Welcome to St. Titus’ Episcopal Church
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June 4, 2023 The First Sunday after Pentecost:
8:30am and 10:30am (10:30 service is live streamed)
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Link to this Sunday’s scripture readings: The Lectionary Page
Sunday Service at 10:30am
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Congratulations To Our Graduates!
Hannah Bowman – Master’s of Theological Studies and Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, Theology and Ministry; Duke Divinity School
Alicia Drew Estes – Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management; University of Mount Olive, Tillman School of Business
Rebekah Lester – Master’s in Education in School Counseling; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Valencia Quiett – Completion of Residency program; Washington Hospital Center, Washington DC
Dawson Edwards – Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College 2022; Guildford College Greensboro NC
Veronica Quiett – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Gun Violence Prevention: Season of Pentecost
In his Pentecost Sunday sermon, Canon Greg Jacobs announced that the Episcopal Peace Fellowship has declared that the entire season of Pentecost (May 28-December 3) will be devoted to efforts to prevent gun violence in our communities. Here’s a link to Greg’s sermon:
In his sermon, Canon Jacobs announced that the Episcopal Peace Fellowship has declared that the entire season of Pentecost (May 28-December 3) will be devoted to efforts to prevent gun violence in our communities.
Recognizing gun violence as a crisis threatening our entire nation, the bishops of our diocese
issued a pastoral letter declaring:
“More than ever before, it seems we are responding almost weekly to news of another mass shooting. Anytime violence happens anywhere, at a church or other house of worship, a school, a grocery store, a concert, we feel the pain, the horror and the outrage in a deep and personal way. A steady drumbeat of gun violence is unfolding with increasing frequency, an alarming and consistent threat to personal and public safety.
We cannot allow the volume and frequency of these events to leave us feeling numb and powerless…It is time to step outside our comfort zone. It is time to put our thoughts and prayers into action. It is time to bear witness in the public square that our country’s tolerance of inaction to this violence is itself a form of collusion with such violence. This is our call as followers of Jesus. This is what it means to become a disciple, making a difference.” –From the Bishops’ Pastoral Letter (June 26, 2022).
As a first step, a diocesan Taskforce on Gun Violence Prevention has been convened to
promote education, action, and advocacy in our congregations in the wake of this public
health epidemic. Heeding the call of the Holy Spirit, St. Titus’ will seek to promote
awareness and empower our members to become actively engaged in reducing, preventing,
and ultimately ending gun violence in our community.
As an outward and visible sign of our commitment, we invite our parishioners to wear
orange this coming Sunday, June 4, which coincides with Gun Violence Awareness Day.
We will also have orange ribbons available, asking you to wear them throughout the
Pentecost season. The color orange has been adopted by the gun violence prevention
movement as it is the color used by hunters to prevent harm to themselves and others.
Beginning this Sunday and in the following weeks and months, we will provide educational
resources to promote awareness of gun violence as well as resources to equip St. Titus’
members to take effective action in our community and to advocate for meaningful change in
our gun laws. St. Titus’ has long promoted efforts to protect and enrich the lives of our
children. Gun violence has put our children at unimaginable risk. We must do all that we can
to assure them of a future where they can be safe and secure.
A REQUEST FROM ST. TITUS’ COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
As we prepare for the coming of a new rector, we would like to have an updated database of St. Titus’ parishioners that contains current, accurate information. We need your participation to make this happen. Please provide the following information for each person in your household or family: name, address, phone number(s), email, birthday, anniversary if applicable. At this stage, the information will be for St. Titus’ internal use only so will be kept confidential.
There are several ways you can submit your information :
1. Send it in an email to the parish administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Mail it to the church office at 400 Moline St., Durham, NC 27707.
3. Fill out the information when you come to church on Sunday (forms will be available).
4. Click on the following link, fill out the information and submit it to us online: Parishioner Data
Thank you for your help in this important project.
Letter from Rev. Alicia Alexis
April 5, 2022
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. To All Members of the Vestry and to the people of St. Titus Episcopal Church:
Your Vestry recently extended the call to invite me to join with you in ministry as your Intentional Interim Rector. I am delighted to be with your parish community in this role. My first day with you will be Sunday, May 1, 2022. I invite you to call or stop by during the week so we can become acquainted.
Who am I? I was born and raised in Trinidad, West Indies and now reside in Whitsett, North Carolina. My daughter, Mary lives in Olean, New York. You will be meeting her during our time together. She is excited to meet you in person as I am. Although we are not with you, please know that you are now with us in our thoughts and prayers.
This time between permanent rectors is a time that can be filled with uncertainty and anxiety, but it can also be a time of real growth. I am pleased to become a member of your leadership team to help navigate this turbulent time we live in. I look forward to walking with you and to assist in this time of transition. I am confident that God will guide us on our journey together.
I leave you with the words from the Prophet Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.”
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Alicia Alexis, Interim Rector
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What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
Racism, deeply embedded in the psyche of America, has been allowed to exist for far too long in our country. For over 400 years, People of Color have been subjected to systemic and systematic deprivation of basic human rights guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful.
is a warm, welcoming community of folks who strive to follow Jesus. Founded in 1885, we are proud of our roots as a historically Black congregation. Today we are just as proud to be a diverse community where absolutely everyone is welcome. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about us. And, when we’re able to gather in person again, we hope you will visit, either for a worship service or for one of our other activities. We’d love to have you join us on the journey.
St. Titus’ is a diverse and growing community committed to walking with Christ by serving others, pursuing justice and welcoming all.
God dreams for St. Titus’ to be sacred ground where all of God’s children experience the unconditional love of Jesus. In faithful response, we will offer Spirit-filled worship where people from diverse backgrounds encounter God. As an intergenerational community, we will deepen our faith through sharing scripture, Christian tradition and our own experience. We will be open and authentic with one another, and respond to the needs of our neighbors with compassion and creativity. Our passion for God’s justice and peace will compel us to become agents for social, political, and economic transformation. St. Titus’ will be Beloved Community.
The Diocese has moved into Stage 4 of COVID precautions:
We are offering both in-person and online services. See our service times below, along with links to join our online services. If you have questions or concerns please contact St. Titus’ interim rector the Rev. Alicia Alexis at email@example.com.