Weekly Announcements for July 31, 2020

This Week at St. Luke’s
NOTE: ALL NEW ZOOM LINKS as of 8/1/20

In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.

Public Health Indicators can be found here

Click here for this week’s compete bulletin for our Sunday 10am worship.

Saturday
9am Rector Reflection on Facebook
Sunday
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook 
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on NEW Zoom link
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
  6:00 Extra Vestry Meeting 
Tuesday
   6:30  Virtual VBS on Zoom
   7:00  Storytime on Facebook
Wednesday
   Noon Prayer and Share NEW Zoom link
   7:15  Bell Ringing for Peace
Thursday
   3pm  Worship Recording
   5pm  Graduate Celebration
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group Google Hangout 
New This Week
NEW ZOOM LINKS!
As of August 1st, we are moving all our Zoom meetings to our new St. Luke’s Zoom Account.  Please make sure to use the updated links.

COMPLETE YOUR SURVEY
If you have not yet turned in your survey about fall activities, please do so this week.  Each member of your household should fill out their own survey.

HELP FARMWORKERS
In Person:  The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry continues to provide vital support to farmworkers.  They need more distribution helpers.  If you are able and willing to spend the day outside of Wilson on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month, contact Juan.
By Donating:  Last year, EFWM helped 170 children with school supplies.  This year, 400 children have asked for help.  If you are able to donate funds for supplies, click here

BELOVED NEIGHBORS
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is offering a 6-session online program about History, Race and Immigration at 10am on Saturday mornings beginning August 22.  For more information or to register, click here

VOTE FAITHFULLY
Presiding Bishop Curry says, “It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to get the souls to the polls.” (more info here
Due to COVID-19, many of us may want to avoid in-person voting this year.  You can download the request form for an absentee ballot here. Deadline for submitting the request form is 5pm Tue Oct 27, but we encourage you to do it now to compensate for any delays.  The ballot will be mailed to you and must be returned to the county board of elections by Nov 3, 2020.  Again, due to possible postal delays, it is advisable to mail your ballot by mid-October. 

BELL RINGING FOR PEACE
St. Luke’s will take part in the Sister Cities Bell Ringing for Peace, which celebrates 75 years of peace between the US and Japan. (The US bombed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945). Our Sister City of Toyama has asked us to ring bells at 7:15pm on Wed, Aug 5th.  People are encouraged to ring bells at home, too.
 
Announcements
GARDEN DAY AUGUST 8, 7:30-9:30am
Eileen Morgan, the leader of our August Garden Day, invites you to join with a dedicated group of St. Lukers to do some late summer garden care (e.g. weeding and sprucing up our campus).  Bring a mask, your favorite hydration liquid, and gardening tools.  We’ll get started early to “beat the heat.”

FORWARD DAY BY DAY
The August-October Forward Day by Day booklets have arrived.  If you would like to use this daily reflection tool, please contact Kathy and she will mail you a booklet.  
(You can also access the meditations online here, or listen to the podcast here.)

LEAP UPDATE
This spring, LEAP teachers created almost-daily videos for their students, and the videos continue this summer.  They have delivered 4 boxes of materials to each student’s home, and called each family every week. The Board approved new spending on produce, grocery cards, and rent help.  This fall, their goal is to provide tablets for all students.  They will begin with virtual learning, then move to outdoor learning, and eventually plan to return indoors. To support this important work or find out more, click here. 

HEALTH-E FROM HOME
UNC is offering a free 8-week program to support you making small changes for a healthier life.  They are evaluating how this program can support people stuck at home more because of COVID-19.  To learn more, click here

DEALING WITH STRESS WEBINAR
The Diocese of North Carolina encourages you to join one of these webinars about Dealing With Stress, Anxiety and Grief. 
August 18th at 7pm: For Parents
August 20th at 7pm: Focus on Adults
How Can I Help?
GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mary Beth Berkley is coordinating discussions between St. Luke’s, St. Titus, and El Buen Pastor about creating a Good News community garden to grow food and deepen relationships among the congregations.  We’re looking for folks interested in vegetable gardening and/or building community! Want to know more or get involved?  Contact Mary Beth.

