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.
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
In May, the Congregation Council formed a COVID-19 Task Force to develop recommendations about physical gatherings. Members are Joan Albright, Pastor Anderson, Tina Bessias, Linda Foreman (chair), Dean Redman, and Janet Seiz. That task force presented the Council with a document called "Moving Forward Through and Beyond COVID-19," and the Council adopted it. It identifies sources of information, goals, and intentions along with protocols for various activities in and around the building. Please consult it when you are considering an in-person visit.
It's important that we, as congregation members, take responsibility for following the protocols. If you have concerns about any of them, please communicate with Linda Foreman (Task Force Chair) or Tina Bessias (Congregation Council President). Our staff should not be put in a position of policing the protocols.
As the document states, we are a resilient community of faith. As difficult as this period of physical separation is, we know it is temporary, and we trust in the Lord to guide us.
From Pastor Scott Anderson: We extend to you an invitation to a new initiative by the NC Synod of the ELCA concerning Racism and our desire for justice and equity. Their effort is another opportunity to engage in learning and conversation as well as develop new skills in our fight to overcome racial inequality. Follow this link to the initiative. I would encourage you to consider participation in this effort.
Helping explain racism to children. There are two videos in this link where Sesame Street Characters address Racism in a CNN Townhall and Abby supports Big Bird in the second video. Feel free to share the link.
Here is a link to an article which helps Christians respond to Racism.
St. Paul's Readers: There will be no book or meeting for July and August.
Pounding our new Vicar Judy Goans
On Sunday, August 9, during the Drive-Thru Communion time, Vicar Judy will be present so you may greet her and leave a pounding for her. Due to the present circumstances, we will be mostly be asking for gift cards. She will be residing in Hillsborough so local gift cards can be for Food Lion, Weaver Street Market, Target, and prepaid Visa cards. If you would like (and can find) some basic cleaning supplies or paper goods, they will be welcome, too. If you would like to mail in gift cards, please put a note in the envelope that they are for the Vicar Pounding.
Crayons 2 Calculators
Usually, each summer, we participate in the “Fill That Bus!” drive to help stock the shelves at Crayons2Calculators (C2C) with basic school supplies. Part of their mission is to serve the educational and creative needs of students in Durham Public Schools by providing free school supplies to classroom teachers. Because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are changing their collection goals and are asking donors to please consider making a financial donation in lieu of the usual supply drive. You are invited to go to their website (http://www.crayons2calculators.org/fill-that-bus.html) and choose a financial gift on your own.
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.
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
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 is a wonderful video of our Palm Sunday service with the children processing with their palms. There are also several concerts and hymn sing-alongs on the vimeo page you may enjoy.
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.
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 and 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 the same 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.