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, coffee available!
Youth Class: All middle school and high school youth will meet for classes during the Sunday School hour downstairs in the youth room (9:45-10:30 am). Classes will be the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month, only missing December 24th. We look forward to seeing all 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.
Caring for Creation – Everyday is stewardship day in Caring for our Creation. 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 more we can do! Bring your used eyeglasses and batteries (sizes AA, AAA, C, or D), and one new item – the pop tops from aluminum cans which will go to the Ronald McDonald House, can also go in the container next to the credenza. St. Paul’s Preschoolers have been learning about God’s Creation. They are interacting with nature during their learning time and participated by planting and watching various plants grow. If you would like to help plan activities or have ideas to share, please join us. Contact persons are Tina Bessias, Diana Dominick and Marcia Redman.
Join us in Advent
On Wednesdays, join us for Suppers and Advent Worship. On Dec 6 and 13 we will have our traditional Advent Suppers of soups, bread, and salad. If you would like to make a soup for one of these dinners, please contact Martha Dahl. The Christmas Dinner will be on December 20 at 6:00 pm. If you wish to help with the preparations for that meal, you are encouraged to contact Martha.
Young Adult Activity – Our Young Adults are starting back on Friday, December 1, 2023 at 7:00 pm with a hot chocolate and s’mores event around the fire pit at Church. Megan Cunningham will provide details.
Thursday Morning Bible Study: The topic for this Bible Study is "Half Truths." 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 December 16, 2023. 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.
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.
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.
Here is the current schedule:
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. (not meeting November 24)
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
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We have a live link to our Sunday morning Worship Service which begins at 11:00 AM.
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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.
"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