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 May 12, 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 increased 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 likely drop the RSVP requirement for the 8am in June.
  • All other procedures remain unchanged.
  • 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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Register for May 13th, Ascension Day- 7pm, Holy Eucharist

 

Currently full. Click here to add your name to the waitlist.

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. You can also add your name to the waitlist to get a seat if someone should cancel. 
Click here to add your name to the waitlist.

Last Sunday


We apologize for the lack of audio in our livestream on May 9. While our church really is beautiful, the liturgy is meant to be heard as well as seen and we are sorry that was not possible this past Sunday. We diagnosed and solved the issue, so we should be good for this coming (and all future) Sundays.  Our recording system did capture all of the audio and the full liturgy is available here and the sermon here.

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 lpmills917@gmail.com if you're interested in helping. There is also a need for more substitutes for deliveries.

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, Nancy Stanback

Those who are away at school: Nellie Brown, Ruth Clement, Aidan DeHaas, Heather Duncan, Jason Earnhardt, 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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