St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
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Ministry Guide

Posted on March 8, 2023 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 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!

The next Discover St. Luke’s will take place on Sunday, April 23. Save the date and stay tuned for more details!

Contact Liz Vasquez for information on joining the church at 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: Elemental

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.: Blended 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

6:30 p.m.: Sunday Night Bible Study  – Learn with St. Luke’s Pastors and visiting professors from the Candler Foundry each Sunday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Zoom.


Opportunities Coming Soon


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


6:30 p.m.: Called to the Disciple’s Path – How are you being called to use your God-given gifts to LEAD your life as a disciple of Jesus? Join Pastor Melissa during Lent as we explore how our Methodist heritage and theology helps us continue down the path of discipleship, discovering how God is inviting you to come alive in your faith journey. We’ll be looking at how to live lives of meaning and purpose everywhere we go, and looking for new opportunities to follow God at church, at home, at work, and in the community.

Join Pastor Melissa on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Distance Learning Center of the BLC (the large classroom, above Founder’s Hall).

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.

6:30 p.m.: Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.

Join Pastor Jad on Wednesday nights during Lent from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in B-202 for a powerful discussion.


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.

Mom Connection – This group is for mothers wanting to navigate life together with others who have similar experiences while creating community, friendship, and experiencing spiritual growth. We’ll meet the first & third Thursday of each month starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Smart Classroom of the Barnes Learning Center (above Founder’s Hall). Bring your coffee and enjoy this time connecting with God and with others.

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 Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. on campus or online.

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!

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 or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.


Click the tabs below to view events, groups, and opportunities for each ministry area:

Connect Ministries

407.876.4991 ext. 216

Senior Ministries (50+): Subscribe to St. Luke’s senior newsletters and more by visiting, emailing, or calling Liz Vasquez at 407.876.4991 ext. 216.

 Care Ministries

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, April 19 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.

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, April 13 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 March 2 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. The next meeting date is Thursday, April 13.

Community Counseling Center: St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center provides counseling services to people of all ages through Licensed Mental Health Counselors. We offer tele-therapy 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, emails, or call on a weekly basis from the comfort of your home. Scripts are provided. Email 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. Our Easter cards will be ready shortly.

Grow Ministries

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

407.876.4991 ext. 285


Upcoming Training Opportunities: As a congregation, we have declared our commitment to inclusivity and equity. This was evident from the responses in the current listening posts and congregational questionnaires – bias, discrimination, exclusion bubble up to the top of our holy discontent for most of us at St. Luke’s. We are happy to offer a workshop on culturally intelligent (CQ) approach to identify, disrupt, and mitigate unconscious bias. Upcoming trainings include:

  • Racial Wealth Gap (March 26)
  • Cost of Poverty Experience (April 22)

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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.

Learn More About Oliver

Fruit Donors Needed and Gleaning Opportunities Available! : Over the past few years, St. Lukers and the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) have helped reduce food waste and provide fresh fruit to those experiencing food insecurity in Central Florida. Our gleaning team brings volunteers to your backyard to pick excess fruit to donate. Please let us know if you would like to share your FRUITS and we will supply the LABOR! Or come be part of our gleaning team!

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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 Habitat Team Workday will be on April 22.

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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. They have a new room at the Blessed Treasures Gift Shop. Come by to see! All proceeds support local, state, and international missions and charities.

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 someone’s life! For more information on how to bridge the transportation gap, contact

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 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
  • Give online at or through the St. Luke’s app.
  • Texting SLUMC to +1 (833) 245-5230 to receive a link to “QuickGive”

January 2023 Financial Update:

Total Receipts through January 2023: $248,074.96

Total Expenses through January 2023: $242,883.32

Favorable 2023 YTD position: $5,191.64

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

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