ADAPTIVE P.E. EQUIPMENT
One of our St. Luke’s children uses adaptive PE equipment at school.  Because school will be at home this fall, his teacher is asking for at-home supplies for all the children who need mobility-accessible equipment. If you would like to purchase some of this needed equipment, click here.

TEMPORARY VESTRY CLERK NEEDED
Please contact Helen if you would be willing to be Clerk of the Vestry for the second half of 2020.  Duties include taking minutes at all vestry meetings, Parish Council, and Parish-wide meetings; edit and distribute minutes, and work with the Parish Administrator to file appropriately.  Ability to take notes quickly, comfort with Word, Google Docs and Zoom required.  

KEEP CLERGY IN THE LOOP
Please make sure to keep the clergy in the loop if there are any needs or concerns you have or you know about.  You can e-mail Helen at any time.  

REMEMBER, Your clergy will not send you e-mail or texts messages asking for gift cards or financial help.  Be suspicious of anything that comes outside of these announcements.  Do not respond to the request, but call the clergy person or create a separate e-mail to rector@stlukesdurham.org to verify. 
 
Full Length Article
The Birth of the Good News Garden   ‘Proclaim the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words…’ is a sentiment often attributed to St. Francis — and one that, especially in today’s world, might be viewed as an urgent challenge to all of us to find new ways to put our faith into action.  One new way is presently taking shape at this very minute, right here in Durham… in the form of a Good News Garden. The concept of a Good News Garden was born in the midst of this persistent pandemic; in a nation that is, at the same time, awakening to the cries for a long-needed response to its terrible racial inequities; and taking place on our increasingly environmentally-wounded planet.  Yes, we are in need of much healing… but we recognize God’s desire for us to also find, even in this broken world, the beauty and joy of His creation.  Congregants from St. Titus’ and St. Luke’s have come together — with an open invitation to El Buen Pastor to join us — to translate the vision of a Good News Garden into a reality.  By working together, praying together, and – one day, when COVID-19 recedes – breaking bread together, we hope to nurture our small piece of earth through good gardening practices; sharing good food from the garden with those in need; and working together – all of us – toward that Kingdom of God that Jesus so lovingly describes.  Through prayer, we reach inside ourselves; and through action, we reach out to others, in the faith that we can form a more inclusive and loving community than we could ever hope to achieve alone as individuals, or even as isolated congregations. On July 15th, seven members from St. Titus’ and St. Luke’s attended (via Zoom) the first formal Good News Garden meeting.  Several others were not able to attend but also expressed keen interest in participating in this project.  A wonderful spirit characterized this first meeting, with subsequent work now underway: Garden plots at St. Titus’ have been identified as an excellent and central garden location for our Good News Garden.  Permission to use these plots for our garden has generously been granted by the St. Titus Vestry. Continued efforts to connect with El Buen Pastor are ongoing, with invitations also extended to all congregants of St. Titus’ and St. Luke’s to join this Good News Garden effort. On July 27th, soil samples of the proposed garden plots were taken, to be submitted for analysis, as an early step in garden preparation.In the meantime, specific plans for garden layout and seeding remain as ‘works in progress’, as do plans to clarify how we will work together and communicate with each other. Safety measures, including how to work with social-distancing also are being thoroughly considered and carefully formulated. As you can see, much work remains, as does the potential for much joy and connection as can happen when people come together to work hard and to work together as followers of Jesus.  If this project appeals to you, please consider joining us.  We welcome you! Contact Co-leaders: Mary Hawkins and Mary Beth Berkley.

Announcements for July 24, 2020

This Week at St. Luke’s
In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.
Public Health Indicators can be found here

Click here for this week’s complete bulletin for our Sunday 10am worship.

