June 9, 2021

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Sunday Worship

  • Nothing has changed in terms of Sunday worship procedures. Please know that there is room for you to come to church on Sunday and that the procedures that we have in place are designed to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID19. As a reminder, these procedures are:
    • Masking, distancing, and hand-washing are still of the utmost importance, as is being vaccinated if you have not yet done so.
    • We have upgraded our nursery and church HVAC systems with filters designed to kill viruses.
    • No RSVPs are required.
    • Overflow seating is available in the Parish Hall if we run out of pew space in the church (we are only using half of our pew space to allow for distancing between households). You may sit with those outside of your household if you choose to do so.
    • We will continue to livestream the 10:30 Eucharist.
    • The nursery is open.
We hope to see you soon as we gather in intentional worship as the beloved community at St. Luke's.

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Outdoor Eucharists - This Sunday!

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. When in your seating area, masks are not required at outdoor liturgies. Masks are still required when interacting with other households at distances of less than 6 feet. No RSVPs required. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. Outdoor worship will include music, a sermon, and Eucharist.

Pathways "Becoming Beloved Community" project 

Thank you to all the individuals and to the St. Luke's Foundation who supported the Pathways group book drive for Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Elementary school here in Salisbury. Books were delivered this week to the school! 

Pictured L-R are Siobhan Cooke (Reading Design Coach for Koontz), Candy Graper, Barbara Furmanski, Char Molrine, Reg Boland, Kathy Gregg, Alissa Redmond (owner of South Main Book Co.), The Rev. Bonnie Duckworth, Nicole Bruckner (principal of Koontz).  

Read more about the project at  this WBTV link

Daily Office Leaders Needed

One of the most important ministries that has been a part of St. Luke's is having public liturgies of Morning and Evening Prayer. These opportunities for prayer are a way of bearing witness to our faith, being a place of refuge for those seeking peace, and making holy our parish and community. Additionally, it is also a wonderful disciple for your own spiritiual practices.

Morning Prayer begins at 8am and Evening Prayer at 5:30pm. Each liturgy lasts 15-20 minutes, so the time commitment required is only 1 hour/week. We will offer ample training and support to make sure that you are equipped to participate in this ministry. If you are interested in learning more about the Daily Office or would like to sign up to lead one of these liturgies, please contact Fr. Robert.

Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him.
(Psalm 96:9)


As we are returning to more "normal" Sunday morning routines, we need some volunteers to serve as Sunday morning Greeters. A Greeter arrives by 10:15 to be at the welcome table to welcome all to St. Luke's, and particularly to welcome any guests who may be joining us that morning. This is an important ministry of hospitality and welcome, and your smiling face and gracious welcome would be appreciated. Please contact Vicky Slusser if you are interested in this ministry.

Spring 2021 Grant Recipients 

The St. Luke's Episcopal Church Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the spring 2021 grants. 

Fund B (Global Missions) recipients: 
  • The Lunch Project for the Tanzania School Feeding Program 
  • Guatemalan Relief Assistance for Children's Educational Services (GRACES) for meal support
  • The Diocese of Jerusalem for children rehabilitation sessions 
  • Eglise Evangelique de la Republique du Niger (EERN) for menstrual heath programs for school aged girls 
  • Episcopal Relief and Development for One Thousand Days of Love
  • Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (Italy) 
  • Sudan Rowan for launching a community high school 
  • International Christian Centers for the Deaf (ICCD) for supplies for the Makhai Primary School 

Fund C: 
  • Families First for court child care center
  • Rowan Literacy Council for adult and youth programs 
  • Rowan Helping Ministries for Food for Thoughts
  • Prevent Child Abuse Rowan for victim services
  • Bread Riot for local food services 
  • Power Cross for their Boyz2Men retreat 
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Pathways group for the Koontz book drive 
A Fund A request to St. Luke's Episcopal Church was also granted for various building and grounds improvements projects for the church. 

In total, the Foundation awarded $150,084 this cycle to these worthy organizations and projects. Pictured below, members of the Board of Trustees and Father Robert meet with staff and board members of Families First, Inc., a first time grant recipient. 

Diocesan Convention

If you would be interested in being considered to be a delegate from St. Luke's to Diocesan Convention, please let Fr. Robert know by Monday, June 14. The Convention will be held in Winston-Salem on November 19 and 20.

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 who have died and the bereaved: Gary Whitson, father of Brian Whitson

Those in crisis of health or circumstance:  Kathryn Braisher, Lillie Cowan, Erin Downing, Brenda Forbis, Andrea Misenheimer, Mark Perry, Virginia Phillips, Nancy Stanback, Suzanne Strew

Those who are away at school:  Aidan DeHaas, Heather Duncan, Caroline Forbis, Zach Huddleston, Mary Kaufmann, Walker Latimer, 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, 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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