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August 14 - 22, 2021
This Week at St. Luke
Saturday, August 14
No 5 pm worship service; resumes next Saturday, Aug. 21, at 5 PM, in the Sanctuary.  

Sunday, August 15
12th Sunday After Pentecost
Both worship services are based on the Now the Feast and Celebration Liturgy by Marty Haugen
8:15 AM  In-Person Worship service in the Courtyard  (This is the last outdoor service this summer. Next Sunday, the early service will be held in the Sanctuary.)
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service in the Sanctuary
10:30 AM Simultaneous Live-stream service
After the 10:30 AM service Recorded worship service available
Sign up sheets for the Church Potluck (on Aug. 22nd) are available in the Narthex.
Monday, August 16
St. Luke Preschool classes begin
Deadline to submit articles and items for the September Horizon newsletter & calendar
Tuesday, August 17
11 AM-2 PM In-Person Elders Alive Vacation Bible School - Fellowship Hall (Please enter through the south door of Fellowship Hall/Kitchen). Bring a sack lunch. Topic: "Raising Parrots", presented by Debbie Werner
Thursday, August 19
6 PM Church Council meeting on Zoom
Saturday, August 21
5 PM Evening In-Person Worship service in the Sanctuary. The service will be based on the Now the Feast and Celebration Liturgy by Marty Haugen.
5 PM Live-Streamed worship service
Sunday, August 22
13th Sunday After Pentecost
8:15 AM  Early In-Person Worship service in the Sanctuary
9:15 AM Church Potluck - Fellowship Hall
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service in the Sanctuary
The Nursery is available for parents with their infants and small children.
Welcome and Connections (goldenrod sheet bulletin insert) - At church, please return your filled-out goldenrod sheet in the basket by the worship bulletins. Please make sure to check the worship service you attend. Thank you.
Altar Flowers
Given by Mike & Brenda Sanchez, in celebration of their wedding anniversary.

Sanctuary Candle
Given by Mike & Carol Abramovich, in celebration of the marriage of Wendi Abramovich and Milton Wood on August 6, 2021.
Given New CDC COVID Guidelines (on July 27, 2021)
The St. Luke Council has put forward the following recommendations for our worship practices:
1)  8:15 outdoor service: wearing of masks is optional but recommended for non-vaccinated attendees.  Singing is optional for all.
2)  10:30 indoor service:  wearing of masks is recommended for all attendees.  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. 
-- From the St. Luke Council & Pastors

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

St. Luke Lutheran Church

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

August 15, 2021

(In Person and E-worship) 

Bread of Life, 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, Sundays at 10:30 AM:
Recorded services can be found on our website.
Recorded sermons can be found on YouTube at StLukeABQ.

Bucket of Change       
Your donation in August will go to ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response which brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles LDR stays to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.
You may place our 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
Back to Three Worship Services
Starting August 21 - 22
All services will be held in the Sanctuary
5 PM In-Person Worship service
5 PM Live-streamed Worship

8:15 AM In-Person Worship service
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service
Church Potluck
Sunday, August 22
Between the 8:15 AM & 10:30 AM services
In the Fellowship Hall

Sign-up sheets are available in the Narthex. Let us celebrate returning to three services and the beginning of the 2021 Fall schedule.

St. Luke WELCA will host this event.
Elders Alive! - Adult Vacation Bible School
Tuesdays, August 10 - 31
11 AM - 2 PM, in St. Luke's Fellowship Hall

(Please enter through the south door.)

Theme: Hidden Talents of Our Members
Featuring: invigorating discussions and activities reminiscent of VBS when you were a child: singing songs and making crafts
August 10 - Fostering Kittens, by Janet Morse
August 17 - Raising Parrots, by Debbie Werner
August 24 - Photography, by Gil Quintana
August 31 - Rag Dolls, by Rosetta Bidne
Daily schedule includes: Opening devotion, singing, presentation, brown bag lunch with more discussion on the topic of the day, and crafts.
While you are welcome to just attend, help us with planning by indicating on the goldenrod sheet if you will be attending or by sending a message to Judy Moore at 
Bring a sack. Invited a friend.
2021 Frolic Baby Bible Club
Fourth Thursdays at 5:30 - 6 PM on Zoom
Using the Frolic First Bible (for parents & babies, birth - age three)

