|This Week at St. Luke’s|
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Sunday service moved online due to weather
Our worship service for this Sunday, the 23rd of January, has been moved online because of the forecast of snow and ice for this weekend. The St. Luke’s lay and ordained leadership prioritizes the safety of our members and visitors. While we are disappointed not to be able to gather this Sunday in person to celebrate the Eucharist together, we could not take the risk of asking people to travel to church in icy weather. For this Sunday, the 23rd, instead of the Eucharist, we will gather on Zoom to pray the Service of the Word together. Also called Ante-Communion, this is the portion of the Eucharist up to and including the Peace. After the Peace, knowing that fellow Christians are celebrating the Eucharist although we cannot, we will pray the prayer for spiritual communion together. Please plan to join in this prayer service and stay on the Zoom call for a time of fellowship immediately following the service. No registration is necessary; simply join via the Zoom link.” The link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85191462674?pwd=RnpGYXBsNTdNNEY4SGRCUmRuZnJhdz09
7pm Bible Study on Zoom
11:30 Prayer and Share on Zoom
1:00 Connections and Support Group by Zoom
|New This Week|
Thank you from Barbara Longmire for all the support, prayers and food during her recent surgery and ongoing recovery. They are very much appreciated. Barbara says she is doing better.
Invite Welcome Connect Gathering
We’re looking for a few people to attend the next online gathering of Invite Welcome Connect on February 9. Their 2020 gathering gave us the idea for the You Are Loved signs that many of you enjoyed seeing in your yards. This time, the focus is on how to welcome people we’ve met only online, as well as on how to reengage with our own members whom we haven’t seen in person since COVID changed so much in 2020.
These gatherings involve parallel breakout sessions on Zoom, so it’s really useful to have multiple people attending from St. Luke’s. This gathering will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9. More information and a registration link are available on the Invite Welcome Connect website. The Vestry has approved reimbursement of the $20 registration fee for up to three St. Luke’s attendees; send a copy of your registration receipt to Kathy in the office so she can reimburse you. Please let me know you’ll be attending as well, so we’ll know to get your report on what you learned at the gathering.
On behalf of the Evangelism/Communications Committee, please consider spending 90 minutes in this way helping us to “up our welcome game” at St. Luke’s.
We will resume a monthly newsletter starting in March. The deadline will be the third Sunday of February – February 20. Please send any articles or announcements to Kathy by that date.
Annual Meeting rescheduled.
St. Luke’s Annual meeting will be held in person on March 20th, immediately following the service.
|Bishops’ Ball is Back – In Person! For the first time in more than two years, Bishops’ Ball, one of the most beloved diocesan gatherings for youth, is back in person February 12, 2022. As we have since the start of the pandemic, the event has been adapted from its usual multi-day gathering to a one-day celebration at Holy Comforter, Burlington, in the hope it will help those attending feel safer and ready to enjoy being together. The cost is reduced, and the registration deadline extended to February 7.|
What is not changing is that Bishops’ Ball provides youth from across the Diocese an opportunity to engage with the bishops, attend workshops, and have fun and fellowship with their peers.
This year’s event will include all the favorite activities: music, workshops, building community, worship and the dinner and dance.
Learn all about this beloved event (and its extensive COVID safety protocols), and register the youth in your life today!
Members of St. Luke’s and friends are warmly invited to the following event held by St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Durham. No registration is necessary for this excellent formation opportunity.
When: Thursday, 27 January, from 7 to 8:30pm
What: What to listen for in the Gospel of Luke this year
Taught by: Joel Marcus, member of St. Joseph’s and Emeritus Professor of New Testament & Christian Origins at Duke Divinity School.
Why: In the lingo of the church, we are currently in “Year C.” That means that in our Sunday worship, we have been reading mostly from the Gospel of Luke since Advent began, and we’ll be mostly hearing from Luke on Sundays until next Advent. Joel will help us know what to listen for, including special Lukan emphases, such as the history of salvation and concern for women and the poor.
Where: we hope in the sanctuary of St Joe’s (1902 West Main St., Durham), but we may decide to move to Zoom — closer to the time, you’ll be able to find up-to-date location information at Events — Welcome to Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church (stjosephsdurham.org),or email Lauren Winner for a location update.
Update on Durham Episcopal Resettlement Coalition (DERC)
Many of you heard the wonderful news last Sunday that Hope Galunas has found us a 2 bedroom apartment that will come open in mid-January. Finally, some reality setting in! We have a wonderful team of front line workers from the three churches, led by Bob and Mary Etta King, ready to work with a family as soon as they are assigned to us. Right now, we are turning to collecting household items, and looking for volunteer help moving, cleaning the apartment, setting up the kitchen and buying the first lot of groceries. There is a sign up genius where we are gathering furnishings: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094EA5A82BAAFF2-household. If you can volunteer to help, please contact either Joan Hodges, Jim or Babs Wise.
This has been a wonderful time for those of us working on the project to get to know fellow Episcopalians at St. Joe’s and St. Titus. A newer development is that St. Stephen’s wants to join in and are working on their funding. So, we may be looking at a second home soon. St. Phillips is also setting up a home, and will be joining us to share lessons learned. We hope soon to be able to physically actually meet all – once the Omicron surge has lessened.
Thank you for your all your gifts: both goods, time, money, and prayer, we truly have felt the support of our parish in this effort.
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.