St. Luke A-Z
There is so much about St. Luke we'd like to share! It's hard to fit it all in a neat little package, so St. Luke A-Z is our best try. On this page we'll try to include info on social ministries, committees, private and public use of the building, and everything in between! If you cannot find the information you are looking for below, please contact us and we'll try to help!
The new St. Luke website is still under construction, this page being the most so. Please be patient. If you have ideas for A-Z topics not seen here, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopt-A-Student St. Luke families and new students are linked together for support and fun. Applications are available at the church.
Advocacy Sunday- is a ministry by which the Social Ministry Committee seeks to connect the members of the congregation with their elected representatives. One Sunday a month from September through November and February through April the committee will set up a table in the narthex with information on a current topic and materials for writing your elected representatives. contact Tom McSweeney email@example.com. ELCA Advocacy:www.elca.org/advocacy Lutheran Statewide Advocacy: www.lsa-ny.org
Altar-St. Luke does not have an altar, per se. An altar is a place of sacrifice. Our
Ashes- On Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, our worship services include the option of worshipers having ashes marked on the forehead in the form of the cross. Ashes symbolize repentance.
Audio – recent services are available for download here:
Baptism-is the sacramental means of being born into the family of God in Christ. It is an act of God’ s grace to welcome and to mark each candidate as part of the family.
Bulletin - the latest found here
Building Use - We invite our neighbors to use our facilities. For more details, look under specific topics: See Neighborhood Gathering Place, Weddings, Funerals, etc.
Campus Ministries - are a lively and important part of our community. Our church building is located in the Collegetown section of Ithaca and we have people (faculty, staff, students) from five campuses who share in St Luke: Cornell, Ithaca College, TC3, SUNY-Cortland, and Wells.
Choir - leads our regular and special services, presenting anthems and special music in a variety of styles and forms. One rehearsal per week at 9:15 am Sunday mornings. Contact Music Director Erik Kibelsbeck.
Christmas -is a holiday/holy day observed December 25 to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Two services are held Christmas Eve (December 24): an 'early' service for 'children of all ages' and a later service of Holy Communion.
Coffee- Some would joke that coffee is the third Lutheran sacrament. But its what happens over coffee and goodies after worship that is almost sacramental: the mutual conversation and consolation of brothers and sisters in Christ. All the coffee used at St. Luke is Fair Trade, as an expression of care for our neighbors who raise the coffee. Download the Fair Trade order form here.
Communion- is the common name for the sacrament Luther preferred to call The Lord’ s Supper. Through this Meal God offers forgiveness and renewal of life. All Christians are welcome to share in the Lord’ s Table.
Community - Some may think of faith as a more solitary journey; we think of faith as a community journey. In I Corinthians 12 Paul uses the image of the body to lift up te
Confirmation- is the former designation of what is now called Affirmation of
Cookies -are, well, cookies, the sweet nibbles, some home made, some store bought
Council- Council is the elected leadership of the congregation. This ten-person group meets
Crop Walk – The Ithaca Area Crop Walk raises funds to alleviate hunger and provide for disaster relief. Locally, 25 percent of all funds collected have stayed in our community to help with hunger relief and soup kitchens. The rest are allocated for a variety of projects through the multi-denominational organization, Church World Service (CWS). To walk or to sponsor a St. Luke walker, please visit the CROP Walk table in the narthex after worship services or contact Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity -brings us back to the image of the Body from I Corinthians 12, whereby all
Erik - is the first name of our Music Director, whose last name is Kibelsbeck. An
Greeters - welcome people to St Luke on Sunday mornings. This ministry is part of our
Facebook – We’re on Facebook under St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ithaca, NY! Friend us!
Fair Trade -denotes an item which provides the farmer/craftsman a fair price for their
Flowers- grace our worship services every Sunday and are provided by people who give
Funerals- Funerals provide a worship service for families and friends at the death of a loved one. A funeral can be held at the church or at the funeral home. Contact the church so that
History -Begun as a Lutheran Club by students at Cornell in 1913, this faith community moved in 1917 to become The Lutheran Association of Ithaca, when it called its first resident pastor. The church building, called "a chapel" in many original plans, was constructed in 1923-24. Many referred to this community simply as "the Lutheran Church." In May 1993 we became St. Luke Lutheran Church. In 2000 the original building was completely renovated and a new three-story addition was built to provide more space for: church school, adult education, campus ministry lounge, foyer/narthex, nurseries, community groups, and a small chapel.
St. Luke traditionally has an ice cream social at the end of each August
Lunches- are held by various groups at various times. The most regular is the Faith and
Living Wage Employer- “The workman is worthy of his hire.” Attributed to Jesus. See Luke 10:7, Matthew 10:10 and Timothy 5:18.
Membership -New Members are generally received into the membership of this
Congregation each fall If you would like to become a member of St. Luke, please contact Pastor Bair.
