• Worship in the Grove
  • 2020 Holy Week Stations of the Cross
  • 1st Communion - Making bread for all of us!
  • Youth Group Prayer Worship
  • 1870 Worship as part of 150th Anniversary
  • The "Not So Newlyweds Game" Night!
  • A Community Meeting - Grasslands Alliance
  • Easter Worship Procession 2018
  • Children's message during worship
  • Easter Sunrise Service 2017
  • Click here to visit our Facebook page!

Welcome to St Luke's

Nestled in the heart of Bear Poplar/Mt Ulla, North Carolina, St. Luke's is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, and ministry to our community. We are here for all who…

  • Need the Bible's message and the Christian faith to come alive, make sense and make a difference in today’s world
  • Appreciate worship that engages the mind and touches the heart
  • Seek to find purpose in life and use their God given gifts
  • Yearn for lasting relationships in genuine Christian community
  • Desire balance in their fast-paced lives, a place of retreat where life slows down and is renewed

Will you come to grow, and worship, and serve with us?  We hope to see you soon!


Contact Information

St. Lukes Lutheran

11020 North Carolina Hwy. 801
Mt. Ulla, North Carolina 28125
Map  •   Directions
Phone (704)278-2710

Regular Schedule


  • Worship - Outdoors in the Grove and online
    – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM


  • Chancel Choir
    – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


  • Study with Pastor Scott
    – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM


  • “Worship in the Grove” Sundays 9:30am 

    Aug 9, 2020 Worship Bulletin pdf (download here)

    Upcoming Sermon Topics:
          July 26: Angel Encounters #1 - Celestial Caregiver
          Aug 2: Angel Encounters #2 - Messenger of Blessing
          Aug 9: Angel Encounters #3 - Agent of Change
          Aug 16: Angel Encounters #4 - Divine Deliverer
          Aug 23: Angel Encounters #5 - Mysterious Strangers 

    In case of rain the service is cancelled.  There is no indoor alternative option at this time.  
    You are invited to celebrate worship with us either of two ways, as you feel most comfortable:

    1. Drive-in and stay in your vehicle.  If so, please park along the edge of the circle drive and turn your vehicle sharply to “nose in” perpendicular to the curb, toward the center of the grove, leaving space between vehicles. 
    2. Sit in the grove.  If so, please park in the west (Activity Building) or East (Sanctuary) parking lots, not along the curve.  Bring chairs or a blanket and come to the grove, leaving good space (10’-12’) between other family groups.  We request those sitting in the grove to please wear a mask or other face covering until further notice.
    3. Watch live online.  Just click the "Live Stream" link here or up on the nav bar
    • Electronic version of bulletins will be available here on the website, and paper copies available on site.
    • Offering boxes will be stationed where you may drop in your offering before, during or after the service.
    • Please maintain social distancing between family groups.  “Share the peace” at a distance in new ways. 
  • Keyboardist Wanted

    St Luke’s is looking for one or more keyboard/electric piano musicians to help lead our music this late summer and fall at our single service on Sunday mornings.  We currently gather at 9:30am in an informal style in a wide-open shaded grove of trees with folks spread out on camp chairs and blankets, others staying in cars, and with the service streamed via the internet.  Images of our outdoor service and more information about St Luke’s are available here on our website.  We celebrate with traditional and some contemporary hymnody, typically from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) hymnal.

    We welcome musicians that are interested in serving in a consistent dedicated role as well as those preferring to be part of a rotational group that can be scheduled for various weekends.  

    We anticipate this to be per diem contract work, though are open to other suggestions and encourage musicians with organ and choir directing skills to consider their possible interest in a future permanent part-time position when more normal worship patterns such as indoor services can safely resume.

    Please direct all enquiries to Pastor Scott Swix, 740-278-2710.    

  • August Newsletter

    The August edition of the St Lukes Vine newsletter is now available, in the Info Center/Newsletter section or via this link

  • Worship, Study & More Schedule

    Our schedule of worship & ministry activities continues during this COVID pandemic, though with changes. Here's a few opportunities for members and guests.

    • St Luke's Worship in the Grove - Sundays 9:30am
      Stay in your car, bring a chair or blanket, or watch live online 
    • Online Thurs Morning Study Group Led by Pastor Scott
    • Choir rehearsals Wednesdays 7pm-7:30pm. 
    • Discipler's Group 1st and 3rd Mondays, 7pm.  Contact Pastor Scott to join
    • Walk in the Gym Mon-Wed-Fri 8am-10:30am


  • Sunday School & Meditation Moment Videos

    Sunday School Video Lessons
    Steve Massey and Joe Hampton have recorded a series of Sunday School lessons for our adult class. Participant versions of the study guides for the current series are available to be picked up in the narthex. Short descriptions for each video are provided in the Youtube listing.
    An archive of videos for prior series are available in our InfoCenter here 

    "Many Faces of Wisdom" Series (summer 2020)
    SS12 The Call of Wisdom (Joe)
    SS13 The Value of Wisdom (Steve)
    SS14 The Gift of Wisdom (Steve) (FIXED version)
    SS15 Wisdoms Feast (Joe)
    SS17 The Boy Jesus (Steve)
    SS18 The Wisdom of Jesus (Steve)
    SS19 The Way Truth and Life (Steve)
    SS20 Faith and Wisdom (Steve)
    SS21 Hearing and Doing the Word (Steve)

    Meditation Moment Videos

    Pastor Scott prepared a series of short video messages during the time we were unable to gather.  These are now available in the InfoCenter section, Sermon Audio and Video.

  • Coronavirus Response & Changes

    (As of July 22)
    We hold our members and community in our hearts and prayers.  Our ministy continues, in new and different ways as we balance the care of souls with safe practices and compliance with law, NCSynod and medical guidance.  Status subject to change at any time.

    • St Lukes is hosting outdoor worship gathering in & around the grove at 9:30am, also streamed online
    • Office hours continue as normal (M-F, 9am-noon)
    • We offer a selection of live and recorded services, messages and studies.
    • Pastor Scott is available for conversation and prayer via phone, online, and limited "porch visits"
    • If you have a need, we will try to help.  Contact the Pastor Scott or the church office

    If you have a creative idea how we can help, serve, connect and care - please contact Pastor Scott!

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