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.
Saturday, January 7
9 am Altar Guild – Nave. Nora Hammond, Beth Bonner, Peter Kariher, Kelley Lawton
10-12pm Girl Scouts-Johnson Hall
12-1pm. Faith Team-Kramer Room

Sunday, January 8
8 and 10:30am Holy Eucharist-masks optional, but recommended
Preacher/Presider: The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee
9-11:30am: Nursery, Gray Building (the school building across the walkway from the fountain.)

Monday, January, 9
6:30-7:30pm Vestry by Zoom

Tuesday, January 10
Rector Rhonda’s office day
7-8:15pm “Rector and Friends” Bible study on Zoom

Wednesday, January 11
11:30 am  Prayer and Share on Zoom  

Thursday, January 12
7 pm Lay-led Bible Study on Zoom
Friday, January 13
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, January 14
9 am Altar Guild – Nave. Larue Dedrick, Hetty Hetty Kaiserlik, Martha Lassiter, Lera Williams
10am Morning Prayer at Croasdaile
New This Week
ake Poinsettias Home after 10:30 service this Sunday the 8th
Feel free to provide a good home for one or more of the poinsettias after the 10:30am service. Otherwise, they’ll end up in the Sprague Room and won’t get the TLC they deserve. With proper care, a poinsettia can last for months and even bloom again.

A Big “Thank You” from Share Your Christmas
Thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s Share your Christmas effort.  You were extremely generous!  We distributed more than 100 gifts plus nearly $3,000 in donations to 83 neighbors, including St. Luke’s-identified families, Maple Court veterans, and folks at the Ronald McDonald House.  In addition, we sent approximately 30 presents to the Durham County Animal Shelter.
Even though they did not formally participate in Share Your Christmas this year, we also received and sent $150 in donations to the LEAP program.
Because of your generosity, St. Luke’s was able to brighten many neighbors’ Christmases this year!
 
Following the retirement of our parish administrator Kathy Barnes on December 31, our new parish coordinator Mike Sistrom is flying solo. His regular office hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. You may also email him at: parish-coord@stlukesdurham.org. When you see Mike, please welcome him to St. Luke’s! Please also be patient through this continuing transition. Thank you, friends.
 
Sunday Adult Learning in Epiphany and Lent
Please note: on Sundays when no adult learning is offered, we will enjoy extended fellowship time.
Today and 15 January: Icon writer and St. Luke’s member Mimi Games will make a two-part presentation on icons.
22 January: Annual parish meeting between the services; no adult learning
29 January and 5 February: St. Luke’s members and experienced travelers and pray-ers Julia Hoyle and Patty Michaels will make a two-part presentation on their pre-pandemic pilgrimage to Israel and the West Bank.
19 and 26 February and 5, 12, and 26 March: Each week, Rector Rhonda Lee will lead a discussion comparing the texts for the day from the Revised Common Lectionary (the lectionary we use on Sundays) to the texts offered in The Rev. Dr. Wilma C. Gafney’s newly-published A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church (Church Publishing Inc.). To learn more about The Rev. Dr. Gafney and this lectionary, check out https://www.wilgafney.com/womenslectionary/ .
Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will start at 9:10 a.m. in the Kramer Room just off the north-side narthex. Please plan to join, and invite a friend!
 
New “Rector and friends Bible study” starting in January Second and fourth Tuesdays,
7 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom
Please plan to participate in our new, twice-monthly Bible study, led by Rector Time Certain Rhonda Lee. In January, we’ll start by reading Ecclesiastes, an intriguing book in the Wisdom tradition of the Bible. The author of Ecclesiastes is older, has seen a lot, and has some thoughts about how to live faithfully in this flawed world. After Ecclesiastes, we’ll decide which book to read next.
You won’t have to prepare in advance for our sessions, although you’re welcome to read ahead if you’d like. We’ll read and discuss the text together.
At our first session on 10 January, Rhonda will give some background about Ecclesiastes, and then we’ll start reading together. If you’d like to prepare in advance you can read the first chapter.

A special request: When logging into the Zoom meeting, please make sure your “screen name” is your actual name—not, for example, “iPad” or “Mom” or another nickname. This helps reduce the possibility of “Zoom-bombing”: random people joining the meeting simply to harass us. If you don’t know how to change your screen name, Rhonda or someone else at church will be happy to help you.

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