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Ministry Guide

Posted on June 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm 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 Jenn, Pastor Jad, 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.

St. Luke’s leaders have agreed to three primary objectives during this unprecedented time:

– Safety and Health of Everyone

– Support and Care of Everyone

– Financial Strength and Resourcing

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 joining officially? Stay tuned for more opportunities to become a Partner (member) with 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 an in-person events, classes, and opportunities by day and hour:

 SUNDAYS 

Current worship series: Lessons Learned

Our church family reflected on the lessons learned over the past year and a few common themes emerged. This month in worship, we’ll explore why keeping faith at our center is so important and how we continue to grow as disciples. We’ll recognize we were designed for community and discover how we can reconnect with one another in new ways, navigating life together. We as the body of Christ and St. Lukers will learn to live into our core values that help us embrace new seasons.

9:15 a.m.: Contemporary worship live on Facebook (click here) or on-campus

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

Click here to view online Sunday School lessons for children

9:15 a.m.: Traditional worship on-campus

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 (online book study for singles 40+)

5:30 p.m.: Paul’s Travels in Greece – Join Pastor Bill Barnes for a 7-week virtual tour of the travels of Paul in Greece and Ephesus. Enjoy traveling and learning together from the comfort of your home. This group meets on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (started May 16).

9:00 p.m.: Breathing Space with Pastor Melissa – prayer, Scripture, study, and community via Zoom (click here)

 MONDAYS 

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

 TUESDAYS 

9:30 a.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

6:30 p.m.: Young adults (ages 25-35) are invited to join Pastor Jeremy for a new book study: “Finding God in the Waves” (started June 15). Participants can join this hybrid group in-person or online. Click here to register:

 WEDNESDAYS  

6:30 p.m.: Join St. Luke’s pastors for a weekly Bible study! Each week you will explore the context, meaning, and significance of the Scripture text that will be used the following Sunday in worship. Click the button below to register:

8:30 p.m.: Life Together group (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. Currently studying: Bishop Michael Curry’s “Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times”

6:30 p.m.: Life Together group (click here to join)

7:00 p.m.: College student/young adult small group with Pastor Jeremy via Zoom (click here)

7:00 p.m.: Pastor Jenn’s “Sisters of the Soul” book study

8:00 p.m.: LGBTQ+ Life Together Group, a new group for LGBTQ+ persons and allies who wish to navigate life together, creating community, friendship, and experiencing spiritual growth.

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.


 

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. Baptisms occur at the 9:15 a.m. Contemporary worship service and the 9:15 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.

Care Visitation Team: Let us know if you or someone in your family has an upcoming surgery. Mark your online Connection Card or contact the Care Office so a Visitation Team member can call and pray with you while hospitalized. Know a St. Luker who needs help staying connected? Contact the Care Office; a Visitation Team member can check in with them.

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 Stephen Ministry, please click here.

Hearts to Hands: This ministry is meeting on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. upstairs in the Building C Attic in a social distanced manner. 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. 

A monthly meeting to collect and bless all the items made is held on the second Tuesday of each month in Building C, Room 205 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Come and share fellowship and see all the beautiful items this ministry donates to local hospitals.

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. Meet in the Building C kitchen at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 5. No experience required – just a compassionate heart and a passion for caring. Closed toe shoes required. Bring an apron and a sharp knife and vegetable peeler if you have one. Children age 12+ are welcome. Click here to sign up to help. 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, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Contact the Care Office regarding 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 are pleased to offer teletherapy sessions during this time of social distancing. 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 teletherapy session.

Grow Ministries

st.lukes.org/grow

grow@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 238

Life Together Groups: Life Together is an online experience where people new to St. Luke’s and St. Lukers without an ongoing group can experience community, friendship, and spiritual growth. This experience may eventually translate to on-campus groups and neighborhood groups as well. Some groups have already started, but others will begin over the subsequent six weeks so stay tuned for updates. Click the button below to sign up.

Update on Passion Play Trip: The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the once-in-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play until 2022. Pastor Bill and Kim Barnes still plan to host the combined Passion Play and Danube River Cruise. Already 50 passengers have kept their deposits or full payments with the travel partner, Educational Opportunities, to be sure to have a reservation. Interested? Check it out by clicking the button below, or by requesting a brochure from Pastor Bill at bbarnes@st.lukes.org.

Serve Ministries

st.lukes.org/serve

serve@st.lukes.org

407.876.4991 ext. 285

It’s Hurricane Season and Time to Prepare: Our Disaster Response Team needs you! Whether you can help with calling shut-ins, helping to clean up campus, or with administrative needs, we need a team ready to respond if a storm hits our area. If you are interested in being part of the Disaster Response Team, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org. Please visit st.lukes.org/hurricane to view helpful resources.

