This Week at St. Luke’s
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Sunday, September 18 
Newsletter Deadline
8 and 10:30am  Holy Eucharist – masks strongly recommended, required while singing
   The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee, Preacher
   The Rev. James B. Craven, III, Presider 
9:10 – 10 am Adult Learning –  Kramer Room
11:30 am – Congregational Meeting – Nave
1 pm Girl Scouts – Johnson Hall

Monday, September 19
6:30 pm Vestry via Zoom

Tuesday, September 20
6:40 pm Men’s Fellowship Dinner – Johnson Hall

Wednesday, September 21
There will be no Morning Prayer offered on September 21. We will resume meeting each week for Morning Prayer on Wednesday, September 28 at 8am. 
11:30 am  Prayer and Share on Zoom  
7 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal –  Nave
7 pm Evangelism Committee on Zoom

Thursday, September 22
11 am Music Lessons – Nave
7 pm Bible Study on Zoom

Friday, September 23
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, September 24
8 – 10 am Garden Work
9 am Altar Guild – Nave
 
New This Week
Final Fall congregational meeting September 18!
Last spring, (then-Interim) Rector Rhonda Lee facilitated a series of congregational meetings focusing on transition. Even though Rhonda has become our rector time certain, we will still hold our second set of meetings this month as we continue to discern how God is calling St. Luke’s.
The 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 final fall meeting will be held September 18, 11:30 a.m. (right after the 10:30 Eucharist), in the nave.
 At the fall meetings, you will have the opportunity to share appreciations, 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.
 
Fall 2022 Adult Learning Offerings, Sunday mornings, 9:10-10:00, Kramer Room(opposite the narthex/vestibule as you enter the church from the north side visitor parking)Please note: on Sundays when no adult learning is offered, we will enjoy extended fellowship time.
September 18: Rector Rhonda Lee and Parish Almoner Jan Freeman will introduce “Breathing Space,” an experimental way of disbursing the rector’s discretionary fund in the form of a “guaranteed gift.”
October: Diocesan Intern Kate Rademacher will lead a four-part series, “Finding Rest in a Weary World”·
October 2: Addressing Burnout: A Growing Crisis·
October 9: Seeking Sabbath in an Overscheduled World·
October 23: What Does Mindfulness Mean to Christians?·
October 30: Protecting the Right to Rest for All. Thirty copies of Kate’s most recent book, Reclaiming Rest, are available free of charge in the Sprague Room (next to the Kramer Room), courtesy of the Adult Learning Budget. First come, first served.
November: Rector Rhonda Lee will lead a discussion of the communion of saints.· November 6: What is the communion of saints?·
November 13: How good does a saint have to be?·
November 20: Making friends with the saints
December: Diocesan Intern Kate Rademacher will lead a discussion of evangelism, adapted from the curriculum, Embracing Evangelism—The Episcopal Church.·
December 4: Embracing Evangelism by Sharing Our Stories·
December 11: Embracing Evangelism in the Age of Social Media

Diocese of NC Video and Book Club
The Diocese of North Carolina is offering a 10-part video and book study of Jemar Tisby’s second book How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice on Tuesdays 12:00 -1:00 PM on October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 15, 22, and January 17, 24, 31. During the weekly meeting via Zoom, participants will watch the video series together and engage in conversation. Through the ARC of Racial Justice model—Awareness, Relationships, and Commitment—Tisby provides a practical framework for pursuing racial justice with hands-on suggestions bolstered by real-world examples of change. This book study is for anyone who believes it is time to stop compromising with racism and courageously confront it!   Register here: https://bit.ly/HowtoFight22
 
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, Kramer Room (next to the narthex/vestibule as you enter from the north side visitor parking)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.

 “Cast your vote, not on a partisan basis, not based on your biases, but vote your values. Vote the values of human dignity and equality. Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote.”                                                    -The Most Rev. Michael Curry
Fall is voting season! Early voting begins October 20- Nonpartisan voter resources are available here. And here’s an appeal from The Rev. Sally Johnston and Ms. Aleta Payne of the Bishops’ Council of Advice on Public Policy: “We call on all churches to encourage members to get out to vote. This is not to say who to vote for, but to encourage informed, active, activated voters. You all are trusted narrators in time when there is such mistrust and doubt. The Episcopal Church does not take positions on any political candidates or parties, and clergy are not allowed to tell others how to vote.” Just vote! And encourage your friends and neighbors to vote, too. 
Announcements
Rector to be in the office on Tuesdays.  Starting the 13th of September, I will work in the church office on Tuesdays, approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feel free to stop by or make an appointment to see me. Before dropping by, you might want to call to make sure I haven’t stepped out for lunch, or stepped into another meeting.
Exceptions to this “office day” will be announced ahead of time whenever possible. One exception is October 4th, when I’ll be out for continuing education.
If Tuesdays don’t work for you, please call or email me to make an appointment for another day. I will look forward to seeing you!
Rhonda

Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 3:30 – 5 pm on the lawn at St. Luke’s.  All family pets are invited to receive a simple blessing.  Water and treats will be available.  Parking in the rear of the church.  Please note for everyone’s safety, all pets must be restrained – on a leash or in an appropriate carrier. If this would be too stressful for you or your pet, you may bring a picture or a video instead.  In case of rain, we will offer the  blessings as a drive through.

