Grace and Peace Beloved St. Lukers,
Summer is winding down and I hope you and your family had a chance to relax and have a vacation or a stay-cation. My family got back a few weeks ago from celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We rented an RV and eight of us (!!!) drove up to North Eastern Indiana. Four adults and four teenagers. Needless to say it was tight quarters. One night I got up in the middle of the night and completely forgot where I was. I had to use my hands to feel my way through the RV. Then when I came home for the first couple of nights I would wake up in the night thinking I was in the RV and have to use my hands to feel my way through the house. I’m grateful that God has created us as tactile beings. We can touch, taste, and feel things to help us understand what is happening.
As the summer comes to an end and families are preparing for school to start, that means things are buzzing at St. Luke’s, too! There is so much happening as we are preparing a place for you to be challenged and grow in your faith and discipleship. Some of that starts this weekend! This Sunday is Communion Sunday, and we are going to talk about the sacraments of our faith, baptism, and Communion. Sacraments are tactile ways for us to know the grace and love of Jesus Christ, and we call them means of grace. These tactical sacraments help us understand God’s eternal love for us in Jesus.
I’m looking forward to seeing you either in person or online as we think about and celebrate the sacraments together.
St. Luke’s COVID-19 Task Force Update:
In light of new guidance issued this week by the CDC, masks will now be required inside all St. Luke’s buildings. The CDC recommends masks indoors in public places in areas of high transmission regardless of vaccination status. Orange County is considered a high transmission area according to the CDC, state and local statistics. St. Luke’s is keeping the health and safety of our congregation and community as our highest priority by requiring masks indoors in accordance with the request issued by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
We ask that all St. Lukers, guests, staff, and vendors please wear a mask while indoors on the church campus and continue to social distance. If you haven’t been able to, please consider getting your vaccination as we move through this challenging time.