At St. Luke, we take pastoral care very seriously. Our Pastor, Pastor Fredrick Marcoux, is always available for consultation and spiritual direction. Please make an appointment through the church office if you would like to meet with him. His normal hours in his church office are Thursdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm, or at other times by appointment. Our Pastor regularly visits members and friends at home when they are sick or housebound, and is happy to take Holy Communion to those who are shut-in. We also have a group of 10 Stephen Ministers, who are available for consultation and pastoral care, and who may also take Holy Communion to the sick and homebound.
Stephen Ministers are lay members of the church who have received special training, continuing education and peer supervision, in order to serve as diaconal (assistant) ministers in the congregation and in the community. They are able to provide confidential, faith-based support for our members and others in the community who are in need. Through 2015, the Stephen Ministers established specific relationships with nine care receivers, each with different needs for support. If you would like to speak or meet with one of our Stephen Ministers, please contact the church office.
St. Luke recognizes that social relationships are an important part of pastoral care, and help us to grow in faith together. We have a day-time meeting and an evening meeting for the women of the church, and a men’s meeting that meets in both lunch and evening meetings, although the various groups sometimes have joint meetings.
The Tuesday meeting meets at 10:00am on the second Tuesday of each month. The women bring a lunch and a volunteer provides drinks and dessert. The Wednesday meeting meets at 6:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month and a dinner of soup and salad is provided at a nominal cost, with a volunteer providing drinks and dessert. At both meetings, we open with a devotional time and have a program after the meal. A freewill offering is taken to support our adopted child in Zambia, Paul.
Meeting agendas in 2015 have included a travelogue on Africa, a talk on pay-day lending practices, a talk on bees and honey, and visits to the Virginia Historical Society and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In December, we enjoyed a concert at the Salisbury Presbyterian Church and in March, a group visited the Virginia Opera’s production of La Traviata.
Our service projects have included collecting 85 books for Capital Pediatrics, collecting hats, mittens and scarves for the children at St. Joseph’s Villa, and collecting gently used professional clothing for women trying to change their lives for the better.
The Men’s Group meets monthly on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:15pm from September through May of the following year, with a monthly fellowship luncheon on the second Thursday of each month, at the Crazy Greek Restaurant on Busy St. The 2015 speakers included a former missionary to Vietnam, a Vietnam war veteran, a historical re-enactor portraying the historical Marquis de Lafayette and a Holocaust survivor. Every February, the Men’s group sponsor a Valentine’s social and dinner with the Women’s groups of the church. For future details please contact the church office.
Other occasions for the whole church to come together socially, include our Pancake Supper in February, and a new arts and craft festival planned for the beginning of November, 2015, “Show and Talent.” In 2013, our young people provided the pancake supper and entertainment was provided by a variety of talents, including our pastor and his wife who performed their musical party-piece, which belied their real musical talents! We looked forward to a repeat in both 2014 and 2015, but unfortunately, it got snowed out in both years! The weather was kinder to us at the beginning of November for the Arts Festival and dinner.