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

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

Saturday
Rector Reflection on Facebook
Sunday
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook 
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am TOWN HALL on NEW Zoom link
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
     6:30 Vestry Meeting by Zoom
Tuesday
   7:00  Storytime on Facebook
Wednesday
   Noon Prayer and Share NEW Zoom link
Thursday
   3pm  Worship Recording (sign up to help here)
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group NEW Zoom link
   6pm Outdoor Prayers (required registration here)
   
New This Week
 VESPERS THIS SUNDAY 
Vespers is a service of evening prayer sung in English in Gregorian Chant.  A group led by Jack Mitchell used to meet at St. Luke’s before COVID, and they have switched to meeting on Zoom to sing the service on the third Sunday of each month.  If you would like to join in, e-mail Jack.  You can also read more about Vespers, and listen to a recording, by clicking here.
Announcements
TOWN HALL THIS SUNDAY
Please plan on attending our next Town Hall from 11:00-12:30 on Sunday, August 16th.  We will use our weekly Coffee Hour zoom link.  Topics include: How to vote for vestry, how to use iVolunteer to sign up for future events, what in-person worship may look like, financial update, and more.

SIGN UP TO READ
We are looking for many more readers for worship.  If you are able to use Zoom and available some Thursday(s) from 3:00-4:30, please sign up to read for worship using our new iVolunteer.

FRIDAY NIGHT SILENT PRAYER
We are offering silent prayer and meditation in our outdoor worship space from 6:30-7:00 Fridays in August.  You must sign up in advance here.  Contact coordinator Rebecca Porter  with any questions or needs. 

FORWARD DAY BY DAY
We still have many Forward Day by Day devotionals. If you would like one, please let Kathy know and she’ll send it to you.
How Can I Help?
SUPPORT STUDENTS
The DPS Foundation is soliciting funds to help ensure every student has the digital support they need for learning this fall.  Contributions are accepted here.

HELP FARMWORKERS
In Person:  The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry continues to provide vital support to farmworkers.  They need more distribution helpers.  If you are able and willing to spend the day outside of Wilson on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month, contact Juan.
By Donating:  Last year, EFWM helped 170 children with school supplies.  This year, 400 children have asked for help.  If you are able to donate funds for supplies, click here

BELOVED NEIGHBORS
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is offering a 6-session online program about History, Race and Immigration at 10am on Saturday mornings beginning August 22.  For more information or to register, click here

VOTE FAITHFULLY
Presiding Bishop Curry says, “It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to get the souls to the polls.” (more info here
Due to COVID-19, many of us may want to avoid in-person voting this year.  You can download the request form for an absentee ballot here. Deadline for submitting the request form is 5pm Tue Oct 27, but we encourage you to do it now to compensate for any delays.  The ballot will be mailed to you and must be returned to the county board of elections by Nov 3, 2020.  Again, due to possible postal delays, it is advisable to mail your ballot by mid-October. 

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.  

“FED UP” FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The local Poor People’s Campaign is doing a twice-monthly food distribution called “Fed Up!”  If you would like to donate or participate, click here and sign up for their mailing list. 

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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