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Ministry Guide

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 4:00 pm in .

View the Ministry Guide page for a list of upcoming online ministry meetings, events, and opportunities. This page is available through the St. Luke’s Weekly Update email, St. Luke’s social media sites, the St. Luke’s Orlando app, and here at st.lukes.org/ministryguide. To sign up for the Weekly Update email and receive the Ministry Guide directly to your inbox, click here.

Pastor Jenn, Pastor Jad, Pastor Jeremy, Pastor Melissa

I’M NEW TO ST. LUKE’S

The St. Luke’s United Methodist Church family in faith welcomes you. We know you have many choices when it comes to places to worship, connect, grow, and serve so we are honored that you are exploring St. Luke’s. Click the button below to learn more about St. Luke’s and our ministries:

Our Purpose: Awaken disciples to reveal the Kingdom, reveal the Kingdom to awaken disciples.

Our Core Values: At our center is the love of Jesus Christ. We value Christ-centered acceptance, hospitality, community, discipleship, and service.

Our Vision: That the believers of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church will reach as many people as possible in Central Florida introducing them to eternal life in Jesus Christ. Together, we commit to worship, connect, care, and grow as Disciples, to serve in revealing the Kingdom of God.

St. Luke’s leaders have agreed to three primary objectives during this unprecedented time:

– Safety and Health of Everyone

– Support and Care of Everyone

– Financial Strength and Resourcing

New to the St. Luke’s community? Looking to meet new people? Want to strengthen your faith? We have the group for U! Click HERE to join the “New to St. Lukes Orlando” Facebook group today, you’re always welcome!

Want to learn more about St. Luke’s? Contact Liz Vasquez for a Virtual Meet-n-Greet at evasquez@st.lukes.org or call 407-876-4991 ext. 216.

JOIN THE CHURCH

Sunday, August 16 at 1:15 p.m.: Find out what it means to be a Partner (member) during the “Discover St. Luke’s” class, being offered online Sunday, August 16 starting at 1:15 p.m.! Visit the app or st.lukes.org/projectconnect to register, and once registered you will receive a link/login instructions.

Sunday, August 23 at 1:15 p.m.: Are you ready to take the next step in making St. Luke’s YOUR church home? Join us for the online “Partnership” class Sunday, August 23 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit st.lukes.org/projectconnect to register. Note: “Discover St. Luke’s” is a pre-requisite for this class.

Sunday, August 30: Take your partnership (membership) vows during online worship Sunday, August 30. If you’ve taken Project Connect classes in the past and are just missing this final step, email connect@st.lukes.org to jump in!


Click the tabs below to view a schedule of online events, classes, and opportunities by day and hour:

 ONLINE SUNDAYS 

6:00 a.m.: Devotions with Scripture, prayer, and a thought for the day on Facebook (click here to view all devotion videos)

9:30 a.m.: Worship live on Facebook (click here to view full worship videos, and click here to view sermon videos) – online Sunday School for children available here

Current worship series: Bridge Builders

In a world where everywhere we turn, the narrative is about division, followers of Jesus seek to live lives of love, building bridges for connection, understanding, and reconciliation. But in order to build bridges, we have to remember the most important thing – to BE LOVE. In this series, we will learn how to love our neighbor recklessly, as God has loved us. We will Begin with love, Expand our circle, Lavish love, Open our hearts to love, Value the vulnerable, and Emulate Christ in order to better set our own agendas aside and truly listen to the stories of others so we might reveal the kingdom of God all around us.

12:30 p.m.: Single Servings (online book study for singles 40+)

5:00 p.m.: Mini messages from your St. Luke’s Youth Directors on St. Luke’s Youth Facebook page

5:00 p.m.: Virtual Vacation Bible School videos posted to St. Luke’s Facebook page through August 23

6:00 p.m.: High school youth “talk back” session (email youth@st.lukes.org for details on how to connect)

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group – started July 19, still welcoming new friends!

