St. Luke's Lutheran Church

St. Luke's Lutheran Church


Hello everyone. Please remember that tomorrow is God's Work Our Hands at the Richardson Civic Center with Feeding Children Everywhere. Please make sure to wear your yellow shirts!
My dogs (Toby 13 years old and Benji 9 months) are special because they teach me the true meaning of unconditional love and forgiveness while providing me with fun, companionship, and a sense of humor and keeping me exercised with our daily walks
Hello everyone. I am taking over scheduling of Acolytes. Since we technically only have 2 children of Acolyte age (Sam and Natalie), I have asked some of the older youth. They have agreed to help but that leaves me with some openings. I would like to have an 8 week rotation schedule. I currently have 6 youth total but need 2 more volunteers. Would any of the adults be willing to take an acolyte spot once every 8 weeks? Please let me know soon. Thank you.
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Funeral for Howard Scheib is Palm Sunday afternoon, March 25th at 3:00 pm with the Vsitation at 2 pm in the Gathering Area with cookies and lemonade. There will be no reception or graveside after the service; burial will be in San Mateo, CA where Howard was from.
Thank you for once again giving me the great gift of playing the organ for worship at St. Luke's. The people of St. Luke's are always graciously welcoming -- and the worship is restorative. (And, of course, I love the organ!).

ELCA affiliated. We welcome all to come worship with us. Visit for more information. Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m.

Sunday School at 8:45 a.m. Visit our website:

Mission: You are joyously welcomed into full and equal participation at St. Luke's, regardless of ethnic origin, racial designations, social class, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, mental health issues, criminal record, or religious background.

Operating as usual

Music Monday
From Dale Dietert, Director of Music Ministry:

I can’t believe that last week, we passed 19 years since 9/11. Hank and I were living in NYC on that day. I had gone out to walk the dogs and while I was gone Hank got a phone call from my mother asking if we had the TV on and seen the plane hit the World Trade Center. He immediately turned on the television to see what was happening. I got back to our apartment in time to see the second plane hit and towers crumble. We lived at 103rd street and Broadway so the Twin Towers were about 6.5 miles to our south. We went out immediately to the ATM to get cash, the grocery store to get food and water and to the liquor store because we knew that we would have friends that wouldn’t be able to get off of the island and they could stay with us. About noon we could see the wave of people walking up Broadway from the devastation because the subway was not running. It was truly surrealistic. As soon as they opened the streets south of Canal Street we walked down to see the ruins ourselves. They were still burning and the sight and smells are etched in our memories forever. For weeks afterwards we had fighter jets circling overhead and the roads into and out of Manhattan were closed. Everyone was locked on the island. Even through the tragedy and fear, New Yorker's pulled together and there was such a sense of community and compassion. That lasted for the next year.
I’m sure that we all have memories of that day. May we never forget.

I’m sharing three songs that I found when I searched for 9/11 songs. The images and music are very powerful. Love, Dale

When New York had her heart broke by John Hiatt

Mary Chapin Carpenter – Grand Central Station

Michael W. Smith – There She Stands

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If you wish to listen to today's parking lot service, use the below phone number and meeting ID. You do not need Zoom to access the audio.

15th Sunday Pentecost

Our fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost service.

The worship bulletin:
The Reflection Questions link:

Worship Sundays, 10 am St. Luke's Lutheran Church Worship Bulletin: Reflection Questions: Online Offering: http...

Welcome to our new Choral Scholars!

Jasmine Williams hails from Austin, Texas. She has performed on many occasions throughout the Austin area including being a member of the Austin Opera Chorus as well as being the featured soloist for the Austin Community College concert choir. She graduated summa cm laude and received a B.A. in Music Education from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. Jasmine currently studies with Dale Dietert pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Southern Methodist University. Jasmine volunteers her free time working as a Young Artist Program Coordinator with the non-profit Austin Artist Project.

Welcome to our new Choral Scholars!

Bethany Jelinek is a senior at Southern Methodist University where she is working on her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance studying voice with Dale Dietert. She grew up in the Richardson area and graduated from Richardson High School. With the Meadows Lyric Theatre she sang the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte. She is also a member of the select Meadows Chamber Choir.

[09/11/20]   Pastor Linda's
Word of the Week

This Sunday marks the traditional beginning of the fall schedule in most congregations across the country, but there is nothing traditional about our fall start-ups this year. Yet, I commend the leaders and members of St. Luke's for moving forward in creative and life-giving ways that remind us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

We had a great turn out at our Ice Cream Social to cheer on our young people and teachers as they begin a new school year.

Everyone is excited to have Larry teaching again, and for those who have not yet ventured onto Zoom--I hope this will motivate you to give it a try!

The Global Mission Team is planning ahead for their trip by preparing for the garage sale now, and meeting to learn and make connections with our companions in Ethiopia.

