St. Luke's United Methodist Church

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4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
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.

 

  2017 Backpack Challenge -Thank you!

Because of you, 900 students are going back to school, with their backpacks, ready to take on the school year! Thank you!

For 20+ years, the St. Luke’s community has supported Orange County Public School (OCPS) Social Workers who work directly with struggling OCPS families by:

  • Providing new, quality backpacks
  • Providing Christmas toys
  • Contributing to the Social Worker’s Emergency Fund

St. Luke’s Goal for 2017 is to provide 800 backpacks for OCPS elementary and middle school students.  St. Luke’s is partnering with D & W Sourceall to buy backpacks and supplies up to 50% OFF RETAIL PRICES! Because of your generous cash donation, we are able to help TWICE as many students as before!

We will collect donations from July 16 through August 6.

How you can help:

  • Sponsor a child’s filled backpack for $25 or supplies for $15.
    MEET THE CHALLENGE and donate $50 to give 2 students new backpacks with supplies!

    • Donate online at st.lukes.org/give or drop off a check at the St. Luke’s front office (Make check payable to St. Luke’s UMC. Write “Backpack” in the memo line.)

Please click on the link below for a message from Stephanie DeLucia, 2017 Backpack Challenge Chair

My Personal Story, by Stephanie DeLucia

Thank you for your generosity and prayers for all

Orange County Students!

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 19 – To volunteer, please Click Here.

Saturday, September 16 – To volunteer, please Click Here.

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)

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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 8:00 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

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.

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 the Fellowship Hall 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 8 through October 15 – CLICK HERE to register

December 31, 2017  through January 7, 2018 – CLICK HERE to register

 

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.)

 

Child Empowerment Ministries

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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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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.

 

Adult Empowerment Ministries

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. 20 minutes 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.

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St. Luke’s partners with Jobs Partnership – a faith based organization –to provide a 12 week and biblically-based, employability program for the chronically under-employed in West Orange County.

  • Classes meet on Thursday nights, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  
  • Training is required.
  • Commitment: 3 hours per week (evening classes) for 12 weeks.

Jobs Partnership Fall Session starts August 31.

Registration Deadline is August 4.

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

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

 

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.

Upcoming Date:  TBA

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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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.

Upcoming Date:  TBA

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

Community Food and Outreach is located at 150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL (407.650.0774, http://foodoutreachcenters.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.

Upcoming Date:  TBA

Family Day is for families with young children (ages 5-9 specifically) who cannot volunteer during the regular donation sorting shifts due to age restrictions. Families that have children older than 9 can come along with their younger siblings.  No children under 5 may volunteer.

Family Day Dates: TBA

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)

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

 

Goodwill Donations: St. Luke’s partners with Goodwill Industries in a unique way. We collect gently used clothing items and specific furniture (blue bin by the back door of the Fellowship Hall). Proceeds from sales in Goodwill Thrift stores help their program such as job training and placement. Depending on the weight of donated items, Goodwill gives St. Luke’s vouchers which benefit 5 Orlando Missions Ministries including IMPACT Schools and Family Promise.  

For a list of items that are accepted by Goodwill, please CLICK HERE.

Dates:  Ongoing

For more information on any of the above donation opportunities, please contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions at 407.876.4991, ext. 297 or awinslow@st.lukes.org.

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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