We are worshiping with two Sunday services: 8:30 am and 11:00 am, both using Setting Five 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.
Holy Week Services
Palm Sunday, April 2, 2023
+ 8:30 am Worship
+ 11:00 am Worship
Procession of Palms into the sanctuary, Holy Communion at both services. The 8:30 am service will be in-person only. 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.
Maundy Thursday, April 6, 2023
✛ 12:00 noon Holy Communion
✛ 7:00 pm Holy Communion and Foot Washing. The live service link for the 7:00 pm service is https://vimeo.com/event/3217789 This service will also be recorded and can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/stpaulsdurham (then choose the service date or event you wish to watch).
Good Friday, April 7, 2023
✛ 12:00 noon The Way of the Cross
✛ 7:00 pm Tenebrae. The live service link for the 7:00 pm Tenebrae service is https://vimeo.com/event/3217808 This service will also be recorded and can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/stpaulsdurham (then choose the service date or event you wish to watch).
Vigil of Easter, April 8, 2023
✛ 7:00 pm. There will be a champagne reception following the Easter Vigil. This service will only be in-person, no recording.
Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023
✛ 8:30 am Worship, live only, no recording
✛ 11:00 am Worship, live streamed at https://vimeo.com/event/1478223 and recorded for viewing at https://vimeo.com/stpaulsdurham (then choose the service date or event you wish to watch).
✛ 9:30-10:30 am Easter Breakfast in Trinity Hall. We will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, pastries, fruit along with beverages.
✛ 10:15 am Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. Assemble on the main entrance patio. Bring a basket to gather eggs from the playground and ark areas. You will keep the items from the plastic eggs, return the plastic eggs and receive an Easter bag of treats.
Adult Sunday School Classes for the month of April - meet in Trinity Hall 9:45-10:45 am: Coffee available
April 2 -- Gospels: Luke and John
April 9 -- Easter Breakfast -- no class this day
April 16 -- Acts and Paul's Journeys
April 23 -- Early History of NC Lutherans
April 30 -- 100th Year Celebration Service at 10 am and meal following in Trinity Hall
The Durham CROP Hunger Walk will be Sunday, April 2, 2023.
The CROP Hunger Walk is a family-friendly walk that links the Durham community together in solidarity with our neighbors all around the world who have to walk long distances daily for food and water. Funds raised from the walk provide food and other resources for families in Durham and across the globe. This will be an in-person, outdoor Walk on April 2, 2023.
■ 1:30 pm - Registration, Music, Greetings, Global Village Activities
■ 2:30 pm – Walk Starts in front of Duke Chapel
You can make contributions to Durham CROP Hunger Walk securely on-line at this site: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2023/event/durhamnc
You can search for a specific walker or team you would like to support with your donation. There is also an option to make a general donation in support of the 2023 Durham CROP Hunger Walk. You may also link directly to Megan Cunningham who is the team leader for St. Paul’s at this link:
Let’s see if we can top our $3,000 giving from 2022!
Help out by walking, seeking sponsors, or giving to help others!
Young In Spirit
● The Young In Spirit group will meet on Wednesday, April 12 at 11:30 am in Trinity Hall for game time and pizza lunch. If you have a favorite table game, bring it along to share. Table games for large group play will be available.
● Young In Spirit activity for May 10 will be St. Paul’s resident art historian, Janet Seiz, sharing her insights to a work of art.
● Watch for information coming soon about a Sunday baseball game in June.
The Dropped Stitch Prayer Shawl Ministry meet 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.
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.
PASTA for PARKTOWN!!
Help Stock the St. Paul’s Shelf at Parktown Food Hub!
Please continue to 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. 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. St. Paul’s Shelf - dry boxed pasta – spaghetti, macaroni, ziti, penne, etc. (NOT: kits or dinner, nor canned pasta entrees).
Duke Lutherans: All are welcome to join the Duke Lutherans on Sunday, April 16, at 5:30 pm at the Fisher Amphitheater in Duke Gardens for our last Evening Prayer of the year. In addition to singing Holden Evening Prayer, we will recognize and bless nine (yes, nine!) of our students who are graduating (2 undergrads, 3 master’s, 1 MDiv, and 3 PhDs). Then, join us after worship for a potluck dinner. Please let Pastor Amanda know if you can bring a dish or dessert to share. This is a wonderful opportunity to worship together with our beloved students and wish our graduates Godspeed; we hope you’ll join us!
St. Paul’s Readers Meeting – Thursday, April 20 at 3:00 pm
We invite all readers to join us as we discuss Native by Kaitlin Curtice. This book explores identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, the author writes of how reconnecting with her Native American roots both informs and challenges her Christian faith. Our meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20, at 3 pm in the Library. Vicar Amanda Spangler will lead the discussion. Please consider participating in our monthly meetings (3rd Thursdays at 3 pm). We welcome all readers – men and women! Even if you have not read the book, we would love for you to come check us out. Please contact Katherine Trexler with any questions. We hope to see you soon!
There is a St. Paul's Habitat Work Crew and you are invited to join them! Morris Casper is our contact person and coordinator. Our work dates are: April 22, May 13, and June 10. All genders welcome!
Growing Thru Grief
Growing thru Grief offers help and support to people grieving the loss of a loved one. We are a coalition of religious and civic organizations which have been serving people since 2013. We offer education and small group support each week. We meet at St. Paul’s each Tuesday. First time attendees must show proof of covid vaccination and booster(s). Masks are optional. We ask people to come at 4; the program begins at 4:30, and all will end by 6. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
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 is meeting in the conference room on Thursdays at 10:30-11:45 am. They have begun a new study of the book: The Difficult Words of Jesus by Amy Jill Levine. Class notes will be emailed as the series progresses. Class will not be meeting April 6 and 13, back in session on April 20.
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St. Paul's In-Person Worship Guidelines
(updated October 14, 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.
• 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
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 Five 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."
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.