6:30 p.m.: Online 6-week study based on the book You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado, lead by St. Luker Joline Krolicki starting August 23 (click here to register). Learn from the prolific, wise, and comforting Max Lucado as he encourages participants that no matter what we are facing, God is present and promises to bring good from life’s challenges. Lucado uses the Genesis story of Joseph to illustrate the faithfulness of God and the hope of God’s people.

 ONLINE MONDAYS 

6:00 a.m.: Devotions with Scripture, prayer, and a thought for the day on Facebook (click here to view all devotion videos)

9:00 p.m.: Breathing Space with Pastor Melissa – prayer, Scripture, study, and community via Zoom (click here)

 ONLINE TUESDAYS 

6:00 a.m.: Devotions with Scripture, prayer, and a thought for the day on Facebook (click here to view all devotion videos)

10:00 a.m.: Plugged in with St. Luker, Kathy Thatcher via Zoom (click here)

3:00 p.m.: Check-in for youth live on St. Luke’s Youth Instagram page

4:00 p.m.: Check-in for youth parents live on St. Luke’s Youth Facebook page

6:00 p.m.: Online study of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, lead by St. Luker Marcus Scott starting September 8 (cost to register is $50, click here to register). This course will cover topics like debt, emergencies, paying for college, buying a house, wealth, generosity, and more, giving you answers AND a step-by-step system to help you find Financial Peace.

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group – started July 28, still welcoming new friends!

6:30 p.m.: Online 6-week study titled “No Matter What, Come as You Are,” lead by St. Lukers Casey Strong and Faith Boles starting August 25 (click here to register). At St. Luke’s, all are welcome. But what does that really mean? This course will include discussion about the Biblical narrative that supports St. Luke’s core values of Acceptance, Hospitality, Community, Discipleship, and Service. You will discover a deeper understanding of who you are and how we might create an even more welcoming environment.

9:00 p.m.: Breathing Space with Pastor Melissa – prayer, Scripture, study, and community via Zoom (click here)

 ONLINE WEDNESDAYS  

6:00 a.m.: Devotions with Scripture, prayer, and a thought for the day on Facebook (click here to view all devotion videos)

6:30 p.m.: Disciple Bible study on the New Testament, lead by Rick DiBiasio starting August 26 (cost to register is $15, click here to register). This 12-week course (available online and in-person) is supported by experts via video, an experienced facilitator, and a workbook. Be prepared to read the entire New Testament and join in robust discussions, while creating new friendships and gaining a new understanding of your faith!

6:30 p.m.: 6-week study based on the book What Do We Do with the Bible? by Richard Rohr, lead by Dr. William S. Barnes, St. Luke’s Teaching Pastor, starting August 26 (click here to register). Selective use of Scripture – by preachers and politicians alike – has been employed to justify violence, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and much more. Still we believe the Bible has something important to say. In this course we will explore how can we read it in a contemplative and intelligent way.

6:30 p.m.: 6-week course titled “This is Hard: Embracing Our New Normal,” lead by St. Lukers Alina Alcantara and Barbara Moran starting August 26 (click here to register). There are a great number of unknowns as we live in the midst of a pandemic: where will we be at the end of this? What will be the new normal? How do we function in a world where the rules keep changing? While not all these questions can be answered, this class will foster a safe space to share and reflect, while using Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

8:30 p.m.: Life Together group – started July 29, still welcoming new friends!

9:00 p.m.: Breathing Space with Pastor Melissa – prayer, Scripture, study, and community via Zoom (click here)

 ONLINE THURSDAYS 

6:00 a.m.: Devotions with Scripture, prayer, and a thought for the day on Facebook (click here to view all devotion videos)

10:30 a.m.: Women’s Bible study with St. Luker Beth Whitten via Zoom (click here)

10:30 a.m.: 8-week study based on the book Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado, lead by St. Lukers David and Marcia Stephens, starting September 24 (click here to register). This class will discuss the word “CALM,” as presented by Lucado’s book, and how important this message is in our world today. Dr. Stephens has served at St. Luke’s for 30 years in congregational care, and is excited to facilitate friendship and community alongside his wife.

