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.
Each summer, St. Luke’s sets out to share Christ’s love through service in our community. Throughout June 2019, our project is to collect items and monetary donations for children at LowCountry Orphan Relief. They are in need of new and like-new clothing as well as brand new toiletries. (We have detailed lists of items needed in our Church Office.) Then in July, we will collect school supplies and backpacks for our community children and will also begin recruiting volunteers for our Reading Buddies program. On August 10, we will have a food drive at Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly. We will need volunteers to spend 1 hour between 10AM and 2PM. This is a great outreach event for the entire family.
Last summer, we held a food drive for Low Country Food Bank, and the gifts we collected added up to 80 boxes of food and over $400 for the Food Bank. People’s 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 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 a few of the other ways in which we reach out to share Christ’s love in our community throughout the year:
Little Free Food Pantry
Right outside our church is a little free food pantry, which St. Luke’s members donate pre-packaged food to 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 with electric bills.
In the Spring of 2019, St. Luke’s began a partnership with Lutheran Hospice. This team of professionals meets together regularly in our Education Building to craft individualized Hospice care for their patients in the LowCountry. They focus on six dimensions of wellness—physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and occupational—to bring dignity and a sense of purpose for their patients’ end-of-life care.
The ARK of SC
The ARK (Alzheimer’s Respite Care) assists families of the Lowcountry who are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders. The ARK began as an outreach ministry of St. Luke’s in 1996, and has recently moved to a building of its own at 502 West 5th North Street in Summerville. They hold a social group respite program for Alzheimer’s patients, monthly support groups for families of Alzheimer’s patients, caregiver consultation and education programs, Law Enforcement and First Responder training for Alzheimer’s patients, and they reach out through the NOAH project, assisting rural towns in developing Alzheimer’s support services. Every August, the ARK holds a 5K Race and Fun Run that begins and ends at St. Luke’s. We are proud to support this ministry as it continues to grow and help our community!
One morning a week, St. Luke’s members volunteer to help children at Summerville Elementary School learn to read.
Thanksgiving Basket Project
Every November, St. Luke’s works together with other local congregations in a joint effort as we purchase, pack, and personally deliver Thanksgiving Meals to families in need in our area. Our packing and delivery takes place after our ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service on the Saturday morning before Thanksgiving.
Second Mile of Giving
Each month, St. Luke’s highlights 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 , ELCA Good Gifts, 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 , TriCounty Family Ministries, Water Missions, Veterans Victory House
St. Luke’s Missionaries
As of July 1, 2019, St. Luke’s is proud to announce that we are sponsoring another missionary couple: The Rev. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson and Dr. Andrew L. Wilson. The Wilsons work alongside the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tokyo. Andrew serves as Professor of Church History at Japan Lutheran College and Seminary, and Sarah is associate pastor at Tokyo Lutheran Church. Their son, Ezekiel, is a 7th grader at the Christian Academy of Japan. We are excited to support the ministry of the Wilsons as they share the Gospel in Japan! To find out more about the Wilsons, check out ELCA Missionaries.