Gleaners Needed!: In this pandemic, our partnership with Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) has become a critical source of much needed fresh produce for people who are facing food insecurity. The produce that is gleaned has provided food for Food Distribution at St. Luke’s, as well as other organizations. We have a gleaning opportunity coming up on Saturday, June 19, from 8:30 to 11:30  a.m.

Virtual Racial Wealth Gap Simulation – June 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

How does racism function at a policy level to create wealth gaps where poverty, hunger and homelessness can thrive? The Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation is an interactive tool which helps participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities, and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color.

Facilitated virtually by Florence French Fagan, Senior Florida Organizer with Bread for the World.

Bridge the Transportation Gap:

Car Maintenance Ministry: One of the main barriers to stability is transportation and regular maintenance is a great start. St. Luke’s new Car Ministry will help struggling families stay on the road. Volunteer opportunities are available when we host our quarterly Oil Change Events. There are several ways you can help, by sponsoring an oil change for a family, volunteering to bring snacks for our mechanics and volunteers, or helping on the day of the event. 

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! Please contact Amy Winslow.

For more information on how to bridge the transportation gap, contact Amy Winslow.

Grow It Forward @ St. Luke’s Farm:

  • Next Workshop – TBD 
  • Volunteer in Grow It Forward Micro Farm: Our beautiful Micro Farm continues to evolve and we could not do it without our dedicated volunteers! Come be a part of the movement and help Grow It Forward, by volunteering at the Micro Farm. Our new volunteer hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.  To learn more about the farm, visit st.lukes.org/growitforward. For questions, contact stlukesfarm@gmail.com.

  • Grow it Forward Saturday Market Day: Did you know you can purchase fresh organic produce directly from our Grow It Forward micro-garden? Saturday is market day at the farm! A variety of produce is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tastings, garden tours, and pre-orders available. To learn more about the farm, visit st.lukes.org/growitforward. For questions, email stlukesfarm@gmail.com.

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.

Greeting Card Writers Needed: Do you have time to help write 12 – 15 holiday greeting cards at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas? The church provides the cards, addresses, inspirational message 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 407.876.4992 ext. 265 for more information.

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. 

Here are some ways St. Luke’s has and is supporting the community:

• Family Promise : These families are sheltering in place at a hotel. St. Luker’s have provided meals during the weeks that St. Luke’s would have ordinarily hosted families on campus, as well as provide meals on additional days where meals were needed. 

• Jobs Partnership – St. Luke’s partners with Jobs Partnership, a faith based organization that provides a 12-week, biblically-based, employability program for the chronically under-employed in West Orange County. Spring classes are currently meeting virtually.  Classes are on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Future sessions will be coming up in the fall. There are also often coaching opportunities that are shorter than 12 weeks. For information about Jobs Partnership and future session, please contact Amy Winslow.

• Circles – Ministries continue through online classes and meetings. For more information, contact Amy Winslow. 

• UMW – Visit the UMW Marketplace Gift Shop, where our crafters are still hard at work. Their shop hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The Gift Shop is now featuring items for Father’s Day and for the summer!! Visit st.lukes.org/giftshop.

Last year, volunteers sewed masks that would be used at the Coalition for the Homeless and for Shepherd’s Hope and around the church campus. To date, over 1,000 masks were delivered to Coalition for the Homeless, Shepherd’s Hope, Union Rescue Mission, and to Winnie Palmer Hospital. 

• Meals on Wheels – Meals on Wheels is back to delivering to seniors in our area. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, contact Amy Winslow. 

• Inside Out Jail Ministries – Volunteers are needed to be Pen Pals to inmates at the 33rd Street Jail. For more information, contact Amy Winslow.

• Restoring Hope Initiative:

  • Family Advocacy – St. Luke’s staff is coordinating resources from community partners to serve the needs of Restoring Hope families. Our Family Advocates continue to check in with these families to be sure they have support as they navigate systems, benefits and bills. Key issues are jobs and keeping up with rent payments.
  • ESOL – These 12 families are connected with a St. Luke’s volunteer to determine what needs they have during this period of uncertainty. Volunteers are attending webinars to learn about support for this community.   
  • Food Security – In collaboration with Society of St. Andrew, HEBNI Nutritional Consultants, and other community partners, St. Luke’s is coordinating grant applications and pop-up meal sites to provide fresh produce and cooked meals to families.

FINANCIAL UPDATE

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

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

April 2021 Financial Update:

Giving to the budget through April 2021: $1,229,927
Expenses through April 2021: $955,695
Favorable 2021 YTD position of $274,232
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.

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


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