• 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 Us

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


  • Sunday Worship during COVID

    St Luke's Sunday morning worship gathers in two rooms.  

    • Pastor and musicians lead worship in the SanctuaryMasks are required in this space.
    • A high quality super-size live audio/video is shared in the Fellowship Hall.  Masks are recommended in this space.   Communion will brought to the Fellowship Hall to be shared at the same time as the meal is celebrated in the sanctuary.
    • Or watch LiveStream link online, an option for those of our members that are not yet comfortable worshipping indoors, as well as for others in the community, family living further away, etc. Videos archive of prior services are available on our YouTube channel


    Social distancing: Please maintain 6 feet from anyone who does not live in your household.  Tables and pew seating have been modified appropriately, with select pews open and others closed.  One “family” per pew, or individuals/couples on opposite ends.

    Changes include: 

    • We are re-starting Communion, though with bread only
    • No congregational singing, which is shown to be high-risk
    •    Though feel free to hum along!
    • Vocal music by a limited choir
    • No passing of the peace
    • Offering boxes at entrances rather than passing an plate
    • No “children’s message” prior to scripture & sermon
    •    But expanded “children’s word time” will be offered   
    •    instead, back in the children’s Sunday School area
    • Many liturgical elements have been modified or moved
    • Please “whisper” the Creed and Lord’s Prayer
      You'll notice other adjustments as well.

    Many cherished experiences will be added back into our worship service, perhaps in modified forms as soon as we believe we can safely do so.

  • November Newsletter

    The November issue of St Luke’s Vine newsletter, including information about returning to indoor worship on November 1, is available in the InfoCenter/Newsletter section, or via this direct link.

  • Study & More Schedule

    Many groups and studies continue during this COVID pandemic, though with changes. Here's a few opportunities for members and guests.

    • Online Thurs Morning Study Group Led by Pastor Scott
      • Thursdays 10am-11  Live at St Lukes and via Zoom link here ID=894 039 884 passcode 514640
    • 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


  • 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)
    SS32 Divine Love (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 Oct 20)
    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.

    • As of Nov 1 are worshipping indoors, in both the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.  Please see separate announcement and info.   The service is also streaming online. 
    • Non=worship events and groups indoors are currently limited 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!

  • 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.    

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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