Life has its ups and downs. At one moment it can be challenging - the next celebratory. Whenever someone in our family of faith needs to feel a strong sense of belonging, Elders demonstrate Christ-like care that is strengthening and relational.

Elders assist the Pastoral staff in providing for the spiritual life of the congregation. Appointed in accordance with St. Luke’s By-Laws, men serving in this ministry are advocates through prayer for the spiritual, emotional and physical health and welfare of the pastors and their families.

The ministry of the Elders serving in Oviedo and Chuluota is led by an elected chairperson. Under the guidance of the pastoral staff, the Board of Elders serves in five focus areas:

1.   Prayer
If you would like to request prayer, please call the church office or click here to submit a prayer. You may request prayer:
  • For a special need or concern to be considered for prayer during worship;
  • To be forwarded to the Prayer Chain, faithful members of our congregation who prayer for one another;
  • Directly to your elder
An elder is available to pray with you after each worship service. You may meet at the communion rail in the front of the sanctuary, pulpit side for one-on-one prayer time.

2.   Visitation
By visiting and encouraging members, elders spread the love of Christ in time of need. Elder visits to those who are suffering emotionally, physically or spiritually are marked by compassionate care and concern.

3.   Fellowship
Elders assist in providing opportunities for members to get to know and care for each other through social activities.

4.   Worship Assistance
Assisting the Pastor in service of the Lord’s Supper during St. Luke’s worship services is a responsibility of the Elders. This includes having assisting elders present for each communion service in Oviedo, Chuluota and the Lutheran Haven Nursing Home.

5.   Member Care
Each congregation member is placed under the care of an Elder. They are available in times of illness, loss, loneliness and doubt. And, they love to hear about how God has blessed your life to bring you happiness and joy that can be shared.

The development of Small Group Ministry is ongoing. Some groups meet for biking, dining out, book reviews and sewing. Looking for a group we don’t have yet? Consider contacting the church office to get guidance and support in setting one up.

Greeting cards are mailed by the Elders to individuals who have returned home from a hospital stay, are homebound, recently gave birth or experienced the death of a loved one.

Contact: Pastor Schuschke | membercare@stlukes-oviedo.org

FAQ's

How can I find out who my elder is?

Send your name to elders@stlukes-oviedo.org. We will respond by providing your elder contact information.

When should I contact my elder?
If there is an event in life that brings you joy or sorrow and you wish spiritual care and nurturing.

How can I help my elder?
Keep him informed of any changes to your address, phone number or email. Let him know if you’re moving away so assistance in finding another church home can be provided.

Pray. Elders and their families appreciate your prayers. Let your Elder know when you have prayed for him. They will be blessed.

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