Saturday
9am Rector Reflection on Facebook
Sunday
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook 
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
  6:00 Extra Vestry Meeting 
  7:00 Book Study: Uprooting Racism on Zoom
Tuesday
   6:30  Virtual VBS on Zoom
   7:00  Storytime on Facebook
Wednesday
   Noon Prayer and Share
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group Google Hangout
New This Week
WATCH YOUR MAIL
Watch your mail and make sure to read our letter updating you about planning for fall in-person events, and a survey about what you would be interested in doing with St. Luke’s this fall.

FORWARD DAY BY DAY
The August-October Forward Day by Day booklets have arrived.  If you would like to use this daily reflection tool, please contact Kathy and she will mail you a booklet.  
(You can also access the meditations online here, or listen to the podcast here.)

GARDEN DAY AUGUST 8, 7:30-9:30am
Eileen Morgan, the leader of our August Garden Day, invites you to join with a dedicated group of St. Lukers to do some late summer garden care (e.g. weeding and sprucing up our campus).  Bring a mask, your favorite hydration liquid, and gardening tools.  We’ll get started early to “beat the heat.”

BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY WEBINARS
The Episcopal Church will offer webinars from 4-6pm on July 28-30.  These free webinars do require registration, which you can do here. 
Tues 28: TRUTH (Telling the truth about white supremacy and racial oppression)
Wed 29: JUSTICE (Changing racist systems, especially “criminal” justice and public health/COVID response)
Thurs 30: HEALING (Breaking free of white supremacy via training and formation)

ADAPTIVE P.E. EQUIPMENT
One of our young St. Lukers uses adaptive PE equipment at school.  Because school will be at home this fall, his teacher is asking for at-home supplies for all the children who need mobility-accessible equipment. If you would like to purchase some of this needed equipment, click here.

LEAP UPDATE
This spring, LEAP teachers created almost-daily videos for their students, and the videos continue this summer.  They have delivered 4 boxes of materials to each student’s home, and called each family every week. The Board approved new spending on produce, grocery cards, and rent help.  This fall, their goal is to provide tablets for all students.  They will begin with virtual learning, then move to outdoor learning, and eventually plan to return indoors. To support this important work or find out more, click here. 

HEALTH-E FROM HOME
UNC is offering a free 8-week program to support you making small changes for a healthier life.  They are evaluating how this program can support people stuck at home more because of COVID-19.  To learn more, click here

DEALING WITH STRESS WEBINAR
The Diocese of North Carolina encourages you to join one of these webinars about Dealing With Stress, Anxiety and Grief. 
August 18th at 7pm: For Parents
August 20th at 7pm: Focus on Adults
Announcements
JULY BOOK STUDY: UPROOTING RACISM
We encourage you to read the book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel and then join a discussion group by Zoom on Monday, July 27 from 7:00-8:30.  The book is available using Durham Library’s Hoopla app, or by using your Nook, Kindle or free Kindle app.
After each chapter, answer: 1) What did I learn/what was new to me? 2) What do I want to know, 3) How am I feeling about what I read?  Contact Eileen Morgan for more information, and to let her know you plan to read/attend.
How Can I Help?
GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mary Beth Berkley is coordinating discussions between St. Luke’s, St. Titus, and El Buen Pastor about creating a Good News community garden to grow food and deepen relationships among the congregations.  We’re looking for folks interested in vegetable gardening and/or building community! Want to know more or get involved?  Contact Mary Beth.

TEMPORARY VESTRY CLERK NEEDED
Please contact Helen if you would be willing to be Clerk of the Vestry for the second half of 2020.  Duties include taking minutes at all vestry meetings, Parish Council, and Parish-wide meetings; edit and distribute minutes, and work with the Parish Administrator to file appropriately.  Ability to take notes quickly, comfort with Word, Google Docs and Zoom required.  

