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Downers Grove, IL  60515
 
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About Us 

For those seeking God's blessing, comfort and love, we welcome you to St. Luke. We receive each person as we would receive Christ; please feel at home. This is an open church which considers diversity to be God's gift and blessing. St. Luke resolves to erect no barriers and struggles against existing barriers between people in the world. We are richer for your presence and blessed by your participation.
 

St. Luke Presbyterian Church is home to a friendly and caring congregation of  230+ members. At St. Luke, you'll find lots of children and families, informal and celebratory worship and a shared common life in Christ. We recently celebrated our 51st anniversary, having been part of the Downers Grove community since 1962. We belong to a group of 11,000 churches known as the Presbyterian Church (USA), a denomination with a membership of more than 2.6 million.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to be an inclusive family of God in the midst of a world in need. We strive to provide love and acceptance, forgiveness and empowerment. As we worship together, we challenge each other to work and live in the spirit of Christ in our community and in the world.

For the glory of God, we worship joyfully, nurture all and encourage in mission by reaching out to the community and the world. We encourage spiritual growth by involving the entire church family in education, fellowship and lay leadership to help fulfill the needs of the congregation and beyond.

Find out more about the beliefs of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

 

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Announcements

  • St. Luke considers possible move

    At the November 18, 2018, Town Hall Meeting, Todd Schenk updated the congregation on the exploration of the possibility of moving to the First Presbyterian Church facility. The highlights of Todd’s presentation are summarized below.

    Where have we been?

    When the HVAC problem in our Sanctuary was diagnosed in 2014, with significant reconstruction work required, the Session established the Delta Committee to consider whether other renovations could be made at the same time. The Delta Committee interviewed numerous architects hired 845 Design Group Architects and Planning in 2015 for design phase work. To gather input from the congregation, 845 assisted Delta Committee with Town Hall meetings, and we also solicited comments from the committees, Deacons, and book groups. By January 2016, we had a working design for the renovation of the St. Luke building, and we obtained pricing estimates. Once the pricing came back, Delta Committee determined it would be necessary to divide the work into two phases. The first phase would consist of the Choir Room addition, youth lounge, wheelchair lift, St. Luke Central, sanctuary HVAC, trash enclosure, covered entrance, and sanctuary technology. The second phase would be undertaken down the road, and address parking and classroom updates.

    After hiring a fundraising advisor, Bob Kukla, Delta Committee set to work on a capital campaign to raise funds for the first phase. The campaign was run from January 2017 through May 2017, and involved Town Hall Meeting, small group meetings in members’ homes, individual visits, and written communications. While the goal was to raise $900,000, the campaign raised about $500,000.

    In light of the shortfall in fundraising, the Delta Committee re-grouped in January 2018, meeting with 845 and a general contractor, Efraim Carlson, to scale back the project. This process resulted in decisions to forego the Choir Room addition and to take a less ambitious approach to the St. Luke Central area. But even the scaled back project would cost over $700,000, so the Session began to discuss options at its June 2018 meeting. Before the Session could reach any conclusions on the best way forward, the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) opportunity was presented to us.

    During the August 19 Town Hall Meeting, Todd explained that the Session was going to explore the FPC opportunity before going any further.

    What has happened since the August 19 Town Hall?

    Since the August 19 Town Hall, we have accomplished a great deal:

    • At least 28 St. Luke members toured the FPC building, some on multiple occassions
    • 845 and Efraim Carlson toured the FPC building
    • St. Luke hired ISES to conduct a full facility assessment of the FPC building and grounds; ISES concluded that the FPC building is generally in good condition, but will require some immediate repairs
    • St. Luke representatives met several times with the Presbytery committee that is overseeing the disposition of the FPC facility
    • Stewardship Committee studied the carrying costs of the St. Luke and FPC buildings, concluding that FPC’s carrying costs are about $3000 more per month than St. Luke’s
    • Presbytery hired an appraiser, who estimated the sale price of St. Luke at $785,000

    What’s next?

    At its meeting November 15, 2018, Session considered the results of the ISES facility assessment, the carrying costs comparison study, and a variety of other factors, and then voted to continue the exploration process. 845 will now prepare a high-level design of improvements we might want to make at the FPC building. Efraim Carlson will then estimate the cost of needed immediate repairs. as well as the improvements recommended by 845. Once those costs are known, St. Luke will further discuss with Presbytery the options available to us.

    Todd emphasized that NOTHING has been decided yet, except to continue the exploration process. We cannot make an informed and intelligent decision on whether to stay in our building or move to FPC’s building until we know all of the benefits and costs of each option, and more work is required to reach that level of detail.

    As we move forward in this exploration process, we will continue to share information with you. We ask that you remain patient and open-minded while this process plays out and we seek to discern God’s plan for St. Luke.

    Amy Smith has prepared a slide show illustrating the ways both buildings meet (or not) the St. Luke mission. You may access it here: St. Luke-First Pres Comparison

  • Advent, Christmas services planned

    Advent is a special time at St. Luke, as each week we prepare our hearts—and the sanctuary—for the celebration of the birth of our Savior. This year’s theme is “Journey Into the Light,” and we will do so by focusing on our journeys in Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

    December 2, the first Sunday of Advent, will feature communion and the lighting of the first candle of the Advent wreath, the candle of Hope. At 5:30 p.m. that evening, our Christian Education Committee will sponsor their annual “Entering Advent” meal and activity, an intergenerational opportunity to begin Advent together. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    December 16, the third Sunday of Advent, is our annual Music Sunday, when the choirs and musicians help us along our Journey in Joy. The service is followed by our annual cookie walk—bring a container, make a donation to our deacons’ work, and go home with yummy cookies!

    On Christmas eve we offer two services. The 4 p.m. Family Service is ideal for those with children (or who don’t want to stay up late). This service includes the “Instant Nativity,” where all children may choose what part of the nativity story they want to portray. The 11 p.m. Service of Lessons and Carols is the traditional Christmas eve service with choir, carols, and Bible readings.

    As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s arrival, we invite you to join us on our journey.

  • Assistive Listening Devices

     St. Luke has Assistive Listening devices available during worship services so that all may worship together, just ask the Sound tech or an Usher for a device.

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Upcoming Events
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TUE
Highland School Clubs
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Heller Hall
Service of Healing & Wholeness
4:00 PM
Dealing with added physical or emotional stress? Join us for prayer, anointing & communion in the twilight of Advent
DEC

19

WED
DEC

22

SAT
Warming Center
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Whole Church
DEC

23

SUN
Worship and Sunday School
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Youth Christmas Lock-in
6:00 PM to 8:00 AM
DEC

25

TUE
Highland School Clubs
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Heller Hall
DEC

27

THU
Da Guys
9:15 AM
The GALZ
9:30 AM
DEC

28

FRI
All day Music Festival outside group
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sanctuary and Heller Hall
DEC

29

SAT
Warming Center
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Whole Church
DEC

30

SUN
Worship and Sunday School
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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