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Ministry Guide

Posted on June 13, 2024 at 7:00 am in .

View the Ministry Guide page for a list of upcoming online and in-person 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.

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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.

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. Luke’s Orlando” Facebook group today, you’re always welcome!

Want to learn more about St. Luke’s? Contact Liz Vasquez for a campus tour 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 St. Luke’s?

Discover St. Luke’s is an introduction to who we are and what we do!

This class 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!

Stay tuned for the next Discover St. Luke’s and Partnership classes!

Contact Liz Vasquez with questions or for more information about joining the church at evasquez@st.lukes.org.

Upcoming Events

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

Sundays

Current Worship Series – Values: Living our Superpowers

9:30 a.m.: Contemporary worship on campus in Founder’s Hall and live on Facebook (click here)

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

10:00 a.m.: Traditional worship on campus in the Sanctuary and live on Facebook (click here)

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

11:10 a.m.: New Directions – Join this group of 50 to 80-somethings for Bible study, discussion, and fellowship. The New Directions class meets Sunday mornings at 11:10 AM in B-201 (upstairs). Participants can also join by Zoom. The class is currently studying the letters of Paul.

8:00 p.m.: Breathing Space – Join this group for community, discussion, and Lectio Divina on Sundays online.

Tuesdays

1:30 p.m.: Life Together Retirees – Join this Life Together group on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays on Zoom for a lively discussion on the church-wide Bible Study.

10:00 a.m.: GriefShare Support Group – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. GriefShare helps with all kinds of losses – loss of a child, parent, spouse/partner, other family member or friend. Group will meet weekly in person for 14 weeks (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) beginning August 27 and is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. Meet in the Barnes Learning Center, Room 210 (second floor of Founder’s Hall) adjacent to Building C. There is a $20.00 charge plus shipping and handling for the participant workbook purchased through GriefShare. Instructions included in registration process. Registration required.

Wednesdays  

8:15 a.m.: Morning Edition – All women are invited to join this online group on Wednesdays at 8:15 a.m. This is an ongoing group. Participants can join anytime.

11:00 a.m.: 50 North Book Club – Adults north of age 50 are invited to join this group on Wednesday mornings this summer as we read together Grateful: The Subversive Art of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass.

Thursdays

7:45 a.m.: Thursday Morning Men’s Group – All men are invited to join this virtual community for conversation, community, and prayer. This Zoom group starts at 7:45 a.m. every Thursday.

6:30 p.m.: Life Together: Thursday evenings with friends – Join this intergenerational group for fellowship, connection, and spiritual growth weekly on Zoom starting at 6:30 p.m. We meet once a month in person. New friends can join us anytime!

6:30 p.m.: Life Together: Couples (Thursday nights on Zoom) – Join other couples for weekly Bible Study and lots of laughs! We meet Thursdays on Zoom starting at 6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.: GriefShare Support Group Online – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. GriefShare helps with all kinds of losses – loss of a child, parent, spouse/partner, other family member or friend. Group will meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) beginning August 29 and is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $20.00 charge plus shipping and handling for the participant workbook purchased through GriefShare. Instructions included in registration process. Registration required.

7:00 p.m.: Life Together – Young Adults (25-35): Join other young adults who are leading their lives on purpose as they share life, explore Scripture, and grow together. The group meets at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Joseph and Harris D’Ambrosi, but may also meet at local restaurants, breweries, or online at times.

Saturdays

9:30 a.m.: Women of the Word Bible Study – Women of the Word is a Bible Study for women ranging from 60 years of age and north. Each week, the group focuses on 2-3 chapters of the Bible, enlivened by exploring different translations, commentaries, and experiences. The group studies and shares in prayer for one another. Meets weekly on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom.

If you need help connecting to one of the classes, groups, or worship services listed above, email Liz Vasquez at evasquez@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.


 

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

50 North Senior Ministries: Subscribe to St. Luke’s 50 North 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. Learn more about upcoming events and activities by clicking the button below!

Learn More About Oliver

Pints & Parables (Theology on Tap) – This community meets monthly on the second Thursday at 7:00 p.m.! Participants share in open discussion on matters of life in our world today, faith, philosophy, theology, and more. All are welcome! Contact Jad Denmark for more info.

Monthly Men’s Breakfast – Join St. Luke’s Men’s Ministry at their monthly breakfast event, where you will enjoy community, connection, and prayer over breakfast on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 a.m. in Founder’s Hall. The next breakfast will begin again in the fall.

