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Ministry Guide

Posted on June 22, 2022 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 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 taking the next step and joining St. Luke’s?

Contact Liz Vasquez for information on joining the church at evasquez@st.lukes.org or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.

Theatre at St. Luke’s Presents OLIVER!

Select dates from July 22-August 7

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

Dickens’ novel comes to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.

Learn More About Oliver

Click the button below to purchase your tickets (ranging from $15-$35):


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: Where is Love?

We’re asking the same question now as they were asking in Dickensian Victorian England, and in the first century world: Where is love? In the gospel of John, Jesus gives us the answer: “The Word became flesh, and moved into the neighborhood.” The good news is, the answer to where we find love, is found in the incarnation. First the incarnation of Jesus, in which God became fully human to be “one of us” and reach out fully in love to walk alongside us in the fullness of the human experience. And then, we find ourselves through Jesus being invited to living incarnational lives of love as well, to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and put ourselves in the shoes of our neighbors so we can offer that same love and grace that Jesus offers us.

The world invites us, like Jesus to “consider yourself one of us.” We hear the same invitation from the musical Oliver! to see the characters on stage and empathize with them, so that we can live lives of incarnation and transform the world, transforming the systemic and cultural conditions that create inequity, abuse, neglect, etc., for those most exploited and oppressed in our society.

Where is love? In incarnation. Where is love? The answer is us.

9:30 a.m.: Contemporary worship live on Facebook (click here) or on-campus in Founder’s Hall

Click here to view full worship videos

Click here to view past sermon videos

Click here to view online Sunday School lessons for children

9:30 a.m.: Traditional worship on-campus in the Sanctuary

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+)

Mondays

Opportunities Coming Fall 2022

Tuesdays

Opportunities Coming Fall 2022

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.) beginning August 17 and is led by trained and caring lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $20.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

Thursdays

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 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) beginning August 18 and is led by trained and caring lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $20.00 charge for the participant workbook. Registration required.

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:

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 unless otherwise noted. Baptisms occur at 9:30 a.m. Contemporary worship service and the 9:30 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.

Loss of a Spouse/Partner: This special two-hour virtual program is designed to help those grieving the loss of a spouse/partner no matter how long ago the loss occurred. Learn how to process your grief and face the future with hope. This free program will be offered via Zoom on Sunday, August 7 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Registration is required. Participants will receive the Zoom login information in their registration confirmation email. Email the Care office or call 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for more information.

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, September 11 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!

Online GriefShare Support Groups: If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, find support and community at GriefShare. Fall groups meet weekly on Zoom for 14 weeks. Registration is open. We offer a daytime class on Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., starting August 17) and an evening class on Thursdays (6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting August 18). GriefShare is led by lay leaders who have experienced intense loss themselves. There is a $20.00 charge plus shipping and handling for the participant workbook. Registration required.

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. For those who do not feel comfortable attending in person, please continue to knit/crochet items for Hearts to Hands from home. To learn more about Hearts to Hands, click here.

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, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Building C kitchen. There is no meeting in July. No experience 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 age 12+ are welcome. Click here to register for the August 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 on Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Contact the Care Office regarding the 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 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.

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.

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.

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

Drive it Forward Car Ministry: Transportation is a HUGE barrier to stability for families experiencing poverty. Regular vehicle maintenance is a great start to help overcome that barrier. Drive it Forward Car Ministry hosts quarterly oil changes. Volunteer mechanics do oil changes, top off fluids and do minor systems checks for families, to help them maintain their vehicles. Our next quarterly Oil Change Event is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, 2022. We need people to be Hospitality Hosts, Car Prep, part of our Clean up team, Youth Apprentices and more.

Learn More About Oliver

Avocados and Mangos Needed! : Our annual citrus gleaning brings volunteers to your backyard to pick excess fruit to donate to families at Maxey Elementary School. We would like to pick Star Fruit, Mangos, and Avocados as well if you or a neighbor have more than you can use! Please let us know if you would like to share your FRUITS and we will supply the LABOR! Contact Amy Winslow or call 407.876.4991 ext. 297 to be added to the schedule.

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 need volunteers at the St. Luke’s farm, as well as our other farm locations. 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:

Family Promise: Meals are needed for the Family Promise families who are currently sheltered at a hotel. If you would like to provide meals for the families, please click on the link below to see available dates when meals are needed:

Inside Out Jail Ministry: Is it possible God is calling you to minister and engage with those incarcerated? Attend a volunteer training to learn about opportunities to serve in one of these roles at the Orange County Jail: spiritual mentors, pen-pals, class facilitators, and worship team members. The next orientation and training is July 30 from 9:15 a.m. to Noon at Woodhaven Baptist Church, 3035 36th St., Orlando. For information, visit st.lukes.org/iso.

Mollie Ray Educational IMPACT Leader 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 Mollie Ray Elementary School. The leader will work with the administration team to see how St. Luke’s can help the school meet its goals. To learn more about this ministry, contact Amy Winslow or call 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.

UMW Blessed Treasures Gift Shop: (formerly the UMW Gift Shop) 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. Shop for summer arrangements and wreaths. You can also find puzzles and picnic baskets for summer family fun!

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 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 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”

May 2022 Financial Update:

Giving to the budget through May 2022: $1,402,587

Expenses through May 2022: $1,291,973

Favorable 2022 YTD position of $110,614

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.


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