St. Luke's United Methodist Church


8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Contemporary


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819




“Do justice: love kindness: walk humbly with God…”

Micah 6:8 






Mark your calendar for the next Family Promise coming up October 7-14, 2018.


Since we are in the heart of the hurricane season, St. Luke’s is preparing to be available as needs arise. The local church is the best early response for the community’s immediate needs. But first, we must get our own houses ready so we can be there for the most vulnerable in our community. Below you will find upcoming training, ways to prepare your own homes, links to other services in our area, and ways you can become a St. Luker who volunteers to help in many different capacities.

Disaster 101 Training for Churches

This training introduces the unique and important role the faith community plays in disaster mitigation, preparation and response. You and your church will hear practical ideas on how to effectively respond to disaster in your community in cooperation with other churches, emergency management officials and the Disaster Recovery Ministry of the conference. You will understand the importance of communication and collaboration in meeting the needs of disaster survivors and the importance of being the church during crisis.

Date: Recent training took place Saturday, June 16, 2018. Future trainings TBA.


Volunteer in the Event of an Emergency

If Central Florida is hit by a large storm this year, St. Luke’s Disaster Response teams will be immediately mobilized. Prayerfully consider how you can help and sign-up NOW. We will have training soon to make sure everyone knows how to do their job.

Crew Team Leaders

This role will lead volunteer teams to assess damage and lead work crews for home repair and debris clean up. Our teams will assist the most vulnerable – shut-ins, elderly, single parents, financially distressed, and special needs in our congregation, the community and in East Winter Garden.  Immediately following the storm for 1 week or until volunteers return to their jobs.

Minor Home Repair 

These volunteers will assist with minor home repairs as assigned by a St. Luke’s Crew Leader. We will have some tools available, but you are encouraged to bring what you will need. Your Crew Leader can help with that list. Immediately following the storm for 1 week or until volunteers return to their jobs.

Minor Debris Clean-up Team

This team will be helping clean up for the most vulnerable in our community and in East Winter Garden. Please bring work gloves, rakes, heavy duty garbage bags and wear closed toe shoes. Immediately following the storm for 1 week or until volunteers return to their jobs.

 Food and Hospitality Team

If you have the gift of Hospitality, we need you. We will be serving dinners and bringing food to those in need. All you need is a smile and hug to share. A car for deliveries will be helpful for several on this team but not a requirement.  Immediately following the storm for 3 days or until volunteers return to their jobs.

Phone Bank Volunteer Team

This team will take calls from those needing help from the church and community. You should have a caring heart, a calming demeanor, and the gift of patience! Immediately following the storm for 1 week or until volunteers return to their jobs.

Care Call Team

This team will make calls before AND after the storm to church members who are shut-ins, elderly, special needs, and single parents. Some may need support. Others a prayer. AND some may need volunteer support at their home.

Donation Team

This team will organize incoming donations AND sending donations that we do NOT need to other organizations.  Immediately following the storm for 1 week or until volunteers return to their jobs.

Disaster 101 Training is recommended for all of the above positions:
Future training date: TBA  


Other Helpful Information

Here’s a sales-tax “holiday” poster that you can take with you when shopping for

hurricane supplies from June 1-7, 2018.

Florida tax-free hurricane supplies in a handy-dandy poster

How to prepare your home for a storm
Disaster – FEMA Emergency Supply List

Emergency Health Care Providers in our area (coming soon)

How to apply for FEMA (coming soon)

Activated in the event of a storm
(Please check back immediately following a storm)

Amazon Disaster Supply Wish List (activated in the event of a storm)

Donations (Complete list of the donations that we are accepting)
AND Donations we are NOT accepting (activated in the event of a storm)


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Disaster Response to 2017 hurricane season

Let us first lift up in prayer all those who are still struggling from the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The brutality of being a storm victim is the slow and prolonged road to recovery. Your swift and generous donations are providing practical and emotional support to hundreds of people. Here are the ways we have used your donations so far:

