Ministry Updates

  • The St. Luke’s Care Team will continue to be on-call and available over the phone for the needs of our congregation who call the Emotional and Spiritual Hotline at 317-846-3406 until we are physically back in the building or until hospitals and care facilities allow us to visit.
  • Prayer requests may be submitted, look for the “Prayer Requests” button in the footer of any page on our website. During this period:
  • The Care Team will follow the guidelines of hospitals and care facilities and resume visitation when allowed.
  • For death, imminent death or tragic events, call the pastor on call through the church’s phone number, 317-846-3404, following the prompts provided.

1. What are the greatest needs? 

  • Food insecurity
  • Unemployment
  • Access to technology and quality healthcare
  • Domestic Violence increasing
  • Housing instability

This is will continue for a while – it may take a year to play out. We will be mindful of those who are not tech-savvy and will continue to engage older individuals.

2. We are blessed with many assets that we can leverage to make a difference.

  • Benevolence Fund: over $120,000 raised
  • Partners: Outreach Inc., Family Promise, major event relationships
  • Crooked Creek Food Pantry
  • Tutors

3. We have several initiatives that have made A real impact during the pandemic.

  • Signed Sealed & Delivered – 224 volunteers writing over 1,400 letters to the homebound
  • Homebound Helpers – 57 volunteers delivering groceries or necessities to 138 homes
  • Drive through food pantry - 178 families have received food boxes
  • Delivering Hope – 58 volunteers delivering food to Washington Township students and their families
  • Virtual Tutoring - 35 tutors working through Luke’s Leaders
  • Sew in Love - 1,000+ masks sewn and delivered to essential workers

4. What's next?

Our team members and volunteers will continue to reach out to assigned partners and organizations to assess their needs and our ability to respond. We will also be readjusting our priorities based on recommendations from the Worship and Facilities re-entry teams. For information on how you can be involved with any of these projects please visit our Luke’s Online page of the website. 

Adult Discipleship Ministry

  • We will be offering low-commitment, high-impact invitations so online viewers can connect with us through online opportunities such as Starting Point (offered more frequently).
  • We will also continue to create online sermon discussion groups and various check-in groups.
  • Fellowship groups such as volleyball or pickle ball will be paused for the fall and be reassessed for spring of 2021 depending on social distancing needs at the time.
  • Wednesday Night Live programming will be dependent on and follow the overall food and gathering guidelines of the building. 
  • Fall classes and small groups may look very different this fall with a hybrid format that includes virtual groups.  

Student (Middle School/High School) Ministry 

Children’s Ministry 

  • Many questions are being researched as the health and safety of our children and families remain our top priority. Consideration is being given to scheduling specific worship times for families with children, providing childcare during services with necessary precautions, children returning to the sanctuary and organizing small, in- home worship groups for families.
  • Policies and Procedures are being finalized per CDC Guidelines

Local school decisions will help inform this planning. While sanitizing policies were already in place, these efforts are being increased. Masks will be worn by volunteers and smaller class sizes may be implemented. Registrations and drop-offs may be altered and involve parents not entering the classroom and a well-child check. Our “if you are sick” policies will continue to be enforced. All CDC and local government guidelines will be followed.

Reopening Update

September 28, 2020