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Ministry Guide

Posted on February 28, 2024 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.

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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. Luke’s 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?

Discover St. Luke’s is an introduction to who we are and what we do!

This class is an introduction to who St. Luke’s is and what St. Luke’s does. We’ll discuss our mission, vision, and values, and you’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have! Whether you are new to Christianity, Methodism, St. Luke’s, or even a long-time attendee who is thinking of making this your home church, this is the right class for U!

The next Discover St. Luke’s session will take place on Sunday, April 28 starting at 11:15 a.m. Click the button below to sign up:

If you’ve already gone through a session of Discover and are ready for the next step, sign up for the Partnership Class!

The next Partnership Class will be Sunday, May 5 starting at 11:15 a.m. in the Youth Center. This will include a walking campus tour. Click the button below to sign up!

Contact Rev. Melissa Cooper with questions or for more information about joining the church at mcooper@st.lukes.org.

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 – Love On Purpose

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 (watch live on Facebook at 11:15 a.m. each week – click here)

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

10:45 a.m.: NEW Lenten Life Together – While lent is a journey of individual self examination, you don’t have to do it alone! Join others on during Lent on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. in the Barnes Learning Center, Room 212, starting February 18.

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

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

8:00 p.m.: Breathing Space – Join this group for community, discussion, and lectio divina on Sundays online.

Mondays

Tuesdays

1:00 p.m.: Lenten Life Together for Retired Women – While lent is a journey of individual self examination, you don’t have to do it alone! Join other retired women during lent Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Barnes Learning Center, Room 212 starting February 20. 

1:30 p.m.: Life Together Retirees – Join this Life Together group on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays on Zoom for a lively discussion on the church-wide Bible Study.

7:00 p.m.: Wesleyan Way (online) – 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 Pastor Melissa on Tuesdays during Lent (starting Feb. 20) for this engaging discussion. Email Pastor Melissa to sign up.

Wednesdays  

8:15 a.m.: Morning Edition – All women are invited to join this online group on Wednesdays at 8:15 a.m. This is an ongoing group. Participants can join anytime.

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. This is an ongoing group. Participants can join anytime!

6:30 p.m.: Love is the Way – Walk the path of love with one of the warmest, most beloved spiritual leaders of our time, and learn how to put faith into action. Join Pastor Jad on Wednesdays during Lent (starting Feb 21) for this powerful study.

6:30 p.m.: 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 Pastor Melissa on Wednesdays during Lent (starting Feb. 21) for this engaging discussion.

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. New book: The Third Day: Living the Resurrection starting Feb. 21 (during Lent). 

10:00 a.m.: The Third Day: Living the Resurrection – In this book, Bishop Tom Berlin uses his gifts of storytelling and understanding the Scriptures to connect the reader to the experiences of several individuals around Jesus in his final days, focusing on new life and redemption rather than loss. Join Pastor Jenn on this journey Thursdays during Lent from 10-11 a.m. in the Distance Learning Room (BLC-210) starting Feb 15.

12:00 p.m.: The Third Day: Living the Resurrection – Lunch & Learn online with Pastor Jenn! In this book, Bishop Tom Berlin uses his gifts of storytelling and understanding the Scriptures to connect the reader to the experiences of several individuals around Jesus in his final days, focusing on new life and redemption rather than loss. Join Pastor Jenn on this journey Thursdays during Lent from 12-1 p.m. on Zoom starting Feb 15.

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.: Lenten Life Together – While lent is a journey of individual self examination, you don’t have to do it alone! Join others during lent on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. starting February 15. The first meeting will be on zoom and after that this group will alternate between in-person and online. Locations will vary.

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.

 Fridays

7:00 p.m.: Lenten Life Together – While lent is a journey of individual self examination, you don’t have to do it alone! Join this group on Fridays during Lent (starting February 23) at 7:00 p.m. You’ll meet in the home of Linda Sibley & Dave Russell in Winter Garden.

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

50 North Senior Ministries: Subscribe to St. Luke’s 50 North 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. Learn more about upcoming events and activities by clicking the button below!

Learn More About Oliver

Pints & Parables (Theology on Tap) – This community meets monthly on the second Thursday at 7:00 p.m.! Participants share in open discussion on matters of life in our world today, faith, philosophy, theology, and more. All are welcome! Contact Jad Denmark for more info.

Monthly Men’s Breakfast – Join St. Luke’s NEW Men’s Ministry at their monthly breakfast event, where you will enjoy community, connection, and prayer over breakfast on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 a.m. in Founder’s Hall. The next breakfast will be on Thursday, March 21.

Learn More About Oliver

 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. 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.

Free BP Screening and Blood Drive: Free Blood Pressure Screening will be available on campus Sunday, March 3 outside Founder’s Hall for anyone interested or if not donating blood. Share the gift of life by donating blood with The Big Red Bus on Sunday, March 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Photo ID is required. Eligible donors will receive a OneBlood St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt and $20 E-gift card! Each donor will also receive a wellness checkup (includes blood pressure check, pulse, temperature, iron level and cholesterol screening). Contact the Care office with any questions. For an appointment to donate blood, click on the button below.

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, March 10 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: Are you going through a difficult time? Do you need to speak to someone outside of your circle of family and friends? 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, and other tough situations. Stephen Ministers are not pastors or counselors but are trained to listen intently and ask reflective questions to help you move forward. They meet weekly for one hour free of charge on your schedule. 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 meets 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 to enjoy 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 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C kitchen. We will not meet in March. 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 7 meeting. Do you 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, March 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.

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

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

Circles West Orange: Circles West Orange is celebrating 10 years!
Six years with St. Luke’s as the Lead Organization and four years as a Host Organization partnering with Poverty Solutions Group. To honor this 10-year milestone, we’re looking for 10 St. Lukers to be Allies. Circles builds community to end poverty and needs volunteers serving on Resource Teams and as Allies. To learn more about the Resource Teams and being a Circle Ally, click on the link below.

Free BP Screening and Blood Drive: Free Blood Pressure Screening will be available on campus on Sunday, March 3, outside Founder’s Hall for anyone interested or if not donating blood. Share the gift of life by donating blood with The Big Red Bus on Sunday, March 3, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A Photo ID is required. Eligible donors will receive a OneBlood St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt and a $20 E-gift card! Each donor will also receive a wellness checkup (including blood pressure check, pulse, temperature, iron level, and cholesterol screening). Contact the Care office with any questions. For an appointment to donate blood, click on the button below.

 

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.

Society of St. Andrew Gleaning Opportunity: Our partnership with the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) has become a critical source of much-needed fresh produce for people who are facing food insecurity. The Society of St. Andrew, the farmers that collaborate with us, and our amazing volunteers, have rescued and redistributed over 2.5 million lbs. of fresh fruit and vegetables. That’s over 10 million servings of fruits and vegetables! Log in to the Society of St. Andrew Volunteer Calendar, to see upcoming volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Calendar here

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.

Family Promise: St. Luker’s can share their hospitality by providing meals for up to 4 families who are experiencing homelessness, at the Family Promise Day Center in Winter Park. To learn more about Family Promise and to get the link to Family Promise’s March/April 2024 schedule and registration portal, click the link 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.

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

United Women in Faith-Rummage Sale: The United Women in Faith are holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday, March 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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 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”

January 2024 Financial Update:

Total Receipts through January 2024: $210,870

Total Expenses through January 2024: $224,366

Unfavorable 2024 YTD position: $13,496

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


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