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 who may have come in close contact.Saturday, January 14
9 am Altar Guild – Nave. LaRue Derick, Hetty Kaiserlick, Martha Lassiter, Lera Williams

Sunday, January 15
8 and 10:30am Holy Eucharist-masks optional, but recommended
Preacher-Presider: The Rev. Caleb Tabor
11:45-12:45 Children’s Choir, Nave
9-11:30am: Nursery, Gray Building (the school building across the walkway from the fountain)

Monday, January, 16
Church closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17
Rector Rhonda’s office day
5:30-6:30 Hand Bell Choir, Nave

Wednesday, January 18
11:30 am  Prayer and Share on Zoom 
7-8:30pm Choir practice 

Thursday, January 19
7 pm Lay-led Bible Study on Zoom
Friday, January 20
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, January 21
8-10am. Mulch spreading
9 am Altar Guild – Nave. Kay Gresham, Bill Callahan, Valleri Callahan, Cindy Henry, Ila Hurley, June Santa
10-12 Girl Scouts. Johnson Hall
3-5pm. Rosalie Fonda funeral. Church. Reception in Johnson Hall
New This Week
Our annual parish meeting will take place at 9 a.m. on Sunday January 22nd in Johnson Hall. The 2023 budget will be presented and there will be time for questions and discussion. 
A packet containing the budget and ministry reports will be available to pick up at church this Sunday, the 15th. 
Please plan to attend this informative meeting! 

Our new parish coordinator, Mike Sistrom, is worshipping with St. Luke’s at 8am and 10:30am this Sunday the 15th. Please take this opportunity to introduce yourselves. Mike’s regular office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. He can be reached at the church number, 919-286-2273, or at parish-coord@stlukesdurham.org. Welcome, Mike! We’re glad you’re here.

Office Volunteers Wanted. Rector Time Certain Rhonda Lee and Mike are hoping to revive the pre-Covid practice of having some parishioners help cover phone and reception duties at the church for a few hours each week while Mike works. If you are interested, let Mike know. Once he has a good core of volunteers, we can work out a schedule.

Martin Luther King Day March and Service with St. Philip’ss and First Presbyterian. One Monday, January 16, please join in Durham’s 35th annual MLK Day March. Participants will gather at St. Phillp’s Episcopal Church, 403 E Main St, Durham, at 10 AM, then at 10:30 walk to the NC Mutual building. The march starts at 11 AM from NC Mutual. The march ends at First Presbyterian Church, a block from St. Philip’s, which will host a noon service featuring the Durham Children’s Choir and elected officials. Contact Terrill Lloyd (terrill@stphilipsdurham.org) with questions.

St. Luke’s Walkers, 2:00 p.m., January 28, 2023, Buckquarter Creek Trail, Eno River State Park.
After a break of more than two years, St. Luke’s Walkers are ready to go. This outing for St. Luke’s Walkers will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th with a rain date of February 4th. We will be hiking the Buckquarter Creek Trail. Take Cole Mill Road northwest, cross over Pleasant Green Rd., and go all the way to the end of the park driveway to the circular parking lot. The 1.5-mile trail is considered “moderate”, so good walking shoes and walking sticks are recommended.  If you want to join in, please send a message to Karen Gray (919-612-0331) or Bill Gutknecht (919-672-2153).

Singing Opportunity for Children. Our wonderful St. Cecilia children’s choir was suspended during the pandemic. We are now offering a 45-minute singing time on Sunday mornings for children in grades 2 and above who wish to sing in some Sunday services. Each session is Sunday at 11:45 (later if church runs late) in the music room in Johnson Hall. Please contact Kaye if you have a child, grandchild, or family member who is interested.

Sunday Adult Learning in Epiphany and Lent
Please note: on Sundays when no adult learning is offered, we will enjoy extended fellowship time.
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 Julia Hoyle and Patty Michaels will make a two-part presentation on their pre-pandemic diocesan 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.
Our Nursery is 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.
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 Mike if you have any problems logging onto ACS.  You can also ask Mike to send you a paper directory if needed.

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