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.
St. Paul's In-Person Worship Guidelines
(updated September 18, 2022)
• We still suggest keeping some distance from people not in your family unit, but feel that we can spread out enough with two services without reminders. Unless some changes are made to CDC policy, this will be the way we will proceed for the future.
• 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 Streamed, Recorded
(Updated September 11, 2022)
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.
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. We are currently using Setting One of the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book. 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."
We are worshiping with two Sunday services: 8:30 am and 11:00 am, both using Setting One of the ELW. The 8:30 am service will be in-person. The 11:00 am service will be in-person, live-streamed and recorded. The link to watch the service live is: https://vimeo.com/event/1478223. The link to watch any services which have been recorded is: https://vimeo.com/stpaulsdurham - then choose the service date or event you wish to watch.
Music ensembles are back! Handbell choir rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the balcony. No prior ringing experience is necessary, but some understanding of sheet music is helpful. The adult choir, which meets at 7:15 on Wednesday nights, is open to any and all interested in singing, no prior experience is necessary.
Children's Music Time -- Join us at the 8:30 am service on Sundays for music time with Ted Turner, our minister of music. Following the children's message, all children (and parents) are invited to come sing some songs and have some fun in Whitesell hall during the sermon at the early service. They will return to the service after the singing to continue worship. We hope to see you there.
Adult Sunday Class at St. Paul’s has an interesting collection of topics for this fall. Our first topic is a study of the book of Isaiah, from which our lectionary draws heavily for its New Testament readings. If you bring your own Bible, try to make it the Revised Standard Version or newer. This Sunday, the focus will be on some very familiar readings from Chapters 40-55, which include references to the Messiah. At the same time, we will look at a few short passages in Matthew that Jesus made reference to these lines of Old Testament Scripture.
Children will be meeting each Sunday downstairs in the Genesis Room (the larger room with the kitchen). They begin at 9:45 and conclude at 10:45 am. Leaders are Betty Hinshaw and Carole Ostrowski. They will be incorporating the Vacation Bible School curriculum so the children will be learning all about Jesus through bible stories which accompany the series “Rocky Railroad.” We welcome all children to this interactive and varied activities program.
PASTA for PARKTOWN!!
Help Stock the St. Paul’s Shelf at Parktown Food Hub!
The Women’s Connection Group is leading an initiative to support the Parktown Food Hub, a ministry of South Durham Connections, led by Pastor Sharon Schulze.
St. Paul’s has committed to “adopting a shelf” in the Food Hub for at least the next 6 months.
St. Paul’s Shelf - dry boxed pasta – spaghetti, macaroni, ziti, penne, etc. (NOT: kits or dinner, nor canned pasta entrees).
▸ Fact: at least 21 packages of dry pasta are distributed each week to clients.
▸ Fact: all basic food needs are greater than ever.
▸ Fact: your generosity makes a difference to our neighbors!
Please consider adding a box or two or more of pasta to your shopping list and place it in the box in the atrium at the bulletin board.
Oktoberfest - Wednesday, October 19
Join us on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm for a fun Oktoberfest evening. To start, we will enjoy music from the Croasdaile “Rusty Pipes.” They are a great band composed of their residents at Croasdaile. Get your German taste buds ready for a savory meal. This year we welcome the Der Nachbar and Bottleshop who will be providing us with a great assortment of beer and non-alcoholic beverages for the event. Reservation forms will be available soon. If you can help with the meal in any way, please contact Martha Dahl.
Trunk or Treat - Friday, October 28 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. Treats should be pre-wrapped and nothing home-made. Neighbors, friends, all are welcome to participate!
Thursday Bible Study – Join us on Thursdays at 10:30-11:45 am where we are studying the book of Genesis. The class takes place in the Conference Room and by Zoom. Study notes will be emailed.
Concert Dates at St. Paul’s
1. October 9, at 3:30: Organ recital, Ted Turner. Works at this concert feature Bach, Scheidemann, Tunder, Reincken and Jacob Praetorius II.
2. December 4, at 3:30: Organ recital, Daniel Jacky, Duke organ scholar
3. December 24, at 6:30: Christmas eve pre-service concert plus Telemann cantata during service
St. Paul’s Readers next book for discussion is The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate. Our meeting is on Thursday, October 20, at 3 pm in Trinity Hall. Katherine Trexler is facilitating the discussion. This selection is a novel based on letters that were written by former slaves. Some of these letters are included in the book. The freed slaves wrote letters hoping to find family members and friends who were sold to other owners, often many years before emancipation. Their letters were published in a newspaper and passed around to churches and other gathering places to be read and posted on bulletin boards. The book is the fictional story of one of the families.
Croasdaile Worship – The Croasdaile worship this month will be Thursday, October 27, the Fourth Thursday of the month, at 2:00 pm.
One easy way you can support the St. Paul’s Preschool & PMO is by linking your Harris Teeter VIC card. When you link your card to St. Paul’s Preschool & PMO, we will receive a portion of your purchases from Harris Teeter. The Harris Teeter account number is 3049. You can link in any store or online and you do not need to be a preschool parent to link your card.
Thursday Morning Bible Study has returned, meeting in the conference room on Thursdays at 10:30-11:45 am, continuing the study of the Book of Genesis.
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