Equipping the Saints: Capital Campaign for St. Luke's
For over 100 years, the body of Christ at St. Luke's Lutheran Church and School has encouraged its members to grow in faith while meeting pressing needs in the commuity. Our mission to awaken and nurture a thriving relationship with God through faith in Jesus is centered on the guiding values of Faith that Knows, Faith that Grows, and Faith that Shows.
St. Luke’s now faces another time of calling to expand ministry to serve the community and further the kingdom of God. Part of our plan calls for increased facilities to equip our members to impact daily the world where God has placed them daily. As expressed by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, we strive “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12).
Transformational life changing work of the gospel occurs within the relationships fostered in our life together as a community. The desire to make space for relationships has pointed us to the need for additional ministry space and a new gymnasium. While we do not know yet exactly what these new facilities will look like, the need for new space is clearer than ever. What we do know is how the new space will help us accomplish our mission by equipping the saints and building up the body of Christ.
Faith that Knows
Knowing about Jesus results from a multitude of ministries at St. Luke’s. The confidence in our faith grows from shared experiences across the generations. Space to meet, gather, learn, and play develops richer relationships.
Our youth ministry currently thrives with 200 youth in Middle School and High School meeting regularly. With new space we could reach even more youth. At this influential time in a teenager’s life, it is crucial for the church to partner with parents in the important work of helping their children grow closer to Jesus.
New ministry space will also help us better serve our large population of empty nesters and active retirees. Our women’s Bible study is capped at 80 attendees because that is all the room will hold. Wednesday night classes have to be held in the Sanctuary in order to accommodate all those who want to attend.
Additional ministry space will meet many needs of our church, providing more learning, mentoring and fellowship opportunities for members of all ages.
Faith that Grows
A new gymnasium will support many facets of our ministry. Founders’ Hall, our current gymnasium, was constructed in 1979 when we had a congregation of 600 members, a school of approximately 300 students and an Oviedo community of less than 3,000. The incredible growth of the congregation, school and community has placed increased demands on usage of the gymnasium and it is time to expand the facility to meet the increased demands.
New facilities will also enable us to bring the community in and better serve it through events such as Mission Interact, HOPE Back to School Bash, Trunk-r-Treat, and the Easter Egg Hunt. We burst at the seams at these events and additional facilities will enable greater community impact.
As we continue to develop our Sunday morning worship to embrace newer music, new space also would give us the opportunity to consider alternate worship settings that might appeal to different demographics than we are currently reaching.
Faith that Shows
The ultimate goal of faith that knows and grows is faith that shows. Equipping the Saints is about training our members to go into the world and share Jesus in meaningful ways. The new facilities, along with the rest of our campus, will be a training ground to equip each of us to bring the love of Jesus to the community and the world.
Additional meeting space and a new gymnasium will enable St. Luke’s the space to grow our ministries to show our faith. These spaces will provide the platform from which we “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12).
“Can you imagine 100 years from now St. Luke’s faithfully and fearlessly teaching God’s Word…motivating people from all walks of life to humbly and boldly pursue their lives at God’s calling. People will see our students, our youth, our families, our active retirement community offering themselves in service to the community for Jesus’ sake. We build today to impact the world for Christ tomorrow.” - Pastor Arp
Opportunities for Investment:
Pledges: Invest in the campaign with a payment schedule of your design. When payments are stretched out over the course of several years, donors find it easier to make larger, more impactful gifts. Pledging also allows the donor to determine a schedule for making payments.
Matching Gifts: Some corporations will match an employee’s gift to the campaign. If your business fits this category, St. Luke’s will award campaign credit to you for both your gift and its match.
Gifts of Securities: St. Luke’s can accept gifts of securities towards the campaign.
Estate Gifts: Please contact Nikki Rach if you have made a bequest to St. Luke’s in your will, named St. Luke’s as the beneficiary under trusts, life insurance policies, commercial annuities or retirement plans. For these and other planned gifts, please consult your personal financial advisor for assistance.
Please make checks payable to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church & School Foundation.