Father Larry's Letters

"Father Larry's Letters" are a weekly letter/journal about the many events occurring within and around the St. Luke's community.

Disappearing Summer - Time to Volunteer

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

Saturday meant that Cyclone fans were happy and the Hawkeyes were not. The sun was shining all weekend with a little taste of fall.

Monday afternoon, September 8, my brother Tom came back from Texas to spend three weeks with us helping look at all the details of our construction and electronics. Thanks Tom! That evening, the Finance committee of St. Luke’s School Board met with Tonya Eaton, our new School Administrative Consultant. We reviewed the Pro-Forma budget for the school beginning next fall. We looked at many aspects of what needs to be included in the operation of our school. The committee will be looking to detail some of the lines in the budget with some hard information about costs.

Tuesday, September 9, the Recruitment and Welcome Team had their regular meeting. They reviewed the activities of the team for the year in preparation for the Ministry Fair over the weekend. It was a time to schedule for the coming year as well. Jed Behrens has agreed to chair the Team for the coming year. Thanks Jed.

Wednesday, September 10, the Electronics sub-committee representatives met with two vendors to discuss security systems with the detailed needs that Tom Hoffmann has put together. They are to give a bid for this system by September 22. Over the lunch hour, the St. Joseph’s Education Center board met with Matt Halbach and Faye Akers. Over the summer, they had met with pastors and staff of 20 of the 24 parishes in the region. Input from these meetings enable them to put together a Vision and Mission with a Strategic plan to carry out what they had put together. The board is reviewing their efforts. 

Later that evening, the Building Committee had its meeting at the Rectory. I spent some time greeting the elementary RE classes at St. Anne’s before the meeting.

Thursday, September 11 morning, Tonya Eaton signed the contract to become our School Administrative Consultant. Welcome Tonya. She began September 15. At noon that day, some friends took Tom and I to the Bistro at DMACC where one of their grandsons was in the class preparing the food for the day. Nice food. That evening, the Parish Pastoral Council held its meeting. It is great to have the council be in touch with all the efforts by committees and teams within the parish. We will be inviting Matt Halbach to return to explain in more detail the Diocesan Faith Formation tool that we may be using to assess our faith formation needs. We are also looking forward to attending the Called and Gifted workshop on October 18 in Altoona.

Friday afternoon, I traveled out to Council Bluffs to Jennie Edmundson Hospital to visit my sister, Anita, who had cancer surgery. She is doing well and hopes to be home soon. Keep her and my brother, Joe, who also had some cancer surgery, in your prayers in the weeks to come. Friday evening, the St. L(uke)’s Prime Timers had an organizational meeting. This is a social group for mature members of St. Luke’s. Contact Andy and Joyce Cink if you would like more information.

Saturday and Sunday, the Ministry Fair, arranged by the Stewardship Committee, was held after our Masses. The Stewardship pillars of Hospitality, Prayer, Faith Formation and Service were the focus for all our ministries, committees, activities and councils. Thank you to all who visited with our representatives. You can call the parish office if you would like to volunteer in some way. Thank you Stewardship Committee for your efforts for us all.

Fr. Larry Hoffmann