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


Click here and scroll down for Online Worship Bulletin

Sunday – Advent I
9:30 In-Person Masked Indoor Worship signup here
    Rev. Dr. Kathryn Mathewson Celebrant and Preacher
9:30 Livestream worship on Facebook 

Tuesday
7pm Bible Study on Zoom
7 pm Handbell Rehearsal – Nave

Wednesday
11:30 Prayer and Share on Zoom   

Friday
1:00  Connections and Support Group by Zoom

Saturday
8 a.m. Vestry Retreat – Johnson Hall

Upcoming Schedule of Clergy for Worship
12/5/21 Rev. Dr. Jeanine Driscoll, Celebrant & Preacher
12/12/21 Rev. Dr. Kathryn Mathewson, Celebrant  & Preacher
12/19/21 Rev. Dr. Jeanine Driscoll, Celebrant & Preacher
Christmas Eve Special Music 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Eucharist 7 p.m. Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant & Preacher
Christmas Day 10 a.m. Rev. Jim Craven, Celebrant & Preacher
12/26/21 9:30 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols with Eucharist, Rev. Jim Craven

For Pastoral Care concerns, contact Jim Craven or Sr. Warden Eileen Morgan
New This Week
A big thank you to Eric Moore for getting our internet and phones back on line.  

Advent begins today. Advent devotional resources are available for pick up today after the service.

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.  

If you would like to make a donation towards Christmas flowers and greenery, please make your check payable to St Luke’s and mark it “Christmas flowers”.  Also note in whose memory or honor it is given.  It may be placed in the offering plate or mailed directly to the church office.  Deadline is December 15.

Share Your Christmas 2021 Has Begun!
Once again this year, our Share Your Christmas (SYC) program will be virtual. Instead of shopping for and wrapping gifts ourselves, we will give our St. Luke’s/LEAP families and Maple Court veterans gift cards so they can do their own shopping.  We hope to raise at least $4,500 by December 12th so the 70+ people on our SYC list can buy food, clothing, toys and household goods. You can mail St. Luke’s a check with “SYC” in the memo section or donate online through ACS. For more information, see the St. Luke’s website at  https://stlukesdurham.org/share-your-christmas-2021/ or the December newsletter, or contact Carol or Bill Charping.
 
Announcements
PECANS FOR BELIZE 2021 – Pecans are arriving on November 29!
Our order of eight cases of bagged pecans is set to arrive on Monday, November 29. If you ordered pecans, you have already received an email discussing options for picking them up. If you still need to order pecans – or if you need to order additional bags beyond your initial order – we have a few extra bags remaining. To order extra bags, 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. Pay by mailing a check to St. Luke’s with “BELIZE PECANS” on the memo line or through ACS, specifying “Belize Pecans” as the fund.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 

Afghan Resettlement Project
We need your help to support an Afghan family resettle in our community. We have the volunteers!  We have the partnership with St. Titus and St. Joseph’s.  Now we need to finalize the  monetary contributions we need to make to Church Wood Services.  If you can, please send a check to Kathy Barnes at St .Luke’s with “Afghan Resettlement” in the memo  line.  We need to raise $4,000.  Additionally, we need more to buy certain types of home furnishings (like mattresses, pillows, etc.)  We know that families are  currently living in really stressful circumstances. So the sooner we can pay our portion, the sooner we can provide a lovely warm home to an Afghan family. Prayers are welcome, too!

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.
 
Full Length Articles 
LEAP this Fall!
Here we are in our third “unusual” year of school – and good things are happening!We have over sixty children attending our two preschools (Nuestra Escuelita, located at St. Luke’s) and the DCI/LEAP Academy. Thanks to new foundation funding, we’ve been able to add a mixed age classroom at Nuestra Escuelita this year. Our classrooms are situated outside under tents and trees – where it’s safest and there are endless opportunities for learning!
We’re looking forward to our 10th Annual Jingle Bell LEAP, coming up on December 4th. We’ll be back in-person this year! Sign up to complete the course at any speed you like, or to stay home as a S-LEAP-ER and just donate. https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Durham/JingleBellLEAP5K.
With holiday shopping coming up, it’s a great time to link your Harris Teeter VIC card and Amazon with LEAP, naming us as the school you’d like to support- for free! You can link your card online (https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education) or at the service counter (ask them to link you with LEAP, Nuestra Escuelita or #2840). Every time you buy a HT product this school year, they will send us a donation. (If you’ve linked with us before, that link has expired; you have to re-up each fall.) To link your Amazon account with LEAP just go to smile.amazon.com and choose LEAP as the organization you’d like to support.
Thank you for keeping LEAP in your prayers. To keep up, please follow us on social media (durhamleap).

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