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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.
Do you consider St. Luke’s your home church? Are you thinking about joining St. Luke’s?
Our next session of Discover St. Luke’s, where you’ll learn more about who we are and why we do what we do at St. Luke’s, will take place on Sunday, October 15 starting at 11:15 a.m. Click the button below to sign up!
Contact Liz Vasquez with questions or for more information about joining the church at email@example.com 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:
Current Worship Series –
9:30 a.m.: Contemporary worship on campus in Founder’s Hall and live on Facebook (click here)
9:30 a.m.: Traditional worship on campus in the Sanctuary (watch live on Facebook at 11:15 a.m. each week – click here)
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.: Blended worship on campus in the Sanctuary
8:00 p.m.: Breathing Space – Join this group for community, discussion, and lectio divina on Mondays starting August 14 online.
10:00 a.m.: GriefShare Support Group – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. The Group will meet weekly in person for 14 weeks (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from August 22 to November 28) 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 for the participant workbook purchased through GriefShare. Instructions are included in the registration process. Please note this support group is filled to maximum capacity. If you need assistance in finding another GriefShare group, please reach out to 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:00 p.m.: Wesleyan Way – Wesleyan Way: How we live out our faith is directly tied to our core beliefs as a Methodist church in the Wesleyan theological tradition. If you didn’t grow up in this tradition, or if you never got a chance to dig deep with the “why” of who we are as a church, this class is going to be a great chance to get a thorough overview of the core beliefs about God, humanity and the church from a Wesleyan perspective. Join us on Tuesdays ONLINE starting October 3.
6:30 p.m.: [dys]FUNCTIONAL Relationships – Family relationships are complicated – even in the Bible. In the book of Genesis, siblings quarrel, bicker, and jostle for blessing and spouses deceive their partners in moments of crisis. What do we with biblical figures who are far from perfect? How does God factor into these complex family dynamics? How might these stories guide how we live and lead in relationship with one another today? Learn on Mondays through our weekly lectures (available on-demand wherever you get your podcasts) and then participate in a live discussion on Wednesday nights with Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio & Rev. Dr. Ebby Arnold from the Candler School of Theology as well as some of our pastors!
6:30 p.m.: Wesleyan Way – Wesleyan Way: How we live out our faith is directly tied to our core beliefs as a Methodist church in the Wesleyan theological tradition. If you didn’t grow up in this tradition, or if you never got a chance to dig deep with the “why” of who we are as a church, this class is going to be a great chance to get a thorough overview of the core beliefs about God, humanity and the church from a Wesleyan perspective. Join us on Wednesdays starting September 27!
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.
1:00 p.m.: Thursday Afternoon Women’s Bible Study (hybrid) -All women are invited to join this group. We meet weekly for discussion and connection following along with the church-wide study. Join us on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. on campus or online.
6:30 p.m.: GriefShare Online Support Group – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. The group meets weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from August 24 – November 30) and is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $20.00 charge for the participant workbook purchased through GriefShare. Instructions are included in the registration process. Please note this support group is filled to maximum capacity. If you need assistance in finding another GriefShare group, please call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email the Care office.
6:30 p.m.: Wesleyan Way – Wesleyan Way: How we live out our faith is directly tied to our core beliefs as a Methodist church in the Wesleyan theological tradition. If you didn’t grow up in this tradition, or if you never got a chance to dig deep with the “why” of who we are as a church, this class is going to be a great chance to get a thorough overview of the core beliefs about God, humanity and the church from a Wesleyan perspective. Join us on Wednesdays starting September 28!
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.
If you need help connecting to one of the classes, groups, or worship services listed above, email Liz Vasquez at email@example.com or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.
Click the tabs below to view events, groups, and opportunities for each ministry area:
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. traditional and contemporary worship services and the 11:15 a.m. blended 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. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.
Surviving the Holidays: Bittersweet memories. Loss of traditions. An empty seat at the table. The holiday season is rapidly approaching and can trigger sadness and despair for people grieving a loss. Join us for a free 2-hour program where we talk about how to deal with grief around the holiday season: Sunday, November 5 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Barnes Learning Center, Room 210. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night as we switch to Eastern Standard Time. This program is open to anyone who has suffered a loss and finds it difficult to get through the holidays no matter how long ago your loved one passed. Register at st.lukes.org/GriefShareholidays so that we may have enough workbooks and refreshments for all attendees. Email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for additional details.
