|This Week at St. Luke’s|
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10am Palm Sunday Spiritual Communion
on Facebook and YouTube.
Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
7:30pm Youth Group on Zoom
7pm Bible Study on Zoom
noon Prayer and Share on Zoom
6-7pm Meeting God in Books on Zoom
Please use your Maundy Thursday At Home handout to create meaningful rituals at home.
A short recording of Psalm 22 in our worship space will be available on Facebook and Youtube.
A recording of our Stations of the Cross will be available on Facebook and Youtube, as well as a recording of Were You There sung by June Williams.
1:00 Connections and Support Group by Zoom
10am Easter Spiritual Communion
on Facebook and YouTube.
Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
There will be NO Zoom Coffee Hour on Easter Sunday
Please register if you would like to attend an in-person, outdoor, masked, distanced Easter Service (worship at 6:30, 8:30, 10:00 11:30 and if needed 1pm)
|New This Week|
|HOLY WEEK DAILY ART PRACTICE|
You can sign up here to participate in a daily art practice during Holy Week. A short video introduction is here. Thank you to the Diocese of Central New York for underwriting this offering.
PALM SUNDAY ONLINE WORSHIP
Our Palm Sunday Spiritual Communion Service will run a bit longer than our normal Spiritual Communion services. It begins with the creation of our Palm Sunday hanging, using the palm prayers you returned to St. Luke’s. It ends with a reading of the Passion Gospel. We encourage you to hold these two pieces — the prayers of our community and the story of Jesus’ death — as your sermon for the day. Rather than explaining or expounding on this profound story and our prayers, simply sit with the truth that exists within them.
IN PERSON EASTER WORSHIP UPDATES
For our Easter Morning worship, St. Luke’s will set up chairs on the Great Lawn. You will not need to bring a lawn chair.
And Big News: We will try a little bit of congregational singing on Easter! Pods will be spaced 10 feet apart, and we’ll always have our masks on. We will sing 2 verses of a hymn early in our service and again at the end.
If bad weather is likely, we will set up under the eaves and not sing. If you would like to attend in-person Easter worship, sign up here.
MEETING GOD IN BOOKS
This Wednesday, Laura Thornton will share information about the book Stamped: From the beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X.Kendi. Join us from 6–7pm at this Zoom link.
VIRTUAL CHOIR FOR PAULI MURRAY SERVICE
If you would like to be part of virtual choir for the annual Pauli Murray Service in July, please contact St. Titus Music Director Susan Stedman by April 5th.
Helen would like to find a handful of folks with an artistic eye for a brief project (less than 2 hours). If you are interested, please e-mail her asap.
SOLIDARITY WITH ASIAN AMERICANS
The Episcopal Church invites us to participate in one or both of these events. This Saturday from 1-3pm will be Stop Asian Hate, a time of liturgy, listening and small group processing. Click here to learn more and register. On Monday, March 29th from 7-8, Bishop Diana Akiyama will speak on Response to the Rising Hatred and Violence against Asian Americans. Register here.
|FRONT PORCH DROP-OFFS: HOLY WEEK AT HOME|
Watch your doorstep today and tomorrow for your Holy Week At Home bag.
EASTER IN-PERSON WORSHIP SIGN-UP
Good News! St. Luke’s will be able to offer small, masked, distanced, outdoor in-person worship on Easter morning. We have scheduled morning services at 6:30, 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30 if these fill, we will add a 1pm service.
You can reserve your space here, or by leaving a message on the church office phone (Kathy will return your call and let you know what times are still available).
REMINDER: NO ANNUAL MEETING
Because of COVID-19 we will not have a 2021 Annual Meeting.
Did you know non-itemizers can deduct $300 for charitable donations on their taxes? More info here.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Please join us on Saturday, April 24th, 8:00 to 10:00 for our first 2021 St. Luke’s Gardens and Grounds Workday. Bring water, hat, gloves and any helpful gardening tools. COVID protocols are followed. However, fellowship at 6′ is required! As usual, many hands make quick work.
Email Patty Michaels for more information.
|How Can I Help?|
|JOIN A BOARD|
At last week’s Coffee Hour, we talked about how using your voice on city and county boards can greatly impact our neighbors for good. To volunteer for a city board, find out more here. To volunteer for a county board, find out more here. To find out more about what it’s like being on one of these boards, talk to Bobbie Hendrix.
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.
If you are able to make a casserole for a local household that could use some help, or if you would be blessed by having a casserole made for you, check out Lasagna Love. Click here to find out more.
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.
|LEAP OUTSIDE IN WINTER|
At LEAP, the Latino Educational Achievement Program preschool house in our Gray Building, students are researchers.
They are learning about trees, snow, water and temperature by touching, observing and drawing what they see. Being outside is the safest way to be together–and it’s given the children so many opportunities to investigate their world. They’ve never been more grateful for the outdoor space at St. Luke’s than this past year!
This year, LEAP has also doubled the number of tutoring pairs this year. Fifty tutors are meeting remotely with school-aged children as they are navigating online school!
To volunteer, learn more, or support LEAP go to durhamleap.org.