St. Luke's United Methodist Church


8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Contemporary


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819


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.

Vision 2020+ Restoring Hope

Ending Family Homelessness!
Be Part of the Solution!

In case you missed the Ministry Moment from worship service this past Sunday, you will want to check out this video!

As part of our Vision for Restoring Hope to impact family homelessness and childhood hunger, we are looking at ways that we can help make this vision a reality.

We can do this, but it will take all of us!

Please watch this video and share it with others too!

Contact Amy Winslow email or call 407.876.4991, ext. 297.


Bridges out of Poverty

This is a research based course designed to help people better understand how socioeconomic class has affected them. Bridges covers the “hidden rules” of class (poverty, middle, and wealthy) and helps people from all walks of life to better understand and communicate with people from a diversity of backgrounds.

Bridges also assists participants with understanding how to suspend their assumptions so as to begin building meaningful relationships across socioeconomic lines.

Whether you are serving an hour a year or 10 hours a week, in our community or elsewhere, this training is for you!

This is required training for Circle Allies.

Upcoming Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Barnes Learning Center, 2nd Floor, Room 211 (Large classroom)

Mariam Mengistie*, Executive Director of Missions
Lynette Fields*, Executive Director of Community Transformation

*nationally certified trainers through aha! Process, Inc. (

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)

  • 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 or submit a request at
  • 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 18 North Terry Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801, 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: Third Saturday monthly 

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at

Coalition for the Homeless is located at 18 North Terry Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 (407.426.1250,

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.

The team will usually meet at 9:00 a.m. to receive information and directions.  Gleaning is usually done by 11:00 a.m. We 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

Upcoming Date: January/February 2020


We had a terrific year in 2019 where we doubled the amount of citrus picked in 2018.  We had 3 adults, 5 teenagers, and 3 elementary aged students pick citrus at 2 locations netting 1,200 pounds of fruit delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank on Saturday, February 2nd.

We picked 44 bags of fruit at our first location and 72 bags at our second location totaling 116 bags of citrus at 1,200 pounds.  Michael, who is the Society of St. Andrew Program Coordinator, also helped to pick and deliver the bags of citrus to Second Harvest Food Bank.


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




Maxey Elementary School’s LOVE PANTRY

Maxey Elementary has a LOVE PANTRY for students in need to bring food items home to their families.

You can donate the following items directly to the school at:

Maxey Elementary School, 602 E. Story Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787

  • cereal*
  • milk*
  • pasta
  • soup
  • peanut butter* and jelly*
  • canned beef stew, franks and beans, pork and beans
  • canned corn, mixed vegetables, green beans, fruit
  • spaghetti sauce
  • tuna, canned chicken
  • mac and cheese
  • rice and beans
  • mashed potatoes
  • toothpaste, tooth brush, laundry detergent

Please keep in mind that these items are sent home with the children in their backpacks. All items must be in boxes, cans or plastic containers for safety. Items with the star are most needed.

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 or 407.876.4991, ext. 297.

Senior’s First Emergency Food Pantry Wish List

  • canned veggies (corn, green beans, peas and carrots – NO extra large cans)
  • low sodium soups
  • small cans of beans
  • stewed/diced tomatoes
  • low sodium chili
  • small jars of peanut butter
  • tuna, chicken, turkey, spam
  • pasta
  • small alfredo or red spaghetti sauce
  • carton of shelf stable milk (parmalat) or powdered milk
  • small bag of rice
  • instant potatoes (box of individual pouches)
  • instant grits
  • instant oatmeal
  • fruit cups or low sugar cans of fruit
  • applesauce
  • raisins
  • protein drinks (ensure)

For additional information call 407.615.8988 or

Deliver directly to: Senior’s First, 5395 LB McLeod Road, Orlando 32811


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.

This is a great ministry for families to break bread and spend time getting to know these wonderful families. Overnight hosts are in particular need. If you would like more information about being a host, attend an information session, Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Founder’s Hall Family Room.

To view opportunities to volunteer for the upcoming June Family Promise, click on the “View Opportunities” button.

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: December 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020



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

(For more information about Family Promise organization, please visit their website at

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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: TBA

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

 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.  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.

To volunteer with Habitat for Humanity at to

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

Child Empowerment Ministries


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 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

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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.


2018 Backpack Collection – 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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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

For more information about Inside Out Jail Ministries, go to

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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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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.


Orlando Technical College
West Side Campus
955 East Story Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787

  • The fall session is from August 27 through November 14 on Tuesday evenings
  • Commitment: 3 hours per week (evening classes) for 12 weeks
  • If interested in coaching OR taking the 12-week class, contact Amy Winslow

For additional information, contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at

To learn more about Jobs Partnership, visit

Shalom Logo ImageShalom Prison & Jail Ministry – Pen Pal and Readers Club

Shalom Prison & Jail 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:

  • Shalom Readers Club teaches reading to inmates at the 33rd St. Jail. 
  • Shalom Pen Pals write encouraging letters as a Pen Pal to those in prison and in the 33rd St. Jail (Pen Pal identities are anonymous.)

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

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

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 Date:  TBA

Contact Adam Hartnett, Director of Neighborhood Ministries, at 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 after school 21st Century Community Learning Center. Through this after school 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

Intergenerational Serving Opportunities


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 or submit a request at

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at

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

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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

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

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.

Family Volunteer Night is the 2nd Friday each month, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

2018 Family Volunteer Night Brochure

Click Here to visit the UP Orlando website to register.

For more information, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at

UP Orlando is located at 150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL (407.650.0774,

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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

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