Living Our Mission

At St. Luke’s, we seek to understand our community’s biggest needs and then find practical ways to meet them. Like any area, south Sacramento and Elk Grove have their own set of struggles, and we want to make a real difference in people’s lives.

These programs are open to anyone who is interested. You’re encouraged to drop by the church Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, or call us any time at (916) 421-5039.

Our boards and groups organize these programs – they’re the cornerstones of our church structure. Every month, for example, the Women of the ELCA arrange a collection drive to support a local charity or organization. Past recipients have included homeless youth services, local schools, the SPCA, crisis pregnancy centers, and women’s and children’s shelters.

If you’d like to donate, collect goods, or volunteer your time to support these programs, let us know.

Children’s clothing exchange

Our children’s clothing exchange supplies clothes, jackets, and shoes for sizes newborn to 5T. The community has a real shortage of adequate children’s clothing for all seasons, and this program is a simple way to provide what’s needed.

If your young children could use some clothes in good condition, you’re welcome to pick out whatever you like. Optionally, you can make an exchange for your children’s worn-out or outgrown clothes – they’ll be put to good use!

Supporting food banks

We collect non-perishable foods for two food banks, the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership and the Elk Grove Food Bank. These wonderful organizations are well equipped to feed the hungry in our community, and we are proud to support them. To donate, look for marked bins in the foyer every Sunday.

We also maintain a small soup-and-crackers emergency food bank. When people walk in needing help, we don’t want to send them away hungry. You’re welcome to donate boxes of crackers and cans of Progresso or Campbell’s soup (pop-tops only, please).

Facilities

It can be hard for small local groups to find affordable facilities, but having a good place to meet can make all the difference. A donation of any size is optional; we want to support the groups that are supporting our community.

The Girl Scouts, the Shades of Praise Choir (a home school group), and the Sacramento Youth Band offer safe, enriching fun for kids and teens. Visions in Education, a charter school, uses St. Luke’s facilities to provide support for homeschooled and independent-study students in the San Juan school district.

St. Luke’s also hosts several neighborhood associations and Narcotics Anonymous groups, which fill vital needs in our area.

If you’d like to use our facilities as a meeting place, contact our church office.

Annual and seasonal programs

In addition to our ongoing programs, the Community Concerns Board, the Evangelism Board, the Women of the ELCA, and Saint Luke’s Youth organize numerous events and seasonal programs. Here are some highlights:

In the summer, we support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, raising funds for cancer research and improving cancer patients’ quality of life.

In the fall, we collect back-to-school supplies for local schools.

Every winter, we join with other local churches to organize a Winter Sanctuary for the homeless, providing a hot meal and a warm place to sleep for the night. This program also helps people connect with social services that can help them transition from the streets.

At Christmas time, we work through Christmas Promise’s Angel Tree program to give gifts to children in disadvantaged families.

We truly love working together as God’s hands on earth.