This Week at St. Titus’: October 21 – 28
Thursday, October 21
5:30 pm, Coffee Hour via Zoom. Check in with other members of the congregation and let us know how you’re doing.
Join Thursday’s Coffee Hour through Zoom
Sunday, October 24
8:30 am, Holy Eucharist Rite Two. This service is in person only and registration is requested. See below.
10:30 am, Holy Eucharist Rite Two, registration requested, see below. This service is both in person and live streamed on Facebook Live.
* Note: As a COVID precaution, registration is requested to attend in-person services. Please register using the link below.
Register HERE for In-Person Services
View Sunday’s Service Bulletin Here
Join the Sunday 10:30 Service through Facebook
Wednesday, October 27
6:00 pm – Evening Prayer. Join on Facebook Live or participate via Zoom.
Join Wednesday’s Evening Prayer through Facebook Live
Join Wednesday’s Evening Prayer through Zoom
In this Issue
New this Week
Drumming Circle, 2nd Edition
Correction: Annual ECW Meeting
In Our Parish
St. Titus’ 2022 Stewardship Campaign
In Our Diocese
Bishops’ Letter to Sen. Thom Tillis
Good News Garden
Fun at St. Luke’s Pumpkin Patch
New This Week
Drumming is back by POPULAR DEMAND! Our summer djembe drumming circle in our parking lot was full of laughter, had us pushing ourselves a bit, and created space for fun and visibility. Because of the summer heat, some missed out. Therefore, we are hosting a second edition of this drumming circle. Please bring your drum, if you have one, and your camp chair. As the weather permits, we will play on Thursdays from October 28 until December 2nd, from 5pm until 6pm. Our gracious drumming instructor, neighbor Elisha Harris, will be leading us again.
Correction: Annual ECW Meeting
Please note the correction to the ECW annual meeting. Last week’s announcements had an incorrect flyer.
All Saints’ Day is a special time in the church year for remembering our loved ones who have died. These persons may be family members or special persons who have brought us closer to Christ. At both services on November 7th we will pray by name for members of our congregation who died in the past year and other loved ones whose names have been submitted by parishioners.
We will have forms available at our in-person Sunday services on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. You may also submit your names by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your prayer intentions by Sunday, October 31st.
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church provides a casserole breakfast to those who need it each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning after Morning Prayer from 8-9 am. Robin Furges and Diane Hundley have agreed to provide a casserole each week of the month, Robyn for the first and third and Diane for the 2nd and 4th. Diane will be delivering the casseroles during the 2nd week. If you would like to provide a casserole (your own recipe and products), Diane will be happy to pick it up and deliver it for you. Contact Diane at email@example.com or 704-433-1382.
Pocket-sized and large-print Forward Day by Day devotionals for November 2021 – January 2022 are now available. You may pick one up in the church entryway or, if you would like one mailed to you, you may email Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina is one of six dioceses awarded a grant from the Episcopal Preaching Foundation to pilot the Foundation’s Lay Preacher Training Initiative (LPTI). The goal of the program is to develop a robust cadre of lay preachers drawn from within their local communities who can supplement ordained clergy in the pulpit. By training and supporting lay preachers in The Episcopal Church, the program aims to establish lay preaching and lay leadership as a fourth dimension of diocesan leadership in the Episcopal Church alongside bishops, priests and deacons.
If you are interested, please follow this link to find out about how to apply, informational sessions, and additional details about the initiative. Applications are due by November 22.
Sunday, October 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
For those unable to join the prayer chain that took place in Raleigh last week, people of faith (organized by Interfaith Creation Care of the Triangle) will again form a socially distanced Human Prayer Chain for Climate Justice, this time in Chapel Hill, as part of GreenFaith’s “Faiths 4 Climate Justice.” The prayer chain will gather on the front lawn of UUMC, 150 East Franklin Street.
In Our Parish
If you have not already, we request that you prayerfully consider making a pledge to St. Titus’ for 2022. Your continued support is critical to help us maintain our spiritual and financial vitality.
Please click here to view the full letter from the stewardship campaign co-chairs.
There are two ways you can submit your 2022 pledge.
1. Pledge cards were mailed on Thursday, September 30th. If you choose, please complete and return the enclosed pledge card and return it to the church office as soon as possible. If you did not receive a pledge card by mail, and would like to have one mailed to you, please let our administrator Jack know.
2. If you prefer, you may fill out an on-line pledge card on the St. Titus’ website at https://sttitusdurham.org. We would also like to receive all on-line pledge cards as soon as possible.
