|This Week at St. Luke’s|
|Public Health Indicators: here |
Free COVID test from Durham County here.
Click here and scroll down for Online Worship Bulletin. We ask that if someone attends a service and then tests positive for covid, that they please contact the Interim Rector or Sr. Warden for both pastoral care needs and also to inform others that may have come in close contact.
Sunday, November 20
8 and 10:30am Holy Eucharist – masks recommended, required while singing
Intern Kate Rademacher, Preacher
The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee, Presider
Our parish administrator, Kathy Barnes, will be worshipping with us at 10:30 and sharing fellowship time with us after that service. Please plan to join in our recognition of Kathy that day.
9 – 11:30 am – Nursery – Gray Building
9:10 – 10 am Adult Learning – Kramer Room
11:30 am – Reception in Johnson Hall
11:45 am Children’s singing – Music Room, Johnson Hall
Monday, November 21
6:30 p.m. Vestry Meeting on Zoom
Tuesday, November 22
Rector time certain’s office day
11 am Holy Eucharist at Croasdaile
Wednesday, November 23
8 am Morning Prayer on Zoom
8:45 am Staff Meeting on Zoom
11:30 am Prayer and Share on Zoom
Thursday, November 24
Thanksgiving Day – Office closed
Friday, November 25
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom
Saturday, November 26
9 am Altar Guild – Nave
|New This Week|
|2023 Pledge EMC Update – Our totals are growing! We have 97 pledges, gaining 8 additional ones since last Sunday. Our total is up to $331,395. You have more than halved the gap. Bravo! We still have $12,600 to raise towards our goal of $344,000, last year’s total. Please email Kathy Barnes or call the church to make a pledge or to increase your current 2023 pledge amount. Thank you!|
Our friend and sibling in Christ Phillip Bass will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday the 10th of December at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. Please pray for Phillip and his family in this time of preparation, and please plan to attend the ordination service if you can. As members of Phillip’s sponsoring parish, if you would like to contribute to an ordination gift for him from St. Luke’s, please do so by the 9th of December. Please clearly mark your contribution “Phillip Bass gift.” Thank you!
Watch the 207th Annual Convention Live!
Thursday, November 17-Saturday, November 19
The theme of the 207th Annual Convention is creation care, and the Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Andrus, bishop of California and noted climate activist, will keynote.
Convention will stream simultaneously to YouTube, Facebook and the diocesan website homepage. You can also follow Convention on social media with #DioNC207 or in the app by downloading “Yapp” in the App Store or Play Store and then typing “DioNC207” (English) or “DioNC207Esp” (Spanish) in the Yapp ID field.
Coverage begins on Thursday, November 17, at 7:45 p.m., for the pre-Convention program: “Creation Care and Global Partnership,” with David McDuffie, chair, committee on environmental ministry, and the Rev. Leon Spencer, chair, chartered committee on global mission.
Friday’s coverage runs from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., and Saturday’s from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (This is a live event, so all times are subject to change.) Highlights include:Friday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – Call to Convention and Opening EucharistFriday, Nov. 18, 1:45 p.m. – Keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Marc AndrusSaturday, Nov. 19, 9:15 a.m. – Second keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Marc Andrus
Pilgrimage to Historic Stagville
Saturday, December 3, 2-4 p.m. | Historic Stagville, Durham
Join the Diocese for a one-day pilgrimage to Historic Stagville, the remnants of the largest plantation in North Carolina. The pilgrimage will include material to watch, read and reflect on before the pilgrimage; prayer and reflections during the pilgrimage; and activities for children.
Contact Jenny Beaumont, missioner for adult and lifelong formation, or the Rev. Kathy Walker, missioner for Black ministries, with questions.
Our Nursery is now open Sunday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for infants through children aged five. Both nursery attendants are fully vaccinated and boosted and will be wearing masks.
We are invited to a Transgender Day of Remembrance service held by the LGBTQ Center of Durham today. This non-faith-based service will be today, November 20th from 5-7 p.m. in Durham Central Park.
The Share Your Christmas Tree Is Up! This year we’re taking a “hybrid” approach to Share Your Christmas (gifts as well as contributions), so you have two ways to help St. Luke’s Families (families identified by St. Luke’s parishioners or clergy), LEAP participants, Maple Court veterans, Ronald McDonald House residents, and Durham’s shelter animals.
