The St. Luke’s Episcopal Chapel, Grambling, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 18 with the Rt. Rev’d. Bruce MacPherson, D.D. Presiding. The newly appointed Vicar, Rev. Thomas Nsubuga, and members welcomed the choir of The Redeemer Episcopal Church (Ruston) and a full house of friends, relatives, GSU students/faculty and community residents.Upon entering the lobby, each person was greeted with a souvenir booklet that contained a book marker, the church history, and the order of service.
The service began with a procession of the Bishop, the Vicar, visiting priests, the choir and the readers. Following the intercessory prayer, a memorial service was held to honor all deceased members by calling their names and lighting a candle.
The church founders, Jacob and Ruth Stewart, Mary Hymon, LeRoy Humphries, Eva Harvey, Curtis Mayo, William Mac Sanders, and Robert Williams were also honored. It was noted that Velora S. Duncan and Eugene Harvey were the only living original communicants.
Family members who stood at the calling of their relative’s name were Matthew Caldwell and his daughter, brother and niece of Ruth Stewart, Dr. Brett Sanders of Monroe, son of Mac Sanders, Nolan Hymon of Grambling, son of Mary Hymon; Janet Humphries of Atlanta, daughter of Leroy Humphries and Carla Harvey of Baton Rouge, daughter of Eva Harvey.
A special recognition was given to Rev. Edwin Webster of Eros for his many years of service in the absence of a priest. On behalf of the membership, Velora Duncan presented him with a portrait which will hang on the wall of the Chapel with other persons who have served St. Luke’s and the Grambling community.
A reception, catered by Aramark, followed in which photos were taken, the signing of the Memory Wall by each person present and a perusing of the artifacts that were displayed. Also, it was noted that Velora S. Duncan and Eugene Harvey were the only original communicants of St. Luke’s who are still active.
Rev. Nsubuga and the members wish to thank everyone for the love and support that they have shown during St.Luke’s most significant endeavor in celebrating fifty (50) years of continuous Christian service to the Grambling community.