This Week at St. Luke’s
In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.
Public Health Indicators can be found here

Click here for this week’s complete bulletin for our Sunday 10am worship.

Saturday
9am Rector Reflection on Facebook
Sunday
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook 
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
  6:00 Extra Vestry Meeting 
  7:00 Book Study: Uprooting Racism on Zoom
Tuesday
   6:30  Virtual VBS on Zoom
   7:00  Storytime on Facebook
Wednesday
   Noon Prayer and Share
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group Google Hangout
New This Week
WATCH YOUR MAIL
Watch your mail and make sure to read our letter updating you about planning for fall in-person events, and a survey about what you would be interested in doing with St. Luke’s this fall.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY
The August-October Forward Day by Day booklets have arrived.  If you would like to use this daily reflection tool, please contact Kathy and she will mail you a booklet.  
(You can also access the meditations online here, or listen to the podcast here.)

GARDEN DAY AUGUST 8, 7:30-9:30am
Eileen Morgan, the leader of our August Garden Day, invites you to join with a dedicated group of St. Lukers to do some late summer garden care (e.g. weeding and sprucing up our campus).  Bring a mask, your favorite hydration liquid, and gardening tools.  We’ll get started early to “beat the heat.”

BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY WEBINARS
The Episcopal Church will offer webinars from 4-6pm on July 28-30.  These free webinars do require registration, which you can do here. 
Tues 28: TRUTH (Telling the truth about white supremacy and racial oppression)
Wed 29: JUSTICE (Changing racist systems, especially “criminal” justice and public health/COVID response)
Thurs 30: HEALING (Breaking free of white supremacy via training and formation)

ADAPTIVE P.E. EQUIPMENT
One of our young St. Lukers uses adaptive PE equipment at school.  Because school will be at home this fall, his teacher is asking for at-home supplies for all the children who need mobility-accessible equipment. If you would like to purchase some of this needed equipment, click here.

LEAP UPDATE
This spring, LEAP teachers created almost-daily videos for their students, and the videos continue this summer.  They have delivered 4 boxes of materials to each student’s home, and called each family every week. The Board approved new spending on produce, grocery cards, and rent help.  This fall, their goal is to provide tablets for all students.  They will begin with virtual learning, then move to outdoor learning, and eventually plan to return indoors. To support this important work or find out more, click here. 

HEALTH-E FROM HOME
UNC is offering a free 8-week program to support you making small changes for a healthier life.  They are evaluating how this program can support people stuck at home more because of COVID-19.  To learn more, click here

DEALING WITH STRESS WEBINAR
The Diocese of North Carolina encourages you to join one of these webinars about Dealing With Stress, Anxiety and Grief. 
August 18th at 7pm: For Parents
August 20th at 7pm: Focus on Adults
Announcements
JULY BOOK STUDY: UPROOTING RACISM
We encourage you to read the book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel and then join a discussion group by Zoom on Monday, July 27 from 7:00-8:30.  The book is available using Durham Library’s Hoopla app, or by using your Nook, Kindle or free Kindle app.
After each chapter, answer: 1) What did I learn/what was new to me? 2) What do I want to know, 3) How am I feeling about what I read?  Contact Eileen Morgan for more information, and to let her know you plan to read/attend.
How Can I Help?
GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mary Beth Berkley is coordinating discussions between St. Luke’s, St. Titus, and El Buen Pastor about creating a Good News community garden to grow food and deepen relationships among the congregations.  We’re looking for folks interested in vegetable gardening and/or building community! Want to know more or get involved?  Contact Mary Beth.

TEMPORARY VESTRY CLERK NEEDED
Please contact Helen if you would be willing to be Clerk of the Vestry for the second half of 2020.  Duties include taking minutes at all vestry meetings, Parish Council, and Parish-wide meetings; edit and distribute minutes, and work with the Parish Administrator to file appropriately.  Ability to take notes quickly, comfort with Word, Google Docs and Zoom required.  

KEEP CLERGY IN THE LOOP
Please make sure to keep the clergy in the loop if there are any needs or concerns you have or you know about.  You can e-mail Helen at any time.  

REMEMBER, Your clergy will not send you e-mail or texts messages asking for gift cards or financial help.  Be suspicious of anything that comes outside of these announcements.  Do not respond to the request, but call the clergy person or create a separate e-mail to rector@stlukesdurham.org to verify. 

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