For the church being ‘closed’ for two months, it sure has been busy around here! The clergy, staff and vestry have been busier than ever–trying new ways to connect with our faith community, and charting our way through these unprecedented times.  

As you’ve heard from Bishop Hunn and Dean Kristi, our church and the entire Diocese of the Rio Grande are taking a very careful approach to reopening church. We have documented what we have been doing in our current ‘Phase I’, including everything that’s working and will continue into the next phase, as well as the challenges we’ve faced. Even as we work with the Bishop and Diocesan leadership on the Phase I plan, we are already starting to plan Phase II. It is too early to speculate on exactly what that will look like, or what the timetable will be, but please know that we are working very hard to find solutions that will keep us all connected and (most importantly) keep all our members and visitors safe. There will be much more news to come as we firm up our plans.

If you missed Diane Butler’s column last week, she announced the official start of our Pipes and Glass fundraising effort. Parts of the organ and stained glass windows are in dire need of maintenance. There has already been damage, and insurance will cover some of the cost. Not surprisingly, these repairs are very expensive and insurance doesn’t cover all the costs. The repairs are also very specialized—requiring experts and careful coordination. Diane has been working with Dr. Thevenot and contractors for months to get everything lined up. Fortunately, it looks like we’ll be able to start the first phase of repairs in the coming weeks. There’s never a good time to ask for money, and the current uncertain times don’t help. However, if you are in a position to help with a donation toward this effort, every dollar helps. 

To further entice you, while the organ is still fully functional, there will be a fundraising concert held online. “Quarantunes” will be held on Sunday, June 7 @ 3:00pm. There is a freewill donation requested. Our family is using this opportunity to support the fund with a $100 donation. I fully appreciate that not everyone is in a position to donate at this time. If you are in a position to help financially, please consider attending “Quarantunes” to support our music program and these vital repairs to our historic Reuter organ and stained glass windows. While we work to take care of this necessary maintenance, we will continue to plan for the day when we can again gather together and enjoy music and fellowship in this special place. 

Zac Van Note, Senior Warden