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

October 16 - 24, 2021
This Week at St. Luke
Friday, October 15
Deadline: articles for Horizon newsletter: November 2021 edition and items for the November 2021 calendar. Please submit articles to the church office at Thank you.
Twenty-First Weekend After Pentecost: Oct. 16 & 17

Saturday, October 16
9:15 - 11:45 AM In-Person Women's GATHER Bible Study & Brunch, in the Fellowship Hall
5 PM In-Person Worship service
5 PM Live-streamed worship service at
Sunday, October 17
8:15 AM In-Person Worship service 
9:15 AM New Member/Inquirers Class & Conversation, in the Lounge/Library
9:15 AM Adult Forum: Judaism, in the Fellowship Hall 
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service

Monday, October 18
Each child in attendance at the Faith Stepping Stone Bible & Reformation Weekend: Oct. 30-31 will receive  a children’s Bible or Bible storybook of his/ her own! Please RSVP to Pastor Christa at by this Monday, October 18
so we have enough age-appropriate Bibles / Storybooks available.

Tuesday, October 19
1 - 2 PM Elders Alive Autumn Festival: Sharing Memories, in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, October 20
8 AM and Noon Jim Class (Bible book of James) on Zoom (last sessions)
9:40 - 11:40 AM Preschool Music
Angie is out of the church office today
4:45 - 5:30 PM Salt & Spark on Zoom - for ages 5-12; 12 years & up participate as junior helpers
7 - 8:30 PM Choir Rehearsal in the Choir Loft
Thursday, October 21
9:15 - 11:40 AM Preschool Music
6 PM Church Council meeting on Zoom
Friday, October 22
9:30 - 11:15 AM Preschool Worship - MOSES
Saturday, October 23
10 - 11 AM Stewardship Class on Zoom: Volunteerism. To attend, send email to
Twenty-Second Weekend After Pentecost: Oct. 23 & 24

Saturday, October 23
5 PM In-Person Worship service & Baptisms of Leeondra Schuler-Sandy and Ian Schuler-Sandy
5 PM Live-streamed worship service at
Sunday, October 24
8:15 AM In-Person Worship service
9:15 AM New Member/Inquirers Class & Conversation, in the Lounge/Library
9:15 AM Adult Forum: Judaism, in the Fellowship Hall 
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service
Horizon monthly newsletter: October 2021 edition - click HERE for pdf copy.  Paper copies are available at church.

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 the basket at church. Please make sure to check the worship service you attend. Thank you.

PHISHING / SPAM - Some of you may have received phishing/spam texts on your mobile phones and/or emails purporting to be from our pastors, asking for gift cards or cash or giving you vague messages. Please delete those texts. Pastors Christa & Wayne will never send you such messages. When in doubt, please call them using the phone numbers they have personally given you or call the church office.

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: Wearing of masks is required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Singing is optional for all.
In addition to mask wearing, we continue to follow CDC COVID-19 Safe Practices: having available hand hygiene materials and ensuring adequate ventilation by opening exit doors to increase outdoor air flow (when outdoor conditions allow) and interior doors to help circulate the air throughout the church.  Propping open the exit doors before and after services provides an opportunity for a joyful and safe welcome to all worshipers. 
 --The St. Luke Council, WMA (Worship, Music & Arts) Committee and Pastors
Altar Flowers
Given by Mike & Brenda Sanchez, in honor of Ellie

Sanctuary Candle
Given by Alison Schuler, "In praise of God for his love in the baptisms of Leeondra Schuler and Ian Schuler."
Our Services Need Worship Assistants
Sign up sheets are posted on the kiosk in the Narthex. 
Please choose day and time of service to serve as Usher, Communion Assistant to setup & clean up, or Scripture Readers. Thank you to our volunteers.

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

St. Luke Lutheran Church

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Twenty-first Saturday After Pentecost

October 16, 2021

5:00 PM

(In Person and E-worship) 

James and John, Sons of Zebedee

“Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”   Mark 10: 35

Jesus Mural of Faith, Hope, Love, and Peace, [20th century, Chicago, IL] from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Original source:


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 October will go to Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity (GAHH) which has built affordable housing in nine communities in Albuquerque.  GAHH builds community by giving low-income families an opportunity to purchase a home so they can stand on their own, find stability and build a safe and secure foundation for their family’s future. A decent place to live removes barriers to success that might have been part of a family’s life for generations.
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

Bucket change in September to benefit the Albuquerque Homeless is $347.05. Thank you, St. Luke church, for your gift.
Women's GATHER Bible Study & Mini-Retreat
Featuring: Powered by wind & breath, a Bible study
by The Rev. Sara Olson-Smith
Breath of God: Can these Dry Bones live?
We will meet in-person on
This Saturday morning, October 16
9:15 - 11:45 AM, in the Fellowship Hall
We are having Bible study, music, brunch (no special skills/background needed, just YOU!)
We will have brunch. invite a friend! Bring a brunch snack to share! 
Click HERE for the short informational video for the study in October.
Mark Your Calendars for the next GATHER Bible Study & Brunch:
Saturday, November 13: Wind of God: Refiner and Re-router
Saturday, December 11 (Advent/Christmas Gathering)
Adult Forum: Introduction to Judaism
Sundays at 9:15 AM, in the Fellowship Hall
We are having video lectures by Prof. Shai Cherry and class discussion. Please join us. For more information, contact Susan Alexis at or David Follstaedt at
St. Luke New Member/Inquirers Class & Conversation
For those new or returning to church life, or just ready to make it "official", we'd love to have the chance to get to know each other better during this two week class and conversation about the Christian church in general and this St. Luke Lutheran Church family in particular:
This Sunday, Oct. 17 and next Sunday, Oct. 24
Between services, 9:15 - 10:15 AM, in the Lounge/Library
(Please let us know if you would like childcare provided!)
For more information, contact Pastor Christa or Pastor Wayne at OR
Mid-Week Wednesday Bible Study
Continues on October 20 (new participants always welcome)
Pastor Wayne will finish the book of James. Please join us.
* Click HERE for the James Bible Project poster 

