RSVP for Christmas Eve Worship and TwELF Days of Christmas!
RSVP for Christmas Eve Worship and TwELF Days of Christmas!
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Dear St. Lukers,
What a fantastic first weekend of our TwELF Days of Christmas drive-thru experience. Thank you to everyone who created, built, put lights out, and volunteered as elves, carolers, and our Nativity scene to help share the true PRESENCE of Jesus’ love to more than 1,100 cars full of people.
We have one more weekend of this special event, so don’t miss out! A few more volunteers are still needed, too. Click the button below to reserve your free tickets and view volunteer opportunities:
TwELF Days of Christmas
This week, the prophet Isaiah’s messages of promise, comfort, and healing come to life through Mary in the annunciation found in Luke 1:26-38. In worship we will hear Mary singing her Magnificat in gratitude for the opportunity to carry and mother the gift of God’s presence in the world. Read Luke 2:46-52 as we recognize how much we need a little presence this season.
We have an opportunity to express our gratitude like Mary through an extra Advent Offering to help St. Luke’s end the 2020 budget year strong. This week, you are invited to start bringing back your Advent Offering gift boxes, or make your celebration Offering online as your PRESENT to GOD in gratitude for the PRESENCE of Jesus. Our CDC preschool children have already kicked off this special Offering by bringing back their Advent Offering gift boxes filled with coins they collected, for a total of $280. Some of our finance team members were so moved that they began matching the amount to continue the efforts of the littlest St. Lukers. Want to be a part of helping them learn how giving to God makes things grow? Click here to match their gift!
Finally, let’s talk about 2021 and start considering your New Year’s resolutions now…especially the resolutions to go deeper with God and your life as a disciple. 2020 has taught us the importance of being grounded in faith and putting faith into action to bring God’s Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven. The staff took a great deal of time to envision what kind of community of faith we should be on the other side of 2020, and the number one thing was to be even more intentionally focused on discipleship and worship as a body of Christ.
In 2021, we will “Live the Story: God’s, mine, yours, and ours.” We will focus on helping every St. Luker find their place in God’s story, connect with one another in the story of love, and learn to reveal God’s story to the world. To help, we will offer a new rhythm of four actions for ministry, so each St. Luker can deepen their discipleship in 2021: LEARN, ENGAGE, LISTEN, ECHO.
  1. Learn the Story through a new church-wide Bible study on Wednesdays (or watch on-demand as a part of your personal study time before Sunday). This will be a deep dive into the text exegetically and theologically taught by Dr. Bill Barnes and one additional pastor. Children, youth, and adult ministry leaders will participate as a part of their personal study time to prepare them to lead their small groups.
  2. Engage the Story through worship. Using the same Scripture, we will practically apply it to your story and the story of humanity to understand the text in daily life. We will eventually change the worship times and possibly move to two styles of worship (online and on–campus) in the coming months.
  3. Listen to the Story with others. New Life Together groups will continue, and all groups will have study guides and discussion questions designed for each age group using the same Scripture from LEARN and ENGAGE as a way to listen to one another and hear one another’s stories and life experiences in community. If you are not already part of a Life Together or small group, click here to join new groups starting in January.
  4. Echo the Story in Service and Witness – each sermon series will feature a mission opportunity for service, highlighting ways you can change our community and invite others to be a part of God’s story.
The goal is to offer intentional, focused discipleship and worship to grow us as a congregation and spill out into the world as we serve and witness to others. It will take discipline, and shifting priorities, but it will also be the foundation of growing individually, as families and disciples of all ages, and moving our church toward God’s mission and purpose for our church.
We kick off this new movement beginning Wednesday, January 6 and Sunday, January 10 with our first 2021 theme: DIG IN and LIVE the Story. For six weeks we will do a complete overview of the entire Bible so you can LEARN, ENGAGE, LISTEN, and ECHO God’s Story, mine, yours, and ours. Until then, let’s make our way toward the manger and start this story of love together.
Grace and peace,
Ministry Guide webpage
Click the image above to learn more about connecting to one of the classes or programs you can participate in online or listen to on the phone. If you need help connecting to one of the groups on the schedule, email Liz Vasquez or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.
Live Online Worship Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
On-campus Worship Sundays at 11:15 a.m.
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St. Luke's in Review

Supporting Central Florida's Arts and Entertainment Community

Washington post article link
St. Luke's arts and entertainment meal distribution efforts were noted in this article by The Washington Post. Click here to read the full story. Then click the button below to share your support.
Donate to Support Artists

Community Resources

COVID updates webpage
View COVID-19 Resources
Looking Ahead at St. Luke's
TwELF days of christmas event webpage link
Reserve Tickets for TwELF Days of Christmas
Photo by Howard Clifton
Families are invited to our last outdoor Advent worship service! Bring some chairs, wear your mask, and have some fun on December 20 starting at 4:00 p.m. Click the button below to register and learn more:
Register for Family Advent Worship
Christmas eve event webpage link
Register for Outdoor Christmas Eve Service
App webpage
Tuesday food distribution webpage link
Learn about the weekly free food distribution at St. Luke's for our neighbors in the arts community, and how to donate, by clicking the button below:
Learn Ways to Support Artists
Opt-in for Texts webpage
UMW gift shop webpage link
Join the UMW for the Holiday Red and Green Dot Sale at the Marketplace Gift Shop now through December 22! You will find an array of holiday arrangements and decorations, home and kitchen decor, and more at bargain prices, so come shop for a cause this holiday season!
Gift Shop Hours:
Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Special extended holiday hours:
Sundays from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (December 20 only)
Visit the Gift Shop in the Annex (old Shepherd’s Hope house) behind St. Luke’s, down the gravel road. Click the button below for more details:
UMW Marketplace Gift Shop
Grow it forward webpage link
Learn More about Grow it Forward
Wednesday webpage link
Join this church-wide Bible study starting January 6 and learn more by clicking the button below:
Register for the Wednesday Bible Study
Beloved community registration link
Join Rev. Dr. Gary Mason and some special guests for this new study on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. beginning January 10. Participants will discuss about how hearing the stories of your opponents can change your heart and your relationships. Click the button below to learn more and register:
Register for Becoming Beloved Community
Discover Arena registration link
Register for "Discover St. Luke's"
Give to St. Luke's Ministries
November 2020 Financial Update
Giving through November 2020 (less PPP): $3,005,882
Giving is up 2.6%
Expenses through November 2020: $3,231,460
Expenses are up 5.4% due to lack of income from revenue producing ministries because of the pandemic
Without the PPP funds, we are in an unfavorable 2020 YTD position of -$225,578
With the PPP funds, we are in a favorable 2020 YTD position of $336,422
Year-End Giving
As December 31 approaches, consider giving a year-end gift to support the St. Luke’s ministries you love. To be recognized in the 2020 tax year, all gifts must be given on or before Thursday, December 31. Gifts can be given during on-campus worship by Sunday, December 27, postmarked on or before December 31 and turned into the metal drop box outside Building C, or completed online by 11:59 p.m. on December 31. Text SLUMC to 77977 for a link to give online. Contact Andrea Whisnant by December 23 for instructions if you’d like to make a non-cash gift of stock.
Click the button below to start giving online or call the finance office at 407.876.4991 ext. 227 to learn more about additional ways to give.
Click to Give
Ministry Links
Worship webpage Connect webpage Care webpage
Grow webpage Serve webpage Commit webpage
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