Outreach is a high priority for the people of St. Luke’s.
We take very seriously Christ’s call to lay down our lives for one another as he has laid down his life for us.
This summer, St. Luke’s set out to share Christ’s love through service in our community. In all that we did, we learned that kindness is contagious, and that grace is a gift that keeps on giving! This was most apparent at our Food Drive at Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly in August. At first glance, you might not expect that strangers who are busy making their way to pick up groceries on a Saturday morning would care to help those in need around them. However, shoppers who saw that St. Luke’s was collecting food donations for the Low Country Food Bank came to us with bags full of canned goods and food items. All together, their gifts added up to 80 boxes of food and over $400 for the Food Bank. Their grace and generosity astounded us! Some givers to this cause said that they wanted to give because they were once recipients of food in their own times of need. Even though we set out to share Christ’s love with THEM, we saw Christ’s love shining through them into our own lives. What a beautiful thing it is to work together with others in such a way as this! What a gift it is to be a part of sharing and receiving God’s grace day after day!
Join us as we share the Gospel and help those in need in our community and around the world! Here are just a few of the ways in which we reach out to share Christ’s love in our community:
Little Free Food Pantry
Right outside our church is a little free food pantry, which St. Luke’s members keep filled each week. This food is for anyone who is in need in our area.
Human Needs Network
Each week, those who are in need are welcome to come to our Benefits’ Bank at St. Luke’s to receive assistance.
The ARK of SC
One of our outreach ministries is The ARK (Alzheimer’s Respite Care). The ARK provides care for families with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders by offering caregivers a needed break and keeping loved ones connected to their community. This ministry at St. Luke’s began in 1996 and initially served 13 families with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Today, The ARK is open four days a week with 10 participants a day and has served over 450 families. Each year, The ARK holds a 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run starting and finishing at St. Luke’s to raise money and awareness for this important ministry.
One morning a week, St. Luke’s members volunteer to help children at Summerville Elementary School learn to read.
Second Mile of Giving
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church volunteers in our community in many ways. Not only do we bring forward food each Sunday that is blessed and taken to a local food bank, but each month, we highlight a different outreach ministry on which our members focus their efforts as part of our Second Mile of Giving. A few of the ministries and events, which St. Luke’s regularly supports, hosts, and with whom our members regularly volunteer, include:
180 Place , Angel Tree Gifts , Chase After A Cure , Crop Walk , Habitat for Humanity , HELP of Summerville, LowCountry Food Bank , LowCountry Home of Hope Homeless Shelter , Lutheran Homes of SC , Meals on Wheels , My Sister’s House , Narcotics Anonymous , Operation Inasmuch , Operation Christmas Child, Palmetto House , Relay for Life , Souper Bowl of Caring , St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry and Medical Outreach , Thanksgiving Basket Project , TriCounty Family Ministries, Water Missions, Veterans Victory House
St. Luke’s Missionaries
St. Luke’s supports a missionary couple, Curtis and Katie Cline, who are serving in Colombia. Curtis accompanies the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia in promoting and protecting human rights and building peace. Katie serves with the youth and women’s ministries of the church. Find out more about the Klines on their Missionary Blog.