Outdoor vs Indoor Worship Determined Week by Week in October
Using guidance from our Bishop we will be basing our service location (indoor/outdoor) on the COVID case rates in Hennepin County. While rates are high we'll meet on the Church Lawn for in-person, open-to-anyone, full celebration of the Holy Eucharist. When case rates drop sufficiently, we'll hold our services indoors. The decision will be made on October 5 for the upcoming Sunday. While current CDC guidance during the Delta variant surge in Hennepin County on "large" outdoor gatherings is somewhat unclear, we are asking people to mask during the worship service.
Time to Make Our Plans to Socialize
Before long we may actually be able to gather and see each other in person. Yahoo! In the meantime, we can dream. I'd love to hear from people who would be interested in planning a couple of events and other ways to celebrate and get (re)acquainted, whenever that may happen. Please contact me if you’d like to participate. We can start with a bit of brainstorming on Zoom or by email. I look forward to hearing from you.
Terri Smith, Parish Life
Looking for New Trust Board Members
Beginning in July we are looking for two new members to represent Sts. Luke & James on the Trust board. Dave Trunkenmiller will be stepping down. The board members would attend monthly meetings and keep the congregation informed on Trust activities and opportunities for members to be involved.
Trust benefits the community with the Chore Program, Grocery Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Parish Nursing, South Minneapolis Coalition for Grief, Support, Trusty Salers Estate Sales, Caring Network/Starfish, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Recovery Support, Trust Builders, and Trust Youth. You can learn more about these programs at Trust's website: https://trustinc.org St. Luke's has been a participating church in Trust, a coalition of 20 area churches, since 1975. TRUST allows members many volunteer opportunities with other churches. Sts. Luke & James participated in the Christmas Wreath of Love and this year's Tea & Trumpets fundraising event.
If you're interested in being one of our two board members, please let Chris Opp, firstname.lastname@example.org know.
Haiti Committee 2020 Annual Report: Available Now
Sts. Luke & James Haiti Committee is delighted to present our Annual Report, which chronicles our 2020 partnership activities with the Bonne Nouvelle Episcopal Church and School in Bigonet Haiti. It's full of good information and engaging photos. So – please find a comfortable chair and enjoy a good read. Click here. In addition, some months ago, we set out to create a list of everyone who has made financial donations to this partnership with Bonne Nouvelle, since its inception in 2008. We think you'll be amazed. People near and far – churches, schools, and other organizations. Click here.
During the current health emergency it will be especially important to be able to keep up on changes to activity times here at Sts. Luke & James. Please join our email list now!
Fall Worship Plan
We’re going to continue our outdoor in-person Sunday morning worship through October 3 at least. We will meet on the front lawn of the Church at Colfax & 46th Ave. Bring a lawn chair if you are able. The service will be live-streamed for people who are unable or decide not to attend in-person. The CDC recommends masking during large outdoor gatherings while the COVID transmission rate remains high in Hennepin County.
We plan to have informal coffee hours following the services to allow time for conversation and getting reacquainted – or meeting for the first time.
While we were planning on indoor worship beginning in September, the Delta variant surge in Hennepin County has us pushing our timeline back a bit. We will continue outdoor worship until the county case rate drops below 25/100,000 as recommended by our Bishop.
We will continue to establish and follow safety protocols for all our in-person gatherings based on guidance from the CDC, state and ECMN to protect the health and safety of all who attend. We’ll keep you updated through the weekly newsletter and signage at the church.
We hope you will join us on Sunday mornings! We’re looking forward to seeing you.
New Phone Number
We've had a lot of problems with our phone system. It badly needs an upgrade. We have a new phone number for a while. The number in the footer of our website, 612-524-9180, is the one you should be using until further notice. By the way, this is a mobile number so you can text us too.
We understand the importance of continuing to provide pastoral care and healing prayers for any in our community who are in need. If you have any pastoral needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rev Larry Bussey at 612-309-8896, or to Rev Morris Goodwin, or to Rev Gretchen Pickeral, email@example.com, 612-961-1154. We’ll be there for you.
Women’s Retreat October 29-30, 2021
Last fall we were able to hold our first Sts. Luke and James Women’s Retreat on Zoom. This coming fall we plan to be together in person at the ECMN Retreat Center on the Shattuck-St. Mary’s campus in Faribault. This event has a long tradition at St. Luke’s, held at varying locations, and interrupted for periods of time, and now carries on with our integrated congregation. We’re grateful this new tradition!
We have rooms reserved for two nights, Friday and Saturday. Some people choose to come Friday evening, have dinner together and sometimes an evening prayer service. Others arrive Saturday morning, when the struc- tured activities begin. Saturday is usually a combination of time in a group and time for solitude. We end the day with an evening service in the school’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Sunday morning services are held at the Episcopal Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior in Faribault.
The room cost is $25 per night, with meals included, for an approximate total of $115 per person. Scholarship funds are available. Call (612) 965-1570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and especially if you would like to be part of the planning process.
Compline (Evening Prayers): 7PM Daily
During our time of separation, several of us have wanted to pray together "face-to-face" in the service of Daily Compline from the Book of Common Prayer. We are meeting on-line at 7PM each night here:
All are welcome to participate in this service (you do NOT need to be a member of our congregation) from your phone, tablet, or computer. You will be given the opportunity to join with audio & video, audio only, or just observe. It's helpful to have the Compline service open in your Book of Common Prayer, or to view the service text on your computer.
