A few notes of interest to the parish from the March Vestry meeting. . .
- Thankfully we can report again that our finances are stable and positive.
- The St. Luke’s Covid-19 Protocols are rescinded. These were last amended in August, 2021. A small group of Vestry members will develop a short, updated version to have ready should the pandemic come back. For now, we will “welcome” masks, rather than require them.
- Justin reported that the Bishop will make a visit to SE Minnesota October 1-6. He will release his itinerary later. Look for an opportunity to meet him and join our parish in some kind of service or event.
- Probably in May, the Rev. Dick Studley (a new member of St. Luke’s, but a long time member and Deacon in other parishes within our Diocese), will begin a Grief and Loss drop-in group at St. Luke’s in the coming weeks. Look for more details soon.
- Soon, a small exploratory committee will be chosen with members from St. Luke’s and Calvary to look at possible ways we can get to know each other and share events, projects etc.
- You will notice progress in the back of the Church on the “Children’s Playground” (see website for more information). Carpeting will be installed and soft toys added so our littlest parishioners will feel welcome at Sunday services.
- We will have small flowering plants again this Easter. This year, we would like to spread the Easter joy to our neighbors, by giving them a plant and inviting them to join us at our Easter services. There will still be plenty for us (100 have been ordered)! We are looking for volunteers to do this during Easter week. Let Karen know if you can join us as we meet and great those in our neighborhood.
- This past week, St. Luke’s held 2 listening sessions on possible use of St. Luke’s Land for affordable housing. The Vestry decided to charge Harold Solbrig, Cathy Botz, Cathy Manduca, and Kit Muellner with developing the Great “Why”. Amy Caucutt will continue to be the fact gatherer, especially fleshing out the senior apartment option. This is not a rush job. We need to imagine how a project such as this, if it is to be done, will transform our future.
As always, your Vestry and Wardens welcome your input, your ideas and your participation. Don’t be shy! We know you have much to offer.
Amy Caucutt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Diane O’Mara (email@example.com