Each year near St. Francis Day we hold a public "blessing of the pets" This year the blessing was held in conjunction with the popular "Party on the Pavement" which was sponsored by the Downtown Racine Corporation (of which St. Luke's is a member).
We are located in a renewing area of Racine, where the upwardly mobile and those who live “on the margins” mingle. Our door buzzer is rung on a daily basis by people who have need for transportaion, shelter, precription, food, or clothing assistance. Whenever possible, we connect people with local agencies which can provid for their needs. We also contrigute generously to our Rector’s Discretionary fund so that we can meet urgent needs.
Mother Martha Berger provides a monthly Eucharist for the residents of Villa St. Anna on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. What began as a monthly visit to Lincoln Lutheran Home to take communion to two parishioners who are unable to attend service. All members are welcome to join in the service.
Once every three months, St. Luke’s, in conjunction with First Methodist Church, produces 70 sack lunches of sandwiches and fruit to deliver to the needy.
Several times a year, St. Luke’s provides dinner for the hungry at St. Rose Catholic Church. Volunteers prepare casseroles, gelatins, and cupcakes and serve the meal.
St. Luke’s covers the annual Christmas Tree with gifts for needy children who might not otherwise recieve a Christmas gift. The names are screened and provided by the Salvation Army. We also have a special “hat and mitten” tree-where members donate either hand knitted, crocheted or store bought hats and mittens. These items are distributed by our public schools to children that need them.
St. Luke’s gives both office space and financial supposrt to this highly successful ministry which offers training for life and work through development of attitudes, habits, and skills that reflect human diginity. RVM offers: vocational counseling, job-readiness training, life-skills education job retention support, job-seekers suppost groups, referral services, and spiritual counseling. RVM credits their success to believing that each client who walks through their doors is an opportunity to welcome and serve Christ.
St. Luke’s supposts the church, school, clinic, and agricultural program of St. Marc’s, Jeannette, Haiti through the Diosese of Milwaukee Haiti Project. Parishioners sponsor students at St. Marc’s, make financial donations, and encourage individuals to participate in mission trips and work with our partners in Jeannette.