Celebrate Pentecost with us online this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!
Celebrate Pentecost with us online this Sunday at 9:30 a.m.!
Dear St. Lukers, 
As we move toward this Sunday and the celebration of Pentecost, I find myself vacillating between two disciplines, openness and lament. I recognize these aren’t disciplines we talk about and yet worship, prayer, fasting and the other ordinances I attend to cause me to also recognize the intentionality of the Holy Spirit trying to shape me in lament to prepare me to be open to where God is leading me.
Lament is an ancient practice we can read in Scriptures. Lament is the passionate expression of grief or sorrow we read through the psalmist writings, we hear Jesus quote when he cries out on the cross “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” This week the death toll from COVID-19 reached 100,000 in the United States. 100,000 lives, names, stories lost in a short time with little space or ability to publicly lament and grieve for families and friends. Think of it this way, we read 44 names last November on All Saints Sunday; just consider the names that many churches will lift up this coming year. I grieve and lament to not just rush past the pain and fear, but take account and offer it all to the God I trust.
I grieve and lament that in spite of my desire to “get back open,” the world will not be the same. I can try to pretend, or again, ignore the reality, but there are now possibilities of new thinking. I lament, the way we used to do worship. I lament and grieve the loss of the way we used to experience theater. I lament as I read data that says the riskiest thing is to sing in groups or have congregational singing in small spaces. I lament I don’t have the answer when people say, “how long.” I lament I won’t see hundreds of children or youth crowded into one space singing and worshipping in the foreseeable future. Lament is not about living in fear. Lament makes me face what is real in my world and life and forces me to give it back to God in order for God to restore my hope in something new...

Retirement Announcement:

It is with bittersweet emotion that St. Luke's announces the retirement of Debbie Shellhorn and Cindy Wunderlich of the Child Development Center. Click the button below to read the full announcement, and to watch a special message from Debbie and Cindy.
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)
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If you need help connecting to one of the groups on the schedule, email Liz Vasquez or call 407.876.4991 ext. 216.
St. Luke's in Review

Meals, Produce, and Love

Read this wonderful article from the Orlando Sentinel about St. Luke's efforts in East Winter Garden during this time of COVID-19 by clicking the button below!

Community Resources

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Hurricane season is headed our way, and St. Luke’s has compiled some quick tips to help you prepare. Click the button below to help you stay informed.
Looking Ahead at St. Luke's
Help St. Luke's honor Pulse victims and continue to bring the Orlando community together by contributing photos for the "Beautiful City" video project. Send your remembrance and Orlando Strong photos to submissions@st.lukes.org with the subject line: "Beautiful City" by May 29.
Examples of photos: memorials, signs, art, vigils, unity gatherings, etc.
Thank you, St. Lukers, for filling all appointment slots on two Big Red Buses for Sunday's blood drive! We so appreciate your caring hearts! Because all appointments have been filled, OneBlood is not able to take walk-ins on Sunday for blood donations. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to having another blood drive in the near future.
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Enjoy the 4Rivers Smokehouse food truck at St. Luke’s in May! Purchase delicious food to grab-and-go on St. Luke’s campus Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (cold items also available for pre-order only)! Visit st.lukes.org/4rivers for dates, times, and menu details.
St. Luke’s was due to host Family Promise from May 31 through June 7. Even though the families are currently sheltered in hotels, volunteers are needed to help provide the dinner and additional food items for these families during that week.
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Do you have a laptop gathering dust in your home? Donate it to St. Luke's to be repurposed and given to a local family who needs it! If you have a computer, laptop, wireless mouse, or any computer parts you'd like to give, contact Amy Winslow.
Join a book or Bible study! New classes start next week, like Back to Basics: Discovering Genesis with Pastor Bill and The Ten Commandments with Ryan Bonfiglio, and it's never too late to jump into a group. Visit the app or click the button below to see a list of daily offerings:
St. Luke's is collecting Bags of Grace for a boarding house community with limited kitchen facilities AND Joy MCC’s Food Pantry. If you are willing and able to help, click the button below for a list of needed items (new items added), and drop-off dates and times. Contact Amy Winslow with questions!
Show your St. Luke's spirit and support the ministries you love by visiting our online store! Shop merchandise for the whole family, purchase a St. Luke's yard sign (only a few left!), the new "Just Love" t-shirts, and more by clicking the button below!
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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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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