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Posted on April 14, 2021 at 11:30 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 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!


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: Come Alive

We aren’t supposed to be the hero of the story – on Easter we find out Jesus is. But heroes always need sidekicks…how can we play the supporting roles that help the hero shine? Who have been the supporting characters in God’s story throughout Scripture and history? How do you come alive in your supporting role?

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

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.: Traditional worship live on Facebook (click here) or on-campus (click here to register)

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.: “The Will of God” by Leslie Weatherhead: During World War II, London was shattered by unrelenting bombs dropped by Nazi Germany. Millions of buildings were destroyed or damaged, tens of thousands of civilians were killed, and survivors were left to ask: How can this destruction be part of God’s plan? Join us for these 5 sessions facilitated by Dr. Bill Barnes. This class will meet Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (started April 11).

5:30 p.m.: Living the Questions (an Introduction to Progressive Christianity) – If you have ever wished for a class where you could be totally honest about your questions and even doubts about the Christian faith tradition in which you may have grown up, this class is for you. This class will meet Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom (started April 11).

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

 MONDAYS 

7:00 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)

10:00 a.m.: “The Last Days of Jesus” book study – come to Building C (face coverings required) and take this six-week study from the Deeper Connection Series (click here to learn about St. Luke’s COVID-19 safety protocols) (started April 13).

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

 WEDNESDAYS  

 

6:30 p.m.: Join Dr. Bill Barnes and St. Luke’s pastors to preview the Scripture that will be used each week in worship. Each week participants will have the opportunity to explore the context, meaning, and significance of the text–before the Sunday sermon. All group leaders are encouraged to participate in preparation for their own weekly group studies. 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 is starting a new study on “Finding My Way Home: Pathways to Life and the Spirit” by Henri J.M. Nouwen. Join this weekly group for coffee, community, prayer, and discussion each Thursday morning from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. on Zoom.

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.: Join Pastor Jenn to read and engage with “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd, an extraordinary story set in the first century about a woman who finds her voice and her destiny, from the celebrated number one New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Invention of Wings. We’ll meet Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m on Zoom starting April 8.

7:30 p.m.: Mom Connection Bible study group

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

Cluster Groups: Connect online with St. Lukers who share your interests or life stage, or live in your area. Visit st.lukes.org/clustergroups for a full listing of groups. Have an idea for a new online group? Email connect@st.lukes.org to get started!

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

Coping with Caregiving Support Group

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 “Coping with Caregiving” on Sunday, April 18 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Share concerns, challenges and blessings with others in similar situations. This month’s topic is “Communication Challenges.” Register online at st.lukes.org/caregiving to obtain Zoom meeting link. Email the Care office for more information. We hope you can join us!

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.

Greeting Card Ministry 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.

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 can connect online or by phone during this time of social distancing. 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.

Hearts to Hands: This ministry is meeting on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. upstairs in the Building C Attic. Masks and social distancing are required. 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: 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, May 13 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

Habitat For Humanity Build Day: Help make a home for a family in East Winter Garden by joining other St. Luke’s volunteers at the next Habitat for Humanity build day on Saturday, May 1. All tools and instructions are provided. Visit st.lukes.org/habitat to register.

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.

Our next Oil Change Event is coming up on Saturday, April 24. 

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. To learn more or to sign up to volunteer, click the link below.

Car Donations Needed: Transportation is a huge barrier for stabilizing families through the Restoring Hope Vision. We have a family in need now! 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.

Bridge the Technological Gap: With distance learning, virtual work, and online applications for jobs, a computer is a necessary tool and we want to close the technology gap for our families. 

Laptops Needed: If you have an old laptop, keyboard, wireless mouse, or monitor you don’t need, we have a team ready to update it for our Restoring Hope partner families. Contact Amy Winslow for donation details and more information.

UMW Rummage Sale: Spring cleaning? Do you have donations for the Rummage Sale? Mark your calendar! The UMW Rummage Sale is coming soon! Come join us on Saturday, April 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the annual UMW Rummage Sale! Donations may be dropped off at the double doors of the UMW Gift Shop, behind Building C, starting Sunday, April 11 through 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16. All proceeds benefit missions.

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 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.(new hours due to climbing temperatures). 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 PromiseApril Meals are Needed!: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. There are spots for the month of April, where meals are needed. Meals would need to be delivered directly to the Family Promise Day Center. Click the link below for more information and to sign up.

• Jobs Partnership – Jobs Partnership has started their spring classes, but we still have opportunities for virtual Resumé Coaches and Interview Coaches. For more information, click the button below.

 

 

• Circles – Ministries continue through online classes and meetings. New groups are beginning NOW. 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.  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.”

March 2021 Financial Update:

Giving to the budget through March 2021: $976,119
Expenses through March 2021: $713,336
Favorable 2021 YTD position of $262,783
Visit st.lukes.org/stewardship to make your 2020 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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