May 5 – May 12


In our Parish

Curate Mawethu Ncaca’s Final Sunday at St. Titus’

Come to either or both services on May 29 to Celebrate Mawethu Ncaca’s last day as our Curate !  There will be food, fun and fellowship.

Celebrating Vivian Patterson’s 100th Birthday

What: Ride By Shout Out
When: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Where: St. Titus’ Episcopal Church
Time: 1 – 2 PM
Meeting Place: Please park in the church’s lower parking lot by 12:45 PM. 
Driving Directions: From Fayetteville Street, please turn on Moline Street, then park in the lower parking lot. At 1PM the Ride By will start and circulate through the upper parking lot where you can give your birthday wishes and “Shout Outs” to Vivian. 
Special Recognition: In the Delany Gardens – Will start at 2PM
Cards are welcomed. In lieu of gifts please consider making a donation in honor of Vivian R. Patterson to St. Titus’ Episcopal Church and designate to the Scholarship Fund. 

Hope to see you there!
Lionell and Danita Parker

St. Titus’ Parish Administrator Job Posting

St. Titus’ parish administrator Jack Peterson will be moving to Asheville in June and we are in the process of finding his replacement. If you know anyone who might be interested in filling the position, please email Jack at st.titussecretary@gmail.com

If you would like to help advertise the opening, please email Jack and he can send you the job announcement and description. 

Special Guests from Tanzania on May 22

On Sunday, May 22 we will have three guests from our sister city Arusha, Tanzania: Lord Mayor Maximillian Iranqhe, First Lady Emliana Iranqhe and the Honarable Regional Commissioner Mtanda. They will worship with us. Following the 10:30 service, the Mayor will bring greetings from our sister city and share with us the progress of the Mozella McLaughlin Orphanage operated by Christ Church. We hope you will stay, hear his brief comments and greet them warmly.

Fraudulent Message Alert

Friends, please be on the alert for fraudulent messages. Any staff member or clergy at St. Titus’ will NEVER ask you to buy gift cards or money orders.  If you receive a text or email asking you to make a purchase for St. Titus’, please do not respond to the message and, of course, don’t go and buy gift cards. If you can, please report the message as a scam. If you ever receive a text or email that you’re not sure is from St. Titus’, please email the church at st.titussecretary@gmail.com to ask if the message is legitimate.

Pauli Murray Events

Pauli Murray Pilgrimage: Walk + Reflection

Join us on Saturday, June 25th for a spiritual journey through locations of importance to the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray in Durham, North Carolina. Along this curated walk, participants will receive selected prayers, meditations, and conversation starters to encourage reflection and learning about the history of Durham and its importance in Murray’s legacy. 

In this 4.5 mile pilgrimage, participants will engage in a self-guided exploration that begins and ends at the Pauli Murray Center, located at 906 Carroll Street. Meet us at 8, 9, or 10 AM for a brief introduction to the pilgrimage; however, you can arrive at the house and begin the journey anytime between 8 AM and 11 AM.

St. Titus’ is one of the stops along the way. Volunteers are needed to welcome visitors.

Getting to Know the Reverend Pauli Murray – Book Discussion

The reverend Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray was an American civil rights activist who became a lawyer, gender equality advocate, Episcopal priest, and author. Drawn to the ministry, in 1977 Murray was the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, and one of the first women to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.

St. Titus’ will host two reading events as a way to get to know more about the Reverend Pauli Murray:

Wednesday, June 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Reading discussion on Proud Shoes byPauli Murray. (zoom link forthcoming)

Note from Deacon Sarah Woodard: I encourage you to read or reread this book to learn more about the work of this incredible woman. If you would like to discuss other Pauli Murray material, let me know. Your knowledge and wisdom on her life and witness will add to the discussion.

Wednesday, June 15,  7:00-8:00 p.m. – Discussion on Pauli Murray – bring your favorite article or story and share with the group. (zoom link forthcoming)

Annual Pauli Murray Service Details

Annual Pauli Murray Service
June 22, 7 p.m., at St. Titus’, Durham, and via livestream

The annual service to commemorate the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray will be held in person and online this year. Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple will officiate, and the Reverend Winnie Varghese, rector of St. Luke’s, Atlanta, will preach.  Ramon Holloway, St. Titus’ choir director and organist, is forming a choir from various churches within the Durham Convocation to perform during the service.

Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray was an American civil rights activist who became a lawyer, gender equality advocate, Episcopal priest and author. Drawn to the ministry, in 1977 Murray became the first Black woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.

The service will be livestreamed from the church and broadcast through St. Titus’ Facebook page and the diocesan YouTube channel.

Save the Date: Two Upcoming Pauli Murray Events

The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice in Durham, North Carolina is a National Historic Landmark site, anchored by the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray’s childhood home built by their grandparents in 1898 at 906 Carroll Street. The Pauli Murray Center lifts up the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray through programming about history, education, creativity, faith, and activism, in an effort to address enduring inequities and injustices in our local, national, and global communities.

