This Week at St. Luke’s
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Saturday
10-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground
1:00 St. Luke Walkers at Brumley Forest

Sunday
9:30 In-Person Masked Indoor Worship signup here
  Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant; Sam Laurent, Preacher
9:30 Livestream worship on Facebook 
9:30 Children’s Sunday School
10:30 Youth – Youth Room – Gray Building
1-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground

Monday
1-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground
6:30 Finance Cte  via Zoom

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
9:30 Girl Scouts – Johnson Hall
10-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground


Upcoming Schedule of Clergy for Worship

10/17/21 Rev. Kathryn Mathewson, Celebrant & Preacher
10/24/21 Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant & Preacher
10/31/21 Rev. Kathryn Mathewson, Celebrant & Preacher
11/7/21    Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant;  Sam Laurent, Preacher
11/14/21  Rev. Jeanine Driscoll, Celebrant & Preacher
11/21/21  Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant & Preacher
11/28/21  Rev. Kathryn Mathewson, Celebrant & Preacher

For Pastoral Care concerns, contact Jim Craven or Sr. Warden Eileen Morgan


 
New This Week
The StL Walkers will meet this coming Saturday, the 9th.We will be hiking in Brumley Forest.  https://www.triangleland.org/explore/nature-preserves/brumley-forest-nature-preserve  .  The hike will start at 1:00. The starting point is about 1500 feet west of University Station Road on Old NC 10; it’s at the northern parking lot, 3620 Old State Hwy 10 . We can do one trail or all three for a total of about 3 miles. We can decide about the trails when we meet.Karen will lead the hike.

Every Member Canvas: How to Make Your Pledge for 2022
You should have received our fall Every Member Canvas letter in your mailbox this week! As a reminder, there are three easy ways to designate your donations (ACS, draft, or check) as a pledge for 2022: return the card in our letter, email your pledge amount or call Kathy with your pledge. We hope to hear from you before “Ingathering Sunday”, which is November 7th.

Solar Project Update
Solar Energy Management started installing solar panels on Johnson Hall the week of September 26.  That installation is complete and is being tested.  Installation of panels on the flat roof above the Sprague Room should be starting soon.  

Nominations for Vestry Election
We have not yet met our goal to have a slate with six candidates.  At this time of transition we still need a few more people to volunteer to run for Election to the Vestry for a 3-year term.  Qualifications:  Enrolled communicant member in good standing 16 years of age or older.  If you are willing to serve, please give your name to a member of the Nominations Committee:  Amy Kiser, Bill Yarger, Kelley Lawton, Steve Dedrick or the Sr Warden, Eileen Morgan.  
 
Vestry Transition Update
The Vestry met with Bishop Sam Rodman and Canon Catherine Massey on Thursday, October 7.  Options for our next steps were outlined and these will be considered at the next regular Vestry meeting on October 18.

Funeral for Rev Habacuc Ramos Huerta
The funeral service for Rev Huerta, vicar of Iglesia El Buen Pastor, is on Saturday, October 9, at 3:00 p.m., at Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill (200 Hayes Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517).  For those unable to attend the service, two vigils will be held at El Buen Pastor (1852 Liberty St, Durham, NC 27703) from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, and Friday, October 8.  Please continue to pray for Padre Habacuc, his family – especially, his wife, Ana Rosa and his son Israel – and the entire congregation of El Buen Pastor.
 
Announcements
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-BARBERIf 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
Sign up to work at the Pumpkin Patch, via the online sign up page or on the sign up sheet at church, by contacting Beth Bonner.

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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