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Grace and Peace Family,
I pray that this week finds you well, both finding time to rest during what has been a deeply trying time, and finding strength to love God, neighbor, and self. This week, I’m finding that strength in community. I think of all of the core values we uplift, community might be the one that resonates with me most deeply. We understand upholding community as a core value to mean, “Claiming a sacred place where Christ’s love unites all to support and care for others while nurturing a personal relationship with God.” One of the key words in this understanding of Community is “unites.” And how good and wonderful is it for siblings in Christ to dwell together in unity, amen? (Psalm 133) Two of the chief goals of community are unity and love; looking around at our world today, I think we would all agree that we could use more of each.
As people of faith, we are called to the work of transformation. We are called to transform the world by making disciples. We are also called to the deep, and at times, harrowing inward work of transformation. Though all of this may sound daunting, we find comfort in the fact that we don’t have to do it alone. We navigate these waters walking alongside a savior that has promised not to leave or forsake us. (Heb 13:5) We navigate these waters with our siblings in Christ. We navigate these waters in community.
Thinking specifically of the challenges of civil unrest and racial reconciliation, I am excited to be co-leading one of the two new book studies we are offering that speak directly to these complicated matters. Pastor Jenn and I are leading a study on James Cone’s, The Cross and the Lynching Tree. I fell in love with this book when I read it for the first time in seminary. It provided theological language and context for things I had felt my entire life but found difficult to frame and articulate.
Along with The Cross and the Lynching Tree, there are two other opportunities to join studies on racial justice in our world: a book study on Robin Diangelo’s book, White Fragility with Pastor Jad, and Pastor Jenn's Sisters of the Soul, where each week the group will read different portions of books, watch movies, listen to podcasts and TedTalks, and then come together to talk about what they've learned, how they've been challenged, and how to move forward better than before.
These studies are opportunities to get together and learn about what it means to create and be a part of loving and inclusive community. If you’d like to know more you can view the Ministry Guide webpage for details. The studies start this week but there is still time to register and join in.
I leave you now with this blessing from John O’ Donohue,
“And when we come to search for God, let us first be robed in night. Put on the mind of morning to feel the rush of light spread slowly inside the color and stillness of a found world.”
Pastor Jeremy
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Looking Ahead at St. Luke's
Once again, St. Lukers have filled all available appointments on our Big Red Bus for Sunday! Thank you for signing up and giving the gift of life. Even though we cannot accept additional appointments, OneBlood may accept limited walk-ins, but donors may have to wait. The blood drive will take place on June 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be maintained. All eligible donors will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test and a free t-shirt. Photo ID is required.
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- Book study on "The Cross and the Lynching Tree" with Pastors Jenn and Jeremy
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May Financial Update

Thank you so much for your continued financial support during the last several months that we have not been able to meet on campus for worship. Your generosity has been overwhelming. Through May, our giving is up 6.2% for the year, and our expenses are up 7.7%. The expenses are up primarily due to our Child Development Center, which is included in our operating budget that is a revue generating ministry and since our campus has been closed, we have not received the income we normally do that offsets the staffing expenses.
Our operating budget for the year is in an unfavorable position with our expenses being $81,825 more than our income. At the end of May 2019, we were in an unfavorable position of $56,704. We received 59% of our revenue in May through online giving.
We have also applied for and received a Payroll Protection Program grant from the Cares Act passed by the Senate, House and signed into law. This is the same law that authorized individual stimulus checks. This has allowed us to continue employing all staff at their regular number of hours. Some staff have transitioned to other duties since the campus has been closed. The amount we received was $562,686. We have used $349,179 so far and will use the remaining funds in June. With the addition of these funds, it has put us in a favorable financial position at the end of May and going into the summer of $267,354.
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.
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