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Posted on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm in .

View the Ministry Guide page for a list of upcoming online ministry meetings, events, and opportunities. Scroll down and explore the various tabs by day of the week, or ministry area, and view opportunities to Connect, Worship, and Grow at St. Luke’s!

This page is available through the St. Luke’s Weekly Update email, St. Luke’s social media sites, and the St. Luke’s Orlando app. 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

Do you consider St. Luke’s your home church? Are you thinking about joining officially? 

Discover St. Luke’s is an introduction to who St. Luke’s is and what St. Luke’s does. We’ll discuss our mission, vision, and values, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have! Whether you are new to Christianity, Methodism, St. Luke’s, or even a long-time attendee who is thinking of making this your home church, this is the right class for U!

The next Discover St. Luke’s session will be on Sunday, January 24 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. ONLINE. Click the button below to register!

Partnership Class, the second step on your path to becoming a St. Luke’s Partner, will be held on Sunday, January 31 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. ONLINE. You will join St. Luke’s pastors as they discuss the Partnership Vows and what it means to be a St. Luker. Register by clicking the button below.

Contact Liz Vasquez at evasquez@st.lukes.org with any questions and help with registration. 


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

 ONLINE SUNDAYS 

9:30 a.m.: Worship live on Facebook (click here)

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

Click here to view online Sunday School lessons for children

Current worship series: Live the Story

We talk about the Bible as God’s story, but how well do we really know it? It’s actually a collection of stories, woven together across generations to help us see the arc of the story of humanity’s relationship with God throughout time. Join us as we dig deeper into the Bible story, seeing that it’s not only God’s story, but my story, your story, and our story together that we are called to respond to in the way we live our lives. How will you Live the Story this year?

11:00 a.m.: Single Servings (online book study for singles 40+)

11:15 a.m.: On-campus worship – St. Luke’s is temporarily pausing on-campus worship until COVID-19 positivity rate improves. Please join us online for worship Sundays at 9:30 a.m. EST on Facebook Live.

7:00 p.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

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

 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)

7:00 p.m.: Nerd Church, a weekly opportunity via Zoom to explore the question of, “What happens when the stories of our faith, fandoms, and lives collide?” Each week you will engage in discussion about meaningful biblical concepts through the lens of our favorite comics, video games, and movies. Here, we are drawn into deeper spirituality by and given the opportunity to build community around the fandoms we love.

8:00 p.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

 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)

9:30 a.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

 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)

10:00 a.m.: GriefShare Support Group starting February 24. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. Meet weekly on Zoom for 13 weeks (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). Our group is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $15.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

6:30 p.m.: Join Dr. Bill Barnes and St. Luke’s pastors to preview the Scripture that will be used each week in worship. Each week participants will have the opportunity to explore the context, meaning, and significance of the text–before the Sunday sermon. All group leaders are encouraged to participate in preparation for their own weekly group studies. Click the button below to register:

8:30 p.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

 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)

7:45 a.m.: Morning Men’s Group – Join this group weekly for coffee, community, prayer, and discussion. Next we will be reading and discussing “Love Matters More” by Jared Byas via Zoom.

6:30 p.m.: GriefShare Support Group starting February 4. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. Group meets weekly on Zoom for 13 weeks (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) and is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $15.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

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

7:30 p.m.: Mom Connection Bible study group

8:30 p.m.: Pints & Parables, a weekly online community, meets on Zoom Thursdays at 8:30 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.

 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)


 

Click the tabs below to view events, groups, and opportunities for each ministry area:

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!

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.

 Care Ministries

st.lukes.org/care

care@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 262

Coping with Caregiving: Are you caring for a spouse, parent, or child with a long-term illness, special needs, or age-related issues? St. Luke’s hosts a monthly virtual support group meeting for caregivers. Join us on Sunday, February 7 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Take a small break from your routine and join Pastor David Stephens and Care Ministry lay leaders for candid conversations about your struggles and blessings of caring for your loved one. Registration required. Click here to learn more.