  • 800 students evacuated from Puerto Rico and enrolled in Orange County Public Schools received backpacks and school supplies.
  • 200+ flood buckets sent to all affected areas through the Florida Conference
  • Purchased two industrial-quality tarps for a Methodist Church in the Virgin Islands
  • Donated money to the Florida Conference Disaster fund, which will support smaller United Methodist Churches struggling to fix damages on their buildings caused by Hurricane Irma and individuals throughout Florida who are still rebuilding their lives after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.
  • Donated funds to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the world-wide humanitarian and development arm of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR funds United Methodist Conferences throughout the nation such as the Florida Conference to support local disaster response efforts.
  • Supporting Puerto Rican evacuee families, who are currently living in extended stays, move into permanent housing.
  • Trained Disaster Response volunteers and Mission Staff.
  • A St. Luke’s Disaster Response Core Team is forming to coordinate all disaster related projects.


Disaster Recovery Team

St. Luke’s UMC is building awareness on disaster relief by training and fundraising in order to meet the needs of our communities, state, and nation during a crisis.

Volunteers will provide all kinds of disaster relief that include structure repairs, rebuilding, clean up, beacons of hope, and more.

Nan Slone, Denise Leonard and Amy Winslow attended Disaster Recovery 101 Training with the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The training was led by Pam Garrison, Disaster Response Coordinator, and Robert Dinwiddie, Regional Team Leader for recovery. Join the St. Luke’s Disaster Recovery team to see how you can help now and in the event of a storm.

For more information, contact Amy Winslow at or 407.876.4991, ext. 297.

Donations Needed

Branches, Florida City

$25 Walmart gift cards – this will support individuals who lost their livelihoods due to Hurricane Irma.

Communities Near & Far

Financial donations – your donation will help St. Luke’s support people in our community, elsewhere in Florida and in our nation, who are affected by disasters.

  • Check – payable to St. Luke’s UMC (memo line – Disaster Response)
  • Online –  


There are many opportunities to serve within the church and to serve our community, right here on the St. Luke’s campus.  There are opportunities in our Commit, Connect & Care, Grow, Serve, as well as our Worship Ministry areas.

St. Luke’s Commit Ministries:

      • Front Desk Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to assist the staff at the front desk with welcoming guest and answer the phones. There are options to assist with data entry or projects the staff needs help on. Currently there are openings on Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Training provided. Contact Laura Turner for  more information.

St. Luke’s Grow Ministries:

      • Vacation Bible School Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help with this years Vacation Bible School. Come out and enjoy time with the children from around the community as a group leader, teacher of class, or prep work. Training provided. Contact Janet Chambers for more information.
St. Luke’s Care Ministries:
        • Administrative Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to follow up via phone with those sick, hospitalized or recovering at home. May also assist in data entry, mailings, copying and other administrative duties. Training provided.
        • Transportation Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to transport individuals to doctor’s appointments, medical treatments, grocery/pharmacy, library, etc. on an as needed basis. Liability insurance required.
        • Food Volunteers: Do you enjoy cooking meals for others? Are you especially talented in “make ahead” meals? We need you! Food volunteers will help purchase ingredients and prepare cost effective and nutritional meals for those going through extended medical treatment. Additional food prep training provided.
        • Greeting Card Coordinator: A volunteer is needed to organize and coordinate the writing and sending of cards throughout the year. Cards are sent to shut-ins, stateside and deployed military and new members for six holidays. Volunteer will disperse cards to a team of inspirational writers and ensure cards are completed and sent on time. Cards and postage are provided by the church.
    • If you would like to serve in Care Ministries please email Kim Paredes or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262.

