Weekly Announcements
Table of Contents     
This week at St. Luke’s
 New This Week
 Ongoing Announcements
 How can I help?
 Full Length Article: Good News Garden   
This Week at St. Luke’s
In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST MID-OCTOBER.
Public Health Indicators can be found here and an event risk assessment tool is here.

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

Rector Reflection on Facebook
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook 
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom link
     7pm Chant Vespers 
     6:30pm Vestry Zoom
   7:00  Storytime on Facebook
   7:00  Online Bible Study on Zoom
   Noon Prayer and Share Zoom link
   8:30am Good News Garden Tending
   1pm Connections & Support Group NEW Zoom link
New This Week
Presiding Bishop Curry has talked about the importance of Voting Faithfully.  Here are a few tools for you: 
1)  If you need someone to witness you completing your absentee ballot, or if you are willing to witness others, contact Bill and Carol Charping.
REMEMBER: Do not complete your absentee ballot until the witness is present!
2)  If you would like to track your absentee ballot to ensure it is counted, use this

St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church is creating a list of minority owned and operated businesses. Please send: name of business, owner, address, e-mail and phone to Rev’d Dn Monnie Riggin.

Gregorian Chant Vespers will be held by Zoom at 7pm this Sunday.  If you would like the link, please contact Jack Mitchell.  
We are looking for members who would attend in-person communion and then take communion to people who are not able to attend worship at this time.  If you are interested and able to attend in-person communion services this fall/winter, and are willing to be trained as a Lay Eucharistic Visitor, please contact Helen. 

St. Lukers (and others) living at Croasdaile have begun meeting for Morning Prayer on the 1st Saturday of the month.  There is a group at 10am and one at 11am.  To sign up or for more information, contact Elaine Scagnelli. 

Many members expressed an interest in taking Nature Walks.  Our first walk will be Sept 26th along the Confluence Trail in Hillsborough. A second walk is tentatively scheduled for Oct 10th. We will follow COVID protocols of the diocese and government, including wearing masks.  
If you have not yet signed up for St. Luke’s Nature Walks and are interested in joining, please send a message to Bill Gutknecht or Karen Gray.  Those on our list will be sent an e-mail inviting you to sign up for the walks.  Included will be directions, descriptions of the trail, time, rain date and further instructions.  

Members of the former St. Luke’s Grief Group are opening the weekly group Zoom meeting to anyone in the St. Luke’s community who would benefit from regular support for any reason (eg grief, loneliness, illness, anxiety or any stressful situation etc).  Join us every week, or drop in anytime you need a little extra support in a loving, faith-filled support group.  
We meet every Friday on Zoom from 1pm – 2pm. 
We start the meeting with a short devotion, we share our “cheers, tears, fears, tender moments” and often share a children’s book that, in the tradition of Jesus’ parables, gives us strength for our journey.  We share any prayer concerns (personal, community) and close the meeting with prayer.
In order to make this a safe and welcoming group, we observe the following group covenants:
1–Confidentiality (what is shared here stays here)
2–No apologies for any feelings or circumstances
3–It’s ok to laugh, it’s ok to cry (feelings are ok)
4–You can share or NOT share your “story”
5–Grief is grief (or any need for support is an acceptable need for support)
6–Do not give advice unless asked
How Can I Help?
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.  

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. 

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. 
Full Length Articles
Gardening in the Time of Covid“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing
can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done,
then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.” 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret GardenBy now, six months into isolation, bad news, controversy and some chance for despair, we’re all ready for the Good News. The Good News Garden, a joint effort between St. Luke’s, St. Titus and El Buen Pastor is underway in Delany Park, beside St. Titus.

Under the leadership of Mary Beth Berkley, the soil has been analyzed and amended, existing beds have been weeded and turned and much conversation has been had about mission, vision and what to plant! All agree that food for our neighbors is the key and that includes winter greens and carrots to start.

There have been three workdays thus far and a regular schedule of Friday mornings from 8:30-10:30 has been established. Experience is not necessary as what we are growing is community as well as food and we are praying to be good soil as much as we are adding nutrients to the soil in the beds. Gardeners include Bill Mahony, Carla Knip, Dan Kreuger, Dianne Hundley, Jeff Hammond, Katherine Johnson, Mark Perrone, Mary Hawkins, Nancy Mamlin, Pam Howard, Paul Welty, Greg Jacobs, Tom Hunt and Sarah Woodard. If you are interested in joining us contact Mary Beth Berkley.

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