Adult Discipleship

Listen: To a former sermon series about race done here at St. Luke’s: What's Love Got to Do With It? The Tangle of Privilege

Watch: Michelle Alexander’s TED Talk “The Future of Race In America” 

Read: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo 

How to Be an Anti-Racist, by Ibram X, Kendi

Waking Up White, by Debby Irving

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

I'm Still Here, by Austin Channing Brown (current book study)

Becoming an Anti Racist One Day at a Time:  Being anti-racist involves taking an active stance, and is often accomplished one day, one action at a time.  Join St. Luke’s each day as we post doable steps from a variety of sources and viewpoints.  We encourage you to be open and listen with your heart as some will challenge you to look at the world in a new way.  Some take as little as five minutes.  

August 3 - Issue - What It Means to be White, BBC Stories - Jack Waters, aka Jay0117, is a grime artist from Bristol. He wants to know what terms such as "whiteness", "white privilege" and "white supremacy" mean for him and the people around him. He gets advice from writer Layla Saad, who ran a 28-day Instagram challenge called Me And White and interviews different people.

August 4 - Local - Black Home Again-Indy's All-Black Schools Through 2 Eyes - Mary Alice Rann was the first black student to graduate from IPS. As more black students started to enroll, board members and parents decided to segregate their school system. While many school systems in the north were beginning to integrate, Indianapolis Public Schools opened their first black high school (1927). 

August 5 - Arts - Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

August 6 - Family - How black and white families are talking about racism in a time of reckoning. Washington Post article

August 7 - History - Historical Foundations of Race. The term “race,” used infrequently before the 1500s, was used to identify groups of people with a kinship or group connection. The modern-day use of the term “race” is a human invention. Read David R. Roediger's article.

August 8 - Issue - Do you identify as white? Watch the Whiteness Project video.

August 9 - Arts - 9 Famous Spirituals To Enlighten Your Understanding Of Black American History

August 10 - Issue - In 1988, anti-bias educator Peggy McIntosh published her now-classic essay “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” In it, she describes the phenomenon of white privilege as a collection of “unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was meant to remain oblivious.” Read about that here.

August 11 - Local - Indy SURJ Showing up for Racial Justice. Like them on Facebook. Attend their online events. Indy SURJ is a local chapter of a national network of groups and individuals organizing people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. 

Everyone’s leadership matters and on August 6 and 7 we will again host this world-class leadership conference, ONLINE! This year they are honored to welcome former President George W. Bush as one of the summit’s guest speakers! He will share what he learned about leadership while navigating one of our country’s most difficult eras. While the format looks different this year, the same great content will be shared. REGISTER HERE for only $129 when you use priority code LEAD2020. When asked for your organization, enter “St. Luke’s.” 

Grow in your faith with others this Fall! Join a St. Luke's Small Group or Class. Small Groups launch the week of August 9 and will be discussing the sermon series, "Justice or Just Us?" Groups will meet until the week of September 27. Classes begin the week of August 23 and cover topics like the book of Psalms, a book study over the book "White Fragility" and in-depth Bible reading through our Disciple Bible Study offerings. See a full list of groups and classes (with descriptions) and SIGN UP HERE. (Most groups and classes will meet via Zoom this Fall.) Contact Mindie Moore for more details.

Austin Channing Brown and friends converse with different leaders, activists, creatives and thinkers like Brene Brown and Andre Henry. Information that often doesn’t reach a popular audience fills the hour and shows how expansive racial justice can be. Watch each week’s episode on your own in preparation for discussion on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays beginning July 23 from 6:30-8PM via Zoom. Register here for the Zoom link. 

This group is an opportunity to study with one of our pastors. The group is comprised of mostly retired men and women but all are invited to join! Wednsesdays at 10AM on Zoom. CLICK HERE to register.

Taught by a variety of pastors, AnchorPoint streams on Sundays at 8:45AM, 12:15, 3:15 and 6:15PM. You can join us on Sunday from our WATCH LIVE page.

To view all prior AnchorPoint sessions, CLICK HERE.

The Well returns Thursday, June 18th as we kick off our new series Footprints: Finding God’s Presence in Conversations on Race. This series will be a talkback session to Pastor Mindie’s Monday night book study, I’m Still Here. During our weekly Well talk via Facebook Live, we will share in unfiltered and unscripted conversations on faith, race and sisterhood- trusting that God‘s footprints will be seen in the midst. Join us every Thursday night @9PM at The Well! To join this group CLICK HERE.

