|This Week at St. Luke’s|
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9:30 Girl Scouts – Johnson Hall
March Newsletter Deadline
9:30 In-person Worship signup here
The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M.Lee, Preacher and Celebrant
11:30 Croasdaile Eucharist
7pm Bible Study on Zoom
11:30 Prayer and Share on Zoom
6 Handbell Rehearsal
7:30 Choir Rehearsal
1:00 Connections and Support Group by Zoom
|New This Week|
The Rector’s Discretionary Fund is extremely low. We continue to help neighbors in need, not only with food cards, but also with utility bills, rent, medical supplies and so much more. Any donation that can be made would be greatly appreciated.
St. Luke’s has a *new* Instagram account
If you followed St. Luke’s on Instagram when an account was set up years ago, we’re no longer able to use that account and have set up a new one. Whether you’re a new or old follower, please search @saintlukesdurham on Instagram and follow us.
NAME TAGS! NAME TAGS! NAME TAGS!
Do you have your St. Luke’s name tag? Do you know where it is? Do you need a new one? Now that we are coming back together more often, it is time to start wearing your name tag to church again. We have been apart due to Covid closures and weather issues for quite some time.—almost TWO YEARS! And while we are wearing masks, it is a challenge to recognize each other in order to facilitate greetings and re-establishing our worship community. Please wear your name tag to all church functions and services. If you need a new one, the Parish Office will make it for you. Name tag order blanks will be available to you from the usher or the church office. Just fill one out and turn it in. A new name tag will be made for you. Carol Kokesh, Newcomer Committee
Children and Youth programs have resumed. Masks are required, and social distancing will be observed as we follow the guidelines from the diocese. Godly Play for children 4yrs old-5th grade will meet at 9:30am in Johnson Hall. Youth group will meet following worship at 10:30 in the Gray Building. If you have questions or concerns or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Thornton.
There are many offerings around the Diocese.
To keep up with the latest news about these and other events in our diocese, sign up for Please Note, the diocesan weekly e-newsletter. The link is here: https://www.episdionc.org/please-note/
Here you will find information about the following and much more:
Special Convention- In light of the focus on the diocesan mission strategy at the Special Convention, we invite and encourage guests to register and attend the gathering on March 5. Register for Convention
Celebration of the Feast of Absalom Jones, February 19, 10am. Register for the celebration
Lenten Offerings beginning March 9. Register for the series
The Color of Compromise Book and Video Study. Register at https://tinyurl.com/2p86jrmh
The Diocese of North Carolina is offering diocesan-wide adult confirmation preparation in Lent and Easter this year. For more information and to register: https://bit.ly/DioNC-ConfirmationClass2022
SAVE THE DATE for Shrove Tuesday–March 1, 2022
Pancakes on Zoom!! More details to follow.
We will have one Ash Wednesday service, March 2, in the nave at noon. The imposition of ashes will be available for those who desire.
“In the in-between times” Parish Lenten Quiet Day Saturday April 2nd, 1-4 p.m. Interim rector Rhonda Lee will lead a time of prayer and reflection in the nave on Saturday April 2nd from 1 to 4 p.m. Together, we will read and reflect on brief Scriptures on the theme of “In the in-between times.” The afternoon will include some group conversation as well as time for individual or small group prayer and discussion. Please register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4daeaa28a4fcc52-inperson .And please tell a friend!
|The Rector’s Blog has been updated with a new post from the interim rector, and posts will continue every couple of weeks or so. Check it out!|
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.
DERC has received a generous donation from St. Stephen’s church for DERC’s second resettlement project. They will supply a few volunteers and have started collecting furnishings, but there is a lot of opportunity for more volunteers to get involved. We will need movers, house stagers, grocery shoppers as well as a team dedicated to helping a family uprooted by world events to find a home in Durham. Would you be willing to help? Please get in touch with Babs or Jim Wise.
Do you know anyone who rents property? That is an immediate need for any resettlement efforts, both this new effort and one being organized by St Phillips must first have a property in order to be assigned a family. Please let Jim or Babs know if you might know of something.
CONTACT UPDATESUp-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.
LEAP in 2022
LEAP is starting 2022 filled with renewed energy and resolve to ride out this virus and the challenges it continues to create!
We have just over sixty children enrolled in our preschool programs at St. Luke’s (Nuestra Escuelita) and the DCI/LEAP Academy. Our first three weeks of January were disrupted by COVID. We had to close two of our classrooms due to teacher absences and posted online lessons for students that couldn’t meet in person. By January 24th, all of our classes were meeting in -person, spending most of the day outside, wearing their masks and lots of warm clothes! At this point, we are used to adjusting and readjusting our class rosters and bus route. We don’t think about what’s “normal” anymore – we just figure out how to connect with as many students as possible!We are excited about our plans for the spring and summer. We’ll be taking several field trips to St. Philip’s in the Trees (a property near the Eno River that was bequeathed to the church) and holding our summer camp there as well. By the second part of the school year, our students are understanding and speaking an increasing amount of English. They have also internalized the rhythms of the school day, often reminding the teachers if there is any deviation! The most exciting thing for me to watch is how they are learning how to be a part of a group; asking “Can I play with that when you’re done?” is a marker of real progress and success!
There are currently almost thirty pairs of school-aged students and tutors meeting once/week on-line. We use an online literacy curriculum called Reading A-Z. Each pair meets on a day and time convenient for both – after we have assembled the giant puzzle of their preferences! Online tutoring has proven to be a boon for our students, and is a lot easier now that they are attending school in person.
Our families continue to bear the brunt of the virus, as some of them have not returned to full-time work. Porch Durham has been a fabulous partner for us, delivering fresh fruit and vegetables, canned goods and grocery shopping cards once a month.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider linking your Harris Teeter VIC Card to support LEAP! It won’t cost you anything; the store will donate to LEAP each time you purchase a HT brand product. You can link your VIC card online or at the Customer Services counter at any Durham Harris Teeter. (Our # is 2840). To keep up with our activities on Instagram, follow durhamLEAP.
Please visit durhamleap.org for more information or email Leigh Bordley, firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. Thank you for your prayers as we continue this wild ride!