Ways to Participate
We welcome you to become involved with our ministry at St. Luke's! There are several directions your involvement might take depending on your interests. You might want to become active with social outreach programs, with groups within the parish, or through 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. 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, one of the world's poorest countries.
The 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 that 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 provides office space and financial support to this highly successful ministry that 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-seeker support 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 that participate in the Sack Lunch Program. The Program provides over 70 brown-bag lunches every Saturday for anyone needing lunch. St. Luke’s is typically 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 if you have any questions or would like more information.
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!
United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church. The first United Thank Offering collection was in 1889 and 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 for men, women and children give daily thanks to God by embracing and deepening a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude, noticing good things that happen each day and making 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. These offerings are used to 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 is 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. Today as a group of longtime and newer members we participate in the mission of our parish in a variety of ways. One activity is fund raising bake sales. We hold one annual bake sale fundraiser at the West Racine Farmers Market in the fall and another at Christmas time; proceeds from the bake sales go to support the church and the Haiti Project. Other activities include making sack lunches for the Sack Lunch Program five to six times a year; selling Haiti coffee to provide financial support to the Haiti Project through educational scholarships for students; helping with funeral arrangements and other functions at the church when needed; and contributing to the needs of the church.
The Guild operates informally and there are no dues; we meet regularly at the Red Onion downtown for lunch to discuss business and for socialization. New members are very welcome!
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 a 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 carry incense during the service on high Holy Days. Serving as an acolyte is a rewarding 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 as a member of 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.
Children's Christian Education
St. Luke's new Sunday School program for toddlers through Confirmation-age youngsters began October 20, 2019. Each week following the Processional, the children gather for a prayer and a snack that Jesus might have eaten as a boy. We began the program by learning parables from the gospel of St. Luke through play, songs, signing, and praying. We return to worship each week in time to share the Peace and experience the Eucharist. We are always happy to welcome children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors! leave a message for Leah with questions. Help us fill our classes youngsters who will learn about God's amazing love for them.
Lay Eucharistic Ministries
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 easy:
- Greet parishioners and guests, hand out Sunday bulletins
- Take sacramental offerings to Altar
- Pass the collection plates and take to the Altar.
- Answer questions guests may have about the church
- Invite guests to coffee hour following the service
If you are interested in helping in the usher rotation, please contact Debbie through the Parish Office.