This Week at St. Luke’s
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 28
9 am Altar Guild. Nave. Nora Hammond, Beth Bonner, Peter Kariher, Kelley Lawton

Sunday, January 29
8 and 10:30am Holy Eucharist-masks optional, but recommended. Preacher-Presider: The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Lee
9:10 a.m. Adult Learning, Kramer Room. There is fellowship time in the Sprague Room immediately after each service.
9-11:30am. Nursery, Gray Building (the school building across the walkway from the fountain)
11:45-12:45pm. Children’s Choir. Nave.
Deadline for February newsletter submissions.

Monday, January,30

Tuesday, January 31
Rector Rhonda’s office day

Wednesday, February 1
11:30 am  Prayer and Share on Zoom  
5:30-6:30pm. Handbell Choir rehearsal. Nave
7-8:30pm. Adult Choir Rehearsal. Nave.

Thursday, February 2
7 pm Lay-led Bible Study on Zoom
Friday, February 3
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, February 4
9 am Altar Guild – Nave. Grams Gutnecht, Joanne Hooker, May Jane Moore, Jean Willard, John Willard
10-12pm. Girl Scouts. Johnson Hall
10-11am. Service at Croasdaile Village

New This Week
St. Luke’s New Deacon! Together with the vestry, and with the enthusiastic blessing of Bishop Sam Rodman and Archdeacon Jan Lamb, I’m delighted to announce that on Sunday, the 5th of February, Deacon Kate Wisz (pronounced “wise”) will be joining the St. Luke’s community. Kate was just ordained to the vocational diaconate on Saturday the 21st of January. Her brief bio is below; her interests and accomplishments are many and varied. Kate (as she prefers to be known) will serve in liturgical and pastoral roles and in the community, ministering with us in community engagement/outreach. She’ll explore ways to renew and deepen our relationship with LEAP, work on connecting us in service with Duke Hospital, and help to lead us in affirming and supporting people threatened because of their gender or sexuality. Please welcome Kate as we move into this year of renewal together! Kate will be attending services on February 12 and will be at the adult learning session that day.
Rector Time Certain Rhonda Lee
Kate Davenport Wisz grew up in the Bluegrass area of Central Kentucky but has lived in North Carolina for almost half her life, arriving in 1995 as a relatively new attorney, to work with the Raleigh office of the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals.  Educated at Haverford College (B.A. English) and the University of Kentucky (J.D.), Kate has spent her professional career navigating administrative regulations, writing legal decisions, and teaching peers and colleagues. Kate has been an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings Operations since 2009 and spends the workday conducting disability hearings. Kate is married to David Wisz. They have three children, triplets, who this spring will graduate from colleges across the eastern part of the United States. The household is also home to three dogs and two cats. Kate is prone to perpetual learning, and is a certified yoga instructor, focusing on Yin yoga, and working toward completion of her postpartum doula certification with DONA International (Doulas of North America). Kate is an avid reader and keeps track of her annual reading challenge on Goodreads. As a recovering endurance athlete (marathons, ultras, triathlons, Ironmans), Kate also finds ways to include movement in her daily life. She is also a regular contributor to eBird, having most recently taken her family to Pocosin Wildlife Refuge to see the migrating Tundra Swans. Prior to entering discernment to become a Vocational Deacon, Kate served as ECW President, Altar Guild, National Association of Altar Guilds, Sunday School Teacher, and coordinator of Young Adults dinner groups. In her call to serve those without a voice, the marginalized, the yet unseen, Kate is drawn to serve all who have been overlooked, here in our parish, and in our community.

Deadline for submissions for the February newsletter is January 29th. Please email those to Mike:
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.

New Lay Leaders Wanted. Thanks to everyone who’s already responded to Rev. Dr. Lee’s call for new Lay Leaders.  We could always use more, especially for the 8am service. If you’reinterested involunteering, you can sign up  on one of the sheets in the Sprague Room We’ll be launching a new and improved, easy to use, automated system of Lay Leader scheduling before February 12th.

Note of Thanks from The Rev. Phillip Bass: “Dear St. Luke’s. Thank you for thinking of me and honoring my ordination. Your gifts, prayer, and presence were very much appreciated. St. Luke’s is such an important part of my journey and I am grateful for all you have taught me. Thank you all.”
The St. Luke’s Needlework Ministry meets on the third Wednesday of the month, starting, Feb. 15 in the Kramer Room from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.  Contact Grams Gutknecht for more information.

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.
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.
Feb. 12. Meet Kate, the new Deacon.
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 .
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!

Annual Diocesan Celebration of the Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones.The annual celebration of the Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones is taking place February 11 at Saint Augustine’s University. The service begins at 10 a.m. and will feature the preaching of the Rev. Dr. Allen Robinson, rector of Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights and an alum of Saint Augustine’s University. A reception will follow.
The service will be livestreamed (http://, but for those who would like to attend in person, please mark your calendars to join us and please register so that the organizers know how many to expect for the reception. 
“Rector and friends Bible study” second and fourth Tuesdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom. Please plan to participate in our 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.

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.
We ask that if someone attends a service and then tests positive for Covid and others who may have come into close contact with them, that they please contact the rector or senior warden for both pastoral care needs and also to inform others who may have come into close contact with them.
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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