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Ministry Guide

Posted on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 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? 

Join us for Discover St. Luke’s, an interactive session where you can find out more about who we are and why we do what we do at St. Luke’s. You’ll have a chance to meet the pastors and other new St. Lukers and get any questions answered that you might have about the church. Sign up to join us in-person or online on Sunday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. by clicking here.

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 and in-person events, classes, and opportunities by day and hour:

Sundays 

Current worship series: The Stories We Live: My Stories

You have a story. In fact, you have many stories. Your stories — your life — is part of the Divine story, a partnership with God working to move us from, through, and to the chapters that form us as individuals. In this series, we’ll walk with Job as he navigates his own stories, the ones he inherited, the ones he is living, and the ones to come as God continues to co-author alongside him. And along the way, you’ll get a chance to write your stories, too.

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 (in-person & online book study for singles 40+)

6:30 p.m.: LEARN on Sunday nights with Pastor Jenn and visiting professors from The Candler Foundry. This class includes a lecture-style presentation by a biblical scholar followed by a question & answer/discussion session with St. Luke’s pastors and other members of the Candler Foundry team. This will kick off each week as St. Lukers are  able to preview and engage with the Scriptures throughout the week prior to the Sunday sermon. Join the Sunday Night Bible Study live at 6:30 p.m. weekly on Zoom or view/listen on-demand by clicking here.

Mondays 

6:00 p.m.: Breathing Space – Join Pastor Melissa for an opportunity to sit with Scripture in a new but ancient way through contemplative practices like Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, Imaginative Prayer and Dwelling in the Word. Bring a Bible, a journal and pen, and an open ear to allow God’s Word to shape your week alongside other St. Lukers via Zoom.

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 

7:00 a.m.: “God Does His Best Work With Empty” Book study- Looking to connect with a group of women but having a tough time with your work schedule? Are you an early riser who wants to grow in your faith journey? Join us at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays mornings at Panera Bread (across the street from St. Luke’s) for fellowship, study, and community (started October 5).

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.:Elijah: Faith and Fire” Book study – Join Andrea Batchelor and a group of women on this 7-session journey through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now (started October 12).

Wednesdays  

10:00 a.m.: GriefShare Support Group – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. Group will meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) and is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves (started September 1). There is a $15.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

6:30 p.m.: Life Together (Adults) – Join is in the Building C Attic at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays for a chance to connect with other St. Lukers, followed by a group discussion and reflection on what we’re learning as a church. We’ll use the Study Guide provided in worship as we dig deeper and attempt to Live out what we are learning while children and youth enjoy their own programming.

6:30 p.m.: A Disciple’s Path (NEW STUDY) – A program that guides individuals to take the next step in discipleship and become dynamic, engaged followers of Jesus Christ. Whether you are new to Christianity or Methodism, interested in deconstructing your faith, or just want to get down to the basics, this class is for you! Join Pastor Jenn weekly from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m in Building C Room 204 (upstairs) starting Wednesday, November 3.

7:00 p.m.: Pastor Jeremy’s online Life Together Group

8:30 p.m.: Life Together online 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: Jesus and John Wayne

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

6:30 p.m.: GriefShare Support Group – If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community here. Group will meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (started on August 19) and is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $15.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

7:00 p.m.: Join Pastor Jenn and the Sisters of the Soul for Inspired, a new book study, Thursday nights in-person or on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. (started September 30). Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well honed literary expertise, Evans examines Bible stories and interpretations, wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating, and discovers the Bible is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.

8:00 p.m.: LGBTQ+ Life Together Group, a 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:

Upcoming Events

Click the button below to view all of St. Luke’s upcoming events:

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.

Online Surviving the Holidays Program: The holidays can be especially painful and sad when you are grieving the loss of a loved one. The isolating effects of the pandemic have complicated the grieving process for many bereaved people. St. Luke’s will offer a one-time free virtual program called GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays on Sunday, November 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Zoom. 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. Participants will learn:

  • How to deal with emotions
  • What to do about traditions
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to find hope for the future

Our program is free but we request that you register beforehand at st.lukes.org/GriefShareholidays to obtain Zoom login credentials and to ensure we have enough participant workbooks for everyone. Email or call the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for additional details.

Online GriefShare Support Groups: If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community at GriefShare. Groups will meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks. We offer an evening class on Thursdays (6:30 to 8:30 p.m., started August 19) and a daytime class on Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., started September 1). GriefShare is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $15.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

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, November 14 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Share concerns, challenges and blessings with others in similar situations. Register online by clicking the button below to obtain Zoom meeting link. Email the Care Office for more information. We hope you can join us!

