Our Outreach to Others
As Christians and Lutherans we believe that advocacy is a public voice and witness to the Gospel of Jesus, and where the Church speaks with and on behalf of others in need. At St. Luke we take this to be a calling as part of the body of Christ.
We are engaged in advocacy from a place of faith, not of partisanship.
We invite you to speak your voice to leaders in places of power and position through any one of the advocacy groups or initiatives that we are engaged in, including hunger, environmental, and peace and justice advocacy.
Lay Visitation Ministry
Lay Visitation Ministry – bring Communion and good company to St. Luke members who are unable to come to worship. By “extending the table” our visitation ministers build the communal body of Christ by building connection. Our Lay Visitation Coordinator and Pastors match visitors with homebound members and provide training. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Table Food Box
On the last Saturday of each month, St. Luke distributes boxes of food, meat, produce, and household products to our neighbors in need. We do so using a drive through distribution, following all of the recommended Covid-19 guidelines to keep our guests and volunteers safe. Hours of distribution are 2:00–3:00pm.
Click here to go to the Fred Meyer Community Rewards page, then log in and link your Rewards Card to St. Luke. Designate reward dollars to Community Food Box using the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) number, ND166. (Your personal rewards savings will not be affected.)
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and an Oregon Food Bank Partner.
You can check out the USDA's Nondiscrimination Statement here.
Priceless Company Quilters
The need for quilts is greater than ever, both overseas and locally. In response, the Priceless Company Quilters assemble and tie quilts for distribution to Lutheran World Relief, local agencies, and others yearning for warmth and comfort. If you enjoy quilting, join us and make a difference.
St. Luke Emergency Buddies
From its inception, the Church was intended as a deep community of mutual support: originally a counter-cultural movement of relationship reflecting Christ’s love, the members of early congregations relied on one another through times of crisis. Following the Early Church, we as St. Luke have the opportunity to be true community for one another and the chance to prepare before the next emergency strikes.
If you seek deeper community connection and you want to be prepared to handle together what the future will bring, join St. Luke’s Emergency Buddies ministry to be partnered with another St. Luke household. For more information contact us through the link below.
Social Concerns Committee
The Social Concerns “Outreach Ministries” are supported through congregational giving (benevolence) addressing issues of poverty, hunger, shelter, clothing, community health, refugees, education, advocacy, and environmental stewardship. The Committee provides funding support for two long-standing congregational projects: Community Table and Grauer Back-to-School.
This Committee is open for membership to anyone in the congregation and we invite you to learn more about the Social Concerns Committee and the numerous nonprofits supported by congregational benevolence giving here.
Now is the time to sign up to volunteer at the Grauer Back-to-School Project! Sign up here:
The Grauer Back-to-School Project is a volunteer, non-profit collaborative partnership with local faith organizations, social services agencies and businesses, created to respond to the back-to-school needs of low-income children who attend school in the Wilson cluster of schools in Southwest Portland.
Each year, on the 2nd Saturday of August, we provide a new winter coat, socks, shoes, underwear, T-shirt, and a backpack full of school supplies for each child who comes to Grauer. For more information please visit: grauerbacktoschool.com.
More Outreach Opportunities
As part of our stewardship of the God's creation, St. Luke hosts several Community Recycling opportunities during the year for the collection of non-curbside recycling items.
Northeast Emergency Food Program
This program strives to offer more than just free groceries and clothing to the families. They provide community, job resources, access to gardening materials, community dinners, and more. Learn More.
St. Luke Mini Pantry
Help those with food insecurity by keeping the pantry stocked for those in our neighborhood. Contact Maripat Hensel at email@example.com for more information.
West Women’s & Children’s Shelter
We serve the victims of domestic violence through a yearly luncheon or picnic for residents and their children.