Learn how to be a Bridge Builder with a new sermon series starting July 26!
Learn how to be a Bridge Builder with a new sermon series starting July 26!
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Dear St. Lukers,
We hope children and their families have had a chance to participate with our first Virtual Vacation Bible School video. New Virtual VBS videos will be posted Sundays at 5:00 p.m. on Facebook through August 23. We kicked off the theme “Bridge the Gap” by learning to Begin with Love. We created origami hearts that we were supposed to put around our homes reminding us to begin with love in all of our conversations and actions toward others. Many of you came to the church for a drive through with the Pastors and Grow Ministries Staff to pick-up your resource packet. It was great to see your faces and wish you a blessing!
This Sunday, we finish up the first week in worship as we concentrate on the tools we need to become Bridge Builders in our homes, communities, and cities. Like the children, the first step is to Begin with Love. Which seems easy, sweet, and sentimental, but becomes more difficult when we hear Jesus command that we are to begin with love with ALL people. Our church-wide book study, Reckless Love by Tom Berlin (click here to order), tells us in the first chapter that eventually, God will bring into our lives those for whom we must really practice “beginning with love.” He writes:
“When these people show up and become a part of your circle of relationships, you will think that God is just messing with you, because you will find some of them really difficult. You may even believe that it is not possible to love them. The truth is, God is messing with you. The Lord is pushing you to activate the virtuous cycle. When you learn to love that particular hard-to-love neighbor, you will discover things about God and learn to stand in wonder of God, in ways you would not have discovered without that neighbor.” (pg. 29)
Join us for worship on Sunday as we explore this calling we have to use Reckless Love to make us Bridge Builders for the Kingdom. Who is the person, or what is the situation, in which God is actually messing with you, pushing you to activate the virtuous cycle, inviting you to begin with love? Consider purchasing the book and reading along with us and joining a group study (Morning Edition, Choir, Single Servings, Sisters of the Soul, select Life Together groups). Tom Berlin will actually be with us in worship a few weeks from now as well as some other pastors you know and love.
One of the ways we are trying to Bridge the Gap for all of you during this time is to take another step forward in our phases. Next week we will have the Sanctuary open at certain times during the week for you to come and pray in your sacred space.
Starting Tuesday, July 28, the Sanctuary will be open for personal prayer on:
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
You will be asked to sign-in, wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing guidelines. We will have music playing as well as scriptures and prayers scrolling on the screen. Someone will be there to sanitize after you leave. The altar will be open for prayer or you may just simply sit and have your moment of sacred time with God. Looking forward to seeing some of you next week.
Until then, Begin with Love and let’s start building bridges,
Jenn.
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June Financial Update

Thank you for your continued financial support during the last several months that we have not been able to meet on campus. Your generosity has been truly overwhelming. Through June, our giving went up 9% for the year, and our expenses are up 8%. The expenses are up primarily due to our Child Development Center and Recreation Ministry. They collect income that is included in our operating budget to offset their expenses, and since our campus has been closed, we have not received that income.
Our operating budget for the year is in an unfavorable position with our expenses being $51,906 more than our income. At the end of June 2019, we were in an unfavorable position of $63,774. June giving was up 23% over last June. We received 37% of our revenue in June through online giving.
We have also applied for and received a Payroll Protection Program grant from the Cares Act. 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. With the addition of these funds, it has put us in a favorable financial position at the end of June of $510,781.
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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