Walk in mourning with us for the many black lives lost at 9am on Friday.
Walk in mourning with us for the many black lives lost at 9am on Friday.
Dear St. Lukers,
I pray this finds you both well in health, and restless in heart. The days and nights of this week have exposed the hurt and fear our black siblings face each day and the resilience of spirit to keep moving they have had to exercise and bear, with far too few allies, for far too long. I pray for the pain of our black community and ache to want to fix it all tomorrow. But I know I cannot do this work alone. This is the harder work of partnership, community, configured differently than it ever has been before. I pray for all of those on both sides of the front lines and pray somehow we, the church of Jesus Christ’s Just love will find ways to build a bridge of change to meet in the middle where justice and love meet.
Developing Core Strength
This Sunday we begin a new worship series called "Developing Core Strength." We will start with the core of our strength being Christ-centered love as we consider the work we will do to offer a new world for the coming generations. We cannot just love until we act in Christ’s love that is just.
Your core muscles are a complex series of small and large muscles extending from your abs to help produce stability and movement in every aspect of movement of your body. They keep your body steady and grounded, transfer movement and force from one extremity to another, and initiate the movement of the body. These muscles when strengthened and developed, allow for the flexibility, strength and stride of the entire body to be engaged in full motion.
Replace the word “muscles” with “values” and replace the human body with the Body of Christ and the same principles stand. St. Luke’s Core Values work as a complex series of muscles that ground this church in the Love of Jesus Christ. That force is then transferred from one ministry to another and from individual to individual initiating the movement of love into the world through St. Luke’s…which is YOU.
The pandemic, a stalled economy, broken systems, racism exposed, the public outcry of enough is enough, the dividing of our community calls for the church to initiate a movement of Christ’s love into the world in order to reveal the Kingdom of God’s Just love. This movement requires those core muscles of ACCEPTANCE, HOSPITALITY, COMMUNITY, DISCIPLESHIP, and SERVICE to be activated, fired up, exercised in ways that stretch and make us feel their burn. As we strengthen these core muscles, we notice all the smaller muscles that have been ignored in order to transfer the force of Christ’s love in a way that creates CHANGE.
It’s time, St. Lukers, for a new workout regimen of mind, heart, soul, and body. We need to develop and strengthen these core value muscles by educating ourselves about racism, sitting in conversations that are hard but help us clear out the flab of niceties to really see and hear one another’s stories to honor, value and allow them to change our hearts and perspective. We need new exercises that will help transfer the force of our work beyond filling in the gap of education or economics to initiate movement toward city and county officials, law enforcement, and leaders to reach out our hands and to support, advocate, and even resource change in relationships, systems, and structures.
We need new exercises of deep breathing, emotional healing, and soul tending, as individuals and as a congregation who sees and values each person in our congregation and community. We need these exercises to prepare us to move our bodies into this community to sit and listen, talk and see, put our hands and feet to work, walking alongside, carrying the load and grasping hands across community lines, government lines, neighborhood lines, law enforcements lines, whatever lines or walls, we have made, in order to build a supportive bridge that leads to change. Whatever lines.
Some fitness movements you can start right now:
  • Activate with your clergy and leaders in the Walk of Mourning alongside our black siblings of faith and their congregations tomorrow (Friday) morning beginning at Camping World Stadium at 9:00 a.m. A car caravan will leave from St. Luke’s front parking lot at 8:00 a.m. Please wear black and let’s pray, read Scripture, grieve, and mourn together the black lives lost.
  • Worship online Sundays at 9:30 a.m. as we begin our new worship series, “Developing Core Strength.” Participate in worship, consider reaching out to other St. Lukers and start house watch parties. Then either stay on after for discussion with a pastor or join in your own groups with a conversation starter resource we will make available.
  • Educate yourself in new book studies we will launch in the coming week. Watch for registration information early next week.
  • Sign the letter of confession and action regarding race written by the UMCNextFL movement for inclusion.
  • Join us on Facebook Live Mondays and Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. throughout this worship series for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in prayer devoted to praying for change, justice, and just peace for our city, it’s neighborhoods, leaders and residents.
It may not seem much to some; it may seem too much to others, but it’s exercise, it’s movement. Join your church family in acts to strengthen and stretch our values in new ways, in a new time, so we create a new tomorrow with one another.
Grace and Peace,
Jenn.
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St. Luke's in Review

A Car Given With Care

A St. Luker donated his car with help from St. Luke's new Car Ministry. Lack of transportation is one of the key barriers to stabilizing families. This gift affords the new owner job security and relieves stress in navigating the daily life of a family. Families were invited to apply for the car through this Restoring Hope initiative, applications were reviewed by our team, and a recipient was selected. The happy new owner shared, “Like it? I LOVE it! It is beautiful and is in extremely good shape. That’s a great blessing from the Lord himself. I am beyond happy right now!”
If you have a used vehicle you'd like to donate and/or car maintenance skills and want to get involved, join a Zoom meeting on Sunday, June 15 at 12:00 p.m.! Contact Amy Winslow at awinslow@st.lukes.org with questions and to receive Zoom link.

Congrats to These Super Men!

Congratulations to St. Luke’s Teaching Pastor Dr. Bill Barnes for being named one of Orlando Family Magazine’s Super Men of 2020. Bill, along with fellow St. Luker Chris Van Dorn are featured in the magazine’s June issue (click below to read).

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Looking Ahead at St. Luke's
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church invites the Central Florida community to an online vigil of remembrance on the anniversary of the Pulse tragedy in Orlando. The online memorial vigil will be streamed LIVE on St. Luke's Facebook page on Friday, June 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Thank you St. Lukers for a very successful blood drive on May 31! We filled two Big Red Buses with 41 appointments, and were able to collect 31 units! Those units potentially will save up to 93 lives.
If you didn't get a chance to donate in May, OneBlood will be back on campus Sunday, June 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is the last chance for all donors to receive a free COVID-19 antibody test and t-shirt! Photo ID required. Appointments are strongly encouraged so that social distancing guidelines can be followed. Click the button below to make an appointment today:
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Enjoy the 4Rivers Smokehouse food truck at St. Luke’s! 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.
Join a book or Bible study! It's never too late to jump into a group, like Back to Basics: Discovering Genesis with Pastor Bill and The Ten Commandments with Ryan Bonfiglio. Click the button below to see a list of daily offerings:
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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.
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