to flood creation again (Genesis 6-9)
Sept. 29: Abram's Call: We are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:1-9)
For more information, contact Holly Trujillo at CY& or Pastor Christa at

Lutheran Family Services – and Afghan Refugees Coming to ABQ

The Lutheran churches of ABQ have been asked to assist in the settling of Afghan refugees [with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV)] – with the withdrawal of American forces in Afghanistan.

Needed:  Short-term housing options to provide time to find suitable apartments for these families.  If you have any connections or leads to this industry, please contact Pastor Wayne (920-489-4672) or LFS’s Lydia Monte (505-226-5996).

Additional needs for Afghan refugees:
1)  Assisting new clients with transportation to appointments;

2)  Preparing culturally appropriate meals for new families;

3)  Collecting donations (Click HERE for the list or pick one up in the Narthex);

4)  Setting up apartments.   
Please place your donations at the designated place in the Narthex. For more information, please talk to Pastor Wayne or send him an email at Thank you for your support.
Thanks be to God for the opportunity to enter into the important work of welcoming Afghan evacuees to ABQ! James Horan, President and CEO of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, and Farid Sharifi, Program Director of LFSRM here in ABQ, will be offering a presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 14th at 2:00 p.m. that addresses the following:
1) information about Afghans being resettled in New Mexico
2) what services LFS will provide through this process
3) exactly what support LFS needs most from the community
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St. Luke Preschool
For information on registration for the 2021-2022 school year,
contact Lori at 505.292.8812 or at
Click here for a virtual tour of St Luke Preschool.
Prayers of St. Luke Church Family 
 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 
- Romans 12:15
For Those Who Celebrate
We give thanks for the birth of Penelope June Meyer (great niece of Dawn & Brent Meyer) on August 24th. Penelope has Down’s syndrome with consequent heart issues. We pray for our Lord to strengthen Penelope daily and for his perfect timing & medical team to fix her heart. 

With thanksgiving, we celebrate our Bookkeeper Michelle Barba's 5th anniversary of employment at St. Luke. We are blessed that she is part of the church family.
For Those Who Mourn
We pray for the family of Richard Peters (Daleen Olson's cousin): his wife Ann and son Marc. Richard died on August 17, 2021. 
For Those in Need of Strength, Help, Healing, Comfort
We pray for the Albuquerque communities, for our law enforcement personnel, medics, first responders and their families, and perpetrators & families.  May God protect the protectors, convert the hearts of criminals and haters, and bring justice and calm into our city. Amen.

We pray for Valerie Trujillo (Betty Begeal’s friend); the Fuller Family (from Roesler family); Lin Hafner (Betty Begeal's friend); Sandy's procedure (Clarks); Kay, Brandon & Barb (from Nancy Espy); Sara, Theresa & Mary (from Sally Meeks); Crews & Jane; Jessica & Brett (from Azar family); Bob Folkes (Steve Folkes's brother); Karin Duda; Jack Raitt (brother-in-law of David & Betty Begeal); former St. Luke member Linda Erlandson (Betsy Abel's friend);Sumalee Thomas (from Kim Guericke) and for her young children; Bonnie (from Barbara Exley); Kenneth (from Sally Meeks); Tom M. (from Azar family); Liz Wills; Rita, Brandon; Steve Montgomery; Susan (Les Anderson's niece); Bonnie Paine; Bill; and Roger (son of Magda Renteria). 
We pray for homebound members: Polly Brodbeck, Melda Burns, Dorela Cole, Billie Cooper, Leah Coughenour, Dottie Donohoe, Phoebe English, Marilyn Feagler, Lucille Few, Janet Garcia, Janis Prudhomme, Lois Sherwood, Ardys Theophillus, Donald Vlasaty.
We pray for all students & their families, especially our St. Luke Preschool & staff, as school year 2021-2022 begins. We pray for all children separated from their loved ones and those who are in unsafe situations. 

We pray for those states along the path of storm Ida; those in the midst of wildfires in California; earthquakes and storm in Haiti; and upheaval in Afghanistan. 

We pray for our Council and committee/ministry leaders. 
We lift up in prayer our pastors Christa & Wayne as they minister to us. (God said, “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” – Jeremiah 3:15). 

For the Wider Church
We pray for Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque; Luther House NM/CNM; Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ; churches in Afghanistan; and missionaries sent by God all over the world. We pray for the persecuted church.

We pray for ELCA missionary pastor and professor of Church History, The Rev. Carolyn Schneider, Ph.D. as she prepares to move to Jamaica to teach at the (UTCWI) United Theological College of the West Indies ( We pray as she goes through the working visa application process & final travel arrangements, her journey to a new (for her) country and settling at her temporary home at the UTCWI campus.

We join with the staff of World Vision, a Christian relief organization in Afghanistan in praying for the safety of children in Afghanistan amid conflict in the country. We pray that God would bring peace to this country so that children and families might live without fear of violence. We pray for the health of Afghan children and their families; currently 40% of Afghan children suffer from malnutrition.

We pray with The Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA) for children, families and staff of our sister preschools in Louisiana that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Ida: Christ the King in Kenner; Hosanna Christian Preschool in Mandeville; and Concordia Lutheran School in Marrero.
For Our Country
At this time of war and conflict we pray for all the members of the American military and foreign service in danger anywhere in the world. Allow them to accomplish their missions and come home safely to us. We pray for all those innocently caught up in the conflicts. And because our Lord Jesus commanded us to pray for our enemies and those who persecute us, we ask you, Lord to always remind us that you created them in your image, that Christ died for them, that they are beloved of God just like us, so that we might with sincerity pray, Lord have mercy on them.

Prayer Requests:   Please submit your prayer requests to coordinator Beverly Ronkos, by email at or by phone at the church office: 505.299.2621.
Pastor Christa von Zychlin
Pastor Wayne Leo Nieminen
Pauleta Hendrickson, Director of Music Ministries
Angelica Miller, Church Office Manager
Michelle Barba, Bookkeeper
Nancy Granert, Organist
Pamela Franco, Media Ministry Assistant
Lori Erven, St. Luke Preschool Director
9100 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 299-2621      

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