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Girl Scout Troop Spiritual Warfare Bronx Mission Trip Braille Ministries Prayer Chaplain Team Worship Coordinator Youth Leadership Team

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What is an L-Team? People engaging in a Live.Love.Learn. activity where relationships are built and Christ is shared. L-Teams are not small groups • They may or may not meet weekly • They may or may not open a bible or pray or talk about Jesus L-Teams can include anyone, meet anywhere and do almost anything • •

They are not just for St. Luke’s people - invite co-workers, neighbors and friends They can meet at your house, at church or at the bowling alley

For more information, contact Jan Grothe: 253.941.3000 or


456 Kids for Christ

Awesome adventures, great games, creative crafts and other interesting “stuff” await you and your friends for 456 KFC. Each night has a great meal, fun activities and a lesson encouraging children to be like Christ. Being “for Christ” is exciting and fun: invite your friends and come for the fellowship, food and adventure! When: Where: Contact:

3rd Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm Malkow Hall (some offsite) David Detzler;; 206-819-3683

Children’s Choir

Children in grades 1 - 6 are invited to sing for worship once a month at the 11:00 service, for special programs and services, Sunday School Christmas Program, Angel Breakfast, Palm Sunday, Christmas Eve (3 pm service), and a concert in May. When: Thursdays, 6-7pm Where: St. Luke’s Room 101 Contact: Mitzie Ollila;

Children’s Church Volunteers

This team of volunteers leads a small lesson and snack time with children ages 4-7 during the sermon time at the 11 am worship service, and the 9:30 am service in summer. They are scheduled on a 3 month calendar. When: Sundays, 9:30 and 11am Where: St. Luke’s or Malkow Hall Contact: Mitzie Ollila;


Girl Scout Troop 52945

All girls are welcome in our troop. We have fun earning badges and going on field trips like Disney On Ice, Experience Music Project, and ice skating. We also enjoy weekend camping at a camp owned by Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Sixth-grade and older - Cadettes meet at 5:30pm while the younger girls meet at 6:30pm. When: Where: Contact:

1st and 3rd Thursdays, 5:30-8pm St. Luke’s Room 311 Sandy Kon; or 253-941-2761

Helping Hands for 4-year-olds

Having the 4-year-olds (and their parents) help put together the Thanksgiving Baskets for Mirror Lake Elementary School families was such a success that we’re going to do it again for Easter! All the provisions will be provided. Children will have opportunity to decorate cards for the families and collect all the supplies table by table until their basket is filled. When: Saturday, March 23, 10am Where: St. Luke’s Great Room Contact: Jan Grothe;

On Fire Sunday School

Weekly classes for kids 3 year olds through 6th grade. We provide a variety of activities: class time, Bible Adventure, service projects, Super Sunday, Scripture memory and prayers. Children can register at any time! When: Sundays, 9:30am Where: St. Luke’s or Malkow Hall Contact: Mitzie Ollila:

St. Luke’s Cub Scout Pack 307

St. Luke’s is the Charter Organization for Federal Way Cub Scout Pack 307, currently consisting of 1st - 5th grade boys. Do you have a boy or know one who might be interested in joining the fun? Hiking, family campouts, pinewood derby, BB guns, archery, summer camp, swimming, innertubing at Snoqualmie...and much more! Come check us out to see if your son would like to be a part of Cub Scouts. When: Where: Contact:

Sunday School Snacks

Organize, serve and donate snacks for Sunday School kids once a month, during the Bible Adventure every week for 5 weeks, and prepare treat bags at Christmas. Sunday; 9:30-10:30 am. When: Sundays, 9:30-10:30am Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Ann Stoker; 253-939-2563

Pack meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 7pm; Den meeting times vary by den Pack meeting: Malkow Hall; Den meetings vary (2nd and 5th graders meet at St. Luke’s) Jerry Neumann; or 253-854-4067

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF)

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is a non-denominational Bible study designed to help people draw closer to God through the daily study of His Word and be better prepared to fulfill God’s call for their lives. There are day and evening classes for women, evening classes for men, and young adults. When: Time varies by class Contact: Les Soltis

Bible Study with the Taddys

If you are looking for a Bible study group, and are available on Tuesday nights come join us. We study the Bible one book at a time, and conclude each section with a poststudy potluck. When: Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm Where: St. Luke’s Room 312 Contact: Dave Ford;

Bridge Parenting When a child reaches adolescence, it can feel like a gulf has opened between the parent and the child you used to know. My twice-weekly blog offers tips and suggestions for how to build a BRIDGE to your teen, using Balance, Respect, Inspiration, Discipline, Guidance, and Empathy. Topics already introduced include lying, self-centeredness, and how-old-is-too-old-for-an-Easter-basket. Contact: Sue Acuna;

Budget Planning

You want to honor God with the first 10% of your income OR the dollar doesn’t stretch as far as it used to each month OR you simply can’t meet your monthly financial obligations - consider reaching out for guidance. Our volunteers will work with you individually and confidentially to help you prioritize your spending and set some reasonable goals for your future. When: Where: Contact:

By Appointment St. Luke’s or various locations Jan Grothe; or 253-941-3000 3

Captain Training

Do you want to know more about L-Teams—how they work, what they are for, who is involved? This training will answer your questions about leading a team and give you all the information you could ever want or need about what L-Teams are. No commitment required. Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Jan Grothe; or 253-941-3000


Core is designed for those who seek to develop their knowledge and skills for the purpose of sharing Jesus Christ. Every two hour class includes deep Bible study led by pastors and deacons with discussion and life application. When: Tuesdays, 6:30-:30pm Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Todd Zern;


DivorceCare is a recovery class taught through a series of 13 DVDs by professionals in their respective fields. After watching each DVD we have time to review what we learned from the DVD and from our individual self-paced workbooks. Cost of this class is $15.00. DivorceCare is for those who are recently separated or already divorced. For more information, please visit the website at: www. When: Where: Contact:

Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, beginning Mar 21 St. Luke’s Donna;, or Janet;