Topic for August 26: EXODUS

If you need more information, please contact Pastor Christa at
Blessing of the Backpacks
August 28/29, 2021

 at 5:00 PM Saturday and 8:15/10:30 AM Sunday worship services
At St. Luke Lutheran Church

Blessing all students, teachers, and school staff! (& special recognition of St. Luke Preschool community)
 We mark the new school year through a Blessing of the Backpacks, and those who carry them. Students, teachers, and school staff of all ages will be invited to stand with their backpacks, briefcases, or bags to receive a blessing, a prayer, and a small gift of grace for the 2021-2022 new school year!
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.   
For more information, please talk to Pastor Wayne or send him an email at Thank you for your support.
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 pray for newlyweds Wendi Abramovich (Mike & Carol Abramovich's daughter) and Milton Wood, married on August 6, 2021; for Tommy & Ruth Glauner, on their 72nd wedding anniversary on August 7, 2021; and for newlyweds Georgia Brodbeck and Edward Adams, married on July 24, 2021.

For Those Who Mourn
We pray for the family & loved ones of Jim Rasmussen who died on August 9, 2021 (Jim was the substitute organist when our organist Nancy was on leave). We pray for former longtime St. Luke members, Nancy Linnerooth and her children, on the death of Nancy's husband Tom on July 20, 2021. Tom’s obituary is available at: To send sympathy cards to Nancy and family, mail to: 124A Bridgewater Way, Stillwater, MN 55082.
For Those in Need of Strength, Help, Healing, Comfort
We pray for Kay, Brandon & Barb (from Nancy Espy); Sara, Theresa & Mary (from Sally Meeks); Crews & Jane; Jessica & Brett (from Azar family); Bob Folkes (Steve Folke's brother); Karin Duda; Lawrence Kazura; Jack Raitt (brother-in-law of David & Betty Begeal); former St. Luke member Linda Erlandson (Betsy Abel's friend); Richard Peters & family (cousin of Daleen Olson); 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, 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 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 church leaders - the Council
For the Wider Church
We pray for Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque; Luther House NM/CNM; Navajo Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ; missionaries sent by God all over the world; and churches in the midst of fire in California, those in areas with extreme weather conditions, & especially those experiencing persecution.

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.
For Our Country
We pray for our government and service personnel & first responders and their families. We pray for for the preservation of our freedom & for the continued upholding of the our US Constitution.
Prayer Requests:    Please submit your prayer requests to Angie by email at or by leaving a message at 505.299.2621.
Tribute to Jim Rasmussen
From Pauleta Hendrickson, St. Luke Director of Music Ministries
It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Jim Rasmussen's death earlier this week. Jim served as one of our substitute organists during Nancy's sabbatical. But, that is only a minor part of his gifts to our community. Jim was our organ consultant during the planning, design, and installation of our Cassavant organ. St Luke and the organ community will feel his loss deeply.
I enjoyed his wit, his engaging stories, and his love of music. May his memory be for blessing.  

From Jim's daughter, Lori Davis 
Many of you know already, but for some this email may be your first news of the death of my father, Jim Rasmussen. He died in his home on Monday, August 9th. My mother and I were here to be with him at the time.
We will be holding a service for him on Saturday, August 14th. The viewing is at 10:00 and the funeral will begin at 11:00. Both are at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 12701 Indian School Rd. I know many of you will not be able to make it, so I have pasted in a Zoom link at the bottom of this email. There is also a link for the Tribute Wall, where we hope you will share your memories and photos of him. 
For those who do want to attend in person, you may want to know that my father did have Covid-19. Some of our family was exposed, but all of us have passed the contagious period. 

Tribute Wall:  Go online at

To View Jim's Funeral:
  • Please click the link to join the Zoom webinar:
  • Or One tap mobile : US: +13462487799,,99484758239#  or +16699006833,,99484758239#
  • Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592
Zoom Webinar ID: 994 8475 8239
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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