Saint Luke’s strives to be an advocate of positive attitudes towards aging, lifting up this later season of life as a vital continuation of abundant life in Christ. SOAR programs and ministries are  particularly designed for adults 65 years and older, though all are welcome.  

SOAR stands for SEARCHING, OFFERING, AFFIRMING, and RENEWING,  words that reflect a spirit of lifelong learning, service, fellowship, and care among mature adults in the Saint Luke’s community.  All adult parishioners and community members are invited to participate in programs and activities listed on this website, in the Sunday bulletins, and in a monthly SOAR Newsletter. 

If you would like to receive the newsletter, email Susanna Whitsett or call 205.802.6217.  

Groups & Gatherings

SAIL Exercise

SAIL Exercise stands for STAYING ACTIVE and INDEPENDENT in LIFE! This lively 60 min exercise class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30am at no charge.  Exercises are done from a chair and standing.  We use hand weights, scarves, balls, hoola hoops and stretch bands, all incorporated into a fun class that focuses on maintaining strength, balance and coordination.  Participants are invited to do all, some, or a little of the class – whatever suits your interest and level of fitness.  Successful participation includes the ability to stand and sit without assistance. Join us!  No reservation needed. For more information contact Susanna Whitsett at

Click here to view a video of SAIL Exercise in action!

Searchers Lunch & Learn

Searchers is a group for all “seasoned” and senior adults.  Searchers meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (Sept-May) at 11:00am for lunch, a presentation and fellowship.  Searchers is a wonderful way to engage in the life of St. Luke’s and make connections with others.  Friends are always welcome!   For more information and a current schedule, please contact Searchers President, Dawn DeGweck at


We love Bridge! Beginner and seasoned Bridge players all invited to join our vibrant community of ‘Bridge Buddies’!  We have class instruction every week by our wonderful teacher Jeanne Wamack for beginner and intermediate levels ($10 per class). Open Play is offered 2x per week for experienced players (all players must know how to play for this session!).  For a current schedule and details, please contact Kathy Britton at


Founders Place Volunteers

Founders Place is Saint Luke’s JOY-FILLED respite ministry for adults with memory challenges.  Volunteers serve as intentional companions and assistants for adults with dementia.  Volunteers must be able to smile, laugh and have fun!  Training is provided and commitment is flexible.  Sessions are Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-2pm.  Catch the Founders Place spirit, where everyone feels connection, purpose and meaning!  Contact Susanna Whitsett


Stitchers is a sewing ministry open to all novice and accomplished knitters. This sweet group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month for a brown bag lunch, knitting, and fellowship.  The prayer-filled projects include prayer squares, shawls, hats, and scarves for people in need or crisis.  For more information and a current schedule, please contact Mariellen Morris or 205.527.8833

Support Group

Care Partners is a community support group for anyone caring for a loved one with a form of dementia.  You do not need to be a member of Founders Place or Saint Luke’s to participant. Care Partners meets every Tuesday 10:15-11:15am.  This group offers a safe space for confidential discussion, listening, and education. Please contact Betsy Smith at

For More Information

Contact Susanna Whitsett at or 205.802.6217

The mission of the Foundation is to manage gifts, memorials, and bequests for St. Luke’s Church for purposes and uses that support the long-term goals and needs of the Church and its facilities. The Foundation shall not be an ever-growing store of funds, but an ever-growing use of funds in support of St. Luke’s.