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Orlando, FL 32819
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Orlando Missions

God has uniquely gifted you to be “on mission” for His Kingdom! We have many opportunities for you to serve and share the love of Christ with others. We encourage you to assess your spiritual gifts so you can serve where you feel the most passionate and use the skills that God gave you to make a difference.  Below are mission opportunities at St. Luke’s where you can serve with your family and friends.

 

Educational IMPACT training sessions

Make a difference in the life of a child by volunteering once a week at Maxey, Mollie Ray or Pineloch Elementary School! We are offering 2 information sessions to give you an overview of the needs at the schools and to provide a framework for why we are needed in these amazing Title One schools.

Stop by and join us on either day:

Date:  Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Building C, Room 204/206

OR

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Building C, Room 204/206

For more information, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991, ext. 297.

Summer Update- Backpack Collection & Bags of Grace – Thank you!!!

 

BIG Backpack Bounty!

 

God bless you all! There is no doubt that God moved many hearts and feet this Backpack Drive!

Together with Peace United Methodist Church and Dr. Phillips Rotary, 1092 children will have new backpacks filled with supplies Monday when they go back to school. Here is a picture of what your donations accomplished this year:

*  669 backpacks are in the loving hands of social workers who are at the school on day one to greet any student who does not come to school with supplies.

*  300 families get the Dignity to shop at a low-cost backpack shop at Maxey Elementary (5th year of the shop) AND Mollie Ray Elementary (NEW shop this year). The students have the joy of purchasing the backpack of their     choosing rather than receiving a handout. The $4.00 they pay for their backpacks goes to their school to fund special events and activities.

*  30 backpacks were delivered to Eagle’s Nest Elementary School for their homeless student population. Eagle’s Nest is a feeder school to Chain of Lakes Middles School.

*  50 backpacks were delivered to Pinehills Neighborhood Center for Children and Families. They brought volunteers to run the Backpack Shop at Mollie Ray Elementary School and are a committed partner to the school.

*  27 backpacks went to our East Winter Garden Circles Community where they were able to purchase a filled backpack for $4.00 which helps to fund Circles programming.

*  30 backpacks will be delivered to Pineloch Elementary School to have one hand for their Homeless students.

 

Thank you for shopping, donating and most of all praying for a successful and safe school year for all of our children.

      

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Summer Bags of Grace

Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation.

How God multiplies our bounty! We are so blessed by each and every one of you for your love for our OCPS families! Our Bags of Grace food drive exceeded our expectations allowing us to support additional food pantries! Here is what your generous donations provided:

Bags of Grace 2018 Food Collection

25 bags – Maxey Elementary School
25 bags – Pineloch Elementary School
25 bags – Mollie Ray Elementary School
67 bags – Eagle’s Nest Elementary School
50 bags – Pinehills Neighborhood Center
20 bags – the food pantry at Joy Metropolitan Community Church

Total collection: 212 bags (Total people impacted: 848 people) Each bag provides food to supplement the meals for a family of 4 for 4 days

 

 

 

Thank you for your donations, and for all the sorters, packers and delivery support. You are making a difference!

 

Inter-Generational Opportunities

There are many places for families to serve together. Here are several of our partners who need volunteers. Click on the links below to check the open dates for serving.

  • Coalition for the Homeless
    (Baking, St. Luke’s kitchen, Cooking or Serving at the Shelter)

  • East Winter Garden for Door to Curb (meet at 1000 Lincoln Terrace, Winter Garden)

  • Clean the World (2544 E. Landstreet, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32824)
    Morning and afternoon shifts available. Saturdays book up very quickly. They currently are booking three months in advance! To volunteer email volunteers@cleantheworld.org or submit a request at https://cleantheworld.org/forms/volunteer/.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank (411 Mercy Dr. , Orlando, FL 32805) – To volunteer, visit the Second Harvest Food Bank website – Click Here to visit the Second Harvest Food Bank website to register.  Saturdays book up very quickly. They are currently booking up to 3 months in advance.
  • UP Orlando (150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL) – Click Here to visit the UP Orlando website to register.