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, January 24 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 February 4 and February 24. We offer an evening group on Thursdays (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) starting February 4 and a daytime group on Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon) starting February 24. Groups meet weekly for 13 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.

Hearts to Hands: This ministry is meeting now outside on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Torrance Pavilion outside the sanctuary. Bring your own lawn chair, mask, and practice social distancing while knitting/crocheting items for Arnold Palmer Hospital. For those who do not feel comfortable attending in person, please continue to knit/crochet items for Hearts to Hands from home.

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

Support Group for Parents of Children/Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This support group will meet online using the platform Gotomeeting on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. Contact the Care Office regarding login information on how to join this group.

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.

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.

Update on Passion Play Trip: The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the once-in-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play until 2022. Pastor Bill and Kim Barnes still plan to host the combined Passion Play and Danube River Cruise. Already 50 passengers have kept their deposits or full payments with the travel partner, Educational Opportunities, to be sure to have a reservation. Interested? Check it out by clicking the button below, or by requesting a brochure from Pastor Bill at bbarnes@st.lukes.org.

Serve Ministries

st.lukes.org/serve

serve@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 285

Glean Your Neighborhood: Do you have neighbors with citrus trees overflowing with fruit? We NEED this fresh produce to provide to our families who come weekly for food at St. Luke’s after losing jobs due to COVID. Let’s make Saturday, February 13 a HUGE church-wide event to glean the trees in your neighborhood. All you have to do is take a walk through your neighborhood. Ask for permission to pick and donate excess fruit for St. Luke’s. Deliver this fresh produce Sunday, February 14 by 12:00 p.m. (noon) to the bins by the Gym in Building C. Click here for more information.

If you have a citrus tree in your yard and would like to have a team come to glean, contact Amy Winslow.

If you don’t have a tree to glean, please consider purchasing a 5-pound bag of potatoes to donate to our food distribution.

Volunteer in Grow It Forward Micro Farm: Come be a part of the movement and help Grow it Forward, by volunteering on the Micro Farm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. For questions email Amy Winslow, or call 407.876.4991 ext. 297. To sign up for a shift, click the button below

Habitat For Humanity Build Day: We currently have a full team on Saturday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help build the next home in East Winter Garden. If you are interested in being part of this team, please contact Peggy Caverly to be notified if open spots become available.

To register for our next team work day on April 10, 2021, click on the link below:

Bridge the Transportation Gap:

Car Maintenance Ministry: St. Luke’s new Car Ministry will help struggling families stay on the road. If you have the skills to do oil changes or small car maintenance, please contact Amy Winslow.

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.

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 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.

Greeting Card Writers Needed: Do you have time to help write 12 – 15 holiday greeting cards at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas? The church provides the cards, addresses, inspirational message and postage. All you have to do is write them and drop them in the mail! Email Antony Larry or call 407.876.4992 ext. 265 for more information.

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 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 may sign up directly through Family Promise and bring meals to the day center for these families.

To sign up for a January date, click on the link below: 

To sign up for a February date, click on the link below: 

• Jobs Partnership – Jobs Partnership will be starting their spring classes soon. We need people to mentor Jobs Partnership students this spring. Classes will be Tuesdays or Thursdays and can be done from your home. Applications are due February 2. For more information, click on the link below.

 

• Circles – Ministries continue through online classes and meetings. New groups are beginning NOW. For more information, contact Amy Winslow. 

• 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 on Wheels is back to delivering to seniors in our area. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, contact Amy Winslow. 

• 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.”

November 2020 Financial Update:

Giving through November 2020 (less PPP): $3,005,882

Giving is up 2.6%

Expenses through November 2020: $3,231,460

Expenses are up 5.4% due to lack of income from revenue producing ministries because of the pandemic

Without the PPP funds, we are in an unfavorable 2020 YTD position of -$225,578

With the PPP funds, we are in a favorable 2020 YTD position of $336,422

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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