“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Coffee Hour Hosts
Coffee Hour is the time following our early and late services Sunday mornings when worshipers have the opportunity to visit with and greet one another. Hosts make coffee and provide light refreshments, usually fruit or sweets, during this time of fellowship.
St. Luke's Greeters
St. Luke's Greeters reach out to our new households and visiting guests to share with them the hospitality of our community and answer any questions they might have about St. Luke's. The ministry of our Greeters is to be welcoming representatives of Christ's body, connecting us with one another.
St. Luke's Mission Statement
“St. Luke’s is a part of the worldwide
Anglican Communion commissioned
to empower a diverse group of persons
to glorify God and to do the work Christ
calls us to do in a changing world.”
Taking care of those in need is one of our most important activities as followers of Jesus Christ. From taking Home Communion to our homebound or sick members to providing prayer support and counseling to those who are ill or in crisis, our ongoing care of one another exemplifies our Christian community.
St. Luke’s Prayer Chain
The Prayer Chain is an essential part of the spiritual life of St. Luke’s. When a request for prayer has been added to the Prayer List, from thanksgiving to intercession, members of the Prayer Chain offer prayers to God on behalf of those in need as part of their own personal devotions.
Helping Hands specializes in providing help to members of our congregation who are ill or have special circumstances: transportation, yard and house work, or other needs. As needs arise in the congregation, people are asked to serve in various, short-term capacities to assist other members of our church body.
Caring and Sharing
Caring and Sharing is St. Luke’s primary in-reach ministry to those homebound or sick in the congregation. Whenever there is an illness or surgery, birth, death, or other pastoral need, Caring and Sharing seeks to ease the immediate burden on the family by providing meals prepared by loving hands. The Caring and Sharing Committees are a crucial part of our parish life, as they keep us connected to one another.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV)
The Lay Eucharistic Visitors of St. Luke’s take communion to the homebound and assisted living members of our congregation. Through this ministry, we share the love and joy of our wider community with those who cannot make it to services regularly.
Parish Family Ministry
As a parish family we love to be connected with one another and see to each other’s needs. As the need arises, our parish family ministry checks in with our senior, homebound, and sick members, to offer prayers on their behalf, and keep them in communication with the church at large. Our Clergy and others regularly check in with persons in need, especially during times of severe illness or surgery.
St. Luke’s Clergy provides pastoral counseling to all those who choose to worship with us. Each of us is at a different stage of our spiritual journey, and our priest is available as counselor, friend, spiritual guide, and sounding board. From bereavement counseling to pre-marital counseling, it is the pastoral responsibility of our clergy to help us navigate those moments in our lives when we are feeling overwhelmed, lost, or alone.
At St. Luke’s we occasionally hold special liturgies on behalf of our members. Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings, and Funerals are important touchstones in our lives that we share with our church family. For our homebound or sick, Home Communion brings the church into their home, serving to keep us connected as one body of Christ. All of these liturgies are led by our Clergy, and are part of our worship life together.
Outreach at St. Luke’s is characterized in two ways: church-lead outreach programs that impact our community and community programs for which we volunteer and pledge our support. Throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to give to others from the blessings we ourselves have received from God. St. Luke’s is committed to making a difference in the life of our community.
Annual Backpack Ministry &
Annual Shoebox Ministry
Led by our Episcopal Youth Community (EYC), these two programs collect backpacks and school supplies in the summer and wrap shoeboxes filled with Christmas stocking stuffers in late November. These are then all donated to children in need in our community who might otherwise have to do without.
Loaves and Fishes (To Go)
Loaves and Fishes (To Go) is our feeding ministry to the Cleveland Emergency Shelter. On the second Sunday of every month, members of our community help prepare and deliver a meal to the residents of the shelter. This ministry also helps provide basic necessity items and supplies for the residents and the shelter.
The Caring Place
The Caring Place is a local outreach ministry that serves a variety of needs in Cleveland and Bradley County. Reaching out to those in need, The Caring Place regularly distributes food and clothing, as well as providing utility and rent assistance through its Neighbors in Need program. In addition to financial support, many members of St. Luke’s serve as volunteers, assisting this vital community program.
Sac Pac Ministry
Each August, St. Luke’s raises money for The Caring Place’s Sac Pac Program. This important new ministry in the Bradley County schools sends home kid-friendly foods with children who very likely will have no other meals over the weekend before returning to school on Mondays. By providing shelf stable meals to children who might otherwise go hungry, we hope to help make a positive difference in their lives.
February Food and Clothing Drive
Throughout the year St. Luke’s regularly accepts food and clothing donations on behalf of The Caring Place in bins located around the campus. These shelf stable foods and wearable clothes are regularly delivered to The Caring Place as part of our support for their ministry. We also set aside February as St. Luke’s designated month to stock The Caring Place’s stores.
Diocesan Pledge/Bishop’s Discretionary Fund
Each year St. Luke’s makes an annual pledge of support to the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee to support the churches and ministries throughout our area. Our Diocesan pledge goes to fund Episcopal college chaplaincies, various diocesan youth events, and other ministries supported by the diocese. Special offerings are made periodically to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund to assist him in his role as chief pastor of the diocese.
National/Local Assistance Agencies & Programs
St. Luke’s regularly contributes financial assistance and volunteers to a number of local community programs as well as national assistance agencies. In recent years St. Luke’s has supported
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA),
Family Cornerstones, Foundation House, Habitat for Humanity, Volley for a Cure, Hoops for Hope, Neighbors in Need, The Salvation Army, Relay for Life, The American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross,
Metropolitan Ministries, The Fraternal Order of Police, March of Dimes, and more.