St. Luke’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Pantry
Twice a month, St. Luke’s offers a neighborhood food pantry. Collaborating with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, we strive to provide fresh, high-quality foods, including eggs, milk, meat, and produce, to anyone in need of assistance. In addition to food, personal hygiene items, children’s books, and face masks are available. The pantry is open on the 2nd & 4th Sunday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Cedar AIDS Support System (C.A.S.S.)
During the holidays, St. Luke’s reaches out to the Cedar AIDS Support System (C.A.S.S.), part of Cedar Valley Hospice. Many of their clients are living beneath the poverty level, so our gifts of gift cards, cash donations, personal hygiene items and paper products are most appreciated.
Cedar Valley Pridefest
St. Luke’s takes pride in being a radically welcoming community, and our members look forward to showing that welcome each year at the Cedar Valley Pridefest. Attendees flock to our booth for our “God Loves You! Always has. Always will.” rainbow stickers and uplifting acoustic tunes.
Booth at Cedar Falls Farmers’ Market
Throughout Summer and Fall 2019, St. Luke’s members have taken turns greeting community members, sharing homemade baked goods in exchange for pantry donations, and telling stories of the way St. Luke’s has inspired and encouraged them to live and do well.
Each year near the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, St. Luke’s invites the community to bring their furry, feathered, and scaly friends for a blessing. This event usually takes place at a local park, rain or shine.
Threehouse is an ecumenical ministry aimed at serving college aged students. It is a welcoming place for people to explore and practice their own values, faith, beliefs, and personal identities. It’s safe, warm, and inviting. And on Wednesday evenings worship follows the meal, which is lovingly prepared as part of St. Luke’s food ministry. Ministry staff from several local churches, including Elizabeth, participate in the Wednesday evening services. Whatever is served, and whoever is preaching, the students involved appreciate our involvement.
Mission in Nicaragua
- St. Luke’s has partnered with Downtown Waterloo Rotary to serve women who visit Refuge Belen in Chinandega, Nicaragua. Refuge Belen provides maternity care for women of poverty in Chinandega, Nicaragua. These women may walk 20 miles or more or a ride a bus longer distances just to access maternity care. Refuge Belen is a clean, safe, medically supervised place for women as they await the arrival of their child. While there, women are taught how to care for their babies. We have joined PEO Chapter KL, St. Wenceslas Catholic Church-Iowa City, and women in Cedar Rapids, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to make cloth diapers from T-shirts. These are included layette bags that are filled by members with supplies for the newborns and a few extras for the mothers as well.
- In addition to the layette bags, we also partner with Rotary to provide shoeboxes of clothing, toys, toiletries, school supplies and other gifts to the “children of the dump” in Chinandega. Over the years members of St. Luke’s have made several trips to Nicaragua to witness the distribution of our boxes.