Dear St. Luke’s Family,
We hope that you are well and continue to stay safe. Know that you continue to be in our prayers in these unusual times.
When our clergy and staff left the campus just before Palm Sunday, we thought we would be experiencing only a short break from our normal ministries and worship life at 435 Peachtree Street. However, more than four full months later the pandemic is showing no signs of abating. The case numbers have increased dramatically over the last several weeks with hospital stays and ICU demand rising dangerously again. While our attention has slipped, COVID-19 has roared back to life.
At the same time, the Vestry has recruited a small group of clergy, staff, and parishioners to consider how St. Luke’s might best navigate a “Return to 435 Peachtree” doing all we can to ensure the health and safety of all who enter our campus. It is important, though, to remember we are living through a pandemic. While we are all looking forward to return to the Church building and campus, it is unlikely we will be able to do this safely for some time. When we do gather in the Church once again, being together might look quite different than it did when we last gathered in the Church on March 8th.
The Return Planning Group is comprised of individuals with a broad range of professional expertise, including members of the medical and public health communities. Every member of this Group has a deep desire to return to normal and to see our Church family again. They are also charged with making recommendations aimed at keeping our loved ones of all generations safe. Those two goals can be in conflict, especially with confirmed cases increasing in the Atlanta area.
In due course, the Group will be making recommendations to the Interim Rector and the Vestry as to the way forward. We will, of course, update you on those recommendations as they evolve. Now, the Return Planning Group would like your help. The Group has prepared a survey to help us know your hopes, preferences, and concerns. We ask that you complete the survey (it will take less than 10 minutes) at your earliest convenience, but no later than August 3rd.
You may access the survey here.
In the meantime, we will continue to gather on-line and support one another in love and prayer. It is not the same as gathering in person. We all long for that day when we can. Until then, we wish you all the best and look forward to sharing with you in worship and prayer.
With Big Love and Gratitude,