Rooted & Growing: Celebrating Our 1st Decade
Saturday, June 18th
906 Carroll Street
10 years ago, the Pauli Murray Center prevented Pauli Murray’s childhood home from being demolished. With your support, the Pauli Murray Center has grown into a space for gathering and learning. Join us to celebrate our anniversary, honor our community, and imagine our future!

Pauli Murray Pilgrimage Walk
Saturday, June 25th
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Participate in a journey through locations of importance to the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray. Along this self-guided walk, prayers, meditations, and conversation starters will be provided to encourage reflection and learning.

In our Diocese

ECW Durham Convocation Meeting

The ECW Durham Convocation will meet in person at St Bartholomew Episcopal Church for our Spring Convocation meeting.  On May 21st from 10-1pm. Please join us for Morning Prayer,  ECW updates, lunch and the opportunity to connect with other Episcopalian women in the Durham area. 

Please contact Robyn Furges with any questions: Robynfurges@gmail.com

Saint Bartholomew Episcopal Church 
204 W Salisbury Street
Pittsboro NC 27312

Global Mission Conference on Women Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for Global Mission Conference on Women in Mission, May 12-14

Registration is now open for the “Women in Mission” conference sponsored by the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN) online, May 12-14.  Conference information is here, and the registration portal is here.  Spanish interpretation will be available for all plenaries and for some of the workshops.

Four plenary conference speakers will highlight the work of women in mission:

  • The Rev. Canon Dr. Hilda Kabia, dean of Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, Tanzania, will offer an African theological perspective on women’s work in mission and focus on the work of the Mothers Union in Anglican and ecumenical ministry in Africa.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Boe, mission personnel officer in the Episcopal Church’s Office of Global Partnerships, will reflect on the work of women missionaries and facilitate a panel of current missionaries in diverse parts of the world.
  • Dr. Dana Robert, professor of mission and world Christianity at Boston University School of Theology, will present an ecumenical overview of the history of women in world mission and identify current trends in women’s work globally.
  • Ms. Lynnaia Main, the Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations, will speak on the church’s interaction with United Nations initiatives for women, especially through the annual meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Conference attendance is free and open to the public.  Freewill donations are encouraged and can be made at registration.  The conference sessions will be held via Zoom, 1-4 p.m., Eastern U.S. Daylight Time on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the conference, May 12-14.  The GEMN Annual Meeting will be held an hour earlier on Friday the 13th at 11:45 a.m.Read more here.

Funeral for John Heinemeier

On behalf of Bishop Sam Rodman and Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple, we share with you that the funeral for The Rev. John Heinemeier, beloved former interim vicar of Iglesia El Buen Pastor, will take place at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 21, at St. Philip’s, Durham.

 We ask your prayers for John’s wife, Sharon, and their daughter, Rachel, as we give heartfelt thanks for his faithful life and ministry.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Community Events

Community Ministry

Volunteer Opportunity: Lincoln Community Health Center

Wish List: wash cloths; book bags for male and female; school supplies (K-12)

Please see Deacon Woodard if you are interested in participating

Good News Garden

Next date: Friday, May 6 at 3 pm. No experience necessary. 

C. C. Spaulding Elementary School

C.C. Spaulding needs tutors (reading, building literacy skills and math), mentors and Volunteers especially at the times listed below:

3rd Graders:  10:20 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

4th Graders:  10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

5th Graders:  2:25 p.m.-2:50 p.m.

CC Spaulding has need of individually packaged snacks.

All volunteers are required to complete the Durham Public Schools Volunteer form if you are interested.   


  • Lunch Buddies for students K-5
  • Trousers/undergarments (male and female) sizes 10/12/14/16
  • Tutors
  • Volunteers for Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6, 2022
  • Mentoring

Food Drive at El Buen Pastor: Special Message from Deacon Sarah Woodard

Our next date: Saturday, May 7 

On the first Saturday of each month (with occasional pop-up dates in-between), volunteers gather from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.at El Buen Pastor in East Durham to sort and distribute food from the Food Bank of North Carolina. On average, approximately 100 people benefit from each food drive.

As partners with Igleslia El Buen Pastor and St. Luke’s, we share fellowship and food with those in need. We even give the bruised food to a goat farmer so that nothing goes to waste. The work is rewarding especially when we see the smiles on our neighbors’ faces as they leave with a carload of food.

We don’t take a vacation from this ministry just as hunger doesn’t take respite. We are responding to the needs of the world through this ministry and in our fellowship with one another. Check your calendars and join this group of dedicated volunteers who love and serve the Lord.

– Deacon Sarah Woodard

North Carolina Central University

This Week at St. Titus’

Thursday, May 12

5:30 pm Coffee Hour

Sunday, May 15

8:30 am and 10:30 am Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, May 18

6pm – Evening Prayer

Thursday, May 19

Coffee Hour

Only a fool tries to jump fire.


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