We are followers of Jesus who are amazed by the gifts that God has given us, and we share and pay forward these gifts to those around us. We seek to do this by following Jesus’ example of inclusion and welcome to all; We seek to do this in our worship, which connects scripture and the teaching of Jesus to today’s questions and challenges; We seek to do this with our music, praising God and sharing the gift of music with the community; We seek to do this through outreach and mission, supporting families and those who assist families; We seek to do this through Christian Education and by serving as role models for children and youth; and We seek to do this by providing leadership in environmental and social justice issues.
St. Luke’s August mission is The Outreach Foundation (TOF) of the Presbyterian Church with specific focus on Dan and Elizabeth Turk in Madagascar. Although it receives no support from denominational offices, TOF disburses 90% of donations to support missionaries and global partners, especially in areas where the church is vulnerable or growing rapidly. Dan and Elizabeth Turk have served in partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) to improve the lives of the Malagasy people for many years. “Elizabeth has trained more than 150 village health workers, helps communities develop safe drinking water sources and educates church leaders and youths about AIDS prevention.” Dan’s fruit tree nursery and extension program were developed with the FJKM to provide plants and instruction for farmers and pastoral students. While helping them improve food security and nutrition for their families and communities, Dan also emphasizes caring for the environment. Please be generous in your support of the Turks in their mission to the Malagasy people.
Jan Gardner, Mission Chair