To donate a present or gift card, stop by the Sprague Room and take a tag off the Share Your Christmas tree. All tags are numbered. Please enter your name and phone number on the sign-up sheet, next to the number that corresponds to the number on your tag. This will help ensure gifts are delivered on time. Put presents/gift cards back under the tree on or before December 14 (December 11 for Ronald McDonald House).
If you prefer, you can make a donation to St. Luke’s online, or via cash or check. Indicate the cash or check donation is for “Share Your Christmas”. These donations will be used to purchase presents or gift cards, as appropriate.
Contact Bill or Carol Charping with questions or to help with shopping, wrapping or delivery.
Fall Fundraisers Raised $7686 for Durham Nonprofits!! Thanks to all the hard-working volunteers who made Fall Fling, Pumpkin Patch and Holiday Fling so successful. We also give thanks to the members of the Navajo Nation in Farmington, New Mexico, who sent us such beautiful and unique pumpkins and gourds. Here are the final numbers:Fall Fling–$5,733Holiday Fling–$1,411Pumpkin Patch—total raised: $5,420 with 10 percent ($542) going to outreach and $4,878 to the church.Let’s do it again! Search your closets, tell your friends: Spring Fling is back! April 1, 2023!
|Join us for the 11th Annual Jingle Bell LEAP!|
WHAT: 5K run/walk benefiting the Latino Educational Achievement Partnership
WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 2022
WHERE: American Tobacco Trail
Registration available at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Durham/JingleBellLEAP5K or at www.durhamleap.org .
Advent Quiet Day: Be Still and Know – Join our diocesan intern, Kate Rademacher, for a half-day retreat at St. Luke’s on Saturday, December 10 from 9:30am-12:30pm in the Kramer Room. During this Quiet Day, we will reflect together on the words of Psalm 46, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Together we will ask: How can we quiet our hearts and minds during this season? How can we become still and grow in our knowledge and love of God? Please join us for this time of contemplative prayer, group discussion, and quiet reflection. Snacks will be provided. Email Kate with any questions.
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.November: Rector Rhonda Lee will lead a discussion of the communion of saints.· November 20: Making friends with the saintsDecember: 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
Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation/Inquirers’ ClassA Joint Venture Between St. Luke’s and St. Joseph’sIf 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.Date: Tuesday the 29th of November, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
29 November: SacramentsLocation: 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.Opportunity For Children to Sing – Our wonderful St. Cecilia children’s choir was put on hold during the pandemic, and we certainly miss them! Although there aren’t currently many children attending church Kaye Saunders will be offering a thirty-minute singing time on Sundays for children in grades 2 and above who are interested in singing in some Sunday services. Each session will be at 11:45 (later if church runs late) in the music room, and will last thirty minutes.SESSIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH DECEMBER 18. THERE WILL BE NO SESSION ON NOVEMBER 27. Come join us in the music room after church for some singing!
Almoner Requests – I’ve had a couple of specific requests from some neighbor partners that I wanted to pass along. One woman is looking to replace a poorly working car, and a father is wanting to find a refurbished, fairly new computer (probably a notebook), either Apple or PC, for his son who will be attending college next year. Please contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (252-203-1742) for more information. Thank you! Jan Freeman
The Good News Garden at Saint Titus would love to have your help with building a hugulkultur bed and refreshing all of its other beds with compost. If you would like to learn more about hugulkultur, and about what Saint Luke’s has been doing in partnership with Saint Titus through the Good News Garden program, please join us and lend a helping hand. We will meet from 2-4 on Saturday, December 3 in the fenced in area (Delaney Park) next to Saint Titus Episcopal Church, 400 Moline st. in Durham. Please contact Carla Knip to let her know if you plan to come. Bring a shovel and/or a soil rake if you have one. We hope that you can join us!
Attention all Needleworkers (knitters, crocheters, seamsters …) Starting on Wednesday, November 16th, the St. Luke’s Needlework Ministry will meet in the Kramer room on the third Wednesday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. We do our work at home and meet once a month in the Kramer room to knit/crochet/sew and enjoy each other’s company. However, it is not necessary to attend the meetings to participate. Come join us while we make warm scarves and hats for our homeless neighbors, chemo caps for the Durham Blood Cancer Center, and Prayer Shawls for people who are ill, recovering or grieving. For more information contact Grams Gutknecht.
Rector time certain’s office day
Rector Rhonda Lee is normally 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 her then. Before dropping by, you might want to call to make sure she hasn’t stepped out for lunch, or stepped into another meeting. Exceptions to this “office day” will be announced ahead of time whenever possible. If Tuesdays don’t work for you, please call or email Rhonda to make an appointment for another day.
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 by email.