Welcome to St. Luke’s!

Spring 2008 024We’re glad you are visiting us on the web, and hope that what you see here will entice you to visit us in person!  Our doors and our hearts are open to welcome you, regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.  Newcomers are always welcome!

St. Luke’s is a community of people worshipping God and encouraging one another to live as followers of Jesus Christ.  It is a congregation where you can feel free to ask questions and grow spiritually; where you can explore new ways to serve God and your neighbor; and where you can soon become part of a diverse and supportive group of people.  We are eager to share our gifts with you, and in turn to discover the many ways that you might bless us.

We are a Lutheran church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) conveniently located near Rockville, Gaithersburg, Olney and only 15 minutes from Damascus and Germantown.  We are also only minutes from the ICC, 370 and 270 and one block from a Ride On bus stop.  For an interactive map and more detailed directions, click this link or “About Us – Find Us” on the navigation bar above.

We look forward to meeting you.  If you have questions that aren’t answered by the information on this website, please call us at 301-926-1220 or contact us by email at stlukesmdc@aol.com

A Message from Pastor Sarah Lewis

Pastor Sarah LewisDear friends,

Citizens of third world countries who struggle for their daily bread, live in fear of violence and war, and worry about raising their children to adulthood sometimes look at us in America and wonder why any of us would need to be Christians. After all, they might reason, Americans have everything they need and more!

It is true we are blessed to live in a country with a high standard of living compared with much of the rest of the world, and we enjoy freedoms in our individual lives that others only dream of.  Yet all of us hunger for two things that cannot be purchased.  We hunger for a sense of meaning and purpose in our lives and we hunger for a sense of belonging.

Perhaps you feel that hunger, that emptiness that asks “Is this all there is?”  That sense of longing for something more can happen when this period of your life is incredibly good and blessed, as well as when you are going through heart wrenching periods of grief, illness, and pain.

The people of St. Luke’s are on this same road and are eager to share the journey with you.  As Christians we are discovering the incredible gifts that God gives—the gifts of love, peace, joy, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)  We are learning to serve in situations that connect us in profound ways with both our neighbors and with God.  And we are finding strength for our daily lives as we worship and praise our Creator.

I invite you to come and see what God is doing with our congregation.

God’s peace,

Pastor Sarah Lewis