St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1894 and held its first services in its current location at 525 N. Fifth Ave., on July 5, 1992. The Rev. Bob Rhoads has been with the church since 1998 and is the 22nd ordained clergy to serve the church since its formation. Church staff are, from left, Diane Bergsland, parish administrator; Virginia Reker, senior warden; and Rhoads. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
St. Luke's Episcopal Church's mission statement says it is an inclusive Christian community dedicated to spiritual growth, healing and compassion through worship, hospitality and ministry to the larger community.
The Rev. Bob Rhoads said the Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion and comes from the Church of England and is a combination of Catholic and Protestant elements.
Sunday services are 8 a.m. for the Holy Eucharist (Rite I) and 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Rite II).
Nursery is offered at the 10 a.m. service and Sunday school classes for elementary-aged children begin in the fall at 10 a.m.
Additional services for the Holy Eucharist are 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a sermon and breakfast at the mid-week service. A service of reflection and meditation in the style of the French Taizé Community occurs monthly.
Congregation and music
More than 150 people attend the two Sunday services and 280 people are members.
Music is traditional with songs from a hymnal.
A choir sings weekly at the 10 a.m. Sunday services from August-June and is open to new members.
A bell choir performs occasionally through the year.
Classes and groups
• Adult education classes are scheduled throughout the year including Lenten soup supper studies
• Men's Spirituality Group meets at 8 a.m. the first Monday each month for fellowship, breakfast and discussion
• Women's Spirituality Group meets for discussion at 9 a.m. the fourth Tuesday each month
• Listening for God video discussion, 10 a.m. Wednesdays