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Ministry Guide

Posted on May 25, 2022 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.

Pastor Jad, Pastor Jenn, Pastor Jeremy, Pastor Melissa

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. 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 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 taking the next step and joining St. Luke’s?

Contact Liz Vasquez for information on joining the church at evasquez@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.


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: Zoom Out, It’s Not What You Think

“You have heard it said …” Well, you’ve probably heard a lot of things. And yet, what if you took a different perspective? A more “zoomed out” approach? That’s exactly what Jesus invites his hearers to do when he preaches the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7. On Sundays in worship we’ll look at how Jesus in the gospel of Matthew invites us to do the same, to realize that while we may know what we’ve been told or taught, a Kingdom perspective might enhance not only our understanding, but our living out of Jesus’ teachings.

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

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

Click here to view online Sunday School lessons for children

9:30 a.m.: Traditional worship on-campus in the Sanctuary

11:00 a.m.: Traditional worship live on Facebook only (click here)

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

Click here to view online Sunday School lessons for children

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

Mondays 

8:00 p.m.: Breathing Space – Join Pastor Melissa for an opportunity to sit with Scripture in a new but ancient way through contemplative practices like Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, Imaginative Prayer, and Dwelling in the Word. Bring a Bible, a journal and pen, and an open ear to allow God’s Word to shape your week alongside other St. Lukers via Zoom.

8:00 p.m.: Nerd Church, a weekly opportunity via Zoom to explore the question, “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 a deeper spirituality by given the opportunity to build community around the fandoms we love.

Tuesdays 

9:30 a.m.: Life Together group – Find community and friendship with other adults! This group meets weekly on Zoom to talk about faith and life, share prayer requests, and do life together. (click here to join)

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group – Adults of all ages are invited to life together with this dynamic group. We meet weekly on Zoom and in person once a month. Join us and find out what life together is all about! (click here to join)

Wednesdays  

10:00 a.m.: GriefShare Support Group – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. Group will meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) beginning August 17 and is led by trained and caring lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $20.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

8:30 p.m.: Life Together online group – A group of adults of all ages seeking community. This group meets weekly on Zoom and there is still space for U! (click here to join)

Thursdays

7:45 a.m.: Pastor Jad’s Thursday morning men’s group – join this weekly group for coffee, community, prayer, and discussion each Thursday morning from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. on Zoom.

1:00 p.m.: Thursday Afternoon Women’s Bible Study with Beth Witten – All women are welcome to join this daytime group. During Lent, we’ll be following the church-wide study using the podcast/videos and discussion questions to deepen our faith through learning, discussion, and prayer. Classes meet Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Smart Classroom of the Barnes Learning Center or online via Zoom.

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group – This group is for adults of all ages seeking community. Group meets weekly on Zoom and there is still space for U! (click here to join)

6:30 p.m.: GriefShare Support Group – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. Group will meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) beginning August 18 and is led by trained and caring lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $20.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

8:00 p.m.: Life Together LGBTQ – All LGBTQ persons and allies are invited to join this group for fellowship, connection, and spiritual growth. Group meets at 8 pm on Zoom with occasional in-person meet-ups.

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.

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:

Upcoming Events

Click the button below to view all of St. Luke’s upcoming events:

Connect Ministries

st.lukes.org/connect

connect@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 216

Senior Ministries (50+): Subscribe to St. Luke’s 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.

 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 9:30 a.m. Contemporary worship service and the 9:30 a.m. Traditional worship service only. 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. Email Antony Larry or call 407.876.4991 ext. 265 with questions.

Loss of a Spouse/Partner: This special two-hour virtual program is designed to help those grieving the loss of a spouse/partner no matter how long ago the loss occurred. Learn how to process your grief and face the future with hope. This free program will be offered via Zoom on Sunday, August 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Registration is required. Participants will receive the Zoom login information in their registration confirmation email. Email the Care office or call 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? 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 meeting on Sunday, June 12 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!

Online GriefShare Support Groups: If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community at GriefShare. Fall groups meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks. Registration is open. We offer a daytime class on Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., starting August 17) and an evening class on Thursdays (6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting August 18). GriefShare 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. Registration required.

