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What We Believe

TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP

We believe that all are wanted and welcomed.

The Methodist faith is centered upon the teachings of John Wesley. He and the early Methodists were especially concerned with inviting others to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. Then, as now, we place primary emphasis on Christian living – on putting faith and love into action. This “practical divinity,” as Wesley called it, is what it means to us as a United Methodist church in Christ today.

Mission and Vision Statement of Our Church
The mission of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is to feed souls, grow faith in God, and make a difference in the lives of our congregation, our neighbors, and our world.

The vision of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is to respond to God’s calling and help transform our world into a compassionate, inclusive, Christ-like community.

Mission of the United Methodist Church
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Safe Sanctuaries
The people of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church believe, in accordance with our Christian principles, that it is in the best interests of the church and the children, youth, and dependent adults of the church to adopt policies, procedures, screening tools, and training to assist us in protecting the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all who participate in our church’s sponsored activities.

 

WHAT MAKES ST. LUKE’S UNIQUE?

Wonderful Wednesdays – Enjoy a middle of the week “pick-me-up” with a variety of music ministry opportunities! The evening begins with a light dinner followed by musical group rehearsals. Other opportunities include activities for children ages infant to senior high.
Mardi Gras Celebration – A one-of-a-kind worship experience at St. Luke’s. A  festive journey to Lent is celebrated with the Ric Jones Jazz Band, wonderful music and word, making for a wonderful worship setting followed by a traditional Cajun meal and celebration.
Good Friday Service –  An ecumenical 3-hour service focusing on the Seven Last Words of Jesus before his death. Musicians, liturgists and clergy from various area churches are invited to participate in one of the parts. Visitors are invited to stay for all or one of the parts. The service closes with our Tower Chime ringing (once for each year of Jesus’ life.)
Fabulous Fridays – An opportunity to break up the long winter months with a half-hour free musical concert (open to the public) at 12:00 noon for a few weeks from January – March. Following the concerts is an opportunity to socialize with friends in Fellowship Hall over a delicious dessert and cup of coffee.
Tiffany Windows – A collection of religious windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, one of our country’s most gifted and unique artists and certainly one of the greatest glass makers of all time.
Mountain Top Mission Trip – Mt. TOPA group of youth and adults take a mission trip to the Appalachian Mountains each summer to share their time and talents with people in need of repairs, painting projects, clean-up and various other projects. One of the major fundraisers to help with the cost for this trip is Mountain Top Apple Pie Fundraiser held each November. Pies are completely home made from crust to filling by volunteers from St. Luke’s.

Ministry Areas – St. Luke’s prides itself in having a variety of ministry areas for every age group. What a wonderful way to share time and talents with others through spiritually-motivated, educational and social opportunities. Examples of these areas include:

  • Invitation & Welcome – This team seeks to help engage people in the life of St. Luke’s as well as promote nurturing and fellowship.

  • Celebration & Worship – Sharing the good news, leading person in prayer and worship; calling one and all to Christian commitment.

  • Member Care & Compassion – Focusing upon the church family offering special ministries for life’s circumstances, such as visitations to the homebound.

  • Spiritual Growth and Discipleship – Educating persons of all ages in the faith, calling them to grow in their spiritual lives and encouraging them to follow Christ.

  • Witness & Service – Carrying the Word to the world through service and mission.

Food for the Soul & Garden Plot – Several teams of volunteers, led by team leaders, feed our neighbors in need every Saturday night in Fellowship Hall as a part of a schedule of free meals available every day in Dubuque. Much of the purchased food served at St. Luke’s is acquired from the St. Stephens Food Bank. Following the meal there is a contemporary worship opportunity for anyone who wants to stay.

During the summer months, several St. Luke’s members and friends plant, weed, harvest, and clean the produce from our garden for our Saturday night meals. Other Dubuque meal sites, the Dubuque Food Pantry, St. Stephen’s Food Bank and homeless shelters also benefit from the homegrown produce! Since 2010, we have raised over 10,000 lbs. of vegetables and fruit! Our meal visitors are also encouraged to take extra produce home with them to continue to feed their families at home. To learn more about our garden plot, please go to our St. Luke’s Community Gardens Facebook page.