This Week at St. Luke’s
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Event risk assessment: here.
Free COVID test from Durham County here.


Click here and scroll down for Online Worship Bulletin

Sunday
9:30 In-Person Masked Indoor Worship signup here
  Rev. Kathryn Mathewson, Celebrant & Preacher
9:30 Livestream worship on Facebook 
9:30 Children’s Sunday School
10:30 Youth – Youth Room – Gray Building
12:30 Girl Scout – Johnson Hall

Tuesday
1-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground
7pm Bible Study on Zoom

Wednesday
11:30 Prayer and Share on Zoom   
1-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground
7 pm Handbell Rehearsal – Nave

Thursday
1-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground

Friday
 1:00  Connections and Support Group by Zoom
1-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground

Saturday
10-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground
Walkers

Upcoming Schedule of Clergy for Worship

10/10/21 Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant.  Preacher:  Sam Laurent
10/17/21 Rev. Kathryn Mathewson, Celebrant & Preacher
10/24/21 Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant & Preacher
10/31/21 Rev. Kathryn Mathewson, Celebrant & Preacher

For Pastoral Care concerns, contact Jim Craven or Sr. Warden Eileen Morgan
New This Week
Pumpkin Patch Delay
Our pumpkins are still stuck on the farm in New Mexico! Pumpkin unloading on Saturday is cancelled, and sales on Saturday and Sunday are also cancelled. The supplier is trying to get our pumpkins to us by Monday or Tuesday, but when they arrive we’ll need to have enough people to pitch in unloading them. As soon as the truck leaves the farm, we’ll know which day and what time our pumpkins will arrive. We’ll share more details about the schedule for unloading and sales as soon as we have them.

Every Member Canvass: Check Your Mailboxes!
Our annual fall Every Member Canvass is kicking off this week. Make sure to check your mail for a letter from the Stewardship Committee about this fall’s campaign that will fund our church’s work in 2022. Look forward to more news and updates from the EMC team from now until Ingathering Sunday on November 7th!

Here’s a fun music blog on our St. Luke’s website from Kaye:  https://stlukesdurham.org/2021/09/27/livestreaming-from-the-organ-or-the-back-row/
Announcements
VESTRY TRANSITION UPDATE 
The Vestry and Diocesan staff are continuing to work on additional communications.  The Bishop will be meeting with the Vestry again this week to work on next steps in our pastoral transition.  
 
CONGREGATIONAL SINGING
In light of the fact that, over the last three months with Diocesan COVID protocols and congregational singing implemented in many churches in the diocese, there has been no evidence of transmission of COVID, the Vestry decided to authorize congregational singing for St. Luke’s.  We feel confident that, as we continue to care for each other by wearing masks, sanitizing our hands and practicing social distancing, we can add singing to our worship and still keep each other safe.  Since we have only one indoor worship service at this time, we will only be singing a Processional and Recessional hymn with the rest of the liturgy in the spoken word.  We want to honor both those for whom the spoken liturgy without music is spiritually nurturing and those for whom added music is spiritually nurturing.  May God continue to bless us as we gather together in worship.

DONATIONS HONORING HELEN SVOBODA-BARBER
If you would like to make a donation in Helen’s honor, the money will be placed in the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. This fund has been used as part of St. Luke’s commitment to outreach since the money has gone to people in need who are experiencing a financial emergency. Unless you specify otherwise, our Parish Administrator will share with Helen the names of those who have donated in her honor but not the amount given. At the end of the year, we will let Helen know how much in total was donated in her honor for the benefit of those in need through the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.On checks, please make a note: “in Helen’s Honor”. If you donate via ACS or auto payments through your bank, send an email or call the Parish Administrator to inform her of your intent for this specific donation.At Bishop Rodman’s direction, the Vestry has appointed a person to administer the Rector’s Discretionary Fund until such time that we have an Interim Rector. This allows us to continue this important outreach ministry during our transition. 

PECANS FOR BELIZE 2021
St. Luke’s is once again selling delicious South Georgia pecans to raise money for Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize. We’re selling pecans in two varieties: Plain and Dark Chocolate Covered, both for $11.00 for a one-pound bag. All pecans are fresh from this year’s crop.
The deadline for placing your order and making your payment to St. Luke’s is November 1. To order, either fill out and return this pdf order form to St. Luke’s (1737 Hillandale Road, Durham NC 27705) or order online at 
https://forms.gle/7WgxCvHBh3yy9REg6.

There are also two ways to pay:· Mail a check to St. Luke’s with “BELIZE PECANS” on the memo line.· Pay through ACS, specifying “Belize Pecans” as the fund.

Historically, our pecan proceeds have supported the Holy Cross feeding program. This year, however, we will be directing the funds to support for Leticia, the Holy Cross graduate we’ve been supporting through San Pedro High School on Ambergris Caye. We have one more year to support Leticia, leading up to her graduation from SPHS in June of 2023.Pecans will be available for pickup a few days before Thanksgiving. You’ll be contacted at that time with details on how we’ll be handling pickup.

As always, thanks for your support.

GO PLAY SAVE COUPON BOOKS
St Luker’s the GoPlaySave coupon books have arrived! Coupons can be redeemed with participating merchants throughout the greater triangle area. Coupons are valid now until November 30, 2022. Cost $30.00 per book:. Cash, checks or credit cards 
Sales after Church on Sundays, or contact me and we can arrange a meeting date/time at St Luke’s under the breezeway.  Contact: Beth Bonner.

PUMPKIN PATCH SIGNUP LIVE!
The Pumpkin Patch sign-up sheet is available online, and a paper sign-up sheet is available after church each Sunday.  Call or email Beth if you want to sign up online, or have her add you to the sheet. You are encouraged to sign up for multiple hours, multiple days!

CONTACT UPDATES
Up-to date contact information can be found online at ACS, or the ChurchLife App for your phone or tablet.  Contact Kathy if you have any problems logging onto ACS.  You can also ask Kathy to send you a paper directory if needed.

GARDEN/GROUNDS WORKDAYS FOR 2021
All workdays begin at 7:30 and last until 10:00 or as long as you can stay.  Bring a hat, gloves, water and tools.  Contact the workday leader for more information.
Nov. 6th      Hope Galunas

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