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 contact Kim Paredes, Director of Care Ministries, at 407.876.4991 ext. 262.
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
Parenting Solo Support Group – STARTS WEDNEDAY, FEBRUARY 12!
The winter/spring cycle will begin on Wednesday, February 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will conclude on May 6. Come before class starts at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and conversation. Meet in the Special Events Dining Room of Building C. Join the group as they explore a six-week study on the phenomenal bestseller The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by the Arbinger Institute followed immediately by a three-week class on budgeting for single parents.
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 with prior reservations.
Participants are welcome to join the sessions at any point during the 10-week cycle. No class on Wednesday, February 26 (Ash Wednesday), March 18 (spring break week) or April 8 (Holy Week). There is a $20.00 one-time registration fee to attend the support group. Click here to register. For additional details, email or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262.
Divorce Recovery Ministry – ENDING JANUARY 22!
- 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 204. Our fall cycle will will conclude on Wednesday, January 22. Meetings run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Plan to join us for Wednesday night dinner beforehand for a nominal charge if your schedule permits. Childcare and youth programming are available with prior reservations during DivorceCare meetings.
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: Meet on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Building C Room 206. Click here to register your child for childcare during the meeting. Childcare is available for children age 10 or less.
Cancer Support Team
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 or email.
- Sends holiday greeting cards three times a year to those 80+, new members, military, and shut-ins
- Veterans’ writing group gathers to share fellowship and write holiday greeting cards four times a year to veterans in Orlando
Care Visitation Team
Next Cooking Date: Meet Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C Kitchen. Wear closed toe shoes and bring a sharp knife and an apron if you have them. 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 – NEW DAYTIME CLASS STARTING FEBRUARY 13!
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 2020 Class Schedule:
Below are the dates and times of our classes for the winter/spring cycle.
- Register for the Wednesday morning class (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). Cycle starts January 15 and runs through April 15.
- Register for the Thursday evening class (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). Cycle starts January 16 and runs through April 16.
- Register for the Thursday morning class (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Cycle starts February 13 and runs through May 14.
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.
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.