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.
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 info:
Topic: Coffee Hour
Time: 10:00-11:00 am on Mondays
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 913 5110 3753 -- Password: 292680
Croasdaile Worship in December – The Croasdaile worship in December will be held on Thursday, December 23 at 2:00 pm. Still on the 4th Thursday of the month.
“By Heart” Study
Vicar Mac will be leading a study of “By Heart,” a historical, theological, and spiritual deep-dive into Luther’s Small Catechism. Fittingly, our first meeting will be the first Wednesday after Reformation Sunday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm. The classes will be about seven weeks, aiming to finish just before the week of Christmas. In-person and Zoom will both be available. Email Vicar Mac (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
St. Paul’s Readers – During the month of December, our church book club takes a holiday break. We are currently finalizing our 2022 reading list. The January book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Frann. The book chronicles one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. Members of the Osage Nation in the 1920s were the richest people in the world. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. The newly created FBI was called upon to unravel these mysterious deaths. Barb Shade will lead the discussion on Thursday, January 20.
St. Paul’s Readers meet at 3 pm on the third Thursday of the month in Trinity Hall. Please consider participating. We welcome all readers – men and women! Contact Katherine Trexler with any questions.
Nurturing Committee – Be-Friend
As we approach the start of a new church year, the Be-Friend branch of the nurturing Committee has sprouted. The flowers on the Caring Tree (in the narthex) have blossomed into bold Words of Hope. These are supportive scriptures that Nurturing Committee members and others have pointed to as meaningful. Also, in the basket unit by the Caring Tree are items put together to add a smile as you grow and develop a new and/or an already up and running relationship. Look for the clear portfolio Be-Friend Idea Starter Kit as well as card making and other supplies in this place. Help yourself!
If you would like to be a friend or want a friend, contact Marcia Redman.
Advent Wednesday night services
Holy Darkness: Advent Midweek Worship
“The theme of this service embraces the darkness of these long Advent nights as a place where we encounter the beauty and mystery of God. While darkness has sometimes been used as a negative foil for light ... our scripture and assembly song is filled with imagery in which the darkness is filled with the glory of God” (Sundays and Seasons, Year C 2022).
As the Calendar year nears its end, the Church’s year begins anew in Advent as we wait for the Christ child and the coming of the Lord. All are welcome to join us this Advent for midweek worship at 7 pm as the Duke Lutherans lead a contemplative service of word and prayer. Although each week will highlight a unique theme and Scripture passage, all of the services will be woven together by simple, meditative music, dimmed lights and candlelight, moments of silence, and artwork depicting the interplay of light and darkness.
Worship will be offered in-person in the sanctuary and via live feed from our Vimeo site. https://vimeo.com/event/1594673
We hope you’ll join your siblings in Christ for Advent midweek worship this season, as together we wait, long, and hope for the newborn king in the manger and the Creator of the darkness and the light.
Christmas Eve Worship Services
Friday, December 24, 2021
All services will celebrate Holy Communion
Parktown Food Hub Christmas Giveaway
Here is how our congregation will help with the giveaway activity:
● Sponsor a child (or more than one child!) -- families are signing up now and will be available for "adoption" starting on 11/3/21. If you would like to sponsor a child, please contact Pastor Sharon Schulze at email@example.com. She will help you find a child that sounds good to you and share more information. The basic procedure is to contact her for the name and information about a child, purchase gifts based on that information, wrap the gifts and deliver them to the Parktown Food Hub (5123 Revere Road, Durham) on days and times that will be shared when the child is adopted. Multiple families can also go together to support one child.
● Purchase gift cards for gifts: We are glad to receive Target, Walmart, or VISA gift cards in amounts of $25 or $50. These cards will all be distributed to the community.
● Help with preparations: A calendar of dates is posted on the atrium bulletin board for those who want to help with wrapping, making tags, and delivering.
At the Parktown Food Hub we say that when there is abundance there is enough for everyone. Families and children are blessed with gifts but volunteers also benefit and often tell us how much participating has enhanced their own holiday celebrations.
Thank you for helping!
Pastor Sharon Schulze
Parktown Food Hub
SOUTH DURHAM CONNECTIONS
5123 Revere Road, Durham, North Carolina 27713
The Women’s Connections group at St. Paul’s is participating in the Parktown Food Hub Christmas Giveaway 2021 in the following way:
The World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle
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whole world. Click on the Prayer Cycle button, then on the Prayer community we are praying for this week.
St. Paul's In-Person Worship and Building Guidelines
The Reopening Task Force met and reviewed the rules announced by our governor and the CDC.
• We will continue to meet in the sanctuary, for one service at 10:00 am -- spacing out and alternating pews to allow for distancing as much as possible. Trinity Hall is open for people to view the worship there as well. Everyone can be in the sanctuary to receive Holy Communion.
• We will still wear masks in worship in an effort to offer some protection from disease. We will allow singing and humming while masked.
• 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
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 now have a live link to our Sunday morning Worship Service which begins at 10:00 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 other VIMEO page and you may select any of the Sunday or special worship services, as well as an assortment of other videos related to St. Paul's, anytime.
Worship with us in person on Sundays at 10:00 am. We are currently using Setting One of the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book. This service will be Zoomed (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."