This Week at St. Luke’s
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Due to a family need, Parish Coordinator Mike Sistrom will be out of the office working remotely from Wednesday, May 31 through Wednesday, June 8. He will continue to check email and the office voicemail as usual, so if you need him, please email or call.
Saturday, May 27
9:30 a.m. Altar Guild set up. Grams Gutknecht, Joanne Hooker, Mary Jane Moore, Jean Willard, John Willard
2-5 p.m. Girl Scouts, Johnson Hall.

Sunday, May 28. Pentecost
8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Masks optional (except for ministers serving Communion or doing healing ministry).
Preacher: Deacon Kate Wisz
Presider: The Rev. Rhonda M. Lee, Ph.D.
There is fellowship time in the Sprague Room immediately after each service.
9:10-10:15 a.m. Adult Learning, Kramer Room. Alix Adrian of the LGBTQ Center of Durham.
12 p.m. Faith Team meeting, Kramer Room
Monday, May 29. Memorial Day: offices closed

Tuesday, May 30
Rector’s Office Day (Please call before visiting to make sure Rhonda is available.)
9-10 a.m. EfM meeting, Kramer Room.
Wednesday, May 31
11:30 a.m. Prayer and Share on Zoom 

Thursday, June 1
Friday, June 2
11:30 a.m. Connections and Support Group on Zoom 

Saturday, June 3
7:30 a.m. Food Distribution at El Buen Pastor
8-10 a.m. Garden & Grounds work day
9:30 a.m. Altar Guild set up. LaRue Dedrick, Hetty Kaiserlik, Martha Lassiter, Lera Williams, Debbie Carter
10-12 p.m. Girl Scouts, Johnson Hall 

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
Due to a family need, Parish Coordinator Mike Sistrom will be out of the office working remotely from Wednesday, May 31 through Wednesday, June 8. He will continue to check email and the office voicemail as usual, so if you need him, please email or call.
Name Tags Organized. June Santa has organized everyone’s name tags alphabetically by last name. There are labels on each name tag holder noting A-L and M-Z. If you need a name tag, please fill out the blue name tag request form on the welcome table in the Sprague Room. You can put that on Mike’s desk or in his mailbox.
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.
Sunday Adult Learning in Eastertide. Celebration of our baptismal covenant through service in our community, Loving One Another! May 28th, 9:10 50 10 a.m. is the final date in the 50 days of Eastertide.
We have explored the ways St. Luke’s has historically given outreach funds, we have heard from some of our in-parish teams about the work they do together and in the community. This week we will look outside our walls. Deacon Kate will be joined by Alix Adrian of the LGBTQ Center of Durham. Alix will share information about the programs offered at the center and identify ways community partners can be involved.
In the months of June and July, our Adult Learning time will be an informal Bible study focusing on the Gospel passage for the day. We will read, wonder, and discuss together; no preparation will be necessary. Attend one, some, or all sessions, and consider bringing a friend!
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.

Delegates to the Diocesan Annual Convention 2023. St. Luke’s is entitled to send three delegates to the diocesan convention. One of our delegates, Jan Freeman, has served her three-year term, and we need to select another individual to serve for three years and one alternate to serve for one year. The current three-year delegates are Julia Hoyle and Anne Burgess. The next convention is scheduled for November 17-18 at Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem.
If you would like to be considered for either position—delegate or alternate—please contact Jeff Dawson as soon as possible. 919-383-2781. The vestry needs to vote on delegates in the next month.
Gospel-inspired Poetry and Music, June, 8, 7:30 p.m. Dr. David Need will be reading his long poem “St. John’s Rose Slumber,” set alongside the Gospel of John and accompanied on piano, at St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Durham. The long poem was published in 2019 and is one of two set alongside Gospel texts. Need has been a lecturing fellow in Religious Studies at Duke, a hospital chaplain, and a member of the St. Philip’s choir.
Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul. Four-part series begins June 12, 11- 12 p.m. via Zoom.
Are you interested in exploring the spirituality of creation care? Would you like to learn to go deeper in your practice of caring for God’s Creation? Join us for a pilot spirituality group using John Philip Newell’s Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul on Mondays beginning June 12, 11 a.m. via Zoom. Click here to register.
Rector & Friends Bible Study: The Book of Esther. Our next meeting will be TuesdayJune 13, 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom. Bible study continues with the story of Esther, which can be described as a novella about living as a cultural minority in diaspora. One of two biblical books that never mentions God directly, Esther has political intrigue, fascinating gender dynamics, and questions of fate versus agency. Please plan to join in studying it!
No advance preparation is necessary. We will read the text aloud and discuss it together. 
Join at , second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Bishop Curry in Oxford, N.C., June 21. As part of its Bicentennial “Season of Celebration,” St. Stephen’s, Oxford, will host Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on June 21st at 6:00 p.m. He will celebrate Holy Eucharist, speak, and attend a reception afterward.  
The parish invites convocation parishes and community churches for what we hope will be an ecumenical gathering.
Thank You St. Luke’s. We recently received two lovely notes of thanks. 
One, from Girl Scout Troop 951, Cadette Patrol, thanking us for including their table (selling dog treats) at the Spring Fling. Signed by adult leaders and the girls, the note included comments such as “Thanks for your hospitality and generosity towards our troop! We love St. Luke’s!” “Thank you for always supporting our troop!” and “Thank you for hosting us!” Elise and Venicia Emory are members of the troop. 
The second, from Linda Carter, the office manager of Holy Cross Anglican School in Belize, said in part, “There is no way to fully express our gratitude for your loyalty. We serve our community through your generosity….Our futbol teams (soccer) have been practicing and getting ready for their first games in May. Wish the male and female teams the best of luck! Don’t forget to check out our Facebook pages for photos and school updates. We are looking forward to be able to ask volunteers to help with our projects…Please contact us for more information!” 
Our companion relationship with Holy Cross is currently without a co-ordinator at St. Luke’s. If you would like to know more about what would be involved in this ministry, let Rhonda know. Thanks!
Please Note from the Diocese of North Carolina. To read this week’s issue or subscribe, visit Please Note. Of interest this month and beyond:
· Introduction to Dismantling Racism: Next Offering: June 23-24, 2023 via Zoom. Through presentations, prayer, story sharing, videos, and small group discussion, we will explore how the sin of racism impacts all of our lives. We will ground our work together biblically and sacramentally by renewing our Baptismal vows—to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of all human beings.
If you can’t make the June class, be sure to join one of the remaining 2023 sessions:
·  June 23, 5-8 p.m., and June 24, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Click here to register.
·  July 28, 5-8 p.m., and July 29, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
·  September 29, 5-8 p.m., and September 30, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
·  November 10, 5-8 p.m., and November 11, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
·  Join a waitlist or be contacted for future sessions.
We ask that if someone attends a service and then tests positive for Covid they follow current CDC Guidelines and also reach out to the church for pastoral care.

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 or email. Also please note that the only email Rhonda uses for church business is

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 you would like one.

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