In practice, this means caring for our congregation and reaching out to our community. Since St. Luke’s first service in February 1925, its members have joined together to worship God, both in church and in our daily lives, and to carry out his work. Believing the church is created by God in Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear witness, preach the word, love one another, and participate in God’s mission.
Whether you’re searching for a church home, struggling with your faith, or just wondering about God, you’re more than welcome at St. Luke’s.Building friendships
We believe it’s important to foster real friendships within the congregation. Accordingly, we share our Christian fellowship in a variety of informal gatherings. After church every week, for example, we enjoy plentiful snacks and desserts while chatting and getting to know each other. Sometimes we even wear name tags (totally optional!), making it easier to learn and remember people’s names.
Organized groups also help promote fellowship. Through our women’s group and youth group, our members form bonds and serve others. Through our boards, our members work together to run the church, minister to the congregation, and reach out to the community.
We also arrange diners’ groups that meet for dinner once a month, mixing new and established members and including singles, couples, and families. These groups are a great way for members to get to know each other on a personal level.
We regularly visit the sick and homebound, as well as prospective members.
Anyone interested in joining our fellowship is heartily welcome, and we want our members to feel like they belong to a real church family.
At St. Luke’s, we truly love going to church and taking part in church activities. We appreciate the church’s peaceful perspective: Instead of stressing about the things we might want to do, we’re happy to take the opportunities God provides. If he wants us to start a new program, for example, he’ll provide the manpower and finances, in his timing.
Although we can’t do everything, there are many ways you can get involved – Bible studies, social events, organized groups, official boards, and volunteer opportunities. We’re always happy to have your company and your help, but if you just want to attend Sunday morning services, that’s okay too.
It’s our goal to guide new and prospective members to their place in St. Luke’s happy, loving family.
We care deeply about south Sacramento, Elk Grove, and our Parkway neighborhood. Through our boards, groups, and organized events, we give our members plenty of opportunities to help our community in practical, concrete ways.
That can mean donating supplies for local schools, collecting blankets for the SPCA, or volunteering to feed the hungry or raise money for cancer. Our children’s clothing exchange offers adequate garments for young children in the area (including jackets and shoes). We stock an emergency soup-and-crackers food bank that ensures we never send the hungry away empty-handed.
We also offer St. Luke’s facilities for local groups that need a place to meet, such as the Girl Scouts, neighborhood associations, and Narcotics Anonymous. A donation for using the facilities is optional.
We enjoy searching for God’s wisdom together. St. Luke’s provides Biblical education through small-group Bible studies and children’s Sunday school, as well as seasonal programs like summer theology studies and Lenten soup suppers.
Without understanding how the story of the Bible develops, it’s easy to get bogged down and confused. Pastor Carl’s explains how it all fits together and presents a clear message that we can apply to our daily lives.
We confess the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, and we accept the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
St. Luke’s accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God. We also accept the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of our faith. We observe Christmas, Easter, and Lent, and we organize a Passover lamb dinner every spring.
To learn more about our faith, you can read the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s Confession of Faith.