Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.


Woodlands is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they travel to a foreign country or live and minister in our own community. Just a few of the outreach programs we support include:
  • Monthly Food Drive
  • Prison Ministry
  • Lutheran Disaster Response

Stephen Ministry

Woodlands has become a Stephen Ministry congregation. Fourteen lay members have completed the necessary training and are commissioned to be Stephen Ministers. They are available to provide quality care and extend the care ministry our Pastors already do. You can contact Craig Watkins at 352.406.3521 or the church office 407.469.2525 for further information.

Altar Guild

The ministry of the Altar Guild is a quiet service of lay members to make the worship liturgically correct and beautiful. Our work goes largely unnoticed as it is a ministry behind the scenes. Our responsibilities include the preparation and care of the Altar for all church services (Sunday services, weddings, funerals and memorials, baptisms, and special services). It is our responsibility to care for all Altar vestments, linens, communion vessels and candles, and to care for flowers for Sunday and special services. Each Saturday morning, we fill the communion cups with wine and the trays with wafers. All the candles are filled with oil. The pews are supplied with the appropriate cards, pencils sharpened and all trash is removed so that each service is prepared for the worshipper. In addition, before and after each communion service, a member of the Altar Guild cleans up and/or sets out for the next service. Over the years, we at Woodlands Lutheran Church have been fortunate to have been blessed with many dedicated women who have served faithfully year after year. A few men have joined our ranks too. We invite you to be part of this wonderful and historical ministry. We believe that during Jesus’ time there were those “behind the scene” people serving Him in this way also. If you would like to know more about this ministry, please contact the church office at 407.469.2525 or send an email to: office@woodlandschurch.com.

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League • LWML

Woodlands Lutheran Women in Mission is a group of ladies who meet the second Thursday every other month in Disciples Hall from 6:00-8:00 PM. There is no charge to become a member. Our mission is to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in offering her relationship with the Trinity God that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world. We support worldwide missions through mite box offerings. Join us in the ongoing support. LWML is currently not meeting. For more information, please call the church office at 407.469.2525 or email: office@woodlandschurch.com.
Media & Technology
Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of this church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in audio format. We also maintain an active Facebook for additional church communication. Our AVL Techs run audio and video for our services, including all screen content and recordings.
Music & Drama
God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music and drama ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. Others are involved in the choir. Still others get involved in drama during our annual Living Nativity. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Operation Barnabas

The vision of Operation Barnabas: Every military-connected person lives in the hope and peace of God’s love and mercy as revealed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our men and women in uniform have answered our nation’s call to protect and defend us. In every time and place, they have stood the watch at home and abroad, often far from their families. Both active and reserve members of our military and their families continue to bear the burden of deployments to austere and dangerous locations. We invite you to help us to help them, and while doing so, share the love of Christ. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces launched Operation Barnabas in 2007. Through this program—the only one of its kind in the U.S.—together with our congregations, we accomplish three key goals:
  1. Care for Reserve chaplains and their families and congregations.
  2. Train and assist local congregations in their care and support of local military members and their families and veterans.
  3. Serve as a resource to other organizations that provide care to military families and veterans.
For more information, Like us on Facebook: Operation Barnabas WLC
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
Prayer Warriors
Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers, dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday morning between 8:00-8:20 AM, in the Conference Room at the back of the Sanctuary, a team of volunteers is praying for the ministry of the Word. Throughout the week, volunteers from our Prayer Warriors team pray for our pastors, services, elders, Early Learning Center, staff, shut-ins, a list of those who are sick or grieving, our Sunday school classes, country, those serving in the military, any special requests, and each one of you. God says, “For where two or three come together in my name there I am with them.” How exciting! Won’t you join God and us in prayer Sunday morning? We are called to pray for each other.
The usher team at our church fills an important role. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety of the building during services, guiding traffic, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking doors, locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service can proceed problem-free. The usher team is a servant-hearted group of individuals whose ministry is integral to church life.