 

 

Hunger Ministries

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Coalition for the Homeless

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. The ministry offers three serving opportunities:

  • Baking at St. Luke’s main kitchen in Building C from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Cooking (including food preparation and washing dishes) at the Shelter located at 639 W. Central Blvd in downtown from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Serving meal at the Shelter from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Elementary age children may be involved in baking and serving, must be high school age to cook. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to serve together.

  • Entry-level ministry opportunity
  • No training/orientation required

Upcoming Dates: 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Coalition for the Homeless is located at 639 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL  32801 (407.426.1250, www.centralfloridahomeless.org)

Citrus HarvestGleaning

Gleaning: Once a year, St. Luke’s gleans unharvested fruit off of local trees and donates it to the Society of St. Andrews to help hungry families in Central Florida.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. for coffee and donuts and to receive information and directions (gleaning should be done by 1:00 p.m.). We will provide picking tools, fruit bags, and water bottles. Make sure to wear a hat, gloves and sunscreen.

  • Entry Level ministry opportunity
  • Open to all ages
  • No training required

If you have fruit trees in your yard or neighborhood that you can get permission to pick, please let us know by contacting Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Upcoming Date: TBA

A team recently picked 57 bags amounting to 570 pounds of citrus on February 3, 2018.

Food Pick Up

St. Luke’s volunteers pick up left over food from Publix that would otherwise go to waste and bring these items to be used at Coalition for the Homeless and West Orange Daily Bread.

  • Entry level ministry opportunity
  • Requires a maximum of 2 hours commitment per week
  • Requires driving and lifting

We also need substitute volunteers for our regular team members. The ability to drive to pick up sites, loading and unloading food are required.

For more information about being a part of this team, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Meals on Wheels

 

 

Did you know that 1 in 6 seniors may not know where their next meal will come from?  Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to seniors in the west Orlando area. Join a team that rotates a weekly delivery – you can serve once every 8 weeks OR every week.

We can meet your schedule! Meals are picked up at 9:30 in the morning and are delivered to 7 to 10 at risk seniors. For more information or to attend an information session, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org or 407.876.4991, ext. 297.

 

Click on the link below to read a recently featured article in
“Celebrate”, A Magazine by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Meals on Wheels: Delivering Food and Friendships
(Volunteer Story, by Nan Slone)

Housing Ministries

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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.

 

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Donate food
  • Provide dinners
  • Serve as evening hosts (5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • Overnight hosts (8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.)
  • Saturday hosts (3 hour shifts) 
  • Do laundry
  • Set up and tear down

This is a great opportunity for families and all ages to serve together.  Community service hours are available for students.

Upcoming Family Promise dates:  October 7-14 , 2018 

 

MAKE IT A HOME KIT –   This is a great opportunity for small groups, families or individuals to help create a “Move-in” kit for families that are being moved into stable housing from homelessness.  Please CLICK HERE to find out how you can help “Make it a Home” for these families.

For more information, contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

(For more information about Family Promise organization, please visit their website at http://www.familypromiseorlando.org.)

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12 Years of Family Promise

On Sunday,  April 22 , we celebrated the many hands and hearts that make this ministry possible.

 

 St. Luke’s Builds – Door to Curb 

We are excited to “rebuild” our construction ministry supporting West Orange Habitat for Humanity and East Winter Garden Door-to-Curb projects.

 

The East Winter Garden Door-to-Curb workdays are on the 3rd Saturday monthly.

Upcoming Door-to-Curb workdays:

August 18, 2018

September 15, 2018

Entry level to skilled workers will work together to help build pride and security in homeownership and neighborhood beautification.

To learn more about being a part of the St. Luke’s Builds program, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

 St. Luke’s Builds-Habitat

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. At West Orange Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Because you, me, we — we’re all humans. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future. Our families work alongside volunteers to build their own homes and qualify by demonstrating a housing need (affordability, substandard conditions, overcrowding), their willingness to partner through sweat equity hours and attendance at financial education classes and their ability to repay a no- interest mortgage. Our ReStore also welcomes you to shop and donate and provides income to build homes and welcomes volunteers.

