Hospitality Center-- Who We Are

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.

Saturday Sack Lunches

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.

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. 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!

The Haiti Project

St. Luke's supports the church, school, clinic, and agricultural program of St. Marc's, Jeannette, Haiti through the Diocese 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.

St. Vincent De Paul Meals

 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 50-75 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.  Stan Timm, Kathie Thompson and Judy Greenquist are the coordinators.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew's

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 Brotherhood, call 1-502-450-5640.

St. Monica's Guild

St. Monica’s Guild has been a fixture at St. Luke’s since 1940. At that time, there were other womens’ 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 of eleven, 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 (September 14 this year); making sack lunches for the Sack Lunch Program 6-7 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; as well as 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. All women of the church are welcome to join us at one of these lunches, or help us make sack lunches on one of our designated Saturday mornings at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main Street, so you can meet our members and see what we are all about! Of course, new members are very welcome!  Contact Tricia Frost  if you have any questions!

Sunday School Program

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 and 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!