Steeple: Dec. 13, 2017

In this Issue…

Deacon’s Corner     Watkins’ Open House – Dec. 22     Family Promise Wraps Up     “The Door”     Meals for Hugh and Virginia     Calling all Pageant Cast Members     Christmas Message from Bishop Ed

Prayer List     Activity Calendar     Scripture & Music for this Sunday     Lay Ministry Schedule

Deacon’s Corner

Thank you to St. Luke’s.  Because of you I have had the opportunity to come into direct contact with some of the people in need that live in this community.   I have had the opportunity to sit with, pray with, and laugh with men who are in prison.  I have had the opportunity to help people into St. Luke’s van, to hear their stories of struggle, to see a young man almost dance with joy when he finds a bed to sleep in for the night.  I’ve had the opportunity to watch the smiles of some who have landed jobs, a couple of people who ride the van for hours to have company and to stay warm.

The opportunity to be with local people in need arose because St. Luke’s and Disciples Christian Church stepped forward to assist the Washington County Transportation Coalition continue their bus route after funding withered in September.  It was hoped that the city of Bartlesville would see and appreciate the need for this service to enhance the quality of life in this city.  Our churches were there to give everyone some time to get city funding in place.

This funding has not yet come to pass.  And the service was put on hold this past Friday.  This has left many people with few choices about how to get to work.  It strands the woman trying to get to Mary Martha Outreach from the women’s shelter  (and she was here because the shelters in Tulsa were full).  I know at least two of the St. Luke’s drivers took people to the emergency room.   Lauri tells of being in the hospital lobby when a woman in active labor got off the bus.  One elderly rider lives south of downtown and shops for seven other people who are home bound.  Without the bus she will be forced to walk over a mile to Homeland and probably will not be able to arrange reliable rides to the pharmacies in the Eastland area.  Some people on the east side of town needed the bus to get to Agape Mission for lunch.

There is still some hope to revive this service.  This week the Coalition is meeting with representatives of the city.  You can help by contacting your city councilor and voicing your support of this bus service.  Besides, it not restricted to those in need.  At least one person regularly rode across town to have lunch at Monterrey’s!

I want to thank all of St. Luke’s for the use of the van during the past three months.  I want to extend a very heart felt thank you to our volunteer drivers: Brian Ferguson, Jeff Birk, and Steve Van Aken.

God’s Peace be with all,
Mike… Top

Watkins’ Open House – Dec. 22

OPEN HOUSE!  Mike and Lauri Watkins are having a party!  Please come celebrate this season with us.  Drop in any time from  3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  We are still at 1118 S. Dewey.  We would love to have you come by, stay awhile, visit, snack and enjoy.  No RSVP necessary. Top

Family Promise Wraps Up

This past Sunday marked the end of another great week hosting families in the Family Promise program here at St. Luke’s.  A huge thank you to each and every volunteer who gave of their time and talents to make it a success. And a special thank you to those who stepped in at the end to fill those last remaining spots!  With your love and support, you have all made a positive difference in the lives of these 4 families.
This marks the end of our last hosting cycle in 2017.  Stay tuned for information regarding our 2018 hosting schedule which will be printed in the Steeple in early January.
Peace and many thanks, Jen Peterson Top

“The Door”

2018 Calendars are in.  They are from a different company this year.  6 different styles and they are beautiful.  The beverage coasters are back $1.50 each.  New designs, made by Legacy.  Also we have a new vendor, from Oklahoma, that makes laser cut wooden ornaments. They are truly one of a kind.   Priced right at $2.98 and $4.98.
There is a new absolutely gorgeous Nativity Set, White and Gold Porcelain.  Come and see. We have lots of inexpensive “stocking stuffers” and don’t forget to take advantage of the 50% off table.  If you haven’t stopped in “The Door” lately, Do it Now!
Thank you for your support and patronage of the bookstore this year.  Remember, all profits go to support our outreach programs. 
Bookstore Staff:      Connie, Melinda, Darian, Glenda and DJ.  Top

Meals for Hugh and Virginia

Hugh Harrison and Virginia Jones are very grateful for all of the meals that the family of St. Luke’s has provided while Hugh has been undergoing some medical treatments.  Volunteers are now lined up through December.  Hugh hopes to be able to cook for himself starting in January. Keep Hugh and Virginia in prayers for his recovery. Top

Calling All Pageant Cast Members!

