This Week at St. Luke’s
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Saturday
 7:30 El Buen food distribution    
 10 and 11am  Croasdaile Communion

Sunday 
10am Spiritual Communion
             on Facebook and YouTube.
     Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
11am Coffee Hour on Zoom

Monday
  6:30 Finance Committee

Tuesday
      7pm Bible Study on Zoom

Wednesday
     Noon Prayer and Share on Zoom

Thursday
     3:00  Worship Recording

Friday
    12:00  Good News Gardening
     1:00  Connections and Support Group by Zoom
 
New This Week
RECORD A STATION OF THE CROSS
We are looking for 14 members who would be willing to come into the sanctuary individually to record a single Station of the Cross for our Good Friday service.  This would take about 15 minutes and happen between Feb 15 and March 10.  If you are willing, please sign up here.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
The Juniors and Cadettes of Troop 951 are still selling Girl Scout cookies! The pandemic has made everyone get very creative, Girl Scouts included! Over the next 3 weeks we will be providing direct links for you to help our troop continue to raise funds for badge programming, camps, and community service. Each of our girls are delivering cookies to various areas in our community so you’ll be able to find the right scout for your area. Thank you for supporting our troop!

PICK UP SUPPLIES FOR ASH WEDNESDAY and LENT
Please plan on driving through St. Luke’s on Tuesday, February 16th to pick up supplies for Ash Wednesday, Lent and Palm Sunday.  They will be available in the breezeway between the main building and Johnson Hall.  
Items include:
     An ash cross on fabric (use during liturgy and through Lent)
     A paper palm leaf (write/draw prayers and return by March 1)
     Daily Practices:
          a) Micropractices for Lent (1 small task each day)
          b) Living Well Through Lent meditations
          c) Praying in Color Lent calendar to draw/doodle prayers
If you have questions, ask Helen.

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
Ash Wednesday is February 17th.  You have three ways to participate.  A recorded service will be available anytime after 7am on Facebook and YouTube.  
We will also offer a live worship on Zoom at noon.  

MEETING GOD IN BOOKS LENTEN GROUP
Our Lenten Program this year will be Meeting God in Books.  We will met on Zoom from 6-7pm on Wednesdays February 24, and March 3, 10, 17 and 24th.  Each night one St. Luker will share about a book that has mattered in their life and we will discuss some themes and ideas from that book.  

DAILY LENTEN EMAILS
To receive our Daily Lenten Micropractices emailed to you each day, sign up here
To receive Living Well Through Lent emailed to you each day, sign up here
Announcements
FORWARD DAY BY DAY
Please contact Kathy if you would like a February-April Forward Day by Day  meditation book mailed to you.  This will be the last bulk order from St. Luke’s.  
To get them delivered directly to your home for $13/year call 800-543-1813 or go here.
To sign up to receive them as a daily e-mail for free, sign up here.

GOSPEL BASED DISCIPLESHIP
Please contact Kathy if you would like a 2021 Gospel Based Discipleship booklet mailed to you.  This is the diocesan prayer list and daily bible reading guide.
How Can I Help?
BECOME A WORSHIP LEADER
St. Luke’s has a small and faithful group of people helping to lead our online worship, and we’re looking to expand this group.  If you are able to use Zoom, can meet on Thursday afternoons, and would be willing to be a worship reader, please contact Helen.
How about music?  Even if you haven’t been in our choir before, we would love to have you as part of our virtual choir or to offer a solo or instrumental piece.  These you record at home on your own time.  If you’re willing and able, please contact Kaye.  

EL BUEN PASTOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION
St. Luke’s members and friends (16 years and older) are encouraged to help with the monthly food distribution out of El Buen Pastor.  Distributions are normally from 7:30-12:30 (come all or just part of the time) on the 1st Saturday of the month.  For more info, please contact Peter Jacobi who is a regular St. Luke’s participant. 

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. 
WINTER 2021 AT LEAP 
As we begin 2021, LEAP (Latino Educational Achievement Partnership) is settling into the new year with our new routines, that don’t seem that new anymore.

Our preschool children are meeting on zoom for their usual “circle time” activities, singing songs, saying hello to their classmates, and reading books. Their parents access lessons through our private facebook groups. And the teachers are meeting with the children in small groups (currently 1-2 students) outdoors. Our children arrive in their masks (which they dutifully wear at this point) and ready to have their temperature taken. It’s all part of the routine at this point.

Our teachers have done just an amazing job of creating online lessons that draw the children into hands-on activities and keep them engaged. We have maintained our dedication to play-
based learning and have found new inspiration in our outdoor learning spaces.

Our tutoring students (ages 6-12 yrs) are working with their tutors through zoom. An unexpected benefit of this arrangement is that each pair can meet at a time that’s convenient for both, and the size of our classrooms no longer limit how many pairs we can have. As our students’ parents are more challenged than ever, our tutors have stepped forward to help with homework and interpret teachers’ directions.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partner organizations, we have also been able to help families who have lost income due to the pandemic. We continue to provide families with grocery shopping cards and grants to pay their rent and/or utility bills. We know that we often have to ask several times or ways to learn that a family needs help and rely on the relationships we have developed over the years, in some cases, to learn how we can be most helpful.

We are hopeful about the changes that this spring will bring but are striving to appreciate the unique gifts of this winter in the meantime. Our children continually inspire us to find the moments of light in this season of darkness.

To learn more about LEAP, please visit durhamleap.org.

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