Financial Discipleship Development

Did you know that there are over 800 pieces of Scripture that speak to our personal finances, in addition to the 2000 verses that speak to social-based finance? In response to this emphasis, this L-Team will facilitate discussions on how St Luke’s can open opportunities for Christ to transform the hearts and minds of individuals and families in terms of finance. Contact: Todd Zern: Bryan Mann: Roger Erickson:

Friday Night Learn Team

Support, encouragement, and prayer are important to this team as well as studying God’s Word. After a week at work, it’s great to be together and be refreshed in body, mind, and spirit. When: Fridays, 7-9pm Where: Hileman’s: 816 12th St NE, Auburn Contact: Ruth Hileman; 253-931-0192 4

God Stories

God cares about big stuff in our lives and equally cares about the day-to-day, “little” stuff. He works in all ways, in all aspects of our lives. How have you seen Him at work in your life? What has God been saying to you lately? Would you consider sharing your “God Story” with the congregation? I will work with you in writing your story. When: Where: Contact:

Anytime Anywhere Jan Grothe; or 253-941-3000


A 13-week Christ-centered video/workbook and discussion format where people can be comforted and be a comfort to others while they begin their journey of grieving over the death of a loved one. The weekly video features some of the nation’s foremost experts on grief recovery. Each seminar also includes a grief support discussion group. When: Fall, 2013 Contact: Jean Ford;; 253-839-8583

Lake Tapps/Lakeland Hills Small Group

Currently includes ages from 35-55 (other ages welcome). We are discussing topical subjects and how they relate to the Bible. We meet just a short drive for anyone living in Auburn, Edgewood, Puyallup and even Federal Way. When: Wednesdays, 7pm Where: Blessing House, near Lake Tapps Contact: Jerry Blessing; 253-863-2187

Learn at Thompsons’ Small Group

This small group meets weekly to study the Word of our Lord through various Bible studies, St. Luke’s sermon studies, and various books (Hole in the Gospel). The group also volunteers for numerous activities at St. Luke’s. When: Wednesdays, 7pm Where: Thompsons’ House Contact: Ky Hopewell;

Marriage Ministry

Marriage can be difficult at times. Many problems involve a lack of understanding the differences between men and women and how God has wired us differently for a purpose. Periodically classes will be offered to enrich the marriage relationship. Classes may be topical, book based, on DVD or other formats that effectively convey helpful information to not only allow your marriage to survive, but to thrive. Contact: Keith or Karen Cook;

Membership Class

This workshop discusses St. Luke’s mission and vision and topics of the Christian faith, and it is a time for your questions to be addressed. Although it is a prerequisite to becoming a member, the decision to join is yours when you are ready. New Member Sunday includes a brunch at 9:30 and the reception at the 11am service. When: Where: Contact:

Workshops: Friday, April 19, 6:30-9pm and Saturday, April 20, 9am-4pm Receiving Members: Sunday, May 5, 11am St. Luke’s Great Room Jan Grothe; or 253-941-3000

Men’s Ministry

Would you like to influence your world for Christ, be a passionate leader rather than a passive follower, be a better husband, and have a good time in the process? Join others in St. Luke’s Men’s Ministry for a variety of social, recreational, and spiritual activities designed to equip you to be the man God has called you to be. Join us for breakfast and an inspiring message. When: 2nd Saturday, 7:30-9am Contact: Keith Cook;

Small Group Bible Study

This team is for seniors - couples and singles. Current study: Focus on the Family’s “That the World May Know.” This video/dvd study, hosted by Ray Vander Laan (teacher, historian and theologian), explores the geographical and cultural backdrop for Scriptural events and personalities, and the significance to modern believers. He truly makes the Bible come to life! When: Tuesdays, 1pm Where: Helen’s House Contact: Helen Firnhaber;

Spiritual Warfare

As Christians, we are all soldiers engaged in spiritual warfare transacted on an invisible battlefield. Satan has a powerful kingdom and governs his hierarcy of demons, principalities, and powers to carry out his schemes of disruption and destruction. Yet many of us remain untrained in the skills of spiritual warfare. This seminar will provide some basic tools to help effectively engage in spiritual “hand-to-hand combat” on both a personal and cosmic level. Led by Deacon Ann Murphy. When: Where: Contact:

Saturday, April 6, 9-11am St. Luke’s Great Room A Debbie McNeil: 206-251-6622; dmcneil@

Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study Monday Night Bible Study

Weekly small group Bible study open to all ages. When: Where: Contact:

Mondays, 7pm Frank & Pat Valdez’ House, Twin Lakes John Breyer;, 253-925-2021

This group studies a variety of topics, learns to apply God’s truths to life, and enjoys each other’s company. When: Tuesdays, 1pm Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Bob Beckstrom; 253-517-5204

Tuesday Nite Girls Order of St. Luke the Physician

We are an ecumenical team who studies and prays for healing through Jesus Christ. When: 1st Thursday, 7-9pm Where: St. Luke’s Room 312 Contact: Jerry Church;

For women only, this team discusses Bible topics, life topics, books of the Bible and whatever else we choose! When: Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm Contact: Jan Grothe; or 253-941-3000

Wednesday Morning Men’s Bible Study Puget Sound Women’s Prayer Connection

We are a group of ladies who meet for a short devotion followed by prayer for our nation, city, government, churches, pastors, missionaries, and any other needs expressed by those in attendance. When: Where: Contact:

2nd Friday, 10-11:30am Pat Fuller’s Home, other locations Marlene Rusch;; 253-529-1215

We support and encourage one another in our Christian walk of faith. We discuss topical concerns that men face today, from work ethics, to balance of family life, to healthy business practices, to community leadership using the Bible as the source book and answers to our questions. A great group of men that are not afraid to get down and tough when the adventure of life tries to tear us apart. When: Where: Contact:

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30am Poverty Bay Cafe, Federal Way Robert Grothe;; 206-228-1117


