E-pistle for August 4th

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

The Rev. Ramona Scarpace will be presiding on 7 August during Lydia’s absence. Please make her feel welcome to Saint Paul’s at coffee hour! While our priest is out of town, the Senior Warden is in charge of the church. If need for pastoral care should arise, please contact the Rev. Lisa Wiens-Heinsohn at 651.246.8547.

Our food donation ministry kicks off this week: Everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food or personal care item each Sunday as part of your weekly offering. Baskets in the narthex (entryway) will be brought forward with the offering plates and elements during the service, then delivered to Groveland Food Shelf’s ministry to homeless youth.

Thank you to the Vestry, serving today as the first coffee hour hosts in our new rotation schedule. More information below…

Do you take “The Sunday Paper”? The Faith Formation Commission is now providing activity sheets for children which follow the Sunday lectionary. They come in two flavors –Junior and Intermediate (age-appropriate content levels)– and are available in the nursery and at the back of the church by the bulletins.

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for The Church of South India (United).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all hospital chaplaincies, counseling chaplaincies and Spiritual Directors throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota; for our faith community nurses, health ministers and all those who minister to the sick; and also for all farmers and laborers working with the harvest, especially San Jose Obrero Mission in Montgomery.

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Dianne; Dolores; Joe; John; Julie and her parents, Weldon and Era Byrd; Marianne and Gary; Mary; Mildred; Nancy; Norm; Stuart; and the Paulson family.

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

On Tuesday 9 August, Saint Paul’s is proud to open our doors again as the polling place for Minneapolis’ Seventh Ward, Precinct 2D Primary Election. To find your polling place in Minnesota, click here.

In related news, we also have the opportunity to earn up to $1300 if we can provide people to serve as election judges for the national General Election on Tuesday 8 November. Could you work one or two 4-hour shifts? Sign up on the sheet on the credenza. This is a great opportunity to fulfill civic duty while also raising funds for our faith community.

A Coffee Hour for all: The Parish Life commission is creating a new model for hosting our post-worship gathering, and you’re all invited! Please read this announcement for all the refreshing details.

Last week several asked how they could get involved in hosting coffee hour, if not part of a group or commission. Fear not! Anyone can sign up to volunteer for any Sunday that works with your schedule. The commissions and groups will gratefully receive the food you bring, or your help with set-up or clean-up. The coordinator for the Sunday you choose will contact you. Look for the hot pink sign-up sheet while you are sipping your coffee this Sunday.

Did you hear the news??? The Vestry is very pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Barbara delCaro-Scaia to Saint Paul’s. Her first Sunday with us will be August 21, when she will worship with us “in the pew.” She will begin her duties as deacon August 28. Look for more information about Rev. Barbara –and about deacons in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota– in the August Messenger.

Save the Date: 11 September’s 10:00 a.m. service will feature a Blessing of the Backpacks. All teachers and students are invited to bring their book bags for a blessing as the new school year begins.

A Church Treasure Hunt will be held on 25 September after the worship service. Learn about the building and what we do in the various rooms. What’s in them? What are the rooms called? Why do we have special furniture and other churchy things? Adults and children will work in teams to find treasures and fill in the treasure map.

Sing Out! is a monthly gathering to sing and/or experience wonderful music, held at the Heritage Park Senior Services Center in Minneapolis. An open invitation and its details can be seen here.

Help beautify our sanctuary for worship: Give altar flowers to mark important occasions or significant events in your life. Write us a note or email, telling us your name, the date you wish to give flowers, and your desired dedication. Checks should be made out to “Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church”, with “altar flowers” in the memo; suggested donation is $50.

Have an announcement for next week’s E-pistle? Submit your announcement –including all details and contact information– to the E-pistle, or call Angie (612.483.487) by Thursday morning.