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St. Paul's In-Person Worship and Building Guidelines
(updated March 25, 2022)
• At the Congregational Council meeting on Monday, March 21, the Council voted to remove our requirement for masks inside our church with the following understanding: there are some members who still need or will want to keep their masks in place. All members should be comfortable with their personal decision regarding masks. One requirement still exists. During the daytime, when the preschool and daycare are in session, masks will still be required indoors to protect those children. If our state and local health officials advocate for stronger protections and Durham County strengthens its requirements we will follow their guidance. The social distancing seating arrangement will remain for the present time in the Sanctuary.
• All areas of the church are purified with iWave technology which eliminates up to 97% of all virus and bacteria particles.
• Committees are able to meet in person or a combination of in person and zoom. Contact the church office to reserve space.
• Here is a listing of the Sign-Up Genius links we are presently using to accomplish our many needed tasks. Please fill in as you are able. You can bookmark these sites to make it easier to return to them.
WORSHIP: In-Person, Live Feed, Recorded
(Updated April 5, 2020)
Download the following Worship Bulletins in PDF format which include Lessons, Hymns, Prayer requests, and Announcements:
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
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. The 8:30 service will be in-person but not streamed or recorded.
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 or 11:00 am. We are currently using Setting Ten of the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book. The 11:00 service will be streamed (information below) as well as 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."
Pastor Scott and Vicar Mac invite you to Assisting Minister, Usher and Altar Guild Training session on Sunday, May 22.
● 9:45 am Assisting Ministers
● 12:15 pm Ushers and Altar Guild
We would like to encourage anyone interested and those that have been currently serving in these positions to attend. We will have materials to help guide us. We will walk through the duties and responsibilities. WE NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE COME! Please let Pastor Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you will be attending or if you have any questions.
Organ Recital – You are invited to attend an organ recital presented by members of the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Friday, May 13, 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 305 East Main Street, Durham. The recital is free and open to the public, so bring your organ enthusiast friends. The event will be livestreamed at https://firstpres-durham.org/
Performers include St. Paul’s Minister of Music Ted Turner, St. Paul’s member Tom Kraska, and former St. Paul’s Minister of Music Jackie Nappi. Works by César Franck, Richard Webster, Marcel Dupré, Charles-Marie Widor, and Maurice Duruflé. Please come out and support your local organists. Questions can be directed to George Seiz.
Pour a cup of tea or coffee and join the Coffee Hour on Mondays on Zoom from 10-11. We are looking forward to seeing you, chatting, and catching up. Here is the Zoom info:
Topic: Coffee Hour
Time: 10:00-11:00 am on Mondays
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 913 5110 3753 -- Password: 292680
Croasdaile Worship – Croasdaile Worship – The Croasdaile worship this month will be Thursday, May 26, the Fourth Thursday of the month, at 2:00 pm.
Sunday School children and parents. We are excited to announce that Sunday school will be meeting in the library between services through May 29 (9:45-10:45 am). If you are able, we would love to have you join us as we learn about Jesus, together again! -- Betty Hinshaw and Carole Ostrowski.
Thursday Morning Bible Study at 10:30 AM
Pastor's Bible Study will be in Trinity Hall and over Zoom. We are now studying the Book of Genesis. Notes will be emailed. Contact the church office for Zoom links.
Movie Night on Friday, May 13 – Our Continuing Conversation Group invites you to join them on Friday evening, May 13 at about 8:00 pm to watch a new documentary about Pauli Murray. The film, “My Name Is Pauli Murray,” tells the life story of this extraordinary Durham citizen: “Pauli Murray lived one of the most remarkable lives of the twentieth century. S/he was the first black person to earn a JSD (Doctor of the Science of Law) degree from Yale Law School, a founder of the National Organization for Women and the first Black woman to be ordained an Episcopal priest. You may bring a comfy lawn chair. Popcorn and iced tea will be on the house. We hope you’ll be able to join us!
To continue our understanding of Pauli Murray, we have the opportunity to take a walking tour in the West End neighborhood of Durham on Saturday, May 14. The tour starts at 10 am at the Pauli Murray Center, 906 Carroll Street (near Maplewood Cemetery) and lasts for 90 minutes. The tour explores Durham history and the lives of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray’s ancestors. There are 11 slots open for this tour, on a “pay what you can” basis. If you would like to take part, send an email message to Bee Ellertson, by May 6th.
Young In Spirit is BACK! Young In Spirit is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 18! After two years it will be wonderful to get together again! All are welcome to gather for a sub sandwich lunch as we enjoy each other’s company. A program will be announced ASAP. If you are someone who is free during the day and want to be a part, come join us – May 18 at 11:30 am in Trinity Hall.
St. Paul’s Readers – Please join us on Thursday, May 19, at 3 pm in Trinity Hall as Vicar Mac leads our discussion of Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor. The plot revolves around a returning World War II veteran who, haunted by a lifelong crisis of faith, resolves to form an anti-religious ministry in an eccentric Southern city. This debut novel published in 1952 received little critical attention when it first appeared but has since come to be appreciated as a classic work, appearing in lists of the top 100 novels. O’Connor described her book as having themes of freedom, free will, life and death, and the inevitability of belief.
The Durham Community Chorale will be holding their spring concert, the first since 2019, at St. Paul’s on Sunday, May 22 at 4 pm. The Chorale is a community based group whose members share a love singing, and music selection ranges from show tunes, to pop, to sacred. Tickets are $15. Please contact Joan Albright for ticket information.
Join us for Trivia night in Trinity Hall on Tuesdays starting May 24 at 6:30 pm. Questions? Contact Joan Albright.
Our Free Little Library is full of books, magazines, and puzzles for your use. You are welcome to take or leave one to use and share. Stop by the shelf which is near the water fountain in the atrium.
Lutheran Services of the Carolinas (LSC) is the local agent of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). LSC needs affordable housing in the Durham city/county and Orange county areas. At present, LSC has no housing for refugees in either area. If you know of such housing, please contact Chris McLaren at LSC (984-209-2339) or one of the members of St. Paul’s refugee support group (Morris Casper, Bill Gresham, Jayce Getz, Phil and Sally Hart, Carolyn Ulrich). Also, if you know of institutions that regularly handle large blocks of rental housing, pass that information along to the same people. And in advance, thank you very much. – Morris Casper
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.