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.
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
Church Member Assistance
St. Luke’s Care Ministries Directory
Single and Parenting Support Group
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.
St. Luke’s will start a new a class in the fall – date forthcoming. We hope you can join us then. 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. 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 – NEW EVENING CYCLE IN PROCESS!
- Provides support to anyone at any stage of divorce
- Helps the individual/family understand the stages and challenges of divorce
DivorceCare is a weekly 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 on campus in Building C, Room 200. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, May 15 and the cycle will conclude on Wednesday, August 14. No class on July 3. Meetings run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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 $20.00 one-time registration fee to attend to cover the cost of your personal workbook. Click here to register. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext.262 for more information.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Support Ministry
Next Meeting: Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Building C Room 204. Please note that childcare will not be available for the July and August meetings. We will resume childcare in September for children up to 10 years old. You must enroll your child at least five days in advance. Click here to request childcare.
Cancer Support Team
We plan to meet next in August, exact date TBD. If you or someone you know has cancer or is a cancer caregiver and would like to have support from a team member, please contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262. We also plan to attend special events/programs at the local cancer center as a group to gain knowledge and share fellowship at least four times a year. Dates and topics are still pending at this time.
Next Meeting: Our next meeting will take place in August. Exact date to be determined. 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 those 80+, 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
Next Cooking Date: No meeting in July. Meet Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C Kitchen. We hope to see you then!
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 – FALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
GriefShare consists of weekly support group meetings designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our group is led by caring lay members who have experienced intense grief themselves. You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will see your group as an “oasis” on your long journey from mourning to joy. GriefShare is a network of 12,000+ churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your grief. Meetings include videos, small group discussion (support group), journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce weekly session topics.
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.
Fall 2019 Class Schedule:
We will offer three opportunities to attend GriefShare in the fall. Below are the dates and times.
- Register for the Wednesday morning class (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). Cycle starts August 7 and runs through November 6.
- Register for the Thursday morning class (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Cycle starts September 5 and runs through December 5.
- Register for the Thursday evening class (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Cycle starts September 5 and runs through December 12.
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 email@example.com 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 13,000 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. Women are matched with female Stephen Ministers and men are matched with male Stephen Ministers.
Interested in applying to become a Stephen Minister for 2020?
Look for information in August’s Ministry Guide regarding the timeframe applications will be accepted in the fall. A new training class will start on Tuesday, January 7.
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.