401 Scammel St.
Marietta, Ohio  45750
Pastor's Update 

Report to Congregation Council
July 13, 2021

Each month continues to feel more and more normal here at the church, which feels somewhat strange to say as I watch the Delta variant of Covid-19 continue to infect more and more people. I’m thankful that so many of us here in the church have been vaccinated and are able to progress forward with our ministries and interactions, but I’m also saddened for all of the loss of life still happening and still somewhat hesitant to be around others for fear of their health. It’s with these mixed feelings that I submit this report.
June was a busy month, as many of the “daily” and “monthly” activities return. Many committees met for the “first time” in over a year: Property met on June 30th, Evangelism met after worship on June 27th, Fellowship worked together to put together a wonderful “Welcome Back” fellowship hour on July 11, and Worship & Music met today right before the Council meeting. It’s great to be meeting together again face-to-face and making plans for the future.
On June 27th at the 8:15 service we celebrated with Maria and Kristen Pfaff as they Confirmed their faith. I am impressed by these two young women, that they pursued Confirmation, having had many challenges and commitments that didn’t allow for the “normal” process of catechism. Their confirmation was a first … the first time I used an “alternative” option toward confirmation, and the first time I confirmed someone at the 8:15 service (which they attend).
The Bible Study groups finished the study of Malachi and have begun our study of The Acts of the Apostles. We will be in this book for some time, as it’s 28 chapters long. I’m thankful that the Holy Spirit continues to new people to attend one of the two studies, as they add so much to the groups, our shared learning, and discussions.
Visitation continues to go well, and I’m thankful that I can again be out of the office and invited into people’s homes, or join them for lunch. Relationships are so very important in ministry, and I’m blessed that many of us take the time to share our lives with one another outside of a Sunday morning. I was out and about quite a bit this past month. Thank you for this gift!
Lastly, I’m so thankful for the great strides the “streaming group” have made over the last few weeks. I viewed the “recording” from July 11th and it was by and far the best recording to date. I know it’s been a long process and has maybe taken longer than we’d hoped, but we are very close to what I know we all envisioned. I have heard from others who don’t “attend in person” but who are “worshipping with us” how good our streaming has become, and how thankful they are that we are able to do this … it really helps them to feel connected to the life of St. Luke’s.
In Christ, with Christ, for Christ!
Pastor Steve