Saturday Build Days:  August 25 & September 8, 2018

Time: Please arrive BY 8:00 sharp for safety and construction instruction by our construction leaders. Lunch is between 11:30 and 12:00 and construction ends by 2:00 (sometimes by 1:00).

Site Name and Address: Green Oaks Row – an affordable housing community. Corner of E. Bay and 10th Street in East Winter Garden.

Volunteers Needed: 12 volunteers maximum on this build site; smaller groups will be paired with other smaller groups. Volunteers must be 17 to be on the build site and volunteer waivers must be brought to the job site when you arrive.

Volunteer Reminders for your Build Day: All build days consist of home construction activities; the exact building activity is determined closer to your build day.  Please bring your own lunch. Habitat will have plenty of water and all tools will be provided.

Remember, all construction instruction is provided, and NO experience is necessary!

Wear closed toe shoes & old clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

We look forward to your team working alongside these hard-working families to earn the dignity of first-time home-ownership!

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To learn more about being a part of the St. Luke’s Builds program, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Child Empowerment Ministries

IMPACT

Innovative Ministries with Parents, Administrators, Children and Teachers (IMPACT) at St. Luke’s is a Partner in Education with three Title One elementary schools.  A trained corps of volunteers serve as teachers’ assistants in classrooms, math and reading coaches, and as support for special events at Mollie Ray, Pineloch and Maxey Elementary Schools.  Shadow a St. Luke’s IMPACT volunteer for a morning or volunteer for a Special Event to see if this is a ministry that resonates with you!  Spend some time in the classroom and see how you can help at one of St. Luke’s three Partner schools.  There are a variety of ways to be involved in this ministry such as classroom aides, special events, Robotics team, Math Bee, Chess Club, Carnival, National Honor Society and 5th Grade Party helpers, and more.:

  • The commitment for math and reading is at least a semester and preferably the whole school year to provide consistency for the students.
  • Classroom volunteer – A minimum commitment of 9 months (a school calendar) for an hour per week.
  • Substitute classroom volunteer – Substitute regular classroom volunteers (when they can’t serve).
  • Special Events Volunteer – at least 2 hours
  • Need to register with OCPS as an ADDITIONS Volunteer before serving.

To learn more about being a part of the IMPACT program, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

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Educational IMPACT training sessions

Make a difference in the life of a child by volunteering once a week at Maxey, Mollie Ray or Pineloch Elementary School! We are offering 2 information sessions to give you an overview of the needs at the schools and to provide a framework for why we are needed in these amazing Title One schools.

Stop by and join us on either day:

Date:  Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Building C, Room 204/206

OR

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Building C, Room 204/206

For more information, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991, ext. 297.

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St. Luke’s Impact Program was honored on Tuesday, February 20 at the OCPS District 5 Fifth Annual Recognition and Black History Celebration.

School Board Representative “Kat” Gordon stressed the importance of the faith community in supporting our public schools. 

Fawn Lewis has nurtured a strong relationship with Mollie Ray Elementary School for over 10 years and Principal Lindsey Smestad was there to present this award.

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On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Mollie Ray Elementary School celebrated the school dedication of their new school building and celebrated all of the administrators, teachers, parents, students and volunteers who are a part of Mollie Ray Elementary.

Mollie Ray Elementary School is one of our IMPACT partner schools.

    

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ArtWorks

Artworks encourages children in challenging circumstances to recognize their creative talents and see themselves as special gifts from God. Art projects include positive themes and uplifting messages to build self-esteem.  Recently, Artworks has worked with the East Winter Garden children to help assess the assets and challenges of that neighborhood. Volunteers are needed to teach or assist with classes, work behind the scenes or provide field trip opportunities. For more information on ArtWorks,  Click Here.

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Holding On to Hope
Holding On to Hope artwork was on display at the SoBo Gallery, Winter Garden from April 5 through May 12, 2018.

