This Week at St. Luke’s
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Saturday, May 6
7:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. El Buen Pastor Food Distribution
9:30 a.m. Altar Guild set up. LaRue Dedrick, Hetty Kaiserlik, Martha Lassiter, Lera Williams, Debbie Carter
12:45 p.m. St. Luke’s Labyrinth Walk with Deacon Kate

Sunday, May 7
8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Masks optional (except for ministers serving Communion or doing healing ministry). 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. We will hear from Durham Episcopal Resettlement Coalition (see below for a DERC update), Needlework Ministries, and the Green Team on their engagement with the community.
 
Monday, May 8
6:30 p.m. Finance Committee meeting on Zoom

Tuesday, May 9
Rector’s Office Day. (Please call before visiting to make sure Rhonda is available.)
7-8:15 p.m. Rector and Friends’ Bible Study on Zoom.
 
Wednesday, May 10
11:30 a.m. Prayer and Share on Zoom 
5:30-6:30 p.m. Handbell Choir rehearsal, nave
7-8:30 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal, nave.

Thursday, May 11
 
Friday, May 12
11:30 a.m. Connections and Support Group by Zoom 

Saturday, May 13
9:30 a.m. Altar Guild set up. Kay Gresham, Bill Callahan, Valleri Callahan, Cindy Henry, Ila Hurley, June Santa
10 a.m. Croasdaile morning prayer.
 
Our Nursery is open Sunday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for infants through children aged five.  Both nursery attendants are fully vaccinated and boosted and will be wearing masks.
New and Ongoing Announcements
World Labyrinth at St Luke’s with Deacon Kate. Saturday, May 6 is World Labyrinth Day!  This year, the 15th annual observation, participants will “Walk as One at 1.” Join Deacon Kate at 12:45pm on the 6th in walking St Luke’s labyrinth to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy passing from one time zone to the next around the globe. Visit https://www.worldlabyrinthday.org/ or more information.
 
Silvia College Graduation. Out of gratitude for St. Luke’s past support for her granddaughter Cheyenne, Joyce Silvia, a long-time friend of St. Luke’s, has graciously invited church members to celebrate Cheyenne’s college graduation. May 6, 2023, 1 p.m., Edison Johnson Recreation Center. RSVP: Joyce Silvia 984-287-9983.
 
New Covid Booster. The CDC/FDA approved an additional bivalent booster for those over 65 years of age who have not had a booster in at least four months. Find out where to get your shot here.
 
The Easter alleluias are back! During the Great Fifty Days of Easter, from today through the day of Pentecost, we bring back our cries of “Alleluia, alleluia!” Deacon Kate offers them when dismissing us, and we respond in kind.
These alleluias are reserved for the Easter season, to proclaim our joy in the Resurrection. After the day of Pentecost, we will return to simply responding to the dismissal with “Thanks be to God.”
 
Sunday Adult Learning in Eastertide. Celebration of our baptismal covenant through service in our community, Loving One Another! May 7, 14, 21, and 28 – the remaining dates in the 50 days of Eastertide:  Over the course of the Sundays of Eastertide Deacon Kate will lead an exploration of the ways St. Luke’s has served our community, highlight current community engagement, and explore possible opening paths for us as a congregation. This Sunday, May 7, we will learn from some of the teams within the church that are engaging with our community. We will hear from DERC (see below for a DERC update), Needlework Ministries, and the Green Team. Please join us to hear how members of these St. Luke’s teams and groups are building relationships with each other and out in the world.
Adult Learning on Sunday the 14th of May will be devoted to the fact that on Pentecost, St. Luke’s will start using a slightly different translation of the Nicene Creed. This version is actually a more faithful translation of the original Greek from the fourth century, and it’s approved for use both by the Episcopal Church and specifically for our use by Bishop Sam Rodman. Please plan to attend Adult Learning from 9:10 to 10 a.m. on May 14th to learn more!
Adult Formation generally meets at 9:10 a.m. in the Kramer Room, just off the north-side narthex. Please plan to join in the celebration of our Christian commitment to love and serve one another.
 
