E-pistle for Friday 17 November 2017

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

It’s Pie Sunday!
Bring a pie, buy a pie, help the food shelf! Thanksgiving is going to be epic…
Read all about it here.

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf receives Saint Paul’s weekly donations. November’s theme is PERSONAL HYGIENE (e.g. dental products, deodorant, and disposable razors are especially needed), but other items are always welcome. Please bring items to church as part of your weekly offering and place them in the baskets at the Narthex doors. Let’s start filling both baskets again!

Thank you to the Parish Life Commission for hosting this week’s coffee hour; next week, the Choir.

Our offering of the Angelus and Evensong continues this week in the Chapel at 6pm. Please consider joining us for this reflective service, the sung form of Evening Prayer.

Choir Diary

  • Voluntary: Ground (Henry Purcell)
  • Psalm: Psalm 123 (William Crotch)
  • Anthem: The gift to be simple (Bob Chilcott)
  • Voluntary: Carillon (Herbert Murrill)

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Uyo (Niger Delta, Nigeria).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Minnesota Commission on Indian Work (MCIW), and for the Hispanic, Hmong, Liberian, Karen, and numerous multi-cultural ministries and faith communities throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. We also pray for the parish of Saint Clement (Saint Paul).

On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Bea, Bob, Gary and Sue, Harvey, Joan, John, Krista, Mary, Nancy, Natalia, Richard, Rita, Shirley, Steve, Steven, Sue, Susan, Thomas, and the Coopergard, Guaman, Marracq, Paulson, and Raddatz families.

Submit Your Prayer Requests
Help us update our cloud!
Think about what makes Saint Paul's a valuable part of your life. At the Consecration Sunday Brunch, you'll find blank cards and a collection envelope. You're invited to share three words that describe what Saint Paul's has to offer. Look for our updated cloud on The Feast of All Saints!

Quick Calendar Items:

19 Nov 11:15am - Pie Sunday
23 Nov 10am - Thanksgiving Day liturgy
24 Nov 6pm - Shabbat to End Homelessness (Temple Israel)
24 Nov 7pm - Lumina concert Light in the Darkness
26 Nov 10am - The Feast of Christ the King
2 Dec 10am - Greening of the Church
3 Dec 10am - Advent I
8 Dec 7pm - Lessons & Carols

View the full calendar

Upcoming Events and General Announcements:


A Shabbat to End Homelessness will be held at Temple Israel (2323 Fremont Ave S) on Friday 24 November at 6:00 pm. This special Thanksgiving weekend service will feature music and personal testimonies, as well as education on the ongoing need for affordable housing in and around the Twin Cities. Attendees will receive food/hygiene kits to give to those who are experiencing homelessness as an act of compassion.

Lumina Women’s Ensemble will present their concert Light in the Darkness: Coming Home on Friday 24 November at 7:00pm, here at Saint Paul’s. The varied program features music by Stephen Paulus, Abbie Betinis, and the Wailin’ Jennys, as well as Renaissance and Medieval masterpieces. Tickets will be available at the door: $15 general, $10 students/seniors.

No experience required! Would you and your family group like to participate in lighting the Advent wreath at a Sunday liturgy in the upcoming season? Drop Father Marcus a line.

The Vestry Nominating Committee has been formed and is beginning to identify a slate of candidates for our 2018 Vestry. Please read the Committee’s action plan, and prayerfully consider how you might support Saint Paul’s governance.

No experience required! Would you and your family group like to participate in lighting the Advent wreath at a Sunday liturgy in the upcoming season? Drop Father Marcus a line.

If you need to be in touch with parish staff, please use [first name]@stpaulsmpls.org (Marcus, Brad, Barbara, or Jacob). Previous e-mail addresses (rector@, finance@, etc.) do not work. Please delete old e-mail addresses from your address books and utilize the new accounts; the only exception is info@stpaulsmpls.org.

An invitation from Father Marcus: I want to set aside intentional time each week for us to get to know one another. My office door (which is open most of the time anyway) will be open Thursdays from 1:00-4:00pm for you to stop in, say hi, ask for prayer, or just to hang out. If you want to bring lunch, we can share! No agenda at all. I just want to facilitate the building of relationships. I hope you’ll come see me. If you can’t come in person, you can call the church (612-377-1273) and we can chat.

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.

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A Note from the Senior Warden:

To everything, turn, turn, turn,
There is a season, turn, turn, turn

This is what our building thermostats are singing these days. Seasonal transitions are very difficult especially for an old building like we have at St. Paul’s. These seasonal transitions bring days that are so unpredictable. One day it is 70 degrees and sunny, and the next the frost is on the pumpkin. Our older systems are just not designed to be able to switch back and forth easily. We do our best to time when we move from cooling to heating, and once completed we must stay. That means we could have several weeks when temperatures may be uncomfortable. We ask for your patience and suggest you consider wearing layers that would allow you to adjust to any uncomfortable temperature swings.

Thank you,
Beth Carlson