E-pistle for Friday 24 March 2017

Saint Paul's ChurchChurch News, E-PISTLE

This Sunday at Saint Paul’s:

Thank you to the Worship Commission for hosting coffee hour this Mothering Sunday. Next week: the Altar Guild.

Food and personal care items are collected each Sunday and delivered to Groveland Food Shelf’s ministry to homeless youth. Please consider bringing an item or two weekly as part of your offering; for the month of March (and specifically Lent, beginning on 1 March), our food shelf theme will be canned or pouch tuna packets, salmon, or mac and cheese. Of course any and all donations are always welcome! They also have need of paper, plastic, and reusable bags.

Choir Diary

  • Voluntary: Prelude on Thaxted (William Bates)
  • Psalm: Psalm 23 (Charles Hylton Stewart)
  • Anthem: Come, let’s rejoice (John Amner)
  • Meditatio tintinabulis: a time of prayer, reflection, and going forth
  • Prayer Calendar:

    In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church in Mexico.

    In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for those involved in specialized licensed ministries throughout the Episcopal Church in Minnesota including lay preachers, Eucharistic ministers and visitors, and lay readers; and for our musicians and worship committees. We also pray for the Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior (Faribault).

    On our Parish Prayer List, we pray for Alex, Bob, Frank, Gary and Sue, Harvey, Jimmy and Kim, Karl-Edwin, Krista, Lisa, Mary, Mildred, Nancy, Rachel, Roberta, Ruth, Steve, Sue, Susan, Thomas, and the Harshmann, Paulson, and Solstad families.

    Quick Calendar Items:

    2 April 11:15am - Blessing Bags assembly
    9 April 10am - Palm Sunday liturgy with Passion Narrative; Easter flowers deadline
    13 April 7pm - Maundy Thursday liturgy
    14 April 12noon - Good Friday liturgy
    16 April 10 am - Easter liturgy, followed by egg hunt and parish brunch

    View the full calendar

    Upcoming Events and General Announcements:

    Several changes to the liturgy will be implemented for Lent; one major change will be the location of the announcements as part of the dismissal. If you have an announcement that needs voice in the liturgy, notify the clergy before the service, and make your way to the lectern microphone at the appropriate time. Questions? Ask any member of the Worship Commission.

    Two books to consider for your daily Lenten reading:

    • Lenten Meditations 2017 contains a short reflection for each day written by a variety of Episcopal clergy and lay people, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and our own ECMN Missioner for Community Engagement, Rachel Babbit. The booklet is free; you will find copies in the Narthex and gathering spaces.
    • Ashes and the Phoenix: Meditations for the Season of Lent is newly published at Forward Day by Day, by the Rev. Leonard Freeman. Copies will be available at church by Ash Wednesday for a suggested donation of $5.

    Join us for a fun Outreach activity for parishioners of all ages to help our homeless neighbors! We will assemble Blessing Bags after worshipping together on 2 April. These bags will be filled with toiletries and healthy food items. Help stuff a few and keep them in your car to pass out to those in need. Suggested donation of $3-6 per bag to help cover costs. Bring a friend!

    It is our tradition to read the Palm Sunday Passion Narrative interactively, and in parts. This year the reading is from Matthew, with the roles listed here. If you’d like to read one of these roles from your pew, please sign up with Deacon Barbara at coffee hour, or by email.

    Contributions for Easter flowers may be made by signing up in the Narthex by Palm Sunday. If you are unable to join us for worship before Easter, please be sure to print your memorial or thanksgiving designation on the memo line of your check, and mail to “Saint Paul’s Church (Easter Flowers)”.

    Sign up to bring a tasty plate of finger foods to share at our Easter Brunch! Contact JoAnne Tierney or Kathy Kullberg with questions.

    Are you in the new online membership directory? Email notifications were sent to every Saint Paulite, inviting you to create an account for accessing your personal record with Realm, our new online church management system. Be sure to adjust your privacy settings so fellow parishioners can see your contact information. And don’t forget to add your photo – it’s a great way for people (like a new rector) to learn your name! See Angie and her laptop during coffee hour with any questions.

    Saint Paul’s has a new tax number. If you are carrying and using a copy of the old certificate, see Jacob Manier for a new one.

    A gentle reminder: If you would like to use the kitchen at Saint Paul’s, please remember to check its availability by consulting the calendar outside the kitchen, and then sign up to use the space. We have had some overbooking recently, and would like to avoid any confusion. Thank you!

    A free Home Safety Check for senior citizens is offered by the Household & Outside Maintenance for Elderly (HOME) Program of Senior Community Services. They will assess the need for handrails, grab-bars, smoke detectors, lighting, and other home safety components. Elders aged 60+ residing in suburban Hennepin County and Minneapolis are eligible for this limited time offer. No sales. For more information call HOME at 952-746-4046 or email. Seniors outside of Hennepin County should contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for information about services in their area.


    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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