​​​​St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Durham, North Carolina
  • St. Paul's publishes a monthly newsletter entitled Cross Connections. It contains articles as well as timely information on events or membership news.
  • Parish Notes are printed in the weekly bulletin which cover events for the coming two weeks.
  • Emailed Parish Notes are sent to members which pertain to events in the next few days.

Parish News & Notes

"The Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand..." (Psalm 121:5)

Dear St. Paul's family,

Circumstances relating to the Coronovirus have been changing quickly, and it has become clear that we have an important role to play in the local community. That role, contrary to all our instincts, is to stay home and avoid gathering in physical spaces such as the church building. Here is Governor Cooper's most recent announcement to that effect, and here is an explanation of how our movements around the community put others at risk. 

We are therefore suspending worship services, Sunday School, and all gatherings until further notice, We will record short worship services, children's messages, and daily devotions to upload them to Vimeo by Sunday morning; you'll find a link on our Facebook page and receive it in email too.

Other measures:

  • Staff will be working largely from home.
  • Pastoral visits will take place by phone or video chat.
  • Meetings can go on -- by phone or video chat as much as possible.
  • Members should limit visits to the church building to the bare essentials. Anyone who enters the building should sign in at the entrance, wash hands thoroughly, touch surfaces minimally, and keep 4-6' away from others.
  • The congregation council will be reaching out by phone to members and setting up groups to keep in touch with each other.
  • Financial contributions will continue to be processed by our bookkeeper and finance team. 100% of our expenses will continue during this interim period. If you usually put a check in the offering plate, please consider putting it in the mail instead (1200 W Cornwallis Rd, Durham, 27705) or using our easy and elegant online donation form.
  • The preschool board has begun working on plans for opening the preschool in September.

What is constant in these tumultuous times? The love of God, the need for community, the beauty of nature.

Some resources for prayer and reflection:

Luther Seminary's God Pause Lenten Devotional

Richard Rohr and the  Center for Action and Contemplation

Simply Soul Searching

We will continue to be a caring and connected community, and we look forward to reconvening in our physical spaces as soon as possible.

God's peace,

Pastor Scott Anderson and Tina Bessias (Congregation Council President)