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Orlando, FL 32819
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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.

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

St. Luke’s COVID-19 Update: In keeping the health and safety of our congregation and community as our highest priority, St. Luke’s is now offering limited programs and public worship on campus. St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center and Child Development Center are open. View the latest campus updates and request assistance during COVID-19 by clicking here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel call 407.876.4991, ext. 285 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding and for helping ensure the health and safety of our community. Stay safe!

 

Hunger Ministries

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Coalition for the Homeless

St. Luke’s has partnered with Coalition for the Homeless since the 1980’s, providing hot meals each third Saturday of the month to people experiencing homelessness in Central Florida.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Luke’s utilized disaster response funding to feed 500 in the shelter program since March, as well as find alternative ways to provide the meal to the residents on the third Saturday. St. Luker’s also donated food items to help supplement the meal in June, July and August.

See how things came together for Coalition for the Homeless, as so many responded during this COVID-19 crisis. Read this note from one of our Coalition Volunteer Lay Leaders, Beth Ely.

Click the “Read More” to view Beth’s note.

 

You can also help by donating items to help  supply the Coalition Pantry . Please click on the button below for  those donation needs.

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

Coalition for the Homeless is located at 18 North Terry Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 (407.426.1250, www.centralfloridahomeless.org)

Gleaning

Produce Gleaning with Society of St. Andrew:

 

The Society of St. Andrew brings people together to harvest vegetables and fruits which would otherwise go to waste to support communities.

In this pandemic, this ministry has become a critical source of much needed fresh produce for people who are facing food insecurity. This is how St. Luke’s could stretch food and financial resources in the earlier months of the pandemic. Please help us harvest and distribute fresh produce to those who continue to face food insecurity because of the pandemic.

There are currently several opportunities to glean produce on:

  • October 31 in Osceola County, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • November 2 in Zellwood, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • November 14 and 20 in Zellwood, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For information and to sign up, visit the Society of St. Andrew’s website at endhunger.org/volunteer. Click on “Florida” to see local shifts.

 

 

 

Citrus Harvest 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 within a couple of hours. 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: TBA

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.

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

Meals on Wheels, during COVID-19

Volunteers are taking precautions to continue delivery of these critical meals.

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.

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 drodriguez@seniorsfirstinc.org.

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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In response to the COVID-19 situation, these families are sheltering in place at a hotel.

St. Luke’s funded four families’ stay in a hotel for a week during March, which was St. Luke’s scheduled family hosting week.

Families are still sheltering in place at a hotel, and St. Luker’s shared their hospitality by  providing the evening meal and  food donations for the families during a week in June and October.

Family Promise will occasionally have days available where meals are needed. Please check the Family Promise registration page, to see if dates are available at Family Promise registration site

Family Promise Wish List is also available.

 

We are currently not sheltering Family Promise families on our campus, but this is information of our hosting, during non-COVID situation.

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.

To view opportunities to volunteer for the upcoming 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.

 

 

 

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.

West Orange Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity builds strength, security and self-reliance through homeownership.

Join a team  for a St. Luke’s Build Day to help build this next home in East Winter Garden.

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location:  861 Klondike Street, Winter Garden (Location will be confirmed closer to Build Day)

We are currently building in the East Winter Garden community just off of Colonial Drive. We have easy access to the EastWest Expressway (408), 429 and 414 and Colonial Drive. There is plenty of parking available and nearby.

 

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

For information about West Orange Habitat for Humanity, visit westorangehabitat.org.

 

Child Empowerment Ministries

IMPACT

Let’s make a harvest of positive learning this fall with a book drive geared to bring culturally diverse and authors of color to the media centers at Maxey and Mollie Ray Elementary School.

As part of our Mission, we support teachers, students and our local communities in making society more open, just and inclusive for all.

This socially distant initiative is an active way to have a big impact without a lot of leg work. We’ve made it easy to order online so see instructions below. Books will ship directly to the Maxey or Mollie Ray Elementary School via Amazon.

Web links below identify Maxey or Mollie Ray’s AmazonSmile Charity so that an extra .5% of your purchases directly support the schools too. This creates a Harvest of great books AND boosts the school’s general supplies!

Schools Have Specially Requested Books in a Wish List – Maxey Elementary’s Wish List has already been fulfilled. Please see how to access Mollie Ray’s Wish list:

Mollie Ray Elementary School Book Drive

  1. Click to the Mollie Ray Elementary School PTA’s AmazonSmile     
  2. Find the “Shop Charity List” or “Donate items from a Charity List” box to view the Mollie Ray Elementary School Book Drive List
    If you don’t see the Mollie Ray Elementary PTA Charity list, click on the Account and Lists dropdown, under “Your Lists”, click on “AmazonSmile Charity Lists” to locate Mollie Ray Elementary School PTA School Book Drive list.
  3. Choose the book(s) you want to purchase.
  4. Verify the ship to Address to Mollie Ray Elementary and complete your purchase

 

Educational 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 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.

 Go Full STEAM

Go Full STEAM is a non-profit community effort that supports four programs to inspire under-resourced youth through science, technology, engineering, mathematics, visual and performing arts – all guided by a single umbrella organization.

We use a unified approach through specific areas of interest to open new worlds of opportunity for students. Our goal is to influence children’s lives by developing literacy, competency and a positive sense of self.

Go Full STEAM is comprised of 4 programs, Robotics Challenge, Arts After 5, Artworks and Math Bee.

Our 4 programs are different in their focused content, but they all share a common philosophy – to utilize science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) as pathways for social change – for individual students and beyond. The programs provide active, hands-on activities that are responsively facilitated to promote self-expression, critical thinking, self-reflection, a sense of belonging, curiosity, motivation and individual autonomy.

Visit Go Full STEAM for more information.

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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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.

Fall 2020 LOCATION 

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

  • The fall session started in August on Thursday 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 awinslow@st.lukes.org.

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

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 awinslow@st.lukes.org.

 Poverty Solutions Group

Poverty Solutions Group (PSG) is a Central Florida collaborative organization committed to sustainable poverty reduction. Based on emerging best practices, PSG empowers individuals and households to achieve economic stability and engages the broader community to address systemic barriers that perpetuate community-wide poverty.

Visit the Poverty Solutions Group Facebook page for updates.

Adult Health 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.

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.

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 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

 

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