• 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 

    Oct 18, 2020 Worship in the Grove (bulletin pdf here)

    Recent & Upcoming Sermon Topics:
        Oct 18 "Unexpected Blessings"
        Oct 25 "Failing Your Way to Faith"
        Nov 1 "No Room for Jesus"

    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 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. 
  • 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 via LiveStream link
      Videos archive of prior services are available on our YouTube channel
    • 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
    • Bishop's Bible Study The Gospel of Mark Wednesdays evenings in Sept and Oct.  Register here for Zoom link


  • 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.    

  • 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 

    "Love One Another" Series (fall 2020)
    SS25 Series Intro and Issues of Love (Steve)
    SS26 God Loves All of Us (Steve)
    SS27 Love vs Guilt (Steve)
    SS28 God's Plan Revealed (Steve)
    SS29 Love and Devotion to Others (Steve)
    SS30 Love Your Enemies (Steve)
    SS31 Love Your Neighbor (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 Sept 2)
    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 on Sundays at 9:30am, also streamed online
    • No large group meetings or events are being held indoors until permitted.  Groups up to 25 allowed as per NC Covid stage 3
    • 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!

Verse of the Day
  October 2020  
This Week's Events


Walking Time
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Chancel Choir
7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Zoom Bible Study w/Bishop
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Pastor's Study Group
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Walking Time
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
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