St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Sprituality in Retirement

Several St. Luke's parishioners live nearby at the Manor House on Middleford Road in Seaford. On the last Sunday of each month, St. Luke's sends lay eucharistic ministers to the Manor House to conduct a worship service and distribute communion. At Christmas, Easter and other special occasions Pastor Marianne Ell presides at services at the Manor House.

The Manor House is operated by Acts Retirement-Life Communities, Inc. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, you’ll find yourself at home in Acts religious retirement communities. Click here for more information about Manor House spirituality opportunities.


Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) is the parent organization of Code Purple Sussex County. Love INC is a clearinghouse for church ministries providing services to those in need. Funded by churches like St. Luke’s, in 2017 Love INC met needs in 20,323 households by providing food, clothing, furniture, transportation, rent subsidies, utility payments and heat. Through Code Purple, 468 individuals were provided shelter, food and personal care items on the coldest nights of the year.

This year St. Luke’s Parish House has been the Code Purple shelter every night from the end of November through early April. Each evening at 7:00 pm those experiencing homelessness were served a hot meal at the CROSS Building, 703 E King St. At 8:30 pm the women were transported to Gateway Fellowship Church in Bridgeville, and the men remained overnight at St. Luke’s Parish House. During the coldest nights we served about 30 people, with as many as 20 men remaining overnight.


Worship and Picnic on the River

St. Luke's celebrates Holy Eucharist at a parishioner's home on the Nanticoke each year, followed by an awesome picnic. We were are always blessed with beautiful weather and an inspirational homily from The Reverend Marianne.

We are planning to have another Eucharist on the River in 2020. Stay tuned for an announcement of the date.


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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.