Pastor Dave Patterson, Interim 

August 31, 2022

 Dear friends at St. Luke Lutheran Church,

 As I complete my second month as serving as your Interim Pastor, I want to thank you for the privilege to work with you in the partnership of the Gospel. The congregation is blessed with a dedicated staff in Andrea and Kristin, a committed Church Council, a faithful Call Committee, and very caring and devoted volunteers and members who give their time and talents so that St. Luke provides Christian worship, teaching, service, outreach and fellowship. Thank you for your warm welcome to me, and your ministry and mission that is touching so many lives.

 We have celebrated two baptisms since I have been with you, held Vacation Bible School; I have visited shut-ins, prayed, shared scripture and brought communion to them. Please let the Church Office know if you would like me to visit, and/or if you are hospitalized and desire a pastoral visit. You may also call/text me at 262-366-8040.

 September is going to be busy. First, please take time to prayerfully respond to the survey that the Call Committee sent out. Your responses will be kept confidential, and will help guide the Synod as they discern who will be the next pastoral candidate for the Call Committee to interview, and if deemed to be a good match for the pastoral needs and opportunities at St. Luke and within the surrounding area, will be placed by the Church Council before the congregational members who will vote whether or not to extend the Letter of Call. Please keep the Call Committee, Church Council, Synod and Pastoral Candidates who may be looking for a new Call in your prayers. Be patient with the process. God’s time table is not always accomplished as quickly as we would like.

 Second, on Sunday, September 11th, we will begin Sunday School for children four years old thru 6th Grade, and Confirmation Instruction for Seventh Graders on up. The classes will be offered on Sundays from 8:30 AM to 9:15. Thank you to the members who will be leading these programs so that the little ones can grow in faith, grace and wisdom. Again, pray for the Sunday School and Confirmation students, parents and leaders. Newcomers are always welcomed!

 Third, on Sunday, September 18th during worship we will give thanks for God’s gracious goodness which has blessed St. Luke with 160 years of faithful ministry. A meal, raffle and fun activities are planned following worship.  We hope we will see you there.

 Finally, the Quilters will have their beautiful quilts on display during a Sunday in September as they then donate them to Lutheran World Relief to help the poor and less fortunate in the name of Christ.

 Again, thank you for the privilege to serve as your Interim Pastor during this exciting time of transition. If you have pastoral needs, questions, or you would like me to visit, please call the church office at 920-467-6149, or call/text my cell at 262-366-8040. God’s promise is “that all things will work together for good for those who love the Lord” (Romans 8:28).