This Week at St. Luke’s
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 Sunday, August 28 
9:30am  Holy Eucharist – masks strongly recommended, required while singing
   The Rev. James B. Craven, III, Preacher
   The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee, Presider
10:30 am Talk with Treasurer – Kramer Room
10:30 am Alter Guild Meeting – Nave 

Wednesday, August 31
7:30 am Morning Prayer on Zoom
8:45 am Staff Meeting on Zoom
11:30 am  Prayer and Share on Zoom  
7 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal –  Nave

Thursday, September 1
11 am Music Lessons – Nave
7 pm Bible Study on Zoom

Friday, September 2
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, September 3
7:30 am Food Distribution – El Buen Pastor
9 am Altar Guild – Nave

 
New This Week

We are excited to announce that your vestry, with Bishop Sam Rodman’s approval, has amended The Rev. Dr. Rhonda Lee’s letter of agreement from Interim Rector to Rector Time Certain. This means that Rhonda and St. Luke’s have entered into a time of discernment over the next 16 months to determine if a permanent call to Rhonda to be the permanent rector should be made. We are overjoyed that we are journeying together in this way. Please see any vestry member, the St. Luke’s website, or the September St. Luke’s newsletter for details. 

Sunday morning schedule change starting September 11th.
 
Friends, please mark your calendars!
Starting on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, September 11th, St. Luke’s will celebrate the Holy Eucharist twice: at 8 o’clock and at 10:30.  
Coffee will be available after each service.  
Adult formation will be offered at 9 o’clock most Sundays. We hope this will be an opportunity for members who attend different services to enjoy some time together.  Our first two Sundays of adult formation, the 11th and 18th of September, will be devoted to a new experiment we’re calling “Breathing Space”: a new way of disbursing the rector’s discretionary fund. Please join the conversation about how we may best accompany neighbors in need.

Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation/Inquirers’ Class Coming in October and November
A Joint Venture Between St. Luke’s and St. Joseph’s
If you’re new to St. Luke’s or the Episcopal Church and want to learn more; 
if it’s time for you to be confirmed, or to be received into the Episcopal Church if you’ve already been confirmed in another Christian tradition; 
if you’re feeling called to reaffirm your Christian faith: 
Please participate in an adult formation opportunity jointly offered by The Rev. Dr. Lauren F. Winner of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church and our own Rector Time Certain Rhonda M. Lee. We expect that the group will include members of both congregations.
Dates: Tuesdays the 25th of October and the 8th, 15th, and 29th of November, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: St. Luke’s
The date of confirmation/reception/reaffirmation is still to be determined and will depend on the date of a bishop’s visit or a convocation-wide confirmation service.
Need more information? Ask Rhonda.

Come out and support the East Durham Farmer’s Market!   
SHOP from 9am-2pm and every 4th Saturday.
In honor of EUAR’s (Episcopalians United Against Racism) commitment to our community to defend and rectify food injustice, by connecting community to local, Black and Indigenous farmers, they are excited to announce the launch of the new in-person East Durham Farmer’s Market! 107 S. Driver St, Durham 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help make the market happen! 
Duties include set-up/clean up and assisting farmers and community members during the market. Get to know your neighbors in East Durham. Learn more about food justice!
Four shifts – sign up here: https://volunteer.activategood.org/opportunities/0mqkGiVOZySet Up, 8:00-9:45am (physically intense)Morning Shift, 9:45am-12:00pm (helping attendees, traffic management)Afternoon Shift, 11:30am-2:00pm (helping attendees, traffic management)Tear Down, 12:45-2:30pm (physically intense). Questions/info: eastdurhammarket@cipoed.org

On Saturday September 24th, Durham will host its annual Pride Parade and churches in the Durham Convocation are marching together again! We welcome congregants of all ages, genders, and orientations to join us and celebrate the dignity of every human being, witnessing to the local community that all our churches are safe, affirming, and ready to welcome all people into full inclusion. Join us at 9:00am at St Joseph’s Episcopal Church (1902 West Main Street, Durham, N.C., 27705) for a Eucharistic Service and to assemble for marching, with the parade beginning at 10:30. 

