Called to Make a Difference in the World
Outreach to people in need around us is one of the most crucial aspects of our faith. We are passionately focused on serving our local and global communities to make them better places for all. By touching others with the transformative power of Jesus Christ we can change the world. As we work to equip people and build meaningful outreach and missions programs, we see renewed hope and resolve in those we touch. Miracles happen when we obey God’s call to open our hearts and serve.
For over 20 years, St. Luke Respite Care Ministry has provided caregiver relief for families caring for loved ones with cognitive issues. This outreach ministry is designed for adults who can benefit from a time of socialization and stimulation while providing family members/caregivers with a break for themselves. The program operates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in an inviting, homelike, free-standing building at 1021 Third Avenue. The staff and trained volunteers design a day filled with activities including exercise, music, active games, crafts, devotion time, and lunch.
Respite Care is open to anyone in the community. Caregivers must call and schedule a time for an assessment visit.
The St Luke Respite Care Ministry a wonderful way for St. Luke Church and community members to volunteer. There are no requirements, just a willingness to give a listening ear or helping hand to some of the most delightful people you could hope to meet. You can volunteer weekly, monthly, or whenever you are available.
For more information about St Luke Respite Care Ministry or to schedule a visit, contact Kathryn Fussell, Director of Respite Care Ministries at 706-256-3117.
SAW (SERVANTS AT WORK)
As needs arise in our community, our “Servants At Work” are there to help. From house repairs to wheelchair ramps, St. Luke’s SAW Ministry seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus through various projects to help those without the proper resources. Over the last couple of years this same group has started making beds, distributing household furniture and other items for those in need.
December First Saturdays
A wonderful St. Luke Church-wide effort every year to connect with our community to celebrate the greatest gift of all while providing shoes, clothing, and a great meal to hundreds of our neighbors.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” – Matthew 25:40
M2540, a St. Luke partner, is a non-profit that serves the homeless community in the Columbus area. M2540’s mission is to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the homeless and at-risk community, where they are, by:
- Reaching them for Christ through personal and group evangelism, prayer, discipleship, bible and other Christian literature distribution (Matthew 28:18-20)
- Displaying the love of Christ through the development of authentic relationships, regardless of the reason they are homeless (Romans 3:21-25, Ephesians 3:14-19)
- Conveying to the homeless community that God has not forgotten about them (Isaiah 41:17, Psalm 140:12, Luke 4:16)
- Acting as the hands and feet of Christ by consistently providing (1 John 3:17, Deuteronomy 15:7-11) home-cooked meals, groceries-snack bags, hygiene items, clothing, shelter items, tents, first aid items, housing, furniture, appliances and other necessities
Truth Spring, a St. Luke partner, is a Christian nonprofit organization based in Columbus. Truth Spring’s mission is to develop and strengthen the North Highland community with Christ-centered projects and strategies. Truth Spring was founded by Highland Community Church, and is a result of an ongoing vision given by God to bring new life into the North Highland neighborhood – an area that has been ravaged by poverty, addiction, lack of education, and general hopelessness – and to do so for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Clement Care, a St. Luke partner, is a partnership between Clement Arts, Live the Promise, and local churches who seek to establish foster care ministries within their congregations. This mission is carried out by equipping churches to support local foster and adoptive families, and biological families in crisis. By training churches on how to create and lead successful Family Advocacy Ministries (FAMs), we’re working toward seeing every child in a safe and loving family.
St. Luke Outreach Center
Our outreach center is in action 3-4 days per week assisting our neighbors in need with groceries, household items, help with a utility bill and in various other ways. It is our intention to continue building sustainable change in our community while strengthening those relationships.
Meals On Wheels
Delivers nutritious home-cooked meals to shut-ins and those in need on a daily and weekly basis.
Provides utility assistance to those in need in our community.
Building Responsible Individuals through Discipline, Guidance, and Education is a ministry to at-risk young people (18-25) that provides GED training and job skills.
Open Door Community House/Circles of Columbus
A United Methodist mission agency, Open Door was founded by Methodist women during the Depression to assist women and children of the Bibb Mill village, and still works to help women, older adults, and children.
Valley Interfaith Promise
Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP) is a unique sheltering program for homeless families with children. VIP provides shelter, meals, transportation, and other vital support services through partnerships with local agencies, businesses, congregations, and individuals. Our goal is to help homeless families get back on their feet by assisting in finding housing, employment, and more. For more information, please visit their website at https://valleyinterfaithpromise.com/contact-us/
Right From The Start
Making our community healthier and wealthier with a three-point mission: to reduce unwed teenage pregnancy, to reduce the divorce rate and to increase the participation of fathers in the lives of their children in the Chattahoochee Valley area. For more information, visit https://rightfromthestart.org/
This ministry assists needy Georgia families with staple goods.
FANN (Friends and Neighborhood Network)
A food and networking group that meets with parents of students at Fox Elementary.
For more information on these and other local mission opportunities, please contact Chuck Bolton, Director of Missions and Outreach, at 706-327-4343.
We will have yearly opportunities for everyone to participate in The Great Commission as short-term missionaries to areas where St. Luke has established relationships in ministry, including:
- Naomi’s Village in Kenya
- YUGO Ministries in Ensenada, Mexico
And also stay tuned as there will be other opportunities coming in the near future as St. Luke widens its global ministry footprint.
For more information on all world mission opportunities, please contact Chuck Bolton, Director of Missions and Outreach, at 706-327-4343.