St. Luke’s Worship Ministries:

        • Connection Card Baskets: Meets on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary to replace connection cards, pens, and other basket items. Learn more by emailing Andrea Whitman or calling 407.876.4991 ext. 253.
        • Worship and Welcome Volunteer Opportunities: It takes hundreds of volunteers to facilitate worship and connection at St. Luke’s each Sunday. Support your church, pastors, and staff by serving once a month as an Usher, Greeter, Connection Point Volunteer, First Time Guest Host, or Communion Server. Learn more by emailing James Elliott or calling 407.876.4991 ext. 215.
Click Here to view the various service opportunities on our campus and to get additional information.


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.

CLICK HERE to view opportunities to serve locally with your family and friends.

If you need help finding a place to serve that is right for you, contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at 407.876.4991 ext. 297.

Click here to learn about St. Luke’s Community Transformation Initiative in East Winter Garden.


St. Luke’s is serving beyond Central Florida. Such global connections give us incredible opportunities to encounter Christ’s love and grace in a unique way – through the experience of people from other cultures – and use our resources with our partners so they can live out their calling to reach their communities.  There are several ways you can serve in St. Luke’s Global Missions Ministries even if you cannot/do not want to travel.

Click here to learn about St. Luke’s global missions partners. Contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at 407.876.4991, ext. 297 to learn how you can participate in an international mission experience or support St. Luke’s global missions.

If you need help finding a place to serve that is right for you, contact Amy Winslow, Director of Missions, at 407.876.4991 ext. 297.


Please check out our Missions AND East Winter Garden E-Newsletters to find out the latest information on what is going on within the Serve Ministry!

Missions E-News

June 2015

East Winter Garden E-News

December 2016


Earlier Editions of East Winter Garden E-News

April 2014

November 2014

March 2015

November 2015


Welcome to our “Training Information”section where you can become familiar with our trainings held throughout the year and stay updated on the current training schedule. Please check back for upcoming 2017 training dates.


Bridges out of Poverty

This is a research based course designed to help people better understand how socioeconomic class has affected them. Bridges covers the “hidden rules” of class (poverty, middle, and wealthy) and helps people from all walks of life to better understand and communicate with people from a diversity of backgrounds.

Bridges also assists participants with understanding how to suspend their assumptions so as to begin building meaningful relationships across socioeconomic lines.

Whether you are serving an hour a year or 10 hours a week, in our community or elsewhere, this training is for you!

This is required training for Circle Allies.

Upcoming Date: Wednesday, September 12, 19 & 26
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Link to register, coming shortly

Mariam Mengistie*, Executive Director of Missions
Lynette Fields*, Executive Director of Community Transformation

*nationally certified trainers through aha! Process, Inc. (


Understanding CQ (Cultural Intelligence)

CQ is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts—including national, ethnic, organizational, generational, and many other cultures. Enhance the multicultural understanding and effectiveness of your ministry with this only evidence-based assessment of Cultural Intelligence (CQ). This is for anyone wanting to participate in a global ministry team or serving locally in a cross-cultural setting.

Upcoming Event Date: TBA


Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.) 

The Cost of Poverty Experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical low-income family in the U.S. It is a two hour simulation and debriefing that provides a brief glimpse into what it feels like to walk for a month in the shoes of families trying their best to just survive with incomes between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level. C.O.P.E. is an invaluable experience for people who, instead of merely talking about poverty as a problem, choose to be part of the solution to end poverty. This training is appropriate for middle school age and older individuals and for everyone serving locally.  

For more information about C.O.P.E.



Family Group COPE 8-15


Dignity Serves

Want to learn how to better serve people in your life? Dignity Serves teaches a powerful new paradigm of service called ‘dignified interdependence.’ Taught from a Christian perspective, this 6 lesson study will give you a useful toolkit to apply in all areas of your life – home, office, church, and neighborhood. Want to experience less guilt and frustration trying to help people? This training is for you. It has helped thousands of people since it first hit the scene in 2008.  Led by Phil Hissom.

