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Youth Ministry Update

Dear St. Luke’s Lutheran Church,


St. Luke’s has experienced many transitions this past year with individuals accepting new calls, attending seminary full-time, and retirements in key ministry positions. Transitions are times to try new ways of living into being more faithful disciples of Jesus. We discover things we absolutely love and wonder why we haven’t been doing this before, things we absolutely do not want to do again, and other things we modify and continue to do. New staff join the team—some in an interim capacity and others in a more permanent role—to serve God and St. Luke’s.


After prayerful consideration, we are saddened to announce Amanda Burton will no longer serve as the Youth Director as of May 13, 2024. We know God will use Amanda’s gifts in new and unexpected ways. We hold Amanda in prayer as she discerns how and where God is calling her to serve next. We give thanks to God for Amanda.  


The Youth Ministry of St. Luke’s will continue to be a valued and treasured ministry.  The planned summer programming—the trips—will go on as planned with new staff leadership. Pastor Naomi will lead the High School Mission Trip. Doug Cassel will lead the 8th grade Ohio trip. Pastor Julie will lead the Sugar Creek Confirmation Camp. More information will be shared in the near future about the details of each with parent and student meetings and emails. If you have specific questions, please contact Pastor Naomi. Additional dates are at the bottom of this email.


Looking to the future, the executive committee, congregational council, and staff will review the job description and are hoping to release it next week. The Council will designate an interviewing team with staff, council, youth leadership, and youth representation.


Thank you for your continued prayers and support during this transition.



Anne Marie Liska | Congregational President 

Pastor Naomi Garber | Interim Senior Pastor



Important dates:

High School Breakfast Club — Tuesday, May 14th & 21st at 7:15 a.m.

Middle School End of Year Celebration — Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service — Sunday, May 19th, at 4:00 p.m.

High School End of Year Celebration — Wednesday, May 22 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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