Ways to Participate
We welcome you to get involved with our ministry of St. Luke's! There are several directions your involvement might take, depending on your interests. You might want to get involved with social outreach programs, with groups within the parish, or with participation in the worship service.
Listings and descriptions of specific groups and programs can be found below. for more information on any of these groups or programs, please call Martha at the church office (262-634-5529). You are welcome to speak directly to the contact person before or after the Sunday morning service.
In the World:
The people of St. Luke’s Church have a rich history of supporting the Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project in Jeanette, Haiti. Undesignated offerings on the second Sunday of each month go to Haiti to support the School Lunch Program, the Clean Water Initiative and St. Marc’s health clinic. St. Marc’s School in Jeanette has more than 500 students.
The Haiti Project first established a partnership with the school 35 years ago and today there is a generation of literate parents in a previously illiterate community. which raises scholarship money through the sale of Haiti coffee. You can help by sponsoring a child to support funding for St. Marc’s School, by purchasing Singing Rooster Haitian coffee to drink or give as a gift, by the purchase of Haitian arts and crafts sold several times per year at parish events, or through your donation on the second Sunday of each month. You can change a child’s life and help make a difference in Haiti!
Hospitality Center is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, hosted inside St. Luke's. The Hospitality Center is a community resource center and meal site which provides service to the homeless and near homeless people of Racine. The Hospitality Center is open to all people without regard to social status, religious, or financial standing. No matter what your reason for stopping in, one thing is guaranteed: you won't leave the same as when you entered." We believe that providing hospitality to those who have nowhere to go may lead us to an encounter with Christ, and that by opening our church doors we increase the chance to allow true holiness to find us. We invite you to drop in and visit.
Racine Vocational Ministries
St. Luke's gives both office space and financial support to this highly successful ministry which offers training for life and work through development of attitudes, habits, and skills that reflect human dignity.
RVM offers: vocational counseling, job-readiness training, life-skills education job retention support, job-seekers suppose 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.
Sack Lunch Program
St. Luke’s is one of a number of churches in Racine which participate in the Sack Lunch Program. The Program provides 70 brown-bag lunches every Saturday for anyone needing lunch. Typically, St. Luke’s is responsible for 5-6 Saturdays per year. On our designated Saturday, volunteers meet at First United Methodist Church, 745 Main Street, at 10:30 a.m. to make the lunches, after which they are distributed at 12 noon to the public. Volunteers provide the ingredients needed. The Program is organized by St. Luke’s St. Monica’s Guild, and anyone in the church who is interested in helping is welcome to join us. Leave a message for Tricia Frost if you have any questions.
Salvation Army Christmas Angels
The people of St. Luke’s have participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program for close to 40 years. Local families are referred to the Salvation Army for help providing Christmas gifts. Angel tags are printed for each child or special needs adult in a family and include age, size and desired Christmas gifts. You can help by taking an Angel tag, purchasing a gift and returning it to St. Luke’s by the given deadline. The gifts are then taken to the Salvation Army in Racine for pickup by the Angel families. Help brighten the life of a child this Christmas by participating in the Angel Tree program!
St. Vincent de Paul Meal
The St. Vincent de Paul Tuesday Community Meal program began in 1983. It currently has eleven local churches of various faiths and the Welcome Wagon of Racine organization participating throughout the entire year. St. Luke's Episcopal Church has supported this important outreach program for many years.On our designated dates -- four per year -- we provide a hot meal for 50 to 75 guests.
Our parishioners support this program by preparing about eight to nine casseroles, donating cash so that we can purchase salad, fruit, and bread to complete the meal. About eight parishioners volunteer their time at the site to serve and clean up after the meal.This outreach event is appreciated by the people who attend and gives the volunteers a heart-warming feeling.
United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church. The first United Thank Offering collection was in 1889. It began as part of Missionary efforts of the Women's Auxiliary to the Board of Mission, authorized by General Convention in 1871.
UTO provides a way men, women and children give daily thanks to God, by embracing and deepening a personal daily spirited discipline of gratitude, to notice good things that happen each day and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box.
The UTO program culminates each year in the May-In-Gathering when the offerings are collected. The offerings collected support innovative missions and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and Provinces.
In the Church:
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew was founded in Chicago in 1883. Today it has a worldwide membership of nearly 5,000 Episcopal men dedicated to bringing men and youth to Christ through prayer, study and service. The chapter at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church meets monthly to discuss and study the discipline of prayer, the discipline of study and the discipline of service. Funds are raised through the Great Lakes Scrip Center Program to support various church activities and annual scholarships.
