On-campus worship registration is NOW OPEN for October 11 at 11:15 a.m.!
On-campus worship registration is NOW OPEN for October 11 at 11:15 a.m.!
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Dear Purple People,
Love Matters More has been trending on my feed, full of you as St. Lukers changing your “Memoji’s” to be people with purple hair and claiming yourselves as purple people. I want to say I was in a city meeting this week where the same term came up, not to say that giving up your values or your voice of what you believe or asking to compromise in a mushy middle, but working together for solutions that benefit all people. Finding ways to listen, learn, and understand each other through love over automatically shutting down, or using divisiveness or turning against one another. This week we are talking about the power of Courageous Love over fear. Fear is a healthy emotion that keeps us alert and offers protection from harm emotionally, physically, and spiritually. As my therapist once told me, fear sometimes needs to be your pilot, sometimes fear needs to be your co-pilot to help you navigate, and then sometimes we just need to stop the car and put fear in the trunk.
Fear turns trunk-worthy when it becomes an obstacle to love. Fear can be used by others to divide us and isolate us. 1 John 4:18b says There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. Courageous love that reveals the Kingdom of God, stands up to our fears, refuses to let others use fear to divide us, and puts fear in the trunk, allowing us to lean into and trust in a love that matters more. That’s what we will be focusing on in worship this Sunday. We invite you to prepare for worship both this Sunday and next by reading Exodus 32 and 33. As you read about the fear of the Israelites as they wait in the wilderness for their leader Moses to come down from the mountain with God, as you read about how they react in fear, do so through the lens of what you are viewing on TV, on the news, or in the conversations you hear. Let’s consider what fear is real, and what we may need to put in the trunk!
This week we begin to invite people back to worship on campus at 11:15 a.m. with new guidelines to help ensure the safety of everyone. We invite you to register here and to fill out the Health Declaration Form on Sunday morning before you arrive. There is limited seating as we start with a lower capacity to make room for those in our community who may not know to register. Please watch the videos below that your pastors had fun making for you to understand how we will live into this together.
Pastor Jenn invite to on-campus worship video link
Instructions for St. Luke's On-Campus Worship video link
Continue the hard work of being disciples who are awake to the calling of love mattering more, so awake, our lives reveal the Kingdom of God all around us.
Grace and peace,
Jenn.
On-campus worship registration link
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 4, because it's not St. Luke's without U!
Do You Know These St. Lukers?
The church has published our annual list of St. Lukers we have been unable to contact. Please review the list by clicking here and reach out to anyone you know asking them to contact Linda Shankle, St. Luke’s Membership Secretary, at 407.876.4991 ext. 222 to update their contact information or membership status.
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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

COVID updates webpage
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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 first episode of "The Power of One," a story of why every vote matters. After the episode, make sure and stay for a community conversation featuring Rev. Jennifer Stiles Williams, and special guests Rev. Mary Lee Downey (CEO of the Community Hope Center), Fikirte Mariam Mengistie (St. Luke’s Executive Director of Missions), and Lynette Fields (Executive Director of Poverty Solutions Group).
Tune in every Thursday in October for a new episode and interview as we recognize the importance and The Power of One.
Blood drive event page link
Donate blood at St. Luke's on Sunday, October 11 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Just look for the Big Red Bus! All blood donors will receive a COVID-19 antibody test, a $10 eGift card, two pairs of OneBlood Cancer Awareness socks, and a free wellness checkup. Appointments are encouraged to help manage social distancing and to reduce wait times.
Click the button below to learn more and to make an appointment:
Sign Up to Donate Blood

Register your kindergarten-age children to receive their Bibles on Sunday, October 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. outside the Youth Center!
Click the button below to register: 
Adult study groups Arena page link
There's still time to jump into a variety of new online book and Bible studies like:
Our Faith: Christianity, Wesley and the Bible on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. led by Pastor Jad
Exploring “The Fifth Gospel” on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. led by Dr. Bill and Kim Barnes
The Bible and Poverty: Changing Mission for Good on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. led by Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio ($25 to register)
Click the button below for a full list of daily offerings and to sign up:
View All Adult Studies
St. Luke's is excited to offer all new fall programming for children and youth! Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events and ministries including the launch of our new Sunday School curriculum and classes starting in October!
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St. Luke's and the ZOE Empowers team are excited to offer a unique VIRTUAL trip to Rwanda, Kenya, and India from October 13-15! Learn more about this experience and sign up to participate by clicking the button below:
Learn More about the ZOE Virtual Trip
Pumpkin hunts webpage link
Start the season of giving thanks early by sharing some pumpkin love! Visit st.lukes.org/pumpkinhunts to download St. Luke’s pumpkin templates. Decorate a pumpkin (or three), display them in a window so neighbors can see, and have fun “hunting” pumpkins in your community! Don’t forget to share yours and your neighbors by tagging St. Luke’s and using the hashtag #stlukespumpkinhunts.
Want to get your whole neighborhood involved? Arrange to pick up Pumpkin Hunt Neighborhood Packs by emailing connect@st.lukes.org.
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!
Click for App Details
After School event page link
Register and Learn More about After School
Circles webpage link
Learn More about Circles
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
SLUMC Charge Conf. Zoom link
Watch St. Luke’s Annual Charge Conference on Sunday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom.
Click for Charge Conference Zoom Link
October Discover class Arena link
Register for "Discover St. Luke's"
Coping with caregiving Arena link
Register for Coping with Caregiving
Opt-in for Texts webpage
UMW gift shop webpage link
Give to St. Luke's Ministries
Click to Read the August Financial Update
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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