2021 Annual Report
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH IS
TO RESTORE ALL PEOPLE
TO UNITY WITH GOD AND
EACH OTHER IN CHRIST.
Cover text from the Book of Common Prayer, “An Outline of the Faith,” page 855
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Church with a Mission
Pablo Picasso famously said, “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” That’s not a bad paraphrase of the mission of the church. St. Luke’s exists to elevate human life, to bring us into a transformational relationship with God, and to help us see and serve Christ in all people. The Book of Common Prayer explains the Church’s purpose is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”
As you read through this Annual Report consider not only the mission of the church, but also the role you have in this work. How are you called to help restore all people to unity with God and each other? How may you be called to help lead worship: as a lector, a chalice bearer, as a volunteer in our sound booth, or joining the Altar Guild? How may you be called to restore unity with all people in the year ahead: through our Honduras ministry, our partnership with Kramer Elementary, or by making sandwiches for Austin Street Center?
You are not called to be passive in this mission.
In this Annual Report, we will reflect on the past year; we will reflect on what St. Luke’s accomplished in 2021. We will also look to the year ahead: how we are called to worship, to study God’s word, and to serve our neighbors.
This is not only a time to gaze in the rear-view mirror, but a time to look at the road ahead. And, I invite you to remember that you – yes, you! – are a part of God’s strategic plan to advance the mission of the church. As the Book of Common Prayer explains: “The church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members.”
In other words, the church carries out its mission through your ministry. Today, we are commissioning you to serve God in 2022 and beyond.
The Rev. Mark S. Anderson, Rector
Senior Warden’s Report
I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent this parish and serve as St. Luke’s Senior Warden (I’m also a tad grateful to be returning to my regular life!). There is so much that you – my fellow parishioners and our clergy and staff – have accomplished during my time as Senior Warden. However, I want to quickly address just five topics: our worship, our people, our outreach, our finances, and our campus.
First, our worship. As many of you know I regularly attend the 7:30 service on Sundays. It’s beautiful, quiet, and quick. However, when I attended the Christmas Eve service with my family, it was wonderful to be reminded of the quality of our music and the beauty of that service.
Second, our people. We may be tempted to think that our clergy and staff move the church forward, but as Father Mark regularly points out, the prayer book explains that “the ministers of the church are the lay people, Bishops, Priests and Deacons.” The lay people are listed first. So, thank you to the altar guild, the Plaid Door volunteers, the acolytes, the sound booth volunteers, ushers and greeters, and to every member of this church who looks for opportunities to serve.
Third, our outreach. In 2021 – even amidst a pandemic – we sent a 2,400 cubic foot container full of goods to help our partners in Honduras. We continued to support Kramer Elementary, even when volunteers couldn’t tutor students. Through this pandemic, we continued to serve in ministries that are tried and true: making sandwiches for Austin Street, bringing gifts for children through our Christmas Angel Tree, and quarterly making blessing bags for the homeless. We also found new and creative ways to bring joy to others through this pandemic such as our “Trunk or Treat” or our summer lunch ministry.
Fourth, our finances. As demonstrated by the amazingly successful capital campaign that has just come to a close, we are in a strong financial position. We are in this position because of your support and commitment. Thank you!
Fifth, our campus. I joined the Vestry three years ago. Since then, we were struck by a tornado that decimated our education building. We rebuilt it and are about to lay the foundation for a new parish hall. We have additionally made many substantive improvements around our campus: launching a community garden, building a new columbarium, and keeping our three-acre campus in good shape.
We have accomplished so much because of the faithful ministry of our clergy and staff. We have also accomplished so much because of your commitment and faithfulness. I am truly honored to have been given the opportunity to serve as your Senior Warden. While my term is over, I am not going away and will continue to play a supporting role in the construction of the new parish hall.
Thank you again!
Parish Hall Capital Campaign
The need for a new parish hall was long known. In 2021 it was decided to make it happen. The new building was designed with large in-door meeting facilities opening onto a landscaped plaza to accommodate parish gatherings of any size. A capital campaign was launched with a goal of $1.75 million to finance the construction. In less than six months, the goal was met and exceeded. Construction is expected to start in mid-2022.
The Vestry and Campaign Committee broke ground for the new Parish Hall on Sunday November 14
Parishioners gathered at the sight of the proposed Parish Hall on September 11 to visualize the new facility.
– JOHN RATEAU
A view of the Plaid Door with the new Parish Hall in the background.
The outdoor chapel and altar will provide new opportunities for worship and weddings.
