St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819
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Weekly Update – August 22, 2014

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm in .


I hope you have heard the buzz about last week’s excitement around St. Luke’s. From packed houses enjoying the opening weekend of Big Fish, to a full Sunday worship sharing an update on our vision  – it was a weekend that reminded me what it means to be a St. Luker. There are still a few seats available for Sunday’s performance of Big Fish. This is a show you will not want to miss. Click the image below to check out a sneak peek video and to purchase a seat for final show.

If you missed worship this week, please take some time to watch our lay leaders give an exciting update on the next steps for our Commit Campaign. Here you will see the new drawings and layouts to our new Youth area, changes for children’s ministry and traditional choir ministries as well as a design for a new contemporary worship and performance venue! All of these beautiful renovations and buildings are now at a savings of over $10 MILLION! Yes! You read correctly – our lay leaders were excellent stewards of the vision and got to work making sure nothing was lost in our vision but we were faithful stewards of our resources and our newly revised Commit goal is within our grasp! Click the image below to watch and learn more.
We are so excited to begin our new sermon series on Sunday. Over the last 18 months, we heard from St. Luke’s families who asked for a musical that was kid-friendly as well as sermons on families and how to live into relationships.  Well we’ve listened! Big Fish is a wonderful family story that engages all ages – it was so fun to watch even our youngest preschoolers who attended the show become mesmerized with the dancing and the characters who are literally, larger than life.  Young adults were calling their parents afterwards to just say hello and “I love you.” Couples were reaching over to one another holding hands, overwhelmed by the beautiful love story shared.  It truly is the perfect launching pad into a series on relationships and the work it takes to be in a family – no matter how it is defined. 
Together our Grow staff and clergy along with Dr. Joanne Mac Pherson, Director of St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center, created a new sermon series to deepen our relationships with each other and with God. 
This Sunday we launch an 11-week study on the family scrapbook in Genesis from Abraham through Joseph. Relationslips will help us dig into understanding the complex gift of family and friendships to recognize not only their blessing, but the work these relationships require.  Utilizing the called, but very human and sometimes dysfunctional relationships of God’s family, we will use the lens of scripture and family system theories to look at how to understand important movements each relationship deals with.  From becoming your own person different from your family of origin, to the sacrifice and struggle of vocation and parenthood, how to empower over enable, being in “triangles” with others, and passing on generational blessings or breaking generational struggles.  Along with weekly worship, we have also created a study guide for adults to use in new and existing growth groups. You can pre-register by clicking here or just show up, everyone is welcome.
New groups will begin on: 
  • Sunday, August 24 in the Building C Special Events Dining Room at 11:00 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, August 27 in the Building C Office Conference Room at 8:00 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, August 27 in Building Room 203 at 9:30 a.m. (women’s study) 
  • Thursday, August 28 in Building C Room 204-206 at 10:00 a.m. 
  • Wednesday, September 3 in Building C Room 201-203 at 6:30 p.m. 
St. Luke’s youth will have online presentations and videos about the series that are customized just for them. Families with children can pick up a Relationslips activities calendar in their child’s Sunday school class. 
This is such a fantastic time to invite someone to check out St. Luke’s.  Invite them as your guest to Big Fish and then invite them to be with you in worship.  Make worship and study a priority in your family’s calendar as school and routines begin.
Let’s grow together as a family of God.
See you Sunday, 
P.S. Bring your Bible to worship this Sunday and every Sunday in this series so you can follow along in Genesis.

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