Outreach Ministry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

 St. Luke’s Community Outreach mission is to help our parish to reach beyond the walls of the church to serve our community.

Our goals are to understand the needs of our community, locally and globally and to make parishioners aware of opportunities to participate in projects available locally, through the Diocese, and the National Church. On behalf of those that we have helped, thank you!  If you would like to participate in some of our outreach ministries or you have suggestions for our outreach projects, please feel free to contact Jeannie Fry, Outreach Coordinator, at 941-0430.

Our outreach ministries at St. Luke’s:

  1. St. Francis House
  2. Family Promise
  3. Homeless Ministries/Clothes Closet
  4. Outreach with Park Hill Christian Church
  5. Respite Care
  6. Annie Lea's Pantry

1. St. Francis House (“SFH”)—SFH is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas.  It provides social services, a medical clinic and assistance for our veterans in the area.  St. Luke’s has always actively been a part of SFH and, currently, our own Jeannie Fry serves on the Board of St. Francis House. St. Luke’s provides support to St. Francis House in the following ways:

  • VETS DINNERS—providing quarterly meals in our parish hall with entertainment for the vets housed at St. Francis House.  The vets consider this their “night out on the town!”  A raffle of donated items has also become a regular addition to these dinners.  
  •  LAMPS FOR VETS-working lamps are needed by our veterans as they transition from SFH to their own housing.
  •  OPERATION ADOPT A VET—our parishioners answered the call this past Christmas to adopt 29 vets housed at St. Francis House. Gifts of clothing and toys were purchased, wrapped and delivered to St. Francis House shortly before Christmas.


 2. Family Promise Ministry—with the support of a Keller Fund grant, a St. Luke’s Endowment Fund grant, and donations of appliances, time and money, and a partnership with our neighbors, Park Hill Christian Church, we began our first year with this ministry at St. Luke’s in 2016.  

With this kind of support and a “cast of thousands” we converted a mop closet into a shower and upgraded our existing old laundry facilities in the basement of the parish hall. For once a week in each quarter of the year, our Sunday school rooms in the parish hall basement serve as “guest quarters” for families needing weekly housing.  

Volunteers from both St. Luke’s and Park Hill Christian help prepare meals, serve as hosts, serve as overnight volunteers or “shop” to serve our guest families as a part of this ministry.  Training meetings for volunteers is also available to new volunteers as we grow this ministry. 

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3. Homeless Ministry There has been an overwhelming response from parishioners to help the area homeless. 

Thanks to all the donations of bottled water during the summer months! These donations were greatly appreciated by St. Francis House and River City Ministries. We had several volunteers to unload our vehicle at River City and one volunteer came out to thank us had tears in her eyes. Donations are still needed for the homeless and vets so please keep these folks in mind. If you have any questions about what is needed, feel free to contact Tommie Williams 605-2276 or Don Wood, 707-8940.

As an outreach ministry, St. Luke's also runs a community "Clothes Closet." We are open on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm. We have come a long way.  We opened with just one room. We now use two rooms, the hall between them, and another room for storage of out of season clothing items.  Our clients are allowed to visit and shop once per month.  Each client completes a registration form on their first visit and then just signs in for subsequent visits.

Six volunteers are giving their time and energy to help with registration, sorting, hanging items, counting items selected by clients, and sometimes taking things home to be mended or cleaned. 

In addition to the items mentioned above, our Wish List includes towels, sheets, bedspreads, toiletries, small appliances, gently used shoes, toys, stuffed animals, backpacks, school supplies, and all sizes of clothing items for men, women and children.  All items should be clean and in working order. We are open from 10 am to 12 noon on Tuesday mornings in the lower level of our sanctuary building.  Donations can be dropped off while we are open or at the church office Monday through Thursday between 9am and 4pm.  If you have questions about this ministry, please contact Nancy Crow at 501.412.3865 or Jeannie Fry at 501.941.0430. 


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4. Park Hill Christian Church —St. Luke’s has a history of partnering with our neighbors at Park Hill Christian in North Little Rock in the following ways:  
  • Food Pantry  So many people in this area depend on this for their food needs.  Parishioners donate food in a box in St. Luke’s church’s narthex and these donations are taken to the Park Hill Christian Food Pantry. 
  • Christmas Store / Christmas Food Baskets

 5. Respite  — St. Luke’s Respite Care is an ecumenical ministry that serves as an adult day care once a week on Thursdays in St. Luke’s parish hall from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  It began in 1984 with a $14,000 grant from the UNITED THANK OFFERING.  The program is designed to give “respite” to caregivers for the elderly and provide socialization and recreation to their loved ones.  It is an ecumenical outreach supported for 33 years by five congregations in North Little Rock: Lakewood Methodist, Park Hill Christian, Park Hill Presbyterian, and Immaculate Conception as well as St. Luke’s.  
In the past, clients have included elderly with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or those that have had strokes. The program has an “all-volunteer staff” averaging 20 volunteers and 5 clients in 2016. St. Luke’s primary role in this ministry has been to provide the facilities for this program for all 33 years of the program’s existence. The program is also supported by donations from participating churches.                                                                                             Back to Top
This is a new ministry.  It is a "Little Free Pantry," a mini-pantry feeding our  neighbors in the community.  Anyone may stock it with non-perishable goods, and anyone may access it at any time and take what they need.  It is located in front of the church, where the sidewalk meets the parking lot. It is dedicated in honor of Annie Lea Shuster, and the motto is, "Take What You Need, Leave What You Can."  
You can sign up in the narthex to check on the pantry one day a month and re-stock as needed.  It is also sponsored by DOK.  Contact Abbie Parsons or Jeannie Fry with questions.


If you would like to participate in our outreach ministries or you have suggestions for our outreach projects, please feel free to contact Jeannie Fry (Outreach Coordinator) at 941-0430.

4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
North Little Rock, AR 72116


Phone: (501) 753-4281
Fax: (501) 753-4322

Email: stlukesnlr@gmail.com

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