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.
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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
(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.
Please note that the church office will be closed this Wednesday through Friday, November 23-25. Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
Wednesday Advent Suppers and Worship
Make Ready for Holy Disruption:
A Contemplative Advent Midweek Series
Wednesdays: Nov 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21
6:00 pm Fellowship Dinner (soups, salad, bread)
7:00 pm Worship
Advent carries expectations for two events: as we wait for the birth of the babe in Bethlehem, we also await the time when Christ will come again to make a new heaven and new earth. Christ’s coming brings peace ... but also disruption of the sin, injustice, and brokenness that burdens our lives and our world. When we pray for Christ to come, we are praying for a holy disruption of the status quo of death and the revealing of God’s kingdom of life.
Led by the Duke Lutherans, our midweek Advent series this year is built around four steps to help us prepare for God’s holy disruption: breathing, releasing, receiving, and rejoicing. Each week’s liturgy (consisting of prayer and silence, singing, listening, and reflection) will focus on one step. Together, the steps will remind us that discipleship is always a process and journey. As we worship, we will ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes so that we might see all of the ways that God promises to come and will come into the world. Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come!
A Look at the Art of Advent
The Advent Season is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth in the world as it is today.
This Advent at St. Paul’s, Art Historian Janet Seiz will present four consecutive sessions during the morning Adult Education featuring all of these things. Each session will highlight a comparison between a “classic” and a “contemporary” work of art related to a specific event in the Christmas story. Aspects of the creative process and the Artist’s use of technique and materials will be covered as well as the development and use of symbols. Each class will open and close with a short video blending Advent art and music together.
▸ Week I: The Annunciation, November 27, 2022
▸ Week II: The Visitation, December 4, 2022
▸ Week III: The Adoration of the Shepherds, December 11, 2022
▸ Week IV: The Nativity, December 18, 2022
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.
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.
Child Care on Sunday mornings! We now have an attendant on Sunday mornings who will care for your small children so parents and older children may attend Sunday School and worship. She will be available during the 8:30 service through the 11:00 service. Care will take place in the Parlor which is the room between the atrium and Whitesell Fellowship Hall.
The Dropped Stitch Prayer Shawl Ministry is returning. Because of the holidays in November, they will not meet this month but will meet on Friday, December 16 at 1:00 in the sofa area of the atrium. This group creates prayer shawls by knitting or crochet.
We also welcome back the Tongue and Thimble group. This 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!
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 Shelf - dry boxed pasta – spaghetti, macaroni, ziti, penne, etc. (NOT: kits or dinner, nor canned pasta entrees).
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.
Parktown Food Hub Christmas Giveaway 2022
The Women’s Connections group at St. Paul’s is participating in the Parktown Food Hub Christmas Giveaway 2022 in the following way. There is a Christmas tree in the atrium which is decorated with envelopes. You may choose an envelope, then purchase the gift card and return it in the provided envelope. They may be returned to the offering plate, or put in the Finance Office wall slot in the staff hallway. There will be additional instructions posted by the Tree. The cards will need to be returned to St. Paul’s by Sunday, December 4 at which time they will be delivered to the Parktown Food Hub Christmas Giveaway.
Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve Schedule
✦ 4:00 pm Children and Family Christmas Eve service
✦ 6:30 pm Concert prior to the 7:00 pm service in the sanctuary, consisting of carols, organ music, and chamber music
✦ 7:00 pm Candlelight Service with Communion. Special music with the Mallarme Chamber Players and guest soloists presenting the cantata Und da die Engel von ihnen gen Himmel furhen, by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767).
✦ 10:00 pm Candlelight Service with Communion
Sunday, December 25 - Christmas Day Service
✟ 10:00 am Abbreviated service with Holy Communion, carols, Confession and Forgiveness
Sunday, January 1 - New Year’s Day
✟ 10:00 am Service of Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion
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, continuing the study of the Book of Genesis.
The Afghan refugee resettlement group has been hard at work helping our new neighbors from Afghanistan settle in Durham. They are a wonderful family of 10 with another child on the way. The father drove US military personnel in Afghanistan and we would like to purchase a used van for him. Additionally, the oldest son needs tuition for community college in the fall. He dreams of one day being a doctor. In order to help raise funds for these needs we have started a gofundme page: https://gofund.me/1cf5b6e8 We encourage people to donate (everything helps) and also to share the link. This is an easy way for us as a church to simultaneously help a family in need and to reach out beyond our walls and show everyone the good work we are doing.
New Programs from 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.
Here is the schedule for the rest of the year:
Nov. 22 Navigating Transitions, with Chris McCleod
Nov. 29 Luggage and Baggage: The Things We Carry, with Lynn Heath
Dec. 6 Images of Resilience, with Katherine Henderson
Dec. 13 Holiday Cello Concert, with Debbie Davis
Dec. 20 Looking Back at Grief, with Bill Dahl
Dec. 27 A New Beginning, with Mike McCleod
We meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Meetings are held each Tuesday, with registration starting at 4:00 pm. 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.
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