KEEP CLERGY IN THE LOOP
Please make sure to keep the clergy in the loop if there are any needs or concerns you have or you know about.  You can e-mail Helen at any time.  

REMEMBER, Your clergy will not send you e-mail or texts messages asking for gift cards or financial help.  Be suspicious of anything that comes outside of these announcements.  Do not respond to the request, but call the clergy person or create a separate e-mail to rector@stlukesdurham.org to verify. 

Announcements for July 17, 2020

This Week at St. Luke’s
In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.
Public Health Indicators can be found here

Click here for this week’s complete bulletin for our Sunday 10am worship.

Saturday
9am Rector Reflection on Facebook
Sunday
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook 
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
  6:30 Vestry Meeting 
Wednesday
   Noon Prayer and Share
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group Google Hangout 

 
New This Week
PREACHER REV’D KATE SPELMAN
While we worship online, we have the opportunity to hear from preachers who live far from Durham.  This Sunday, we will hear from Kate Spelman, and Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Chicago.  After a decade of congregational ministry, she recently returned to the secular world where she creates programming and resources for older LGBTQ+ adults and caregivers.
Announcements
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE?
St. Luke’s leadership is looking towards fall and starting to plan for more small group events either in person or online.  Let Helen know what you would be interested in helping with or attending!

JULY BOOK STUDY: UPROOTING RACISM
We encourage you to read the book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel and then join a discussion group by Zoom on Monday, July 27 from 7:00-8:30.  The book is available using Durham Library’s Hoopla app, or by using your Nook, Kindle or free Kindle app.
After each chapter, answer: 1) What did I learn/what was new to me? 2) What do I want to know, 3) How am I feeling about what I read?  Contact Eileen Morgan for more information, and to let her know you plan to read/attend.
How Can I Help?
GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mary Beth Berkley is coordinating discussions between St. Luke’s, St. Titus, and El Buen Pastor about creating a Good News community garden to grow food and deepen relationships among the congregations.  We’re looking for folks interested in vegetable gardening and/or building community! Want to know more or get involved?  Contact Mary Beth.

TEMPORARY VESTRY CLERK NEEDED
Please contact Helen  if you would be willing to be Clerk of the Vestry for the second half of 2020.  Duties include taking minutes at all vestry meetings, Parish Council, and Parish-wide meetings; edit and distribute minutes, and work with the Parish Administrator to file appropriately.  Ability to take notes quickly, comfort with Word, Google Docs and Zoom required.  

KEEP CLERGY IN THE LOOP
Please make sure to keep the clergy in the loop if there are any needs or concerns you have or you know about.  You can e-mail Helen at any time.  

REMEMBER, Your clergy will not send you e-mail or texts messages asking for gift cards or financial help.  Be suspicious of anything that comes outside of these announcements.  Do not respond to the request, but call the clergy person or create a separate e-mail to rector@stlukesdurham.org to verify. 

Announcements for July 10, 2020

This Week at St. Luke’s
In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.
Public Health Indicators can be found here

Click Here for this week’s compete bulletin for our Sunday 10am worship.

Saturday
9am Rector Reflection on Facebook
Sunday
   10am Youth-Led Spiritual Communion on Facebook Live
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
  6:30 Finance Committee Meeting 
Wednesday
   Noon Prayer and Share
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group Google Hangout 

 
New This Week
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE?
St. Luke’s leadership is looking towards fall and starting to plan for more small group events either in person or online.  Let Helen know what you would be interested in helping with or attending!

RECTOR TIME OFF
Rector Helen will be taking time off from July 11-14.  The Rev’ds Susan Bennett and Jim Craven will both be available for any pastoral emergencies by phone or e-mail on those days. 
Announcements
YOUTH SUNDAY THIS WEEKEND
This Sunday, our Youth will lead worship.  They have been hard at work these past few weeks recording and editing our Spiritual Communion service.  Please make sure to participate in our service next week, premiering at 10am Sunday morning on Facebook or any time after that. 