This event was sponsored by the Winter Garden Art Association and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

An exhibit of introspective children’s art designed to raise awareness and inspire action for child abuse prevention. Created by children ages 10 – 17 the art provides an intimate glimpse into their world as they struggle to overcome challenges, hold onto hopes and dreams, and navigate the world around them. The projects were designed to inspire personal growth, raise self esteem, and provide opportunities for each child to express what makes them truly unique.

All art was created under the direction of Renée Schneider, founder of ArtWorks-Orlando with funding provided by the Winter Garden Art Association and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Over sixty children from five area organizations participated. The children’s art will also be exhibited at other prominent Central Florida locations as part of Paint Orlando Blue, a child abuse prevention campaign sponsored by the Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families.

 

Adult Empowerment Ministries

Inside Out Jail Ministries

Inside Out Jail Ministries (ISO) is a faith-based, non-profit, re-entry ministry helping those incarcerated in the Orange County Jail succeed in returning to the community.

Most of those incarcerated have non-violent charges. They’ve experienced broken homes, abuse, homelessness, human trafficking, and/or have mental challenges. When they’re released, they go right back to what they know because they don’t know what else to do.

ISO facilitates classes to prepare them for re-entry, provide resources for help on the outside as well as transition management for those wanting to go to substance abuse treatment. Volunteers are needed as spiritual mentors, pen pals, and at worship services.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

For more information about Inside Out Jail Ministries, go to www.isojm.org.

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Photos from the January 26, 2018 LIVES CHANGING from the Inside Out Inside Out Jail Ministries Fundraiser and Silent Auction with Keynote Speaker Sheriff Jerry L. Demings.

 

 

 

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COACHES NEEDED

St. Luke’s partners with Jobs Partnership, a faith based organization that provides a 12-week, biblically-based, employability program for the chronically under-employed in West Orange County. We need YOU as a coach to help the adult students with the class starting this fall.

  • Classes meet on Tuesday OR Thursday nights
  • 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Starting the week of August 28 through November 15
  • Four convenient locations
  • Training on Saturday, August 18
  • Commitment: 3 hours per week (evening classes) for 12 weeks
  • Applications accepted through August 3

If you are interested in becoming a coach, please click the button below. 

For additional information, contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

To learn more about Jobs Partnership, visit http://www.jobspartnershipfl.org/.

Shalom Logo ImageShalom Prison Ministry – Pen Pal and Reading Club

Shalom Prison Ministry offers compassion and support to men and women in prison and in the Orlando 33rd St. Jail. Our ministries support those inmates who are already a part of the Christian programs operated by the Jail. Shalom is composed of two ministries:

  • Teaching Reading to Inmates at the 33rd St. Jail. (1.5 hours per week commitment)
  • Writing encouraging letters as a Pen Pal to those in prison and in the 33rd St. Jail (Pen Pal identities are anonymous. Up to 1 hour per month commitment)

Training is required for both programs and a Background Clearance is required by the 33rd St. Jail for the reading program.

Click here to read a testimony from an inmate in the Shalom Reading Club.

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Adult Care Ministries

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Shepherd’s Hope is a faith-based health care assistance ministry for the uninsured in Central Florida. Patients eligible for services have income at or below 200% of the poverty level, are uninsured and not eligible for government assisted health care programs. Doctors and nurses are needed as well as other volunteers who serve as eligibility specialists and hosts.  Shepherd’s Hope needs volunteers from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. once a week on either Monday or Wednesday.

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

To learn more about Shepherd’s Hope, Click Here.

 

East Winter Garden

Winter Garden Community Garden

Located at the corner of 9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. in Winter Garden.

If you’re looking to get involved in the East Winter Garden Community Initiative and you enjoy gardening or working with your hands – join us! We will be working in the charity plots to plant new produce.  Dress for gardening and bring a hat and water bottle.

Upcoming Dates:  Saturday, September 8, 2018 

 

Contact Adam Hartnett, Director of Neighborhood Ministries, at ahartnett@st.lukes.org for more information or just show up.

