This Week at St. Luke’s
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Saturday
10-7 Pumpkin Patch – Gray Building Playground

Sunday
9:30 In-Person Masked Indoor Worship signup here
  Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant and 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

Tuesday
11 Croasdaile Eucharist
       Rev. Lauren Winner, Celebrant
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

10/31/21 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
Vestry Transition Update
After considering several clergy options for our transition, the Vestry has chosen the Traditional Interim Rector option.  Bishop Rodman and Catherine Massey, the Canon for Transition and Pastoral Ministries, are currently screening candidates to present to the Vestry for consideration.  

Every Member Canvas – Pledge Update!
Thank you for supporting the EMC campaign! We are off to a strong start. So far, more than half of the pledges received are increases over last year, which is incredible! Thank you for stepping out in faith to support St Luke’s.
Don’t forget, Ingathering Sunday is November 7th. Please return your pledge card or call/email Kathy with your pledge before the end of the campaign, so our leadership team can plan the 2022 budget. Thank you!
The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord” (Psalm 24:1)

Request Vestry Election Absentee Ballot Now
If you will not be present on Sunday, November 14 for the Vestry Election, we encourage you to vote for Vestry using an absentee ballot.  Request one by e-mail or call the office. Vote for up to 4 candidates.
Completed PRINTED ballot and attestations must be received by 10am on Friday November 12.  You can mail with sufficient time or drop in the church mailbox (end of the drive between Johnson Hall/Sprague Room).
Members who register and attend in-person worship on Sunday, November 14 should vote at worship, not before.
NOTE:  If we don’t receive another nomination for the slate (we need 6), the election will not be held.  The Vestry will then appoint the 4 new members of the Vestry from the five who have agreed to serve.   
 
Jeff Dawson
Just as Jay Sidebotham announced he was leaving St. Luke’s, my wife, Linda, and I transferred from a smaller church in town. We had been over committed at our previous church, and our intention was and has been to keep a low profile at St. Luke’s. Our preference for the quieter and reflective early service has also limited the number of parishioners we know. In the past, I had experience serving on vestry (and senior warden) and was involved in clergy search/recruitment as well as several other parish activities, but my involvement at St. Luke’s has been very limited. Stephanie Yancy did manage to recruit me to help craft a set of guidelines for employee expectations and assessment that were forwarded to the vestry for consideration. So given this history, why consider a nomination to serve on vestry—and at this stage of my life? It is a fair question. Linda and I recently moved to Croasdaile Village and connected with an incredible group of parishioners here. It is through discussions with them that I thought I might be able to contribute to the difficult work of the vestry in the next three years. I retired “gradually” as a professor, administrator and faculty ombuds at Duke. In the latter position, I worked with many faculty having strained relationships with Duke and could bring this experience to the parish. In another capacity, I had been involved in medical school admissions for Duke and continue this for the new Duke-NUS School of Medicine in Singapore. As a consequence, I have a lot of experience in recruitment and assessment of talent.
 
Bob King
When Mary Etta and I moved to Durham in 2019, we planned to visit a number of churches in order to learn more about the culture of the city. After our first Sunday at St Luke’s, however, we were so warmly welcomed that integrating ourselves into this parish family became more important than our prior ambitions. Our ties were deepened when we joined a supper group, Mary Etta began cooking for Clericus and the Episcopal Center at Duke, and I joined the Stewardship Team and Phillip Bass’s Priesthood Discernment Committee. Although Mary Etta and I each worshipped in a variety of traditions into our twenties, for the next forty years, we were active members of an Episcopal church in Lexington, Massachusetts. During that time, I co-taught 4th/5th grade Sunday School, Confirmation class, and a middle school youth group; coordinated Liturgy Teams; and served three terms on the Vestry. I was a warden for three clergy transitions, experience that may be helpful to the next St Luke’s Vestry. My most faith deepening ministry was working with five other leaders in an ecumenical effort to resettle thirteen Cambodian families over a period of ten years, an experience that makes me particularly encouraged by the excitement shown by St Luke’s members to work with St Titus, St Joseph’s, and Church World Service to resettle Afghani refugees over the coming months. Although in retirement I hoped to be done with parish governance, if elected I will gladly serve in gratitude for the love we have found at St. Luke’s.
 
Barbara Longmire
Dear people of St. Luke’s:  My name is Barbara Longmire, and I am asking for your support for a Vestry position in the upcoming Vestry elections. My husband(Wilbur Longmire) and I have been communicants at St. Luke’s for a number of years. St. Luke’s is our spiritual “home” and the people our spiritual brothers and sisters. I have a special passion for adult formation, and have led various classes at StL. I have served on St. Luke vestries in the past, but I believe we are at a truly new crossroads with multiple possible directions for our ministry to each other and the wider world.  Now is a time to think deeper, love stronger, and always be attentive to the still, small voice that is God. Should I be elected, I will serve God and this parish to the best of my ability, and with a listening ear..   
 
E. June Santa
 Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, the Episcopal Church has been a part of my life
since I was a child.  I sang in the Children’s Choir and was involved in EYC.
 
After my Father accepted a job here and prior to the family’s arrival, he visited
St. Luke’s on Club Boulevard one Sunday.  We have been members ever since.
 
My active involvement at St. Luke’s has continued over the years.  They include:
Serving on the Vestry several times, Altar Guild, Choir member, Pastoral Care
Committee, Lay Eucharistic Visitor Coordinator, Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer and
Crucifer.
 
As a member of the Vestry, I would welcome and listen to the views of all 
parishioners as we journey together during this time of transition.
 
 
Babs Wise
A cradle Episcopalian and preacher’s kid, Babs Wise and her family joined St. Luke’s in 1988.  Since then, she has served on the vestry several times and has served as Senior Warden for three years.  Additionally, she was chair of Christian Education for 10+ years, served on the 1990s edition of the Long Range Planning Committee, the 2010s Dream Team, on a search committee, on the Finance Committee, Every Member Canvass for several years, and as a delegate to the Diocesan Convention for two terms.  She and some other St. Luker’s are now working with St. Titus and St. Joes to help resettle Afghan refugees in the area. 
Babs has been married to Jim Wise for almost 45 years.  They have two children, two wonderful children-in-law and 5, almost 6 grandchildren.  Babs is retiring from Duke in January.  At Duke, her most recent position has been as a Fellowship Advisor working with students to attain nationally competitive scholarships like the Rhodes, Truman and Fulbright.  She also serves on the board of a national professional organization.
Coming out of a pandemic and without a rector, St. Luke’s now needs to find ways to re-build and strengthen our community.  We have long been known for our involvement in outreach and found meaning in serving others. Babs looks forward to the road ahead for the parish.

Reality Ministries invites you to Swing Music on the Lawn!
On Sunday October 24 at 4:30pm, Reality Ministries, which is a local community providing belonging and inclusion for teens and adults with developmental disabilities, will hold a fall fundraiser, Swing Music on the Lawn. Music is generously provided by the Durham Jazz Orchestra, and a corporate partner is providing a matching grant for funds raised. Reality is a past participant in St. Luke’s Alternative Gift Fair and a recipient of St. Luke’s Outreach grants. Visit this link for location, event, and donation information: https://realityministriesinc.org/swingmusiconthelawn/
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.

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
Contact Beth Bonner if you can help staff the Pumpkin Patch for one or more 1 hour shifts now through October 31.

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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