Monthly Archives: September 2019

Announcements for this week


The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost 

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.

One of our formerly unhoused community members has recently moved into an apartment and is in need of: a bed (larger than a twin), a washer and dryer, and food gift cards.  If you have any of these items, please see Karen.  Thank you!

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.  Please come join us for worship and fellowship on Sept. 15 as James preaches prior to his time away!

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 (James)

Assist with breakfast (James)

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


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.

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

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.

What are the goals of NAMI Family Support Groups?

  • To encourage, support, and empower family members
  • To provide this support free of charge and confidentially
  • To make this support available to any friend or family member of an individual  with a mental illness.
  • To provide a support group that is led by trained facilitators who are also family members of an individual living with mental illness.

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                            

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