Vestry Nominations are coming up!   The vestry at St. Luke’s will soon start calling members asking them to consider putting their name in to run for vestry. The St. Luke’s parish members review bios (completed by nominees) which will help them decide how to vote. Our election will be November 13th after both services.   Who vestry is and who is eligible: In the Episcopal Church the vestry is the legal representative of the parish regarding all matters pertaining to its corporate property. ·     
According to St. Luke’s Bylaws all resident members of the parish who are: 
o      sixteen years of age or older 
o      enrolled as a member 
o      confirmed communicants in good standing 
o      former members of the Vestry who have been off vestry for at least 2 full years from their preceding term of service (full term of service is 3 years) shall be eligible for the vestry. Therefore, baptized and confirmed, received, or reaffirmed members who go to church fairly regularly (given Covid considerations) may be asked to serve on the vestry. Remember, all vestry meetings are open to anyone who would like to observe. 
What vestry is responsible for:   
·      The fiduciary functions including annual budget, management of property and human resources 
·      Stewardship and development of resources along with the rector 
·      Reviewing the monthly reports from the rector, senior warden, junior warden, treasurer, and outstanding committees.  Discusses as necessary 
·      Addressing issues with the physical plant as necessary 
·      Deciding Covid protocols as appropriate 
·      Attending occasional retreats regarding our transition, mutual ministry, and budgeting 
Fun things about the vestry and why you would consider running: 
·      Learn more about the business of the church 
·      Get an understanding of the “behind the scenes” work required to open the doors on Sunday 
·      Get to know other members of the church on a deeper level and make new friends 
·      Discover how the rector time certain/future rector serves the congregation’s needs and represents the church outside of Sunday services 
·      Understand how members of St. Luke’s serve the community and live the faith 
·      Grow spiritually as a member of this team, entrusted to do the work of the church 
·      Add your voice to the decision-making process 
·      Know that you are in service to God and God’s people, sharing the blessed gifts God has given. 
Please let a vestry member know if you would be interested in running for vestry to do our very important work.     Peace, Lisa D’Amico, Ted Triebel, Julia Hoyle;  
St. Luke’s 2022 Vestry Nomination Committee 

Show your support for the dignity of every human being by supporting PFLAG Triangle!
 Durham Pride is taking place in person this year, Saturday September 24th on Duke’s East Campus. For details, check here: https://www.lgbtqcenterofdurham.org/program/pride.
 You can show your support for all people flourishing as beloved children of God, in our beautiful variety, by signing PFLAG Triangle’s ad in IndyWeek. The message at the top of the ad will read, “We, the undersigned, affirm the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender people. We condemn acts of bigotry and hatred. We join PFLAG in celebrating the lives of those we love and admire: acceptance and love … family values for a lifetime.”
 A donation of $15 per person or household, or $30 for a business, is suggested. The deadline to sign is Tuesday September 13th.
 Rector Rhonda has signed as an individual, and your vestry voted for St. Luke’s to sign as a parish, as in past years.
 Sign and give herehttps://www.pflagtriangle.org/sign-the-indy-ad.html. When you sign your name, please add St. Luke’s as your “organization” to make our parish even more visible. Thank you!

 Celebrating Bishop Anne! A series of farewell celebrations have been planned in honor of Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple’s upcoming retirement. Hosted at four sites throughout the Diocese, each drop-in event will feature hors d’oeuvres, music and lots of local flavor. We hope you’ll join us to say goodbye to Bishop Anne and to thank her for all of her work on behalf of the Diocese! Dates and locations have been set, and registration links are becoming available. Please save the date and register!
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m., at St. Michael’s, Raleigh
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2-4 p.m., at Good Shepherd, Rocky Mount
Sunday, Oct. 30, time TBD, at St. Andrew’s, Greensboro
If you’d like to make a gift to Bishop Anne’s discretionary fund in honor of her retirement, you can do so here.

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/0mqkGiVOZy
Set 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

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 or here. Contact Beth Bonner for any questions.

Preowned Christmas Decorations Sale, Saturday, November 5th, 8 am – 12 noon.  Volunteers are needed to help set up Johnson Hall, help with pre-pricing items Wednesday through Friday, Nov 2-4.  Cashiers and sales persons are needed for the sale Saturday, Nov 5.  Check with Beth Bonner for any questoins.

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 (wcbmkr@gmail.com). 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!
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.

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.
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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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