St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Friday, April 18, 2014
St. Luke's has a well-stocked Church Library, located in the hallway between the main lobby and the Fellowship hall.
Follow this link to the Library Newsletter page!
Purpose: The purpose of St. Luke’s UMC Library is to support the mission of the church, to under-gird its teaching, preaching, and evangelistic efforts, and to help individuals develop an understanding of the faith, and their full potential as children of God and workers in His kingdom.
1988 - a new Library Committee, under the direction of Christina Schonbachler, began sorting through hundreds of books donated for the development of a modern library. A computer was provided; software, catalogue cards, and labels were purchased. The Fa-Ho-Cha classroom was chosen as the location and special shelves were built to accommodate the new Library.
May 1989 – Approximately 1200 books are catalogued, processed and ready for readers to enjoy! Christina moved away, Nancy Boughton became chairman. Nancy is a professional librarian and new to the church.
January 21, 1990 – Dedication Service at 10:45 for New Library by senior pastor Rev. Riley B. Case.
1996 – The library is moved to new (present) location just outside the lobby (first room on left as you go toward Fellowship Hall from the lobby.)
1997 – Library becomes part of the regular church budget. We continue to hold book sales to supplement income and costs are kept down because all staff is volunteer. *Almost all new adult books are donated, so money is used for other library supplies such as catalogue cards, children’s materials, etc.
1998 – Today. Our church library continues to grow and endeavors to stay current in order to fulfill our purpose.
Children - Over 800 books grouped as follows:
Preschool to 3rd Grade (yellow spine labels)
3rd to 5th Grade (pink spine labels)
40 new DVD videos
Games & Puzzles
Teens (Grades 6-9) 200 books, 20 videos
Young Adult (Senior Highs) 25 Books that cover older teen’s concerns and issues
Adults - 2000 Books, Videos & DVD’s—many for the entire family, Holy Bible on audiocassette, Books and Music on CD’s
*Please note: We also have a Reference Library of materials as well as Small Group Study Materials for your convenience located in the Fa-Ho-Cha classroom. (Reference materials are NOT to be removed from St. Luke’s building.)
Library Hours: The Library is open whenever the church is open. Volunteer Library Helpers staff the Library after each worship service.
Materials are to be returned to the drop boxes located either in the library or in the hallway near the Fa-Ho-Cha classroom.
Overdues: Though you may receive an “overdue” notice, there are no fines charged at St. Luke’s UMC Library. We operate on the honor system and trust that you will do your best to return the item as soon as possible.
Donations: We accept secular as well as Christian books, records, magazines, videos, DVD’s and CD’s. Because our space is so limited, we are particular about what we will add to our library and will sell the rest of our donated items. All library personnel are volunteers so all monies are used to offset library costs and to purchase patron requested items for the library.
Library Committee Members: Nancy Boughton (acting Librarian), Christy Edwards, Joyce Eikenberry, Dana Huntzinger, Jennifer Mansur, Sharon Preiser, Nina Sozansky (LINC – Library Information & News Connection editor), and Jean Tarner
St. Luke’s is a member of CSLA (Church and Synagogue Library Association, Indiana Chapter). Check out their website:
Our Father’s Library is a free lending Christian library located in downtown Peru. Get more details on their website: