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St. Luke's "Grace Positioning System" - opportunities to connect at St. Luke

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

October 9 - 17, 2021
This Week at St. Luke
Memorial service for
Anne Elizabeth Fisher Kelso
Saturday, October 9
2 PM at St. Luke Lutheran Church

Twentieth Weekend After Pentecost: Oct. 9 & 10
Jim Class #5. James 5: Patience

Saturday, October 9
5 PM In-Person Worship service
5 PM Live-streamed worship service at
Sunday, October 10
8:15 AM In-Person Worship service & Baptism of Parker Smith
9:15 AM Adult Forum: Judaism, in the Fellowship Hall 
10:30 AM In-Person Worship service
Monday, October 11
8 AM Book of Concord, International Class on Zoom
Tuesday, October 12
9:30 - 11:15 AM Preschool Worship: NOAH
Wednesday, October 13
8 AM and Noon Jim Class (Bible book of James) on Zoom
9:40 - 11:40 AM Preschool Music
10:30 AM Finance Comm. meeting on Zoom
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 14
9:15 - 11:40 AM Preschool Music
5:30 PM Children, Youth & Family Comm. meeting on Zoom
7 PM Preschool Comm. meeting on Zoom
Friday, October 15
Deadline: articles for Horizon newsletter: November 2021 edition
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 & Baptism of Parker Smith
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.
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 the Musicians of St. Luke, in loving memory of Anne Elizabeth Fisher Kelso

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.

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

St. Luke Lutheran Church

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Twentieth Saturday After Pentecost

October 9, 2021

5:00 PM

(In Person and E-worship) 

They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” 
 – Mark 10:26-27

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.

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
Adult Forum: Introduction to Judaism
Sundays at 9:15 AM, in the Fellowship Hall
Topic: 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
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
Book of Concord
published in 1580, contains the Lutheran Confessions, which are: ten statements of faith that Lutherans use as official explanations and summaries of what they believe, teach, and confess.
The Rev. Carolyn Schneider, Ph.D., ELCA Global missionary teaching at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Jamaica, is inviting you to an international class on the Book of Concord on Zoom.
Class starts at 8:00 AM on Zoom

* Join Zoom Meeting for Monday, Oct. 11
Meeting ID: 740 9597 3496
Passcode: B4EqTh

* Please note: Zoom link changes every Monday.  Current Zoom link will be posted on the weekly St. Luke GPS.
Mid-Week Wednesday
Bible Study
The Letter of James has too often been neglected by the Lutheran church.  One scholar has said that reading James is a “bit like the kind of Turkish bath where you get hotter and hotter and then suddenly someone dumps a bucket of icy water over you.  James thinks in a different way to most other New Testament authors.”  Well, on Wednesday mornings, we will be taking not a Turkish bath but a Finnish sauna with Pastor Wayne and then we will together take the plunge in a cold icy lake!  

About the Class
* On Wednesdays, continuing Oct. 6 & 13 (new participants always welcome)
* Two Possible Times to Attend:  8AM and Noon, on Zoom.
* Format:   Bible Study – Digging into the Bible text – Brief presentation and discussions ... & probably some articles tossed your way from Pastor Wayne!
* Click HERE for the syllabus
* 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. 13: Isaac's Blessing (Genesis 27)
For more information, contact Holly Trujillo at CY& or Pastor Christa at
Women's GATHER Bible Study & Mini-Retreat
Featuring: Powered by wind & breath, a Bible study
by The Rev. Sara Olson-Smith

Session 2: Breath of God: Can these Dry Bones live?
We will meet in-person on
Saturday morning, October 16
9:15 - 11:45 AM, in the Fellowship Hall

We are having Bible, 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: Session 3: Wind of God: Refiner and Re-router
Saturday, December 11 (Advent/Christmas Gathering)
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:
Sundays, Oct. 17 and 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
Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Events!

Elders Alive: Sharing Fall Festival Memories
In keeping with our sharing from past and past travels, but this time in person, we are inviting everyone to share experiences from other times and other places about Fall Festivals: harvest festivals, church festivals like All Saints and Reformation, Halloween, etc.   Bring pictures or memorabilia to share and discuss.  1 - 2 pm, in the Fellowship Hall.

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.
New Member Reception
On Reformation Weekend
Saturday or Sunday, October 30-31, during the services

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

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.
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

We pray for the family of Leo on his death in late Sept. (from Trujillo family)

We pray for the family of Clayton Franco (19 years old) who died in an accident on September 21, 2021. He is the nephew of Pamela Franco & her husband and cousin of Sofia & Dante Matteo.
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 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); Landry (nephew/cousin of Berardinelli Family); Penelope June Meyer (great niece of Brent & Dawn Meyer); Jebbie Solomonson (niece of Pauleta & Sean Hendrickson); Sherri; Karin Duda; Suma Lee Hatchett & Roger Guericke (from Kim Guericke); 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); Sumalee Thomas (from Kim Guericke) and for her young children; and 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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