Homelessness in Rochester – How Can Our Faith Communities Help? Recording
The Homelessness Webinar was held Thursday, May 20, 2021. One myth surrounding those experiencing homelessness is that they must have made a bad decision. The truth is an unforeseen event could put every one of us in their shoes. A panel of experts discussed all aspects of homelessness, but most importantly, they shared information on simple and practical ways every one of us can help. Panelists Ryan Cardarella – Dorothy Day House, Tim Geisler – SVDP Saint Vincent DePaul, Bri Bednar – Family Promise, Dan Fifield – The Landing, Lisa Mueller – Salvation Army, Trent Fluegel – HRA Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Rudy Naul – Catholic Charities Warming Center
We can change the world and make it a better place. It’s in your hands to make a difference. Nelson Mandela
We exist to give ourselves away in love.
We believe that our service ministry represents Christ, through using our gifts to carry on Christ’s work of love and compassion in the world. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is proud of the outreach programs we provide for our local, state and national communities. Please join the many St. Lukans who make a difference in the needs of others.
Outreach provides laughter and friendships gained in fellowship as well as in service, through varied and enjoyable outreach fundraisers.
The Community Link ministry connects community needs with those at St. Luke’s who are willing to help and support. From snow boots to laundry soap for a neighbor or fellow parishioner, needs of all sorts can be met through online connections.
Reach High Mentoring
Reach High is a mentoring program that matches caring parishioners with students from local elementary schools to provide assistance with homework all while developing friendships between youth and caring adults. This ministry is paused due to COVID-19.
Epiphany Birthday Bags
In celebration of the birth of Jesus, donations are taken each year for birthday bags. Each bag includes a kit of items for a birthday party. The bags are used by mothers residing at the Women’s Shelter who are unable to acquire supplies for their child’s birthday party.
Channel One Volunteering
Many of our parishioners volunteer at Channel One Food Bank as their time allows. Please visit their website for current instructions on COVID precautions.
The annual spring rummage sale is on hiatus until it is safe, due to COVID-19, but start thinking about which treasures you would like to donate. Please watch this space and Lifelines for updates. Your spring cleaning items are our treasures!
Highway 52 Cleanup
St. Luke’s cleans their adopted section of Highway 52 two to three times a year. A crew of 12 is needed for this project and takes just a few hours. The crew is enthusiastic and has fun. Join them!
San Jose Obrero – Service Support
Each week during harvest/canning season, two Sunday services are offered to the migrant workers in Montgomery, MN. A prepared meal is served after each service, around 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. We set up, serve, socialize and clean up. If you speak Spanish – it is a great way to practice your skills. If you are unable to go with us, you may also donate food items for the meal. St. Luke’s and Calvary are working together for this event. Please see Lifelines for this year’s information, or get involved by contacting us.
Episcopal Relief and Development
St. Luke’s supports the work of Episcopal Relief and Development, which provides compassionate response to human suffering around the world. Click here to learn more.
St. Luke’s will again be donating Holiday Meals to Rochester families in need. We know that these are especially hard times and providing food for a special holiday meal brings joy not only to the families receiving the meal, but much more joy to those who give the meal. Please check Lifelines for updates as we approach the holidays.
Adopt a Family Holiday Tree
St. Luke’s will again be adopting families for Christmas, but the collection may work a bit differently this year, due to COVID-19. Please watch check Lifelines for updates as we approach the holidays.
Lenten Outreach Project
Join us in Lent as we reflect on the meaning of the season through a special outreach project. This project varies from year to year depending on the needs of the community.
GABNAM – Give a Basic Need a Month
St. Luke’s works with Hawthorne Education Center to determine unmet basic needs, such as shampoo, toilet tissue, paper towels, deodorant, etc. Supplies are then collected by the congregation and delivered to Hawthorne for distribution. This ministry is currently working with local schools, since Hawthorne Education Center is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayo Medical Mission
St. Luke’s collects empty pill bottles from which the labels have been removed. Since the church is closed for in-person gatherings now, please donate these directly to Mayo Medical Missions, located at the intersection of Valley High Drive and Co. 22 on Wednesday mornings between 7 and 9am.
St. Luke’s Mini-Library
The Mini-Library outside of St. Luke’s continues to serve our neighborhood, especially when so many students are learning from home. All are encouraged to drop off books that you would like to donate. Children’s books are particularly desirable. All St. Luke’s members are encouraged to donate books to the mini-library as you are able. Please only put books inside the library, not on the steps next to it so that books remain in good and usable condition for those who take them.
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Whoever you are, wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome in this place.