May 19, 2021

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Sunday Worship Updates

  • First and foremost, masking, distancing, and hand-washing remain of the utmost importance. Do not attend worship if you are feeling any symptoms of the Coronavirus.
  • Secondly, the COVID19 vaccines have been definitively proven to be safe and effective. It is encouraged in the strongest possible terms that all people who are eligible for the vaccine get it. This is encouraged both from a public health perspective and a Christian moral one. In addition to protecting you, the vaccine prevents further mutations that could undo all of the progress we have made. A part of what it means to "love your neighbor as yourself" is to do things for the good of all, even if there is risk involved - which includes being vaccinated. There is no requirement that those attending church be vaccinated, but it is strongly encouraged so that all in attendance will be at a significantly lower risk level.
  • Starting on Sunday, May 30 (The Feast of the Holy Trinity):
    • Singing is allowed by all present. Masks are absolutely required by all and must be worn properly. We also ask that you sing at a moderate volume and not as if you were a part of a choral performance.
    • The preacher (if vaccinated) can preach without a mask (with sufficient distance from the pulpit and first occupied pew).
    • These changes have been recently authorized by the Bishop.
  • RSVPs are required for both 8am and 10:30am. We will drop the RSVP requirement for the 8am in June.
  • All other procedures remain unchanged, including the mask requirement. Though some governmental and business regulations are being relaxed, in the Church, we go at the speed of the most vulnerable among us. In this situation, that is children under 12 who are not yet authorized to receive the vaccine. Just as we made changes and sacrifices a year ago to protect a different segment of our population, we continue doing so now. Even though the virus does not, in general, impact children in the same way that it does others, one preventable illness  (or, God forbid, death) is one more than is acceptable. Being the Body of Christ is not just jargon that we throw around, it is our identity, our responsibility, and our vocation. And as the Body, we move together. When all of our members are eligible for the vaccine or local transmission rates are near zero, the requirement for masking will joyfully be lifted. Yes, this protocol is out of step with much of culture, some might even say it doesn't make sense or is crazy. Who knows, perhaps someone will even say of us "Look how they love one another" (Tertullian, 2nd century referring to John 13:34 as it was practiced in the community).
  • We plan to livestream indefinitely, so if you are not ready to return to in-person worship, you will still be able to join us online.
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Children's and Youth Ministry News

Vacation Bible School is planned for August 2nd-August 6th from 9AM-1pm daily! VBS is for 4 year olds-rising 5th graders. Please let us know if your child(ren) will participate. The very short form linked below is just to give us an idea of enrollment expectations. A longer registration will come later. 

10 Second VBS Interest Form!
You don't want to miss Youth Sunday 21! This special Pentecost liturgy will be designed especially for our children and youth and will feature Senior Reflections from our graduates. We've reached our maximum registration capacity for this liturgy, so please plan to watch our livestream from home if you didn't register to attend. If you did not receive an email from Father Robert on Monday night stating that you have a reserved spot, then you do not have a reserved spot. We are absolutely at our max capacity this Sunday, so please do not show up without a prior RSVP. There are plenty of spaces available to attend at 8am.

Outdoor Eucharists

Because so many of us enjoyed gathering outside for worship on Sunday evenings, we plan to continue having one outdoor Eucharist each month (as long as the weather cooperates) from June-October. It is our hope that as pandemic restrictions ease that we will be able to add more fellowship and food into the evening. Outdoor Eucharists will take place on the second Sunday of each month, so those dates will be: June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, and October 10. More information to come as we get closer.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

St. Luke’s Meals on Wheels volunteer coordinator, Lynn Mills, is in need of 2 volunteers to take over Route 2 on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact Lynn at 704-638-6259 or if you're interested in helping. There is also a need for more substitutes for deliveries.

Subscribe to The Disciple

If you enjoy the NC Disciple, the Diocese's quarterly magazine, you need to subscribe to continue receiving it. St. Luke's will continue to receive limited print copies, but to receive it directly, you can subscribe to the new digital edition for free or continue with a paid print subscription. Learn more and find all subscription info on the diocesan website.

Recycling Opportunity

You can help keep used pens, markers, glue sticks, and related packaging from the landfill!  St. Luke's is a drop-off location for the Bic Recycling Program through TerraCycle

All brands of empty writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets, and flexible packaging can be dropped off on the front steps of St. Luke's on Sunday mornings in the provided box. They do not have to be completely clean or totally empty.

Local environmental advocacy group, Happy Roots, will be shipping off the recyclables that we collect, and earning reward points for the weight of their shipment, so this project also benefit another non-profit in our community.

Clean out your drawers and cabinets and do a small good deed for our planet.

If you can't bring items on a Sunday morning this month, contact Caroline and she can meet you another time.

Pastoral Care 

Ministering to the sick and those in crisis is an important part of the ministry of St. Luke’s. If you know of a parishioner who is in the hospital, is ill, or has other pastoral needs, please notify the clergy. Please don’t assume that someone else will notify us. We would rather hear from several people than not know when a member of our congregation needs a clergy visit. If you would like to have someone added to prayer list, after you have his/her permission, please contact the clergy or office staff. Those listed in the “crisis” section will be on the list for one month, after which they can be added again if the crisis continues; otherwise, they can be moved to the “ongoing” section. Please also help us by letting us know when we can remove someone from the list.

Those in crisis of health or circumstance: Patricia Bradley, Steve Bradley, Kathryn Braisher, Ellery Carlson, Graham Corriher, Lillie Cowan, Erin Downing, Brenda Forbis, Andrea Misenheimer, Chad Morgan, Mark Perry, Virginia Phillips, Nancy Stanback, Suzanne Strew

Those who are away at school:  Aidan DeHaas, Heather Duncan, Caroline Forbis, Zach Huddleston, Mary Kaufmann, Abigail Lund, Cassandra Phoenix, Hans Roemer, Ellen Simons

Those with ongoing needs due to health, circumstance, or civic service: Dick Brownell, Patrick Carter, David Cline, Donna Gravely, Ellery, Emily Hain, David Hamaty, Betty Hedrick, Blair Joyner, David Kemp, Jason Koontz, Walker Latimer, Don Lyerly, Jane Maxwell, Nan Medley, Joanne Nichols, Jim Phillips, Nik Plumley, Ian Schulte, Oliver Scott, Dirk Steenwyk, Ruth Trollinger, Barbara Upright

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