January 16 Worship
Our sanctuary will be open for 10AM worship as usual on Sunday, January 16. Masks are required for all participants. The service will be shortened a bit and no singing will occur in order to minimize person-to-person contacts. During the COVID surge we urge you to be cautious with your own health and vigilant about your impact on others. We invite you to worship on-line via our Facebook live-stream.
January 23 Worship: On-line only!
In order to hold our annual meeting with as many members of the parish as possible, we will be gathering on-line ONLY on Sunday, January 23. Immediately following our Zoom Sunday morning worship service on January 23 we will conduct our Annual Meeting of the Parish. Join us via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81595247262pwd=VDZCYUlYMmVJYmxhSThKWU9ieUxvZz09 Meeting ID: 815 9524 7262 Passcode: Sunday
We livestream and record our worship services. If you weren't able to livestream our services this Christmas, they are available as recordings on our Facebook page (under Videos) or on our YouTube channel. As we gradually develop our recording technology, the YouTube video will have clearer audio than our livestream on Facebook. If you are watching a video after the live event, we recommend that you check out our recording archive on YouTube.
The surge of cases in Hennepin County has slowed the return of many of our face-to-face activities. We will continue to attempt to act with prudence as we seek to care for our community. We are sensitive to the push and pull of caring; some of us need to be cared for by gathering together, and some need the care that separation brings. A committee of medical professionals from our parish, lay leaders, and clergy is meeting every week to monitor the risks in our community. We recognize that we will not always make the same health-and-safety decisions that you might, but please know that we are doing our best. Our current Indoor Worship Details follow.
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Indoor Worship Safety Protocols
The CDC's current guidance for vaccinated persons is that indoor gatherings can be safely conducted when masked "in areas of high COVID transmission." Given this guidance, we are offering indoor worship on Sunday mornings at 10AM. Following the CDC's recommendation—as Hennepin County is an area of high COVID transmission—this service will require parishioners to be masked and is intended for fully vaccinated individuals. We urge you to worship online if you would be more comfortable doing so.
Worship: We'll gather in our sanctuary for worship. Masks will be required. There will be a bit of extra spacing as we block off some seating.
Communion: We are conducting wafer-only Eucharist during high COVID transmission. Our priests will bring the host to each person as we remain in the pews.
Singing: To reduce the chances of COVID spread, we are reducing the amount of congregational singing while transmission rates are high. There will be some congregational singing during most of our services. Our choir will not be rehearsing or singing in January. A small group of singers will lead worship from the chancel (the space surrounding the high altar at the front of the church) during this time.
Educational Forum: Our after-worship educational forum may take place in the nave (our sanctuary) but we are expecting that some cancelations will occur. Masks are required.
Hospitality / Coffee Hour: During January we will not be sharing after-service snacks. On Sundays when after-worship snacks are being offered, service tables will be set up in our Memorial Room. The food service area and lobby will be mask-on spaces. Plan to pick up your coffee and snacks while masked. The Library will be a designated eating area for vaccinated people that feel comfortable. We recommend that you consider eating and visiting outside on our front lawn whenever possible.
Live-stream Option: The worship service will be broadcast live on Sunday morning at 10AM on our Facebook page. Live-streaming is new to us, and we're still outfitting our worship space with equipment. Please be patient as we gradually develop our skills! Early in the following week we will archive the service on our YouTube channel. The YouTube services will be lightly edited to enhance the sound quality and shorten some parts of the service.
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.
First Friday Taizé: 8PM Monthly
Beginning on January 7, 2022 our Taizé service returns to the nave (main worship space). This is a half-hour service of quiet reflection with modern chants (reiterated worship songs). Masks are required for in-person worship, but you may also join the service via our live-stream on Facebook.
Compline (Evening Prayers): 7PM Daily
During our time of separation, several of us wanted to pray together "face-to-face" in the service of Daily Compline from the Book of Common Prayer. We continue to meet 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 met together every week during COVID in one way or another. We celebrate our return to our worship space!
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.
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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
In 2020 the Episcopal Church of Minnesota (ECMN) requested that each parish develop a COVID Safety Plan. This plan was in put in place to guide the use of our worship space before vaccinations became widely available. 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.