St. Luke's United Methodist Church

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Orlando, FL 32819
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Christmas at St. Luke’s

December 23, 2019 at Varies

Sermon Series: “God’s Intersection”

We are now at our last stop in God’s Neighborhood, finding ourselves at God’s Intersection of fear and faith; doubt and belief. God’s message comes to us clearly in the voice of the angel: “Do not be afraid.” During Advent, we’ll explore how we can prepare ourselves for Christ’s coming by practicing silence, rest, worship, and seeking throughout the season.

Blue Christmas Service – December 22

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us.
For these reasons, St. Luke’s is offering a special “Blue Christmas/Longest Night” worship service on Sunday, December 22 at 6:00 p.m. in Founder’s Hall.

Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.

Preeve – Monday, December 23

Candlelight Christmas Preeve Worship Schedule:

  • 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Service with St. Luke’s Children & Youth Choirs in the Sanctuary
  • 7:15 p.m. Candlelight Service with the Contemporary Praise Team in the Sanctuary
  • 8:30 p.m. Candlelight Service with the Sanctuary Choir in the Sanctuary

All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in worship, however, if you desire, childcare will be available for Christmas Preeve services for infant, toddler and preschool age children at the 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. services (no reservation is needed). Elementary age can worship with families.

Please note: Most of these worship experiences will fill to capacity at least 15 minutes before start time. Please arrive no later than 30-45 minutes before service start time for the best chance of being seated at the service of your choice.

Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24

  • 4:00 p.m. Children’s Nativity Pageant in Sanctuary

For the Children’s Nativity, we ask that Children come dressed in costumes as shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph, wisemen, and farm animals as we travel back to Bethlehem. We provide a limited number of costumes on the patio prior to the pageant. We look forward to sharing this special story with your family.

St. Luke’s will have a photographer taking pictures at this service so that families can experience worship. Free photos will be available for download at the week after Christmas.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship Schedule:

  • 5:30 p.m. Candlelight Service with the Contemporary Praise Team in the Sanctuary
  • 7:00 p.m. Candlelight Service with the Contemporary Praise Team in the Sanctuary
  • 8:30 p.m. Candlelight Service with the Sanctuary Choir in the Sanctuary
  • 10:00 p.m. Candlelight Service with the Sanctuary Choir in the Sanctuary
  • 11:15 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service with Ensemble in Sanctuary

All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in worship, however, if you desire, childcare will be available for Christmas Eve services for infant, toddler and preschool age at the 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. services (no reservation is needed). Elementary age can worship with families.

Please note: Most of these worship experiences will fill to capacity at least 15 minutes before start time. Please arrive no later than 30-45 minutes before service start time for the best chance of being seated at the service of your choice.

Events

Celebrate the Birth of Jesus at St. Luke’s
SAVE THE DATE!
Free Family Christmas Movie Night

Friday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m.
in Founder’s Hall

– Enjoy dinner (available for purchase) & movie snacks
– Create holiday crafts
– Pet manger animals
– Sing along to Christmas favorites (6:45 p.m.)
– Watch the movie “The Star” on the big screens

Bring an unwrapped gift from the list online to support the East Winter Garden Christmas Shop.

RSVP requested, not required.

St. Luke’s Music Ministry invites you to explore the mystery of Christmas at this special concert experience.

This musical event features a full traditional choir and orchestra along with St. Luke’s praise team members, children’s and youth choirs, handbells, dancers and beautiful scenery to put you in the holiday mood. Sing along to your favorite carols and listen to exquisite new songs of the wonder of Christmas and the Christ child.

Serving On Campus

Volunteers are needed for  for Christmas PreEve and Eve services. Click on the Button below to Volunteer

Volunteers are needed for the Christmas concerts on December 14 and 15. Opportunities range from set-up, box office, ticket scanner, and usher/greeter. Click the button below to see all available opportunities and to sign up:

Serving in our Community

East Winter Garden “A Very Merry Christmas” Shop – December 14
For the seventh consecutive year over 50 families from around East Winter Garden will gather together on Saturday, December 14 to celebrate Christmas in a unique way at “A Very Merry Christmas”. This event is organized by the East Winter Garden Neighborhood Alliance. While over 100 hundred children and teens make gifts for their loved ones, their parents have the opportunity to shop in a low-cost gift shop complete with hundreds of new, donated toys and gifts. Families will also have an opportunity to have their family portrait taken, enjoy a full Christmas dinner, as well as raffles, games, and music. With your support we are providing a positive alternative to the traditional charity-based holiday gift giving.

To view opportunities, please click on the button below.


Coalition for the Homeless – December 21
St. Luke’s has partnered with Coalition for the Homeless since the early 1990s, providing hot meals each third Saturday of the month to people experiencing homelessness in Central Florida. Shifts and times vary. The Coalition is located at 18 North Terry Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801.

Click the button below to sign up for Coalition for the Homeless:


United Against Poverty (UP Orlando)

Help sort, organize and stock shelves at UP (United Against Poverty, previously known as Community Food Outreach), a local organization that helps provide hunger relief, crisis care, public assistance, outreach, educational opportunities, and success training and employment programs.  One of the services they offer is a cost share grocery store.  This is a great opportunity for families or groups to serve together. UP Orlando is located at 150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL

Click the button below to visit the UP Orlando website to register:


Family Promise

St. Luke’s is one of 17 host churches that work with Family Promise of Greater Orlando to keep families together in the face of homelessness. St. Luke’s converts classrooms into bedrooms and creates a common living space in Building C for a week at a time -throughout the year. Family Promise families will be here at St. Luke’s from December 29, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

Click the button below for more information and to sign up:


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