Worship and Building Use Update, June 5, 2020

Life at St. Luke's is never dull or boring! Even during Covid-19, safer-at-home orders, and physical distancing, we have not slowed down. We know many have been wondering about summer plans for worship and building re-opening and we want to share with you the most current updates. We also hope you will take a few moments to fill out a short survey linked in this email.

St. Luke's continues to work under guidelines and policies established by the state, the county, and the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. Each week brings new guidelines concerning in-person gatherings in our communities, and we are doing our best to keep up with the current expectations and policies. During this time, the St. Luke's staff has been hard at work planning and imagining what a return to the building might look like, with the health and safety of our congregation as our highest priority.

In May, we hosted two Common Table Zoom conversations regarding the proposed Sunday morning schedule change from three services to two. Overall, we heard support for this change, and while there are still unknowns, we know St. Luke's will not return to the schedule of three Sunday worship services in the future. However, it became clear during these meetings that Covid-19 has shifted the types of changes needed right now and over the next several months.

Here is what we know:

  • We are changing the live-stream worship time from 9:30am to 9:00am beginning June 14. We will continue live streaming even after in-person worship returns.
  • As we begin to discuss in-person worship, we are considering expanding the number of services, days, and times to ensure limited-size gatherings.
  • In the future, when it is safe to do so, we will begin a new Sunday morning schedule with worship times at 9:00am and 10:30am.
  • We are exploring the creation of new small groups and other ways to connect in-person or virtually at this time.

The church office and building remain closed. Our staff continues to work remotely from home, and all ministry teams are using Zoom for meetings. This month, a few, already approved, ministry events will take place in the building; they will help us test some of our proposed procedures for re-opening the building. These gatherings will follow strict guidelines for cleaning and sanitation, physical distancing, and other safety precautions, including face masks. Click here for more information about our building plans for June and July, and click here for FAQ.

We want to hear from you! Click here to answer a five-question survey about your comfort level in returning to the St. Luke's building for worship or other events. Please complete the survey by June 15.

We give thanks for the support of this community, and we appreciate your patience and prayers, your generosity in giving, and your trust. This is an ever-changing situation and we are learning new things each day. Thank you for your emails, Facebook posts, messages, and kind words as we all work together to embody the St. Luke's principles of Grace, Courage, Wonder and Beyond.

Grace and Blessings,
Rev. Jessica Rooks
Rev. Sallie Suby-Long
The St. Luke's Staff
The St. Luke's Executive Team

March, 2020: St. Luke’s has cancelled in-person worship at this time and moved to live-streamed worship. In addition, all events, rehearsals, classes, and activities have been cancelled or moved online for the foreseeable future. While this was a difficult decision, we believe it is important for the well-being of our immediate and extended community.

We will update you regularly through emails and on our website. We are grateful for the compassion, centeredness, and grace of our community. These are important strengths that offer support and a sense of calm. We can all work together to protect each other, to slow the progression of COVID-19 (coronavirus), and to remain in community even in the midst of separation. In this unique time, we trust all will continue holding our community in prayer and living our principles of grace, courage, wonder and beyond at every opportunity.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need support, such as grocery delivery, compassionate listening and connection, or pastoral care. The St. Luke's staff continues to be available for the congregation and community. On behalf of St. Luke’s staff and leadership team, thank you for being in partnership with us.

Grace and Blessing,
Rev. Jessica & Rev. Sallie