Stewardship 2023

Dear Friends: Fr. Joel Hatfield, Interim Rector

In St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, we are encouraged to “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” And, at St. Luke’s, there is much to be thankful for!

In their stewardship letter, the Vestry reminds us of all the ways God has blessed this parish and to count those blessings. Several important areas of growth and change are happening; including building and facility improvement projects which provide support for ongoing and expanding ministries.

In their stewardship letter, the Vestry reminds us of all the ways God has blessed this parish and to count those blessings. Several important areas of growth and change are happening; including building and facility improvement projects which provide support for ongoing and expanding ministries.

It is a challenge to “always be joyful.” The news, social media, economics, politics, and regular everyday concerns about health, jobs, and families can drown out our joy and prevent us from being thankful. That is why St. Paul teaches us to “Never stop praying.”

It is a challenge to “always be joyful.” The news, social media, economics, politics, and regular everyday concerns about health, jobs, and families can drown out our joy and prevent us from being thankful. That is why St. Paul teaches us to “Never stop praying.”

It is this spirit of thankfulness, from our prayers and praises, that should lead us to respond with a generous spirit in giving. God knows our hearts. He knows our needs for ourselves and for the Church. Yet, it is persistence in prayer that changes us!

God has done great things and will continue to do great things in and through the people of St. Luke’s. However, we can only be salt and light when we, as a community of faith, pray and give thanks. It is only by being thankful, and by the grace of God, that we can have a generous spirit.

Please join me and the parish leadership in making a pledge to support the 2023 budget. This is a practical and tangible way to respond with a generous spirit to the needs and dreams of the Kingdom of God in this place.

Peace and blessing,
Fr. Joel Hatfield, Interim Rector


Parish Hall and Plaza

A lot of hard work by a lot of parishioners has moved our new Parish Hall and Plaza project near to construction. Plans were reviewed and modified to meet City of Dallas code and building requirements. They have been certified by the architects and submitted to the City for approval.

St. Luke’s has been blessed by the persistence, tenacity, and determination of its leaders that, led by the Holy Spirit, have overcome every obstacle to put us in this place.


Count Our Many Blessings

Worship Leadership

The search for a new Rector continues. Potential candidates either withdrew or were not deemed “right” for St. Luke’s by the search committee. But our church has been blessed by the leadership of Canon Dr. Neal Michell and The Rev. Clif Gardner who led our worship over the summer, and now The Rev. Joel Hatfield who will serve as Interim Rector, giving the committee time to discern the person to lead St. Luke’s into the future. We anticipate calling a new Rector by the summer of 2023.

Worship Support

We are blessed by the women and men who make worship at St. Luke’s special. Deacon Rosemary Trei is the backbone of the worship experience supported by the ladies of the Altar Guild, Welcome Ministry, Lectors and Chalice Bearers and the communications team coordinating sound and streaming.


Count Our Many Blessings

Serving Others…Being Blessed

More than 250 Blessing Bags, filled with hygiene items and food staples, were prepared and distributed to the homeless.

The Sandwich Ministry made 500 sandwiches a month for residents at Austin Street Center.

St. Clare’s Guild knitted more than 250 winter scarves and shawls for distribution at Austin Street Center.

Daughters of the King ministry reached out in prayer to the ill and distressed, and to celebrate joyous events in parishioners’ lives.

Campus Revitalization

In anticipation of the new Parish Hall and Plaza, work to revitalize St. Luke’s campus moved forward at a rapid pace. The Plaid Door resale shop got a complete makeover with new floors, fresh paint, updated kitchen and storage facilities, and new merchandizing. The Chapel Sacristy was refurbished with new flooring and storage space damaged in the 2021 winter storm, and an Ambry was designed, built, and installed in the worship center. The Columbarium Garden was enhanced with new fencing and landscaping and the antiquated campus sprinkler system was restored.


Count Our Many Blessings

Finances – Expenses

Expense control will be foremost in 2023. Overall expenses are projected to be $612,000, a 13% decline from 2022, primarily due to a new Rector not starting until the summer.

Finances – Income

Church income looks promising in 2023, if current pledging commitments are maintained. Rental income will increase as the Dallas Diocese is expected to continue leasing space in the Education Building throughout the year. The Park Cities Day School, Boy Scout Troop 577, Alcoholics Anonymous, shopping center parking lot rentals are expected to continue. To balance the 2023 budget, pledges must be maintained at current levels or increased, and about $20,000 in St. Luke’s Foundation reserve funds will be needed.

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