 Care Ministries

st.lukes.org/care

care@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 262

Baptisms for Infants and Children: St. Luke’s baptizes infants and children on the third Sunday of each month unless otherwise noted. Baptisms occur at the 9:30 a.m. contemporary worship service and the 10:00 a.m. traditional worship service. Parents wishing to baptize their child must register to attend a baptism class beforehand. Click here to learn more about baptisms at St. Luke’s and to register for an upcoming baptism class. Please note the Baptism classes for June and July will take place on the second Thursday of the month. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

Coping with Caregiving: Are you a caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a long-term illness, special needs, or age-related issues? Are you in need of resources, support, encouragement, and prayers? Take a break from your daily routine and join St. Luke’s on Zoom for a “Coping with Caregiving” support group meeting. Please note that we do not meet in July or August. We will resume meetings online on Sunday, September 8 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Share concerns, challenges, and blessings with others in similar situations. Registration is required. Email the Care Office for more information. We hope you can join us!

 

 

Free BP Screening and Blood Drive: Free Blood Pressure Screening will be available on campus on Sunday, June 23, outside Founder’s Hall for anyone interested or not donating blood. Share the gift of life by donating blood with The Big Red Bus on Sunday, June 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A Photo ID is required. Eligible donors will receive a One Blood T-shirt and a $20 E-gift card! Each donor will also receive a wellness checkup (including blood pressure check, pulse, temperature, iron level, and cholesterol screening). Contact the Care office with any questions. For an appointment to donate blood, click on the button below.

 

 

GriefShare Support Groups: Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? GriefShare can help. New GriefShare groups start on August 27 and August 29. GriefShare helps with all kinds of losses: parent, child, sibling, spouse/partner, other relative, co-worker, or friend. A morning in-person group begins on Tuesday, August 27 (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) in the Barnes Learning Center, Room 210, and an evening online group begins on Thursday, August 29 (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.). Groups meet weekly for 14 weeks. We offer an extra lesson in November entitled “Surviving the Holidays” to help participants navigate the holiday season. There is a $20 charge plus shipping and handling for the GriefShare workbook. Scholarships are available. Sessions are led by trained and caring facilitators who have experienced intense loss themselves. Registration is required. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

 

 

Stephen Ministry: Are you going through a difficult time? Would you like need to speak to someone outside of your circle of family and friends? Stephen Ministry is there when you need help. This ministry allows you to be matched confidentially with a trained caring Christian who will listen, pray, and support you through the different storms in life such as job loss, marital issues, illness, parenting difficulty, grief, and other tough situations. Stephen Ministers are not pastors or counselors but have 50 hours of training skill sets that include active listening, confidentiality, and trust building.  They meet weekly for one hour free of charge on your schedule. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers and women with female Stephen Ministers. Mark your online Connection card saying that you’re going through a difficult time and would like support or call the Care Office to request a Stephen Minister. To learn more about Stephen Ministry, please click here.

Hearts to Hands: This ministry meets on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Barnes Learning Center (second floor of Founder’s Hall) in Room 210. Knit/crochet items for Arnold Palmer Hospital while sharing fellowship with others. Want to learn how to knit or crochet? They will teach you. Come to enjoy community and free classes. To learn more about Hearts to Hands, click here.

Caring Kitchen: Join this ministry in prepping delicious frozen crockpot meals for those recovering from a hospitalization/surgery, going through cancer/other treatments, having a baby, etc. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C kitchen. We do not meet in July. No experience is required – just a compassionate heart and a passion for caring. Closed-toe shoes are required. Bring an apron, a sharp knife, and a vegetable peeler if you have one. Children aged 12+ are welcome. Click here to register for the June 6 meeting. Do you 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 meets online on Zoom. Contact the Care Office regarding the Zoom login link and password to join this group. Their next meeting is Thursday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. 

Community Counseling Center: St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center provides counseling services to people of all ages through Licensed Mental Health Counselors. We offer teletherapy sessions as well as in-person sessions. 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 counseling session.

Care Call Team Coordinator Needed: The Care office is in need of a volunteer Coordinator for our Care Call Team. This role is responsible for running a weekly report and assigning the weekly calls to our volunteer Care Call Team. The team follows up each week with people who have been attending worship regularly and then stop attending for a few weeks. Volunteers email, text, or call to check in and offer care and prayers if needed. They help make our large church feel more like a small church family. Volunteers serve from the comfort of their homes and normally reach out to four-six people per week. Training in running the report and how to assign the calls will be provided. The average time commitment for the coordinator role is 1.5 hours per week. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email for more information.

Drivers Needed: Do you enjoy driving and meeting new people? Become a driver for St. Luke’s Care Ministry! Help take St. Lukers to their doctor’s appointments, treatments, library, grocery store, etc. Drivers also help deliver Caring Kitchen meals when requested to families. A valid Florida driver’s license is required along with proof of vehicle insurance and a background check. 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 – 14 holiday greeting cards at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas? The church provides cards, addresses, inspirational messages, and postage. All you have to do is write the message inside the cards, seal the envelopes, and drop them in the mail! Email care@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for details.

