ELM Ministry Grant recipient St. Luke’s Lutheran Church presents the Boulevard Bash this weekend

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St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, a 2012 ELM Ministry Grant recipient presents the Boulevard Bash  in Chicago this weekend. St. Luke’s has strong connections to ELM- it’s the home of the ELM office and ELM’s Operations Coordinator, Rachael Johnson has been working part time at the church this summer. Rev. Erik Christensen is the pastor at St. Luke’s and is a member of Proclaim. The Boulevard is a 3-day celebration of Chicago’s best music, food and culture located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.For the past few years St. Luke’s has been working on reinventing and invigorating their congregation. The Boulevard gives St. Luke’s an opportunity to be visible in the community and a portion of the entrance donations benefit St. Luke’s.

This year’s St. Luke’s booth for the Boulevard will feature an interactive community art project to engage the people at the event in the expression of their memories and hopes in the neighborhood. Drawings and writings will be attached to tree branches which will then hang around the edges of their sanctuary during the season of creation.

If you live in Chicago or are visiting this weekend be sure to stop by- festivities begin on Friday, August 24th at 5pm and continue until Sunday (8/26) at 9pm.

St. Luke’s has been an ELM Ministry Grant recipient for five years and this is their final year of funding. For more information on ELM’s Ministry Grant program click here.  ELM staff has personally seen St. Luke’s revitalization and growth over the past few years, it’s a very exciting time for this congregation located in an up and coming neighborhood of Chicago.