Warden’s Corner

Notes from the March Vestry meeting

A few notes from the March St Luke’s Vestry meeting, of interest to the parish. . .

1. Our Finances are in good shape. St Luke’s passed its audit, as required by canon. This week St Luke’s will be in discussion with the Diocese about downsizing our assessment.

2. Because of this more secure financial position, we have been able to restore our parish administrator, Karen Gould, to full time beginning in April. So, St Luke’s will be open Fridays too, beginning in April.

3. St Luke’s Covid reopening plan and cover letter (available here) was edited and re-approved by the Vestry after the Diocese said OK. Now we have to implement it! Karen will be ordering supplies and printing up signs to remind us all to: sign in, wash hands, mask up, and social distance. We have engaged a person to provide the first overall cleaning (next Monday) in over a year, of parts of the building likely to be used at first. We will be looking for volunteers to be “enhanced greeters” for when we open, at which time we will likely have “no sit” zones, and posted “off-limits” areas to promote social distancing and limit need for sanitizing.

4. Plans for Holy Week do not include services inside St Luke’s. But, there are exciting ideas nevertheless.A group of musicians and readers and an acolyte will be taped for both the Palm Sunday and Easter zoom services from the sanctuary, so we can feel like we are really there. Thanks to Charlie Graves’ ideas for kids, an Easter egg hunt (with great prizes) on St Luke’s grounds is in the planning stage for youth of the parish and their friends.

5. Your Vestry will have a planning retreat Fri-Sat this week by Zoom. Very capable Vestry members: Cathy Botz, Cathy Manduca, and Shanna Altrichter,who have organized similar events before at their workplaces, will be leading us in a much anticipated goal setting session. We will be a “new & improved Vestry”!

6. Heard from a long time Vestry member at the end of the Monday evening meeting, “This is the most uplifting Vestry meeting I have ever attended!” We are all feeling more positive as we find our way out of the financial wilderness, and we hope the winding down of Covid, and begin thinking of the wonderful things we can do at St Luke’s. Join in! We need your energy and enthusiasm.

Your Wardens,

Amy Caucutt, amycaucutt@gmail.com

Bert Reiman, bert.reiman@icloud.com

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