St. Luke’s is a parish that takes to heart Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We actively work in the community to serve and feed the homeless, clothe the needy, and provide compassion to the disadvantaged and hurting among us. Following are the many ministries of service provided by St. Luke’s parish. We invite you to join us.
The Plaid Door
The Plaid Door is a consignment, resale, and gift shop staffed entirely by volunteers located St. Luke’s. In 2018, The Plaid Door donated more than $40,000 to St. Luke’s church as well as to Dallas, national, and international outreach agencies.
The store opened in 1953 selling gently worn children’s clothing, religious items, and gift wrapping. Over the years the store expanded its offerings to include gently worn and new women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, linens, household goods, gifts and small furniture items. Come find some exciting bargains.
Austin Street Center
Parishioners meet each month make 500 sandwiches for the homeless at the Austin Street Center. St Luke’s parishioners are joined then by members of Boy Scout Troop 577 and their parents to deliver and serve the sandwiches, along with milk, fruit, and cookies to the residents. The parish also takes socks and more than two hundred scarves made by the ladies of St. Claire’s Guild to share with the residents during the winter months.
Gateway of Grace
St. Luke’s parish has actively supported the Gateway of Grace’s mission to integrate and empower refugees in the Dallas area to become productive members of society by mobilizing the Church and building Christ-centered relationships. Parishioners have sponsored events such as a day at the Dallas Zoo for refugee families and children, provided children’s Christmas gifts, and assisted with job and education programs.
Honduras Mission Trip
Each year St. Luke’s parishioners, joined by a team of medical and dental professionals, make a mission trip to impoverished communities in Honduras. Prior to the trip, the church gathers to prepare personal hygiene kits and medical supplies for the mission. The missioners during their trip are supported by a team of St. Luke’s prayer partners. More than 2,800 lives are touched each year through the medical, dental services, children’s activities and prayer.
North Dallas Shared Ministries
Every month St. Luke’s parishioners collect grocery bags for the North Dallas Shared Ministries Friday Food for Seniors program, each week delivers fresh produce from NDSM to San Francisco de Asis church which provides food for more than 100 families. The parish also works with NDSM staff to distribute school uniforms to students before the start of classes.
Three times a year, St. Luke’s leads worship and provides a meal at The Gathering, a church for the homeless in downtown Dallas. St. Luke’s clergy lead the worship service, which is followed by a lunch prepared and served by parishioners. During the winter months parishioners take scarves and blankets to share.
Arthur Kramer Elementary
St. Luke’s has adopted Arthur Kramer Elementary, a neighborhood school with more than 600 students, nearly 70% of whom are economically challenged families. This fall, St. Luke’s volunteers will be helping children learn reading and math skills, working in the school’s library and cafeteria, supporting special events like the annual carnival, and providing encouragement and appreciation to Kramer’s teachers and staff. For more information and to get involved click here.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is the oldest men’s service and study organization in the Episcopal Church. St. Luke’s chapter conducts several projects to raise money for Dallas area outreach programs. The chapter provides a document shredding program for businesses and neighbors, organizes, helps cook and serves at the annual St. Luke’s Shrimp Boil. The chapter through donations also supports Patriot Paws and one branch of the Armed Services each year.
Early Birds Men’s Bible Study
In addition to is weekly Friday morning Bible Study, the Early Birds are involved in support of Incarnation House, a non-profit organization assisting homeless students at North Dallas High School. The group also donates canned goods and men’s clothing for the Diocesan Convention collection in November, and makes weekly trips to a runner’s shoe store for slightly used shoes to deliver to the homeless at The Gathering.