St. Luke's Episcopal Church                  
Seaford, Delaware

To Know Christ and to Make Him Known

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Worship Service - Sundays at 9:00 am

Coffee and Conversation in the Parish Hall following worship
All are welcome


Education and Worship for kids k-5th

9:00 am every Sunday

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or call the church office 629-7979

                                    HE IS RISEN!

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.   Isaiah 25:19

                                                        The Easter Celebration begins at St. Luke's


                                     Agape Dinner together in the Parish Hall on Maundy Thursday, March 24



Rev. Marianne Ell

Prior to coming to Seaford, Pastor Ell served two churches in North Dakota from 1995 to 2013 -- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Williston, ND and St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, in Cartwright, ND.

In addition to serving St. Luke’s, Pastor Ell is the chaplain at Bayleigh Chase, a continuing care retirement community, in Easton, MD. She also is a leader in the Episcopal Church nationally, serving in CREDO, a health and wellness program for active and retired clergy.

Pastor Ell was born in North Dakota, but grew up in Brazil and Maryland's Eastern Shore. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She enjoys coaching volleyball, basketball, and soccer, as well as walking, traveling, reading, photography and scrap booking.

She also delivers insightful, spirit-filled sermons. Join us at St. Luke's.


Altar Flowers by Act Two Florist, Seaford


Church records in England show services were held in the Seaford area as early as 1607 in a log structure on Chapel Branch. The parish of St. Luke's we know today was organized in 1835, when parishioners met in the Union Meeting House (where Mt. Olivet Church is now, on High Street in Seaford). Then on February 20, 1837 a meeting was called for the purpose of "having the said Protestant Episcopal Church incorporated according to law."

Build a better future through charitable planning with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Donating Retirement Assets

Unburden Your Heirs of Unnecessary Taxes

Tax-advantaged retirement plans are a great way to invest in a comfortable future, but taxes are still due when you withdraw those funds from the account. Did you know that by donating retirement assets to St. Luke’s, you or your family and friends can avoid unnecessary income taxes while helping to grow economies, improve health and provide access to clean water around the world?

When thinking about estate planning, many donors rest easy knowing they qualify for the federal estate tax exemption for individuals with a final estate valued below $5.4 million ($10.8 million for couples). Not everyone realizes that there are other taxes to consider including state taxes and the taxes that will be incurred by your loved ones should they inherit tax-deferred retirement accounts.

For charitably-minded parishioners, donating all or a portion of your retirement plan assets to charity is a real win-win. Here are some ways that St. Luke’s can help:

  • Through the "IRA charitable rollover," donors can make their annual gift to St. Luke’s without increasing their federal gross income for tax purposes.
  • Donors can avoid burdening their heirs with taxes by using IRA assets to create a lasting legacy of good through St. Luke’s.
  • When a donor uses retirement fund assets to create a deferred gift annuity with St. Luke’s, they will receive a charitable deduction that will partially offset income taxes while also receiving payments for life. The longer a donor postpones the beginning of payments, the larger the tax deduction and the higher the payment rate will be.

The IRA Charitable Rollover is Permanent!

What does this mean for donors?

The law that allows you to make a tax-free gift from your individual retirement account (IRA) directly to charity was made permanent by law as of December, 2015. Known as the IRA charitable rollover, this law no longer has an expiration date so you are free to make annual gifts to The St. Luke’s from your IRA this year and well into the future.

The recently reinstated law allows individuals 70 1/2 and older the ability to transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA accounts directly to a qualified charitable organization without being subject to federal income taxes on the distribution. 

An IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of your minimum distribution requirement.

To request an easy-to-use IRA transfer form, please contact Bill Hubbard, St. Luke’s Finance Committee Chairman, 302-858-8970 or Lisa Lee at St. Luke’s, 302-629-7979 or you may contact your personal financial advisor and ask  that person to explain and assist with the necessary transactions.  We are available with any necessary information.

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