Grace-St. Luke's offerings would not be possible without the countless volunteers who give of themselves to make our glorious worship and vital programs happen. Please consider volunteering your time, talent and gifts to help one or more of our groups with their purpose. In addition to worship, the Vestry and the Clergy-Staff Team invite able-bodied individuals to get involved in the sustainability of Grace-St. Luke’s and have provided Parish Life Ministry Areas online and for pickup in the public spaces. For more about investing in life at GSL, contact Stewardship Associate Chapman Morrow (cmorrow [at] gracestlukes [dot] org) (901-252-6328) or complete the following form.
The Altar Guild has charge of all the linens, vessels, flowers, and other elements that prepare the altar and chancel for worship. The Altar Guild is coordinated by Altar Guild Directress Lucy McLemore. You can contact Lucy through Realm Connect.
All men of Grace-St. Luke's are, by definition, members of the Grace-St. Luke's Crossmen. The Crossmen raise money to fund a variety of parish needs, and their primary means of fundraising is serving breakfast from 8:45 to 9:15 every Sunday morning. Weekly cook teams are coordinated by Preston Wilson. You can contact Preston through Realm Connect.
The church office relies on volunteers to answer the phones during clergy-staff meetings, the receptionist's lunch time, and for other occasions as well as to assist with special administrative projects. To assist the clergy and staff in this key way, contact Abby Huber (ahuber [at] gracestlukes [dot] org), Receptionist and Ministry Associate/Assistant to the Rector.
The Hearts and Hands group meets weekly on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the H&H Room for fellowship, sandwiches, Bible study with the clergy, and continue their handwork: knit warm items for More Than A Meal guests, create patchwork palettes for the homeless and more. With happy hearts and busy hands, they support many pastoral and community needs. For more information, contact Edith Heller through Realm Connect.
The Fellowship Committee plans receptions and social events throughout the year. This committee serves a need within GSL by bringing together parishioners for food, fun and, of course, fellowship. More organizers, shoppers, cooks, decorators, and servers are always needed and welcome to get involved. For more information, contact Janet Wyatt through Realm Connect.
How we care for one another is one of the most telling ways in which we live out our discipleship and demonstrate our love for one other. The essential Pastoral Care ministry at GSL is shared by the clergy and lay minister participants. Lay Pastoral Care Coordinators Sandra Ireland and Beth Perkins were appointed by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher to begin their co-leadership service effective September 2021 following the outstanding ministry of Jocelyn Busby (January 2020-August 2021).
In collaboration with the clergy, Pastoral Care lay ministers are organized into teams to ensure that members of our parish community are cared for times of illness, family crisis, births, deaths, as well as in times of celebration. Contacts with fellow parishioners include cards, visits, meals, flower deliveries, and Eucharistic visits. Now, more than ever, pastoral connections are invaluable and additional lay ministers are always welcome to serve on weekly rotating teams organized by the coordinators. If you sense a call of to share in the sacred ministry of Pastoral Care, contact the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher (901-252-6320, orencher [at] gracestlukes [dot] org) to have a conversation.
Sandra Ireland, Lay Pastoral Care Coordinator, contact via Realm
Beth Perkins, Lay Pastoral Care Coordinator, contact via Realm
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, 901-252-6320, orencher [at] gracestlukes [dot] org
Welcomers and greeters are vital to our parish. They make sure visitors feel at home, and direct newcomers to the nursey, restrooms, parish hall, and other locations. The welcoming committee also follows up with visitors who want to learn more about our parish. Welcomers are coordinated by Abby Huber (ahuber [at] gracestlukes [dot] org), Receptionist and Ministry Associate/Assistant to the Rector.
The Athletic Committee is comprised of members who are Grace-St. Luke's School Parents and Guardians, Parishioners and Coaches and serve as an advisory board to the church Athletic Director. Term limits are two terms; with the opportunity to serve once and serve 2 consecutive terms. The committee meets approximately four times a year and does a significant amount of work by email.
Our mission is to provide player development through teaching sport fundamentals, athletic competition in a Christ-centered environment, teaching sportsmanship through meaningful playing time, coaching leadership, developing deeper friendships with players, parents and coaches and valuing the safety and wellbeing of all sports participants.