COVID-19 – Ministry Changes at St. Luke’s
I want to update you on life here at St. Luke’s as we live in these surreal circumstances. First, I am so grateful for the people of St. Luke’s who see this time as an opportunity to faithfully, responsibly, and creatively continue to minister in new ways!
It is likely that public life at St. Luke’s will cease for some time, even through Easter. This will mean some necessary adaptation on our part.
My priestly ministry will change from a more public to a more personal ministry. I will be making phone calls to every registered parishioner simply to check in on you, see how you are doing, and offer a listening ear if you need to talk. One of the dangers of the times in which we live is extreme social isolation. Sometimes just having a phone call and a listening ear makes a world of difference. I invite you to check in on one another regularly as well, though I know much if this is already happening because we are such a caring community!
A small team of parishioners has also formed to outline the possibility of creating a Meals Ministry that would provide food to people in our parish community who are vulnerable and self-isolating. We also are looking to provide grocery shopping and/or pharmacy visits for folks if needed. We are moving quickly but diligently in the planning of this ministry. Stay tuned for more information in the next few days.
In terms of worship, I am going to offer weekly Word Services where I will record and stream a service where the Sunday readings are read and reflected upon. I hope this helps you stay engaged with St. Luke’s even though you cannot be here physically. I will be asking you to send me your prayer intentions, so that I can lift these up at the recorded service every week.
Lastly, I am concerned about the financial impact of all of this on St. Luke’s. I have already been in communication with our Treasurer, who assures me that right now we are on a solid footing. I know that we are all concerned about our personal finances as well, but I ask parish members to consider maintaining their pledges if they are able while we are not meeting publicly. You can mail your offering to the church office (3200 S. Herman St. Milwaukee, WI 53207), or you can use our online Tithe.ly app on our homepage (www.stlukeschurch.com). Vestry, our Treasurer, and I will stay in close communication with the parish on all financial matters.
As always, know of my commitment to remain in close, transparent, and constant communication with all of you as things are so rapidly changing from hour to hour. I am so tremendously grateful for each and every one of you. Your faith, hope, and love makes manifest God’s Spirit working at St. Luke’s! It is that Spirit that will ground us and help us through this long Lent into the new, always surprising, and promised life of Easter!