For more information about the National Brotherhood, call 1-502-450-5640.
We are very proud of the garden at St. Luke’s. It has been a part of the downtown Racine landscape for many years and it is all done by volunteers. Our gardens have received the Bell Award as well as recognition from the Racine Community. If anyone is interested in helping, there is planning, planting and weeding to be done. All work is done at the convenience of the volunteers.
St. Monica's Guild
St. Monica’s Guild has been a fixture at St. Luke’s since 1940. At that time, there were other women's’ guilds but we are the only one that survived. In those early days, the primary responsibilities were: holding fundraisers to support the building fund, doing some of the cleaning at the church, and being on nursery duty on Sunday mornings.
Today we are a smaller group, composed of longtime and newer members, and our primary activities are: holding an annual bake sale fundraiser at the West Racine Farmers Market in the Fall; making sack lunches for the Sack Lunch Program five to six times a year; giving financial support to the Haiti Project through educational scholarships for students, and selling Haitian coffee; helping with funeral arrangements at the church when needed; and contributing to the needs of the church.
Proceeds from the Bake Sale go to support the church and the Haiti Project. The Guild operates more informally than in the past and we have no dues. We meet regularly at the Red Onion downtown for lunch to discuss business and for socialization. New members are very welcome! Contact is Tricia Frost if you have any questions.
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew's main fund raiser is the Scrip Program, a service of Great Lakes Scrip Center. Parishioners of the parish order various company gift cards with the Brotherhood receiving 4% to 10% of the gift card value. This fund raiser is offered four to five times a year. The funds go to support youth development such as academic scholarships and/or camp scholarships, and to help fund other church activities and needs such as facility developments.
On Sunday Morning:
The Acolyte program is open to youth and adults who are trained to assist the clergy and congregation in all areas of the liturgy.
An acolyte is someone who aids the deacon and the minister to perform a church service. The ministry of acolytes is a very old tradition in the Church. Acolytes have served as ministry helpers at God's altars for 17 centuries. An acolyte may carry the processional cross, carry a candle torch, a flag, or banner, be the book bearer during the reading of the Gospel, help to prepare the altar for Communion and to clear the altar after Communion, ring the Sanctus bells, and may even carry incense during the service. Serving as an acolyte is a commitment of your time and talent to the Lord's service.
The Altar Guild prepares all of the things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist or any of the other sacraments and offices of the church. Service on the Altar Guild is a truly joyful ministry and the contribution of each person is important. Membership is not limited by gender, race, background or age. Our members work as teams in a scheduled rotation and training is provided. If you enjoy learning about and caring for sacred vessels, the bread, wine, fair linens and frontals used for worship in the Sanctuary, please consider joining us!
Chalice bearers are trained and licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy with the administration of the chalice at Mass. This ministry is open to adults and older youth. Lectors are trained to read the Lessons at Mass and lead the Prayers of the People.
Children Christian Education
St. Luke's new Sunday School program for toddlers through Confirmation-age youngsters begins October 20. Each week following the Processional, we'll gather for a prayer and a snack that Jesus might have eaten as a boy. We'll begin this year's program by learning parables from the gospel of St. Luke through play, songs, signing, and praying. We will return to worship each week in time to Pass the Peace and experience the Eucharist. We are always happy to welcome children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors! leave a message for Leah Nakamura with questions. Help us fill our classes youngsters who will learn about God's amazing love for them.
Lay Eucharistic Ministry
The Acolyte program is open to youth and adults who are trained to assist the clergy and congregation in all areas of the liturgy. Chalice bearers are trained and licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy with the administration of the chalice at Mass. This ministry is open to adults and older youth. Lectors are trained to read the Lessons at Mass and lead the Prayers of the People. The ministry of Lector, like that of chalice bearer, is open to adults and older youth. Ushers provide a ministry of hospitality to all who enter our church for worship. Ushers greet people as they arrive, assist with seating, collect and present the offering, direct the Congregation during Holy Communion, say goodbye as people leave the church, and make sure the church is neatly tidy before leaving. Training is provided to adults and older youth interested in participating.
Taking a turn as an usher is a great way to meet your fellow parishioners, and the duties are pretty simple:
- Greet parishioners and guests, hand out Sunday bulletins.- Take offerings to Altar, do the collection and take to Altar.- Answer any questions guests may have about the church.Don’t worry about that third part; there will always be somebody around to help with that.
Think you might be interested in helping in the usher rotation? Ask for Debbie Bruno. She can usually be found in the left rear corner of the church.