Maxey Elementary School

A part of our Educational IMPACT ministry

Weekly and Special Events volunteers are desired.  St. Luke’s is also a partner for their afterschool 21st Century Community Learning Center. Through this afterschool program, St. Luke’s has made a commitment to help provide enriching activities in the arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), health and fitness as well as organize community resource nights and other parent involvement activities.

To volunteer for upcoming events in East Winter Garden, please contact Adam Hartnett, Director of Neighborhood Ministries, at 407.876.4991 ext. 346 or ahartnett@st.lukes.org.

 

Intergenerational Serving Opportunities

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Clean the World

Clean the World is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world by recycling soap and hygiene products from more than 2,250 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 22 million bars of soap in 96 countries.

Help sort donated hygiene products to be hygienically recycled.  This is a fun project for families and groups, There will be upbeat music and trivia games during your shift. Please car pool if possible, parking is limited. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you can stand in for 3 hours.  Water is available but you might want to bring your own water bottle.  Minimum age to volunteer is 8 and youth ages 8 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Morning and afternoon shifts available. Saturdays book up very quickly. They currently are booking three months in advance! To volunteer email volunteers@cleantheworld.org or submit a request at https://cleantheworld.org/forms/volunteer/.

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Clean the World is located at 2544 E. Landstreet, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32824 (407.574.8353, www.Cleantheworld.org)

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Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 feeding partners in six Central Florida counties.  Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed nearly 64 million pounds of grocery products – the equivalent of more than 53 million meals – to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes.  This is a good opportunity for families or groups.  Sign up to help sort donations in their warehouse or food pantry.  Volunteers have to be at least 10 years old with a chaperone who is 18 years or older in order to help out in our facility, 16 years old without a chaperone.  Closed toe shoes are REQUIRED.  Please wear appropriate length shorts that are not too revealing.

Saturdays book up very quickly. They are currently booking up to 3 months in advance.Click Here to visit the Second Harvest Food Bank website to register.

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is located at 411 Mercy Dr. , Orlando, FL 32805 (407.295.1066, www.feedhopenow.org)

UP-logo-NEWUP (United Against Poverty, previously known as Community Food and Outreach) 

UP (United Against Poverty, previously known as Community Food Outreach) is 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.  Volunteers help sort, organize and stock shelves. Volunteers must be wearing closed toed shoes, long shorts or pants, and a plain or appropriate t-shirt. Sleeveless shirts are not permitted for food safety reasons. Hats and headphones/ear buds of any type are not permitted. Children must be ages 10+ to participate.

Click Here to visit the UP Orlando website to register.

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

UP Orlando is located at 150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL (407.650.0774, http://foodoutreachcenters.org/)

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St Luke’s went “Quackers” Saturday, February 17 at the United Against Poverty 5K.

    

 

We were awarded the top team for fundraising in support of UP Orlando, committed to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.

Donate Goods

Shalom Hygiene Kits

The St. Luke’s Shalom Prison Ministry collects hygiene items for work release center.  They are always in need of the following hygiene products:

  • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Lotion

Have your group gather and pack travel size or full size toiletries in Ziploc bags to donate. Please bring hygiene bags to the St. Luke’s front office for drop off (with a note identifying your group).

Dates:  Ongoing

Provide or Cook a Meal

Prepare a Meal for the weekly Circles Meeting

The Circles® Orange County is part of is a national model which provides a transformational approach partnering volunteers and community leaders with families desiring to cross over the poverty line. With the help and friendship of their Allies, each family or Circle Leader sets and achieves goals unique to their own needs and skills. Circle Leaders and Allies work together to better the community while working together on individual goals. Currently, there are 70+ people in our Circles community that meets weekly in Winter Garden.

Have your group organize or donate the evening meal for the Tuesday Evening Circle Meetings.

Dates:  Tuesdays:  ongoing  (Meal for approx. 70 people)

To sign up or for more information, contact Beth Witten at bwitten@st.lukes.org.

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