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Orlando, FL 32819
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Ministry Guide

Posted on December 1, 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 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?

Join us for Discover St. Luke’s, where we talk about who we are and why we do what we do at St. Luke’s!

Stay tuned for the next class date!

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

Advent at St. Luke’s

Advent at St. Luke’s

Wish Lists for orphaned children and vulnerable youth
Advent is a season full of opportunities to make room for others. Through your advent offering this year, you can transform the lives of children through St. Luke’s partnership with Zoe Empowers. Zoe is a global network of local organizations equipping orphans and vulnerable youth through a three-year, community-based, empowerment program.

Restore the hopes of children this Advent
The investment you make after only a year and a half in the Zoe Empowers program, 90% of participants report having safe housing; 100% can provide sufficient food, clothing, school expenses, and other necessities for their household in year 3. God is at work in the lives of the children in such big and tangible ways, and we have an opportunity to join them (God and the children). Our goal is to help 200 orphaned and vulnerable children in 2023 beat extreme poverty and start rebuilding their lives for a total of $54,000.  100% of your support will go to sponsoring.

Christmas Eve Worship

Watch Christmas Eve Worship Live on Facebook on December 24

7:00 p.m. Contemporary
8:30 p.m. Traditional

Upcoming Events at St. Luke’s

 

 

Click the button below to view all of St. Luke’s 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: Make Room

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

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

9:30 a.m.: Young Families Life Together (in-person study for parents of small children). Drop in Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in B-203.

10:45 a.m.: Single Servings (in-person & online study for singles 40+)

10:45 a.m.: New Directions (in-person & online study for adults ages 50-80).

11:15 a.m.: Contemporary worship on campus in Founder’s Hall

11:15 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

Mondays

Opportunities Coming Soon

Tuesdays

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

Wednesdays  

6:30 p.m.: Parenting Together – Join this Life Together group for parents weekly in the Smart Classroom of the Barnes Learning Center (above Founder’s Hall) for fellowship, discussion, and prayer.

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 morning.

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

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 the 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. contemporary and traditional worship services. 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.

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, December 4 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!

Loss of a Spouse: This special two-hour 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 in person on Sunday, January 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Barnes Learning Center, Room 210. Registration is required so that we have enough workbooks and refreshments for everyone. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

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 Barnes Learning Center (second floor of Founder’s Hall) in Room 210. 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, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C kitchen. There will be no meeting in December. 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 January 12 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. 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

Grow it Forward farm workdays: We are in to the fall planting season and we have opportunities to help at our Grow It Forward Network farms. Join us at the St. Luke’s farm, Shepherd’s Hope farm and Rise Up Church farm. For more information about workdays and locations, please click on the button below.

Learn More About Oliver

Circles® West Orange: The Circles® Campaign is a national, transformational approach to reduce poverty that partners volunteers and community leaders with individuals and families wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Circles West Orange is recruiting Allies for Cohort 10. There will be a virtual Circles Information Session on December 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity Team Workday: Habitat for Humanity builds strength, security and self-reliance through homeownership. Join a team on the next St. Luke’s Build Day to help build and revitalize homes in East Winter Garden. The next team workday is on Saturday, December 3.

Family Promise, December 18-31: Meals are needed for the Family Promise families during the last 2 weeks of December. There are also opportunities to be an overnight host at the Family Promise Day Center. If you would like to provide meals for the families for any of those days, please click on the link below for more information. If you would like to find out more information about serving as an overnight host, please contact serve@st.lukes.org.

Learn More About Oliver

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 serve@st.lukes.org.

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 serve@st.lukes.org.

Educational IMPACT volunteers 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 our partner elementary schools. The leader will work with the administration team to see how St. Luke’s can help the school meet its goals.  There are also opportunities for in-classroom volunteers, event coordinators, and a need for volunteers to help pack and load produce for the St. Luke’s Food Distribution at Maxey Elementary School.

Learn More About Oliver

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. Thank you to all who came to the Annual Holiday Marketplace. 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 don’t know where to start, contact serve@st.lukes.org 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”

October 2022 Financial Update:

Giving to the budget through October 2022: $2,599,631

Expenses through October 2022: $2,726,267

Unfavorable 2022 YTD position of $126,636

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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