St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819


Ministry Guide

Posted on October 26, 2020 at 1:00 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 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


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 or call 407-876-4991 ext. 216.


Sunday, November 8 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, November 8 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit to register. Note: “Discover St. Luke’s” is a pre-requisite for this class. 

Sunday, November 15: Take your partnership (membership) vows online on Sunday, November 8. If you’ve taken Project Connect classes in the past and are just missing this final step, email to jump in! 

 Do you feel the Holy Spirit calling YOU to make the same commitment? Contact Liz Vasquez at to find out how you can be a part of this movement. Stay tuned for the next “Discover St. Luke’s” class and Partnership class opportunities! 

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


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

Current worship series: Love Matters More

All around us, the world is pulling us in to see each other out of a framework of division. We are forced to identify ourselves in boxes that don’t actually represent who we are; and we are told we have to put others in those boxes as well. How might we instead operate out of Kingdom love – to see each other as children of God, made in the image of God. How could we impact the world if we treat one another knowing that Love Matters More – accountable, forgiving, gracious love?

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

11:15 a.m.: On-campus worship in the Sanctuary (limited capacity) (registration required, click here)

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

8:00 p.m.: Breathing Space with Pastor Melissa – prayer, Scripture, study, and community via Zoom (click here)


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.: NEW 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)


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)

9:30 a.m.: Contemplative Way – this prayer group focuses on their growth as Christ followers by studying a book together. Participants can join at any time (click here to join)

6:30 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)


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

11:00 a.m.: Book study on The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown via Zoom. The Gifts of Imperfection is a motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living. With this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Click the button below to register:

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


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.: 8-week study based on the book Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado, led by St. Lukers David and Marcia Stephens (started 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.

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.: Join the Mom Connection Bible study group as they study Max Lucado’s You’ll Get Through This on Thursday nights (started August 27).

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.


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

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 for a full listing of groups. Have an idea for a new online group? Email to get started!

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

 Care Ministries

407.876.4991 ext. 262

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays: The holidays can feel unbearable after suffering the loss of a loved one. This free virtual program on Sunday, November 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. will help you prepare for the upcoming holidays and discover hope for the future. Our GriefShare facilitator team will lead this program. To register and learn more click the button below:


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. near the picnic tables across from the Gym/behind Building C. 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.

Support Group for Parents of Children/Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder: This support group will meet online using the platform Gotomeeting on Thursday, November 12 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

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

Serve Ministries

407.876.4991 ext. 285

Circles Winter Garden is Recruiting NOW: Circles Winter Garden is working to end poverty in our community by building intentional relationships across income lines, and we need people like YOU! Circles will begin training the next group of leaders and allies in November. Circles is meeting via Zoom while social distancing practices are in place, so you can make a change in your own life and the lives of others without leaving home or wearing a mask! Learn more and sign up for an information session via Zoom on October 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. by clicking the button below:

End Hunger Workshop: Join the last workshop on October 29 on the nuts and bolts of starting community-based micro farms and building a network of communities. Click the button below to sign up:

Volunteer in Grow It Forward Micro Farm: Our micro farm is tilled and irrigated, rows and walkways created, and seeds planted. Now we need your help! Be a part of the movement by getting your hands dirty on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. (sign up for a shift by clicking the button below)For questions email Amy Winslow, or call 407.876.4991 ext. 297.

Food Distribution Volunteers Needed (Mondays): Bring your positive attitude and get a FREE workout moving 2,600 boxes of food for our weekly food distribution. Volunteers needed from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Community Hope Center in Kissimmee. If you can help, contact Amy Winslow at

Other Voices Book Drive for Educational 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 schools. As part of our Mission, we support teachers, students, and our local communities in making society more open, just, and inclusive for all. Click the button below for more information on how to help provide books for our partner schools:

United Methodist Women Marketplace Gift Shop: Come see our new Marketplace Gift Shop! You will find many treasures at bargain prices! Our shop is taking the place of our usual UMW Marketplace that always takes place November. Due to the current situation, we have opened a special Gift Shop in the Annex (old Shepherd’s Hope house) behind St. Luke’s, down the gravel road. The Gift Shop is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Click here for more details.

Festival of the Trees & More: The United Methodist Women are sponsoring a “Festival of the Trees & More” event on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the yard of the Gift Shop Annex House. Guests will sign in, masks are required, and social distancing is necessary (no food or drink will be served). Guests can shop for handmade craft items, holiday decor, and more, and all proceeds will benefit missions and charities. This event will replace the annual UMW Holiday Marketplace, which has been a part of St. Luke’s for over 35 years. Rain date: November 21

Bridge the Transportation Gap:

Car Maintenance Ministry: 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.

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

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 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 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 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.

• 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.


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
  • Giving online at or through the St. Luke’s app.
    • Consider a special gift for the “Coronavirus Emergency Help Fund.”
Visit to make your 2020 stewardship pledge and view detailed financial reports. Contact Andrea Whisnant, Church Accountant, at 407.876.4991 ext. 227 or with questions.

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

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