DescriptionDitch the treadmill and come join the Zumba party every Wednesday at 6:30! The class is $10 at the door or bring a friend and get in free. Meet new friends and have fun getting a great cardio dance workout! Email Instructor Ashley Gravlin with any questions.
Queer Contra Dance
DescriptionCo-founded by Chicagoans Peter McDowell and John Legge, Queer Contra Dance Chicago will be held at St. Luke's. Contra Dance is a form of folk dance, similar to square dancing, but with lines of dancers rather than squares. In our gender-free version, instead of typical male-female gender roles, dancers determine their own role as a leader or follower. Pastor Erik Christensen shares: “St. Luke's firmly believes that music and all the arts build community across lines of difference by bringing people together in an environment of creativity, self-expression, and joy. We're proud to have queer contra dancing coming to St. Luke's, and excited to see how we can be part of supporting a diverse, inclusive neighborhood.” Queer Contra Dance is open to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Admission is a sliding scale of $ 0-10, payable at the door. No advance planning or experience is needed and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Potluck snack and beverages encouraged. For more information, contact Peter McDowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or look for Queer Contra Chicago on Facebook.
Drake String Ensemble Performance
DescriptionDrake String Ensemble, conducted by Professor Akira Mori, is comprised of the best string players at Drake University. Join us for our special tour concert with soloist Dr. Ashley Sidon, cello, for an evening of classical string repertoire, including selections by Mozart and Dvorak. The concert will take place at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church – Logan Square at 2649 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago on Saturday, May 4th at 5:00 pm.
Lutheran Advocacy Day
DescriptionJoin other members of St. Luke's for one or both of the upcoming advocacy days in Springfield. May 8 is Lutheran Advocacy Day, and will focus funding human services such as mental health, housing, and education. Participating in advocacy days at the Illinois state capitol building is an excellent way to take your faith public, work with others in the community who share your concerns, and learn how policy gets turned into law. Group transportation will be available.
Restocking Greater Chicago Food Depository
LocationGCFD Warehouse near Pulaski and 42nd St
DescriptionSt. Luke's is building "grocery credit" for Elijah's Pantry at the Greater Chicago Food Depository by repacking shelves starting on Wednesday, May 8! The shift is from 6 - 9 pm at the warehouse near Pulaski and 42nd St; (carpooling is an option - we'll leave from church at 5). Volunteers need to be at least 14, wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, and be ok to stand for be ok to stand for 90 minutes and lift mildly heavy packages; activities may include repacking bulk product to individual/family sizes, assembling boxes with assorted food, checking expiration dates, labeling product, gleaning products, etc. Elijah's account will receive $1 per volunteer per hour and we can bring up to 50 volunteers! Our work turns directly into purchasing power for feeding our neighbors. Please email email@example.com with questions or if you can drive. Sign up sheets are located in the narthex.
Rev. Khalilia Presents about Palestine
DescriptionOn May 12, St. Luke's will host guest preacher Rev. Khader Khalilia, an ELCA minister originally from Beit Jala, Palestine (which is in the West Bank, near Bethlehem.) Rev. Khalilia moved to the US in 2005, spending a number of years in New York and also in San Fransisco. Rev. Khalilia will help bring the Word of God during worship, and after, will speak on his experiences in Palestine and his opinion on the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Join us for a totally new and personal voice in our series on Israel/Palestine!
"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" Film Screening
DescriptionSt. Luke's will be hosting a screening of the documentary "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" on Sunday May 19 at 2:00 pm. After the film, we will host a lively discussion about public housing in our neighborhood - the future of Lathrop Homes in particular. It should be a great afternoon. Whether you know a lot, know a little, or know nothing at all about public housing issues, you are invited to come and be a part of this important conversation. Please join us and bring your friends!