Education Building Reconstruction
The 2019 tornado, while devastating, in many ways breathed new life into St. Luke’s. This past year we completed the reconstruction of the Education Building – essentially destroyed – creating improved facilities for church meetings and offices and new classrooms for the Park Cities Day School. After more than 18 months of planning and construction, we moved into the renovated Education Building in December.
In September the parish was given a “Sneak Peek” of the nearly completed renovation of the Education Building.
The Education Building includes new classrooms for the Park Cities Day School.
The renovated Education Building adopted architectural features of the main church such as the stone columns and gold siding.
– PAT BAKER
New church offices
provide a bright
Parishioners gather at the altar for Holy Communion.
IT PRAYS AND
THE GOSPEL, AND
JUSTICE, PEACE, AND LOVE.
– BCP 855
Restoring all people to unity with God is done through worship, the study of God’s word, and service in his name to others. Dr. Susan De Kam joined the staff as organist/choirmaster immediately rebuilding the church’s choir and enhancing the musical worship experience. Traditional and contemporary services were combined into a single celebration of praise and love. And, a focused online ministry brought worship into the homes of those secluded by Covid and to those in communities near and far seeking a church home.
Dr. Susan De Kam,
Organist & Choirmaster
Silas Kitchens receives the
Sacrament of Baptism as
his parents look on
I CAN COME HERE
FOR AN HOUR AND
– JOHN RATEAU
On Pentecost Sunday
children with banners
representing the Holy Spirit
brought special attention
to the celebration
On September 5 St. Luke’s
blessed the brick pavers
in the new Columbarium
given in honor or memory
of loved ones
On October 30 children from the parish and the Park Cities Day School enjoyed sweets at the Halloween “Trunk or Treat” festival.
St. Luke’s celebrated the successful Parish Hall Capital Campaign at the Italian Dinner Gala on Sunday, October 17.
Community – getting together – has always been a core value of St. Luke’s. Despite Covid restrictions we were able to protect everyone’s safety, socially distance, and still enjoy the fellowship of being together. Among the many parish life opportunities, we met under a starry night in October, to toast our capital campaign victory with an Italian Dinner Gala of pasta, wine, and live entertainment; we celebrated the Holy Spirit at a Pentecost outdoor luncheon; we treated the kids with Halloween goodies; we greeted one another at our after-worship coffee bar in the south narthex, and we showed off our pets at the Blessing of Animals.
St. Luke’s delegates at the Annual Diocesan Convention included Fr. Mark, Mary Frances Heap, Nancy Duncan, Deacon Rosemary, Winnie Doyle.
The annual Blessing of the Animals brought pets from dogs to guinea pigs for God’s love.
St. Luke’s is involved in many Outreach ministries in which the love and compassion of Christ is spread throughout our community and literally around the world. We led a diocesan effort to fill an ocean-going container with critical supplies and medicines for our brothers and sisters in Honduras. The Plaid Door, despite the pandemic, continued to be a source of clothing, household items, and furniture for the community, the revenues from which helped fund church programs and local charities. St. Luke’s Blessing Bags, given to street-corner homeless, provide healthy food snacks and personal hygiene supplies; And, the continued support of Kramer Elementary teachers and faculty made sure they knew their value to our community.
IT MAKES ME
– HANK NICHOLS
St. Luke’s has partnered with Kramer Elementary to support the teachers and faculty (top left).
The Sandwich Ministry provides meals each month to residents at the Austin Street Center (top right).
The container filled with goods gathered for Honduras (middle left).
The Plaid Door’s annual Christmas Market attracts customers from the Metroplex to purchase ornaments and gifts (middle right).
St. Clare’s Guild knitted 238 warm scarves which were given to the homeless at Austin Street Center over the Thanksgiving holidays.
Studying God’s Word opens new understandings to Christ’s call and ways to serve the Lord. In 2021, the Rector led two in-depth studies of the Bible’s Acts of the Apostles and Genesis with daily video commentaries, weekly Bible studies, and sermon series. Deacon Rosemary’s weekly Bible studies and Sunday adult formation classes focused on relevant issues from a biblical perspective, major people from the Bible, and bringing holy seasons into today’s living.
THAT IS GOOD
AT ST. LUKE’S,
ALL WILL BE
– HANK NICHOLS
ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH CLERGY AND STAFF
The Rev. Mark S. Anderson
Dr. Susan De Kam
Organist and Choirmaster
The Venerable Rosemary R.Trei
Gary Ulrich, Senior Warden
Jamey Ryan, Junior Warden
Nancy Moore, Clerk
Stan Kirsten, Treasurer
Pat Keane, Chancellor
Mary Frances Heep
Dr. Mary Anderson
Al Hauschild, President
Kay Mike, Secretary
Pat Baker, Treasurer
Facilities Assistant – Eusebio Gutierrez