Mission and Service

Opportunities for Service

Prior to the Super (Souper) Bowl Sunday, the congregation aimed to collect 500 cans of soup or chili to feed the hungry, and exceeded that target by around 30%, actually collecting 651 cans between January 10 and February 7, 2016, amounting to some 392lbs of food.  Members of the St. Luke congregation are involved in many different ministries of mission and service.  If you would like to join with them in any particular volunteer activity, please contact the individual responsible for that activity, through the church office. Some of these activities occur weekly or monthly, while others may be annual events, but all are open to you. If you are in need of any of these services, please contact our Pastor through the church office.

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Angel Tree

Angel Tree

Angel Tree

In December each year, choose an angel from the tree in the narthex and buy the gift named, for a resident at Envoy of Stratford Hills nursing home.  For further information, contact Dana Wiggins.

Backpacks and School Supplies

In August each year, we collect backpacks and school supplies for Southampton Elementary School.  Contact person: Marty Witthoefft.

Clothes Closet

Ongoing collection of clothes, shoes, books and toys.  Place bags of items in the youth room closet.  Volunteers periodically needed to sort and take items to the Good Samaritan Ministries. Contact: Carol Bernard.

Crop Walk and Stop Hunger Now

crop-walk-logo-z260x260Join in the Richmond Walk each October, or donate to end hunger.  St. Luke had the largest number of participants from one church in October 2013, and again in November 2014, and again in November 2015; and we won the Golden Sneaker Award in three consecutive years!  $38.55 was raised towards ending hunger.  On September 12, 2015, the church raised $3,000 and packed 13,000 meals to stop hunger now. To see how it was done, click on the video below.  Contact: John or Millie Olson.

Disaster Preparedness/Relief

Volunteers to aid in disaster relief as well as to prepare our congregation.  Contact: John or Millie Olson.

Feedmore (Central Virginia Food Bank)

cvfb_logo_largeContinuous food collection in a chest in the narthex of the church. The church donated over 900 lbs of food during 2015, for this project to help the poor.  Contact: Carol Bernard or Marty Witthoefft.

Greeting Cards

Available in the narthex for anyone to send greetings to someone, especially the sick, housebound, visitors, or absent loved ones. Contact person: Carol Bernard.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers to help build houses for those in need.  Contact: Markus Groener.

Child Fund International

Various groups at St. Luke have committed to sponsor a child in Zambia each month, amounting to full annual sponsorship for education and daily living needs.  The child is a boy called Paul.  Contact: Marty Witthoefft.

Housing Families First

Housing Families First, formerly Hilliard House, is a program that assists homeless women and their children to build their capacity to live productively within the community. St. Luke has held a number of practical appeals for goods and donations to support the work of this organization.  Contact: Betty Walker.

Luther World Relief Quiltsquilt-stack

In 2013, the women of St. Luke sewed 13 quilts for the Lutheran World Relief appeal and they are continuing to sew mission quilts for those in need by reason of poverty, injustice and human suffering around the world.

MOW_jpgMeals on Wheels

Teams of two deliver meals once a month.  Join a team, volunteer as a team, sign up to be a substitute.  Contact: Dana Wiggins.

The Micah Initiative

Micah is a partnership of faith communities with Richmond Public Elementary Schools that encourages mentoring, tutoring, and volunteering through its vibrant network of more than 125 faith communities and 23 schools so that every child believes, “I am valuable.”Micah is open to and represented by all faith communities.Micah volunteers do everything from Tutoring to reading to classrooms to one-time projects like Dr. Suess Day and Career Day. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and have many various gifts that they offer to the schools. This is the beauty of Micah, the opportunities are endless, based on the schools need, and can fit into any schedule. Volunteers from St. Luke tutor at Southampton ElementaryEvery child deserves to know that they matter and every child has a potential. Therefore, each child should be encouraged. Volunteers provide a source of positive and consistent encouragement that can change a child’s world. Although diverse, we all have a desire to serve our schools, teachers, and students in common. That is why we do what we do.   Contact: Marty Witthoefft.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Blessing of prayer shawls

Blessing of prayer shawls

Shawls and prayers are given to those who are pregnant, sick, grieving, lonely or in need. Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace.  Many blessings are knitted into every shawl.  The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient.  Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl.  When the shawl is completed it is offered a final ritual before being sent along its way.

St. Luke members make the prayer shawls for adults in sickness, sorrow or distress, such as during an illness, undergoing medical procedures, recovering from surgery, during bereavement. Men and women of all ages are invited to join in this ministry.  Shawl ministry teams meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.  Instruction is available for those who want to learn to knit or crochet.

Three skeins of homespun, acrylic yarn are needed for knitting on 10 1/2 or 13 inch needles.  Three and a half skeins of homespun, acrylic yarn are needed for crocheting.    Contact: Linda Luebke.

Souper Bowl of Caring

Prior to the Super (Souper) Bowl Sunday, the congregation aimed to collect 500 cans of soup or chili to feed the hungry, and exceeded that target by around 30%, actually collecting 651 cans between January 10 and February 7, 2016, amounting to some 392lbs of food.  Contact: Judy Maier.

Stephen Ministers at workStephen Ministers

Trained members of the congregation who serve as spiritual care givers to members in need.  Contact: Ludi Webber

Virginia Synod Appeal for Malaria Nets

St. Luke raised more than $2,000 in 2013 to 2014 for the malaria nets project, and received a Synod reward for being one of only 15 churches in Virginia to raise more than $1,000 for this project.  Contact: Bob and Judy Maier

We Care

A church community effort to provide food and service for births, funerals and other life events.  Contact: Peggy Walters.