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 who may have come in close contact.Saturday, February 11
9:30 am Altar Guild. Nave. LaRue Dedrick, Hetty Kaiserlik, Martha Lassiter, Lera Williams
10am Croasdaile Morning Prayer.

Sunday, February 12
8 and 10:30am Holy Eucharist-masks optional, but recommended. Preacher-Presider: The Rev. Stephanie Yancy
There is fellowship time in the Sprague Room immediately after each service.
9:10 a.m. Adult Learning, Kramer Room. Meet Kate, our new deacon—please take this opportunity to learn a bit about Kate and introduce yourself to her.
9-11:30am. Nursery, Gray Building (the school building across the walkway from the fountain)
11:45-12:45pm. Children’s Choir. Nave.
*12pm. March newsletter submission deadline.
2pm. Triangle Fountain Pen Club Mtg. Johnson Hall

Monday, February 13
6:30. Finance committee mtg. Kramer Room

Tuesday, February 14
Rector’s office day
7pm Rector & Friends Bible Study on Zoom

Wednesday, February 15
11:30 am  Prayer and Share on Zoom  
1:30. Needlework Ministry. Kramer Room
5:30-6:30pm. Handbell Choir rehearsal. Nave
7-8:30pm. Adult Choir Rehearsal. Nave.
7pm. Evangelism/Communications Committee mtg. on Zoom

Thursday, February 16
7 pm Lay-led Bible Study on Zoom
Friday, February 17
1:00 pm Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, February 18
9:30 am Altar Guild – Nave.  Kay Gresham, Bill Callahan, Valleri Callahan, Cindy Henry, Ila Hurley
10am. Girl Scouts. Johnson Hall
New This Week
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. 

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’re interested in volunteering, 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 by March 26.

The St. Luke’s Needlework Ministry meets next on Wednesday, February 14, 1:30-3:30 in the Kramer Room. All are welcome to join. Contact Grams Gutknecht for more information.

St. Luke’s Walkers, 11:00 a.m., February 18th, 2023, Occoneechee Speedway Trail. Our next walk will be the Occoneechee Speedway Trail. It’s only 1.3 miles long but is described as “wonderful”. Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail | Visit Hillsborough, NC ( We’re going to try something new. We’ll start at 11:00 a.m. and end with a bring-your-own picnic lunch, weather permitting. The trail head is located at 320 Elizabeth Brady Rd., Hillsborough. If you want to join in, please send a message to Karen Gray (919-612-0331) or Bill Gutknecht (919-672-2153).

We will not have a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper this year. Enjoy your celebrations before we enter Lent, and please mark your calendars for our Ash Wednesday service at noon on the 22nd of February. 

The Fling is Back—this Spring!!! Yes, we just had the Fling last October—but for lots of good reasons, we think it is best for everyone if we get back on the old track of having the Fling in Spring and focus on Pumpkin Patch in the fall. 
And whose closets still need a bit of work?! So dig deep, find those old treasures, and save them for us! A few reminders:All items need to be clean, repaired, work, and to repeat: CLEAN! Please!
Please identify any linens, etc., regarding the size and quantity.
No clothing.
Yes to furniture—if you can get it to St. Luke’s. So sorry, but we cannot come pick it up.
If you need something stored for a short amount of time, talk to Joan.
See complete list of accepted items on the St. Luke’s website,
Plants needed for Spring Fling Plant SaleApril 1st.If you would like to share your garden plants (or if you have a neighbor who shares theirs), especially NC natives, please pot up those cuttings, seeds, and young plants and donate them to the Spring Fling Plant Sale. We can provide pots and soil if necessary. Let Wendy Cook know what you would like to donate by submitting this form
Dates: Sunday, March 26, to Wednesday, March 29, ONLY. Drop off days begin. (Sorry, we just cannot handle the last minute drop offs.)
Friday Fling, March 31—St. Lukers’ sneak peak. NEW TIME: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday Fling, April 1, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Any resettled families working with the Durham Episcopal Resettlement Committee are welcome to come anytime, but after 12 p.m., we will either have reduced prices or free (tbd). Maple Court veterans welcome to come anytime, but after 1 p.m., all items will be free. TROSA will pick up any unsold items.
All Spring Fling proceeds will support St. Luke’s Outreach efforts while providing useful items to the Durham community at very reasonable prices. AND it is a lot of fun.
Email Joan Hodges,, or Lisa D’Amico,, for questions or volunteer opportunities. See you there!

Happy news.  Kate Rademacher, who served as a diocesan intern at St. Luke’s from July-December of last year, was recently accepted as Postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of North Carolina. In consultation with Bishop Rodman and the Commission on Ministry, Kate has decided to delay starting seminary for a year, so she will be in the Chapel Hill-Durham area for at least the next 12 to 18 months. During this time, Kate will be focused on several new ventures including leading Writing for Your Life and Compassionate Christianity; you can read more about those platforms here

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.
Feb. 12. Meet Kate, our new deacon—please take this opportunity to learn a bit about Kate and introduce yourself to her.
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!
Lenten quiet morning Saturday 4 March 9:30-noon .Kramer Room, St. Luke’s
“You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare
with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in
works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments,
they may come to the fullness of grace which you have
prepared for those who love you.”
(Proper Eucharistic preface for Lent, Book of Common Prayer, 379)
Lent is a season of renewal, and St. Luke’s, as a Christian community, is in its own season of renewal. What does that mean for each of us, God’s beloved, and for our community?
In this quiet morning, we will use the ancient prayer technique of lectio divina to delve into some biblical passages focused on renewal. No previous experience with lectio divina or with the Christian Scriptures is required. There will be time for both group and personal reading, sharing, and prayer (but group sharing of thoughts and feelings will never be required).
Bring your own coffee and snack if you need it. Bibles, notepads, pens, and doodling supplies will be provided.
Please plan to join in, and bring a friend! Please let Rector Time Certain Rhonda Lee know you will be there: . (But if you forget, just come along anyway).

Pilgrimage to International Civil Rights Center & Museum. March 11, 2023 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Diocese of North Carolina is offering a one-day pilgrimage to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro. The pilgrimage includes material to watch, read, and reflect on before departure, reflections during the pilgrimage, and activities for children. The cost of the pilgrimage is $20, and space is limited. For more information, contact Jenny Beaumont, missioner for adult and lifelong formation. You can register here.

“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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