Late-Night Connection Group: Wednesdays at 9:00 PM
Wednesday Late night, 9:00 PM mid-week conversation, support, and prayer group. What keeps you up at night? A once a week opportunity to process your week in conversation and prayer in order to make it to our Sunday moment. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 934 5082 5748
Photo: We're meeting together online every week and more!
Each month we publish a newsletter that will help you get to know us, our people, our passions, and our opportunities for engagement. Please take a look at one of our recent editions.
Our Vestry meets monthly to represent the parish in matters of worship, education, service, community life, and business. Meeting minutes are posted here AFTER they have been approved at the following month's meeting.
Shortly before each regular Vestry meeting (the second Monday of the month) we will post the agenda here.
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During our separation we continue to maintain our building and to pay our staff. If your practice has been to make donations to Sts. Luke & James via the offering plate on Sundays, we urge you to consider making your donations online. Many of our parishioners have found it easiest to set up electronic funds transfers (EFT) by contacting our office. However, we welcome donations via credit card as well.
In Memory of Victor Price: Victor Price Anti-Racism Fund
During his life, Victor lived with the reality of racism every day. He was also passionate in his fight against racism in all its forms. In honor of Victor’s life and his commitment to fighting racism, you are invited to donate to a newly established Victor Price Anti-Racism Fund. The fund will be used to fight racism in Minneapolis at the discretion of the Priest-in-Charge/Rector.
--The intention is to spend the balance of the fund in support of current efforts to fight racism in Minneapolis.
--The fund will not be maintained in perpetuity. Once the proceeds from the fund have been spent, it will be discontinued.
--In addition to an acknowledgement of their gift, all contributors will receive a report on how the funds were used.
Please make your donation in Victor’s memory to Sts. Luke & James Episcopal Church, 4557 Colfax Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419, and designate it for the Victor Price Anti-Racism Fund, or use the button in the donors area below to make a donation online.
COVID Safety Plan
The Episcopal Church of Minnesota (ECMN) requests that each parish develop a COVID Safety Plan as we get closer to using our worship spaces again. Here's our ECMN-approved plan.
We began as an Episcopal church school over 100 years ago, several years before we became a worshiping parish. Children and youth have been a major priority for us ever since. At Sts. Luke & James, our children feel welcome as important members of the parish. They connect with the Bible stories each Sunday through active lessons, as well as participate in worship. We are a home where young people can feel safe to ask the big questions and experience wonder and joy in God’s Creation and at church.
We recently surveyed our congregation, and “Children” made the Top 4 gifts list of our community. What sets us apart is that our kids interact with everyone. During services, events or coffee hours, you will often see Sts. Luke & James' kids cheerfully helping out, and that our young people are engaged with caring “uncles, aunts, and grandparents” in this community of Christ.
Children are welcome at the table during Communion.
Loving child care is provided—birth up to age five—when families want it, and they are welcome to stay in the service. When children fidget and make noise, parents may also get distracted. However, the rest of us are smiling, knowing that children are vitally present in our community.
Sunday school lessons are based on Gospel readings that are read in the service, and families are given tools to continue to share the readings during the rest of the week.
Children—age three to ten—experience “Godly Play.” In each session, the children first get their bodies ready, then enter into the Bible story, then are given time to wonder, move and respond to the story.
We can’t guarantee that it will be easy to wake your young people up on Sundays, but we can say confidently that they will feel welcome and won’t regret having walked through the door.
Youth in middle school and high school are given leadership opportunities. They can teach lessons with adult mentors. Like all of us, when youth teach other kids, they learn it more deeply themselves. They can also help direct the pageants, serve as lectors and acolytes, sing with the choir, play instruments, direct outreach projects, plan mission trips, take photographs for communications, lead as day camp counselors, and serve on the vestry.
When meeting as a youth group, teens explore what it means to be Christian (Episcopalian in particular) in our world of many faiths and lack of faith. Activities and discussions with respectful listening give our young adults more experience, peers, mentors and tools to reach with faith beyond St. Luke’s. How does our Christian identity play out in our decisions in the real world?
Young adults who choose to become confirmed in the Episcopal Church participate in a series of classes to give them the knowledge to make a more informed decision. We encourage this at or after age 16.
Most importantly, youth at Sts. Luke & James know that they will always have a church family with caring, supportive people to whom they can turn as they take the next steps through life; that the door is always open to them, even after graduation.
Adult Faith Formation
We provide Christian education for adults as well as children. We offer reading groups, seminars, workshops and other opportunities throughout the year. Learn more about church history, about the presence of God in our lives today and in the future, and how we all grow in our faith journey, though they may be very different from each other.
After Sunday Worship
We offer a lively discussion group each Sunday after the 10:00 a.m. service. This group discusses topics related to theology, spiritual practices or the history of religion among other topics. The members of the Sunday group select the themes to be explored.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Education for Ministry or EfM, is a theological education program for lay adults. This course of study was developed by the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The participants study the Bible, church history and theology, while learning to engage in theological reflection. Although the course consists of four years, participants commit to only one year at a time.
Our EfM groups meets on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. from September through May. New members are accepted into the group each September.
Community of Hope
The Community of Hope is a 15-week class, offered by Sts. Luke & Jame and St. John’s – Linden Hills, whose goal is to broaden participants’ understanding of pastoral ministry and to cultivate a culture of pastoral care within congregations. The class runs from September through early January.