COVID-19 Response: The congregation council and Pastor Scott have made the decision to close St. Paul's campus for all public meetings and worship until further notice. We are, however, utilizing Zoom for meetings with committees and groups, such as Bible Study, Men's Weekly Devotions, Council meetings, and other groups.
You are invited to click on this link to access our Vimeo worship services for past, present, and future.
You may do this at any time convenient to you.
Holy Communion is available in the church parking lot on Sunday mornings, from 10 to 11 am.
Please do not leave your car. Enter the parking lot from the Cornwallis Road side and circle around to the Pickett Road side. We will come to you and deliver wafers and wine or grape juice. The items will be served to you in a foam bowl. Please take the elements and distribute among those in your vehicle and then dispose of the cups and bowl when you get home.
Weekly Worship Bulletins, Prayer Lists, and Announcements:
You will also find devotion videos, a video of Pastor Scott's birthday parade, farewell and Godspeed to Pastor Ali and Isak, farewell and Godspeed to Vicar Anna, as well as Children Messages on our vimeo page.
We pray this action will help our country and community. You are welcome to read NC Bishop Timothy M. Smith's newsletter HERE.
In celebrating the beauty and strength created through diversity, we welcome, value, and include all of God's children regardless of race, culture, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, appearance, or citizenship.
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."
1 Corinthians 12:12
Pastor Scott Anderson invites you to a Zoom Bible Study.
Topic: Acts Bible Study
Time: 10:30 AM on Thursdays
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/946532621?pwd=UTJqYjV0V3laMmpROStMdGRvTGFhUT09
Meeting ID: 946 532 621
Downloads for Bible Study reading materials:
Pour a cup of tea or coffee and join the Pastor and Vicar for Coffee Hour on Mondays on Zoom from 10-11. We are looking forward to seeing you, chatting, and catching up. Here is the info:
Topic: Coffee Hour with the Pastor and Vicar
Time: 10:00-11:00 am on Mondays
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 913 5110 3753
The City and County of Durham need your help.The September 30th deadline to complete the 2020 Census is fast approaching. COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges for all of us and has especially affected outreach to Durham residents about the Census. As a consequence, Durham is behind. That means we risk losing millions of federal dollars that we need to support so many vital programs and services right here in Durham such as school lunches, Head Start, Medicaid, highways, medical centers, Pell grants, food stamps, and much more. You can complete the form online at my2020census.gov or by dialing 1-844-330-2020. The census is safe, secure and confidential and only takes 10 minutes to complete. Everyone counts!
St. Paul's has a new Facebook group to allow us to communicate with each other as you feel inspired. Vicar Judy will be posting a question for discussion each week. However, please feel free to post on other topics as well. If you think this might be interesting or helpful, please join the group. The name of the group is St. Paul's ELCA - Durham, NC, and the link is https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364775460484568. Right now, this group is open, so anyone can read messages on the group page. If we get "trolled" we may need to make the group private.
Make sure you are registered to vote! New voter? Moved? Removed from Voter Roll? visit youcanvote.org/register to confirm, update or register.
3 ways to vote:
1. Early Voting: vote at any early voting site in your county
2. Election Day: You must vote at your assigned polling place
3. By Mail: Request an absentee ballot – go to youcanvote.org/voter-guide
Early Voting: October 15-31 - Find an early voting site: youcanvote.org/voting
Election Day: November 3 - vote at your assigned polling place from 6:30 am-7:30 pm. Find your assigned polling place at youcanvote.org/lookup
St. Paul’s Preschool & PMO is delighted to announce our reopening for the 2020-2021 school year! Our first day of preschool begins Tuesday, September 8 and we will offer preschool classes for children 10 months through 4 years old. We will begin with reduced class sizes and expect to add a few more families this fall, and throughout the school year as families are ready to send their child back to preschool. The preschool board and staff have worked hard throughout the summer to make plans to reopen safely. We are making a big shift to outdoor classrooms for most of our preschool day, wearing masks, washing hands more frequently, and keeping our classes of children separate from each other. We ask for your prayers as we embark on a unique preschool school year. We have a committed staff who is excited to return to the classroom, outside, and teach young children. ALSO: It's that time of year to re-link your VIC Card. Please consider linking your VIC Card to the preschool so that we may receive a percentage of your sales from Harris Teeter. Our numbers 3049 and can be linked at any Harris Teeter or online. Friends and family may link too to support the preschool!
Let’s all go BACK TO SCHOOL!
CCG (Continuing Conversation Group) invites you – yes, that includes you – to join us on Wednesday, Sept 30 at 7:00 pm for an evening exploring issues of racial equity in education. We’ll hear about some of the history that has led us to the current gaps in funding and achievement across schools of our state. We’ll talk about some of the challenges of the digital divide, which COVID-19 has made even more crucial.
The 2020 Report of the Local School Finance Forum for North Carolina found that:
There is a widening gap between wealthier counties and those with lower levels of wealth. Wealthier counties have more taxable resources, they are able to keep tax rates low while still generating significant revenue. Conversely, lower wealth counties with fewer taxable resources have to make greater taxing effort to support their schools. Thus, residents living in lower wealth districts face substantially greater financial burden to support public education while still finding that their schools are more poorly resourced than those in wealthier counties.
CCG members have been researching ways that St. Paul’s members can support students and teachers in neighborhood schools near our church, and we hope to hear from some congregation members who are teachers. To give some historical context, Heather Slane will give a brief presentation about Rosenwald Schools in North Carolina. The CCG committee is gathering a small packet of resources for members who would like to learn more about the digital divide, and about local efforts to enhance education in Durham.
Disparity in public education is a large, very complex issue. We’re planning that our Zoom gathering on Sept. 30 will take 1.5 hours (with a break). But even so, this can only be the first in a series of gatherings as we try to learn about the problems and look for ways that we can help contribute to solutions.
Please join us: Help us learn about this important way to support the future of our community and of all our children. The Zoom link will be sent out in Parish Notes during late September.
Worship with us on Sundays at 8:30 am and 11:00 am. We are currently using the setting of Setting 4 for Lent in the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book at both worship services.
Sunday School is at 9:45-10:45 am each Sunday morning for all ages, child through adult from mid-September through mid- May.
Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world.
Here is the link to their webpage which offers the opportunity to make a donation, search their blog, or just get updates on ongoing situations.
VIDEOS at St. Paul's Lutheran Church -- This link will take you to our VIMEO page and you may select any of the Sunday or special worship services, as well as an assortment of other videos related to St. Paul's. There are videos of Pastor Ali Tranvik's Farewell, as well as Vicar Anna Carter's. There are also several concerts and hymn sing-alongs on the vimeo page you may enjoy.
The World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle
The World Council of Churches
a prayer cycle to
praying for the
whole world. Click on the Prayer Cycle button, then on the Prayer community we are praying for this week.