outreach

Service in the Community: St. Luke’s Outreach within our community is large part of who we are.

 

Together with people of goodwill around the world,

we stand with the people of Ukraine in their hour of struggle.

We hold in our hearts the vulnerable and endangered

lives who are now faced with the reality of overwhelming military aggression. Warfare and the unbridled

quest for powercorrupts the human soul,

and dishonors the God of love who came among us

as the Prince of Peace.

There is no place in God’s Kingdom for unjust

military aggression, domination and silencing the

voices of a free people.

We trust in the God whose life-giving Spirit moved

across the waters and calmed the stormy seas.

“Peace I leave with you,” Jesus said

“My peace I give to you.” We pray for that peace

in Ukraine and everywhere God’s

beloved children are hurting or in peril.

Together, let us pray:

God of the nations, our hope is ever in you.

We hold before you this day the people of Ukraine

as they face the tragedy of war in their land.

Strengthen and comfort them

in their fear and protect them from danger. 

Have compassion on the broken-hearted

and all in harm’s way, especially the most vulnerable

who are unableto find places of safety.

Pour out your grace and wisdom on the hearts and

minds of the leaders involved that war may cease

and a peaceful resolution found.

May truth, justice, and freedom prevail.

We ask this in your most holy name. Amen.


 

St. Luke’s Outreach Committee is directing the proceeds of our Loaves & Fishes Sunday food collection

to Aurora Interfaith Community Services (AICS), one of the core ministries of our Committee.

Loaves & Fishes Sunday is a diocese-wide event held every summer to help local food pantries re-stock at a time

when their food donations run low. AICS provides food to needy residents of our neighborhood, western Aurora and eastern Denver.

Beginning Sunday June 26 and continuing through Loaves & Fishes Sunday, July 31, we are requesting your donations

of non-perishable food items or funds for AICS to use to purchase food for distribution.

 

Because of their non-profit status, AICS is able to purchase food significantly discounted below retail prices, so your monetary contributions go further to feed the hungry than do in-kind contributions. However, your donations of non-perishable food items, along with toilet paper, paper towels, and small-sized toiletries, are also welcome, since they add variety to the staples that AICS purchases from the Food Bank of the Rockies.        Shelf-stable items needed are.

                                                                           Canned fruits and vegetables

Canned or dried beans

Canned chicken and tuna

Powdered milk

Peanut butter

Rice

Pastas

Dried herbs and spices

Granola bars

Nuts

Canned soups, stew and chili

Whole grain cereal

 

As you are able, bring your food items to the church. Leave them in the red shopping cart in the Welcome Center

from June 26 through the end of July.

 

If you are able to make a monetary contribution and prefer to do that, make your check payable to St. Luke’s with Loaves and Fishes 

in the memo line of the check and place it in the offering plate at any service from June 26 through July 31.

 

The Outreach Committee extends its sincere thanks for the generous support of our parishioners

for these and all of our core ministries throughout the year.


Donations of food, toilet paper, personal size

toiletries, diapers, and school supplies, clean

gently used clothing in bags of 25 pounds or

less are accepted at the reat entrance of

1553 Clinton St. Aurora, 80010 during business hours.

Donations of gently used clothing, men’s blue jeans, shoes, socks, under garments, toiletries, towels, and/or bedding are needed.

Due to limited storage, all items must be new. Top list of items needed are cash or gift certificates (Walmart or Target), RTD Ten Ride Ticket Book, feminine hygiene supplies, diapers all sizes and baby wipes, cleaning supplies, school supplies, and individualized snacks.

 

Monetary donations allow PAH to prepare

and deliver medically tailored meals for Coloradans with cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney/heart disease, or other serious illnesses.

Ashley Elementary is a neighborhood school dedicated to cultivating intellectual curiosity, creativity and joyful and rigorous learning opportunities for students, ensuring that they are prepared to be thoughtful, engaged citizens in an ever-changing world.

Colfax Community Network improves and strengthens family and community life of the individuals, families and children living in the transient house, primarily along Colfax Avenue. Providing needed information, resources and services, we work alongside adults, children and parents to help them see their value. We offer many tangible resources to lighten emotional and financial burdens and to encourage stability.

 

NAMI Colorado improve the lives of those affected by mental illness in Colorado. For more information about NAMI’s programs of support, education and advocacy for people experiencing mental health issues and their families and caregivers, offered

free to the public.

If you have food or other items to donate to any of these organizations, please contact our church to arrange for

either a pick-up of items from your front porch or be given the name of a location close to the church where you may drop your donations. 

Another avenue of aid that is always available is prayer; please pray for all those in need and for the staff and volunteers of our ministries. 

We are reminded that all of humanity was created in God’s image and we are called to look after and support each other.