St. Luke's United Methodist Church

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4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
407.876.4991

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

Micah 6:8 

 

 

DISASTER RECOVERY RESPONSE

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 – st.lukes.org/give  

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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.

If you are interested in becoming part of this team, please CLICK HERE.

THIRD SATURDAY

     

Mark your calendars for the 3rd Saturday of each month. We’ll be joining together to serve in the community. We have several opportunities available.

Our next upcoming St. Luke’s Serves Saturday is coming up on November 18, 2017.

Join us at:

  • East Winter Garden for Door to Curb (meet at 1000 Lincoln Terrace, Winter Garden) – Click Here to register for November 18.
  • Clean the World (2544 E. Landstreet, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32824)  – Click Here to visit the Clean the World website to register.
  • Coalition for the Homeless (Baking, St. Luke’s kitchen, Cooking or Serving at the Shelter) – Click Here to register.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank (411 Mercy Dr. , Orlando, FL 32805) – To volunteer, visit the Second Harvest Food Bank website – Click Here to visit the Second Harvest Food Bank website to register.
  • UP Orlando (150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL) – Click Here to visit the UP Orlando website to register.

FALL SERVING OPPORTUNITIES & UPCOMING EVENTS 

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

  • November 1: IMPACT Volunteer Training, (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
  • November 5: Understanding CQ (Cultural Intelligence) (3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
  • November 11 & 12: 35th Annual Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the United Methodist Women (Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.).
  • November 18: Third Saturday – East Winter Garden for Door to Curb (meet at 1000 Lincoln Terrace, Winter Garden, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • November 18: Coalition for the Homeless (Baking from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Cooking, including food prep, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Serving from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).
  • November 19: Wish Tree is coming!

DECEMBER

SERVE ON ST. LUKE’S CAMPUS 

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.

SERVE LOCALLY 

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.

SERVE GLOBALLY

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/want to travel.

Click here to learn about St. Luke’s global missions partners. Contact Mariam Mengistie, Director of Mission Development, 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.

NEWSLETTERS

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

TRAINING INFORMATION

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!

Upcoming Event Date:  Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Building C, Barnes Learning Center, 2nd Floor, Distance Learning Center

CLICK HERE to register.

 

 Rethink. Reset. Re-engage….

The percentage of children who live in poverty in the United States hasn’t changed in over a generation, which means what churches, non-profit groups , and the government are doing to alleviate poverty is not working. This class is designed to help participants RETHINK assumptions we have about poverty so that we can RESET our understanding about the causes of poverty, and then RE-ENGAGE in the way we serve and set expectations for sustainable change. Participants will cover the “hidden rules” of class (poverty, middle, and wealthy) and help people from all walks of life to better understand and communicate with people from a diversity of backgrounds based on the work of Ruby Payne. Participants will also 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 class will meet the requirement for Circles Allies and others interested in serving in relationship-oriented mission ministries.

Class Date/Time: Class runs Wednesdays, October 18 through November 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Building C, Barnes Learning Center, 2nd Floor, Room BLC206 (Smart Room)

CLICK HERE to register.

 

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: Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Building C, Barnes Learning Center, 2nd Floor, Distance Learning Center

CLICK HERE to register

 

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.  *** Pre-Registration is appreciated but not required***  

Upcoming Event Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018 (time and location TBD)

 

 

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                                                                                                                                                       

MEET THE STAFF

 Staff

      • Lynette Fields, Executive Director of Missions
        Responsible for the overall vision and strategy for missions at St. Luke’s, 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, Director of Mission Development
        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.  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.                   
      • Jordan Kassabaum, Intern
        As part of the Young Adult Missional Movement (YAMM), Jordan is serving this year, 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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