Michelle -is the first name of our fine Administrative Assistant whose last name is Gray.
Mission- The people of St. Luke Lutheran Church are called by God to be a community of Christians, a part of the body of Christ. We are called to invite others to share in God's Kingdom. Our diversity welcomes and includes the mix of the ages, races, genders, physical and mental capabilities, and sexual orientations with which God's children are blessed. We rejoice in the knowledge that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus-neither our wealth, nor our poverty, nor our nationality, nor our political convictions, nor anything else in all creation. We are called to follow God in his mission of reconciliation and justice and we celebrate our journey of discipleship with special appreciation for the privileged responsibility of our campus-related mission.
Music -is a very important part of most Lutheran congregations and certainly is of this
Name Tags- We try to use nametags whenever possible to help facilitate relationships among our members and avoid those “I’d love to ask her a question, but I feel really bad because I just can’t remember her name” moments. You can make a nametag at our guestbook, or sign up there to have a more permanent one made for you.
Neighborhood Gathering Place– We invite our neighbors to use our facilities free of charge. We ask that you schedule your meetings with our Administrative Assistant, Michelle, who explain unlocking/locking and clean-up procedures.
Groups regularly using our facilities include an Alcohol Anonymous, National Association Anorexia Nervosa, Emotions Anonymous, Collegetown Neighborhood Council, Hong Kong Christian Fellowship, and several ESL (English as a Second Language) groups. Other groups who have used the facilities include: Muslim Prayer Group, several drama groups, and work retreat group.
PB- A common nickname for Pastor Bair. Pastor Rick Bair has served St Luke since May 1988. He also serves as a University Chaplain at Cornell and works on the Ithaca College campus.
Pancakes- are the tradition here for a congregational dinner on Shrove Tuesday, the
Parking- The only parking available at St. Luke church is for the handicapped. But many other nearby lots are available. Maps are available at the church.
Prayer -A prayer-chain shares prayer concerns under the direction of Louise
McGee (844-4303). Call her to be a part of the chain or to inform her
of your prayer request.
Quilting Peace By Piece- the name reflects our mission to help others find peace and comfort. You can join in this important mission in many ways. The group meets at 9 am, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays in the Adult Ed room to assemble quilts and jig jag edges to finish the quilts. If you can not come to the work sessions, you can help by assembling tops or bottoms or by tying knots at your leisure. If you like to check out garage sales, look for colorful sheets which make great bottoms. Cotton fabrics and crochet cotton for tying are always needed.
All finished quilts go the Lutheran World Relief for distribution to those in need. Since the group started in 2004, they have delivered 1086 quilts to the warehouse in New Windsor where they are bundled for shipping.
Reconciling in Christ- St. Luke is a "Reconciling in Christ" congregation, RIC recognizes Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) believers. For more information, go to http://www.reconcilingworks.org/
Santa Salaries is a ministry directed by our Social Ministry folks to provide people in
Sexton- Sexton is the church name for the building care person. Our wonderful sexton is Tammy Devlen.
Social Ministry- The purpose of the Social Ministry Committee is to discern how, as a congregation and as individual members of the Church, we can tend to the needs of the world God so loves. As stated in the Church bylaws, "the committee shall lead the congregation to a greater awareness and concern for needs and cares of society locally and around the world." In service of this mission, the committee organizes events to educate the congregation about timely social issues and sponsors activities that both provide benevolence to the needy and seek to correct the social injustices that create such need. The specific ministries in which the committee has recently been active are outlined in greater detail through the links below and in the annual report. For more information on the committee, please contact the Chairperson or attend an upcoming meeting.
Meetings: The Social Ministry Committee meets once a month to discuss its mission and plan upcoming activities. Anyone interested in the work of the committee is welcome to share in the meeting. We generally meet at 12:15 pm after worship services in the Fellowship Hall or one of the adjacent meeting rooms.
Students -Students are a delightful part of this community of faith. While there are some specially-intended aspects of ministry just for students, we encourage an integration of life here.
Students are involved in all aspects of ministry here from council to quilting, from church
school to youth ministry, from study groups to CROP Walk, from Faith and Care to choir.
Sunday School- Sunday school meets at 9:30 am on Sundays from September through May, with a 2- week Christmas break. Children of all ages are welcome. Children’ s classes are age-grouped. An adult forum meets every Sunday around a variety of topics. See the Education & Ministries page from more details.
Weddings - Would you like to have your wedding at St. Luke? Here are our wedding planning documents. Wedding Reservations, Wedding Protocol, Wedding Photgraphy Guide, Wedding Packet
Welcome Packets- Welcome packets are available to help people get oriented to the life, mission and ministry of St Luke.
Worship Assistant- help to lead worship. Assisting ministers chant parts of the liturgy,
prepare prayers, and assist with communion. Worship Assistant schedule can be found here.