Wednesday Night Learn Team

Bible studies, topic studies, and other areas of interest are all a part of this L-Team. This is a great place to learn more about Jesus and His love and grace. When: Wednesdays, 7pm Where: St. Luke’s Room 312 Contact: John Taylor; 253-859-9368

Women’s Ministry

Ladies! Gear up for a new year! We will have a monthly format for a variety of topics, presentations, and events: Biblical, home life, relational, inspirational, financial, family, personal, shopping and more! When: 1st Saturday of the month, 9-11am Contact: Debbie McNeil; 206-251-6622; dmcneil@

Executive Leadership Team

The ELT is the formal link between the congregation and the Senior Pastor. The function of this team is to think ahead about where God is leading St. Luke’s and to carry out all policies and procedures put in our constitution and bylaws. Members on this team have a recommendation and interview process through Pastor Chris and are elected by the congregation at the annual congregational meeting. When: 2nd Monday, 6:30pm Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Chris Davis;

Lay Ministry Team

The purpose of the Lay Ministry Team is to provide care and support to people at St. Luke’s. The team oversees several aspects of care (Life Change, Recovery, Health, Connections, and Prayer) and supports other L-Teams who provide care. Members on this team have a recommendation and interview process through Pastor Chris. When: 2nd Sunday, 12:30pm Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Howard Britt;

St. Luke’s Foundation and Legacy Development

This group will soon begin developing a plan in which to directly link the financial sustainability of the church with its long-term ministry vision. Such development will include building a legacy foundation to educate members of St Luke’s on how they can financially support the ministry through legacy gifts. Contact: Todd Zern;


10 For the World

Camp Prime Time: 2013 Family Mission Trips

Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Kendra Breyer;

When: Where: Contact:

This advisory team makes recommendations in partnering with organizations and missionaries through financial support. Our congregation gives to the church, and we decide how to bless organizations/missionaries with 10% of that total giving. We give to both local and global organizations that do humanitarian or faith building work. We meet as needed but require some reading and preparation.

Alaska Mission Trip

St. Luke’s has been serving in the village of Hoonah, AK since 1998. We have built long lasting relationships with the community and the people are seeing Christ’s love for them more and more every year. We lead Vacation Bible School for the community, in addition to other projects - adult Bible studies, basketball camps, youth nights, and hammer-andnail projects. When: July 27 - August 5 Where: Hoonah, AK Contact: Kendra Breyer;

Bronx Mission Trip

The Bronx Trip is the main Ignite event for the 11th grade. This trip takes the youth out of their comfort zone and gives them the opportunity to be witnesses of their faith in the urban context of the Bronx, NY. The team is hosted by Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church under the direction of Pastor Matt Gonzalez. The youth learn about street ministry and help the church run a Vacation Bible School. When: August 11 -19 Contact: Jake Allstaedt; Kendra Breyer;

Looking for an opportunity to serve together alongside your kids as a family? Handy with tools? Love leading campfire songs? Camp Prime Time provides FREE camping weekends for children and adults with severe or life-threatening illnesses or disabilities, along with their families. St. Luke’s volunteers serve over three weekends in the summer. Camp Prime Time is also in need of volunteers to serve in other areas. June 28-30, August 9-11, September 13-15 Camp Prime Time Bryan Mann; or 253-315-5561

Centro D’Amistad Church Partership

St Luke’s partners with a small Latino church, Centro D’Amistad Christiano - a community that reaches out to the Latino population in Federal Way. We provide a space for our Latino brothers and sisters to worship, study and fellowship. It is our desire to move our relationship beyond facility logistics, and dream about how God is leading us in joint ministry together. Join us if you have an interest in cross-cultural ministry and our Latino neighbors. Contact: Todd Zern; or 253-941-3000

Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking

The Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking (FWCAT) is a grassroots community action team working in partnership with Washington Engage and supported by Women of Vision. It is our mission to educate and engage our community so that each person plays their role in ending human trafficking. Please see our website at for more information. When: Where: Contact:

4th Tuesday of most months, 7pm Ron Sandwith EX3 Teen Center, 31453 28th Ave S, Federal Way Dianne Zoro;


Gleaners Mission Trip

Swaziland Child Sponsorship Team

When: July 7-14 Contact: Jake Allstaedt; Kendra Breyer;

Contact: Bree Mann; or 253-315-5561

Okanagan Gleaners gleans the crops of the Southern Okanagan Valley, to produce food for the hungry of the world. Located in Oliver, BC and operated by a group of Christian believers, the Okanagan Gleaners takes vegetables that would have normally been wasted and turns them into soup mixes. This organization is run solely on volunteer power and donations. Leaders and youth cut and dry vegetables while camping in their orchards.

LCMS World Mission to Macau

Serena Derricks, one of the missionaries we support as a congregation and a member, serves currently in Macau, with her husband Elliot, through LCMS World Mission (our denomination). Are you interested in a potential/ future mission trip to serve alongside Serena and the rest of her team? Where: Macau Contact: Kendra Breyer; or 253-941-3000

Support the Wukasches!

Dave and Debbie Wukasch serve on medical mission teams all over the world and are part of our St. Luke’s family. We support them by gathering the following items on an ongoing basis: *iron pills, adult vitamins and prenatal vitamins, children’s vitamins, infant vitamin drops, non-liquid antacids, 1% Hydrocortisone cream (Dollar store), Athlete’s foot cream (Dollar store), reading glasses, hotel soaps and shampoos, toothbrushes, soccer balls crayons (even gently used), coloring books, and stickers! Contact: Kendra Breyer; or 253-941-3000


This L-Team is dedicated to keeping our St. Luke’s family focused in both prayer and action towards our congregation’s sponsored children in Swaziland. We will encourage new sponsorship, organize periodic child sponsorship events at church, facilitate opportunities for correspondence between our members and the children in the Mahlalini ADP, and liaise with the World Vision office here in Federal Way.

