Worship online with us this Sunday, because it's not St. Luke's without U!
Worship online with us this Sunday, because it's not St. Luke's without U!
Easter People Raise Your Voices,
Happy Eastertide. Before anything else, we want to offer a huge heart of thanks to everyone for an amazing Holy Week and Easter Sunday. It is definitely one that goes down in the history books, not just because of stay at home mandates, but because in the midst of everything, congregation and staff alike raised their voices and gave their talents to bring us powerful, beautiful connections to Resurrection. Thank you for all of your work.
We also want to remind St. Lukers that we continue to use our top three priorities to guide us in ministry.
1. safety and health
2. connection and care
3. financial strength and support
Under consultation and guidance with the Annual Conference, finance committee and bank advisors and prayerful discernment and decision of Church Council and other committees, St. Luke’s applied for a loan through the Payroll Protection Program. This loan, which will be forgiven under the guidelines that the funds are used only for payroll and utility payments, allows us two important ways to uphold our priority of financial strength and support.
1. It keeps our ministry staff, childcare workers, and Child Development Center teachers on the payroll for the next eight weeks and part of the guarantee of forgiveness is ensuring none of these 90 plus staff members will be furloughed during this eight-week period. Each of these staff have been redeployed in new ways of ministry helping us to connect and care for our congregation and we appreciate all of their hard work learning new skills and caring for everyone.
2. It allows us to create even more margin through your continued giving to help people in our community. We will have our plan in place next week to be able to offer some relief to people, connect them with city and county aid, as well as begin offering fresh produce on site and possible meal distribution. Watch for details forthcoming. 
While we are seeing new givers to our online offering times, and many of you gave through the Easter envelopes you received, not having thousands of people on campus to pass the plate made a significant difference in our offering. Thank you to all of you who have stepped up during this uncertain time to give any amount. Each gift you offer is a gift to others in God’s name and we are so appreciative for your continued support in empowering us to serve one another and our community.
Under denominational guidance from our Bishop, we know that at least through May 15 we will continue to gather online for worship and ministries. As your leaders, we are looking to the future as well. We have put together a Public Reopening Task Force of your lay leaders as well as those connected with our hospitality, city, and medical communities to scenario plan ways to determine a measured, careful plan of reopening ministries and our campus in the future. We want to use all resources available, understanding data and metrics from a variety of leadership at government, denomination, medical, business, and local levels. Before this stay at home mandate, our campus served as a community center of ministry with a minimum of 500 – 1200 people on our campus daily. We want to continue to support each ministry in creative ways while continuing to keep at the forefront our top three priorities mentioned above. This task force will help be a sounding board and information gathering group to help staff and ministry leaders consider baselines for gathering, health and safety precautions, and how to also build on the energy this time has created for us. 
This Sunday we start a new series entitled “Eyewitness Love." The Scriptures following Easter are eyewitness accounts of the resurrection and the work of the disciples immediately following that first Easter Sunday. We too are eyewitnesses to a historic moment of this pandemic, but we can tell the stories of more than just lament. We have the lens of Easter resurrecting power by which to view this historic moment and Raise our Voices with stories of love and grace being among us.
Join us this Sunday as we share some testimonies of St. Lukers, including a word of hope from two of our most senior members, Lucille Ellison and Dave Risher who offer words of wisdom from a collective 200 years of life. Speaking of which, wish Dave a happy 99th birthday with us today as we navigate life together! 
If you have an Eyewitness Story of Love you have seen in your family, neighborhood, or workplace, please send it to Caryn Royer at croyer@st.lukes.org. We would love to share your testimonies and stories! 
Until Sunday, keep holding on with grace, peace, health, and JUST LOVE,
Join us for online worship live on Facebook at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (one service only so we can worship as one family)
St. Luke's in Review

Community Resources

Click the button below to view a running list of community resources compiled by St. Luke's to help families in these unprecedented times:
Click the button below to read a special message from
Florida UMC Bishop Ken Carter.
Click the button below to read words of comfort from St. Luker Lucille Ellson, published by United Methodist Communications.
Looking Ahead at St. Luke's
Say "THANKS" to all the healthcare professionals, first responders, and essential personnel, and invite neighbors to worship with us online with a St. Luke's yard sign! Signs are now available for a minimum suggested donation of $10 - all proceeds support families in need through the St. Luke's Coronavirus Emergency Fund.

Sewing to Save Lives

St. Lukers are responding to the call for surgical masks that are in short supply and high demand due to COVID-19. These masks are not only needed at hospitals, but have become necessary for some of our ministry partners as they navigate protecting their vulnerable communities who cannot easily keep a 6-foot distance from others with the “Shelter in Place” order. Our own Shepherd’s Hope and Coalition for the Homeless have requested homemade masks, and if you are able, we need your help. 
Click the button below to learn more about how you can help with this project, and stay healthy!
Click the button below 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.
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!
Due to social distancing restrictions, we will miss seeing St. Lukers in person for what would have been the 5th annual Pastor David Stephens 5K. While we can't gather in person to run and walk together, we would like to suggest an alternative! Click the button below to learn more!
If you are a graduating senior (high school or college) this year, we want to honor you on Sunday, May 17! Please send your name, graduating school, any future plans, and one senior photo to Danielle Cox by Monday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m. to be recognized.
Give to St. Luke's Ministries
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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