St. Luke's Episcopal Church
221 W. 3rd Street
Fr. Tom Rosa returns as our supply priest.
Our good friend and former interim priest began leading Sunday Eucharist as of August 2, 2020. He is the Dean Emeritus of the Rockford Deanery of the diocese of Chicago and retired rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Belvidere serving there
from 1974 -2001. He resides in Rockford, IL at
Wesley Willows Retirement Community.
Our former priest, left on July 26 after 3 years as rector. Because of the chronic illness of his wife, they have moved to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to their daughter and family. An excellent clinic for treatment of migraine headaches is nearby. They brought fresh insights and programming through innovative ministry to
St Luke’s and Dixon.
Under the direction of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and his staff, the parish will undertake a search process for a new rector.
The restrictions on person to person contact affects how the Church ministers to people in need. Deacon Mary Anne Rhoades offers holy communion and spiritual direction by appointment. Yu may call the parish office and speak to the secretary, or leave a detailed message at 815 288-2151 On a case by case basis, the supply priest, wardens and vestry will gladly
speak to you by phone. Afterwards, the appropriate response will be made to the best of our ability.
. Messages will be check regularly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Worship in the church building re-opens.
In mid- July permission was given by the Bishop to re-start celebrating the Eucharist in the sanctuary. Health safety protocols are now in place to assure those in attendance that every possible precaution is being made to halt the spread of Covid-19.
Entrance is restricted to the church’s doors on corner of Peoria Ave and Third Street If the long flight of stairs is a problem, the handicapped ramp may be used at other end of the building. Please knock for admission there.
Once inside, greeters will require that you wear a face mask for the entire service, sanitize your hand and observe the social distancing when standing or walking about. The pews are marked with tape and signage for acceptable seating arrangement.
Greeters can answer further question .
The bulletins contain all that is necessary for participation.
Currently, singing is not permitted and
organ music may or may not be offered.
At the time of communion distribution, ushers will guide you as you move up to the altar steps maintaining the minimum six foot distancing. There the priest will place in your hand a consecrated host. As you move back to your pew, lift your mask and consume the host.
Currently, there is no coffee hour being offered. As the State of Illinois moves through recovery Phases, the Bishop will advise the parish when normal activities can be resumed.
WE WELCOME ALL
St. Luke’s values and encourages a diversity of people who are reflective of the kingdom of God.
In accordance with our Baptismal Covenant, we strive “To respect the dignity of every human being” by welcoming, validating, and supporting all persons, whatever their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, health status, physical ability, marital status,
or stage of spiritual journeying.
Although All Soul’s Day is Monday, November 2, we will be remembering the departed on Sunday November 1. If you would like to have someone remembered that day, please have their names in to the office before Thursday, October29. Thank you
OUR PATRONAL FEAST OF ST LUKE, 10:30 AM SUNDAY, 11/18
We will celebrate the Evangelist, Artist, and Physician for whom our parish is named. Come to pray and learn from our relationship with his companion of St. Paul and missionary in the first century.
Coming Soon to St. Luke's
Book Club Meeting
November 3, Olive Again, Elizabeth Strout, Liz Nagy
December 1, The Red Address Book, Sofia Lundberg, Susan Atchly
January 5, Most Beautiful Thing, Arshay Cooper, Roberta Dillon