Update from the Senior Warden – June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

Dear Beloved Community,

Well, as you used to hear on Prairie Home Companion if you tuned in, “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegon.”  Not really, but there is not a lot that is ready for public distribution at this point.

First, it was wonderful to see so many people in church last week and to be able to really “see” them.  It really does seem like we are moving in a good direction and I am also very hopeful that this will continue.  Just a quick review of the current restrictions:

  1. If you have been vaccinated, you can come to worship or any other activity at St. Luke’s and are not required to wear a mask. You may also choose to wear a mask if you prefer, but it is optional for you.
  2. If you have not been vaccinated, you are asked to wear a mask while you are at the church property. I know this is controversial for some, but it really is for the protection of others who may be much more vulnerable than you are.  I also appreciate the honesty and integrity of those who have told me that they are not willing to return until we are open without conditions.
  3. We are singing again! I don’t know about you, but the act of singing together in worship is very important and meaningful to me and we are fully participating in the worship experience once again.

Just a quick update for you about Deacon Kimball.  She had doctor’s appointments this week and they have discovered that she will need a couple of surgical procedures.  Her daughter, Betsy, is doing a wonderful job of keeping us updated on her condition.  Her spirits are good and she is doing well, but not as well as she will be when she has this all behind her.  Please keep her in your prayers as she does have a bit of a journey ahead, but we are hopeful that she will come through that with her amazing spirit intact and her physical energy renewed.

We are continuing to get ready to launch the actual search process for a new Rector for St. Luke’s.  While the process is not moving along at the speed I might wish, it is moving and I have come to accept that there are good reasons for this.  I will get back to you when we have concrete information of where and how we will be moving forward.  We will be going through what is designated as a “Discovery and Discernment” process where we will seek as much input as we can get from the members of St. Luke’s.  It will involve three critical questions, so you may want to start thinking about so you can begin to formulate your response.  They are:

  1. What is your most memorable event at St. Luke’s or experience at St. Luke’s that is most important to you and reflects on what you most love about this congregation?
  2. What are the most important qualities and attributes that you would most like us to have in a new Rector?
  3. What are your fondest hopes for St. Luke’s future?

Please think about this in a very open-ended sense and you will have done your “homework” for the first step as we get our overall Search process under way!

Just a couple of additional things before I sign off for this week.  First, a big and hearty shout out to our entire Staff and our Assisting Clergy.  They have been simply amazing in continuing to show their dedication to St. Luke’s and share their wonderful gifts with us.  We simply could not carry on without them.  (If you were not able to be with us last Sunday, be sure to take a look at Pastor Jim Schubert’s wonderful sermon last week.  Teaser alert!  When was the last time you heard a sermon with visual aids??)  Secondly, I am happy to report that we do have a new Clerk of the Vestry.  As soon as I get around to informing the Vestry formally, we will let you in on the generous person who has agreed to fill this critical position.  Thank you so much for the quick response.

In closing, I would only ask that you continue to be as quick with your affirmation and support for all of our staff and clergy as you have been with me.  Some of you heard me say last week, going back to work was not something that was on my agenda, but you have made it easy and fulfilling work and I thank you all for that.  Blessings on all of you and on us corporately as we continue down this new and different path.

Under the Mercy,

George Chesney, Sr. Warden