St. Luke’s, Today and Tomorrow

We have been blessed with deep and sturdy roots at St. Luke’s and we have the promise of a brightly glowing and growing future.

Having arrived at the new millenium, we are re-engaging with our mission “…to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ…” (as spoken of in the Church’s mission statement). There is a greater evangelical zeal in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, with an accompanying sensitivity to the diverse social and cultural changes of our day — a challenging task, but one which yields many blessings, as well.

In carrying out this mission, we focus on worship, education, and service. Our worship is a blend of traditional Anglican worship (in which you may experience chanting, incense, and bells) along with a contemporary flavor as we incorporate modern music and language styles. It is designed to give a sense of reverence associated with worship in the Episcopal tradition, while embracing an openness to current expressions of faith.

We emphasize education for all ages, as we see Christian formation as an on-going process from birth to death. And service is seen as a natural outgrowth of the Christian experience—those who are touched by the presence of Jesus Christ are drawn to offer His touch to others in His Name.

How We Operate at St. Luke’s

Someone once said, “I don’t believe in organized religion; that’s why I’m an Episcopalian.”
Well, there is some organization. If you can imagine a view from above looking at the structure of St. Luke’s, it would be an open-ended circle, welcoming the empowering of God’s Holy Spirit.

Meet Our Staff

The Staff is composed of persons both paid and volunteer, full- and part-time, who provide the linkage between the Vestry and Parish organizations.

Meet the Vestry

The Vestry is the elected governing board of the parish. They are responsible for prayer, planning, and policy. There are nine Vestry members of St. Luke’s, elected to three-year, overlapping terms. They are assisted by our Senior and Junior Wardens, both elected to one-year (extendable) terms; as well as the Parish Treasurer and Clerk of the Vestry.

Parish Counsel

The Parish Council is composed of the heads of all parish organizations focused in the areas of worship, education, and service. It meets monthly to coordinate activities and to seek formation as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Worship Organizations

 Acolytes, Altar Guild, Calling Committee, Choir, Greeters, Lectors & Intercessors, Ushers

Education Organizations

Church School, Adult Education, Youth Group

Service Organizations

Hospital Callers, Outreach, Prayer Chain, Men of St. Luke’s

Hear From Our Parishioners

I came to St. Luke’s simply looking for a church close to home and where I could get to know more about the Episcopalian diocese. What I found was so much more. Over the years I have been to different churches believing I preferred to come, pray, and leave. From our very first day we were welcomed into the St. Luke’s community in the most extraordinary manner that made us look forward to each Sunday. What was it about St. Luke’s that made it so different? Was it Father Doug? He was funny, welcoming, and had great sermons! Was it the beautiful building that reminded me of history of the church? Was it the unique way the congregation shared Peace? In fact it was all of these and more…at the heart of St. Luke’s congregation are people who are fun, caring, open, non-judgmental, sharing, and kind and it turns out what I was looking for was a place where I could come, pray, and stay.

Bridget McAndrew
Bridget McAndrew

Paul and I decided 5 years ago to make St. Luke’s our place of worship.  We are happy to make our Pledge each year.

The people are friendly and the Liturgy is easy to follow.  The Sermons are better than ever and the young people (families) and babies warm my heart. The Choir is nice and the Music is upbeat and last but not least are the causes that we donate to like DENUM and St. Francis Center.

As you are aware we are without a Rector, however, our Priest, Rev. Barbara Bassuener is doing a fine job of leading the Congregation.  I must not forget to mention the Vestry and Search Committee, they keep us well informed. Also the Altar Guild and Ushers continue to step up and keep the Church rolling along in fine fashion.  My 3 children are long time adults, (4 grandchildren) but I’m happy to know we (our Church) offer Sunday School and have a Nursery.

The above paragraphs confirm that we at St. Luke’s are in a “Comfort Zone”, however if we listen carefully to Reverends Barbara and Sandy, they are trying to shake us up from our complacency.  What’s happening in The United States today is truly Un-American and Un-Christian.  We don’t know what individually people of St. Luke’s are doing to help correct the situation, but as the German Lutheran pastor, Martin Niemoller wrote, “First they came for the Socialist, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came ……..for me-and there was no one left to speak for me.”

With Nazi’s and White and Black Separatist being defended at the highest levels, if not as a Church, we implore each of us to speak up when we see or hear evil and to work and vote for competent leaders for our country.