Our Christmas Pageant will be during the 10:30 am worship service on December 24.  If you have a child (or a grandchild) that would like to be in the pageant, please contact Lauri Watkins (918-766-2473) as soon as possible. Top

Christmas Message from Bishop Ed

My Friends,
As we come to this Christmas Season, we are reminded once again that this is a season of Hope. It is a season that reminds us, that no matter where we find ourselves or what may be happening around us, God is with us. God is there to lead us and guide us through the realities of our everyday lives.
It is easy for us to become discouraged in the face of so many challenges in our world. But God is available to heal us and restore us in ways we couldn’t possibly imagine. God’s plan is infinitely greater that any plan the world wants to construct.
In this time when the world is shouting fear, hate, anger, and distrust, we are invited to listen for a more gentle voice, the voice of hope and joy and trust and love in the Baby Jesus. Let this be the voice that surrounds us in all that we do, in all that we are, and in all that we strive to be this Christmas Season. Let us join with all Christians throughout the world and show that living in Christ’s love is the true joy in this Christmas Season and at all time.
I pray you, your families and friends have a Merry Christmas and a Joyful and blessed New Year!
God Bless You!
Bishop Ed Top 

St. Luke’s Prayer List

Please keep the following persons in your prayers:

Elizabeth, Jenny, Sue, Jim, Kris, Max, John, Samantha, Hugh, Raymond, Darian, Elaine, Ellen, Kathy, Triston, Dale, Charles, Isaac, Joyce, Maida, Joseph, Thelma, Tammy, Ed, Gerald, Bruce, and all members of our armed forces and their families.

If you have a prayer request, contact our Prayer Ministry Coordinator Thelma Blackburn 918-333-7902 or or the church office at 918-336-1212 or

Names on the Prayer List are rotated off every 4 weeks. If there is need for continued prayers, please let us know. Top

Activity Calendar

Click here to view the updated calendar of all events.

Sunday, Dec 17, 2017

  • 8:00 am Rite I
  • 9:15 am Sunday School
  • 9:15 am Clergy Forum
  • 9:45 am Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:30 am Rite II

Monday, Dec 18, 2017

  • 5:30 pm Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017

  • 10:00 am Spiritual Discipline Group, Library

Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017

  • 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

  • 6:45 am Men’s Fellowship, MH
  • 12:00 pm Holy Eucharist

Sunday, Dec 24, 2017

  • 9:15 am Sunday School
  • 9:15 am Clergy Forum
  • 9:45 am Choir Rehearsal
  • 10:30 am Rite II & Christmas Pageant
  • 10:30 pm Carols
  • 11:00 pm Rite II (Christmas Vigil)

Monday, Dec 25, 2017

  • 10:00am Holy Eucharist  Top

Scripture Lessons & Music for Dec 17

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

#72 – Hark! the Glad Sound! The Savior Comes
#56 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
#67 – Comfort, Comfort Ye People
WLP # 724 – People, Look East Top

Lay Ministry Schedule


  • Dec 17: Nick Olsen, Charlie Olsen, Claire Hood, Madelyn Stuart
  • Dec 24: Kyle Peterson, Evan Mitchell, Ethan Peterson, Keaton Mitchell


  • Dec 17: 8:00 am-Darian Kedy, Ellen Heald; 10:30 am-Penny Williams, Judy Currey
  • Dec 24: 10:30 am-Nick Conner, Jim Warring

Nursery Volunteers

  • Dec 17: Barbara Todd
  • Dec 24: Diana Crawford & Dorsie Bjornsen
  • Dec 31: Dorsie Bjornsen

Hugh & Virginia Meal Preparation

  • Dec 13: Frankie Sievers
  • Dec 15: Darian Kedy
  • Dec 18: Susie Clark
  • Dec 20: Lauri Watkins
  • Dec 22: Rachel Gurule

Sunday Coffee Fellowship Hour

  • Dec 17: Green Family
  • Dec 24: Volunteer Needed
  • Dec 31: Jeanne Julstrom

Sunday Plate Counter

  • Dec 17: Steve Clark
  • Dec 24: Jim Grillot
  • Dec 31: Jim Grillot


  • Dec 17: 8:00 am-Monica Martin; 10:30 am-Carol Murphy
  • Dec 24: 10:30 am-D.J. & Jerry Nezam, Jim & Nancy Warring


  • Dec 17: 8:00 am-Dean Zervas; 10:30 am-Glenn Bonner, Jim Warring
  • Dec 24: 10:30 am-Jim Grillot, Nancy Megee

Children’s Chapel

  • Dec 17: Nicki Ingram
  • Dec 24: Karl Franks
  • Dec 31: Bob Tedstrom

Agape Mission
Thursday, Dec 28:

  • 9-11 am-Jim Liehr
  • 10:45 am-1 pm-Jeff Birk, Molly Ferguson, Glenda Garrison, Darian Kedy, Jen Peterson
  • 1:00-2:45 pm-Carol Murphy, Radomir Petrovich

Bereavement Committee (Team 4)
Ada Grillot, Jo Baughman, Kris Bonner, Jen Peterson, Melinda Wesneski Top