Welcome!

Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church, aka “the little church with the big red doors”, is located on Main Street between Ninth and Iredell Streets in Durham, NC, across from Duke University’s East Campus. Our community life is rooted in the sacraments, daily prayer, study of the Scriptures, and fellowship with members, friends and neighbors inside and outside our walls. Following the example of our patron Saint Joseph, we want to make our church home a place of warm hospitality grounded in God’s love, and to take that love out into the world.

We welcome all people to Saint Joseph’s Episcopal Church regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  All persons are welcome wherever they are on their faith journey and life journey. To learn more, please visit our  Welcome Statement.

Weekly Worship Schedule:

Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m.      Morning Prayer

Monday – Friday 5:30 p.m.      Evening Prayer

Wednesday 6:00 p.m.               Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing

Sundays 10:30 a.m.                   Choral Holy Eucharist (children welcome during services)

Announcements for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 16, 2020

If you are a newcomer or a visitor—welcome!  Please fill out a contact card found in your pew.  Let’s get to know one another!  St. Joseph’s is a place of worship, prayer, fellowship and study.  Normally we pray Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Please join us for prayer and fellowship whenever you can.  The “poor plate” located by the baptismal font funds our fellowship and outreach ministries.  Thank you for your gifts!

Clergy schedule: This year Karen will be working 25 hours/week.  Her normal work days will be Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  In the event of a pastoral emergency, she is available other days on her cell phone.

Bishop Sam is scheduled for our annual visitation on June 7th.  If you are interested in being baptized, confirmed or received into The Episcopal Church, please let Karen know.  We will have classes during Easter Season.

For next Wednesday, February 19th, we will discuss: “Richard Rohr Reorders the Universe” by Eliza Griswold (an article in The New Yorker).  Karen has electronic copies she can email you if you are interested.  Contact her at: kclaybarfield@gmail.com

Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb 25th at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy fellowship and Joel’s world-famous pancakes as we prepare for our Lenten journeys.

Ash Wednesday: Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes at 6:00 p.m. (in lieu of Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing).  Wednesday, Feb 26th.  There will be no meal nor class this evening.

During Lent on Wednesday evenings we will be discussing Howard Thurman’s book, Jesus and the Disinherited, as part of a diocesan-wide book study.  The Regulator Bookshop can order a copy for you and have it in several days.  Let us support our local bookshop!  If you would like Karen to order a copy for you, please let her know by Feb 20th so that we can have them in time.  Discussion will begin on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m. following Evening Prayer, Eucharist and dinner.

On Fridays during Lent (Feb 28 – April 3) we will have a combination Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross beginning at 5:30 p.m.  If you would like to help lead the Stations, please see Bob Campbell.

Random notes: Please mute all communications devices. Bathrooms are available throughout the morning in the Parish Hall.  Our bread is gluten-free; but if you wish to take Communion in only one kind, please cross your arms over your chest. Be sure to join us for continued fellowship in the parish hall after the service.

Collection for St. Joseph’s community in need:   We invite you to bring any of the following items and place them in the basket at the back of the church for our breakfast and outreach needs; these items are part of the offerings of our life and labor:

toilet paper/paper towels                              socks

tee shirts and work pants (32—38)             trial size hygiene products

men’s underwear (32, 34, 36)                       (both men’s and women’s)

Does your change jar need extra space? We are collecting “quarters for cleaning” for our neighbors who need to do their laundry at the laundromat.  Each load costs about $5 in quarters, so if you have quarters you’d like to donate, just put them in a baggie marked for laundry!  Thank you!