E-pistle for Friday 22 September 2017

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This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

Blessings on Rowan Antonius Fanous, son of Julia and Michael Fanous, as he receives the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Be a part of this special celebration and renew your commitment to Christ and the mission of the Church through the renewal of your own Baptismal vows. There will be a reception in the living room given by the Fanous family to commemorate this special occasion. Welcome to the household of God, Rowan!

All students and teachers are invited to bring backpacks and school bags for a special blessing during the Peace as you begin another school year. We will also bless the school supplies so generously donated thus far for Jefferson Community School.

Books for Africa supports the spread of literacy and joy of reading on the continent of Africa. Our parish entered into a missional partnership several years ago to support their amazing work. Pat Plonski, executive director, will be speaking with us about the organization and how you can be involved. Check out this videoand join the conversation in the Thurston Room at 11:30am.

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf receives Saint Paul’s weekly food and personal care donations. September’s theme is CANNED MEAT (chicken, ham, roast beef hash, Spam, etc.), but other non-perishable items are always welcome. Please bring items to church and place them in the baskets at the Narthex doors.

Our Sunday offering of the Angelus and Solemn 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: Pavane (Paul Drayton)
  • Anthem: The eyes of all wait upon thee (William Harris)
  • Voluntary: Toccata in seven (John Rutter)

Prayer Calendar:

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Southeast Florida (Region IV).

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, Episcopal Group Homes, Guardian Angels, and all other institutions that do ministry for and with the elderly; for local senior residential facilities and care centers; and for the 160th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota to be held 15-16 September in Duluth. We also pray for the parish of Grace (Wabasha).

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

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Quick Calendar Items:

24 Sep 10am - Baptism, Blessing of the Backpacks
24 Sep 11:30am - Books for Africa (Thurston Room)
8 Oct 4pm - Neighborhood Pet and Creation Blessing
28 Oct - Fall Cleanup Day
29 Oct - Consecration Sunday and Parish Brunch
5 Nov 10am - The Feast of All Saints
15 Nov 7pm - Celebration of New Ministry
26 Nov 10am - The Feast of Christ the King

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The Children’s Chapel needs you! Do you feel called to help lead this new program once a month? Read the details here.

Gather your rakes and pruners: Mark Saturday 28 October on your calendar for our annual Fall Cleanup Day. More details to come…

Feathers and scales and fur, oh my! We will celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis by praying for and offering blessings for our four-, many-, or no-legged pets, as well as praying for our commitment to the just and proper use of the earth as God’s gift to us. Please come on Sunday 8 October at 4:00 pm for our Saint Francis Neighborhood Pet and Creation Blessing, and invite others to come with you. A light reception will be held afterwards with treats for our animal friends. To be held out-of-doors, weather permitting, or in the Undercroft.

A call for confirmands: The time has come for Saint Paul’s to consider Youth Confirmation for some of our younger parishioners. If you have a youth age 12+ who might be interested in Confirmation, please use the following link to fill out an online information form. This will help us to create the most accessible Confirmation preparation process for all involved. If you have questions, please e-mail the Rector.

Help spread our digital footprint: Social media is an awesome tool for Evangelism, and we would like your help in reaching our full potential. “Like” us on Facebook (Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles – Minneapolis) and rate/review us. Let us know what you like about being a part of Saint Paul’s; who knows, your words might resonate with someone looking for a church to call home. The same is true for Google. Did you know the majority of people visiting Saint Paul’s are finding us by googling us online? If you have a Google account, you can become an e-vangelist by Ggogling us and then rating and reviewing us. Your words of welcome might convince someone to visit.

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 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

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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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ah, Road Construction

You may have noticed the preparations on I-35W south of downtown Minneapolis. This lengthy project may complicate your journey to and from church, but this site can help you be ready. Just think of it as a chance to model Christian love to our fellow drivers – patience is a virtue, after all! Earn your advanced zipper merge merit badge today! 😉 View Current Road Construction Updates