St. Paul's In-Person Worship Guidelines
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WORSHIP: In-Person, Live Streamed, Recorded
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 expression, ability, appearance, or citizenship. St. Paul's is committed to racial equity.
"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
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
1200 West Cornwallis Road
Durham, North Carolina 27705
We have a live link to our Sunday morning Worship Service which begins at 11:00 AM.
Click HERE and you will be taken to the live feed on our Vimeo Link.
VIDEOS at St. Paul's Lutheran Church -- This link will take you to our VIMEO page and you may select any Sunday or special worship service, as well as an assortment of other videos related to St. Paul's, anytime.
Worship with us in person on Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 am. On Sundays, we are using Setting Ten of the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book at both services. The 8:30 service will be in-person only, the 11:00 am will be in-person, live-streamed (information below) and recorded for our Vimeo channel.
St. Paul's Mission Statement: "The mission of St. Paul's Lutheran Church as a part of the family of God is to share God in Christ with the world by equipping one another through worship, learning, witness, service, and support."
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.
We continue worshiping at 8:30 and 11:00 am and are using ELW Setting 10 for both services. The 8:30 worship will continue to be in-person only, the 11:00 am service will be in-person, live-streamed, and recorded.
Adults – Join us for Sunday School this year 9:45 - 10:45 am in Trinity Hall
Youth Confirmation Class Starts Sunday October 8th: All middle school and high school youth that have not been confirmed yet, will start Confirmation classes on October 8th, during the Sunday School hour downstairs in the youth room (9:45-10:30 am). If you are going to be confirmed in the fall of 2024, attendance is required. Classes will be the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, only missing December 24th. We look forward to seeing all eligible youth in classes. Any questions please reach out to Joan Albright or Megan Cunningham.
Children’s Sunday School meets in the Genesis Room downstairs, 9:45-10:45 am. Leaders are Betty Hinshaw and Carole Ostrowski. Please consider lending some time to assist them.
Caring for Creation – This fall begins our annual stewardship campaign of finances and ministry, but everyday is stewardship day in Caring for our Creation. As part of the Social Ministry “re-formation,” A Caring for Creation committee ministry has been formed. God’s intention for humanity was to be the creation’s caregivers. We are already seeking to reduce trash by using reusable shopping bags, ceramic cups, glass communion cups, and energy-efficient light bulbs, but there is so much more we can do! Bring your used eyeglasses and batteries (sizes AA, AAA, C, or D) and look for the container in the atrium next to the credenza.
Young In Spirit – Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 11 at 11:30 am. It will be a “bring your own lunch” and the program will be our very own Vicar Gina as she shares her faith journey.
Oktoberfest - Wednesday, October 18, 2023 – Join us on at 6:00 pm for a fun Oktoberfest evening. We will enjoy music from the Croasdaile “Rusty Pipes.” who are a band composed of their residents at Croasdaile. Get your German taste buds ready for a savory meal. This year we again welcome the Der Nachbar Bottleshop and Taps who will be providing us with an assortment of beer and non-alcoholic beverages for the event. If you can help with the meal in any way, please contact Martha Dahl.
Trunk or Treat - Friday, October 27 at 6 - 7 pm – This is a stellar fall event where you have a creative time decorating your trunk and the treaters come to your car in our parking lot. Trunk decorators (you don’t need to have children to participate – just like trick or treat at your house), can arrive at the Pickett Road parking lot between 5:30-6:00 pm. This will allow time to set up decorations and have traffic completed before beginning the trunk or treating at 6:00 pm. Costumed Treaters will visit from car to car to gather their treats. We will end by 7:00 pm. Treats should be pre-wrapped and nothing home-made. Neighbors, friends, all are welcome to participate!
