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
There will be a funeral service for Debra Leigh Griner Turner on Monday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Rev. Jennifer Stiles Williams will officiate. Debra passed away on Sunday, October 6. Debbie is survived by her husband Ed of 37 years and her daughter Kristina. Debbie worked in St. Luke’s nursery and pre-school from the mid 80’s through the late 90’s. Click here to read Debbie’s obituary.
There will be a funeral service for Terry Nix on Wednesday, October 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. Rev. Jennifer Stiles Williams will officiate. A reception will follow after the service in the Welcome Hall of Building C.
Church Member Assistance
St. Luke’s Care Ministries Directory
Parenting Solo Support Group
The fall cycle began on Wednesday, August 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will conclude on October 23. Join the group as they explore a 10-week biblically based study on how to set healthy boundaries (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) using the New York Times bestseller Boundaries series by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Participants will learn about a simple concept that will make a world of difference in your daily life and move you from merely surviving every day to thriving. Meet in the Special Events Dining Room of Building C.
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. Meetings include a video segment, small group discussion (support group), and a personal participant workbook that helps reinforce the concepts taught each week. There is a $25.00 one-time registration fee to attend to cover the cost of the Boundaries book and the participant workbook. Click here to register. For additional details, email or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262.
Divorce Recovery Ministry – FALL CYCLE STARTS OCTOBER 16!
- 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 start on Wednesday, October 16 and the cycle will conclude on Wednesday, January 29. No class on November 27, December 25 or January 1. 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: Please note the meeting for October will be on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Meet on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Building C Room 206. Unfortunately, childcare will not be available for the October 17 meeting. Childcare will resume in November.
Cancer Support Team
We plan to launch our cancer support group in January 2020. 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, November 7 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
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 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
Stephen Ministers – APPLY NOW FOR THE 2020 TRAINING CLASS!
- 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?
St. Luke’s is now recruiting for the 2020 training class for Stephen Ministers. Classes start on Tuesday, January 7. Are you a good listener? Would you like to learn to use that gift to serve others in a caring and Christian way? Consider becoming a Stephen Minister. Download an application. The deadline to submit your completed application is Friday, October 18. Discernment meetings will take place between October 21 and November 30. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email for more information.
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.