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 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 15, 2019

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: Karen’s normal Sabbath is Monday, and her usual workdays are Sunday, Tues, Wed and Thurs.  In the event of a pastoral emergency, she is available other days on her cell phone.

As Deacon James and his family prepare to welcome their baby this November, he plans to step back from ministry at St. Joseph’s for the fall. This will be an opportunity for him both to focus more energy on his family and to have a type of sabbatical for rest, discernment, and renewal. His leave will begin September 16. He is working with Rev. Karen and others to hand off responsibilities for coordinating Daily Office and the breakfast ministry. Please continue to be in prayer for the Todds and their growing family.

Mark Ambrose will lead us in conversations on “Church Architecture” continuing this Wednesday evening.  He says, “The spaces that we use for worship affect how we worship.  These spaces, and how we use them also reflect what we believe about God and the meaning of our worship. For the next two or three weeks we will explore different types of church buildings (modern and historic) and the ideas reflected in them.  The aim is for participants to become more conscious of our own worship space and how we use it in order to have a more meaningful worship experience.” The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall.

Ministry opportunities: (contact)

Lead Morning and/or Evening Prayer

Assist with breakfast

Clean parish hall weekly (Friday or Saturday) (Karen)

Vestry (Karen)

Altar Guild (Emily Dubie)

Fellowship after the service (Doug Merrill) 

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)              quarters

men’s underwear (32, 34, 36)                     grits

On September 28th, Durham will host its annual Pride Parade and churches in the Durham Convocation are marching together again! We welcome congregants of all ages, genders, and orientations to join us and celebrate the dignity of every human being, witnessing to the local community that all our churches are safe, affirming, and ready to welcome all people into full inclusion. Join us here at 9:00 a.m. for a Eucharistic Service and to assemble for marching, with the parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you have any questions, contact Kirk Royal at kirk.royal@cgs-raleigh.org

Does your change jar need extra space? We are collecting “quarters for cleaning” for our neighbors who need to do their laundry at a 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!                 

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.

Today’s organist, Renée McBride, pays the bills by working as a librarian at the UNC University Libraries, where she works closely with the Music Library and with Andy Lang’s wife Michelle. Music feeds her soul, however, and she substitutes at various churches in central NC and accompanies local school choruses, as well as serving her home church, United Church of Chapel Hill, through music.

St. Joseph’s is now registered on the National Voter Registration Day event “map”! When you go to the National Voter Registration Day site, click on Partner, then on Find Events, and type in our 27705 ZIP code. If you would like to help with registering voters, please contact Polly: [919] 475-9503.

Families helping families: NAMI Durham Family Support Groups are free, confidential, and safe groups of families which have adult family members with mental health challenges.  Adult family members join in a caring group of individuals helping one another through their experiences and learned wisdom.  Families gain sense of hope for their loved ones. Support group meetings are for family members and friends of persons with mental illness (diagnosed and undiagnosed).  NO REGISTATION or RSVP IS REQUIRED.  Support groups are regularly held at:

North Durham                                                  South Durham

First & Third Tuesday of                                Second and Fourth Thursday of

each month: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.           each month: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church                Westminster Presbyterian Church

3541 Rose of Sharon Road                           3639 Old Chapel Hill Road

Durham 27712                                                  Durham 27707

fsgnorth@namidurhamnc.org                   fsgsouth@namidurhamnc.org

Questions or additional information, contact NAMI Durham at 919-231-5016.