Swaziland Mission Trip

As part of St. Luke’s ongoing partnership with World Vision we send teams to the ADP we support, Mahlalini in Swaziland. These teams have the opportunity to witness first-hand the powerful work God is doing in Africa and to continue to strengthen our church’s relationship with World Vision and the people of Mahlalini. Contact: Nate Breyer;

Bookstore Clerk

Book Store volunteers work behind the counter, sell merchandise, check out DVDs and videos, take inventory, process and rotate merchandise, decorate and display. Clerks are scheduled on a 3-month rotation. When: Where: Contact:

After services, Wednesdays & Symphony/ Chorale Performances St. Luke’s Bookstore Mitzie Ollila; or 253-941-3000

Braille Ministries What a blessing it is to have the gift of sight! We take so much for granted—from reading our email to texting on our cell phones, to reading books and our Bibles. The Braille teams put together books of the Bible to enable those without sight to read God’s Word. When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9-11am Where: St. Luke’s Room 102 Contact: Harry Roth; 253-839-5493

Brunch Meals for New Members

Help prepare a simple brunch item for the New Member Brunch. When: March 5, 9:30am Where: St. Luke’s Great Room Contact: Christine Dickson;

Card Making

Birthdays! Anniversaries! Babies! These events deserve a special card; join us in our effort to make all of St. Luke’s cards by hand. We need designers and assemblers. Come with your own ideas, your own supplies or completely empty-handed!

When: Last Saturday of the month; 2:30pm Where: St Luke’s, room 311 Contact: Kathy Britt:

Care of Palm Plants & Garden Area

Do you have a green thumb and/or a hankering to feel like you’re in the tropics? We have a garden and some palm plants that need your help! Team members work in twomonth cycles to keep our garden beautiful and tidy. They also care for the palm plants that are used to decorate on Palm Sunday and Easter. Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Mitzie Ollila; or 253-941-3000

Church Nursery Volunteers

This team works with children age 3 and under while parents worship or attend special meetings that offer nursery care. Must be at least 18 years old and go through a Washington State Patrol screening. Workers are scheduled 3 months at a time and given a choice of times they are available. When: Where: Contact:

Saturday & Sunday, during worship services St. Luke’s Nursery Mitzie Ollila; or 253-941-3000

Coffee & Cookie Crew

This team sets up and takes down coffee and cookies every Sunday. When: Sundays, after services Where: St. Luke’s Lobby Contact: Libby Ray;



We are all DELIVERED, so let’s deliver some of our love to those doing God’s work away from home. Donations of small trinkets, delicious candy, instant coffee, blank greeting cards, etc can be made any time in the church office. Care packages will be sent at least twice each year. Contact: Carrie Stalder;

Door Greeters

This team serves St. Luke’s by welcoming all who come to worship. When: Where: Contact:

Saturday & Sunday, prior to services St. Luke’s Larry Krueger; or 253-941-3000

Email Prayer Chain

The members of this L-team pray for others - their hurts and trials, their thanksgivings, and their praises – via email. Requirements for this team: email, desire to pray for others, and the ability to keep confidences.

for families to care for specific beds throughout the warm months, including regular weeding and laying down bark in the spring months. You can use your own equipment or equipment from the church. When: Where: Contact:

April-October St. Luke’s Todd Zern; or 253-941-3000

Groundskeeping: Lawn Mowing

This team takes care of weekly lawn and garden bed needs, working on a rotating schedule. When: Where: Contact:

April - October St. Luke’s Todd Zern; or 253-941-3000

Habitat for Humanity

Contact: Jan Grothe; or 253-941-3000

Habitat for Humanity is one of our 10 For The World organizations that we as a church support financially. This is a GREAT way to give back by making our community a better place. No construction experience necessary! For locations and construction dates, check the King County Habitat website -

Facility Maintenance Care

Contact: Kendra Breyer; or 253-941-3000

Maintenance is needed occasionally for our church buildings - painting, repair, plumbing, electrical, and more! Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Todd Zern; or 253-941-3000

Funeral/Memorial Reception Team

This team provides families with funeral or memorial receptions at St. Luke’s. A reception consists of coffee, tea, and cookies. We need people to provide homemade or store-bought cookies and/or people to help facilitate the reception. Contact: Donna Breyer; or 253.941.3000

Getting to Know You!

New Member class happens three times per year. Members talk with prospective new members to get to know them, find out their interests, and welcome them to our church community. This involves one hour of your time, 3-4 hours per year! Where: St. Luke’s Great Room B Contact: Lois Cooper

Groundskeeping: Adopt a Bed

Enjoy gardening? Consider “adopting a bed” at St. Luke’s. We need help with regular maintenance and care for our garden beds around the church facilities. We are looking 10

Hallmark at St. Luke’s

Cards brighten our day and add a personal touch for birthdays and anniversaries, and encouragement when we are ill or are grieving the loss of a loved one. This team works on a weekly rotation for sending out cards. Contact: Donna Wilker;; 206-979-5670

Healing Music

“He who sings, prays twice.” God’s gift of music has benefits beyond that of only praising Him. It also brings healing to those who are hurting. This is the opportunity to offer music to people in Tacoma and Federal Way hospitals. Let’s “double pray” those in need of physical healing! Where: Tacoma and Federal Way hospitals Contact: Craig Neumiller;

Holy Grounds

Prepare and serve espresso drinks between worship services. Training is required prior to working at the latte cart. Choose one or more of three work shifts on Sunday that work best around your favorite worship service and Sunday school class. When: Sunday, 8:15am - 12:30pm Where: St Luke’s Contact: Karen Carter;

Home Visits

People who are unable to get out on their own because of surgery or health problems feel isolated and alone. This team visits people in their homes, reaching out to those alone and lonely to pray, offer encouragement, and a listening ear. Contact: Sharon Bottomley; 253-661-8360

Hospital Visitors

Hospital stays can be stressful and lonely. This team reaches out to those who are hospitalized, offering prayer, comfort, support, and encouragement. Where: Area hospitals Contact: Randy Sloper;

Kids For Christ Volunteers

Kids for Christ is a monthly activity night for 4th–6th graders. Volunteers with a heart to play with the kids are needed to provide meals, set up and clean up after activities as well as help plan and run activities, crafts, games and other wild and crazy things for the kids. Contact: David Detzler;; 206-819-3683

Kindergarten and Preschool Volunteers

Volunteer in our classrooms and/or Learning Center during the week tutoring children, helping them paint in the art center, reading to them and with them. We also have work that needs to be done on your own time at home - such as cutting projects - and then returned to the teacher. Must be over 18 and go through a WA State Patrol screening. When: various times Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3pm Where: St. Luke’s classrooms Contact: Mitzie Ollila;


This team processes new books, enters them into a computer inventory, keeps the library in order, puts books on shelves, eliminates obsolete books, trains volunteers, orders library supplies and new books, catalogs all books, DVDs, CDs and videos.