Starting Point is a casual conversation with lay members of the church where guests have the opportunity to learn more about St. Luke's ministries, ask questions, and discover next step possibilities. After you register for the session of your choice, you'll be sent a link to join a zoom meeting.

Register by choosing one of the following dates and times: 

Sunday, August 9, 1-1:30PM

Thursday, August 27, 7:30-8PM

Care Ministries

GriefShare is a loving support group for people who are grieving the death of a loved one. Class includes videos, discussion, and a workbook. The cost is $15.00. Scholarships are available by emailing Laura Marine or calling 317-846-3404  Participants may join at any time. Classes start August 26, 2020, and will last 13 weeks. Please register on the GriefShare website.  Currently meeting via Zoom, the link will be sent once registered.
While divorce is always hard, many are facing more obstacles due to the pandemic that make it all the more difficult. It is our hope that we can be there for you during this difficult time so that you know that you are not alone. We welcome you to our online DivorceCare on Mondays from September 14 through December with no registration fee. The only cost is your purchase of the workbook where you pay DivorceCare directly. The cost is $15.00 for the workbook plus shipping that ranges from $5.00-6.00. Please sign up on the DivorceCare website.
Indu Vasudevan, local Hindu writer and speaker, will offer the Hindu perspective on the history of humankind evolving toward oneness. Watch on Zoom on August 5th at 2:30PM. Contact Betty Brandt for the Zoom link. Sponsored by St. Luke's Interfaith Relationships Ministry.

Student Ministries

Each Sunday at 11AM our 5th-8th graders meet online via Zoom for games, teaching, and small groups! To receive logon information, email Heather Kenison.

High School Open House:  Each Sunday from 3:30-5PM our 9th-12th graders meet in the Lodge parking lot while maintaining best practices of safety such as social distancing, staying outside and requiring masks to go inside for restroom breaks. Expect low-contact games and activities to ensure a safe but fun environment. We have extra masks and individually packaged snacks.  Students are encouraged to come even if they cannot stay for the whole time.

  We will offer some digital and in-person events this summer for our college students! Email Travis Bannon for more information.

Over the course of the summer, we will encourage small groups to meet safely either in-person or digitally. We encourage you to sign up for our Middle School or High School Weekly Newsletters.  Email Kellie Beadle to be put on the list.

On the last Saturday of each month, we invite our children and youth to serve the community...from home! 

Parents, would you like to connect with other St. Luke's moms and dads during this time and pick each other's brains? If so, join our Facebook group for support and a few extra ideas on ways to help your teens handle the new normal.

Facebook Group

Children's Ministry

Sign your children up for a storytime event on! We will have storytime with Portia Jackson, a "Prayer Pot" activity and the playground will be open! Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket and find a social distanced spot under the tent (between Door 16 and the Modge). The Storyteller will begin promptly at 10:15AM on August 22. Please register ahead of time! 

Looking for resources on becoming an anti-racist family? Check out our resources here.
Parents, would you like to connect with other St. Luke's moms and dads during this time and pick each other's brains? If so, join our Facebook group for support and a few extra ideas on ways to help your children handle the new normal.

Facebook Group

We will be sending a weekly Sunday newsletter newsletter to parents with engaging activities that go along with the included video Bible Story for both Elementary and Preschool children. Register for Sunday At Home e-newsletter here.
Looking for ideas for praying with your children, early years and elementary Christian crafts and activities? Check out our NEW PINTREST PAGE for things you can do while the kids are home to help them learn even more about their Christian faith.

Outreach Ministries

So many of you are looking for ways that you can be in service to those in our community right now. Following are many opportunities that are most pressing right now and many of them are with some of our important St. Luke's Partners. We are truly in this together and we appreciate your generosity in so many ways!

The impact of COVID-19 can be felt most in the kitchen as thousands of families are struggling with food insecurity. Yet one place that people in need can rely on is St. Luke’s own Crooked Creek Food Pantry where over 9,800 individuals were served in the month of April alone! To serve in their drive-thru pantry CLICK HERE.
We will be delivering a Family Fun Night to our neighbors in Washington Township this summer! Each Friday, volunteers will come to St. Luke's to pick up a hot meal prepared by Chef Joseph and craft materials to deliver to a family. In an effort to help alleviate a little stress of cooking another meal for a family and to promote some family togetherness, you'll be helping to provide hope and the love of Jesus to our neighbors.

Sign up to deliver a meal here.