St. Luke’s has been moving with the times since 1885.Photo courtesy of St. Lukes

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 939 Hinman Ave., begins celebrating 125 years of ministry in Evanston with a series of events and activities in June and continuing through the end of 2010.

Elizabeth Tisdahl, the Mayor of Evanston, will read a proclamation at a special service on June 6 at 10:00 a.m. Following the service, parishioners will gather for an all-parish photo and enjoy a “Burger, Beverage and Ice Cream Fest” with festive music. In addition there, will be children’s activities such as face painting, and a “bouncy house.”  Community members are invited to join in this celebration, which will also include guided tours of this historic church.

St. Luke’s extends an invitation to Evanston residents to submit their pre-1960 photos of their Evanston homes and family life (swimming, automobile washing, bicycling, picnicking, etc.) for the church to display. Along with descriptive information (date, place, names, etc.), please send your photos via e-mail to

St. Luke’s is an inclusive, progressive Christian community in south Evanston. The congregation includes individuals of various races, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, marital and familial status, mental and physical abilities and religious backgrounds. 

Outreach efforts range from local activities, such as tutoring inner-city children and preparing meals for the homeless, to international activities that include funding school uniforms for impoverished Kenyan schoolchildren and supporting international relief efforts.