4:00 p.m.: High school youth Virtual Café via Zoom (email youth@st.lukes.org for login information)

7:00 p.m.: College student/young adult small group with Pastor Jeremy via Zoom (click here)

8:00 p.m.: Pints & Parables, a NEW weekly online community, meets on Zoom Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. for open discussion on matters of life in our world today, faith, philosophy, theology, and more. All are welcome, so invite a friend! Click here to learn more and register to receive the Zoom link.

9:00 p.m.: Breathing Space with Pastor Melissa – prayer, Scripture, study, and community via Zoom (click here)

 ONLINE FRIDAYS

6:00 a.m.: Devotions with Scripture, prayer, and a thought for the day on Facebook (click here to view all devotion videos)

 ONLINE SATURDAYS

6:00 a.m.: Devotions with Scripture, prayer, and a thought for the day on Facebook (click here to view all devotion videos)

9:30 a.m.: Women of the Word book study via Zoom (click here)

10:00 a.m.: Exercise with Coach Chris and friends on Facebook (click here to view all exercise videos)

MINISTRY AREA OPPORTUNITIES/GROUPS/EVENTS

Connect Ministries

st.lukes.org/connect

connect@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 216

Cluster Groups: Connect online with St. Lukers who share your interests or life stage, or live in your area. Visit st.lukes.org/clustergroups for a full listing of groups. Have an idea for a new online group? Email connect@st.lukes.org to get started!

Mom Life: Put the kids to sleep and then join us for a virtual hangout starting at 9:00 p.m. on August 5 and August 19. Email mom.cluster@st.lukes.org for Zoom link!

Travel: Check in with friends and get a chance to ask questions to a travel expert on Monday, August 10 starting at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Contact travel.cluster@st.lukes.org for Meeting ID & Password.

Senior Ministries (50+): Subscribe to St. Luke’s senior newsletters and more by visiting st.lukes.org/subscribe, emailing connect@st.lukes.org, or calling Liz Vasquez at 407.876.4991 ext. 216.

Senior Video Chat: Join us on Friday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom to catch up with your friends online! Email connect@st.lukes.org for login information.


 Care Ministries

st.lukes.org/care

care@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 262

GriefShare: Loss of a Spouse: This free two-hour workshop is designed to help those grieving the loss of a spouse/partner no matter how long ago the loss occurred. Learn how to process your grief and face the future with hope. This program will be offered via Zoom on Sunday, August 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Registration required (click here to register).

GriefShare Support Groups: New GriefShare support groups will resume via Zoom on August 20 and September 2. We offer an evening group on Thursdays starting August 20 and a daytime group on Wednesdays starting September 2. Groups meet weekly for 14 weeks and are led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. Registration required. To register and learn more about GriefShare click here.

Care Visitation Team: Let us know if you or someone in your family has an upcoming surgery. Mark your online Connection Card or contact the Care Office so a Visitation Team member can call and pray with you while hospitalized. Know a St. Luker who needs help staying connected? Contact the Care Office; a Visitation Team member can check in with them.

Stephen Ministry: This ministry allows you to be matched confidentially with a trained caring Christian who will listen, pray, and support you through job loss, marital issues, illness, parenting difficulty, grief, etc. Stephen Ministers can connect online or by phone during this time of social distancing. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers, and women with female Stephen Ministers. Mark your online Connection card or call the Care Office for more details.

Caring Kitchen: Know a St. Luker who would like a crockpot meal? Contact the Care Office.

Hearts to Hands: Please continue to knit/crochet for Hearts to Hands at home during this time.

Community Counseling Center: St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center provides counseling services to people of all ages by Licensed Mental Health Counselors. We are pleased to offer teletherapy sessions during this time of social distancing. Our counselors are both approved providers for many insurance companies and offer a sliding fee scale in addition to the standard fee. Contact 407.876.8237 to schedule a teletherapy session.

