This Week at St. Luke’s
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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.

 Saturday, December 3
9 am Altar Guild – Nave
9 am Vestry Retreat – Johnson Hall
3:30 pm Girl Scouts – Johnson Hall

Sunday, December 4 – Advent II
8 and 10:30am  Holy Eucharist – masks optional but recommended
The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee, Preacher and Presider 
9 – 11:30 am – Nursery – Gray Building
9:10 – 10 am – Adult Learning –  Kramer Room
11:45 am Children’s singing – Music Room, Johnson Hall
2 pm Girl Scouts – Johnson Hall

Tuesday, December 6
Rector Rhonda will not hold her usual office day this week.  She is still available by phone or email, or to meet by appointment.  Her regular Tuesday office day will resume on the 13th of December.

Wednesday, December 7
8 am Morning Prayer on Zoom 
11:30 am  Prayer and Share on Zoom  
5:30 pm Bells Rehearsal
7 pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 8
7 pm Bible Study on Zoom

Friday, December 9
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, December 10
9 am Altar Guild – Nave
9:30 am Advent Quiet Day – Kramer Room
11 am Philip Bass ordination to Priesthood – Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill
 
New This Week
Rhonda will be away Tuesday the 6th of December through Sunday the 11th.  In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact the office, Senior Warden Lisa D’Amico or Junior Warden June Santa.

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! 

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.#AdventWord
The Stagville pilgrimage is the only diocesan event between now and the end of the year, but we are participating in #AdventWord again. (Learn more here.) We’ll post each morning through December 24, and you’re welcome to reshare the images and reflections on your own social media channels.

Advent Jazz Vespers:  Sunday, Dec 11, 4:00 pm. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Hillsborough.  For centuries, people have asked God for guidance and care as day turns to night. At this uplifting service we ask God to refresh, inspire, and call us to action. Enter into the songs, meditations, scripture, and silence as you feel so moved. Breathe deep, be still, and know that you are beloved. May God bless you in this time of prayer. Our musicians are the jazz pianist and bass player from the music faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.

IT’S TIME TO SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS!  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 at https://stlukesdurham.org/share-your-christmas-2022/ 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.

Correction to the December newsletter:  Fall Fling, Holiday Fling, and Pumpkin Patch Final Report
 The total raised on these three events is $11996.88. Of that total, $7629 will be transferred to Outreach funds for the Durham Community. The remaining $4367(from the Pumpkin Patch) will be transferred to the General Operating fund to support St. Luke’s many ministries and programs. The entire proceeds from the Flings go to Outreach, while the Pumpkin Patch tithes to Outreach and devotes the rest of its proceeds to the St. Luke’s budget. 
Thanks, Lisa, Beth, and Joan

St. Andrew’s Pilgrimage to Montgomery and Selma:
A Journey of Peace and Reconciliation
 
January 17-20, 2023
 Will you strive for justice and peace among all people,
and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will with God’s help.   (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 305)
A pilgrimage is a journey we take to look for God in a particular place and trust that as we open ourselves to that experience, we will be met with God’s presence and direction.  This pilgrimage is designed to provide an opportunity to go more deeply into our Baptismal promise to strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.  As a community of faith, we will learn together about the racial injustices of our collective past, while recognizing that racism continues to be a present reality that impacts and plagues our church, our community, and our country.  
 Our four-day, three-night pilgrimage to central Alabama will include museums and sites that played a significant role in our national history and the struggle for human rights, including: The Civil Rights Legacy Museum, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Edmund Pettus Bridge, and Dexter Ave. King Memorial Baptist Church.
 In preparation for our pilgrimage, our St. Andrew’s planning team will offer study, reflection, and community building.  The pilgrimage itself is designed by Progressive Pilgrimage; and the Rev. Tricia de Beer, the Rev. John de Beer, and the Rev. Ginny Inman will provide spiritual leadership.  The cost for St. Andrew’s members will be no more than $975 and includes travel in a deluxe motor coach, hotel, several meals, tour guides, and museum and entrance fees.     
 Susan James Frye
Parish Administrator and Communications Coordinator
2105 West Market Street    Greensboro, NC 27403
336-275-1651, ext. 1     www.standrewsgso.org
 The best email address for me is parish@standrewsgso.org.
Announcements
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.

Our Nursery is now open Sunday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for infants through children aged five.  Both  the nursery attendants are fully vaccinated and boosted and will be wearing masks.

You are invited to sing and make merry with Maple Court residents Thursday, December 22 at 11:00am. St. Luke’s Share Your Christmas gift cards will be given at that time. Wear your Christmas colors and bring your voice for Christmas carols. Note that St. Luke’s did not host a Thanksgiving meal at Maple Court this year and instead will focus on sharing Christmas. Maple Court is at 207 Commons Blvd in Durham and provides apartments for 24 veterans at risk for homelessness. Maple Court works to transition residents to permanent housing and stable employment.

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.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

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. Come join us in the music room after church for some singing!

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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