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 are now meeting in person but can also connect online or by phone if needed. 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. To learn more about the Stephen Ministry, please click here.

Hearts to Hands: This ministry is meeting on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Special Events Dining Room of Building C. Knit/crochet items for Arnold Palmer Hospital while sharing fellowship with others. For those who do not feel comfortable attending in person, please continue to knit/crochet items for Hearts to Hands from home. To learn more about Hearts to Hands, click here.

Caring Kitchen: Join this ministry in prepping delicious frozen crockpot meals for those who are recovering from a hospitalization/surgery, going through cancer/other treatments, having a baby, etc. Our next meeting will be on Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C kitchen. Please note that the June 2 meeting has been canceled. No experience 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 age 12+ are welcome. Click here to register for the August meeting. 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 will meet online using Zoom on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. Contact the Care Office regarding the Zoom login link and password 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 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.

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 care@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for details.

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 Antony Larry or call 407.876.4991 ext. 265 for more information.

Greeting Card Writers Needed: Do you have time to help write 12 – 15 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 Antony Larry or call 407.876.4991 ext. 265 for more information.

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

Maxey Food Assistance: St. Luke’s is providing fresh produce and shelf-stable products to families at our partner school, Maxey Elementary, to help bridge the OCPS food supply chain gap and the rising cost of living these families are facing. You can help us each month by collecting specific items. For May, we need:

  • Pasta
  • Sauce
  • Rice
  • Canned Chicken
  • Black Beans
  • Peanut Butter
  • Grape Jelly

These items can be placed in the labeled bins outside of the Sanctuary and in Founder’s Hall. Thank you for helping us bridge the gap at Maxey!

Avocados and Mangos Needed! : Our annual citrus gleaning brings volunteers to your backyard to pick excess fruit to donate to families at Maxey Elementary School. We would like to pick Star Fruit, Mangos, and Avocados as well if you or a neighbor have more than you can use! Please let us know if you would like to share your FRUITS and we will supply the LABOR! Contact Amy Winslow or call 407.876.4991 ext. 297 to be added to the schedule.

Gleaning Opportunities: We are heading into another harvest season and the Society of St. Andrew will be needing volunteers to help with their gleaning events. There are potato gleaning opportunities in May. Also, watch the volunteer calendar as there will be peach gleanings in Umatilla and Clermont, in addition to corn and cucumber gleanings in Mt. Dora in May.

Volunteer in Grow It Forward Micro Farm: Volunteers are needed to help with this fast-growing network of community farms that advances economic and food sovereignty in under-resourced communities. We need volunteers at the St. Luke’s farm, as well as our other farm locations. We are grateful for your support in eradicating food disparity in the Pine Hills and Winter Garden area. To learn more about the Farm, visit st.lukes.org/growitforward. For questions, contact stlukesfarm@gmail.com.

Click on the button below to see locations and dates of workdays:

Family Promise: Meals are needed for the Family Promise families who are currently sheltered at a hotel. If you would like to provide meals for the families, please click on the link below to see available dates when meals are needed:

Mollie Ray Educational IMPACT Leader Needed: If you have a heart for school children and an interest in leading a group of volunteers, we are in need of a lay leader for Mollie Ray Elementary School. The leader will work with the administration team to see how St. Luke’s can help the school meet its goals. To learn more about this ministry, contact Amy Winslow or call 407.876.4991 ext. 297.

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.

UMW Blessed Treasures Gift Shop: (formerly the UMW Gift Shop) 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. Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19! Come by the shop to find that unique gift! We have several Father’s Day items.

Blessed Treasures Gift Shop is having a HUGE plant sale! Come by to see our variety of plants!

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

Global Ministry Mission Experience this Summer: A small group of St Lukers will travel to Costa Rica from July 30 to August 6 to support Agua Viva, a faith-based ministry that provides sustainable clean water projects in Northern Costa Rica. Contact Amy Winslow if interested in being part of the team.

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 for a one-on-one conversation about your gifts and talents and how best to get connected. 

For more information about our Mission serving opportunities, click on the link below.

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”

April 2022 Financial Update:

Giving to the budget through April 2022: $1,129,682

Expenses through April 2022: $976,023

Favorable 2022 YTD position of $153,659

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


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