The Justice and Advocacy Team has led us in a new mission outreach by feeding our neighbors with the free Community Breakfast.

The Youth have two National Gatherings to begin fundraising for--the 2021 event has been postponed to 2022, but the next will still be in 2024, so we have begun planning with two great events on the horizon.

Many women have learned Zoom and are joining the Women's Bible study with artist, Sara Novenson.

Dale has hired new choral scholars to continue to lead and inspire us in worship.

Our new Administrative Assistant, Lyn Singletary, will help us with the new demands of technology! Although we may be doing things a little differently, the mission and the core of who we are is as constant as Jesus himself.

Thank you for participating in this creative, faithful community, that remains joyfully connected in Christ!

Music Monday
From Dale Dietert, Director of Music Ministry:

Good morning to you all!

Pr. Linda shared this story from the Dallas Morning News with me and I thought it would be perfect as our Musical Moment! I’ve included a link to the Dallas Morning News story and the two videos that are featured in the article. In case the article doesn’t open (it may be member content only) I’ve also attached it as a PDF. It's nice to see Richardson featured!

Keep singing and stay safe!

14th Sunday of Pentecost

Our fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost service.

The worship bulletin:

The Zoom worship link: #success

The Reflection Questions link:

Worship Sundays, 10 am St. Luke's Lutheran Church Worship Bulletin: Online Offering: Worship at St. Luke’s is e...

Hello everyone.

In the past, I have been able to sell Boy Scout popcorn directly to you. This year, because of Covid, I am still selling popcorn but with an emphasis on online sales. Thank you for your continued support in my Scouting experience. Please visit my Store site to find your favorite. Or consider donating to send popcorn to the Troops. Over 30% of popcorn sales goes right back to help fund my Scouting activities. My goal is $1500. All Online sales will be delivered directly in 2-3 weeks. Thank you.

Ask HUD to uphold gender protections at shelters - Team ELCA

Justice and Advocacy Team
National Advocacy: Ask HUD to Uphold Gender Protections at Shelters
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a new rule that could decrease shelter access and increase the risk of homelessness for transgender and non-binary people in our communities. The proposed rule is now open to public comments, allowing people of faith, service providers, and concerned advocates the chance to offer opinions through September 22. As an LGBTQ+ affirming and welcoming community, our voices need to be heard. Please use the attached link to read more information at ELCA Advocacy, and write to oppose HUD'S proposed revised requirements. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a new rule that could decrease shelter access and increase the risk of homelessness for transgender and non-binary people in our communities.

Please Welcome Lyn Singletary, New Administrative Assistant!

Lyn started just this week! Lyn comes to us with great experience and life in the church. She is the part-time Children's Director at First United Methodist Church in Mesquite, where she is a member, but at nine hours/week, she has plenty of time to serve at St. Luke's as well. She is the mom of 6, and nana to 8, is very organized, and has many technology skills. She also volunteers for the American Red Cross where she received the Presidential Gold Award for hours served. Lyn grew up in the church with her father being a Chapel manager and Pastor as well as her mother being an organist and choir director. Lyn will work a couple days in the office and the rest at home as we still combine in-office and at-home work for safety.

[09/04/20]   Pastor Linda's Word of the Week

We all have to find ways to deal with the stress of the pandemic. Reports show that alcohol sales are up 32% over last year indicating increased alcohol consumption as a popular go-to coping mechanism. It is true that a cocktail can increase endorphins, those "feel good" neurochemicals in the brain, but too much alcohol consumption creates many more health risks (e.g. heart disease, stroke, cancer, digestive disorders, to name a few). We need an alternate list of ways to lower stress, produce endorphins, and continue to experience well-being! Here are some suggestions from my Noom app which I have used to lose weight:

Music: play an instrument, sing, do karaoke, listen to your favorites, have your own dance party (my idea of course--not on their list!)
Movement: exercise, walk, stretch, yoga--even better to do it outside with a friend, and smile--if you don't feel it, fake it til you make it!
Generosity: give something--donate to the Global Mission garage sale (see below), make a donation, tutor someone online, cook for your neighbor
Food: eat healthy--snacks like nuts, seeds, fruit or a hard boiled egg, and try spicy food for lunch or dinner
Meditation and Prayer (of course I added it!): you can meditate with an app or a YouTube video; prayer always lowers stress when we put in God's hands what we cannot control
Smells (candle or oil): lavender and vanilla are known to trigger endorphins
Laughter: listen to a comedian, watch slapstick reels, have a joke night and see who can find the best ones, play a fun game
Connect: call a friend, take time for deeper conversation in your household, share a hug with someone in your safe circle, meet outside with a sack lunch

[09/01/20]   Music Monday
From Dale Dietert, Director of Music Ministry:

We could all use something to lift our spirits. These selections come from Ascension Day last May which reflect music that take me to the heights!