READER and SINGERS SIGN-UP FOR WORSHIP
If you would like to be a reader for our weekly worship in July (recorded on Thursday from 3:00-4:30), sign up here.  

RACIAL HEALING BISHOPS CONVERSATION
Episcopal Bishops from the south (Province IV) will be in conversation with Dr. Catherine Meeks about “Reimagining Police in Province IV.”  The second session is July 14th 4:00-5:30 and includes our own Bishop Sam Rodman.

JULY BOOK STUDY: UPROOTING RACISM
We encourage you to read the book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel and then join a discussion group by Zoom on Monday, July 27 from 7:00-8:30.  The book is available using Durham Library’s Hoopla app, or by using your Nook, Kindle or free Kindle app.
After each chapter, answer: 1) What did I learn/what was new to me? 2) What do I want to know, 3) How am I feeling about what I read?  Contact Eileen Morgan for more information, and to let her know you plan to read/attend.

UPDATED WEBSITE
As always, our St. Luke’s Website is at stlukesdurham.org  As of this week, we have moved over to a WordPress format which will both be easier for you to find the information you need, as well as easier to update.

UPCOMING PREACHERS
St. Luke’s is used to a variety of fabulous preaching voices as part of our worship experience.  This summer and fall, we will experiment with inviting some outside voices to preach for us.  This weekend our own El Nealson will give their second St. Luke’s sermon.  Next Sunday we will hear from the Rev’d Kate Spelman, a priest in the Chicago area.
How Can I Help?
GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mary Beth Berkley is coordinating discussions between St. Luke’s, St. Titus, and El Buen Pastor about creating a Good News community garden to grow food and deepen relationships among the congregations.  We’re looking for folks interested in vegetable gardening and/or building community! Want to know more or get involved?  Contact Mary Beth.

TEMPORARY VESTRY CLERK NEEDED
Please contact Helen  if you would be willing to be Clerk of the Vestry for the second half of 2020.  Duties include taking minutes at all vestry meetings, Parish Council, and Parish-wide meetings; edit and distribute minutes, and work with the Parish Administrator to file appropriately.  Ability to take notes quickly, comfort with Word, Google Docs and Zoom required.  

KEEP CLERGY IN THE LOOP
Please make sure to keep the clergy in the loop if there are any needs or concerns you have or you know about.  You can e-mail Helen at any time.  

REMEMBER, Your clergy will not send you e-mail or texts messages asking for gift cards or financial help.  Be suspicious of anything that comes outside of these announcements.  Do not respond to the request, but call the clergy person or create a separate e-mail to rector@stlukesdurham.org to verify.

Announcements for July 3, 2020

In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.
Public Health Indicators can be found here

This Week At St. Luke’s

Click here for this week’s complete bulletin for our Sunday 10am worship.

Saturday
9am Rector Reflection on Facebook
Sunday
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook Live
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
  6:30 Extra Vestry Meeting (Preparing for Fall)
Wednesday
   Noon Prayer and Share
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group Google Hangout 
Sunday
   10am Youth-Led Spiritual Communion on Facebook Live
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
 
New This Week

SOCIAL JUSTICE VBS BEGINNING
Laura Thornton, our Children and Youth Minister, will be leading an online “CommUNITY Allies” VBS for St. Luke’s children and their families.  This curriculum focuses on our call as Christians to the work of anti-racism, inclusion and social justice.  If your family would like to participate, please let Laura know by Sunday.  

YOUTH SUNDAY JULY 12
Next Sunday, our Youth will lead worship.  They have been hard at work these past few weeks recording and editing our Spiritual Communion service.  Please make sure to participate in our service next week, premiering at 10am Sunday morning on Facebook or any time after that. 

UPDATED WEBSITE
As always, our St. Luke’s Website is at stlukesdurham.org  As of this week, we have moved over to a WordPress format which will both be easier for you to find the information you need, as well as easier to update.  We apologize if you have difficulties accessing the website over the weekend.  We are working to resolve any issues and are hopeful things will be running smoothly by early next week.  

