Pastoral Memo from the Rector:
Standing in Solidarity with our Jewish and Muslim Neighbors
Last week there was a report of a hate-speech incident in the neighborhood around Lake of the Isles. Signs containing derogatory and hurtful messages towards Jewish and Muslim people using an image of Jesus Christ were posted for everyone to see. I have been in contact with numerous churches in the area about a compassionate response to such hatred as well as ongoing opportunities for formation and bridge-building in the wider community. I will keep you updated as to further developments. In the meantime I want to make it abundantly clear that Saint Paul’s Church stands in loving solidarity with our Muslim and Jewish neighbors. We stand where Jesus does – among the persecuted and hurting. We wholly reject hate-speech of any kind, especially hate-speech propagated in the name of our Lord and Savior. Jesus calls us into the vocation of loving our neighbor without qualification or stipulation. In baptism we are asked to “…seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?”
At Saint Paul’s we reaffirm again that “We will, with God’s help.”
This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:
Make one, wear one: Don’t forget to stop at the nametag kiosk as you enter and leave church. Greetings are much more memorable with names!
Thank you to the Worship Commission for hosting coffee hour. Next week: the Outreach Commission.
The Altar Guild will meet with Father Marcus at 11:15 in the choir stalls. Grab your coffee hour snack and join us!
Food and personal care items are collected each Sunday in the baskets at the Narthex doors and delivered to Groveland Food Shelf’s ministry to homeless youth. Please consider bringing an item or two weekly as part of your offering. Our April theme is BABIES: Imagine being a young parent or grandparent of a baby, and not having enough to feed yourself or your family; what would you want to find at Groveland? Please consider diapers, formula, pacifiers, baby food, teething cookies – whatever a baby might need, any size or type. There is also continuing need of paper, plastic, and reusable bags. Thanks to Ashley for delivering during April.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church in Ngbo (Enugu, Nigeria).
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all academic graduates, educational institutions, and for the specialized chaplaincies in those institutions. Remember especially ECMN’s School for Formation, Breck School, and Shattuck-St. Mary’s; their chaplains; University Episcopal Community; and all those who work with campus ministries. We also pray for La Misión El Santo Niño Jesús (Saint Paul).
On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Bea, Bob, Gary and Sue, Harvey, Jimmy and Kim, Joan, John, Krista, Mary, Nancy, Ruth, Sue, Susan, Thomas, Weldon, and the Coopergard, Harshmann, Paulson, and Solstad families.
Quick Calendar Items:
21 May 11:15a - Altar Guild meeting
27 May 10a-2p - Picnic and church-wide Spring Clean-Up
Upcoming Events and General Announcements:
Our church-wide Spring Cleaning and Picnic will be held on Saturday 27 May from 10am-2pm. All are welcome, and encouraged to bring gardening gloves, outdoor brooms, rakes, or any general outdoor cleaning tools. Please sign up in the Narthex, so we can make adequate preparations for the picnic. Plan on lots of fellowship, a tasty picnic, and a little spring cleaning to help Saint Paul’s shine into the summer. Mark your calendars now!
Are you in the new online membership directory? And have you added your photo? It’s a great way for people (like a new rector) to learn your name! See Angie during coffee hour or email her with any questions.