Paul and Anne Deaderick
Paul and Anne Deaderick

I was born and raised in a Roman Catholic Family who went to church every Sunday. I went to Parochial School until High School. When in public High School, I attended CYO and Catholic retreats. I was interested in reading the Bible and learning about “Christian Truths.”  I was exposed to many nuns and priests and lay Catholics that were wonderful role models. But even as a child, some things that were taught didn’t seem to reconcile with my view of Jesus. American Catholics were criticized for leaving parishes because they did not agree with the doctrine taught, and this was spoken as something derogatory. I thought that this was a good characteristic!

My husband, Dave, and I married in 1981. The process to get our marriage blessed in the Catholic Church was one of several reasons that we decided to leave the Roman Catholic Church. We joined an open Brethren church and raised our children in this church. We had four children: Bonnie, Billy, Jackie, and Katie. Again, I was blessed to meet people here that were wonderful role models but the exclusivity of the teachings were troubling to me and didn’t seem to reconcile with my view of Jesus. Our family outgrew this church. When my children were in high school and college, Dave and I left the Brethren church. Dave and I started to go to an Episcopal church. This was when we were living in NJ in 2005. We felt at home with the people, the doctrine, and the location.

Around this same time, my daughter and her husband, Jay, started to come to St Luke’s here in CO. We loved to visit St Luke’s because we felt welcome. I remember Fr Doug would say as a final blessing to “do good to all people, especially to those who are not of the household of faith.” This really made sense to me, and I appreciated his version of Galatians 6:10. So when we moved from NJ to CO in 2011, we knew that St Luke’s would be a church where we could grow in Jesus and serve Him. What keeps us driving almost 17 miles to church is the many blessings that we receive that include fellowship, and receiving communion at a table where all are welcome. It thrills our hearts to be able to receive communion at St Luke’s.  Since we started coming, three of our Grandchildren have been baptized here and my daughter and son-in-law were married here. The communion table just keeps on getting bigger, in Jesus’ name! Watching not only our grandchildren, but all of the children at St Luke’s receive communion and sing out “Alleluia” is glorious!

Beverly Andrews
Beverly Andrews

We came to St. Luke’s six years ago because we wanted a church close to our home in Stapleton.  We had often seen the church while driving by, and it was the first one we visited in our quest.  We were welcomed, people introduced themselves to us, the service was warm and familiar, and we felt quite at home.  When we came back the next week, people remembered our names!!! That clinched it!  In our six years we have made good friends at St. Luke’s, found a deeper understanding of our faith, and participated in small groups that have been very meaningful.  Best of all is that we have introduced our granddaughters to church, Sunday school, and the amazing goodies at coffee hour.  They love to come!  St. Luke’s is our church home in every sense, and we are blessed to be part of it.

Perry and Bradley Pearce
Perry and Bradley Pearce

I grew up in New Jersey and attended a non-denominational church with my family. My mom, sisters and I would often visit my grandmother’s Catholic church as well. On most Sundays, if we didn’t have sports, we were at church. I stopped attending church once I went to college but I did take a fascinating Intro to Bible class taught by a former Methodist minister. This was the first time I actually questioned some of the religious beliefs I had grown up with and actually began to form my own beliefs.

After graduating college in New Jersey in 2003, I moved out to Colorado with Jason, my college sweetheart who is now my husband. Within a few months, we had purchased a condo in Lowry and we were beginning to get settled in Colorado.

I was 22 years old and felt very homesick for my family and friends who still lived in New Jersey…and I really missed my bagels and pizza! I thought about attending church again to fill that void that I felt was currently missing in my life. I would frequently drive past St. Luke’s and thought about attending a church service there. I knew a little bit about the Episcopal Church as my family began attending an Episcopal church in New Jersey. I also thought the Episcopal churches beliefs complemented everything I believed in. To me, it seemed traditional but with more realistic ideals than I grew up around, which was very important to me. I began attending by myself and was greeted warmly by Fr. Doug who would remember my name for every Sunday after that. Jason and I got engaged and we began our premarital counseling at St. Luke’s. Soon after we got married, we took classes at St. Luke’s and became confirmed in the Episcopal Church.

Jason and I frequently attended the 7:45 service and got to know so many wonderful people there. Once we had our three boys, we became regulars at the 10:15 service and we had the opportunity to meet an entirely different group of wonderful people. All three of our boys were baptized at St. Luke’s and it has been such a blessing to grow our family there. I love watching our boys go up to the altar and take part in communion with everyone. It is very special that everyone is welcome to take part in the Eucharist at St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s will always hold a special place in my heart and I feel so blessed to be here.