CONTINUING ONLINE
The vestry had a 2-hour extra meeting this week to work on COVID related issues.  Because of the continuing rise in cases, our vestry decided we should continue meeting exclusively online in July. If public health indicators improve, we may begin trial small outdoor gatherings in August.  
 
THANKS, JUNE GARDEN DAY PARTICIPANTS!
Thank you to all who came out for our June Garden Days.  Thank you especially to Daniel Emory for coordinating June’s event. 
Announcements

READER and SINGERS SIGN-UP FOR WORSHIP
If you would like to be a reader for our weekly worship in July (recorded on Thursday from 3:00-4:30), sign up here.  

RACIAL HEALING BISHOPS CONVERSATION
Episcopal Bishops from the south (Province IV) will be in conversation with Dr. Catherine Meeks about “Reimagining Police in Province IV.” The first session is July 9th, 10:00-11:30.  The second session is July 14th 4:00-5:30 and includes our own Bishop Sam Rodman.

JULY BOOK STUDY: UPROOTING RACISM
We encourage you to read the book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel and then join a discussion group by Zoom on Monday, July 27 from 7:00-8:30.  The book is available using Durham Library’s Hoopla app, or by using your Nook, Kindle or free Kindle app.
After each chapter, answer: 1) What did I learn/what was new to me? 2) What do I want to know, 3) How am I feeling about what I read?  Contact Eileen Morgan for more information, and to let her know you plan to read/attend.

DIOCESAN CONVENTION NOMINEES
If you are interested in being a 3-year delegate to Diocesan Convention, please contact Senior Warden Eileen Morgan by July 1st.  Vestry will vote at the July meeting, with the highest votes becoming our 3-year delegate and the three next highest votes becoming this year’s alternates.
The delegate needs to be able to attend Diocesan Convention all day on Fri, Nov 20 and Sat, Nov 21.  This year’s convention may be virtual or may be held in Winston-Salem.  Our current delegates are Phillip Bass and Bobbie Hendrix.
 
How Can I Help?

GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mary Beth Berkley is coordinating discussions between St. Luke’s, St. Titus, and El Buen Pastor about creating a Good News community garden to grow food and deepen relationships among the congregations.  We’re looking for folks interested in vegetable gardening and/or building community! Want to know more or get involved?  Contact Mary Beth.

TEMPORARY VESTRY CLERK NEEDED
Please contact Helen  if you would be willing to be Clerk of the Vestry for the second half of 2020.  Duties include taking minutes at all vestry meetings, Parish Council, and Parish-wide meetings; edit and distribute minutes, and work with the Parish Administrator to file appropriately.  Ability to take notes quickly, comfort with Word, Google Docs and Zoom required.  

GET EDUCATED ABOUT “THE TALK”
A local theatre company did a live production of “The Talk” last year. This play centers on how parent must teach black boys how to behave during traffic stops.  They are now making it available to watch at home here.  

KEEP CLERGY IN THE LOOP
Please make sure to keep the clergy in the loop if there are any needs or concerns you have or you know about.  You can e-mail Helen at any time.  

REMEMBER, Your clergy will not send you e-mail or texts messages asking for gift cards or financial help.  Be suspicious of anything that comes outside of these announcements.  Do not respond to the request, but call the clergy person or create a separate e-mail to rector@stlukesdurham.org to verify.

Announcements for June 26, 2020

THIS WEEK AT ST. LUKE’S
In-person worship is suspended until AT LEAST SEPTEMBER.
(More details coming in July.)
Public Health Indicators can be found here

Click Here for this week’s compete bulletin for our Sunday 10am worship.