Love Meals

Did you just return home from the hospital? Are your recovering from an accident or the flu? Need a hot meal for a day or two at home until you are back on your feet? Call us! We provide meals for a few days for people in need. Our meals are nourishing and filled to the brim with tender, loving attention and kindness. When: As needed Contact: Sharon Bottomley; 253-661-8360

Lutheran School Support

Just a short drive away, our Lutheran schools - Concordia Elementary and Mount Rainier Senior High - provide quality Christian education in the Lutheran tradition. Team members help connect families to our Lutheran schools and provide support for their ministry. Contact: Ray Sievert;

Lutheran Women in Mission

We seek to enable women to be in the Word, of the Word, and walking with the Lord through Bible Study, mentoring, and missions. Where: St. Luke’s; other locations Contact: Marianne Bell; 253-838-7085

Membership Class Sponsors

Are you a people person who would like to help our newest members get involved with ministry and meet other members? This team helps new members find their way, identifies L-Teams they could become part of, and supports and encourages them. When: Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20 Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Marianne Bell; 253-838-7085

Military Support Team

This team reaches out to deployed military personnel and their families, encouraging them and supporting them with notes, packages and prayers. Contact: Sara Wood;

Contact: Mitzie Ollila;

Love in Action

This program matches people who would like or need to be contacted in emergencies (storms, power outages, earthquakes) to ensure they are okay, with volunteers who would like to check on members and offer assistance as necessary. When: As needed Where: St. Luke’s; your own house Contact: Sharon Bottomley; 253-661-8360

Minutes of Gold

Can you crochet or knit? Then you can be an “angel” who makes tiny blankets for parents to wrap around their premature babies who were born too early to survive. You will be providing one little blessing in the midst of the pain of losing a child. Contact: Jerrie Chan;; 253-359-3861


Mirror Lake Backpack Event

This annual event provides free backpacks filled with school supplies for students at Mirror Lake. It is a funfilled afternoon with barbequed hot dogs and lunch, face painting, crafts, haircuts, and other fun surprises all provided to the Mirror Lake families free of charge. Volunteers and school supply donations are always appreciated. When: Contact:

August 24 Mary Ann Hopewell;, 253-927-1216 (food, events) Sylvia Courtney;, 253-288-0022 (backpacks and supplies)

Mirror Lake Mentors

Offering Counters

Offering Counters process the financial offerings from weekly worship services. Work includes entering donations into the database and processing for bank deposit. Members on this team go through an interview process and training. Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Terry Westerkamp;

On Fire Sunday School Help

Teachers, substitutes, and helpers are needed for weekly classes on Sunday mornings. They work with children ages 3 years - 6th grade participating in a variety of activities: class time, Bible Adventure, Super Sunday, service projects, Bible study, Scripture memory and prayers.

The principal at Mirror Lake Elementary has asked us to partner with her in matching caring adults with kids in a mentor relationship. This partnership would be facilitated by Communities in Schools.

When: Sundays, 9:30-10:30am Where: St. Luke’s classrooms Contact: John Taylor

When: Various Where: Mirror Lake School Contact: Susie Smith;

On Fire Sunday School Planning Team

Mirror Lake Teacher Appreciation

Help us show our appreciation to the teachers and staff of Mirror Lake Elementary School for all their hard work, and support our partnership with them as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. We will provide snacks and beverages and be on hand to visit with the faculty. When: Friday, May 10 Where: Mirror Lake Elementary School Contact: Valerie Danforth;


Imagine a quilt being your only covering against the elements of nature. For some people, this is their experience. For 40 years, people at St. Luke’s have made quilts which have been sent all over the world to help people keep warm. When: Tuesdays; 9 am-noon Where: Malkow Hall, Room 121. Contact: Nola Davenport: 253.941.2460

New Member Connection

Connection, connection, connection. This is how we grow in community. How do those who are new to our community become connected? This team explores the question in quarterly meetings and helps new members during the new member weekend workshop, brunch, oneon-one conversations, sponsors, and more. Help others who are new feel a part of our community at St. Luke’s. When: Where: Contact: 12

Quarterly St. Luke’s Dan Flint; or 253-839-5585

The team consists of Sunday School teachers who help plan, create, and implement the Sunday School curriculum and activities.

Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Mitzie Ollila; or 253-941-3000

Operation Blessing

Operation Blessing is an assistance program supported by St. Luke’s members and 10 for the World. We work with people in need within the Federal Way School District area. The team interviews applicants, assesses their needs, and provides a small amount of financial assistance. When: Where: Contact:

Tuesdays, 9-10am Malkow Hall Kendra Breyer; or 253-941-3000

Operation Blessing: Calls

Operation Blessing offers emergency assistance to people in our community. We like to follow up their visit with a phone call. Would you be a part of ministering to those in need? Maybe you will just say hi or pray together over the phone. It is a leap of faith, but it is personal - and that is what St. Luke’s is all about! When: Where: Contact:

Anytime from your home Kendra Breyer; or 253-941-3000

Operation: Service

Come and join this group as you help out the community through a variety of service projects. Contact: Dennis Skelton;

Parish Nurse

The parish nurse helps the St. Luke’s community address health issues incorporating education, referrals, and a healing relationship with God. This may include hospital visits, the promotion of healthy behaviors, and blood pressure and heart rate check-ups. Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Vashti Johnson; 253-517-8309

Parking Lot Hospitality Crew

The Parking Lot Hospitality Crew are the first people our guests see as they arrive on campus. A simple hello and helping to find a parking space makes a great first impression of St. Luke’s. The goal is to have attendants serve one or two weekends every 6 weeks. When: Where: Contact:

Saturday 4:30-5:30pm, Sunday 7:30-8:30am, 9-10am, and 10:30-11:30am. St. Luke’s Parking Lot Todd Zern; or 253-941-3000

Prayer Chaplain Team

Prayer chaplains pray with others one-on-one during prayer services, serve as prayer group leaders at church prayer functions, or minister as intercessors at various church events. Requirements for this team include a desire to pray for others and the ability to keep confidences. Contact: Ann Murphy;

Prayer Ministry Leadership Team

The mission of the Prayer Ministry is to teach and encourage our congregation to enjoy life-long intimate conversations with God through prayer. This L-Team provides leadership and guidance related to how to best meet the Prayer Ministry’s objectives. Contact: Ann Murphy;

Prayer Team

Prayer Team members serve in a variety of ways. Some pray silently over prayer requests, some Prayer Team members (chaplains) pray with others during prayer services and other church events. If you feel God calling you to prayer and would like to learn more about the Prayer Team please contact us for more information. When: Before, during and after services Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Ann Murphy;

Puppet and Drama Team

Children love puppets and skits! Anyone from seventh grade on up can demonstrate God’s Word through the creative arts. This team meets weekly to rehearse, prepare and provide a variety of drama skits, puppet shows and other creative presentations for Super Sunday, Angel Breakfast, Bible Adventure, Bible Camp and other children’s activities. When: Where: Contact:

Practices: Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm Malkow Hall David Detzler;; 206-819-3683

Reach Out Volunteers

Reach Out provides overnight shelter, daily meals, counseling, and connections services to homeless men and women. Check out the website: www. When: Where: Contact:

Various Reach Out Shelters Doug Sanders; or 253-405-5453

Reach Out Volunteers: Meal Donation and Serving

Reach Out needs volunteers to bring breakfast and lunch items and a fully cooked dinner to serve at the shelter during our assigned weeks. This is an enriching experience for your L-Team, Small Group, or family. If you are unable to serve a dinner, donations of breakfast and lunch items are greatly appreciated. Where: Our Savior’s Baptist Church, Federal Way Contact MaryAnn Hopewell; or 253-927-1216

Scrip for a Cause

We spend money on groceries, entertainment, etc., why not allow the church to benefit? This group raises funds through gift cards purchased from Great Lakes Scrip Center. The purchaser receives a full value gift card and St. Luke’s receives a percent of the gift card value for our ministries. From helping people fill out forms, to tracking, to delivery, there are several options to help on this team. Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Donna Breyer;

St. Luke’s Secret Service

St. Luke’s Secret Service is an elite team focused on lifting up the body of believers at St. Luke’s, with a specific focus on staff. “Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.” Galatians 6:6 “...Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12 Contact: 13

Sunday Morning Class Facilitator

Transportation for Worship Services

When: Where: Contact:

When: Saturdays, Sundays and as needed Where: Various homes to St. Luke’s Contact: Sharon Bottomley; 253-661-8360

Has God blessed you with the gift of teaching? Has God gifted you with the ability to help others learn His truth as you study a Christian book or DVD? Here’s a way to put your gifts to work for the Kingdom! Sundays, 9:30am or 11am St. Luke’s Jan Grothe; or 253-941-3000

Support for Pastor Chris

This team creatively supports Pastor Chris, who has been a strong witness for his community during his illness. Because we love him, we want to aid him financially. Proceeds go to his health care account. Contact: Lois Cooper-Thompson; or 253-925-5802

Swaziland Senders Team

Not sure you’re feeling called to GO to Africa? You can still be a part of sending mission teams! 1. Pray for the people of Mahlalini and the St. Luke’s team members, that they will be blessed by this ongoing partnership. 2. Financially support the team, please contact Kendra Breyer in the office for details. 3. Donations for the children we sponsor and the World Vision Caregivers who care for the sick and injured. Contact: Nate Breyer;


St. Luke’s is a growing church, and we want to stay in touch! The team contacts people at St. Luke’s by phone or in person to pray for family or individual concerns. Confidentiality is a key component of team members, who have an interview, recommendation, and training process. Contact: Ruth Hileman; 253-931-0192


People who are unable to get out on their own because of surgery, health problems, or because of caregiving, feel isolated and alone. This team reaches out to those alone and lonely to pray, offer encouragement, and a listening ear, by making regular phone calls to help people know they are loved. Work from home at your own convenience. Contact: Sharon Bottomley; 253-661-8360


When we have a vehicle and the health to drive it, we often take this freedom for granted. This team assists other members with transportation who would otherwise be unable to attend worship.

Union Gospel Mission

Work and serve at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission once a month by serving breakfast, helping with miscellaneous duties, and visiting with clients. When: Various Where: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Contact: John and Mary Barth: 253-927-6635

Welcome Center Assistant

Remember what it’s like to be new to a place? The Welcome Center is instrumental in helping people feel welcome and having their questions answered. People are needed to “man” the desk. When: Where: Conact:

Weekends, before and after services St. Luke’s Bill Thompson;; 253-925-5802

Wetlands Upkeep: Keepin’ Those Plants Alive! We are in need of a couple of hardy folks who can spend two hours every Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, maintaining the St. Luke’s Wetland buffer area. This is physical work, pulling blackberry and other invasive nonnative weeds, chainsawing fallen limbs, and clearing the walking trail of storm debris. Challenging work, yes, but VERY rewarding. Contact Todd, if you are interested in being a part of this L-Team. When: Where: Contact:

Tuesday or Thursday afternoons St. Luke’s wetlands Todd Zern; 253-941-3000


Cards, games, activities, meals, and snacks bring this team together for visiting, eating, and relaxing. When: Where: Contact:

Thursdays, 10am 1st three weeks at St. Luke’s, 4th at a restaurant Nola Davenport; 253-941-2460


Pick-up basketball game for fun, competition, and exercise. High school age and up are welcome. When: Where: Contact:

Sundays, 6-8pm Malkow Hall Kirk Larson: or 253-344-1149

Bicycle Club

Date and times, route, pace, distance, participants all to be determined by who can attend a ride. When: Weekly or as possible Where: Various Contact: Dan and Lana Buethe;

Bowling with Monday Loafers

The Monday Loafers is a fun recreational league of bowlers. Bowlers of ages 21 to 80 enjoy each other’s company and try to roll a black ball down wood boards to knock down a couple of pins. All skill levels are welcome! When: Mondays, 10am-noon (September - April) Where: Secoma Lanes, Federal Way Contact: Howard Britt;

Christian Motorcycle Association

We are open to anyone that wants to ride with a Christian group. Our CMA vision is to change the world one heart at a time. Contact: Karl Fanus;; 253-335-4981

Dutch Lunch Brunch

This is a fun group of ladies who meet monthly for lunch and conversation. When: Where: Contact:

4th Friday, 11am Various Marlene Rusch;; 253-529-1215

Federal Way Outreach Center

A Lutheran Blind Mission outreach center provides a way for people experiencing permanent vision loss to gather and share information. Interactive presentations include self-defense instruction, food prep tips by a blind chef, a guide-dog handler demonstration, technology presentations, etc. Volunteers will be trained in blind etiquette and sighted-guide technique. Where: Federal Way Outreach Center Contact: Gaylen Floy

Ladies’ Tea

Ladies: girlfriends, moms, daughters....the second annual Ladies’ Tea is coming soon! Indulge in a delectable feast of beautifully prepared and displayed treats, visit with your friends, enjoy some Beth insights without even needing your passport. When: Where: Contact:

May 11, 11am-1pm St. Luke’s, Great Room Paulette; or Debbie; 15

Lutherans Love Potlucks

All are welcome to join us for feast and fellowship. We always appreciate help setting up and cleaning up, and donations of picnic supplies. When: Where: Contact:

Quarterly Malkow Hall Carrie Stalder;; 206-226-0551

NFL Pick ‘em League

Can you pick the winner as you go head-to-head with opponents each week? Email is needed to participate. Excel is helpful. When: Begins August 2013 Contact: Ken Knopp;

Puget Sound Women’s Book Club

This fun group of ladies meets monthly to discuss a variety of books, mostly Christian authors, occasionally current events and classics. When: Where: Contact:

2nd Friday, 12:30-2pm Pat Fuller’s House in Marine Hills Marlene Rusch;; 253-529-1215

Sip ‘N’ Score

Sip ‘N’ Score is where women meet to play games. The only skill required is the ability to LAUGH! Please join us. When: 2nd Friday, 6:30-9pm Where: Rotating houses Contact: Janet Britt;

St. Luke’s Highway Club

The St. Luke’s Highway Club is for anyone who enjoys a set of wheels and the open road. Events include a “CruiseIn Sunday” - bring your pride-and-joy on wheels to church for everyone to appreciate; motorcycle day rides; and a couple of Cruise-Ins at local hang-out spots. Contact: Irv Stalhnecker;

Sunday Afternoon Tea

A group of four people is served an afternoon tea, and enjoy good conversation in a country cottage setting. When: Sundays, 3pm Where: Mitzie’s House Contact: Mitzie Ollila;

Thrift Store Shopping and Lunch

Once-a-month thrift store group shopping adventure to different places in the area with lunch in between. When: Monthly Where: Various Contact: Mitzie Ollila;

Alpha Handbells (youth ages 9-15)

It’s amazing what songs can be played with handbells! Youth ages 9-15 are encouraged to join this fun music team. The team rings at the 5pm and 11am worship services, 4-5 times per year. Previous music reading experience is not a requirement but is a plus. When: Rehearsals: Thursdays, 5-6pm Where: St. Luke’s Balcony Contact: Amie Brandmire; 253-445-1784 16

Brass Group

Brass musicians help enhance our Easter and Christmas worship services every year. Time to get out the instrument, dust it off, exercise your lips and fingers, and start practicing. Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Ray Sievert;

Camera Operators

Individuals on this team operate a live camera for worship services to be projected in the lobby and for potential internet use. When: Saturday or Sunday, during services Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Larry Krueger;

Communion Assistants

This team helps with the distribution of the bread and wine during communion at the worship services. Training and a faith commitment are required. When: Saturday or Sunday, during services Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Chris Davis;

Ushers: Saturday or Sunday

Ushers ensure that every service moves smoothly. They hand out bulletins and greet people with a smile, take the offering, and usher people for communion. They also pick up after every service. When: Where: Contact:

Saturday, 5pm, Sunday 8, 9:30 or 11am St. Luke’s Mary Ann Hopewell (Saturday) or Dave Stoker (Sundays and special services)

Video Production Team

This team will record, produce and provide finished work to be used in worship services, classes, youth events, etc. Knowledge of camera use, video production tools, and computers is required. Contact: Larry Krueger;

Communion Setup

Help prepare the bread and wine for communion services and clean up afterward. No experience is necessary to be a part of this team. Another person will help you as you are trained until the process is clear. When: 2nd & 4th weekends, during worship services Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Larry Krueger;

Media Operators

Worship Center Sound Tech

Sound techs are needed for our four worship services, drama productions, and the many activities that happen in our worship center. Previous soundboard knowledge is preferred but not required. When: Saturday or Sunday, 1/2 hour before service Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Larry Krueger;

Media operators project the words we sing for worship, video clips, and announcement loop between services. Operators are needed for all four worship services and other activities. General computer operating, Power Point, and Media Shout knowledge helps.