Care Visitation Team Recruitment: Are you looking for a tangible way to provide care and support for others? Have you been a member of St. Luke’s for at least one to two years? We have a wonderful volunteer opportunity for you. Join St. Luke’s Care Visitation Team (CVT). CVTs are called to be a supportive, loving, and healing presence in the lives of others. They are committed to St. Luke’s, being partners (members) for at least one year, and are active in worship and discipleship, deepening their faith in Jesus Christ. This volunteer role will partner with clergy to visit St. Lukers in hospitals, rehab/nursing home facilities and also visit those who are confined to their own homes. The time commitment will involve 4 – 6 hours per month. In-depth CVT training will be provided by St. Luke’s. At these sessions, you will learn the important role of a Care Visitation Team volunteer. You will also receive training in the ministry of presence and training in working in a hospital/rehab/nursing home facility. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.
Click here to complete an online application. Upon receiving your application, you will be contacted for a meeting time of discernment with other Care ministry leaders.
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 group meeting. We will meet online on Sunday, October 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!
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.
We are now recruiting new Stephen Ministers for 2024!
Do you feel called to support others when they are going through a difficult time? Do you seek opportunities to come alongside people who need Christian love and caring? If so, then Stephen Ministry may be the perfect care ministry for you! A Stephen Minister is not a pastor, but a lay person trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing storms in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation.
Applications are now being accepted for new Stephen Ministers through Monday, October 16 for the 2024 class. Training will start Tuesday, January 9 on campus from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Click here to complete an online application.
If you’d like to learn more about this unique ministry, you can join us for a preview of a Stephen Ministry Training Class in September and October, where you’ll meet other volunteers serving in this capacity and learn more about how to become a trained Stephen Minister. We offer two opportunities to attend this informative training preview – an online class on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. and a hybrid class (in-person and online) on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Building B, Room 203.
Stop by the rotunda in Building C between worship services on Sunday, September 17 to meet other St. Lukers serving in this amazing ministry.
Register for the September 24 class.
Register for the October 5 class.
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. Want to learn how to knit or crochet? They will teach you. Come for 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, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C kitchen. 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 October 5 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 meets online on Zoom. Contact the Care Office regarding the Zoom login link and password to join this group. Their next meeting is Thursday, September 14 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 Volunteers Needed: Connect with St. Lukers who may have care needs or prayer requests. Send texts, and emails, or make calls on a weekly basis from the comfort of your home. Scripts are provided. Email firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for details.
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.
407.876.4991 ext. 285
Hurricane Preparedness and Disaster Response: With hurricane season upon us, we want to be sure everyone is prepared. Please visit the link below to see resources to help you prepare for any storms that come our way. We also need volunteers to be on a response team to help with any post-hurricane needs.
For information on how you can support UMCOR’s response to the wildfires in Hawaii and other areas of the U.S., visit st.lukes.org/disaster.
Creation Care: 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. We will be hosting a Creation Care Conversation on Sunday, September 17 after each worship service (at 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.).
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. Virtual Circles Info Sessions are available on Wednesday, September 20, 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Volunteers are also needed to help with meals for the Circles meetings.
Family Promise: Did you know that 2.5 million children will experience homelessness this year? As we continue to provide assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community, we need YOUR help! During these summer months, Family Promise needs shelter rotation volunteers while the families stay at the Day Center. Volunteers help provide delicious meals, healthy conversation, quality time on the weekends, and overnight supervision.
Habitat for Humanity Workday, Saturday, October 28: 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 Habitat Team Workday will be on October 28.
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 Shepherd’s Hope farm. For more information about workdays and locations, please click on the button 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. They have a new room at the Blessed Treasures Gift Shop.
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 email@example.com to get connected.
For more information about our Mission serving opportunities, click on the link below.
- Using the outside drop box attached to Building C.
- Setting up a recurring bank draft (for assistance email firstname.lastname@example.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”
August 2023 Financial Update:
Total Receipts through August 2023: $2,128,313
Total Expenses through August 2023: $2,238,815
Unfavorable 2023 YTD position: ($110,502)
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 email@example.com with questions.