Saint Luke's outreach activities extend a helping hand to the greater community of Mount Vernon and our world in numerous and myriad ways, touching the lives of many. Saint Luke's members serve individually and collectively to offer support and enrich our community at large.
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… I needed clothes and you clothed me.” Matthew 25:35-36
Lent and Easter Offerings
As the Lenten and Easter season approaches, please consider sharing your bounty in God’s name with those less fortunate. The St. Luke’s Outreach Committee will make sure that your gift is dedicated to serve those in need. The organizations that your offering will support include United Community Ministries, Meals on Wheels, Eleanor Kennedy Shelter, New Hope Housing, Good Shepherd Housing, Rising Hope United Methodist Church, Alice’s Kids, Eagles Wings Tutoring. To contribute, please indicate, “Lent and Easter Offering” in the memo line of your check or use your special offering envelope.
Good Friday Offering
The Good Friday Offering is dedicated annually to the support of the Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The Diocese extends over five countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. The Diocese supports 27 parishes and over 33 institutions—including the Ahli Arab Hospital, clinics, kindergartens and schools, vocational training programs, as well as institutions for the deaf, the disabled and the elderly.
To contribute, please indicate “Good Friday Offering” in the memo line of your check.
immediate Volunteer needs
VIC HOP 2018
As the weather gets cold it is time to begin planning the Hypothermia Outreach Project. St. Luke's will be hosting nine Wednesday nights February 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21, 28. Volunteers are needed to cook and serve dinner to 30 people and/or serve as overnight chaperones at the Rising Hope Shelter. Youth can assist with preparing dinner but they must be 18 to serve dinner on site or chaperone overnight.
To volunteer to cook and serve dinner or chaperone, sign up here . Have questions? Contact Tom Hargrove at 571-606-5999 or email at email@example.com; the church office at 703-765-4342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Route One Corridor Kitchen (ROCK)
The Route One Community Kitchen, “ROCK” serves casseroles each weekday at lunch to individuals and families from the Route One corridor. On the first Monday of each month St. Luke’s Volunteers provide a casserole for 50 people to support the ministry. The casseroles contain some form of protein (meat, beef, chicken, turkey) and vegetables in two caterer-sized casserole pans. To volunteer to cook please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need some recipe ideas for feeding 50 people, click here.
Food Bank Donations
The local Food Banks are having a difficult time staying stocked due to an increase in demand. Due to this upturn in the need for food in our community, Outreach is reviving the tradition of collecting food at Sunday services. There will be a basket in the narthex to drop your food items in before each service. While all items are welcome, staples like canned tuna fish, cereal, fruit cups/canned fruit are needed most. Thanks for considering to support this ministry to the community.
Saint Luke’s is proud to be a major participant in worthy programs where many people’s lives are improved. The needs are great, so you are encouraged to be involved in this ministry. Please contact the church office or any of the organizers listed below to find out how your gifts of talent and treasure can make a significant impact on the lives of people in our community and the world.
Alice’s Kids provides Mount Vernon area kids in need specific items needed/wanted that they would not be able to receive otherwise—including corrective eye wear, dental work, athletic equipment, school field trip fees, choir uniforms and SAT/ACT fees. Each case is handled specifically to help children of low-income families receive items that that their parent(s) cannot afford, but need to succeed or build self-confidence.
Adopt a Kindergartner
For 16 years St Luke’s has been providing backpacks filled with school supplies to rising kindergartners at the Bryant Early Learning Center to ease parents’ budgets and help ensure a happy and successful transition to kindergarten. For more information, contact Anne Hargrove at email@example.com
Christmas Adopt a Family
This program began in on December 23, 2011 when a single mother living in her van behind Walmart contacted St. Luke's asking for assistance for her and her children. A parishioner met her at Walmart and shopped for clothing for her children. Since 2011, the program has grown significantly. The Outreach chairperson works with local schools and social workers to identify families who are unable to buy Christmas gifts for their children and are not covered by other local Christmas gift programs. Volunteers adopt a family and shop for toys, food gift cards, and anything else to help the family at Christmastime.
In 2016, the Adopt a Family Program helped 67 families with 165 children have a brighter Christmas.
“A father came to pick up the gifts and he was overwhelmed. His eyes welled with tears and he fought to hold them back. That was when I brought one bag out. When I told him to wait because there was another bag, he was overcome with a combination of gratitude, disbelieve and awe. No one has ever done anything like this for my family.” -- Caseworker M. St. John recounting a parent reaction to receiving Adopt-A-Family Christmas gifts, December 16, 2016.
“Nunca me lo imaginaba.…” (I never imagined anything like this). -- Parent reaction, 2016 Adopt-A-Family
Creekside Tutoring is a safe and enriching place for children to come after school, administered by United Community Ministries. St. Luke’s provides tutors each Tuesday, 4-5pm.
Diocese of Jerusalem Project
Beautiful afghans are made each year for babies and their mothers in Palestine through Episcopal Relief Services.
Eagles Wings Tutoring
This program is conducted at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evenings and benefits 3rd-6th graders from Mt. Eagle Elementary School. St. Luke’s provides 8-9 tutors each year. For more information, contact Joe Gilfillan at (703) 360-7632.
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers make deliveries once a month to shut-ins who have a difficult time preparing meals. Meals are picked up at Gum Springs and delivered to designated routes. Contact Zelda Shute for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Homeless Program
Personal hygiene supplies such as small shampoos, soap, etc. and clothing are collected at the church in a marked basket. Joan Howerton delivers these items to the Mental Health Care Center. Contact information: email@example.com or (703) 765-0799.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive
This community-wide annual food collection is coordinated by one of our youth and the food is donated to families in need through United Community Ministries. This event occurs in the spring of every year. In 2016, over five thousand pounds of canned food and $2,500 in cash donations were collected in our Mount Vernon neighborhood.
Rising Hope Meals Ministry
Groups of volunteers prepare a meal for 75-80 people every third Sunday of the month. Many of these recipients are homeless and attend the Rising Hope Mission Church on Route 1. Joyce Delaney chairs this program and can be reached at: TomandJoyce.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share the Joy Toy Drive
Each December St. Luke’s collects new toys, games, books and clothing for the UCM Holiday Gift Room. In 2015, UCM was able to bring some joy to over 600 families and over 1,200 in the Mount Vernon community at Christmas time.
Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program
Rising Hope Mission Church hosts an overflow shelter for the homeless, known locally as VIC HOP. St. Luke’s volunteers cook dinner and spend the night at the shelter each Wednesday in February and March to provide food for about 25 homeless people. This has helped save lives during cold winter weather.
Outreach also supports the following programs:
- Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza
- Boy Scout Troop 654
- Boy’s Home of Virginia
- Covington Boys’ Home
- Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East
- Episcopal Relief Fund
- Girl Scout Troops 612 & 922
- Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
- Hollin Meadows Care and Share Program
- Inova Blood Drive
- Jackson-Feild Home for Girls
- Kennedy Shelter
- New Hope Housing
- Mental Health Homeless Program
- Our Little Roses Orphanage, Honduras
- Peter Paul Development Center
- Rising Hope Sunday Meals
- Running Strong for American Indian Youth ®
- San Marcos Mission
- St. Luke’s Day School Scholarship Fund
- United Community Ministries
OutReach Funds Originate from The following Sources:
- Rock Against Hunger
- Annual Spaghetti Dinner
- Annual Craft Fair
- Lenten, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas offerings
- Individual gifts
- Annual Catesby Jones Barbecue
- Pumpkin Patch
- Church rental space for community events