St Luke’s Lutheran Church
A Church of Refuge, Renewal & Reach
Traditional Service 8:30 am
Informal Service 11:00 am
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If hospitality is the spiritual gift of making space for others please receive this as our sincere desire to do just that for you. We would like you to believe there is space for you within this church community.
May God bless you in your personal faith journey. We invite you to consider making St. Luke’s a part of your story, there is space for you here.
Pastor Mark Griffith
After I graduated from Juneau Douglas High School in Southeast Alaska, I left home for the “lower 48″ to enroll as a student at Pacific Lutheran Univ. Despite my best plans to become a physicist, I felt this strange call to ministry. I took a year off to discern what I really wanted to do with my life. After some prayer, fear and trepidation, I answered the call…
St Luke’s Core Values
A Church of Refuge
- Community in fellowship
- Inclusivity for all people
- Hospitality of compassion and caring
A Church of Renewal
- Word and Sacrament to experience God’s grace
- Prayer to nurture our relationship with God
- Scriptural insight to God’s promise for all people
- Leadership committed to making disciples
A Church of Reach
- Advocate for universal rights to safety, health, education, and work
- Commit to serve people in our community and in the world
- Act to share God’s message and resources in creative ways
Our History & Mission
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, a member church of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), was originally organized in 1956. We built our first building in 1957. A new sanctuary was built in June 2004 and construction is underway for the new 30Bellevue: 63 units of affordable housing directly behind our main building.
We believe we are created and chosen by God, forgiven by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and blessed with the promise of a redeemed life. Motivated to build up God’s Kingdom on earth, we are committed: to worship, to participate in the sacraments, to teach and serve in ministry; all because we are bound together by Christ’s love. In short, we want our House to be a refuge, our people a comfort, and to be a bright light reflecting grace back into the world.
Our symbol is the story of the road to Emmaus. It is a story of healing, renewal, and excitement for sharing good news. Two spirals in the centerpiece of the cross and the corners of the altar, symbolically reflect the journey. The red part of the spirals remind us of the words “did not our hearts burn within us” (Luke 24:32).
Our Flame Symbol: Two parallel spirals, in the centerpiece of the cross and the corners of the altar, symbolically reflect the journey of the road to Emmaus. “Did not our hearts burn within us?” (Luke 24:32)
We Have a Passion for Homeless Ministry
Men, women, children; every race, color and creed…Homelessness comes in many forms and St Luke’s is committed to helping. We have found serving our community to be an experience of tremendous growth both spiritually and emotionally.
Our record speaks for itself…
- We have hosted Congregations for the Homeless every February since 1993
- Sophia’s Place Day Center and Shelter have resided at St. Luke’s since 2012
- 2006 and 2012 we hosted Tent City IV
- December of 2017 Imagine Housing and St. Luke’s broke ground on the new 30Bellevue: 63 units of affordable housing which will be completed in Spring 2019
Our Ministry Partners
We partner with these agencies in many different ways and are proud of our long-term commitment to them. To find out more or to find out how you can help, please contact us.
Our fellowship activities emphasize building relationships and forming lasting connections.
While St. Luke’s is a place where people gather to worship, it is also a place that people grow closer with their neighbors in Christ. Fellowship activities throughout the year help us form those friendships with people both in our church community and our neighboring community. Please join us!
Below are just a few of our offerings. We welcome you to attend – bring friends!
- New Year’s and Easter Brunches
- Church Potlucks and Picnics
- Men’s Breakfast Group and Women’s Retreats
- Quilters and Bible Study Groups
- Cafe Connect: A before and after worship refreshment area to socialize
Youth & Family
The mission for Children, Youth and Family at St. Luke’s is to provide a means for fostering personal and spiritual growth. We do this for our youth and families by providing planned activities and events where experiences are shared intergenerationally – with an emphasis on providing the building blocks for life applications through the life of Christ.
Just a few of our programs for Children, Youth and Families:
- Sunday School and Confirmation
- Children’s Sermons
- Family Choir
- Dorothy’s Place Nursery
- Vacation Bible School
- Intergenerational Activities – all ages welcome
- Summer campouts at Lutherwood in Bellingham
- The Pray-ground: Children are welcome to join their parents in the sanctuary during either service. Books, crayons, play items provided. We don’t mind a little noise from our youngest congregants!
Children are an import part of our community at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Children are encouraged to participate in worship. We welcome the sounds and activities that accompany them. The Pray-ground is a place for kids, parents, grandparents … a space with comfortable seating, books, art supplies, puzzles and quite toys for children to use while worshipping with their families.
Dorothy's Place Nursery
Our nursery is filled with colorful play areas for children ages 0-5. We invite you to bring your child in for an hour of play time, nurturing, story time and fellowship with other youngsters.