How You Can Serve

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. . . .Truly I way to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)

There are numerous service and volunteer opportunities through St. Luke's -- providing ways to be involved in the community and putting faith into action. Some of these are detailed below.

YEAR-ROUND:
Third Sunday Morning Mission to the Star of Hope Mission
"The Church has left the building!"
 

On the third Sunday of each month 6-8 volunteers carpool to the Star of Hope mission to serve lunch to homeless men, women and families.  Volunteers attend The Gathering worship service at St. Luke's at 9:15 a.m. to be dedicated for service and to pray for the mission and the people to be served.

First Saturday/Every Other Month
Christian Community Service Center

Four to ten volunteers (minimum age 12) will sort food and clothing donations from 9:30 a.m. - noon at Christian Community Service Center, 3434 Branard. So far, the dates are February 4, April 7 and October 6. Dress in your jeans and tennis shoes and meet at the church at 9 a.m. to carpool to CCSC. Sign up on Sunday mornings or call the church office to add your name to the volunteer list.

Christian Community Service Center

     Special Volunteer Opportunities:
    Back to School Event in August
    Jingle Bell Express in December
    St. Luke's volunteers are coordinated to assist CCSC with these 2 events.

     Food Pantry Collection:
    Non-perishable foods are collected on Sunday mornings and delivered to CCSC.

     Individual Volunteers
    St. Luke's members are encouraged to volunteer independently at CCSC in the         food pantries, resale shop and client interview positions.

CanCare

St. Luke's supports the mission and work of CanCare as they strive to match volunteers to assist patients through the process of treatment and recovery.

Senior's Place

Oportunities abound for St. Luke's to volunteer at this adult day care center for people with early to moderate dementia.  The facility provides fellowship, recreation and bible study for clients and needed respite for caregivers.

M. D. Anderson Hospital

Volunteers contribute by knitting slippers for the patients or working with the Children's Art Project.

Recycling

St. Luke's collects plastic items, like water bottles, and paper items, like discarded Sunday worship bulletins.  Collection containers are located throughout the church facility.  They are periodically taken to a local recycling center.

SEASONAL:

Day of Service - in August each year

St. Luke's participates in the annual Day of Service, sponsored by the Presbytery of New Covenant, that includes 105 communities of faith in southeast Texas. The event is held in place of the usual August presbytery meeting. The connectedness of our Presbyterian tradition encourages us to do this around the same day so in spirit, it is a large community of faith spread across southeast Texas working on a common theme. 

St. Luke's partners with Christian Community Service Center's Back to School Program for the Day of Service each year to prepare and distribute packets of school supplies for children in need.

 Seamen's Boxes

Each year St. Luke's members contribute toiletry and other personal grooming items.  The items are sorted into individual boxes and distributed to the Seafarer's Center.

Christmas International House

St. Luke's participates with the Presbytery of New Covenant in hosting international college students who are attending U. S. universities but are unable to return to their home country over the Christmas holidays.  College students attend worship and other St. Luke's activities with their host family.  In addition, Houston activities are planned for the students and a New Year's Eve pot luck lunch is held at St. Luke's.
 

If you want a place to serve, St. Luke's can help you find your place.

To volunteer, call the church office at 713-667-6531.