Pastor Matt Staniz Begins Postponed Sabbatical

In 2019, Saint Luke received a National Clergy Renewal Program grant from the Lilly Foundation to fund a sabbatical for Pastor Matt Staniz. A time of renewal leave was planned and schedule to begin in April 2020, which was made impossible by the covid-19 pandemic. Two years later than anticipated—and after the unforeseen challenges of […]


I want to talk about scars. We all have scars. Every one of us. Every scar brings with it a story, and those stories become a part of who we are. Every single one of us is scarred from the moment we are born. Each one of us carries a scar so universal that we […]

Sermon During COVID-19 – Jesus Wept

Below is words spoken during a sermon reflection for At-Home worship on March 29, 2020. This occurred during stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. The Bible lesson is the raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-45). “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” That was the message that Mary & Martha sent to Jesus. […]

Final Day in Tanga – Tanzania Trip

PREFACE: A late addition for Monday. On Monday evening, the team was hosted for a light dinner st the home of Mama Monguri (“mama” is a term of respect for an elder woman). She is the leader of the Masamaria (Samaritan) group at Mikanjuni Lutheran Parish, a group for widows that prepared nearly every meal for […]