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Ministry Areas

Ministry Areas – St. Luke’s prides itself on having a variety of ministry areas for every age group. What a wonderful way to share time and talents with others through spiritually-motivated, educational and social opportunities. Examples of these areas include:

    • Invitation & Welcome – This team seeks to help engage people in the life of St. Luke’s as well as promote nurturing and fellowship. Contact Chris Kohlmann or Lisa Viertel if you want to get involved in this ministry area.

    • Member Care & Compassion – Focusing upon the church family offering special ministries for life’s circumstances. Examples of ministries in the area include:

      • Prayer Shawl Ministry – This group has been an active ministry since November 2006. Over 400 prayer shawlsDSC_4474A-1 have been distributed to people experiencing illness, grief, or other difficult circumstances. Anyone can request a prayer shawl for someone who would feel the warm comfort of knowing that someone is praying for them and created this shawl especially for them. Recipients do not need to be members or have a connection to. St. Luke’s. Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting is invited to participate in this ministry either by creating shawls at home or joining this group on the 4th Tuesday of the month in the St. Luke’s Parlor Room for fellowship while knitting or crocheting. All shawls are blessed when project is finished.

      • Comfort Food Ministry – This ministry provides food to individuals or families who are dealing with difficult issues in their lives.  Volunteers gather at St. Luke’s when the need arises to assist in preparing large quantities of soups to be frozen until needed. Others may bake breads or make freezer-friendly desserts. Still others may prefer to deliver designated foods to those in need. The requests for food are kept in strict confidentiality.

      • Wheels Ministry – Volunteers are needed to transport people to church activities, doctor’s appointments and hospital visits when the church van or public transportation is not an available option.

      • Cares Ministry – Volunteers are always welcome to join this ministry. Some of our elderly or ill members look forward to visits when they are unable to attend church or church activities. The volunteer would schedule times to visit one or two members at least once a month and offer communion if desired.

    • Spiritual Growth and Discipleship – Educating persons of all ages in the faith, calling them to grow in their spiritual lives and encouraging them to follow Christ. Contact Nancy Hessler if you want to get involved in this ministry area. Examples of ministries in this area include:

      • Families and Faith –  The Families and Faith Adult Sunday School Class serves as a support group as we encourage each other on our spiritual journeys through various discussions. This group meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

      • Thrilling Thursday Morning Bible Study – Everyone is invited to join this group on 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the Wesley Room. Pastor leads discussions on the weekly readings of the upcoming Sunday.

      • Men’s Friday Morning Worship – All men are invited to worship on Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

    • Witness & Service – This ministry area has three sub-areas:

      • Community and Local  This ministry area carries the word to the world through service and mission in our community with programs made possible by your donations and a variety of grants acquired by the St. Luke’s Grant Writing Team. This team administers the Wading Pool Gardens, Edible Landscapes, and the Back Pack Food Program. It also coordinates with the Purdy Produce Plot / St. Luke’s Church Garden to grow fresh food for the meals at Food for the Soul. Contact Jennifer Crow if you want to get involved in this ministry area, Mary Purdy if you want to get involved with the grant ministry or Marcia Young if you want to help serve at Food for the Soul.

      • Social Justice – This ministry area supports Social Justice locally and beyond by responding to human issues in the contemporary world. They organize the Mother’s Day Blankets, Father’s Day tools, Crop Walk, and the St. Luke’s Green Team for environmental concerns. Contact R.R.S. or Terry Stewart if you want to get more involved in this ministry area.

      • Mountain T.O.P. – Coordinated by Dan Jacobsen, St. Luke’s has an annual trip to Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), a non-profit Christian partnership ministry dedicated to rural life in the Tennessee Cumberland Mountains.

    • Worship & Celebration – Sharing the good news, leading persons in prayer and worship, and calling one and all to Christian commitment. Contact Sue Hattel if you want to get involved in this ministry area. Sue is also the Chairwoman of DACU and the liaison with Habitat for Humanity of Dubuque & Jackson Counties.