Saint Luke’s seeks to support and form all members of our parish family. This page contains information about Fellowship Opportunities and Lay Ministry Groups. Please click on the name of each group to display more information about them.
Cursillo includes a three-day weekend which begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. During these three days, talks are given by lay persons and clergy who have spent time working together carefully planning and preparing for the Weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to meet clergy and laity who are seeking to strengthen their faith. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated daily. If you wish to learn more about the Cursillo movement, please contact: Diane Weatherford 879-0894 or Natalie Sansom 879-5815
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Welcome to Episcopal Church Women! All women of the church are automatic members of ECW, and we are delighted to have you as part of our organization.
ECW meets on first Mondays during the school year for a variety of programs and lunch. (In September we meet on the second Monday, due to Labor Day.) We also organize an annual half-day retreat and at least one evening gathering for Saint Luke’s women. Details are always available in the Dialogue and on the church calendar.
Our members enrich the work of the church in many ways. We host church wide receptions in honor of our new confirmands and provide food for receptions at the time of funerals. We help provide a happier Christmas for underprivileged children through the Dove Tree project. We organize and gather the United Thank Offering to support domestic and foreign missions. We provide end-of-the year gifts for the younger PreSchool Partners children, to celebrate their accomplishments and encourage reading and creativity throughout the summer months. We raise funds to support various ministries through our Soup Sale, Advent Wreath project, and other efforts. In other words, we have many opportunities for you to be involved in whatever way best suits your interests and schedule.
Please remember that all levels of involvement are appropriate and appreciated. Whether you are able to spearhead a committee or join us for an occasional lunch, we welcome you with open arms and value your participation. For more information about any of our programs, please contact Kaki Blanton, ECW President.
The mission of Saint Luke’s ECW is to:
- Foster Christian sisterhood among all women of the church and
- Use our time, talents, resources and creativity to minister to others and support the work of the church,
All to the glory of God!
2012 Programs and Events
Unless announced otherwise, ECW meetings are held in Graham Hall:
- 11:15 a.m. - Fellowship
- 11:30 a.m. - Program & Lunch
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) - A ministry for ALL women of Saint Luke’s, ECW meets monthly for lunch, program, and fellowship. Occasional evening events are also held. Supports the work of the church through projects such as the December soup sale and Advent wreath sales. Monthly programs and luncheons are held during the school year on the first Mondays of each month in Graham Hall at 11:30 am. (Please note: no meeting in January; September meeting is held on the second Monday of the month.) Contact Kaki Blanton (871-0784).
Cursillo – Cursillo includes a three-day weekend which begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. During these three days, talks are given by lay persons and clergy who have spent time working together carefully planning and preparing for the Weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to meet clergy and laity who are seeking to strengthen their faith. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated daily. If you wish to learn more about the Cursillo movement, please contact: Diane Weatherford 879-0894 or Natalie Sansom 879-5815
Foyer Groups - Parishioners are placed in small groups in the fall which meet monthly during the school year for dinner and fellowship in members’ homes. Contact Mary Britton (802-6217).
Searchers - A study and fellowship group for senior women. Meets the second Monday of each month, September through May. Watch the newsletter for meeting dates, or call Anne Turnbull (871-2328).
Seasons - This study and support group is open to all mothers with young children (through preschool age). Facilitated by Kelli Jetmundsen and Rebecca DeBow. Childcare is available. 10:30 am, Tilson Room.
Second Seasons - A Bible study and support group for mothers of elementary age school children. Everyone is welcome to bring a lunch. For more information, please contact Livy Abele (586-6069 or ). Noon, Room 214.
Stitchers of Saint Luke’s – A group of knitters and needle-workers meets the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 am in the Tilson Room to create shawls, blankets, infant hats, scarves, and other items which are given away in a variety of pastoral care ministries at Saint Luke’s. These items bring comfort and strength to those who are hospitalized, convalescing, or experiencing a difficult time in their lives. Anyone who likes to work with a needle, or wants to learn, is welcome. Bring your lunch and sewing/knitting materials. For more information, contact Melinda Powers (879-0823 or ) or Barbara Vandergriff (802-6207 or .
Sunday Breakfast - Served Sunday morning at 8:30 in Graham Hall. This is a wonderful time for fellowship! Volunteers serve as cashiers and food servers. Call Mary Britton (802-6217) if you can help.
Wednesday Night Supper Servers and Cashiers - Our Wednesday Night Supper Program is a tradition at Saint Luke’s. During the school year, supper for the whole family begins at 5:30 pm in Graham Hall, followed by programs for adults, youth, and children. Volunteers serve as cashiers and food servers. Assisting for one or two evenings during the year is a great help! Contact Betty O’Neil (802-6201 or .