Mother’s Day Bail Out. St. Luke’s members and friends are invited to join our Durham neighbors in the Mother’s Day Bail Out this year for May 14.
The cash bail system leaves people who can’t afford to post bail, even for low-level offenses, with two bad options: stay in jail and risk losing their jobs, homes, and children, while costing taxpayers upwards of $95 per night; or get out of prison by relying on fee-based bond agents or by pleading guilty whether they are guilty or not. 
Staffing shortages at the Durham County Jail mean that all detainees spend 20+ hours a day alone in their cells. There are no in-person visits and limited program offerings. Court backlogs also mean that detainees can wait for weeks or months for bond hearings and trial dates.
The Mother’s Day Bail Out returns women to their homes and families while awaiting trial, increasing the chances of a positive outcome for them, their families, and our whole community. Once the person bailed out has appeared in court or their case has been resolved, the bail money used for them is returned to the fund and used for another person. 
To learn more and to give, go to https://www.nccbailfund.org/  

Update from DERC. The Durham Episcopal Resettlement Coalition is serving as a Welcome Team for World Relief Durham (WRD). This job involves greeting refugee families as they come off their planes at RDU, transporting them and their luggage to their new lodgings, providing a welcoming meal and groceries for often very tired and hungry people.  We are also in the habit of purchasing toys for the children. 
In the past month we have done five pickups.  The families have been from Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Colombia.
Each pickup requires someone to shop for groceries (lists and reimbursements are provided), someone to order and pick up a welcome meal, a van driver (the van is provided by WRD) and one or more “luggage cars.”  We can certainly use more volunteers. Each volunteer must have training from WRD and pass a background check in order to protect these vulnerable families.  
Jeanne Alton is currently working with a parishioner from the Chapel of the Cross and with the Raoufi family from Afghanistan, now living in northern Durham.  There are three volunteers working with them, as they need help learning English and with transportation to the grocery store or doctor, as the father does not have a driver’s license — much less a vehicle.  The family is lovely and Jeanne would like to introduce you to them. Please prayerfully consider lending a hand with this ministry.  Give Jeanne a call or email and she will work with you to find a way you can help: bayjinkies@yahoo.com.
 
St. Luke’s Durham Bulls Outing, June 4. We are planning a group outing to the Durham Bulls v. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Sunday, June 4 at 5:05 p.m.  Tickets are $15 each and are in the Terrace View, Section 209.  The deadline to sign up and pay for tickets is Sunday, May 28.  Click here for an online signup form. There is a sign-up sheet in the Sprague Room.  Please give your payment (cash or check) to Mike or Cindy Henry. Please contact Mike & Cindy Henry for information, Clnh248@gmail.com or 919-471-3030. Join us for a fun night at the ballpark!
 
Rector & Friends Bible Study: The Next Installment. Friends, please join in reading and discussing the book of Jonah on second and fourth Tuesdays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Our next meeting will be this Tuesday, May 9.
Only four chapters long, the book of Jonah plumbs theological depths. (Not to mention the depths of the sea, and the depths of a fish’s belly.) We will devote at least two, and possibly four, sessions to this remarkable tale of repentance, resistance, and grace. 
No advance preparation is necessary. We will read the text aloud and discuss it together. 
Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84865462615.
    
Our long-time priest associate, Jim Craven, will celebrate his final Eucharists with St. Luke’s on Sunday the 14th of May at 8 and 10:30 a.m.  Jim will continue as St. Luke’s priest associate after that date.
 
The Feast of the Ascension, Choral Eucharist, May 18. 7 p.m.  St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough, NC.
 
Beholding and Being Held: A Celebration of Julian of Norwich on the 650th Anniversary of her Revelations. May 20, 10am-3pm, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough. Come for all or part of a day of lectures, prayer, and devotional meditations exploring Julian’s Revelations. The Rev. Dr. Susan Eastman, Pauline scholar; The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth, Julian author; and Dr. Joanna Murdoch will lead the day. For a schedule, more information, and to register: https://tinyurl.com/julianday23
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.

Please be advised that neither the clergy nor your vestry will ever ask for help, gift cards, etc. through emails or text messages.  Some parishioners have reported receiving bogus text messages.
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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