Our St. Luke’s Care Ministries provide love and support during the joys and trials of life through group programs and individual ministries. Listed here are the ministries where you can find support or volunteer to assist others with the support that they need.
If you are facing a challenge, have any questions, or want to serve as a volunteer, please call Pastor Jad Denmark, Minister of Care, at 407.876.4991 ext. 229.
In case of an emergency involving the death of a loved one or a hospitalization, call the Church office at 407.876.4991 ext. 316 so a pastor can support you through this time.
Care Visitation Team Volunteers Needed!
Are you looking for a tangible way to provide care and support for others? Have you been a member of St. Luke’s for at least three years? We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity for you. Join St. Luke’s Care Visitation Team (CVT). CVTs are called to be a supportive, loving and healing presence in the lives of others. They are committed to St. Luke’s, being members for at least three years and are active in worship and discipleship, deepening their faith in Jesus Christ. This volunteer role will partner with clergy to visit St. Lukers in hospitals, rehab/nursing home facilities and also visit those who are confined to their own homes. The time commitment will involve 2 – 4 hours per week. Click here to learn more about this important volunteer role and to complete an online application. In-depth CVT training will be provided by St. Luke’s once all volunteers are on board. At these sessions you will learn the important role of a Care Visitation Team volunteer. You will also receive training in the ministry of presence and training in working in a hospital/rehab/nursing home facility. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.
Prayer Request and Lists
- Prayer Lists: Click here for this week’s prayer lists.
Please note that pastors, staff, and the Prayer Team pray for all prayer requests submitted weekly from the Connection Cards, website and personal prayer requests.
- In case of an immediate need involving the death of a loved one or a hospitalization, call 407.876.4991 ext. 316.
Pictures of the Sanctuary
Please know that these pictures were taken during Easter and the banners would not normally be hung in the Sanctuary, however also know that during certain Christian seasons the Sanctuary will be decorated with decorations that may not be able to be removed for the ceremony.
Sanctuary Stage – facing West
Choir Loft, facing South
Aisle leading to Back of Sanctuary, facing East
Sanctuary toward Memorial Garden, facing North
Deaths and Funerals/Memorial Services
Dr. Bruce Walton passed away on February 12. His funeral service will take place on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Dr. David Stephens will officiate. A reception will follow afterwards in the Santos Welcome Hall of Building C. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made in Bruce’s honor to Shepherd’s Hope.
St. Luker, Dorothy Taylor, beloved mother of Norma Sutton, passed away on February 15. Memorial arrangements are pending at this time. Dorothy’s final resting place will be in Tennessee.
Church Member Assistance
St. Luke’s Care Ministries Directory
Single and Parenting Support Group – NEW CYCLE STARTING IN FEBRUARY!
Single & Parenting was launched at the end of 2018 and is a support group designed to offer practical help and encouragement for virtually all single parents: divorced, separated, widowed, and never married. This support group is led by trained and caring St. Lukers who are or have been single parents themselves. The curriculum covers the struggles that are unique to single parents.
The winter/spring cycle has been postponed to start now on February 13. The class will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Building C, Room 201/203 (No class on March 6, March 20, or April 17.) Plan to join us for Wednesday night dinner beforehand for a nominal charge if your schedule permits. Childcare and youth programming are available while parents attend the support group.
Attendees are welcome to join the sessions at any point during the 13-week cycle. Meetings include videos, small group discussion (support group), and personal study exercises that help with the application of the concepts taught. Each session is “self-contained,” so meetings do not have to be attended in sequence. There is a $20.00 one-time registration fee to attend to cover the cost of your personal workbook. Click here to register for the winter/spring cycle. For additional details, email or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262.
Watch a preview of how Single & Parenting is designed to help.
Divorce Recovery Ministry
- Provides support to anyone at any stage of divorce
- Helps the individual/family understand the stages and challenges of divorce
DivorceCare is a support group for people who are separating or divorced. DivorceCare sessions are led by trained and caring St. Luke’s lay people who have experienced the pain and heartache of divorce themselves. St. Luke’s offers these sessions at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA. The YMCA offers free childcare during the sessions with prior registration. The current cycle of DivorceCare runs from Tuesday, November 6 through Tuesday, February 19. No class on November 20, December 25 or January 1. Meet in the Dr. Phillips YMCA Conference Room from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here to view an informational flyer.