Our pledge goal for 2022 is $190,000. This represents a 6% increase over our 2021 pledges. We plan to celebrate the completion of this year’s stewardship campaign on Sunday, November 7, 2021, when we will also celebrate All Saints’ Day. By God’s grace, and through your generosity, may the beloved community known as St. Titus’ continue “Praising God, Serving Our Neighbors”.
I am pleased to announce that Ramon Holloway has accepted the position of music director/organist at St.Titus’, effective November 1. Many of you will remember that Ramon held the same position several years ago. We are delighted to welcome Ramon and his fiancée April Chavis back to St. Titus’.
Please beware. Some people on our mailing list are getting a fraudulent message from someone posing as me.
The message is from the email address email@example.com and the subject heading is
This is a scam. Please do not respond to these messages and, of course, don’t go and buy gift cards. I am sorry that this scam keeps coming around with my name on it. If you can, please report the emails as scams. If you ever receive a text or email that you’re not sure is from me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In Our Diocese
The Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman and the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple recently sent a letter to Senator Thom Tillis in appreciation of his support for the EQUAL Act and to urge his support to continue with his colleagues on the Judiciary Committee and in the Senate to bring the bill to a vote this fall. The EQUAL Act would eliminate the sentencing disparity in cases relating to cocaine and crack, and apply the changes retroactively to provide relief for those already affected. Read the letter.
Gardening on Fridays at 3 pm. No experience necessary.
The regularly scheduled food drives on the first Saturday of each month will continue. Our next date: November 6, 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
New or Gently used Clothing (sizes 4-8)
Monetary donations for the Emergency Clothing Closet or for Library books
Bottles of water (small)
Mentoring for fourth and fifth graders
Establishing a PTA
We have the opportunity to enjoy fellowship with the NCCU students each Tuesday at 8 p.m. (over Zoom). Please contact Deacon Sarah Woodard for information on how to join.
NCCU Eagle Connection Letter Writing Project
NCCU students who are quarantined due to COVID-19 could use notes of support and encouragement. Click here to find out how to participate in this project.
St.Titus’ is partnering with St Luke’s and St Joseph’s, as the Durham Episcopal Coalition, to help settle a refugee family in Durham. Church World Service, Durham, which will be the resettlement agency we work with, will help train us. Sponsorship requirements include a financial commitment, securing and furnishing an apartment, helping find schools, assistance with grocery shopping and appointments, and to be companions in the resettlement journey. As volunteers, our group will give approximately fifteen hours a week to supporting the family while they are settling in Durham. We are in the process of ironing out specifics and training requirements but in the meantime, if you are interested in being a part of this journey or have items you would like to donate, please let us know. Mawethu Ncaca and Yvette Matthews are
spearheading St.Titus’ part. Please reach out to either if you are interested in helping,
(email@example.com) and also fill out the forms below.
Donations to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Haiti Fund will support the organization’s continued emergency response efforts in Haiti, which was recently devastated by a major earthquake.
Please consider supporting the work of Episcopal Relief & Development (or another worthy organization) as you are able. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help those still recovering from Hurricane Ida, particularly those in much of Louisiana and parts of Mississippi who continue to face power outages, lack of water and extensive property damage to homes and businesses.
Are you 55+ and looking for ways to use your skills to impact your local community? The Durham County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national service program of AmeriCorps Seniors. RSVP matches adults age 55+ with volunteer opportunities that fit their experience, interests, and skillset. Volunteers deliver meals to homebound adults, transport lifesaving blood donations, tutor K-12 students, serve as tax preparers, and more! By volunteering with RSVP, members receive a few key benefits, free of charge: personalized volunteer opportunities, mileage reimbursement to/from their volunteer site, on-the-job volunteer insurance, a quarterly newsletter, and invitation to recognition events. To enroll, visit www.thevolunteercenter.org/rsvp or contact Sydney Schamay at SydneyS@thevolunteercenter.org, (919) 321-6932.
Kids LOVE a pumpkin patch. Treat your kids and yourself to a good time at St. Luke’s Pumpkin Patch that runs from October 2nd – October 31st, Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 12pm – 7pm, and Mon-Fri: 1pm–7pm. Many choices of pumpkins and strange and wonderful gourds are available and it’s a great place to take photos of the kids. Proceeds go to fund outreach and various programs at St. Luke’s. Whether you need pumpkins for Halloween or pumpkin pie, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hillandale at I-85, is the place to go.
Vaccination clinics from Lincoln Community Health Center in partnership with the Triangle Park Chapter of The Links.
Monday, Oct. 25; 9 – 11 am & 1 – 4:30 pm.
Click here to see the flyer for more details.
Evil knows where evil sleeps.