Upcoming Event Date:  TBA


Meet Jesus on The Road

Participants will gain a better understanding of our community transformation vision, how St. Luke’s understands mission from a United Methodist perspective, what the Bible says about poverty, and asset-based development.  This course provides a safe environment in which to explore how you understand diversity and serving with people from very different backgrounds.

Upcoming Event Date: TBA


Toxic Charity

Several times a year, we offer a six weeks study of this book. The book is helpful for learning how to serve others in ways that are not harmful, but rather maintain the dignity, independence, and hope of recipients. It provides insight into how to be aware of and check our intentions for undertaking acts of charity. It also provides insight into the complexities of poverty.

Bob Lupton, the author, has more than 30 years of community transformation experience in Atlanta. He wrote this book with the hope of offering tools and inspiration for the development of healthy, community driven programs that produce deep, measurable, and lasting change – transformative charity that produces community development.

Upcoming Event Date(s): TBA                                                                                                                                                       



      • Lynette Fields, Executive Director of Community Transformation
         Oversees the Community Transformation Initiative in East Winter Garden, and serves on the Leadership Team (pastors and Executive Directors) of St. Luke’s.  Click Here to contact.
      • Mariam Mengistie, Executive Director of Missions
        Responsible for the overall vision and strategy for missions at St. Luke’s.  Works with lay leadership in developing strategy and implementation of Orlando and Global Missions, liaison with local community partners at the organizational level, and connects with global mission partners and supporting organizations in those countries. Serves on the Leadership Team (pastors and Executive Directors) of St. Luke’s. Click Here to contact.
      • Amy Winslow, Director of Missions
        Develops service opportunities from entry level through habit and leadership, coordinates community service days, family and intergenerational mission trips, seasonal projects including Wish Tree, Global Fair Trade Market and Bags of Grace, & ensures quality of volunteer experience and Missions Communications.  Click Here to contact. 
      • Peggy Caverly, Administrator of Missions
        Preparation and updates to the Mission Calendar, communications utilizing the Marketing Ministry area for promotion of Mission Events and needs and posting needed information on Arena (attendance, tags, events, etc.).  Click Here to contact.                   
      • Destiny Jones, Intern
        As part of the Young Adult Missional Movement (YAMM), Destiny is serving in the Serve Ministries, supporting local ministries, including programming in East Winter Garden. Click Here to contact.     

East Winter Garden Staff

      • Adam Hartnett, Director of Neighborhood Ministries
        Ground-level liaison between East Winter Garden and St. Luke’s, provides volunteer support and communication, relates to EWG organizations, encourages leadership development of residents, and implements asset-based community development practices.  Click Here to contact.
      • Ruth Berlus, Associate Director of Neighborhood Ministries
        She will be working in East Winter Garden being present in the neighborhood and assisting with the work of our community partners. Click Here to contact.

Circles Staff

The Circles® Campaign is a national transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with families wanting to make the journey out of poverty

      • Beth Witten, Circles Coordinator 
        • Coordinates the Circle Weekly Meetings, assists the recruitment team in recruiting Circle Allies, trains and provides orientation to incoming Allies, coordinates Circles Match process with Circles Coach and provides Individual Ally/Matched Circle support within the Circles Community.  Click Here to contact.

        Tiffany Kelly, Circles Coach                                                

        • Assists the recruitment team in recruiting Circle Leaders, helps train and provide orientation to incoming leaders, coordinates Circles Match process with Circles Coordinator and provides Individual Leader/Matched Circle support within the Circles Community.  Click Here to contact.

        Sophia Scott, Circles Administrator 

        • Maintains data management in the national and local Circles Databases, provides staff reports/analysis from leader progress reports, maintains Circles website and other social media communications, assists in Circle Leader training with Circles Coach, organizes Circles office files and leader training materials, and maintains knowledge and distribution of community resources.  Click Here to contact.

Visit the My St. Luke’s site to sign up for the following: Other Active Volunteer Opportunities Within the Church and Within the Community.

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