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7/5/2020 Rector’s Blog

I’ve got a whole slew of updates for you this week.
  • First is a follow up to the congregational meeting we had on Sunday. Thanks to everybody who participated! We had presented a bunch of useful information, answered lots of questions, and had a great conversation. One of the things we covered was the need to identify the values that continue to inform and motivate our faith community. We noted that two important works from our past might be helpful: The video that concluded last year’s weaving project and the Missional Assessment Process (MAP) we completed in 2017. I encourage you to check out both.
  • I want to clarify some of the numbers we talked about. When discussing church, we often talk about Sunday attendance and membership interchangeably which can lead to some confusion. Here’s the data from St. Luke’s most recent Parochial Report (2019): our Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) was 75 and we had 241 Active Baptized Members (ABM). The distinction is important—I don’t want you to think we only have 75 members!
  • The vestry and I received lots of positive feedback about the meeting and heard from many who’d like more, so that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’ll have a similar meeting after online worship on July 26. Please mark your calendar and plan to join by computer or phone.
  • Would you like to help lead St. Luke’s? Here’s your chance to serve! The vestry needs to fill a vacant seat. Joanne Martin, along with her husband Tim, moved to South Carolina last month. I’m happy that they’re pursuing their dream of living in warmer climes even as I’m sad to see them go. They were active in many aspects of St. Luke’s life, perhaps most famously as the musicians for the five p.m. service. Joanne also served on the vestry and her seat has been vacant since their departure. We need full vestry in these challenging times, so we’re putting out the call: If you’d like to serve on the vestry of if you know someone who’d be good, please get in touch with me or one of our wardens (Kevin Graves or Jane Reiman). The vestry would like to appoint someone to fill the vacancy at their meeting on July 20.
  • I’d been planning to take vacation earlier this month, but the pandemic threw a wrench into those plans. I’m still in need of a little R&R, so starting tomorrow I’m going to be on vacation for two weeks. No big trip or exciting travel, just some time away to rest, recharge, and tackle some long overdue house projects. I’ll be gone starting Friday, July 3, and returning for worship on Sunday, July 19. If something urgent comes up, please contact Karen in the church office or one of our wardens.
  • Since I’ll be away the next two Sundays, we’re tweaking out usual online worship pattern. This Sunday, July 5, we’re gathering at 9 a.m. for coffee hour only and inviting people to tune into to one of the other online worship services we recommend (links in the worship section below). The following Sunday, July 12, Shanna Altrichter is giving a special presentation on racism at nine a.m. followed by coffee hour. Again, in lieu of worship, we’re pointing folks to the Washington National Cathedral or St. Mark’s in Minneapolis.
  • Finally, please note that St. Luke’s office hours are changing. Starting tomorrow, the office will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. till 5 p.m., and closed on Fridays. As we are still in the midst of a pandemic (and as new infections are rising in Olmsted county), Karen is staffing the office, but it remains closed to the public.
That should do it! I hop you have a happy Independence Day and I look forward to catching up when I return from vacation.
Yours in Christ,
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