“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord” is one of the dismissals from worship that we take seriously at St. Luke’s. Each member is a “minister” who consciously seeks out his or her personal ministry that goes beyond the church and self interests. In fact, a recent survey completed by more than 60 percent of the congregation indicated that each member on average is involved in at least three ministries within and beyond St. Luke’s.
Fundraising also is critical part of the church’s outreach efforts. The St. Luke’s Outreach Committee plans and presents a number of fundraising, fellowship events each year to meet needs beyond the church. The committee’s motto is “we put the ‘fun’ in fundraising!” Thanks to these events and the generosity of the St. Luke’s family, the Outreach Committee typically provides more than $20,000 of support each year. Among the nonprofits benefiting from this outreach are Concern, Agape, Pack the Backpack, Family Promise, Martha’s Task, Camp New Hope, Green Country Free Clinic, Church Women United Car Repair Fund and Green Country Free Dental Clinic.
Where you’ll find us…
This ecumenical community organization provides emergency financial aid, food and clothing to families in need and other programs designed to help people to help themselves. Concern also has a Learning Center that serves preschool children with fees based on a sliding fee scale. (Call to volunteer: 918-336-4693)
The mission serves free meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and delivers meals to shut-ins and the elderly six days a week. Supported through volunteers and financial help from several local churches including St. Luke’s, Agape also operates a Food-For-Kids program that provides over 1,700 sacks a month for weekend lunches for children attending twelve area schools. (Call to volunteer: 918-333-3257)
St. Luke’s provides volunteer reading mentors for Kane Elementary students. Mentors meet with children one on one each week to improve their reading skills. This ministry involves one hour per week. This ministry has received the Bartlesville Education Association’s “Friend of Education.” (Call to volunteer: 918-336-1212)
Dozens of St. Luke’s members are involved in this community-wide effort to ensure that every child in the area has the necessary school supplies for a successful year of learning. This year the Washington County School Supply Drive provided school-ready backpacks to nearly 2,500 students of every grade. (Call to volunteer: 918-336-1212)
Family Promise is a national and community organization designed to help homeless families reach stability in their lives and chart a positive direction out of poverty. This includes enabling parents to find employment, housing, education and support for their future. Families stay in local churches at night on a weekly rotation where they are fed, loved and encouraged. More than two dozen St. Luke’s members are involved in hosting Family Promise families four times each year. (To learn more, email Jen Peterson or call 918-397-7779)