Support Group for Parents of Children/Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This support group will meet online using the platform Gotomeeting on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. Contact the Care Office regarding login information on how to join this group.


Grow Ministries

st.lukes.org/grow

grow@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 238

Life Together Groups: Life Together is an online experience where people new to St. Luke’s and St. Lukers without an ongoing group can experience community, friendship, and spiritual growth. This experience may eventually translate to on-campus groups and neighborhood groups as well. Some groups have already started, but others will begin over the subsequent six weeks so stay tuned for updates. Click the button below to sign up.

FREE Virtual VBS: Join St. Luke’s virtually on Sundays through August 23 for Virtual VBS! These weekly videos will feature singing, dancing, games, a message, science activities, and a bedtime story for children and families. Virtual VBS videos will be posted at 5:00 p.m. EST to the St. Luke’s Orlando Facebook page. Watch live to connect with your friends and family, or watch later at your convenience! 


Serve Ministries

st.lukes.org/serve

serve@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 285

Last Day for Backpacks – August 7: St. Luke’s annual backpack drive looks a little different this year! We will be providing FILLED backpacks to Maxey and Mollie Ray Elementary Schools. Click the button below to get the list of supplies for the grade-level need. You will print the tag with the grade and supply list and attach it to your filled backpack, then deliver it DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL, by August 7. Thank you for helping students get what they need for a great start to the school year! Visit st.lukes.org/backpacks for more details.

Virtual Racial Equity Awareness Training: Racial equity work begins with awareness of systemic racism. As we continue our mission work of stable housing, food sovereignty, and understanding how racial inequities and how to apply a Racial Equity Lens to what we do is critical! Join us for the following Monday evening classes starting August 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for 4 weeks:

  • Monday, August 10: Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias 
  • Monday, August 17: Racism: Pre-slavery Racial Framing and the Myth of “Post-slavery” 
  • Monday, August 24: The Power of Whiteness: White Supremacy & White Privilege 
  • Monday, August 31: Introduction to Racial Equity Lens: Webinar 

Jobs Partnership Coaches Needed: Sign up to walk alongside adult students working to better their lives through job and life skill training. Classes (likely online) are from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays starting in August for 12 weeks. A virtual class will run parallel to the in-person meetings. Jobs Partnership is working out social distancing protocols. To learn more about Jobs Partnership, visit jobspartnership.org. For more information, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org. 

Coalition for the Homeless – Food Donations: While the Coalition for the Homeless campus is closed to group volunteer activities, St. Luke’s continues to provide the main ingredients for a monthly dinner at the Shelter. See the list of items needed for the meal in August and sign up to donate food by clicking the button below:

St. Luke’s Build Day – West Orange Habitat For Humanity: Habitat for Humanity builds strength, security, and self-reliance through homeownership. Join a team on Saturday, August 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help build this next home in East Winter Garden. To sign up click the button below:

Bridge the Transportation Gap:

Volunteer to do Car Oil Changes: If you have the skills to do oil changes or small car maintenance, we need you! St. Luke’s new Car Ministry will help struggling families stay on the road.

Administrator for Car Ministry: If you have strong organizational skills to run a quarterly, appointment-based car ministry for oil changes and fluid checks, we need you! St. Luke’s new Car Ministry will help struggling families stay on the road.

Car Donations Needed: Transportation is a huge barrier for stabilizing families through the Restoring Hope Vision. If you have a used car in running condition, consider changing a life!

For more information on how to bridge the transportation gap, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org.

Bridge the Technological Gap: With distance learning, virtual work, and online applications for jobs, a computer is a necessary tool and we want to close the technology gap for our families. 

Laptops Needed: If you have an old laptop, keyboard, wireless mouse, or monitor you don’t need, we have a team ready to update it for our Restoring Hope partner families. Contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org for donation details and more information.