Attendees are welcome to join the sessions at any point. Meetings include videos, small group discussion (support group), journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce weekly session topics. Each session is “self-contained,” so meetings do not have to be attended in sequence. There is a $15.00 one-time registration fee to attend to cover the cost of your personal workbook. Please pay at your first session. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext.262 for more information.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Ministry
Next Meeting: Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Building C Room 204. Childcare is available for these meetings for children up to 10 years old. You must enroll your child at least five days in advance. Click here to request childcare.
IMPORTANT NEWS: The Adults/Soon-to-be Adults support group has moved to another venue and no longer meets at St. Luke’s.
Cancer Support Team
Next Meeting: Meet Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Barnes Learning Center (2nd floor of Founder’s Hall) Room 206. This will be a training class for those who wish to become part of the new cancer support team. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
- Sends holiday greeting cards to new members, military, and shut-ins
- Veterans’ writing group gathers to share fellowship and write holiday greeting cards to veterans in Orlando
Care Visitation Team – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
If you know a St. Luker who would appreciate a crockpot ready meal, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.
St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center
Grief Recovery Ministry – Register Now for February 28 Group!
To learn more about GriefShare click here to view a short video.
Weekly meetings take place in the Special Events Dining Room of Building C. There is a one-time registration fee of $25.00 to enroll. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email for more information.
Winter/Spring 2019 Class Schedule:
St. Luke’s will offer three options to attend GriefShare in January and February. We will offer a morning and evening class starting in January and a morning class that will start at the end of February. Please see options below.
- Wednesday morning class starts on Wednesday, January 16 and runs through Wednesday, April 10. Class meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Click here to register for the Wednesday morning GriefShare Class.
- Thursday evening class starts on Thursday, January 17 and runs through Thursday, April 11. Class meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Thursday evening GriefShare Class.
- Thursday morning class starts on Thursday, February 28 and runs through Thursday, May 30. No class on Thursday, April 18 due to Holy Week. Class meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here to register for the Thursday morning GriefShare Class.
Hearts to Hands Ministry
- Knits and crochets prayer shawls, newborn and preemie hats and blankets, and prayer squares.
- You don’t have to be experienced in knitting or crocheting, just have a willingness to learn and an eagerness to create. Free classes offered on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Building C, Room 200. Contact the Care office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more info.
- Monthly meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in Building C Room 200/202 to collect, bless and distribute completed items.
In Home Care Ministry
- Provides care and support for families and individuals in crisis
- Provides meals and transportation as requested through a team of volunteers
Opening Doors Ministry (Special Needs)
- Promotes opportunities for full participation in worship and programs for persons with special needs
- Provides sensory friendly accommodations at church-wide and community special events
- Connects with and support area ministries and organizations which serve persons of all ages with disabilities and their families
- Works to make the church campus and programs safe and accessible to all
- For more information email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262
- Prays in the chapel on Sundays between and during worship services
- Receives prayer requests submitted on the church website (see form below)
- Prays in the chapel on Wednesday mornings for those on the prayer list, Connection Cards, and submitted prayer requests
- Are children of God who walk beside a hurting person
- Are caring Christians who really listen and provide confidential one on one support
- Helps meet the needs of those who are facing illness, loneliness, bereavement, job or spiritual crisis, etc.
- Serves communion
- Receives extensive training in how to provide distinctively Christian care
Stephen Ministry is an international lay caring ministry used by more than 12,000 congregations worldwide. Click here to learn more about Stephen Ministry. If you are in need of a Stephen minister, you may mark your Connection card on Sunday, email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 to be confidentially matched with a caring Christian listener.
Volunteer Opportunities within Care Ministries
- Administrative Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to follow up via phone with those sick, hospitalized or recovering at home. May also assist in data entry, mailings, copying and other administrative duties. Training provided.
Local Care Groups
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI’s Family Support Groups are open to family members, caregivers or friends of people living with a mental illness. Meetings are drop-in and confidential; you do not need to make a reservation or call ahead unless you need more information. Meetings take place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Building B, upstairs in Room 204. To learn more about NAMI, click here.
Connect and Care Mission Statement
As we affirm faith in God through our ministries, we claim a sacred place where Christ’s love unites us with compassion and the caring of others.
In order to make the love of Christ a real presence in the life of each person we reach within our faith community, our ministries:
- Extends support during the trials of life and celebrate the joys
- Leads persons to resources appropriate to their needs
- Creates and maintain innovative programs to minister spiritually, emotionally, and physically
- Encourages all to explore and maximize their individual spiritual gifts for the work of the church and to the glory of God.