Serve the Community

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace" 1 Peter 4:10

Throughout our community there are people in need.  From serving food to the homeless, to bringing a smile to the face of a stranger there are big and small ways St. Luke serves the local community.  We are blessed to do God's work in our own backyard.

  • Community Garden

    The mission of the St. Luke Community Garden, located on the church grounds and run by our members, is to provide fresh vegetables to the Soup Kitchens in Norwich and New London and to the needy in our own community.

    Time Commitment: Varies greatly - from 1 to several hours a week during the growing season. Preparation begins in the winter months. From planting the seeds to bringing in the last of the harvest, many hands are needed. No experience is necessary [we will teach you.

    Read about the history of the community garden at St. Luke.

    For more information or to volunteer call Rudy Croteau 860-739-3548.   

  • God's Work, Our Hands

    God's Work, Our Hands is an annual event of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that encourages congregations to go out into their communities to perform charitable work for those in need. Each year St. Luke participates in this act of good work by choosing an act of service to the community. This year members helped out at Coogan Farm in Mystic. Congregation members also purchased "God's Work. Our Hands." shirts from ELCA to wear together for events. If you missed the order but would still like a shirt, please contact Pastor Heidi to see if she has any extra available. Or go to this link to order. 

  • Ledyard Inter-Church Emergency Assistance Fund (LICEAF)

    LICEAF is a non-profit organization founded by local churches that makes emergency grants available to satisfy the needs of Ledyard residents in crisis situations, on a one-time emergency basis. St. Luke currently has two members serving on the LICEAF board. If you would like to give to LICEAF to support your neighbors in need, please donate by check, made out to LICEAF, and send to:

    Ledyard Inter-Church Emergency Assistance Fund

    P.O. Box 291

    Gales Ferry, CT 06335

  • New London Meal Center

    The first Sunday of each month St. Luke volunteers serve meals at the New London Meal Center. Volunteers who can make a monthly commitment and those who would be available to substitute occasionally are always needed.  If you would like to serve on the setup/cook team or the cleanup team, please contact Ray Heller.

    Learn more about the New London Meal Center.

  • Furniture Bank

    The Furniture Bank of Southeastern Connecticut is run by members Mike and Karen Wuesthoff.  Established in 1982 as an outreach of St. Luke, it was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2005.  They collect used furniture and give it to people who are experiencing financial hardship, including, for example, victims of fire, flood and bedbug infestations, disabled veterans, young military families, single parents, immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, people with AIDS or mental health issues, the elderly and the formerly homeless.  The people they help are referred to the Furniture Bank by social services agencies and churches, usually in low-income areas of New London and Norwich. These families are from all racial and cultural backgrounds.

    The Furniture Bank is always looking for volunteers to help with furniture pickups and deliveries, and with the tag sales held at St. Luke in the Spring and Fall, which benefit the Furniture Bank.

    Email Mike Wuesthoff for more information.

  • Crop Walk

    St. Luke is proud to participate in the annual Gales Ferry / Ledyard Crop Hunger Walk, held each October.  This year's Crop Hunger Walk was held on October 16. The walk raises money and awareness to help combat hunger in the community and around the world.  Volunteers are needed each year to organize participation, gather pledges and represent St. Luke as walkers in this community event. 

    For more information contact Jacque Loftus or Elaine Remondi-Simpson.

  • Blood Drives

    Hosting blood drives for the Red Cross is an important ministry of our church.  First and foremost: donors are needed to provide life-saving red cells, plasma and platelets.  Please consider donating.  In addition, these events require many hands, doing jobs such as: signing up donors, running the canteen, baking and serving refreshments for donors and helping with set-up and clean-up.  Watch the calendar and announcements for upcoming dates. 

    To learn more about Red Cross blood donation visit the Red Cross Website.

  • Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut (HFHECT) is a local unit of Habitat For Humanity International.  With a goal to ensure housing for all, HFHECT builds new homes and rehabilitates existing ones using mostly volunteers who share their time, talents and financial support.  

    Volunteers work from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursdays and/or Saturdays on all phases of construction.  New volunteers attend a mandatory 1-hour course and are paired with experienced volunteers when beginning.  Volunteers may work as much or as little as they are able and all skill levels are welcome.

    For information visit the HFHECT website.  To participate, contact Charlie Anderson.

  • Friends of Maria

    Friends of Maria is a local non-profit serving women in the community.  St. Luke member, Carol Croteau, founded the organization in 2007.   It is dedicated to growing opportunities for women by providing for the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of its members.  Friends of Maria assists with immediate concerns such as housing, food, clothing, medical attention, legal counsel, addiction treatment, or termination of an abusive relationship.

    Friends of Maria welcomes donations and mentors who can share their talents. Volunteers are often needed to assist in the running of "Maria's treasures" thrift shop which helps to fund projects of Friends of Maria.

    For more information call 860-889-1100 or visit the Friends of Maria website.

  • Gifts For Jesus

    Gifts for Jesus is our Christmas outreach.  St. Luke members provide gifts and financial assistance to members of the community who are in need.  A wish list is available during the holiday season, so families can select the best gifts for the chosen recipient.  Instructions are readily available during Christmastime. 

    For more information, contact Mike Wuesthoff.

  • Financial & Material Support / Online Donations

    For those who are unable to volunteer, but still want to help the community, these organizations are always in need of financial contributions and donations of supplies.  

    St. Luke gives financial and material support to many other programs including:

    Bethsaida Community Katie Blair House

    Reliance House

    Thames River Family Program

    Covenant Shelter

    New London Homeless Hospitality Center

    Thames Valley Council for Community Action Homeless Shelter

    Norwich Human Services

    Martin House

    St. Vincent dePaul Place

    Gemma Moran Food Bank

    Madonna Place

    Donations can be made directly to these organizations, or through St. Luke. 100% of all funds received by St. Luke as donations to specific organizations are forwarded directly to those organizations. Please specify the organization on your check and provide us with a return address. 

    Donations are also appreciated in support of the general mission of St. Luke. Whether specific or general, donations can be sent to: St. Luke, 1830 Rt. 12, Gales Ferry CT 06335.  Donate online to St. Luke dollar

  • volunteer at the Craig Floyd Giving Garden

    Join St. Luke Lutheran Church as a volunteer at the Craig Floyd Giving Garden! Harvest Days are

    Tuesdays from 7 AM to 9:30 AM. There are additional garden volunteer opportunities from Monday to Thursday from 7 AM to 3 PM and Saturdays from 7 AM to 3 PM. From the DPNC website, “The Craig Floyd Giving Garden educates the public about earth friendly, regenerative gardening practices while growing produce for the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center. Thousands of pounds of fresh produce is donated to families in need across New London County.”

    Sign up for Giving Garden shift on the DPNC website.