Council Update

At our last Council meeting, Sue Ivanjack shared with the Council her need to tender her resignation as Chair of the Council, as her health was keeping her from being able to do all that she wanted to do. She has served faithfully and thankfully will continue to serve as a member of Council. David Primuth who has been serving as Vice President stepped down from that position and was subsequently elected as President. Patrick Rollins was elected as our new VP with the other officers remaining in their current roles.

Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention

A Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention was recently formed in the Synod. Anyone with a special interest in gun violence prevention should contact Pr. Dan Gibson if you’d like to work with us!

Lutheran – Episcopal Joint Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Formed

The Southwest California Synod of the ELCA is pleased to announce the formation of the Joint Gun Violence Prevention Task Force with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, a partnership to educate and advocate for the prevention and reduction of gun violence in our communities.

Bishop Guy Erwin praised the formation of the Task Force saying, “Jesus’ message of peace calls Christians to be peacemakers in our communities—and, I believe, to resist the culture of violence in our society…I’m very encouraged by the creation of this new Task Force and proud that people in our synod are stepping up to work for change in Los Angeles and beyond.”

The Task Force invites anyone with a special interest in gun violence prevention to contact Pr. Dan Gibson at dwgibson61@gmail.com or 323-371-1001.

Advent and Christmas 2015

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St. Luke Lutheran Church, Woodland Hills welcomes you to join with us in celebration.

This is the Season of Advent leading up to the time we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the Christ child, and also look forward to the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Events at St. Luke Lutheran Church:

  • Sunday, December 20, 4:00 pm — Inspiring concert of sacred and fun music*
  • Thursday, December 24, 10:30 pm — Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

More information on this printable e-card.

Spotlight: Lutheran World Relief

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Many of us are at a loss to give meaningful gifts to our friends and loved ones at this time of year. We might look at alternative giving to a charity, but wonder how to choose.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference in someone’s life by helping to respond to disaster or helping lift people out of the cycle of poverty through community resource development, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) just might be the charity you are look to support. If you want to make sure your dollars are well spent, you may be happy to know Lutheran World Relief, as an international relief and development charity is “high-rated” by Consumer Reports.

Did you know, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including St. Luke Lutheran as a member congregation, supports Lutheran World Relief? Additional direct support contributed by individuals and families will further the work Lutheran World Relief is able to do in the world.

This article by The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia shares further insight into the ways in which Lutheran World Relief stands out as a charity.

Finally, on “LWR’s Blog”, Lutheran World Relief shares its best five videos of 2014 in which you can see results of its programming. And, there is a “donate” button conveniently located on the blog site.

Come Rejoice with Us!

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 7.52.49 PM This is the Season of Advent leading up to the time we celebrate Christmas, the birth of the Christ child, and also look forward to the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Following are upcoming special events to be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church:

  • Family Pageant — Sunday, December 14, 9:30 am
  • Gala Christmas Concert — Sunday, December 21, 4:00 pm
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — Wednesday, December 24, 10:30 pm

Full schedule and more information on this printable flyer.