 
Announcements
St. Luke’s Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin sale October 1st-October 31st.
Please consider helping with our Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin sale this year. We have many needs:
Poles and lights set-up, pallet placement, wheelbarrows and wagons, many, many hands to unload the semi- truck, cashiers, sales and general “patch” help.
Sign-up sheet available at St. Luke’s south door entry. Contact Beth Bonner for any questions.

After two years of waiting, the time is now to mark your calendars and clean out those closets for the Annual St. Luke’s Fall Fling! Returning this year will be biscuits and coffee all day, outside in the breezeway! Also, returning this year is the Friday Fling on Friday, October 14! New this year: gently used sportswear with your favorite (and least favorite) team names. Questions: Ask Marlys Ray. Donations for the sale will be accepted beginning October 9 through October 14 before noon. Masks will be required inside Johnson Hall and food and beverages must be consumed outside. We hope to see you then!

Join us online for Morning Prayer – Wednesdays at 8am  – Join our diocesan intern, Kate Rademacher, for Morning Prayer on Zoom on Wednesday mornings at 8am. As part of her discernment to potential ordination, Kate is strongly encouraged to pray the Daily Office, and she is eager to do this in community with people at St. Luke’s who may want to participate. Whether you have a long-standing practice of praying the Daily Office or whether it’s brand new to you, everyone is welcome! Join us online using this Zoom link:  https://bit.ly/3dsRusD .   For questions, please contact Kate.
  
Save the date: fall congregational transition meetings – Last spring, Interim Rector Rhonda Lee facilitated a series of congregational meetings focusing on transition. It’s already time to plan our second set, which will take place in September.
Each meeting will last about an hour and a half. Each parishioner is asked to attend one meeting in the fall, whether or not you attended one in the spring.
The fall meetings will take place on:
Sunday 11 September, 11:30 a.m. (right after the 10:30 Eucharist), in the nave
Tuesday 13 September, 7 p.m., on Zoom
Wednesday 14 September, 7 p.m., on Zoom
Sunday 18 September, 11:30 a.m. (right after the 10:30 Eucharist), in the nave.
At the fall meetings, you will have the opportunity to share feelings, hopes, and commitments for the current and future St. Luke’s. This sharing will take place in small groups and in the plenary. Everyone will be invited to speak; no one will be required to.
Please plan to attend, and if you know someone who used to attend St. Luke’s but doesn’t currently, please invite them!

Sports apparel for sale at the Fling (October 9-15)… Here’s a new addition to this year’s Fling. Do you have a well-loved UNC sweatshirt that you just don’t wear anymore, or maybe a Duke Blue Devils tee that doesn’t quite fit like it did a few pounds ago? Normally, clothing is not accepted for the sale. However, this time around we’re creating a special category for college and sports team logo clothing such as t-shirts, sweatshirts/ hoodies, caps, jackets, and related items. Good examples are items from area schools and teams such as Tarheels, Blue Devils, Eagles, Hurricanes, and of course the Durham Bulls(!), other professional teams such as the Carolina Panthers or Atlanta Braves, or even your far-off alma mater, no matter how big or small. We’d like to be able to offer really nice items for a good price, so please hold back anything that isn’t in great shape. Marlys Ray will be organizing these items, and would love to receive your donations in advance so they can be sorted and priced early. Contact Marlys if you want to make your donations early.

“Coffee Talk” with Your Treasurer!  Do you have any burning financial questions you want to discuss with your parish treasurer?  If yes, please join Julia Hoyle in the Kramer Room directly after church for each Sunday in August.  Bring your coffee and bring your questions!  Copies of the 2022 budget will be available along with the very popular Capital Reserves worksheet.  Your treasurer promises not to become “verklempt” 😉 by your questions so ask away!  See you then!  

The Altar Guild members will meet with Rector time certain Rhonda after church on August 28th.  We will discuss the preparation of the church for an 8 and 10:30 am service starting on September 11.

The door codes have changed for the south entrance (nearest the office) and Johnson Hall. (the north entrance lock has a loose wire and needs to be repaired before we can enter the new codes) Please contact E. June Santa or Kathy Barnes if you need to have access to the buildings.
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Please be advised that neither the clergy nor your vestry will ever ask for help, gift cards, etc. through emails or text messages.  There have been more bogus texts being received.

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.

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