Welcome to St. Paul's!

What a ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster

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.

The World Council of Churches Prayer Cycle

The World Council of Churches

has recommended

a prayer cycle to

get congregations

praying for the

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

(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. 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)

  • We are open on Sunday mornings 10:00 am to worship in person using the ELW Setting Six which are in a booklet form in the pew. Pick up a bulletin which will provide the lessons, prayers, hymn numbers, and announcements. Children's bulletins are on the entrance table.  
  • The Sunday morning 10:00 am worship service can be viewed on our live feed link to Vimeo which is https://vimeo.com/event/1478223. You may access this in any way you wish: phone, tablet, computer, or even on Smart TVs, using the same link every week. 
  • You are also able to visit this vimeo site to see the live Sunday worship recordings at any time after the service upload is completed. This site also has other recordings such as Bible Study, special services, and occasions.

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 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   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. 

This week at

St. Paul's

Worship with us in person on Sundays at 10:00 am. We are currently using Setting Six of the Evangelical Lutheran Worship book. The 10:00 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."

An ELCA ​Congregation!

1200 West Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC 27705-5731

Copyright 2013. St. Paul's Lutheran Church, ELCA. 

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​​​​St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Durham, North Carolina

For the summer, we will have one service at 10:00 am, using Setting Six in the ELW, which 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. Masks are optional on Sundays. When the Preschool and Daycare children are here during the week, we still need the masks in the building.

Croasdaile Worship – The Croasdaile worship this month will be Thursday, August 25, the Fourth Thursday of the month, at 2:00 pm.

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

Pound the New Vicar!  Vicar Amanda Spangler will begin on August 16. To "pound" her, we invite you to bring items such as basic household supplies, or gift cards to area stores (Target, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, etc.). Cards can be dropped in the offering plate or the finance room drop box.  Items can be left in the grey bins in Atrium. Read more about Vicar Amanda in the August newsletter. 

The Young In Spirit group will not meet in August. The next meeting is Wed, Sept 14 at 11:30 am. YIS proudly presents Dick Clendaniel as he shows and talks about some of the gorgeous pictures he took on his week-long walking trip with his daughter and son through the Cotswolds in England. Please bring a sandwich. Drinks, chips and desserts will be provided.  Please let Robin Winfree know if you plan to come so we have enough desserts, etc.

It is time to bring us up to date on our current pictorial directory. To help us – please submit a current photograph of you/your family. It does not have to be a professional photo – many of you probably have selfies and vacation photos handy on your phone. You may send it to Susan Esposito at admin@stpaulsdurham.org and it will be uploaded into your family profile. You may also make any changes, such as address, email address, birthdays, anniversary, phone numbers – at the same time.
You can get the latest directory on your smart phone app “Instant Church Directory.” Stop by the credenza under the TV monitor in the atrium and there are instruction sheets for both Android and Apple phones. As changes occur, the updates are made in the church office and are instantly updated on your app when you use it. 

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 taking a summer break. We will return in September, continuing the study of the Book of Genesis, chapter 9.

From the Refugee Support Group
     by Morris Casper and Phil and Sally Hart

Following my temple talk earlier this year in which I asked interested members of the congregation to help me form a support group, five people stepped forward. The group that formed is made up of Bill Gresham, Phil and Sally Hart, Carolyn Ulrich, Jayce Getz, and myself, Morris Casper.
On April 29th, we met the family of Gul Wali Safi and Shakila Safi. they were originally residents of Jalalabad on the main road from Kabul to Peshawar, Pakistan. Gul Wali was a driver for the American Forces in the region. They have eight children; the 2 oldest are boys: Sher Wali, 16; and Wahidullah, 13. The younger six are all girls: Shaista, 12; Bibi Aisha, 10; Bibi Miriam, 7; Safa, 6; Madina, 3; and Yosra, 1.
They are living in Colonial Apartments on Chapel Hill Street in Durham. The group’s tasks include providing some transportation, especially to medical appointments, language training, being a liaison to Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, providing miscellaneous information, and other tasks as required.
So far, the family seems to be doing well and adapting to life in Durham. Dad is working a night shift job in Cary while mom is at home with the children.
As we learn more about the Safi family, we will let you know. 

​​St. Paul’s Readers on Summer break
Although our book club meetings are paused for the months of June, July, and August, it is a great time to start reading our fall selections.

  • Our September book is Stronger: Courage, Hope and Humor in My Life with John McCain by Cindy McCain. This memoir is a love letter to her late husband, their thirty-eight year marriage, and the trials and triumphs of a singular American life. The book also chronicles how John’s humor and strength helped Cindy transform into the confident woman she has now become – one who believes in family, honor, and country – and is willing to stand up for all of them.
  • In October, we read the Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate. This novel is based on letters written by former slaves; some are included in the book. The freed slaves published letters in newspapers, hoping to find family members who were sold to other owners. The book is the fictional story of one of these families.
  • The November selection is Damien the Leper: A Life of Magnificent Courage, Devotion and Spirit by John Farrow. This biography tells the extraordinary journey of Joseph De Veuster. He left his secure life in Belgium, thrust aside all thoughts of personal danger, and spent the rest of his days as Father Damien comforting the sick and the dying in a leper colony on Molokai, Hawaii. He was honored by a statue in the  U.S. Capitol and was canonized in 2009.

We hope that you will consider joining our group this fall. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 15 at 3 pm in Trinity Hall. We welcome all readers.