Saturday
7:30am  June Garden Day (see below)
Sunday
   10am Spiritual Communion on Facebook Live
    Sermon and Godly Play Story posts on Facebook
    11am Coffee Hour on Zoom
    8pm Youth Group on Zoom 
Monday
  6:30 Extra Vestry Meeting (Preparing for Fall)
Wednesday
    Noon Prayer and Share
    7pm Pauli Murray Service on the Diocesan Facebook Page
Thursday
  5:30-7:00 Social Hour and/or Dinner Group Zoom
Friday
   1pm Anxiety & Grief Group Google Hangout 

NEW THIS WEEK: READERS and SINGERS SIGN-UP FOR WORSHIP
If you would like to be a reader for our weekly worship (recorded on Thursday from 3:00-4:30), sign up here.  

RACIAL HEALING BISHOPS CONVERSATION
Episcopal Bishops from the south (Province IV) will be in conversation with Dr. Catherine Meeks about “Reimagining Police in Province IV.” The first session is July 9th, 10:00-11:30.  The second session is July 14th 4:00-5:30 and includes our own Bishop Sam Rodman.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GARDEN DAY
Beat the Heat! June Gardening Day will start this Saturday 7:30 am.  Bring a mask, water, and tools you’d like to use.  

PAULI MURRAY SERVICE JULY 1
This year’s Pauli Murray Service will be offered virtually at 7pm on Wednesday, July 1st.  You can access from the Facebook Pages of St. Titus, the Diocese of North Carolina, and the Pauli Murray Project.  

JULY BOOK STUDY: UPROOTING RACISM
We encourage you to read the book “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice” by Paul Kivel and then join a discussion group by Zoom on Monday, July 27 from 7:00-8:30.  The book is available using Durham Library’s Hoopla app, or by using your Nook, Kindle or free Kindle app.
After each chapter, answer: 1) What did I learn/what was new to me? 2) What do I want to know, 3) How am I feeling about what I read?  Contact Eileen Morgan for more information, and to let her know you plan to read/attend.

DIOCESAN CONVENTION NOMINEES
If you are interested in being a 3-year delegate to Diocesan Convention, please contact Senior Warden Eileen Morgan by July 1st.  Vestry will vote at the July meeting, with the highest votes becoming our 3-year delegate and the three next highest votes becoming this year’s alternates.
The delegate needs to be able to attend Diocesan Convention all day on Fri, Nov 20 and Sat, Nov 21.  This year’s convention may be virtual or may be held in Winston-Salem.  Our current delegates are Phillip Bass and Bobbie Hendrix.

UPDATED PARISH WEBSITE
St. Luke’s continues to plan for moving our website to a new platform around July 1st.  There will be some changes, but we hope that it will be both easier to navigate as well as easier to keep current.

HOW CAN I HELP?

GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mary Beth Berkley is coordinating discussions between St. Luke’s, St. Titus, and El Buen Pastor about creating a Good News community garden to grow food and deepen relationships among the congregations.  We’re looking for folks interested in vegetable gardening and/or building community! Want to know more or get involved?  Contact Mary Beth.

TEMPORARY VESTRY CLERK NEEDED
Please contact Helen  if you would be willing to be Clerk of the Vestry for the second half of 2020.  Duties include taking minutes at all vestry meetings, Parish Council, and Parish-wide meetings; edit and distribute minutes, and work with the Parish Administrator to file appropriately.  Ability to take notes quickly, comfort with Word, Google Docs and Zoom required.  

GET EDUCATED ABOUT “THE TALK”
A local theatre company did a live production of “The Talk” last year. This play centers on how parent must teach black boys how to behave during traffic stops.  They are now making it available to watch at home here.  

KEEP CLERGY IN THE LOOP
Please make sure to keep the clergy in the loop if there are any needs or concerns you have or you know about.  You can e-mail Helen at any time.  

REMEMBER, Your clergy will not send you e-mail or texts messages asking for gift cards or financial help.  Be suspicious of anything that comes outside of these announcements.  Do not respond to the request, but call the clergy person or create a separate e-mail to rector@stlukesdurham.org to verify.