RSVP for Christmas Eve Worship and TwELF Days of Christmas (opens Friday)!
RSVP for Christmas Eve Worship and TwELF Days of Christmas (opens Friday)!
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Dear St. Lukers,
If you've driven by the church lately, you probably noticed a festive transformation happening on campus. We are excited to open our free “TwELF Days of Christmas” drive-thru experience tomorrow night. You can still reserve tickets for the event that runs nightly December 11-13 and 18-20 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Reserve Tickets for TwELF Days of Christmas
Through our partnership with We Bring the Funny and countless volunteers, event guests will experience extraordinary holiday lights, bright colored costumes, and eye-popping sets that illuminate the way for live music and comedy acts as vehicles drive alongside North Pole Elves on a journey to create the greatest gift for Orlando. The arts, entertainment, and theme park industries have been some of the hardest hit sectors in our area and this event reconnects artists and entertainers, many of whom have lost their “home stage,” with audiences eager for some Christmas cheer.
And now for the information we’ve all been waiting for...
Based on discussions with St. Luke’s Church Council, Executive Council, Campus Reopening Task Force, and staff, we will offer the following worship opportunities on Christmas Eve:
  • 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. – Outdoor Christmas Eve worship service for all ages (in the parking lot behind the Coleman Gymnasium)
  • 7:00, 8:30, and 11:15 p.m. – Live streaming online Christmas Eve worship service (pastors only live in the Sanctuary with virtual music recorded from the Sanctuary)
The health and safety of our community, congregation, and staff are our highest priority and in considering all the options for Christmas Eve worship, we remained committed to providing worship opportunities that are as safe as possible and that align with the church’s core values. With the number of COVID-19 cases in our area on the rise and expectations that they will continue to increase, combined with the usually large crowds on-campus for Christmas Eve, we made the difficult decision not to hold in-person Christmas Eve worship services in the Sanctuary this year.
A registration system for limited indoor seating on Christmas Eve would not have provided St. Luke's the ability to share acceptance, hospitality, and community with our neighbors. Most St. Lukers who responded to the recent worship survey indicated they prefer to worship online and worship on December 24. St. Lukers and guests wishing to worship in-person on December 24 are invited to RSVP for one of our family friendly outdoor worship experiences.
Register for Outdoor Christmas Eve Service
We are drawing on the success of our recent outdoor concert and family Advent worship services to create a moving outdoor Christmas Eve worship experience that can be inclusive of everyone. These services will feature “traditional” elements including music recorded by St. Luke's Sanctuary Choir, Children’s Choir, and Praise Team as well as a sermon to help make this experience feel like home. Children are welcome to come in costume to help tell the nativity story, and flameless lights will be provided to worshippers to help usher in Christmas.
This Sunday we will hear in Isaiah 61:1-4;8-10 that through healing we can be renewed and lifted out of despair. I look forward to continuing to worship with you this Advent season as we wait expectantly for a baby who brought with him all the hope, joy, peace, love, and light needed to illuminate the world and drive out the darkness.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Melissa
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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.
Click here to watch last Sunday's worship service
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Reserve Tickets for TwELF Days of Christmas
Photo by Howard Clifton
Photo by Howard Clifton
A few more volunteer elves are needed for St. Luke's TwELF Days of Christmas event! Be a friendly face that welcomes guests at this drive-thru experience, and help spread Christmas cheer.
Volunteer for TwELF Days of Christmas
Photo by Howard Clifton
Families are invited to outdoor Advent worship! Bring some chairs, wear your mask, and enjoy these socially distant services under the lights on December 13 and 20 starting at 4:00 p.m. Click the button below to register and learn more:
Register for Family Advent Worship
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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
Circles webpage link
Opt-in for Texts webpage
Christmas eve event webpage link
Register for Outdoor Christmas Eve Service
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 13 and 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
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Join this church-wide Bible study starting January 6 and learn more by clicking the button below:
Register for the Wednesday Bible Study
Discover Arena registration link
Register for "Discover St. Luke's"
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October 2020 Financial Update
Giving through October 2020 (less PPP): $2,748,197
Giving is up 2.66%
Expenses through October 2020: $2,930,287
Expenses are up 4.55% 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 -$189,090
With the PPP funds, we are in a favorable 2020 YTD position of $379,910
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.
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