This Week at St. Luke’s
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Event risk assessment: here.
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Click here and scroll down for Online Worship Bulletin
 Sunday 
9:30 In-person Worship signup here 
 The Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner, Preacher
  The Rev. James B. Craven, III, Celebrant 

Tuesday
6 pm Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper by Zoom
7:30pm Bible Study on Zoom

Wednesday
11:30 Prayer and Share on Zoom  
Noon Ash Wednesday Service
7:30 Choir Rehearsal

Friday
1:00  Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday
7:30 – 12:30 Food Distribution at El Buen Pastor
9:30 Girl Scouts – Johnson Hall
Diocesan Convention – Winston Salem
 
New This Week
Our St. Luke’s Adult Choir has resumed meeting weekly in preparation for singing in Sunday services. It is a great blessing to be able to sing with one another after almost two years apart! We’re taking our time, getting our voices “back in shape” and rehearsing music. If you like to sing and think you would like to be a part of this ministry, come and give it a try on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS FROM 7:30-8:30 IN THE CHURCH. We are in particular need of tenors and basses right now. Contact Kaye if you’re interested.

The next food distribution at El Buen Pastor will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Please come and bring a friend!  Wear hats, bring gloves and wear comfortable clothing.

Rector Search Information:  The Vestry will be meeting with Diocesan Canon for Transitions, Catherine Massey, in mid-March and at that time will have a more accurate timeline for the Search process.  The vestry will be selecting a Chair or Co-Chairs for the Search Committee, likely in April, and then forming a full committee.  The search process will take about 12-18 months and if you feel you would like to be considered for the Search Committee, please reach out to any vestry member.  (Vestry members:  Lisa D’Amico, Sr. Warden, June Santa, Jr. Warden, Julia Hoyle, Treasurer, Eileen Morgan, Clerk, Ted Triebel, Beth Bonner, Mike Henry, Alan Schueler, Lera Williams, Bob King, Jeff Dawson, Barbara Longmire.)

Scammers at work – several members have reported receiving an email from Rhonda asking for money/gift cards.  Please note Rhonda will never directly contact a parishioner asking for contributions or gift cards.  If you do receive an email requesting this, please mark it as spam and delete it.

The chairs are moving back!!  We will be moving most of the chairs and kneeler rows back into the Sanctuary after church on Sunday, March 6th!  Stay if you are able to help with the chairs, the kneelers, the book racks, or whatever.  The more the merrier!  Thank you in advance!

Rector’s Discretionary Fund.  This fund has traditionally used by St. Luke’s Rectors to help local folks who reach out to us with basic needs in every day life. This includes homeless individuals who come to the church, families we know needing food and other essentials, and various other needs of those in poverty in our community.  Most recently we’ve made use of modest Visa gift cards, allowing recipients to apply funds where they’re most needed to remain capable of “normal” living. The RDF (and Interim Rector) has the advantage of not only being “discretionary,” but also able to be used quickly in emergency situations, something that has benefited many individuals. The Fund has been replenished by “loose change” in Plate offerings and by individuals donating directly to the Fund by check, ACS, or other means. At this time the “pot” is low and any help would be much appreciated.

Shrove Tuesday Zoom pancake supper, 6 p.m. Tuesday–March 1, 2022
Let’s get together for pancakes on Zoom!    We are all missing those parish wide events, but we can still gather and have a little fun as we eat dinner.  Pancakes are always my favorite, but whatever you are eating, you are welcome to come.  Extra fun if you have your Marde Gras spirit with you!  For more information or to get the link, please contact Laura: children-youth@stlukesdurham.org
 
Easy Pancake Recipe!
1 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons white sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt1 egg, beaten1 cup milk2 tablespoons vegetable oil
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in milk, egg and oil. Mix until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot with your favorite maple syrup.
 
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. signup here  

“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!
Announcements
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!
https://stlukesdurham.org/2022/02/08/holding-onto-life-together/

 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.

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 seriesThe 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 

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.
 
Full Article
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!
Preschool
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!Image previewWe 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!
Tutoring
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, leigh.bordley@durhamleap.org with your questions. Thank you for your prayers as we continue this wild ride!

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