The Community Concerns Board works to serve St. Luke’s local community, especially our Parkway neighborhood. To show God’s love to those around us, we try to identify the area’s most pressing needs and then meet them in practical, effective ways.
Collections and Donations
We collect women’s and children’s clothes for St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children, an emergency 24-hour shelter that supports homeless women and their children, giving them a place to stay and helping them transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. We collect women’s clothes and baby diapers to support Chicks in Crisis, an organization that helps homeless women and women facing unwanted pregnancies.
Together with W-ELCA, we collect school supplies for two local schools, Parkway Elementary School and Charles Mack Elementary School. We also collect non-perishable foods to support two local food banks, the Elk Grove Food Bank and the South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership.
If you want to donate clothes, diapers, personal hygiene supplie, or nonperishable foods, drop them off in the foyer any Sunday!
Together with other local churches, we offer a Winter Sanctuary for the homeless; we give them a hot meal and a warm place to sleep for a night. This program also connects homeless persons with social services that can help them transition from the streets.
Children’s Clothing Exchange
Our children’s clothing exchange supplies clothes, jackets, and shoes for sizes newborn to 8. Our 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!
Trunk or Treat
We host a community-friendly Trick-or-Treat afternoon for kids of all ages to come and have fun! We have games, lots of trunks to get treats at, face-painting, food, and the children’s clothing closet is open to all who need it. We also offer a Kids Coat Giveaway on this day. It is usually the Saturday before Halloween.
This year on March 31, from 1:00-3:00 pm, we are hosting a community Easter Egg Hunt for ages up to 12 years. All are invited, bring your own baskets. Food will be available for purchase.
Other Ways We Help
Another way we meet the community’s needs is by offering St. Luke’s facilities as a meeting place for local organizations, like the Girl’s Scouts and Narcotics Anonymous groups.
We also work to meet the needs of our own congregation; when members need assistance around the house or yard, for example, we are ready to help. Let us know if you could use some friendly support.