Young Adults Fellowship - A fellowship group for adults in their 20s and 30s. To learn more, contact the Rev. Christopher Girata ( or 802-6204).
Lay Ministry Groups
Acolyte Leaders - Pairs of adults help train, schedule, and supervise the acolyte teams who serve in each of our worship services. Contact Johnailla Wright (802-6208)
Altar Guild - Serve one week a month polishing silver and brass, arranging flowers, washing and ironing linens, and preparing the altar for Holy Eucharist. Contact Dara Jackson (967-9355 or .
Angels on Wheels – Volunteers prepare casseroles and maintain a pantry of these items in the church freezer. Others deliver meals to those who have experienced a death, family member hospitalization, or other crisis. May also be needed for emergency transportation requests. Contact Mary Britton (802-6217).
Daughters of the King (DOK) - An order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Our Anglican tradition includes Episcopal oversight, Holy Scripture containing all things necessary for salvation, recognition of the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, the real presence of our Lord in Holy Eucharist and worship according to The Book of Common Prayer. After a period of training, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long pursuit of prayer, service, and evangelism, and to strengthen the spiritual life of her parish. All women are invited to join this historic order. Meets the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Small Dining Room. Contact Debra Atchison ( or 592-9096).
Hospital Lay Visitors – Help supplement the work of our clergy by providing friendly visits to our hospitalized members. Volunteers visit Saint Luke’s members at one or more hospitals, one day per month. Training is provided. Contact Miriam Davies (871-1224) or Barbara Vandergriff (802-6207 or .
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) - Help administer Holy Communion during worship services. Includes a period of training and certification by the Bishop. LEMs serve for a three-year term.
Lectors - Serve as lay readers of the Old Testament lesson and/or Epistle and announce the Psalm. This ministry includes a period of study and training.
Newcomers Hospitality Committee - Volunteers plan and coordinate special events to welcome new members into the parish. To learn more, contact Jeanna Speegle (802-6218 or or the Rev. Rebecca DeBow (802-6202 or .
Reception Desk Volunteers – These volunteers are the “face of Saint Luke’s.” Volunteers work half-day shifts, mornings or afternoons, Monday through Friday. Calls to the church’s main phone number come into the reception desk and are routed by the volunteer on duty to the appropriate person. The volunteer also responds to requests for information about services and other church functions, receives mail and packages, welcomes visitors and directs persons as necessary. Work one shift a week, one or two a month, or whatever fits your schedule. Call Mary Britton (802-6217) for more information.
Stephen Ministry - A confidential one-to-one ministry of presence, listening, and caring led by trained lay ministers responding to Christ’s words to “carry each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2).” Preparation includes fifty hours of intensive training, and at least a two-year commitment is expected. If you or a loved one is going through a period of struggle with loss, grief, illness, or other life crisis and would like the support of a Stephen minister, please contact the Rev. Stephen DeGweck (802-6203 or . If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, contact the Rev. Stephen DeGweck to learn about the next training program.
Stewardship of Creation Committee – Educates and empowers parishioners and staff members to our biblical mandates for the care of creation. Promotes resource conservation and recycling, advocates and facilitates wise and responsible practices, and provides opportunities for service in the stewardship of our surroundings. Contact Dianne Mize (969-2252 or or Edith Hunt (967-9430).
Transportation Volunteers - We frequently receive requests for rides to events such as church socials or suppers, worship services, doctor’s appointments, etc., from persons in our church family who are unable to transport themselves. At such times, it becomes invaluable to have a list of volunteers who have agreed to provide such transportation if they are available when called. If you would like to assist a fellow member with such a request, please contact Mary Britton (802-6217).
Ushers - Greet worshippers, distribute service leaflets, seat attendees, collect offering, and direct parishioners to the altar rail during Communion for Sunday and special services including holiday, memorial and funeral services. Contact Johnailla Wright (802-6208 or .
Visitor Hospitality Team – Team members check visitors’ cards and drop-off welcome bags to visitors’ doors once per quarter. To volunteer, contact Jeanna Speegle (802-6218 or .
Wedding Guild - Weddings are scheduled through the rector’s office and are directed by Judy Bewley. Contact: Johnailla Wright ( or 802-6208). See Pastoral Services section for more information about weddings at Saint Luke’s.
Saint Luke’s Foyer Groups
These fellowship groups are a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of your fellow members of Saint Luke’s in a relaxed, informal setting. Each fall we compile a list of interested persons and arrange those persons into groups of 8-10, each group with a convener. Every effort is made to include both couples and singles in each group as numbers permit. Groups generally meet for shared meals in the homes of the participants, with each person or couple being asked to contribute one course to the meal, or else at a restaurant or other public place. The group’s agenda and style is strictly up to its members. If you’d like to be part of a Saint Luke’s Foyer Group, call Mary Britton (802-6217).