Caring Volunteers Needed: Connect with St. Lukers who may have care needs or prayer requests. Send texts, emails or call from the comfort of your home. Email care@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for details.

Donations Needed for UMW Marketplace: Donations for the UMW Marketplace are still needed. The donation chest that was in Building C is now located outside on the porch at the old Shepherd’s Hope house, behind the church. The brown chest has a sign on it stating “Bazaar donations here.”Drive behind the church and look for a road sign that says “Annex” located by a gravel driveway. Turn down that driveway and you will end up at the building where UMW crafters meet and create. Thank you for your support! 

Your Call to Missions: If God is nudging you to get involved in support of the community but don’t know where to start, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org for a one-on-one conversation about your gifts and talents and how best to get connected. 

Here are some ways St. Luke’s has and is supporting the community:

• Family Promise – These families are sheltering in place at a hotel. Volunteers can bring meals to the day center for these families.

• Jobs Partnership and Circles – Ministries continue through online classes and meetings. New groups will begin as soon as August. For more information, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org   

• UMW – Volunteers are sewing masks that will be used at the Coalition for the Homeless and for Shepherd’s Hope and around the church campus. To date, over 1,000 masks were delivered to Coalition for the Homeless, Shepherd’s Hope, Union Rescue Mission, and to Winnie Palmer Hospital. 

• Meals on Wheels – Meals continue to be delivered to these vulnerable seniors once a weekVolunteers deliver 10 frozen meals to the seniors to limit contact for this community and the volunteers. 

• Inside Out Jail Ministries – Volunteers are needed to be Pen Pals to inmates at the 33rd Street Jail. For more information, contact Amy Winslow.

• Restoring Hope Initiative:

  • Family Advocacy – St. Luke’s staff is coordinating resources from community partners to serve the needs of Restoring Hope families. Our Family Advocates continue to check in with these families to be sure they have support as they navigate systems, benefits and bills. Key issues are jobs and keeping up with rent payments.
  • ESOL – These 12 families are connected with a St. Luke’s volunteer to determine what needs they have during this period of uncertainty. Volunteers are attending webinars to learn about support for this community.   
  • Food Security – In collaboration with Society of St. Andrew, HEBNI Nutritional Consultants, and other community partners, St. Luke’s is coordinating grant applications and pop-up meal sites to provide fresh produce and cooked meals to families.

FINANCIAL UPDATE

Thank you for all the ways you support St. Luke’s! Share your tithes and offerings by:

  • Using the outside dropbox attached to Building C.
  • Setting up a recurring bank draft (for assistance email awhisnant@st.lukes.org).
  • Giving online at st.lukes.org/give or through the St. Luke’s app.
    • Consider a special gift for the “Coronavirus Emergency Help Fund.”
Thank you for your continued financial support during the last several months that we have not been able to meet on campus. Your generosity has been truly overwhelming. Through June, our giving went up 9% for the year, and our expenses are up 8%. The expenses are up primarily due to our Child Development Center and Recreation Ministry. They collect income that is included in our operating budget to offset their expenses, and since our campus has been closed, we have not received that income.
Our operating budget for the year is in an unfavorable position with our expenses being $51,906 more than our income. At the end of June 2019, we were in an unfavorable position of $63,774. June giving was up 23% over last June. We received 37% of our revenue in June through online giving.
We have also applied for and received a Payroll Protection Program grant from the Cares Act. This has allowed us to continue employing all staff at their regular number of hours. Some staff have transitioned to other duties since the campus has been closed. The amount we received was $562,686. With the addition of these funds, it has put us in a favorable financial position at the end of June of $510,781. 

Visit st.lukes.org/stewardship to make your 2020 stewardship pledge and view detailed financial reports. Contact Andrea Whisnant, Church Accountant, at 407.876.4991 ext. 227 or awhisnant@st.lukes.org with questions.

If you need help connecting to one of the classes, groups, content types, or worship services listed above, email Liz Vasquez at evasquez@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.


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