Now Accepting Applications for 2022 Stephen Ministry Class: Are you a good listener? Would you like to learn to use this gift to serve others in a caring and Christian way? Consider becoming a Stephen Minister. St. Luke’s is now recruiting Stephen Ministers through October 31 for the 2022 training class. Weekly online classes start Tuesday, January 11 and run through May 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to complete a fillable PDF application. Once finished, you will need to download the completed form, save and email it to the Care office by October 31. Discernment meetings will take place between October 15 and November 30. Call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 or email regarding any questions. Learn more about Stephen Ministry training by viewing this short video.

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 Building C Room 201 (the 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. 

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, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. 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, November 11 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 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

Bags of Grace: For families and senior citizens who are facing barriers to access healthy and culturally-preferred supplemental food, St. Luke’s Bags of Grace helps them fill these gaps. A list of needed items can be found on our Bags of Grace webpage and these non-perishable food items will be distributed through our Educational IMPACT partner schools and our community partner – Senior’s First. Bags of Grace donations may be dropped off in the St. Luke’s Pumpkin patch during regular operating hours.

ZOE 5K: Be part of something BIG this fall, in a brand-new event. Sign up to run/walk in the ZOE 5k on Saturday, November 13, and help us raise $8,500 to fund a new ZOE Empowerment Group, where children in Zimbabwe and Rwanda who once lived in poverty become entrepreneurs and leaders in their community.

Educational IMPACT Book Drive: Hosting a Book Drive is “APPLE-solutely” the best way to again support one of our partner schools, Maxey Elementary. As the world becomes smaller and more diverse in culture and experience, the books on our “wishlist” foster social and emotional learning and promote self-esteem, spark conversations and build empathy.  YOU can make an educational IMPACT without leaving your home! We’ve made it easy to order books online that will ship directly to Maxey via Amazon. Your next step? Click the button below:

Gleaning Opportunities: Ready to glean some produce? The Society of St. Andrew brings people together to harvest vegetables and fruits which would otherwise go to waste to support communities. In this pandemic, this ministry has become a critical source of much needed fresh produce for people who are facing food insecurity.

The next opportunity to glean produce at Long and Scott Farm, in Mount Dora is on Thursday, October 30.

Volunteer in Grow It Forward Micro Farm: Volunteers are needed to help with this fast growing network of community farms that advances economic and food sovereignty in under resourced communities. We are grateful for your support in eradicating food disparity in the Pine Hills and Winter Garden area. To learn more about the Farm, visit st.lukes.org/growitforward. For questions, contact stlukesfarm@gmail.com.

Click on the button below to see locations and dates of workdays:

Be sure to visit the Grow it Forward Saturday Market Day, where you may purchase fresh organic produce directly from our Grow It Forward micro-garden. A variety of produce is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturdays, from 9:30 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.

Circles West Orange is Recruiting NOW: The Circles initiative is working to end poverty by building intentional relationships across income lines, and we need people like YOU! Recruitment is going on now, and training for the next group of leaders and allies begins this fall. Click the button below to view and sign up information sessions in October:

Family Promise – Meals are Needed!: Family Promise families are currently sheltering in place at a hotel. St. Lukers have provided meals during the weeks that St. Luke’s would have ordinarily hosted families on campus. Meals are needed for the families from Sunday, October 24 through Friday, October 29. Meals would need to be delivered directly to the Family Promise Day Center. Click the link below for more information and to sign up.

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, October 30.

Mollie Ray Educational IMPACT Leader Needed: If you have a heart for school children and interest in leading a group of volunteers, we are in need of a lay leader for Mollie Ray Elementary School. The leader will work with the administration team to see how St. Luke’s can help the school meet their goals. To learn more about this ministry, contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org or 407.876.4991 ext. 297.

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 Amy Winslow.

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.

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.

UMW – Visit the newly-opened Blessed Treasures (formerly the UMW Gift Shop) during their new shop hours! Learn more about this fun, unique shopping location at blessedtreasures.org. Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday and Sunday, November 13 & 14 for the Holiday Marketplace!

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. 

For more information about Missions 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 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”

September 2021 Financial Update:

Giving to the budget through September 2021: $2,455,223
Expenses through September 2021: $2,389,150
Favorable 2021 YTD position of $66,073
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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