Outreach is a high priority for the people of St. Luke’s.
Because Christ has laid down his life for us, we seek to lay down our own lives in service to others. 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 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
Every Tuesday morning, those who are in need are invited to make an appointment to visit our Benefits Bank at St. Luke’s to receive assistance with their electric bills.
One morning a week, St. Luke’s members volunteer to help children at Summerville Elementary School learn to read.
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. Since December 2018, we also hold an Ugly Sweater 5K and Nativity Scene Fun Run. We are proud to support this ministry as it continues to grow and help our community!
Summer of Service
Each summer, St. Luke’s sets out to share Christ’s love through service in our community. Throughout June 2019, we collected clothing, toiletries, and monetary donations for children at LowCountry Orphan Relief. Then in July, we collected school supplies and backpacks for our community children. On August 10, we held our annual food drive at Mr. K’s Piggly Wiggly. 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!
Thanksgiving Basket Project
Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, 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.
Operation Christmas Child
Each Fall, St. Luke’s fills red and green shoeboxes with toys and necessities for children across the globe to share the love of Christ with them. In 2019, we filled 312 boxes, and we look forward to packing even more next year!
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.
2nd 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