Worship Center Upkeep

When: Where: Contact:

When: Weekly, flexible Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Larry Krueger;

1/2 hour prior to worship services St. Luke’s Larry Krueger; or 253-941-3000

Omega Handbells (ages 16+)

Brightly ringing handbells are a special way to worship and help others worship! This team rings at the 5pm, 8am, and 11am services, 6-8 times per year. Ability to read music is not a requirement, but is a plus. When: Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6-7pm Where: St. Luke’s Balcony Contact: Amie Brandmire; 253-445-1784

Scripture Readers

One way to participate in our worship services is to read the Scripture reading. No prior experience is needed! When: Where: Contact:

Saturday, 5pm, Sunday 8am or 11am St. Luke’s Larry Krueger; or 253-941-3000

Help keep our Worship Center looking good. Some of the tasks include: filling candle oil, polishing the altar woodwork, sharpening the pew pencils, and replacing missing or worn Bibles and hymnals.

Worship Choir

An uplifting way to praise God and lead others in worship, this team sings bi-monthly for the 8am service and monthly for the 11am service. For high school age and older. The choir sings SATB anthems and hymns. When: Thursdays, 7-8:30pm Where: St. Luke’s balcony Contact: Victoria Kincaid-Theriault; 253-835-7311

Worship Coordinator

Worship Coordinators unlock and lock the buildings, arrange for communion servers, assist with baptisms during worship, oversee collecting the weekly offerings, welcome people and troubleshoot in the lobby during worship services. When: Saturday and Sunday, as scheduled Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Steve Salyer; 17

Worship Music Teams

Our worship services are blessed with people willing to serve the Lord by playing their instruments and/or singing. Auditions are required. Must be able to learn music through a CD and song sheet. When: Rehearsals vary Where: St. Luke’s Contact: Larry Krueger;

STOKE - Young Adults

Ignite Confirmation

A group of people from 18ish (out of high school) to 30 who want to have fellowship. We are a mixed group of college students, young married people, single people in their 20’s. Join us for our planned large events as well as smaller gatherings for more in-depth Bible studies. Check out our website at:

Confirmation is an opportunity for students in 9th grade or older to make a personal confession of Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. In preparation for their confirmation, students are taught the truths and habits of the Christian faith. On Confirmation Sunday students will take responsibility for their faith and the church—committing to Christ what is already His through Baptism—their lives.

Contact: Alyshia Foster;

When: Where: Contact:

Boy Scouts

On my honor I will do my best… The first words of the Boy Scout oath clearly defines what it’s all about. Build character, learn outdoor and camping skills and develop into a leader. We experience awesome activities such as caving, sailing, summer camps, and more, that most boys never get the opportunity to enjoy. The scouting experience is for 11 to 18 year old boys. When: Where: Contact:

Mondays, 7pm Northwest Church, 34800 21st Ave SW, Federal Way David Detzler;; 206-819-3683


Charis (Greek for Grace) is a sisterhood for girls in 10th 12th grade, created for teen girls to draw closer to God as they become women of connection, strength, heart, action and beauty through Christ. We submit our lives to Christ and commit to providing support, encouragement, accountability, challenge and connection for our young women and female leaders. Contact: Christina Allstaedt; 18

Sundays, 11am St. Luke’s Room 311 Jake Allstaedt; 253-941-3000 or

Indoor Soccer

We play with a special low bounce ball (futsal ball) and small goals. We usually just scrimmage. We generally have skilled players, but beginners are also welcome. When: Most Sundays, 2pm Where: Malkow Hall Contact: Caleb Allen;

Light it Up!

Light It Up! is a Wednesday night hangout for youth from 7th grade to 12th grade. Enjoy games, relevant study and powerful worship. Light It Up! is a great way for students to connect not only with other Christian teens, but also with a personal Savior and Lord who seeks to call you His own. Come and see! When: Where: Contact:

Wednesdays; Middle School: 6-7:30pm. High School: 7:30-9pm Malkow Hall Jake Allstaedt;

St. Luke’s Venture Crew 307

St. Luke’s is the Charter Organization for Federal Way Venture Crew. Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Are you interested in high adventure like white water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, camping, ...and much more? Then Venture Crew is a great place for you. When: Where: Contact:

Wednesdays, 7 - 8pm St Luke’s, room 101. Danette Lam; 253-797-9829 or

Youth Leadership

Do you have a passion to help youth seek the Lord Jesus in fun, challenging, and exciting ways? Then join this team! This team is for adults, 20 years or older, with a heart to serve the youth with whatever gifts, talents and resources they have. We meet for training and planning once a month. A WA State Patrol background check is required. When: Where: Contact:

1st Sunday, 12:30-2pm St. Luke’s Room 101 Jake Allstaedt; 253-941-3000 or


St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 515 South 312th Street Federal Way, WA 98003

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Federal Way, WA 98003 Permit No. 190


general info worship services

saturday - 5:00 pm sunday - 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am

sunday school

available sunday mornings


available weekdays - 6 am - 6 pm

preschool and kindergarten

available during the school year


515 s 312th street federal way, wa 98003 253.941.3000 childcare 253.941.3630 preschool - kindergarten 253.839.0173 20

pastoral staff leadership staff chris davis lead pastor

jake allstaedt

kendra breyer

missions coordinator

heidi francis

associate pastor

director of communications

bob beckstrom

kathryn frostad

support staff

director of spiritual growth

janet britt

director of worship and arts

visitation pastor

assistant to the lead pastor

director of childcare

jan grothe

larry krueger mitzie ollila

donna breyer

director of children’s ministries

heather halbakken

director of operations

assistant to the associate pastor preschool registrar

karla harvath

assistant to dir of spiritual growth

todd zern

Lineup Spring 2013  

A catalog of ministries offered at St Luke's Lutheran Church, Federal Way, WA

Lineup Spring 2013  

A catalog of ministries offered at St Luke's Lutheran Church, Federal Way, WA