On-campus worship registration is now open for November 1 at 11:15 a.m.!
On-campus worship registration is now open for November 1 at 11:15 a.m.!
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Dear St. Lukers,
A few months ago as the clergy were planning worship for the rest of 2020, we made some decisions. First, we decided we needed this year to end as soon as possible – which, lucky for us as Christians, we can use the Christian calendar, and that means the year ends on November 22 (Christ the King Sunday)! Woo-hoo – score for liturgical calendar!
Then we made the next decision: to tell the story of how love wins, reminding us that no matter what may be going on, the end of the story does promise us…
“These people have come out of great hardship. They have washed their robes and made them white in the Lamb’s blood. This is the reason they are before God’s throne. They worship him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. They won’t hunger or thirst anymore. …He will lead them to the springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” -Revelation 7:14-17
In the end, God’s love not only matters more, but wins over all the earth; in the meantime, Love Wins through Hope, Faith, Gratitude, and Jesus. Welcome to the final sermon series of the 2020 Christian year!
This week, as we celebrate All Saints Sunday, we concentrate on how Love Wins in HOPE. We will celebrate the lives of 19 saints in our membership who have passed on, as well as offering space for you to name virtually, or in person at 11:15 a.m., those saints you may have lost. We will focus on Scriptures from Revelation 7:9-17 and 1 John 3: 1-3. You can register for on-campus worship on Sunday, November 1 by clicking here.
But we also realized we needed to create a space for those needing hope while grieving not just loved ones lost, but other things we have lost in 2020: jobs, security, a sense of identity, dreams, and a sense of normalcy, and to begin to claim and find Hope proclaiming that Love Wins.
This Sunday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., we will host an interactive Lament to Hope Walk-Through Experience on campus. Walk through prayer stations, light candles, write wishes, offer written prayers, and offer your prayers in a quiet Sanctuary where saints have gathered before you to claim that WE are Hope together. We ask everyone who comes to please adhere to all of our safety protocols, including wearing masks, social distancing, and filling out the Health Declaration Form. Come anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 1 to spend time in prayer and reflection, remembering Hope helps God’s love matter more, and that love will win out not just in the end, but right now.
Grace and peace,
Jenn.
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.
Worship with St. Luke's on Sundays at 9:30 a.m live on Facebook.
Register for on-campus worship at St. Luke's on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. Click here to register (registration opens Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and remains open until the venue capacity is reached)Registration required, limited capacity.
Miss worship on Sunday? Click here to watch the full online worship video from October 25, because it's not St. Luke's without U!
St. Luke's Staffing Update:
Earlier this year, St. Luke’s leaders began reimagining our staffing structure. With the onset of the pandemic and changing organizational needs, it has become necessary to eliminate two staff positions. The Executive Director of Grow Ministries position and the Information Technology Manager position will be closed effective November 1, 2020. This will mean the departure of Steve Schneeberger and Tyson Schmick who held these two positions respectively.
We are grateful for Steve and Tyson’s service to St. Luke’s. Starting in November, Pastor Jad will oversee Grow Ministries including programming for children, youth, and adults and Liz Vasquez will join the Grow Team to assist with adult spiritual formation and evangelism.
St. Luke's in Review
Reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 1. Remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night!
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October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Help us celebrate our wonderful clergy team all month long by giving a gift in their honor to support the St. Luke's ministries you love through the Operating Budget by visiting st.lukes.org/give. Don't forget to write a special message in the "Notes" field to share your appreciation and thanks!

Community Resources

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Looking Ahead at St. Luke's
Power of one webpage link
Join us LIVE on the Theater at St. Luke's Facebook page tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. for the final episode of "The Power of One." After the episode, make sure and stay for a community conversation featuring a powerhouse list of special guests! We are honored to have Desmond Meade (President and Executive Director of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition), Bishop Ken Carter (The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church), Sister Ann Kendrick (founder of Hope CommUnity Center), and St. Luker Bradley Roberts joining us this week.
Visit st.lukes.org/powerofone to read about these subject-matter experts, and join us as we continue to recognize The Power of One together.
Prayer vigil Facebook event link
Grow it forward webpage link
Pumpkin hunts webpage link
Click the button below to participate in one of St. Luke's neighborhood pumpkin hunts and download the instructions and templates to have some fall fun.
Download Pumpkin Templates
Life Together event page link
Join a Life Together Group
Help bring culturally diverse and authors of color to the media centers at Maxey and Mollie Ray Elementary Schools!
Click the button below to learn more about this book drive for Educational IMPACT, and to order books that will ship directly to the Maxey or Mollie Ray Elementary School via Amazon:
Learn about the Book Drive
Gleaning webpage link
Help harvest and distribute fresh produce to those facing food insecurity in our community with St. Luke's and the Society of St. Andrew. Click the button below to learn more about this gleaning ministry, and to sign up to help (shifts available on October 31, November 14, and November 20):
Learn More about Gleaning
App webpage
Looking for a central place for convenient and secure access to worship, connect, and give? The St. Luke's app has you covered. Click the button below to learn more and to download the app TODAY!
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Opt-in for Texts 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
Festival of the trees event page link
Donate your extra Mason and Ball jars to the UMW! These jars will be used for preserving and canning pickles and other preserves for the UMW Gift Shop and Festival of the Trees. For more information visit st.lukes.org/umwtrees.
You can also shop fun, unique items at the St. Luke's UMW Gift Shop, open weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit local and global missions and charities. Click here for location directions and more details.
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Give to St. Luke's Ministries
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Thank you for your faithful stewardship and for sharing your gifts to support St. Luke's ministries and worship online. St. Luke's finance team is checking the mail at the church as well as the locked deposit box attached to Building C (by the office doors) frequently so you can feel confident that your offering is secure. You can continue to mail your contributions to the church (4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd. Orlando, FL 32819) or give online using our secure online giving platform QuickGive.
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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