Zoom link for 8 AM class
Meeting ID: 879 2441 4072
Zoom link for Noon class
Meeting ID: 870 4095 4032 
Click on the Zoom link to attend the meeting OR go online to Zoom.US; type in Meeting ID at the prompt, then click JOIN.
Calling all kids!  It's time for 

Salt & Spark
for ages 5-12; 12 years & up participate as junior helpers
Wednesdays at 4:45 - 5:30 PM, on Zoom
Meeting ID: 859 6833 4457

Lesson Focus:  Oct. 20: The Red Sea (Exodus 13:17-22 to Exodus 14)
For more information, contact Holly Trujillo at CY& or Pastor Christa at
Chapel Services at the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) in Jamaica
The Rev. Carolyn Schneider, Ph.D., ELCA Global missionary teacher at UTCWI invites you to the chapel services via Zoom at UTCWI on
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, October 25, 26, 28 & 29 at 10 - 10:30 AM and
the chapel service with holy communion on Wednesday, October 27, at 9:00 - 10:00 AM
You may want to prepare bread and wine at home when you join us on Wednesday.

Zoom Link to the Chapel Services on October 25 - 29, 2021:
Meeting ID: 831 8019 6563
Passcode: 860998
Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events!

Memorial Service for Mary Louise Holmquist 
will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021, 11 AM, 
at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Mary Louise died on June 2, 2020
To help with the Memorial Reception or to bring an item, please contact the St Luke Memorial Reception Ministry at or call the church office at 505.299.2621.
Reformation Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31
Let's all wear red! We will be celebrating the anniversary of Reformation ... and 
  • New Member Reception - we will be receiving new members at all the worship services.
  • The St. Luke Church Family invites YOU to our Faith Stepping Stone Bible weekend (as part of Reformation Weekend):
    Saturday, October 30 at 5:00 pm
    Sunday, October 31 at 8:15 am or 10:30 am
    Each child in attendance will receive  a children’s Bible or Bible storybook of his/ her own! Please RSVP to Pastor Christa at by Monday, October 18, so we have enough age-appropriate Bibles / storybooks available.
Frolic Baby Bible Club 
Using the Frolic First Bible, for parents & babies from birth to age 3
Featuring: Bible songs, scripture, sharing & some silliness!
We will meet in person on Sunday, Oct. 31, between services, 9:30 AM
In the Lounge/Library

All Saints Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, November 6-7
We will be remembering church members who have died and celebrating those who have been baptized since All Saints weekend 2020.

Women's GATHER Bible Study & Brunch
9:15 - 11:45 AM, in the Fellowship Hall
Saturday, November 13: Study: Wind of God: Refiner and Re-router
Saturday, December 11 (Advent/Christmas Gathering)
Lutheran Family Services: 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.
Click HERE for Updated Information Regarding Lutheran Family Services (LFS) and Afghan Evacuees.
For more information, please speak to Pastor Wayne or contact him or David Follstaedt by email at
St. Luke Preschool
St. Luke Preschool is hiring substitute teachers.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in working with young children on a part time basis, please let them know!  For more information, contact Lori at the preschool office-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 Mourn
We pray for Ginny Fisher, her daughters Lynne & Ellen, upon the death of daughter/sister Anne Kelso on October 1, 2021

For Those in Need of Strength, Help, Healing, Comfort
We pray for 7 week old Penelope (granddaughter of Rosetta Bidne and niece of Dawn Meyer) who is facing multiples surgeries and health challenges.

We pray for John Davis & family (from Betty Begeal); Linday (from Bonnie Paine); Aleta (Mary Voelz's step-daughter); Charlotte Kindle & Joyce Hammond (from Cronican family); Barbara & Mary Ellen (from Susan Zimmerman); Pam (Mary Voelz's friend); Patsy & Moore Family (from Roesler family); Sandy Clark (Clark family); Leo, Janet & Evan (from Steve & Mary Beth Garrett); Leo (from Azar family); Tom Kennerly (from Barbara Exley); Valerie Trujillo (Betty Begeal’s friend); the Fuller Family (from Roesler family); Trudy, Chris, Kay, Brandon (from Nancy Espy); Jack Raitt (brother-in-law of David & Betty Begeal); Steve Montgomery.  
We pray for homebound members: Polly Brodbeck, Melda Burns, Dorela Cole, Billie Cooper, Leah Coughenour, Dottie Donohoe, Karin Duda, Phoebe English, Marilyn Feagler, Lucille Few, Janet Garcia, Janis Prudhomme, Lois Sherwood, Ardys Theophillus, Donald Vlasaty. 

We pray for all children & their families, especially in Albuquerque. We pray for all children separated from their loved ones and those who are in unsafe situations. We pray for our St Luke Preschool, students, teachers, and staff.

We pray for the formation of the St. Luke Core Team that will be partnering with Lutheran Family Services in welcoming an Afghan Family.
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). 
We pray for our Council and committee/ministry leaders. 
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 serves in Jamaica teaching at the (UTCWI) United Theological College of the West Indies (

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.
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.

We pray for our first responders, doctors/nurses and other healthcare workers and their families as they provide care and healing to those in need while facing many challenges.

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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