I didn’t know this until recently, but at St. John’s College in Cambridge they have a tradition that the choir ascends the bell tower and sings from the highest point to commemorate the Ascension of Jesus. It’s explained here with their anthem:

There was an LP of Spirituals that was released in 1988 by American soprano, Barbara Hendricks. We played this album over and over so it’s a joy to share two selections with you from that record:

Oh what a beautiful City

His name so sweet

Finally, our student who graduated ten years ago, John Campione, is now living in New York City. He has been a member of the first National tours of the Broadway shows “The Bridges of Madison County” and “School of Rock”. He isolated himself in Upper Manhattan during the worst of the pandemic, and told us he really used the time to be creative. He wrote this song and recorded it in his bedroom studio in response to the Covid crisis. Here’s what he says about it:

So this song is set it to the final text message from a daughter to her mother. Madhvi Aya was a healthcare worker in Brooklyn who lost her life helping her community fight Covid-19. NYT did a story on her (link below) and one of the article images was a screenshot of that last text exchange. I couldn’t help but hear it musically and so this is the song that emerged.

Hope you are all well!

13th Sunday of Pentecost

Our 13th Sunday of Pentecost Service.

This is a link to the bulletin:

Worship Sundays, 10 am St. Luke's Lutheran Church Worship Bulletin: Pentecost Reflection Questions: Online Offe...

2020 Back to School social

St. Luke's Lutheran Church's cover photo

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Fueled by a heat wave and ignited by lightning strikes, wildfires have erupted across California. At least four people have died, tens of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 1 million acres have burned. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, along with the three California synods (Sierra Pacific, Southwest California and Pacifica), to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs to include food and other life necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. Wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires until the response is complete.

[08/28/20]   Pastor Linda's
Word of the Week

You should have received a letter this week from the Council detailing their current thinking about fall plans and tentative hopes to resume limited in-person worship in the sanctuary in November, depending on COVID-19 case counts. If you did not receive this letter as a member, friend or regular participant, please email me at [email protected] so we can add or update your mailing address. The criteria the Council is using to return to church are the CDC guidelines of 14 days of decreasing new cases, decreasing hospitalizations, and decreasing deaths, with a low county-wide case-count. These figures are important because, given the age of our building, no fresh air is brought into the cooling/heating system; all air is recirculated which is why a virus spread through aerosol particles can infect a large number of people indoors.

I applaud the Council for investing in high efficiency filters and a fogging method that can help make the circulated air safer. Even so, the number of people and the time indoors will be limited until there is a vaccine. We have entered a new stage of mission where we will continue to learn how to do "hybrid" ministry--always combining in-person events with an on-line presence and Zoom participants. Our home-bound members are included in worship and ministry more than ever, and now we can expand our membership to whoever connects with our community across the state, the country and even the globe!

Music Monday
From Dale Dietert, Director of Music Ministry:

With the start of SMU, the uncertainty of back to school for so many families, and changes as the fall season and schedule approaches, this week’s musical devotion is all about transitions, journeys, hopes and dreams.

To everything there is a season...
Turn, turn, turn sung by the Byrds:

Sure on this Shining Night – Morten Lauridsen
Performed by the Luther College’s Nordic Choir:

Sure on this shining night
Of starmade shadows round
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground

The late year lies down the north
All is healed, all is health
High summer holds the earth
Hearts all whole

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
Wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars

The Road Home – Stephen Paulus
Performed by Conspirare:

Tell me where is the road I can call my own,
That I left, that I lost, so long ago.
All these years I have wondered, oh when will I know,
There's a way, there's a road that will lead me home.

After wind, After rain, when the dark is done,
As I wake from a dream, in the gold of day,
Through the air there's a calling from far away,
There's a voice I can hear that will lead me home.

Rise up, follow me, come away is the call
With (the) love in your heart as the only song
There is no such beauty as where you belong
Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.

The Promise of Living from The Tender Land – Aaron Copland
Performed by the Berkeley Opera, 2010:

Finally from Jonathan Larson’s Rent
Seasons of Love:


This weeks bulletin.


Our Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost service.

Worship Sundays, 10 am

Worship at St. Luke’s is energetic and uplifting with an inspiring message, wonderful music, a beautiful choir, a children/youth message and the celebration of Holy Communion every week.

We are a Reconciling In Christ Church that welcomes all who wish to attend. Please visit for more information.

Adult Education and Confirmation classes (for middle school) are at 8:45 am before worship

Elementary Sunday School takes place after worship at 11:30 am

Youth meet after worship about twice a month and for special events and projects.

Come and experience Christianity that is kind, compassionate and inclusive of the whole rainbow of God’s people!

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1210 W Belt Line Rd
Richardson, TX

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St. Luke's Lutheran Church is a community of disciples, called to worship God, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, through Word and Sacrament, and to love, serve, and welcome all. Sunday Services at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School at 8:45 a.m. Nursery Provided
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