Social Ministries Committee – The Committee is continuing to make tangible strides in our re-organization progress, the “Re-Formation.” The Refugee Support Team already has identified one urgent need: additional female drivers. If you are interested, please contact Morris Casper for information. Because ours is an on-going re-organization process, we continue to welcome interested persons to become part of this committee! If you are interested, please contact either Joan Pepper or Pastor Scott. Our next meeting will be held on Monday, October 23rd, at 7:00 pm in Whitesell Hall. If you want to join the meeting by Zoom, here is the information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81503417125?pwd=aHBseTNvTmpEOHk0THZLVlBLcWtCUT09
Meeting ID: 815 0341 7125 Passcode: 552857
Thursday Morning Bible Study: The topic for this Bible Study is Galatians! They meet on Thursdays at 10:30-11:45 am in the Conference Room and by Zoom. Study notes will be emailed before the meeting. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 828 4509 7165 Passcode: 165276
The Revelations of Julian of Norwich: Come to a bible study led by Vicar Gina Schaefer which started Sept 28 and will continue to Nov 16. We will meet every Thursday at 6 pm in the Conference Room, in person and online. Explore the “Revelations of Divine Love” by Julian of Norwich, a church mystic and teacher from the Middle Ages. Her beautiful and compassionate writing reveals God’s love for us and creation, and invites us to contemplate the mystery of the divine. Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 847 1856 8201 Passcode: 199598
Handbells and Choirs! Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings. Handbell rehearsal will be in the choir loft from 6:30-7:15 pm, and choir rehearsal is in Whitesell Hall and runs from 7:15-8:30 pm. For any questions, please contact Minister of Music, Ted Turner, email@example.com.
Quilt Raffle! Tongue and Thimble is the wonderful group who creates quilts which are given to local hospital nurseries for acute care babies and toddlers. They have asked permission to raffle a quilt they have created to raise money for their ministry. Tickets are $10 per ticket or 5 tickets for $40. This will enable them to purchase batting and some other needed supplies. Stop by the quilt display to purchase your raffle tickets - someone will be there after both services. The drawing will be held at our Oktoberfest celebration.
UMD (Urban Ministries Durham) Food Prep has returned! We will volunteer our services on the third Saturday of each month, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Next date is October 21. During the shift, you will prep for the dinner meal and serve lunch. Sign up online at this site: http://bit.ly/UMD_Signup Volunteers must be 13 years old, must wear closed toed shoes and shirts that cover armpits. Hairnets and aprons are provided – you can bring a hat and apron as well. Urban Ministries is located at 410 Liberty St, Durham NC 27701. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Anderson.
St. Paul’s Readers – Calling all book lovers to join us for our discussion of Judas by Amos Oz. Our meeting is on Thursday, Oct 19 at 3 pm in Trinity Hall. Kim Hoke is facilitating the discussion. Our final book for 2023 is Horse by Geraldine Brooks on November 16. Please consider joining us. For questions or more information, please contact Katherine Trexler.
PASTA for PARKTOWN!! Please continue to help stock the “Pasta Shelf” at Parktown Food Hub. It would be helpful if you could add a package – or two – of dry pasta to your shopping cart to support this important community ministry and keep the St. Paul’s Pasta Shelf well stocked. Place donations in the collection box by the bulletin board. The Women’s Connection Group is leading this initiative to support the Parktown Food Hub, a ministry of South Durham Connections, led by Pastor Sharon Schulze.
It’s that time of year to re-link your VIC Card. Please consider linking your VIC Card to the St. Paul’s Preschool so that we may receive a percentage of your sales from Harris Teeter. Our number is 3049 and can be linked at any Harris Teeter or online. Friends and family may link too to support the preschool!
Growing thru Grief Fall Series
“The Questions of Grief” is the theme of the Growing thru Grief Fall Series, led by Margaret Albert from Duke Hospice and Bereavement Services. Margaret holds a masters degree in mental health counseling from NCCU and she is a nationally board-certified counselor.
• Oct 3: How do I find a way through grief?
• Oct 10: What does the future look like?
We meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd, on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm. First timers will need to show proof of Covid vaccination and booster(s). All are welcome. Growing thru Grief is a coalition of area religious and civic organizations who offer support and education to those grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information check out: growingthrugrief.org
The Tongue and Thimble group creates small quilts which are distributed to the nurseries at local hospitals for their critical patients. They meet downstairs in the Fiber Arts/Music room off of the Genesis Hall on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. If you have an interest in sewing, please stop by and see what we are working on.
The Dropped Stitch Prayer Shawl Ministry meets on the last Friday of the month at 1:00 pm in the sofa area of the atrium. This group creates prayer shawls by knitting or crochet. Come join in – next time is Friday, October 27.
"Let us begin by acknowledging the land upon which we gather today. This land has been playground and campground for many generations of people, including the Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, Cheraw, Catawba, Occaneechi, and Shakori Nations. Its waterways were their highways, its flora and fauna their banquet table, its starry skies their canvas upon which their stories were painted. They cared for this land, and we remember their lives here with gratitude. We give thanks for all Indigenous peoples who continue to care for this land and to call it their home."
-- Vicar Amanda Spangler