Oct. 18 At St. Luke’s, Covington
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Covington, is planning a special service of praise and thanksgiving to God on Sunday afternoon, October 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. The occasion is the 130th Anniversary of the Congregation.
Under the theme “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), members, former members, neighbors, and friends of the Congregation are invited to celebrate and give thanks to God.
The guest speaker for the service will be Dr. Charles Arand, who was recently installed as the occupant of the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Chair of Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Dr. Arand served as pastor of St. Luke’s from 1984-1988, when he also served St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Minden. He has served on the faculty at Concordia since 1989 and has authored several books and numerous articles. Special music will be provided by former organist Kathy Unverfehrt and the Trinklein string quartet.
St. Luke’s was organized March 1, 1885, at a meeting in the home of Heinrich Boester. The Congregation adopted a constitution on May 17, 1885, and formally chose as its name “Die Deutsche Evang-Lutherische St. Lucas Gemeinde ungeänderter Augsburgischer Confession, zu Covington, Washington County, Illinois” that is, “The German Evangelical Lutheran St. Luke Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession at Covington, Washington County, Illinois.” The first church building, which is still in use, was dedicated December 20, 1885, and Pastor A.O. Engel was installed as the first resident pastor that same day.
October 18 was chosen for the celebration because it is the Festival Day for St. Luke the Evangelist. It is not known exactly why this name was chosen for the Congregation, but St. Luke is referred to by the Apostle Paul as the “beloved physician” who stood by him faithfully (Colossians 4:14, 2 Timothy 4:11). His Gospel is the only one to give us precious words from Jesus such as “The Good Samaritan” and “The Prodigal Son.” He stresses the radical gift of God’s free grace and full forgiveness for all sinners who come to Him through Jesus. Luke also authored the Acts of the Apostles.
Comments Pastor Tim Mueller, “Normally a 130th anniversary is not such a big occasion, but we are just so thankful to be here. God has really blessed this little church and we want Him to have the glory. By His grace we hope to be here for a long time to come. We scheduled the service for the afternoon so that our neighbors and friends from other congregations could join us.” A fellowship hour will follow the service in the former school building.