Bonnie Weeber
Bonnie Weeber

My husband Woody and I joined St. Luke’s about 20 years ago. I am currently a member of the Vestry as well as the team leader for the Search Committee.  A bit about my background: I am a native Coloradoan who was born into and raised as an Episcopalian.  However, I must confess that I was not a “practicing” Episcopalian for all those years.  I got off the Church Bus in the while in college, took a detour in my twenties and early thirties, and then got back onto the bus when we had children.  Admittedly I am pretty much of a traditionalist when it comes to practicing my faith.

Well enough about me and onto the subject at hand.  Why Woody and I make our pledge:

I recently read a wonderful definition of Stewardship written by an individual that I would like to quote.  “Stewardship is the manifestation of our love for God; through prayer and worship, acts of service, and giving of our time, talent and resources”.  By this definition it got me to think about stewardship in a much broader term and it is clearly more than just giving money. However, when the annual stewardship campaign begins, stewardship often conjures up thoughts of obligation and our focus turns to on the budget and financial resources necessary to take care of our facilities, pay our staff, support our various committee needs etc. Yes, this is indeed where the money goes but for Woody and myself, this is not the primary reason that we make our pledge.

To us, church is about the people – about all of you. We are pledging to be a part of and support this community. We want to be connected to a community that is committed to serving God and each other as well as being welcoming, warm, fun loving, accepting of our idiosyncrasies.

Yes, our facilities provide us a place to come together and our staff provides us direction and organization but as we have all experienced, rectors and parish administrators can transition out of their roles and having read about the recent natural disasters one quickly realizes that a structure can be devastated in a matter of minutes.

We are all sitting here today despite the SLC has undergone. And, if something, God forbid, happened to this beautiful structure, I believe that our community would come together and continue to persevere through whatever challenges might come our way.

So, for us-you are the Church.  Each of you individually and collectively are the reason that we make and honor our pledge each year.

Ann Block
Ann Block

As a member of the Vestry, I was asked to do a ministry minute explaining why I chose St. Luke’s Episcopal Church as my place to worship. I think the better question is to ask why WE, this congregation, chose this church to be our spiritual home. I know there are a variety of personal reasons, but deep down, I think we will all agree that we feel closer to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The history of our church is long. When I see pictures of our little church over a hundred years ago, I marvel at its survival. But then I realize that there were people like you that stepped up to meet the church’s needs. The church has seen many worldly changes but yet it perseveres. I am always amazed when I hear from adults, “I came here as a child”. This love of faith is what we need to instill in our own children. How many priests have preached at our pulpit and how many more will serve long after I am gone? I hope the number is substantial. Important religious events such as baptisms, confirmations, marriages and funerals are performed here because of our unwavering trust in God’s ability to lead us in this life and after.

Personally, when I sit in a pew at St. Luke’s, I feel a comfort that I don’t experience anywhere else. I feel a calm presence that tells me that I am not alone.

Every year we have another opportunity to help our church grow through our pledges. It can be a little or a lot; it doesn’t really matter to God, he will love and care for you just the same. But it is a chance to give back for all the wonderful abundance that comes from him.

Jean Allardice
Jean Allardice

My husband and I first came to St. Luke’s in 2008 after we got engaged and wanted to find a church home.  Our son was born in 2010 and was baptized here.  We found St. Luke’s to be a warm, inviting and open place.  I have found spiritual nourishment and purpose here.  I believe God’s work is done here.  Lives are touched because of St. Luke’s.

As I have gotten more involved over the years, I’ve been struck by all the energy and effort and love that go into maintaining all of this.  From our programs to this property, our education, our outreach.  This always makes me think of all the people who were here when I first came to St. Luke’s and of all the people who were here well before I came.  I think of all the energy and effort and love that they poured into our parish so it would be ready for my family.  It leaves me with a growing sense of responsibility, now that I am here, to do my part in caring for this community and to help in the ways I can.  One of those ways is through pledging.  Our family makes a financial commitment each year to help ensure that this is always a place where the Lord’s work can be done.  And especially for all those who have not yet found St. Luke’s.  Whether they come next week or next year, I want to make sure they find the same gift waiting for them that my family found when we arrived.

Amanda Ayres
Amanda Ayres