The Outreach Commission brings parishioners together to help others, especially those in need of food, water, shelter, clothing, and educational opportunities.
Angel Tree 2020 Follow-up
Thank you to everyone who donated their time, talent, resources, and gifts to the Angel Tree this year. It was a truly overwhelming experience to the outpouring of love and prayer over these children. We will never know them personally, yet so much time and energy was spent to make sure they had gifts under the tree. While some just see them as physical items, to me they represent more than that. They are new clothing and toiletries to help them feel confident as they head to school. New toys help them to play, feel seen, or escape life for a bit. A new book may spark their love for reading.
Receiving that bag full of goodies may just allow a parent or guardian to breathe for a moment. Maybe Christmas morning was overwhelming and they didn’t know how it was going to happen. Or they were able to provide something small, but really couldn’t help their teenager to get that one thing that might make them feel like they fit in.
But more than any of this, I pray that they all feel His love through these bags. Even if something doesn’t fit perfect or is the “wrong” color, the children just know someone worked hard to make them feel special. We don’t expect to be the credit takers for the gifts, and we don’t need it. We give in the name of Jesus, and I pray that they feel like they are receiving a hug from Him. I pray that these families feel like the child in Mark 9:36-37. Jesus took a child to place among the disciples and said “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” When we provide a need in the community for the least of those among us, we are providing for the one true King.
Grants are awarded during two grant cycles to applicants serving the needs of others in the areas of food, water, shelter, clothing, and educational opportunities. Applications will be available on the website January of each year, with the Grant Cycle deadlines being March 15th and August 15th with one Grant request per project per year.
Click the following link – 2021 St Lukes Outreach Grant Request Form
Please, submit your 2021 Outreach Grant Request Forms to the St. Luke’s Outreach Commission via email to: [email protected].
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Educational Scholarship
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will award up to three $1,000 higher education scholarships to a graduating senior attending a Quad City High School. The money will be applied toward the cost of tuition, fees and books at an accredited public or private university or college, junior or community college, or vocational/trade school and will be paid the year the scholarship is awarded. Separate applications for College and Trade Schools are available on the website in September of each year and due in March of each year.
In collaboration with the Daughters of the King personal Birthday cards and Christmas cards are sent to women in Perryville Prison. Contact: Leanne Bryan (928) 713-4014 or Vera Mulnix (828) 298-0928
Granite Creek Hunger Ministry:
St. Luke’s and other churches work together to bring Jesus’ message of love, hope and compassion to those in our community who are hungry. Every Saturday a mid-day meal is provided by volunteers and served to the homeless and needy at Granite Creek Park. Contact: Kathy Pessin (928) 771-2707.
Weekly Food Collection:
St. Luke’s parish members donate non-perishable food items weekly to help keep the community food banks’ shelves stocked for the needy and hungry. The food is distributed equally among the food banks.
Food Pantry at St Luke’s: Contact: Deborah Delmastro (928) 925-0988.
Chino Valley Food Bank: Contact: Dwight Willman (928) 350-8475.
Prescott Valley Food Bank: Contact: Earl Poole (520) 861-5271.
Prescott Community Cupboard Food Banks:
Contacts: Jim Pessin (928) 771-2707, Sally Phelps (928) 776-9182
Chino Valley Hungry Kids Project:
Weekend meals are sent home with students in K-8th Grade who are receiving free/reduced meals at school. These meals are easily prepared by the student. At Christmas, stockings are prepared for the students with winter items and other small gifts and treats. Contact: Mary Hallford (928) 759-0227.
St. Luke’s Food Pantry:
The elderly, low income families and anyone in need of help are served by warm loving parish volunteers. If clients, ask for help in other areas the volunteers direct them to the appropriate agency. Contact: Deborah Delmastro (928) 925-0988
Operation Deep Freeze:
Meals are prepared and served by Parishioners at the Salvation Army for those staying overnight when the temperature is below 28 degrees. Contact: Mary Hallford (602) 796-1177.
Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS):
PASS provides shelter and basic resources to homeless/transitional women, children and families of Yavapai County using many volunteers to help staff the shelter and office.
Warm for Winter:
Saint Luke’s and other area churches collect, sort and distribute warm clothing and blankets to those in need in the Quad city area during the months of September and October.
People Who Care:
People Who Care provides caring non-medical volunteer assistance to adults unable to drive in order to help them continue living in their own homes. Contact: Nancy Reynolds (928) 445-4490.
Habitat for Humanity:
This program brings people together to build homes, communities and hope for low income applicants for home ownership. Contact: Dwight Willman (928) 350-8475.
Blood drives are held several times a year in cooperation with United Blood Services. Contact: Charlotte Willman (928) 350-8475
New underwear and socks along with clothing, pillows and sleeping bags are collected for Veteran military men and women. These items are distributed by U.S. Vets of Prescott. Contact: Becky Hansen (702) 219-9287.
Operation Fair Start:
A school supply drive provides specific needs for underprivileged students in Chino Valley and Paulden. Contact: Mary Hallford (602) 796-1177.
Chino Valley and Bradshaw Mountain High School Homeless Programs:
Clothing, educational needs and food are provided for the homeless and unaccompanied minors at the schools. Contact: Lyneal Nick (928) 830-8005.
St. Luke’s provides Christmas gifts for needy school children in the Quad City area so that they may have a blessed Christmas. The list of names come from the Quad city school nurses and social workers. Contact: Lauren Crawford email: [email protected].
Camp Genesis at Chapel Rock Camp:
Camp Genesis provides children of incarcerated parents a safe environment to be with others who are in similar situations. The children join in many fun camp activities and learning sessions. Backpacks are filled with camping supplies by members of various parishes. Contact: Becky Hansen (702) 219-9287.
St. Luke’s Adopt a Highway:
Volunteers meet 2-3 times a year to clean a section of Highway 89 between St. Luke’s and Chino Valley (marker 323-325) that is assigned to St. Luke’s. Contacts: Eddie and Tiger Gillam (602) 510-2621.
Meals on Wheels:
Volunteers deliver a nutritional meal, along with a wellness check and companionship Monday thru Friday in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Contact: Mary Hallford (602) 795-1177
Cell Phone Collection:
Old and unwanted cell phones are collected year-round with proceeds helping women in crisis. Contact: Deacon Kimball Arnold (928) 778-4499.
Lions Club Paper and Eyeglass Collection:
Newspapers, phone books, magazines and miscellaneous paper are collected in the big grey box next to the Outreach table and eyeglasses are collected in a box on the Outreach table in the Gathering Hall year-round. These collections help with the medical outreach programs of the Lions Club. Contact: Michael and Richard Staudt (480) 309-7104.
Don’t Spend Christmas Alone (DSCA):
St. Luke’s largest community outreach event, at which St. Luke’s parish members, public safety personnel from the Quad Cities, and volunteer supporters from surrounding communities, all come together to make this special day a joyful one for anyone alone or who may otherwise not celebrate Christmas with others. Guests are welcome to come and dine-in or have a pre-arranged meal delivered to their home, free of charge.
Special note regarding the Don’t Spend Christmas Alone Dinner – For 2020, the Don’t Spend Christmas Alone Dinner has been canceled.
Due to the COVID-19, and the guidelines set forth by the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, the annual Don’t Spend Christmas Alone (DSCA) Dinner will not be held this year.
St Luke’s needs to follow the guidelines for the safety and wellbeing of our entire congregation and the communities that this wonderful tradition has served. The DSCA Committee looks forward to gathering for this special event in 2021!