Grow Ministries

st.lukes.org/grow

grow@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 238

Life Together Groups: Life Together groups are discussion-based groups where you can experience community, friendship, and spiritual growth. These groups meet either online or in person. Join an existing group, a new group, or help start a new group today! Click the button below to sign up.

Serve Ministries

st.lukes.org/serve

serve@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 285

Engage: Are you 50 or older? Retired or semi-retired? Interested in volunteering with other St Luker’s to ENGAGE in the community to make a difference? As an outgrowth of Pastor Melissa’s recent Lead Your Life class, active seniors are organizing to see where we can best serve in Central Florida. Our initial meetings by the planning committee have put volunteer opportunities into classifications (working with the homeless, combatting hunger, caring for animals and/or God’s creation, building projects, and educational impact- just to name a few). Our next steps will be to reach out to the organizations we select and see what days, times, and helping opportunities are a good fit for our volunteers. Come be a part of the groundwork that aligns those in their “Chapter 2” of life with meaningful volunteer experiences and fosters relationships between St Luker’s in the process! Contact serve@st.lukes.org, for more information.

West Orange Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity builds strength, security, and self-reliance through homeownership. Join a team on the next St. Luke’s workday to help build and revitalize homes in East Winter Garden. Our next team workday is Saturday, June 22. Click on the link below for more information and to sign up.

 

Creation Care: Beach Clean up coming up on Saturday, July 13. We will be at Lori Wilson Park in Brevard County at 8:00 a.m. We believe that all of creation is God’s and that we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it. Explore the ways we, as United Methodists, care for and love all of creation and are committed to keeping our planet green, clean, and sustainable for all.

Free BP Screening and Blood Drive: Free Blood Pressure Screening will be available on campus on Sunday, June 23, outside Founder’s Hall for anyone interested or not donating blood.  Share the gift of life by donating blood with The Big Red Bus on Sunday, June 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A Photo ID is required.  Eligible donors will receive a One Blood T-shirt and a $20 E-gift card! Each donor will also receive a wellness checkup (including blood pressure check, pulse, temperature, iron level, and cholesterol screening).  Contact the Care office with any questions.   For an appointment to donate blood, click on the button below

Circles West Orange: Circles West Orange is celebrating 10 years!
Six years with St. Luke’s as the Lead Organization and four years as a Host Organization partnering with Poverty Solutions Group. Circles builds community to end poverty and needs volunteers serving on Resource Teams and as Allies. You can also help by providing the weekly meeting meal for Circles. This is a great opportunity for you and your group. To learn more, click on the link below.

Learn More About Oliver

Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Opportunity: Our partnership with the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) has become a critical source of much-needed fresh produce for people who are facing food insecurity. The Society of St. Andrew, the farmers that collaborate with us, and our amazing volunteers, have rescued and redistributed over 2.5 million lbs. of fresh fruit and vegetables. That’s over 10 million servings of fruits and vegetables! Log in to the Society of St. Andrew Volunteer Calendar, to see upcoming volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Calendar here

Grow it Forward farm workdays: As we head into the spring season, we will have opportunities to help at our Grow It Forward Network farms. Join us at the St. Luke’s farm or Winter Garden Community Garden. For more information about workdays and locations, please click on the button below.

Family Promise: St. Lukers can share their hospitality by providing meals for up to 4 families who are experiencing homelessness, at the Family Promise Day Center in Winter Park. During the summer months, they need additional volunteers to help. To learn more about Family Promise and to get the link to Family Promise’s June/July 2024 schedule and registration portal, click the link below.

 

Blessed Treasures Gift Shop: The United Women in Faith’s (formerly the UMW) Blessed Treasures Gift Shop features handmade seasonal decorations and home décor, giftable items, as well as gently loved clothing, a variety of beautiful new jewelry, artwork, and more.

All proceeds support local, state, and international missions and charities.

Your Call to Missions: If God is nudging you to get involved in support of the community but you do not know where to start, contact serve@st.lukes.org to get connected.

Financial Update

Thank you for all the ways you support St. Luke’s! Share your tithes and offerings by:

  • Using the outside drop box attached to Building C.
  • Setting up a recurring bank draft (for assistance email awhisnant@st.lukes.org).
  • Give online at st.lukes.org/give or through the St. Luke’s app.
  • Texting SLUMC to +1 (833) 245-5230 to receive a link to “QuickGive”

May 2024 Financial Update:

Total Receipts through May 2024: $1,435,938.26

Total Expenses through May 2024: $1,294,524.79

Favorable 2024 YTD position: $141,413.47

Visit st.lukes.org/stewardship to make your stewardship pledge and view detailed financial reports. Contact Andrea Whisnant-Burgis, Church Accountant, at 407.876.4991 ext. 227 or awhisnant@st.lukes.org with questions.


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